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About Seesaw

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    United States
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Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Thinning Hair Loss All over the Scalp
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    10 years +
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood V
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain Existing Hair
    Maintain and Regrow Hair
    Considering Surgical Hair Restoration
    Considering Non-Surgical Treatments

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Kyriakos Maras
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Generic Minoxidil 5% for Men

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  1. Thanks man! I’m not on Finasteride. I figured since the hair in my front third and vertex was basically gone before surgery, there is not much native left to protect, so I didn’t think that it would help me much. Based on my limited reading about it, it would not help much with hair from the donor zone, as that hair isn’t as sensitive to DHT as natives. HDC didn’t particularly say that they recommend it but they did caution that in 15-20 years I could be looking at further long term hair loss. Would you recommend I consider it?
  2. Thank you Bjorn Borg 🎾! By the way, he (you?) still has a great head of hair at 64 years old.
  3. Thanks man, it sure is a big difference from 2-3 years ago. I look at my old photos and the big improvement keeps me grounded and sensible, and not too picky about the density in every little area of my scalp. I hope that the thickening helps cover the crown sufficiently that I don’t need any further transplants, but like you said, there is enough reserves for further touch up. The clinic said that I have another 2000 grafts left for a third surgery, and my plan for now is to save them for further hair loss in the side humps.
  4. It’s been 6 months since my second hair transplant and I’m continuing to see improvements. The frontal half is filling in nicely but the crown area is still visibly bald. My hair looks best in indoor environments without harsh lighting, which is what I understand to be the norm with hair transplants. I tried to capture some photos in both soft and harsh lighting. The donor area is recovering well and is showing less signs of the over-harvesting that I was concerned about in my last update. In one of the photos below, I circled in red the areas where I would like to see improvement.
  5. I don’t. I didn’t take any for the first week after surgery, because I never figured they’d be useful. There were some scabs and crusts left at 5 days. I recall that at 7 days, I was overall in good enough shape to leave the house and visit friends, and only a little redness was left.
  6. Yeah not being able to fade it down is exactly why the overharvest is bugging me. Fades are all the rage these days.
  7. Oh thanks man. I should have just gone with thank you haha. The core of my donor zone in the back is still healthy (added a photo), and I think that in their effort to preserve that as much as possible, and spread the extraction around the entire donor, they might have extracted too much from the sides. I have not brought the small overharvested area to them yet. I wanted to see first if some folks here would agree that it was over harvested. I would appreciate your opinion on this one.
  8. Dr. Maras said because my hair isn’t straight, he needed 6000 grafts to cover my baldness. If my hair was straight, we would have needed a lot more. Is that what you meant? Yes, unbelievably to me, I was told still have another 2000-2500 grafts for a third surgery if hair loss keeps progressing rapidly, in addition to about 1000 beard grafts. It seems to me that I need a third surgery for density, but I’m not sure I will do that.
  9. Hi SOW, I posted an update above. The first surgery was 3130 grafts and the second was 2862. Combined, I had just under 6000 grafts total. Thanks for following my progress!
  10. Hello everyone, It’s been a little over 4 months since my second surgery and I figured I’d provide an update. Things have progressed well over the last few months. Recovery went as well as I could ask for. 2 weeks after surgery I started playing some tennis and ramped up to my normal activity level by week 4. I started seeing some growth and infill in the transplanted area around a month ago, at 3.5 months post op. At this point, when I leave my house I don’t even bother with hair fibers. From a distance, in photos, and on video calls, hair looks fine but when standing below a light bulb or taking a close-up photo, you can still see plenty of weakness. The area right behind my hairline on the right side, which was touched up in the second surgery, is the weakest now in the frontal third (I pointed to it in one of the photos below). However, my biggest gripe though is that I have an overharvested area above my right ear. It was borderline overharvested after the first surgery, and the doctor still punched a large number from that area. I also included a photo of the donor zone on my right side. Photos below are from April 2020