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  1. seamike

    Transplant in Asia

    I'm afraid I haven't had time to put together a post yet, but will let you know when I do.
  2. seamike

    Transplant in Asia

    I'm now 5 months and 1 week post-op with Dr Path, still extremely happy and happier every day with my progress. Again, can't recommend him highly enough. You'll pay more for him than you will for many doctors in India, but it hardly needs to be repeated that you get what you pay for.
  3. I've been thinking lately about having a brow lift, as one of my eyebrows droops down significantly lower than the other, and I feel it's getting worse with age. However, it seems to me that both conventional brow lifts (which involve an ear-to-ear incision along the hairline) and endoscopic brow lifts (which involve several small incisions on the scalp) might risk damaging my new frontal hair transplant, as I suppose the incisions would be made in the recipient areas. Am I right in thinking this would be a danger? Should I just try Botox or something else instead?
  4. seamike

    Hairloss Concealers

    I've relied heavily on both Toppik and Dermmatch to conceal my hair transplant, with excellent results. Started off with Toppik only, then moved to a combination of Toppik and Dermmatch, then as the HT has grown in, I've been able to use less and less Toppik, and rely more on the Dermmatch (I find Toppik is more important for the '3D' effect, so with more actual hair there, it's less important). I think with any of these products, there's an art to applying them properly. Dermmatch is no exception -- some people struggle with it, but I find if I keep water to a minimum (just a few drops on the brush) and apply it a bit at a time, it works beautifully.
  5. seamike

    FUT and the Gym

    I don't really know. His instructions just say the excess heat is not conducive to growth, or something to that effect.
  6. seamike

    FUT and the Gym

    Dr Path: 1 month (No exercise for 7 days, light jogging/weight training OK after 2 weeks, strenuous exercise only after one month) The only restrictions he gives that last as long as 4 months are strong exposure to sunlight, and using saunas.
  7. I don't really know, I think I did go down to a 4 (back and sides) after about 2 months, but again, it only really looked OK after a day or two of growth following that. I'm not really sure what causes the 'indentation' in the hair along the scar line, or whether it will eventually go away--it's not so much a question of the scar itself being visible (it's not, even at number 4) but something dodgy that happens with the layering of the hair along the scar line.
  8. I don't think I can manage a 3 or a 3.5 just yet. To be honest even a 4 is a bit too short -- at that length, my donor scar is just visible (as a sort of indentation in my hair), though this disappeared with about 2 days of growth after the buzz cut. I'm hoping as the scar heals over the coming months, I'll be able to experiment with a shorter back and sides, but not just yet, I'm afraid!
  9. This question has been asked many times, on many forums, and the consistent answer (which is also given by the manufacturers, and many HT surgeons) is that neither Toppik nor Dermmatch have any effect whatsoever on growth. There is a myth out there that it will stop the hairs 'breathing' or something, but as far as I can tell, that is nonsense. The only advice is to wait a certain amount of time after your surgery (a week or two, depending on your surgeon's recommendations) to apply anything cosmetic to your recipient area.
  10. I've only recently learned about PRP, and it sounds almost too good to be true. From what I can find, the scientific literature as to its effectiveness is still extremely limited, but there seem to be lots of anecdotal accounts of people claiming it worked well for them (as well as anecdotal accounts claiming the opposite). What is the current general feeling about this? Is it snake oil?
  11. In case anyone is curious, at the 4 month post-op mark, I decided to take the plunge and give myself a number 4 buzz cut all around. The second picture below looks less dense than in real life because of the flash, but I am now using a combination of Dermmatch and Toppik to conceal it (as in the other picture) and I'd say so far it looks really natural. No one has noticed anything except that I have a new haircut. And what a relief to be rid of the irritating comb over.
  12. I can buzz it down to a 4 or 5 at the moment without the scar showing. I'm just a bit concerned that the difference in density between the recipient area and the surrounding hair will still be too obvious. Did anyone notice this about your hair?
  13. The minimum length seems to depend on a few factors (how much the scar has healed, what kind of hair you have--straight, wavy, light, dark) but the number I've always heard is a minimum of number 4, even after the scar is fully healed. I think 5 or 6 is probably more realistic on average, in the early stages. How long it takes to heal also seems to vary a lot. It only takes a couple of weeks for the incision itself to heal (that's when you get your stitches out of course), but it can take anywhere from a few months to a whole year for the scar to finish healing. Just depends on how your body works--everyone has a different rate of healing and a different tendency to form scar tissue.
  14. 2) Make sure you have ice packs ready, as well as whatever food you're going to want where you're staying, so you don't have to venture out or anything. Surgery is a big thing to put your body through, so you want to treat yourself with kid gloves. 3) Number 3 won't hide an FUT incision. You are probably better off looking like Friar Tuck for the moment--you're going to look rather strange for a week or two anyway, so you can always revisit this decision after the operation, but before you let anyone see you. For the moment, I'd recommend letting them shave the recipient areas to make the job easier for them, but leaving everything else so you can re-evaluate after. Remember, you're going to be spending a lot of the next few months in hats anyway, so the Friar Tuck thing might be less of a concern than you think. 4) That really depends how far you are talking about flying. You can generally get stitches (and I guess staples) removed by a local doctor if you don't want to do it yourself, and things will probably be fine. I personally scheduled a 2 week holiday anyway to recover from my surgery, so I was able to go back and have them remove the stitches and have a look at it, which did give me peace of mind. But if you're talking about flying thousands of miles again after 2 weeks, I would think the extra stress this puts on your body would if anything be counterproductive. 5) Sleeping is not very comfortable when you're trying to avoid rolling onto your recipient areas. You quickly find you can only sleep in one or two positions. Your surgeon may give you some sleeping pills to help with this. 6) In my case, they gave me a couple of valium and massaged my feet -- I wasn't asleep for most of it, but kind of half-asleep. The time passed very easily. 7) People swear by aloe vera and MSM. I used aloe vera for a while, and am still taking MSM, but n=1 so I have absolutely no way of knowing if either of them actually helped. The main thing is to follow your doctor's advice and take it extremely easy for the first couple of weeks, do NOT lift weights or do any strenuous exercise for 4-6 weeks, and absolutely keep it protected from the sun for the first few months.