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About FUEblonde1985

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  • Birthday 08/10/1985

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Country
    United States
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    CA

Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
    Thinning or Bald Spot in the Crown/Vertex
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood III
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain Existing Hair

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
    Yes
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. John Diep
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)
    Nizoral Shampoo

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  1. Here is my almost 8 month update. The hair more or less seems to be at its final form. I can't really notice much of a difference between 6 month and 8 month in terms of growth or thickness. I think the hair is becoming less "wirey" and a little more natural over time. However, the angle of the hair still seems a bit different than the native hair around it - the native hair wants to naturally drape forward and down, whereas the implanted hair tends to want to be pushed upwards a bit. I think for most guys this would be a non-issue since combing the hair back is a good style for implanted hair - but not mine. My hair generally works better when styled forward and to the side (big forehead) and the implanted angle is making that a bit of an issue. Not sure if this will resolve over time. The area behind the hairline at my right temple is also weak. There is a patch there, about a dime size, where almost no hair took. I can cover it up effectively, but you can tell that the spot is missing volume. I don't know if I will try to fix it in the future, but there is a not insignificant number of grafts there that failed. I won't post any close-up photos yet until I get to the 12 month mark, but its one aspect that hasn't worked out. Other than those comments, I am mostly happy about the results. Nothing to say about the donor area as there are no issues with it and it looks the same as it has since the last photo I took of it. The three photos from the bathroom are harsh lighting, one dry hair and two wet/damp. The other two are in more generous lighting.
  2. I've been in back to back trials these last couple months and I haven't had a chance to even breathe. I'll update when I have a chance. Haven't even gotten a haircut during this time.
  3. 5 month update. Pros: The redness is mostly gone, or at least you can't really see it unless you look for it. The hair has been growing quickly, and it seems as if what is going to grow has already started growing. I got a lot of early growth, but I don't know that anything "new" is coming in. Donor area from what I can see is not showing any obvious thinning, and I've been cutting it to a 3. I am pleased each time I get a haircut (every 3-4 weeks now) that the hairline is looking better and better each time and it has become much easier to style it the way I want to. Definite improvement from pre-op. Cons: Either my eyes are playing tricks on me from my increased density at the hairline, or my general frontal third area behind the transplanted area is looking thinner than it used to. Not sure if this is delayed shock loss, or if switching to brand propecia has caused reduced effectiveness, or maybe its more effective but I am getting a shed that seems to often happen when people start propecia. The thinning area is more noticeable on my right side, which is the side where the the hair was extracted from. No idea if they are related, since the thinning area obviously isn't where hair was extracted, but the other side doesn't seem as affected. I've also concluded (I was watching and suspected around 2.5-3 month mark) that a small area in my right temple, just behind the hairline, just isn't growing. I didn't take any close up pictures yet of that spot (I have a couple from months 3-4) but looking closely you can see there is about a small dime sized spot where barely any hair grew. I'm not sure what happened there, as it seems odd that a chunk of grafts would all fail in the exact spot, but at this point if there is nothing coming out, its probably a loss. You can see in one of the photos below the area where you can see the thin spot. I don't think any gain in thickness around this area will suffice, as the goal of this procedure was to not have to style my hair in a way to fix the thinning hairline. I will likely ask that this area be touched up (it really is only missing maybe 30-40 grafts?) The implanted hair is still very wirey (is that a word?) and doesn't have the consistency of the hair around it. It blends much better when short, but looks a bit awkward when the hair around it gets longer. The hair is also continuing to grow straight up, so I've been using a small amount of blowdry heat in the AM to keep the hairs manageable and blend in.
  4. Here is my 4 month progress. My left side seems to be growing a bit better than the right side, and there is a small area in the right near the temple that is a bit sparser than everywhere else. The redness is (slowly) getting better. For some reason the redness is more obvious than pictures than IRL.
  5. Don't rub the recipient area until day 8 per the instructions from Diep. The scabbing will get really hard and it will feel like a thin shell, but the instructions are to keep the scabs in place until day 8 since by then the grafts are fairly secure.
  6. Diep explained to me that he thought the no saline/no touching for 4 days was the safer method for preserving graft integrity in the first week. It seems like there are two schools of thought and either approach has pros/cons. Keeping the recipient dry allows some level of protection for the grafts since the scabbing will hold them in place. I've also read that keeping the area moist/clean and preventing excessive scabbing provides reduces the probability of skin infections. Either way, best to just follow the doctors instructions. By day 8, those scabs are going to be stuck to your head and its going to take some work to get them all off. By the way, if you notice any breakage in the scabbing where it looks like bald spots where there are no hairs/crusts, don't worry about it. It does't mean there are no grafts there - I had a few spots in my recipient area where it looked like crusts broke off and there were no hairs, but the hair there did grow just as well as everywhere else.
  7. 3 month update. Around 2-3 weeks ago I was looking and wondering why I was seeing sparse growth from hairs that never shed, but nothing new. I decided to use one of those vanity mirrors to look really closely and noticed that there were hundreds of extremely fine white hairs that were poking out. Apparently there are a ton of hairs growing, but they are nearly invisible under regular light - the camera doesn't even pick them up zoomed to the max. So I took a few photos using the vanity mirror light from a specific angle and you can clearly see there are a ton of hairs growing - most about 1/3 of the length of my native hair. The right and left side of the photos you can see all those invisible hairs, but you can't see the ones near the center of the hairline just because of the angle and light. The recipient area still has redness - it looks a bit better in these photos since the temperature of the lighting is different, but its getting slowly better over time, and the hairs are starting to mask it. Not a lot to say about donor, looks more or less the same.
  8. I think I can answer this, having left the hair on top long with the same doctor. There are no substantial benefits to shaving the entire head in terms of your long term results. Having your head shaved will make it easier to clean when it times to get the scabs off. Having long hair on the crown will cause lots of bits to get stuck in the hair, and you will be really nervous the first time rubbing the area, so it can be kind of a hassle. There is also the possibility that your hair will get stuck to existing scabs during the first few days where you will be pouring water on the recipient area - theoretically you could dislodge grafts that way - though I imagine just being cautious can easily avoid that. Diep is not going implant hairs into an area that is not shaved. So, the hairs directly on your existing hairline will be shaved back about half a cm or so for him to implant into the area. I would also add that you should be realistic about your ability to cover the hairline. You will need really long hair on the top to be able to effectively cover it, and its probably going to look goofy when the the sides and back of your head are shaved all the way up to the vertex. I had asked to have my hair left long on top for my procedure, and it "sort of" worked out, but the tech shaved WAY up on the back and sides so I had no hair near the temple area to push forward. Leaving the hair long on top seems to work better for other doctors when they don't extract from so high up on the back and side so you are able to leave hair in the temple area long, but for me it looked a bit awkward. It took about 5-6 weeks for the back and sides to be long enough to look relatively normal. The pictures below show how it looked by day 12
  9. There is itchiness in the recipient area however not severe - I'm not fighting back the urge to itch it but it does feel a bit itchy when washing it.
  10. Week 9. Good news is the donor area looks fairly undetectable. So I'm not sure the concerns from the last 4 pages panned out. There is basically only one spot near the hump at the bottom of the donor area that is thin - probably because I kept scratching that area and was getting pimples there. The hair on back is about 2-3 weeks out from a 3 guard, so a 5-6ish guard. Bad news is the recipient area is still red. If its still the same by month 3 then I will reach out to the Dr about an in personal evaluation to ensure there is no issues.
  11. I'm month 2 with the same Dr and had the same hairless white strip issue around day 5. Mine happened because I knicked my head when a bunch of towels fell on my face, but apparently this cracking in the "scab shell" is common when following post-op instructions that keep the recipient dry for the first few days. No idea if it affects final result or not. My areas that were cracked have not yet shown any signs of growth.
  12. The pattern you see is pretty typical for this doctor. If you do a search on this forum you will see many other progress photos from this doctor and there are many dozens of videos on youtube showing the final results, all of which you will see look to be some of the best HT results you will find on the the internet - to the extent that there have been questions posted on this forum and elsewhere as to whether or not his results are legitimate. I'm not sure what source Gasthoerer has to indicate that micro irregularities are a necessary component to produce good results. If you consider the fact that even the best transplant procedures have less than 100% growth, that alone will produce irregularities in the final growth. In terms of the number of grafts - 2000-2500 is generally the upper limit in terms of how many FUE grafts you can do in one procedure. If he is a NW5+ then he will probably need more than one procedure to fill in that large of an area. For what its worth, I am guessing the pictures you posted are from day 5. I can say that his recipient area looks nearly identical to mine on the same day. You can look at my post history for the thread.
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