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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 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. The bizarre way in which you have responded to proposed alternative hypothesis to what you are experiencing would seem to indicate to me that you are not able to credibly assess your own situation and you are evaluating your hair based on some type of emotionally impulsive reaction to your continued hair thinning rather than an objective evaluation of exactly what is happening to your hair. You have posted pictures. The quality of those photos are not good and any conclusions drawn by US based on only those photos is highly speculative. Your OWN doctor told you that you will continue to need future transplants from continued recession, and told you he doesn't think your transplanted hair is disappearing by way DHT miniaturization. Your posting on this thread trying to get lay people on the internet to agree with your own assessment as opposed to your doctors, with some grainy photos with unreliable hair styling as your evidence, and when people dispute, your retort is that only you can see what is going on, and your conclusion is definitely the correct one, and any alternative theory is clearly impossible. If this is your position, I am not sure exactly why are you are posting at all since you have made up your mind already about what is happening. No one is saying that your hypothesis is absolutely wrong - I am saying that jumping to the most unlikely conclusion (that your transplanted hair is falling by way of DHT) is pretty counterproductive when you could be using other approaches to solve the problem rather than complain about a non-existent one.
  11. If your opinion that anything is "clearly" represented by a few low resolution photos taken from distances far too back to discern anything meaningful - then the credibility of your opinion seems suspect. The only thing that is "clear" here is that the photos are ambiguous. Could it be transplanted hair shedding? Maybe. Is it the likely cause of the thinning? No. The reasons why it is not likely the cause: 1) The scientific literature has established fairly confidently that hairs transplanted when pulled from the safe zone typically do not miniaturize in people with MPB. 2) His photos indicate that the hair pulled was well within the safe zone. 3) The pattern of thinning here is relatively uniform. If this was a case of "some" of his transplanted hairs being outside the safe zone, then we might expect that the thinning pattern to be less uniform, unless you want to take the hypothesis that "all" of his transplanted hair were susceptible to MPB. 4) The more thin areas of his scalp are the exact areas that appeared to be receding prior to the transplant.
  12. To be totally honest I don't think you can necessarily conclude these are transplanted hairs that have shredded. It looks like the transplanted hairs may have remained while the native hairs have continued to recede, and that is the most obvious explanation for what has happened here. It could also be the result of continued recession and also the natural growth/shed cycle of the transplanted hair.
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