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  1. Thanks mate! I'm pleased to see something happening at this early stage and I'm looking forward to seeing what'll happen in the next few months!!
  2. Wow, cracking eye for a hairline - I want you on my pub quiz team! Ideally I'll morph directly into Adam Levine....and lose 20 lbs! No flaking or redness really - I think the donor area is still a bit red but nothing noticable. The donor area itches as well as the recipient area - but it's not something that bothers me. Usually after a shower / hairwash it doesn't itch so maybe it's just dead skin cells begging to be washed away....
  3. At the moment I don’t - just the shampoo. But I probably will when the hair is a bit longer. Something to strengthen / thicken the hairs maybe...
  4. Thanks, I agree - it's slowly taking shape... At the end, I still plan to keep my hair short but not shaved like it is now. Something like the picture below is what I'm aiming for...!
  5. Progress Update - 3 months: Let it groooow I haven't updated much in the last month as in all honesty, the hair transplant has been at the back of my mind, which is a really good thing. The hair requires so little 'maintenance' that I'm fully back to just going about my normal life / exercise routine. There are a few things I make sure to do though: I always wear a cap in the sun - I think Dr D said 'no sun exposure for 2 months' but there's no need to really get it in the sun anyway so I'm going to keep it out for another month still. Lots of research I've seen says to wait 4 months and that's fine with me, I don't really want a sunburnt head in any month. I still wash the hair with the gentle Sebamed shampoo everyday, and I've just bought the 'anti-hairloss' version to try out. I've been in the hair restoration game long enough to know that shampoos do little more than reset the pH balance of your scalp / nourish the hair but I'll give it a shot anyway as it says it can help blood circulation on the scalp I find it's a little itchy sometimes - maybe some of those new hairs coming though? I try to just gently rub it with the pad of my finger rather than using my nails (not that I have any nails left after Stranger Things Season 3 ) As per usual, still using Regaine 2 x per day, and taking my cut-up into quarters Proscar pill each day Apart from that, life with my head is as per usual Muzzafer told me not to shave the recipient area with a hair trimmer as the trimmer can yank out some of the hairs if it's not properly oiled. I bought a new shaver recently and decided to just go ahead gently with the hair, even though I was a couple of weeks off three months. It created a far more even look and I really don't think it would have done any damage at all. I'm going to keep shaving for the next few weeks, hopefully as I see some of the new hairs begin to sprout, then I'll let it all grow in together (trying to avoid too much of an ugly ducking phase!) In terms of how it's growing...it's hard to say. As I see and touch it everyday, I see very little growth but I'm with my parents this weekend who told me they see a real difference and that the crown of my head is "covered in hair though it's soft 'baby' hair for now". If I run my hand over my head, I can feel different lengths and textures, so something is definitely happening up there, though I wasn't expecting much to begin growing just yet. However, from the 3 / 4 month mark, I'm hoping to start seeing something happening! I really don't pay any attention to my donor area, though I'm pleased with how this looks. The only thing I'm currently not keen on is the difference in hair density on the back of my head - the donor area is now slightly thinner (but I'm happy with all the hair there) - then there's a 'ring' of thicker, natural hair above that, then you get to the recipient area. I hope this all kind of evens out in the end (especially when I get a decent haircut) but if not then at least I can extract those thicker hairs for another transplant if I want. Some pictures below - FYI I know there's a red spot on the crown of my head. I think it's always been there but has been feeling a bit sensitive lately - think I caught it with the shaver (hope you weren't eating when you read that!) Donor area, feat. The Ring Looking to the left Looking for chocolate biscuits Looking down The Crown feat. the artist formally known as The Spot Close up
  6. All's coming along well! I don't think the head has really changed in the last few weeks, though I think I've seen a little growth beginning, only a couple of hairs though. Next week will be the 12-week mark so I'll get some new pics taken this weekend and I'll put a fuller update online! 👍
  7. Good question. For finasteride, I think it's a lifetime thing. The pill works by stopping some kind of enzyme which causes hair loss. At any point in life, you can stop taking it, but that enzyme won't be blocked anymore so you'll be likely to experience hair loss if you were prone to it beforehand. Minoxidil is something that I think is a little more relaxed. It helps strengthen hairs and encourage growth and is a good idea at my stage in the transplant process. I guess it can be used indefinitely? As for alcohol - I very rarely drink (just a few times a year) so I wouldn't know - but I don't recall being warned to stay off it on either finasteride or minoxidil.
  8. Thankyou mate! I think the donor area looks more or less back to normal. It still feels a little weird but it's only noticeable when you're really close so no-one will know. Best of luck, let me know if I can help out on any questions in your run-up to the surgery! 👍
  9. Progress Update: 7 weeks, coming up to 2 months: Dormant phase in full flow It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post and there isn’t really much progress to update you with. I’m almost certain that all the shedding has happened now; if I wash my hair or apply Minoxidil then look at my hands, I usually see one or two hairs, but not a handful like a few weeks ago. I’m a little surprised, I thought I’d be shedding right up until the end of month three, but I guess it’s happened a little early for me. Every time I look online for information about the recovery stages, they’re all very detailed in what happens until the end of month 1, then they detail the new growth from month 3 or 4. This period now (approaching the 2 month mark) is a really weird time. It’s not early enough that you can really tell I had a transplant, but not late enough that growth has begun. So it’s really just a stage where it’s looking just like it did before the transplant. I’ve found myself having a bit less self-esteem / having less confidence. I think it’s partly to do with the awkward hairstyle I’m rocking and partly from the insane amount of recovery KitKats I managed to get through. Either way I’m hoping this improves as time goes on as I hate feeling low. I know not to expect anything different at this point, but it really looks like I never had a transplant and I know I shouldn’t expect any growth yet but I can’t escape the disappointed feeling at the moment. I’ve been on a couple of trips lately back to Barcelona and to Ibiza, and I’ve been very careful to put a hat on when I’m spending time in the sun. Sometimes I’ll be walking to / from work and I’ll realise that I’m not wearing a hat and have been in the sun for a while – so I try and walk in shade where I can or I carry a cap to and from work now. I’ve bought a new shaver, and use it to cut the back and side of my head, then I trim the top with scissors as close as I can to my head. I think the donor area shows a little when it’s shaved quite short, but you’d have to get really really close in order to see any scars / redness. I’ve begun wearing some Mane Hair Thickening spray when I want to try and look good – I find it makes everything look a lot more even - though I try not to do it for too long in case it has any negative effect on the grafts. I’ve been trying to eat well and exercise, though occasionally I’ll smoke or bang my head and I’ll kick myself for not taking more care during the recovery stage but you can’t stop life I guess! I wash the hair everyday with the sebamed mild shampoo (which I will continue using as I really like it!), taking finasteride and I use Regaine twice a day. I still dry my hair carefully by pressing it with the towel rather than rubbing it but that’s easier as I’m keeping my hair really short. Some pictures attached - I tried to take a snap of the donor area but that's really hard to do yourself!! I also found a nice chart online that showed in a simple format the timeline of new growth - and I sometimes look at that and remind myself that even in month three I'll only see 10% of the growth and I haven't even reached month two yet. I've included the chart here as I found it reassuring! Overall, it’s a rough stage. In my next update in a couple more weeks I’d love to say something about a tiny bit of new growth but we’ll see...
  10. Thanks for the words, appreciate it. I've very much gone from being full of new confidence to feeling very disappointed but I know it's all part of the process and to be expected. I just find it hard to believe that hair will sprout from the thinner areas but it's all part of the magic. I'm about 6 weeks in now so I hope in another 6 I'll begin to see a sign or two of something happening!
  11. Sorry for the slow reply. Thanks - i hope it'll become exciting soon, at the moment it just looks like a bunch of nothing! I know it's all part of the process though, I paid via credit card, which definitely isn't the most cost effective way. I think they charged a little extra for using a card, and my bank charged me about £50 for using the card abroad. It would have been cheaper in cash but I don't have access to that kind of cash so it really was the only way. Though I guess once you spend 4,5K Euros, another 150 for card fee and transaction fee doesn't make too much of a dent!
  12. Thanks for the advice, and looking good! I may look into that but I'm not too unhappy so long as i can keep trimming the sides and cutting the top close to the head (carefully and with scissors). But it could be a good idea for social occasions!
  13. Progress Update - Month 1: Shedding has been intense, now is the hard part Overall I've been really pleased with my transplant process. The operation went well, the travel was fine and the initial recovery was quite straightforward. I always knew the shedding stage would be pretty rough and it definitely is. I’ve found this really tough as I haven’t kept my transplant a secret from anyone. I was in Barcelona this weekend (where I lived until recently) and my friends were all saying ‘it hasn’t worked!’ – or complimenting me on the “new hair” when I can read on their faces that they’re less than impressed. After a lot of thought, I decided to cut my own hair as it was really looking awkward. The sides were growing like crazy, the new hair was shedding a lot, and the few native hairs were growing around the transplanted areas creating an ‘I’ve just escaped from a mental asylum’ kind of look. I know I can’t shave the recipient area for about 3 months, so I shaved the sides and back of my head (not too close so the donor scars would be visible) and took to the top (carefully) with scissors to try and create a shaved look. It worked really well, especially considering I only had left-handed scissors (I’m right handed), though I think close up it looks like someone has…hacked at it with a pair of left-handed scissors. I was really careful around the new hairs, but from what I’ve read, a haircut past the three-week mark is absolutely fine. Now it’s been over a month I think there’s very little I can do to disturb the hairs now! I feel like most of the shedding has already happened, though at almost 5 weeks it feels a bit early to be saying that the shedding is ‘over’. When I shower, I look at the shampoo on my hands and count about 10 hairs each time I touch my head, though in the last few days there has only been about 2 or 3 hairs. The head is pretty itchy still, and it’s quite red (I’ve begun using Regaine and that seems to make it sting a little and turn red). I’ve had a weekend where I’ve been in the sun (but wearing a hat during exposed periods), drinking, eating rubbish and I smoked a few cigarettes when drunk so I feel a bit bad about not taking better care of myself, but I don’t think this would have caused any real damage. Anyway, here’s some pics – they’re definitely the least flattering ones I’ve taken so far and I’m feeling a bit low and self-conscious about how it all looks. I’m also doubting that hairs will begin to sprout – my crown just feels kind of sparse and I can’t imagine there actually being hair there one day. I’ll update again in a couple more weeks or when things change, but for now I think it’s all about ignoring the hair and just forgetting that I look a bit tragic! A couple more months and something should begin to sprout… P.S The pictures are duplicated and there's a weird image of some text - for some reason they won't delete when I try to edit the post so just ignore them...
  14. Thanks mate! I think I'm just starting the shedding, and I can't wait to be going uphill! 😃
  15. Appreciate the advice! I'm not someone who cares what other people think so I'm happy to carry around a bottle of baby shampoo. I'm still using the mild 'Sebamed' shampoo each day, but I'm certainly now only going to wash once per day anyway. I will document where that bump was - though I'm keen not to dwell on the past and instead, just looking forward to however this turns out. But certainly will see if that area develops any differently. 👍