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  1. A consultation with a very reputable surgeon recently said that he definitely recommends 5% minoxidil after surgery because it helps bring blood flow to the grafts and helps with yield/graft survivability.
  2. Yes, I think that if the hairs are combed forward, actually the hairs from the crown area will add additional layering into the midscale when they are grown out, thus needing less grafts for coverage. Why do you want to start oral vs 5% topical? Im guessing you are planning 5mg split into 2.5mg twice a day?
  3. great writeup @Rolandas and happy growing! How is your donor feeling, any discomfort? I thought your frontal third looked really good from your earlier videos, what made you want to strengthen it versus putting those grafts into your midscalp/crown? Unless Dr.Ferreira thought 2000 was good enough to give the illusion of full coverage in your midscalp/crown?
  4. I can certainly understand how all these factors may sway someone into just picking the convenient choice. The clinic 15 minutes away from home, no travel needed, the doctor will see you next week, the price is reasonable...why wait a year when the convenient option is right there ready to be seized... Maybe the result is even good enough for your needs, so why go through the extra hassle... It certainly does mess with one's mind a bit.
  5. @RandoBrando517I haven't had my transplant yet, but I've seen it can last 6 months or even more... Generally speaking though I think most guys have made it through the worst parts after month 4.
  6. I know most topics focus on results and patient experiences (and for good reason!), but I feel that the waiting planning stages of getting a hair transplant deserve some more consideration. Several reasons why: 1. A fair bit of time off from work needs to be taken. Now the work from home situation helps with not going straight back into the office and everyone asking what happened to your head haha, but still at least 2 weeks PTO should probably be taken to make sure those initial, crucial recovery days go well. 2. Often the desired surgeons have very long waiting lists...so your surgery may be scheduled up to a year or maybe even more in advance. Now you have to plan out your life quite a bit ahead around that time. Have a friend's wedding around then? A graduation? Some other important event? Everything needs to somehow be planned, or rather re-planned, around your transplant date and the recovery time. 3. The ugly duckling stage...if you aren't in a committed relationship this means you are pretty much out of dating commission for a few months at least lol. 4. Career change inconvenience. Planning to change your job at any point before your transplant isn't really feasible...as upon changing it you will be taking a fair bit of time off and if it's customer facing especially, this will be a no go. So, any plans to change jobs/ move are best saved for after the transplant date. Again, if this is like 6 months or so away, it creates an annoying limbo state. 5. Informing close family and friends. Perhaps this is unnecessary, but if you see some family members frequently they may inquire what you did. Not a big deal if you are open about it but let's face it, male pattern baldness isn't really looked at sympathetically by the general public, so it may be an awkward topic to discuss with them. These are what I could think of at the moment but I'm sure there are many more.
  7. Are you more scared of its side effects than going fully bald to Norwood 7? Which is where you are headed in my opinion. If you are, then don't take it, you may scare yourself into thinking you have side effects (placebo effect).
  8. You still have a fair bit of hair to save, I would recommend getting on finasteride.
  9. Yes, the waiting list would be huge I am sure he gets hundreds of e-mails daily.
  10. It is hard to tell because you had quite a lot of native hair in the frontal forelock already. Actually looking more closely at your immediate post op pictures, my previous opinion may be completely wrong, your yield might have been pretty good. I can only say that it "seems" to me in the originally bald areas, the individual single grafts may be of too fine caliber, meaning they are not inherently thick enough to produce the desired aesthetic outcome with the density they were implanted in. If you look at other "home run" hairline cases, it is of patients who have inherently thick, robust donor hair, so you can sort of do more with less so to speak, and do not need to implant very densely to obtain the desired result. Of course, you use fine, individual singles for the very front of the hairline to avoid the pluggy look.
  11. You may be right, but it seemed that his forelock was stronger hair thickness and caliber wise, so the chance of shock loss would be less there. The post op pictures on the sides of the hairline do seem to show that some rather fine were grafts placed there, and quite spaced apart as well. Perhaps too many singles were used, rather than just in the very front where they are actually necessary to produce a natural result.
  12. Yes, the yield does not look great, but to get some numerical estimates may be helpful. Recall that it's advertised good FUT yields are 95-98%, which I presume was communicated to you that you could expect to get a similar yield. Looking at your post operative pictures, it actually appears you had hair transplanted amongst your natural hair though, and not only on slick bald areas? If this is true then you may have experienced shock loss. It is much more tricky to implant around native hairs, as in addition to the trauma to the recipient area, your native (mpb compromised) hairs are not competing for blood flow with the transplanted grafts. Using minoxidil and finasteride can help keep them alive/stronger to overcome this shock.
  13. Could you ask Dr. Bloxham do to a microscopic evaluation to verify your yield? You were transplanting in slick bald areas so this should be easy enough to do. That way, there will be no ambiguity with the question of if it "should" look like that, or if it is a question of poor yield.
  14. Looking great 🙂. It looks like the patients donor hair is quite thick caliber, in addition to having pretty good density at 85 fu/cm2?
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