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jimcraig152

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  1. End of Week 8 Update: Note to self: For better quality pictures, take them with the camera on the back of the iPhone and not the one facing the screen (AKA, the selfie camera). With that said, I do see some new growth as very thin wisps. No avalanche of sprouts or anything. I am full-on in the ugly duckling stage has some of the left over transplanted hair in the front middle above the hairline is starting to thin out. No response at all from MHTA. Now that they have money, looks like I am on my own. MHTA certainly hasn't lifted a finger to schedule any follow-ups; Might as well rem
  2. Ask if there are any additional papers and agreements that must be signed before you make full payment and before the procedure!!!!!! (At least one recommended surgeon here makes you sign away your rights as a patient just before the procedure).
  3. You're welcome. I had shoulder length hair until the procedure when it was shaved to a ridiculous looking do. I am hoping I don't have to wear a beanie to the Thanksgiving dinner table :). So I found this photo on my phone. Closest to an overhead shot I took during those early days. Composited it to a shot of where I am currently at. Dr. Diep did feather grafts into my natural hairline. I don't think my natural hairline went as far as the grafts do. Also, much of the hair in the upper regions of the hairline are growing out in random patterns instead of rows as I would expect from ho
  4. These photos are the same as the previous ones but are in gray scale mode to eliminate the redness. The redness darkens the skin at a glance and gives a false illusion of density. In gray scale the redness is reduced/eliminated so you can see the hair against the scalp. I'll post these photos from time to time until the redness is gone. I noticed before the last buzz cut that to the right of the vertex, the hair was really thin from the extraction which was done very high. I mentioned this previously but did not post photos. I'll document these shots from time to time as
  5. Some folks have been asking me about how I edit my photos. I use GIMP (GNU Image Manipulating Program). It is an opensource photo editor that has nearly all the professional functionality of Adobe's Photoshop with a price tag of $0 dollars. Basic functionality is easy to learn (crop, resize, deleting out facial features, compositing layers--as in my cumulative pics--) in 1-2 minute Youtube videos or Google searches. I keep all my posted pics resized to 800 horizontal pixels so that the page loads fast but still allows the image to remain clear. I still have the hi-rez photos kept locally.
  6. End of Week 7 Update: Not a whole lot of progress. Sprouted grafts are growing but no new sprouts as far as I can tell. I did manage to take the best pic yet of the donor area. Hope I can reproduce this going forward. Too bad I wasn't able to take it last week when the hair was taken down to the lowest since the procedure. I also finally got some better aloe vera. Took Amazon a month to get it here. It's not magic pixie dust or anything, but it works a lot better than the stuff I got at Target. Alright, here are the pics: Let's start with the donor stuff this time. The over-harvestin
  7. More proof that your HT is enviable work brutha. Congrats! Looking forward to your next update in 30 days!
  8. It is not urgent. Just want to breakdown of the grafts (singles, doubles, etc.) and to have follow-up consultations scheduled.
  9. I've never used concealers. I tend to sweat a lot. Always have. Not sure if it is a good idea for a guy like me to use concealers. I am going to keep my hair short-ish through the 12-18 month recovery period, then grow it back to shoulder length. Going to be cool to be able to have long hair without forming over hair and locking it down with lots of hair spray to cover up the receded corners. That is of course if I don't need a repair procedure. Oh, on a side note. Absolutely zero response from MHTA even after I set up the Onpatient account.
  10. I shopped out a mole that is very visible IRL so I can be more conspicuous. I am putting away the clippers from here on out until which time when I can give myself an actual haircut. Probably around Thanksgiving. But the reason why I took things down low was I wanted to count the extractions in the donor area. But it seems I lost that opportunity weeks ago now as the scars are too healed to get an accurate count. I marked off my donor area with a pen to do the planned extraction count (no double counts as I moved around my head). I am abandoning the counting process with these pics.
  11. End of Week 6 Update: I took my hair down to a 1/2 guard to get a better look at the donor scarring. I figure we are in quarantine anyway, so no big deal and it will grow back quickly. Much of the transplanted hair in the middle above my forehead hasn't fallen out yet. Hair in the corners have fallen out but are being replaced by slow new growth. Hoping this is the worst of the ugly duckling stage. I will put away the clippers and just let things take their course from here on out. I am seeing new pimples. There was a rather large one in the middle just above my hairline that quickly popp
  12. My right eye was completely swollen shut by the 7th day too. It isn't real bruising through. Mostly it is the fluid injected into your head to expand the skin for the grafting process. For me, the swelling went away by the end of the 2nd week. Visually, the bruising went away by the 3rd week completely. You should be given instructions to begin removing the scabbing by the 7th day. Each doctor's recommendation is slightly different with the timeline. But once the scabbing is gone, the cracks go away too. I was a bit too cautious when it came to removing the scabbing. I was really
  13. The donor looks untouched for 2800 grafts. There is no asymmetry. No over-harvesting in any one area.The hairline appears nature made. The graft placement exhibits no unnatural patterning. The angle of insertion matches your natural hair growth. By day 8, when the scabs come off and the hair grows out a bit, you will just look like you have tight buzz cut. Subbed to your thread and will follow your updates closely. Enviable work man. Congrats! Wow, just wow!
  14. Hi @Shifty, Just to confirm, you use this shampoo, correct?
  15. I am 6 weeks post op with Dr. Diep and I can tell you getting him or his staff to respond to me has been a chore. I am detailing that in my thread. But to answer your question, no. I haven't even been able to ask the question. But when I do, I will point my high powered intelligence into dissecting his answer :). Good luck with your decision and journey brutha. Keep us posted.
  16. Me too man. I had been following his work for years before I took the plunge with Dr. Diep. And while I know I need to wait longer for the final results, the techniques observed can clearly be seen. The corn rowing/grid placement alone should be enough for you to make the final decision. But make no mistake about it, FUT will be a concern for you too. There are examples of good FUT scars and bad ones from Dr. Diep. They are on this forum. But like any of his work, it is a bit of a dice roll, coin flip, or you are laying of odds beyond 50-50. This isn't a witch hunt. Just a bunch o
  17. The thinking is based on math: (1500 extractions) - (800 grafts) = 700 extractions unaccounted for and lost for future follow-up procedures Industry standard transection loss rate by an expert surgeon is what 5%, 10%, 15%? What is the rate of loss here: (700 unaccounted for extractions) / (1500 total extractions) = 47%. The count wasn't speculated upon or drawn up on thin air. Someone counted the extractions with a photo editor. I didn't reply to that thread but I did download those photos before the thread was deleted. I counted them myself and stopped at 1300. No doubt Specific-vio
  18. The thread was from Specific-violinist60 (27 years of age, mind you) from about three weeks back. He posted it under the heading "Someone Please Help Me Gain Peace of Mind" or something to that extent. He showed his 800 graft transplant procedure with photos of is FUE extraction site. He said he counted conservatively 1200-1400 exactions. Others came in and showed him what and 800 graft procedure looked like. More commented that his donor site did not look anywhere close to the proper amount of extractions for an 800 graft procedure. Someone came in and used a photo editor and counted all
  19. I am totally envious of you. Though you have not yet had any kind of results from your transplant journey at all. At least in your current journey, you have the ability to weigh the cost spent and maybe already lost against having grafts placed as rows on your head. You don't have to contemplate what it is like to go from combing your hair in such ways as to disguise your hair loss, to combing your hair in the near future in such ways as to disguise that you've had a hair transplant. You don't have to worry yet about whether or not your donor supply was salted away possibly preventing you
  20. I am now in my 6th week post procedure with Dr. Diep. I remember earlier on in the recovery process getting a subscriber notification on these forums. That person that subscribed to me didn't respond to the thread I started maybe because I am pretty thorough. But he responded to several Dr. Diep threads, some years old, and his own. Out of curiosity, I clicked on his thread and found utter despair. I wanted to post something on his thread. Words of encouragement. But did not. I didn't want to add to his inertia of pain. A few days later his thread was gone. In the time since, several people ha
  21. End of Week 5 Update: My natural hair was really starting to come in and my transplants are growing but slowly. As I am a NW3, things are starting to look awkward. I am starting to look like Zangief: So I decide to take my hair down a bit. I start with a 4 guard but not much is coming off. I switch to a 3 guard and it hits the spot. I also want a closer look at what the donor healing progress is looking like, so I take the sides and back down to a 2 guard. I am still feeling the sensation of hairs in the recipient area pushing through my scalp. Usually, this happens right as I a
  22. Can't even tell that you have: Hairloss issues, and Had an HT procedure just 8 days ago That is the definition of outstanding work! Post pics of the donor area too brutha.
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