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  1. Thanks to all the great members of this board(Bill in particular.) I now know I don't have cobblestoning but folliculitis(an common inflamation of the hair follicles. Turns out this if my forth procedure with Bosley Boston and it looks like it's going to be fine just like the others. My Boston doc was on Vacation but I called the Bosleys 1-800 number and they paged a dr on the west coast who got out of bed at 6AM on a Saturday and let me email him some pics of my scalp. He then called an antibiotic in to my local Pharmacy and even gave me his personal number in case things did not work out. I have to really say that i'm impressed with this type of treatment, fast action, and a personal phone number to a Dr that did not even treat me. Again, it looks like my forth Bosley procedure will turn out well. The minor infection had nothing to do with the quality of work and they addressed it ASAP. Thanks again to the board for if it had not been for Bill. I probably would have waited several weeks for this to go away on it's own. I'm still trying to resize my pics so I can post the temples so if anyone has this they won't panic. I also want to post some before and after photos as to get everyones opinion. I'm not in anyway endorsing Bosley medical. All I can say is I had good experience with the same doc with four procedures and some excellant customer service(though this is one time and maybe I got lucky.)
  2. I have had four procedures and did not have any redness issues on the first three after about a week. I also started with a fair amout of hair and all the grafts were placed behind my hairline and in my mid-scalp. I have had the same luck with my recent forth procedure except that my temples were done. They are still very red 16 days post op but this is a delicate area. The rest of the grafts were pretty scab-fee and normal in color after 7-10 days.
  3. This really depends on where you're having your grafts placed. I have had four procedures. The first thee involed just the top of my hairline and mid-scalp area. All three of these procedures were only around 600 grafts. About 3 days after the second procedure, I noticed my forhead was swelling. I called my Dr. and he prescribed an oral steriod (methlyprednisone) and this made the swelling do down virtually overnight. This last procedure was about 1300 grafts and involved some temple work. I just knew I was going to have a swelling problem so I asked for the methlyprednisone. He told me to call him "if" I had any problems. After reminding him I had swelling on a procedure half the size he finally gave in and gave me the drug. I noticed very slight swelling on my temple areas that were easley covered by a baseball cap. My advice would be to request aggressively request something beforehand. With the preventative meds and a baseball cap I was walking and driving around the very next day after my procedure and nobody noticed a thing different about me(except I usually don't wear a baseball cap.) I doubt anyone suspected I had a baseball cap on due to a transplant.
  4. Thanks for your input. I'm trying to resize the pics as they are too large. If you have an email address I would love to get an opinion from someone who also has had some temple work. It seems similar to what you're describing. Both sides look pink and inflamed but on close inspection it appears the grafts are slightly elevated much like tiny pimples as opposed to pitted. Maybe it will be ok and I don't mind waiting three months so long as I know it will correct itself. I really think the Dr or someone should have warned me that the temples would take longer to heel then the rest of the procedure. They merely gave me the standard instuctions for all my prior procedures which was resume normal activity after two weeks and the rest of my treated area is pretty much undectable.
  5. Thanks for both of your inputs. Is there a certain period of time I should wait to see if it gets better? As I stated before I'm two weeks post op. Also, I guess i'm just really concerned as temple/side burns really have to come out nearly perfect to be virtually undectible. My temple areas on both sides are noticeable from over 10 feet away. would two more weeks be a reasonable time to wait as I will then be a month post op? thanks again
  6. This is the way my temples look 14 days post op. They actually look worse in person as I have some cobblestoning(there are bumps and elevations.) I know this is early, but shoudent the redness and bumps be better by now?
  7. This is the way my temples look 14 days post op. They actually look worse in person as I have some cobblestoning(there are bumps and elevations.) I know this is early, but shoudent the redness and bumps be better by now?
  8. Thanks for your answer. I actually had the same Bosley physician the last three procedures and everything went well. It's just that this is the first time he actully did sideburn/temple work and this area is still red and cobblestone like and really sticks out. From what I hear this area is very difficult to work on and get a natural appearance. Sounds like I just have to wait it out but it really will be unfortunate if it does not heal correctly as I really don't think he needed to bring my sideburn/temple forward in the first place.
  9. I just did a little homework and it looks like I have what is referred to as cobblestoning. It's worse on one side than the other(I had a different graft tech on each side of my temple area. I guess it's caused by either the dr not making the incisions large enough, the graft techs not placing the grafts deep enough, or even the the wrong grafts placed in the incisions(a three unit graft placed in a 2 unit sized incision.) Before I get all worked up about this has anyone had a similar experience? It has now been two weeks since my procedure. I know I should not have had this done at Bosley but I had three great procedures with them prior to this. I called and was told that the skin should smooth out with time but was welcome to come in. I decided to wait few more weeks to see what happens. Will this get better with time or is the cobblestone effect at two weeks post op pretty much what I'm stuck with?
  10. I just did a little homework and it looks like I have what is referred to as cobblestoning. It's worse on one side than the other(I had a different graft tech on each side of my temple area. I guess it's caused by either the dr not making the incisions large enough, the graft techs not placing the grafts deep enough, or even the the wrong grafts placed in the incisions(a three unit graft placed in a 2 unit sized incision.) Before I get all worked up about this has anyone had a similar experience? It has now been two weeks since my procedure. I know I should not have had this done at Bosley but I had three great procedures with them prior to this. I called and was told that the skin should smooth out with time but was welcome to come in. I decided to wait few more weeks to see what happens. Will this get better with time or is the cobblestone effect at two weeks post op pretty much what I'm stuck with?
  11. I just did a little homework and it looks like I have what is referred to as cobblestoning. It's worse on one side than the other(I had a different graft tech on each side of my temple area. I guess it's caused by either the dr not making the incisions large enough, the graft techs not placing the grafts deep enough, or even the the wrong grafts placed in the incisions(a three unit graft placed in a 2 unit sized incision.) Before I get all worked up about this has anyone had a similar experience? It's still been less than two weeks since my procedure. Will this get better with time or is the cobblestone effect at two weeks post op pretty much what I'm stuck with?
  12. I just did a little homework and it looks like I have what is referred to as cobblestoning. It's worse on one side than the other(I had a different graft tech on each side of my temple area. I guess it's caused by either the dr not making the incisions large enough, the graft techs not placing the grafts deep enough, or even the the wrong grafts placed in the incisions(a three unit graft placed in a 2 unit sized incision.) Before I get all worked up about this has anyone had a similar experience? It's still been less than two weeks since my procedure. Will this get better with time or is the cobblestone effect at two weeks post op pretty much what I'm stuck with?
  13. I has a HT almost two weeks ago. I noticed I have some "bumps" where they placed some of the grafts. It's like the skin is slighly raised in some places where the grafts were placed. It's not every where but only on parts of the grafted area. Is this the "dolls head" effect? Will my skin smooth out so that the graft areas will not be raised and be at the same level as the rest of my scalp. It's not really that bad, but it's only on one side of my temples yet both sides have the same amout of grafts. Could it be the way the graft tech placed the grafts? not far enought in. I did have a different graft tech do each side. Does anyone know what i'm referring to?
  14. I has a HT almost two weeks ago. I noticed I have some "bumps" where they placed some of the grafts. It's like the skin is slighly raised in some places where the grafts were placed. It's not every where but only on parts of the grafted area. Is this the "dolls head" effect? Will my skin smooth out so that the graft areas will not be raised and be at the same level as the rest of my scalp. It's not really that bad, but it's only on one side of my temples yet both sides have the same amout of grafts. Could it be the way the graft tech placed the grafts? not far enought in. I did have a different graft tech do each side. Does anyone know what i'm referring to?
  15. ps.........I used avodart from Jan of 03 to about six months ago. I stopped because I did not see any results. I did notice after about month six my crown, mid scalp, and even frontal hairline and temples were receding a bit. I could tell from pics taken a year ago but could also see that the skin on my hairline was a ligher color. I just started avodart .5 every other day and hope this will help. I don't know if I want to use rogaine as well. I really hope this info helps because I did use Avodart .5 per day for five years. My experience was that it did not grow any hair but I did not get anymore loss in the five year period. It even held my hairline. After six months of stopping. My hairline did go back and even the doctor said my hair was thinner on the crown and mid scalp area. I never even noticed until he held the mirror over my head. My message is that Avodart is powerful stuff and even if you're not seeing results, I would monitor yourself closely for hair loss after stopping it. Keep in mind that do to it's extremly long half life you may not notice any hair loss for several months after discontinuing it. With Proscar/Propeica you would probably start noticing shedding within a month or two.
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