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So far at two weeks post HT my biggest concern has been how to successfully hide my HT when I went back to work. I left my hair long prior to the surgery so that I could hide the new hair line post surgery. So far through the use of some really light Dove clear non-aerosol hairspray I have been able to work the trendy disshevled look. I still stress over it big time (especailly in wind). Hat's off (pardon the pun) to those who don't have the bangs to hide the HT and can't wear a hat. I salute you...that would require me to take a tranquilizer to get through the day!

I have noticed that many Hollywood stars that have had HT work done opted for the close crew cut to blend the new hair in with the old. For example:

*Nick Stokes of CSI seems to have done this.

*Matthew McConnaughy did this during Reign of fire

*Christian Slater may have done this

*Ben Browder of FarScape and Stargate SG-1

 

I just chickened out and could not do it since I normally wear my hair longer. I wonder if anyone else stressed over this like I am now. Stars seem to have it made since they can take off like a month or so between jobs providing time for grafts to come out (no hiding). Then again, they are constantly under watch by so many people it may be worse.

I am doing the best I can. I know down the road I will be so happy....just grin and bear it now...no pain no gain....

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I was fortunate enough to be able to wear a ball cap post-op. Some guys come up with really inventive ways of wearing their hair (some probably from years of practicing combovers) to conceal their surgery.

 

At two weeks, the redness should be fading and the transplanted hairs will soon be falling out, leaving you with very much the appearance you had directly pre-op. After that, it's all just waiting and then growing.

 

-Robert

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Not-a, How many days did you take off from work to have your procedure? Hopefully a full week. I agree with the longer hair to cover approach. It's usually just a few days before you can comb it back if that's how you wear it.

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I took a week off. I am starting to see the grafts shed at week 2 around 5-7 that I notice a day. My temple areas are sensitive and a little dry now so I feel the grafts as prickly feeling as if they will start to shed soon like they are suppossed to.

You know the whole shedding thing is freaking me out a little. On the one hand I want them to go now so I can chill a little on the hiding them game. On the other hand, I worry about them going b/c it seems counterintuitive that they are suppossed to shed.

I also worry about what the hairs are going to look like as they grow back and how thick they will become at the 12-18 month state. I guess I am being neurotic a little but these thoughts are going through my head daily.

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Not_A... if you think you're frustrated now, wait until you are several months post-op. The waiting and anticipation is a killer. The heck with being patient, I want my hair now! Honestly (intended in the nicest possible way), the fixations have just begun my friend.

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Not A,

 

First of all congrats. I had a few questions. What was the extent of your hairloss prior to surgery i.e.NW class? How long til everything was close to pre op? What doc did you use? Was the post op as you anticipated? Very curious

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Cylon,

 

The transplanted hair shedding is certainly bittersweet. Just keep in mind that it is a sign of progress and that in just a few short (or perhaps long icon_smile.gif) months, you will begin sprouting.

 

The hairs will probably seem a bit coarse at first but will eventually be a bit finer to more evenly match the surrounding hair. This takes some time.

 

Keep your chin up.

 

-Robert

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I was an NW Class 2. Hair line recession at temple areas only about 2-3 inches. I used Dr. Cooley of Charlotte, NC and could not have been more satisfied with both his expertise and my treatment by his top-notch staff. I am SO glad this site was available to point me in the right direction for a highly qualified physician!

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Not A,

 

I'd be curious to know when all the grafts shed completely.Here's my thought process. I have seen some post op patients between 1 and 2 weeks and what's most noticeable are the transplanted hairs . Once the crusts fall off it the recipient area looks like a 4,5 day beard growth. My guess is once these shed you are back to where you were pre op with the exception of some pinkish hue to the scalp. So one can conclude if you were looking for undetectability, the quicker you shed the transplanted hairs the better because then no one knows you had a procedure per se it just looks like you're growing hair to the average person. Basically what I'm saying is that once you shed the hairs and apply cover up to avoid the redness you should be good to go. So, how long til you lose the stubble??

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Cylon- grin and bear it bro... nobody really can tell you had something done! the only thing they notice on me is the donor scar. I tell them I was attacked by a gang called the DHT's and they tried to scalp me!!! icon_wink.gificon_cool.gif

 

The areas just before my temples have sprouted, I am waiting to see some hairs poke through on the temples really soon. But I've said to other HT bro's- let the procedure do it's thign in it's time, evetually everythings gonna be OK icon_biggrin.gif

 

 

PS - i've been keeping my hair at 1/2 inch for even looking hair.. just looks like it's growing.

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Am due to have first HT in a few weeks. haven't done an enormous amount of research into it. Some place in the London UK called the Wimpole Clinic -a guy called Michael May - ever come across this guy?

 

It's a relatively minor one. 600 grafts only to hairline and temples. I figure I can pretty much hide the op work with a brush down although any suggestions would be appreciated.

 

How do you conceal the redness? can this be done to any effect after 2 or 3 days with any sort of product? Also what about the grafts? How can these be passed off - or is it just impossible. How would one best describe the look of these things in the first few days/week?

 

Also how does the donor area look immediately after. Is it noticeable? or does existing hair cover the scar if it is a few inches long at the back?

 

Thanks

 

Nev

 

 

Originally posted by tymman:

Cylon- grin and bear it bro... nobody really can tell you had something done! the only thing they notice on me is the donor scar. I tell them I was attacked by a gang called the DHT's and they tried to scalp me!!! icon_wink.gificon_cool.gif

 

The areas just before my temples have sprouted, I am waiting to see some hairs poke through on the temples really soon. But I've said to other HT bro's- let the procedure do it's thign in it's time, evetually everythings gonna be OK icon_biggrin.gif

 

 

PS - i've been keeping my hair at 1/2 inch for even looking hair.. just looks like it's growing.

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Please do not tell me you are really having a strip surgery for just 600 grafts icon_eek.gif

 

In my view that is just plain unethical by the doctor. I doubt you will listen to me but if I were in your shoes I would put the deposit down to experience and cancel the surgery. I would then do a LOT more research.

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Originally posted by neville:

Am due to have first HT in a few weeks. haven't done an enormous amount of research into it.

Nev

 

Originally posted by Skywalker:

Please do not tell me you are really having a strip surgery for just 600 grafts icon_eek.gif

 

In my view that is just plain unethical by the doctor. I doubt you will listen to me but if I were in your shoes I would put the deposit down to experience and cancel the surgery. I would then do a LOT more research.

 

I think Skywalker gave you the right advice... and you're not really going to get a HT in the UK are you icon_eek.gif !? There are lots of horror stories about the butchers in the UK. forget your deposit and save your scalp!

 

PB

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Originally posted by neville:

. . . haven't done an enormous amount of research into it. . . .London UK, Wimpole Clinic . . .Michael May - ever come across this guy?

 

Nev

. . . "Dr Michael May, a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, . . . leading consultant surgeons specialising solely in precision hair replacement surgery. He has many years of experience in this field and has performed thousands of Micro Hair Replacement procedures. Dr May operates out of Wimpole Street in central London".

. . ."Mantis viewing system allows medical technicians to efficiently prepare and manipulate micro and mini hair grafts"

. . . "The latest techniques used at the Wimpole Hair Restoration Clinic involves the placing of follicular units, whereby individual hair follicles or groups of two to three follicles are grafted to create a more natural appearance"

. . . "The Mantis viewers allow each technician to prepare up to 500 grafts in one sitting with up to three technicians preparing grafts for the patient".

 

Hmmm! . . . looks like a step in the right direction (for the UK) - but how much of a stylist is this GP/MD? I'd want to see several patients who have had work done at least a year back. . . . and then you have the overarching problem with the UK - The Cost! - I find it difficult to imagine you'll be charged the equivalent to $4.50 (??2.55 GBP) per graft from a surgery in Wimpole Street !!

 

Nev, I hope that . . . "I haven't done an enormous amount of research" - doesn't come back to haunt you.

 

Best of luck . . . Sorleyboy

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