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I had a transplant 3 weeks ago and the surgery went fine. I am trying to figure out the best way to wear my hair in the near future, until my old hair grows back or the new ones come in.

 

During my surgery, my hair was trimmed in the very front and I used to wear it about 2.5 inches to cover where it was receding and thinning. I still have the rest of it longer for now and have been wearing a hat. The top/front where the surgery was done looks like a buzz cut now and does go about 2 inches deep towards the back of my head in a triangle shape, where the work was done.

 

If I knew that the new transplanted hair was not going to shed I could just cut the rest of my hair shorter and blend it. I do not want the scar in the back to show though. But my concern is that if I cut the rest of my hair and I start shedding the new hair I will look like I am balding really badly.

 

Any suggestions on how to wear my hair? What expectations I should have of growth and hair loss? And how long my old hair should take to grow back in? I have a wedding in 1.5 months and that is my concern. On a daily basis now I am wearing a hat when I am in public.

 

Thanks for any tips or suggestions.

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I'm in a similar situation and 15 days post HT. As a matter of fact I was just on the phone booking my haircut for Saturday afternoon.

 

I've begun to shed a lot more and see this as a necessary evil in disguising the fact I had anything done. Each day I'm getting more confident I'll be able to pull it off. Unfortunately however, I will look pretty bald for a few months.

 

I'm just going to take the sides down as low as possible and blend it in, then use either Mane, Nanogen or Dermatch to cover the scar. I've 17 days until returning to work.

4,312 FUT grafts (7,676 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - August 2013

1,145 FUE grafts (3,152 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - August 2018

763 FUE grafts (2,094 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - January 2020

Proscar 1.25mg every 3rd day

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Hey Matt,

 

Thanks for the response. So you are thinking of just cutting it down and however it looks, it looks? I also still have a lot of redness and some scabbing, so I am not quite ready to do that. I also really don't want to have the entire top look completely bald if I shed. I used to have hair there, but it was thinning. Now it will look completely empty until my old hair grows back, then the new hair.

 

I am lucky that I can wear a hat to work, but the biggest thing I have is a wedding in a month and a half. That's what I want to look somewhat normal for.

 

Have you found any info on expectations for this?

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You could use womens facial concealer to hide the redness, of course by then the scabs will have gone.

 

I'm just going to have to accept a bit of a mickey take a work. I'd rather not have too much hair because that would be a dead giveaway. Having said that, I can see some grafts are growing at a rate of knots and noticeably longer than the shedding hairs, so I should retain a token amount.

 

It will be such a difference in the way I used to look I should get away with it. The fact better things are on the horizon makes it easier to come to terms with.

 

Not sure what you can do besides wearing a hat at the wedding.

4,312 FUT grafts (7,676 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - August 2013

1,145 FUE grafts (3,152 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - August 2018

763 FUE grafts (2,094 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - January 2020

Proscar 1.25mg every 3rd day

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Maybe I can break up the wedding? ha ha

 

Your hair looked similar to mine, I just looked at your pics. Mine was a little longer on the sides and front where it was not receding and I had a little bit more in the front. So mine will be a noticeable difference.

 

I know long term and the big picture will be fine, just trying to figure out how to get by for the next three or four months.

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This is the same situation for me I work in a company where we have meetings every two weeks besides that I don't see my colleagues, and I am dead worried how to conceal my transplant on that meeting day, especially the front part and new hairline, I am doing a comb over hair style using toppik and managed to get a certain look, so if I do the operation defiantly the new hairline would be noticeable even if I did the operation without shaving the recipient area.

 

I wish there was a way to disguise this transplant , all would be great and piece of cake if there was no shedding phase involved in the hair transplant procedure, I would just buzz cut it and all the hair would grow uniformly, I am sure that the doctor who would find a way to not experience shedding would be hailed as a world class leader in hair transplant world.

 

So this is what I thought, I thought about ordering a hair piece system that gives me the exact same hair style I have now, and on that day of the meeting I would use it for few hours and then remove it. Since I only need to use it only for few hours once every two weeks.

 

What do you think could that be a solution

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I am in exactly the same situation. I need to get some hairline work done. I telecommute but we often have meetings in the office. Since it would be in the very front, I don't know how I would hide it. The doctors will say...ahhh don't worry about it....but that is easier said than done. The office gossip squad would have a field day with that.

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Romans828, just go for it! In the long term it's worth it which I'm sure you know!

 

I am 6 weeks out and am wearing a hat everywhere. Lucky enough I own my business so I can wear one there. None if my friends asked why I am wearing a hat yet, but I have been avoiding people so they don't keep seeing me in one.

 

There will definitely be a period where you don't look good. Right now most of my redness has gone and I had most of the shedding already. So I don't look great but I know every day forward is an improvement.

 

For me my biggest issue is a wedding that is 6 weeks away. That will be just under the three month mark. I'm not sure what my hair will look like and how to wear it.

 

For you, if it's possible to say you went to a doctor for something and have to keep it covered, then you may feel a lot better being out. Again, 3 months down for the rest of your life, go for it.

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