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i am almost exactly 8 months post op. i had something like 2000 grafts, maybe a little more since i ended up paying extra since i didn't want them to throw away the extras. anyway... it was prob around 2000-2500 grafts to my hairline and temple. i had FUT. my hair is TERRIBLY un-manageable. i have tried to search the internets but all i find is pictures of men with short hair or women with post op of over a year. maybe this is why people don't post picutres?

 

so question... is this normal? will my texture me less kinky? less coarse? will a day come when i don't have to weigh the hairs down with gel? also, does my density look thin because its is thin, or because they are all standing straight up? like if they laid down, or when i style them laid down, it doesn't look as bad. bathroom lighting always make them look really bad. ill include a regular picture of how i usually end up

 

any advice, information, help would be great! do you think ill need to get another procedure for better density?

 

oh and Dr. Diep in Los Gatos did my transplant

 

my left

front in bathroom

front in bedroom

my right

 

i usually use a headband which i think looks fine... with headband

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I feel like this will straighten out after it has time to mature. It looks thinner because the density of a transplant is much lower than natural hair. The height of the hair line and the angle of the hair could be contributing factors.

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I actually experienced similar "issues" with my transplanted hair in the beginning. It definitely just needs more time to mature. For me, my transplanted hair finally straightened out and became manageable around 10 1/2 months. Hope it all works itself out for you, and if you're still concerned…I would contact Dr. Diep and see what he recommends.

 

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i had something like 2000 grafts, maybe a little more since i ended up paying extra since i didn't want them to throw away the extras. anyway...

:eek: Did they tell you they would throw away your extra grafts if you didn't pay extra? :eek:

 

I'm not sure if it is just an issue of the hair needing to mature, the work looks a little pluggy to me, but maybe that is a result of the texture of the new hair. I would also suggest contacting the doctor and voicing your concerns.

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is the texture of your donor area like this texture?

 

if not then these grafts will eventually mimic those from that area

 

usually when women get transplants to the hairline, the grafts are angled flatter to the scalp than when a man gets a transplant to the hairline

 

this creates an illusion of density allowing a much greater lowering of the hairline in terms of cm2 with fewer grafts

 

yours looks like the hair was transplanted at a "less-acute" angle than i have seen on after pics of woman hairlines

 

you can always email any coalition doctor on this website for a consult re: whether this is a graft angle placement issue or a density issue and what they would recommend

 

totally worth a few opinions from other doctors

 

you only have information to gain

plus you have another 4 months or so before you do any additional surgery anyway, if that is your next step

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:eek: Did they tell you they would throw away your extra grafts if you didn't pay extra? :eek:

 

I'm not sure if it is just an issue of the hair needing to mature, the work looks a little pluggy to me, but maybe that is a result of the texture of the new hair. I would also suggest contacting the doctor and voicing your concerns.

 

right before the procedure he had me sign something that said whether or not to dispose or just use the extra grafts... but for a cost. i thought it wouldn't be very much but it turned out t be a like $700 bill i think? i asked if this was normal and they said yes. i can't tell if its a little scam-ish though. i mean you pay for 2000, they just cut whatever they want off the back of your head and then charge you? but at the same time, i don't know how accurate FUT is... how hard is it to get exactly 2000 grafts out of a strip?

 

they do seem pluggish, which bothers me... but they only seem that way in certain light like in the bathroom shining directly on my scalp. i don't think there is much i can do though, i mean i really have to wait 4 months right? whats a doctor going to do but tell me to wait? hmm

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Agreed with the comments above, my first reaction from the pics is that it does indeed look pluggy and unnaturally wispy.

 

I don't like the angle as it leaves the scalp in particular. The density of my hair after two HT's still sucks compared to when I was younger, but where the docs placed the grafts the exit angle from the scalp has a softer look, and it had a soft look even when first initially growing in at 2-3 months (H&W and Konior)

 

But you are still early in the game so hopefully it will grown in and thicken up.

Can you comb it forward or as a part until it thickens up?

go dense or go home

 

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right before the procedure he had me sign something that said whether or not to dispose or just use the extra grafts... but for a cost. i thought it wouldn't be very much but it turned out t be a like $700 bill i think? i asked if this was normal and they said yes. i can't tell if its a little scam-ish though. i mean you pay for 2000, they just cut whatever they want off the back of your head and then charge you? but at the same time, i don't know how accurate FUT is... how hard is it to get exactly 2000 grafts out of a strip?

 

they do seem pluggish, which bothers me... but they only seem that way in certain light like in the bathroom shining directly on my scalp. i don't think there is much i can do though, i mean i really have to wait 4 months right? whats a doctor going to do but tell me to wait? hmm

 

yes you are right

 

inquiries to YOUR doctor will probably only get a response to wait till one year and then see

 

other doctors may offer a more discerning opinion but will also have you wait till the one year mark for any other work

 

as for determining the amount of grafts from a given donor strip

this is estimated through examination of the donor area and years of experience

 

give it time

tip then wear your hair the way you said that looks good

 

this is an easy fix with another pass

if you decide to go that route

 

best to you

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