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My 4000 FUE by Dr. Vories

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Hello All,

My FUE procedure was completed 4-5 November 2015. 4000 grafts total, mostly two counts: about 8000 hairs total. I am happy with the hairline as I am 35 and frankly more is there now than ever before. I think I started losing my hair when I was like 8, lol. My caliber is of medium density. The only real pain during the procedure was when getting injections at the base of the neck, the rest was a cake walk.

I traveled from Lexington, KY to Charlotte Douglass International via air and stayed at the Comfort Inn. The hotel was quiet pleasant and had been newly remodeled. Dr. Vories and his staff are true professionals and friendly as all get out. The Doc did all of the extractions and implanting. During all of the implanting I got to watch Guardians of the Galaxy which rocked as I had never seen it before.

Today the pain is about the same, mostly coming from the donor area. My face resembles a puffer fish as the saline and topical fluids are absorbing into my head. I am having a bit of a itching reaction to the pain meds so I am going to start taking some Benadryl per the doc.

I have been sleeping at a 45 degree angle nightly using one of those traveling neck pillows. I also tie my hands up while sleeping as to not inadvertently scratch out any grafts.

So far I am extremely happy with it all. Feedback is welcome. Pre and post-operative pics enclosed. :cool:

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Work looks pretty clean,slightly conservative hairline given you are only35,I guess keeping in mind the possible future hair loss. All the best, happy growing. It should look great once growth is fully manifested. :)


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All is well post FUE. All of the pain has subsided. I can only notice a little pink in the recipient area. Thus far I would say only about 14-20 hairs have shed. To be honest I have really enjoyed it this far. Yesterday I gave myself a buzz cut with no guard, reason being all my native hair keeps growing: so I made it all the same length. I have been going out with no hat or anything ,no problem, have not noticed anyone eyeballing my dome. With a mirror the FUE scars on only seemnoticeable from about 2-3 feet away if you are looking for them. I told my wife how cool it was just to wash my hair, lol. Not looking forward to all the shedding but I understand the process. I have started using some anti scar gel in the donor area to help. Will post again at 1 month folks. Pics attached.

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Damn 8000 hairs is a great number! should be headed for a really good result. I like Dr Vories work.

Get past the dreaded ugly duckling stage and you should be fine !!

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Work looks good . Good the hair line isn't too low . Looks like a really good result

will be in your future.

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Congrats on your recent hair transplant with Dr. Vories. The work looks very clean and refined. I know Dr. Vories is meticulous in his work so that's no surprise.

 

Keep us posted on your progress. Happy Growing!


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1 Month Update

Current state of mind- I feel confident going out with no hat. With that said I feel the ugly duckling stage is an accurate description of how I and most feel at this stage. When I look in the mirror I feel fairly good about the recipient area’s appearance. Today I did ask stranger if they could tell I had a HT and they said no, only after divulging the truth did they notice. Miscellaneous- I am continuing to wash my hair with head and shoulders and using some anti-folliculitis gel twice daily on my donor. No meds. I buzz cut my hair about every 3 days, this makes the recipient area blend in much better with native hairs. I am on the verge of shaving my head, more or less waiting on the bumps to clear up. Just as I reminder, I previously shaved head daily.

Recipient Area- During my procedure I remember the doc sating that my scalp was elastic, i.e. none of the tightly packed grafts were popping out. I mention this because I feel like approximately 50-60 % of the hairs transplanted are still intact and growing (may be related to the elasticity). Those hairs remaining are weakly and unhealthy looking. When I rub my recipient area now, no hairs appear on my hand. More shedding to come, probable, but we shall see. I have notice in just the last 48 hours 2 bumps in my recipient crown area.

Donor Area- No pain in the donor area concerning the procedure. All of the sites are healed. As stated before I have no issue presenting my bare donor area in public, you would have to be looking very hard to notice. In grown hairs on the other hand have been a real pain. I would say my 15-20 ingrown hairs in the donor area. They do seem to be clearing up now.

Pictures enclosed.

More to follow. :cool:

sorry for upside down photos

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A conservative approach is good. Thanks for sharing.


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Current state of mind- overall positive, continue with the buzz cut to keep all hairs even. Sometimes I wonder why some areas in the recipient area lost so many hairs when others did not. When these areas begin to grow new healthy hairs is when I will let it go, that is let it grow out. I am noticing that many grafts in the recipient area are starting to turn somewhat pinkish red, hopefully this is a sign of hairs to come. I am taking 500 mg biotin daily to aid in growth. Still using head and shoulders and buzz my head about every 3-4 days. It is absolutely nuts how lighting changes how you perceive the density of hair transplanted.

 

Recipient Area- Since my last post no other hairs have shed and I do not think they will. I can begin to see little hairs popping up here and there, but as stated above I hope the redness on the grafts indicates future growth. Having some native hair in my vertex plus what grafts where added makes me feel that the only area I am waiting on to thicken up in the frontal third, which was essentially hairless before the procedure. For sure the hairs that did not shed are strong and growing.

 

Donor Area- The ingrown hairs are not as bad as they were, nor as painful. Scarring continues to soften in appearance and has no bearing on my choice of haircut.

 

Pics attached from just a few minutes ago. I invite feedback on my personal assessment.

 

Thanks guys. :cool:

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Would you please rotate these pics upright please?. might get better feedback with more people being able to see and compare.


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That is very weird!! I have never seen something like that before. You've lost so much hair from your donor area ! And these pinkish red spots I am very cautious about them. Have you seen a doctor to see if there is no infection on your donor area?

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I'd lay off the Head & Shoulders shampoo for the first 3-4 months post op. It can be very harsh and dry out the new grafts.

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aldoury- No infection, I did have it checked. Like I said the donor area is much better now at 2 months.

 

home1212- Noted and I will heed your advice, thanks. Maybe something fruity.. lol.

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Looking good so far, hoping a comb/hairbrush is in your not so distant future. Happy growing

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Current state of mind- Not much has changed for since last month. A few more hairs here and there. I get excited by the idea of letting it grow out, just need some hairs to rise in strategic areas.

 

Comments welcome.:cool:

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HawkDriver

 

Thank you for the update!

looking great so far. Next month you'll start to see a lot of improvement.

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Very interesting case. Best of luck with your procedure... I've been sceptical generally about session sizes going over 3000 for FUE. Based from what i have seen 3000 and under has historically been the optimal session size. But hey like everything treatment efficiency is improving all the time.

 

Everything i have seen so far from Dr Vories has been very impressive so i am sure you are in for a great result..

It appears the hairline outline is already coming in.. Keep us posted.

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Things seem to be progressing well up to this point. No issues in the donor area. The recipient area appears to be filling in. The growth you see is right around 3.5 weeks, since I last buzz cut it. I can see tons of little hairs not so apparent in the pics, so really looking forward to next 4 weeks. Still tend wear a hat, maybe you guys can tell me if I can stop or not. Still taking the biotin to help growth.

 

Let me know you thoughts.:cool:

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