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Around 2,300 grafts with Dr. Diep

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I had my HT with Dr. Diep two weeks ago (March 24th) and feel he's probably the best surgeon I could have chosen.

 

I was originally scheduled for 2,000 grafts, but he ended up doing 2,275.

 

1's: 546

2's: 902

3's: 604

4's: 223

Total: 2275

 

The procedure went well, but I was on the lighter side prior to the operation (maybe 145lb, 5'8""). The donor area hurt the most during the surgery while placing the grafts felt like I was shaving - no pain at all. Dr. Diep noticed I was a bit out of it after lunch so he put me on an IV as well. His staff was very professional and tried to ensure I was relaxed and well taken care of.

 

The only discomfort I've felt is in the donor area. It's still a bit swollen and itchy. Other than that the scabbing has mostly fallen off from the recipient area. Hoping to speed up the healing before work on Monday to reduce the redness (been using aloe vera.)

 

I uploaded a pics prior to surgery, after surgery, and at about 2 weeks post-HT.

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Oscar,

 

Graduations on your recent hair transplant with Dr. Diep. I agree that he is an excellent surgeon and I look forward to following your progress watching your new hairspray out over time. Please keep us posted by presenting monthly photos and letting us know how you are doing.

 

Best wishes,

 

Bill

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You have a lot to look forward to! Congrats on your surgery and ...happy growing. Be patient, you will start seeing nice results in about 4 months or so. Could be sooner, growth rate is different for everyone.

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3 weeks post-op update.

 

The donor area in the back is still a bit swollen and looks red in direct light. The recipient area's redness is going down as well.

 

 

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Looks like you're healing well. The redness will continue to fade. You have a lot to look forward to. Your hairline will fill in nicely. Congrats to you and Dr. Diep.

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Thanks for the kind words JohnCasper. The redness keeps going down little by little, but I know it's all about patience. I can't wait until I get closer to 4 months.

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Looking great and I'll be following, I'm very much considering getting an HT done with him. How far in adavance did you have to book the surgery ?

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Thanks azakdan2682. I think I booked it around 5 months in advance, however, sometimes they can move you up if someone cancels. I ended up waiting because I wanted to have two weeks off from work for the recovery, but I probably would have been okay with only a week.

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37 day post-op update. Looks like most of the shedding has happened. Now it's on to the ugly duckling phase and being patient. I'll update again in another month of two once I see some growth.

 

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9-week post-op update. I pushed back my hair in the image to show the graphs more. I'll post another update at the 3-month mark.

 

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Thanks HTsoon! I finally started taking biotin about three weeks ago as well. That stuff works wonders during the healing/growth process.

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Looking good Oscarito. You will see great results during that 4th and 5th month. That's also when I saw the best growth rate. After that it will appear to be thickening and your hairline will look much more prominent. You have a lot to look forward to.

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Looking good Oscarito. You will see great results during that 4th and 5th month. That's also when I saw the best growth rate. After that it will appear to be thickening and your hairline will look much more prominent. You have a lot to look forward to.

 

Thank you JohnCasper for your kind words. I'm really looking forward to passing the fourth month since everyone seems to have the best results around then. :)

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​So I'm finally at the 4 months and two-week update. I'm not feeling too great about the density, so hoping the growth will continue to come in.

 

I enclosed two pictures where I pushed my hair back to show the growth coming in around the temples, one picture that shows everything, and the last one that shows when my other hair is covering it.

 

Please let me know your thoughts. Little worried at this point...

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It is too early to draw conclusions. I saw my biggest change 4-9 months.

You still have at least 7 1/2 months in front of you.

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It is too early to draw conclusions. I saw my biggest change 4-9 months.

You still have at least 7 1/2 months in front of you.

 

Thanks for your comments Spyk777. I followed your journey and you have great results. I'll just try to keep calm and carry on for the next couple of months. I imagine a lot of folks are nervous since we've all shelled out on the investment.

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Thanks for your comments Spyk777. I followed your journey and you have great results. I'll just try to keep calm and carry on for the next couple of months. I imagine a lot of folks are nervous since we've all shelled out on the investment.

 

 

Spyke, did you see continued growth even after 6 months?

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How's it coming? What is the aloe Vera for and where are you applying it?

I asked Dr diep if I should use aloe Vera but he said putting anything on your head could potentially increase the chances of infection or folliculitis. Thoughts?

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How's it coming? What is the aloe Vera for and where are you applying it?

I asked Dr diep if I should use aloe Vera but he said putting anything on your head could potentially increase the chances of infection or folliculitis. Thoughts?

 

Thanks for the question Renovanity. I was told very early on by one of his staff that aloe vera was okay to use. However, I immediately stopped using it once I spoke to Dr. Diep a few days later for my 1-month check-in (probably used it for a few days then stopped). I never saw any reaction or folliculitis and have only washed it since then. No products other than finasteride.

 

I have a skype check-in on Wednesday to check-in on my progress and any issues that he may be concerned with. I'll post an update after the appointment.

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At 5 months post-op, I'm feeling a lot more optimistic. :)

 

It's no lie that the hardest part about surgery is having "patience." I'll update in another month.

 

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