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Looking great. Congratulations.

 

Thanks, Gastho! I appreciate it.

 

I'm living abroad and haven't seen any of my family or stateside friends basically since getting my procedure.

 

I sent these recent photos to my dad and he was quite surprised. He told me that he was initially quite skeptical about the idea, but is now "over the moon" with how it has turned out.

 

I haven't sent my mother any pictures, though, because I think it would be more fun to surprise her in person when I go back home in July.

 

I'm curious to know what my friends will think/say, as well. I wonder if they'll even notice...

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Hi, everyone! Long time no post!

It has been a little over a year and a half since getting my procedure and I just got my hair cut today, so I thought I would take some pictures and post an update to my "hairowing" adventure, in case anyone out there might be curious to see my results. I imagine I can't expect to see much change going forward, but maybe I will make another post at the two year mark.

Anyway, I took pictures in both bright lights (my bathroom) and in the "dark" (my living room) to show what my hair looks like "under scrutiny" and what it perhaps looks like "normally." Under the light, the hairline area seems a little thin, but I imagine this is perhaps by design, to give it a more natural look. In the "dark" photos (under "normal" lighting), it appears much thicker. Just a small trick of the light, I suppose.  

I am absolutely over the moon with my results, of course. I couldn't have asked for better results, and I want to thank Dr. Alexander, and his staff again for their great work. And I would like to thank Spex as well for helping me out before my procedure.

Oddly enough, nobody has said anything to me about my transformation, though. Only one of my co-workers has asked me "Are you doing something different with your hair?" and that was maybe 9-12 months ago. 

If anyone has any questions, I would be happy to answer them. 

I also want to thank the wonderful community here. I had been lurking on the forum for quite a while before getting my procedure, and all of the friendly people and helpful advice was what helped me make what I consider one of the best decisions of my life. So thank you all!

If anyone else is lurking and in the same boat I was in, I am confident that as long as you do proper research (very important!) before getting your procedure, you will definitely be glad you did it.

 

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On 4/14/2018 at 10:58 PM, SogeKing100 said:

Hello, everyone. I never got around to posting my six month progress pictures. So, I figured, now that I am at about the nine month mark that I would post my current progress (along with my six month progress pictures).

 

Seem to be making good progress. But I had one worry about the hair that makes up my hairline. It is obviously much shorter than the surrounding hair, and basically resembles 'baby hair.' Will this hair eventually be able to grow out to the same length as all of my other hair?

 

Thanks for reading!

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Hey man amazing results. Do you have any more photos of your results at 6 months? That’s where i’m at right now!

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Greetings,

No. I don't think I have any other photos. I didn't go too crazy with my photo documentation of my progress. I will see if I can find any though, perhaps out in "daily" life, but I think what I posted already is essentially all I have. Sorry!

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1 hour ago, SogeKing100 said:

Greetings,

No. I don't think I have any other photos. I didn't go too crazy with my photo documentation of my progress. I will see if I can find any though, perhaps out in "daily" life, but I think what I posted already is essentially all I have. Sorry!

hey no worries thanks for the reply! I was wondering if you noticed new sprouts passed the 6 month mark? 

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I am not sure about "sprouts," but I think, particularly at the edge of my hairline, I noticed a lot more growth at the 6 or 9 month mark.Those hairs are rather fine and seemed to take a bit longer to grow out.

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Congrats man !! It was a pleasure to help you.

Dr  Alexander is undoubtedly one of the best around and it’s great you were kind enough to update the forum.

Regards

Spex 


 

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You can read my regular columns for The Telegraph and The Huffington Post, Apetogentleman and Vitabiotics via my site and you'll find a great deal out about me and the industry there! 

I am patient advisor for The Harley St Hair Clinic, Dr. Scott Alexander, Dr. William Lindsey and Dr. Tejinder Bhatti. I am not a medical professional and my words should not be taken as medical advice. All opinions and views shared are my own. I am salaried by all the surgeons I represent.

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10 hours ago, SogeKing100 said:

I am not sure about "sprouts," but I think, particularly at the edge of my hairline, I noticed a lot more growth at the 6 or 9 month mark.Those hairs are rather fine and seemed to take a bit longer to grow out.

By new growth do you mean new hairs, or just improvement of hair that was already there? 

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I cannot definitively say there was new growth, but I think it was a combination of new growth and improvement of hair that was already there. The areas near the edges of my hairline are definitely thicker now than they were at the 6 or 9 month mark. This is definitely the result of hair that was already there coming in thicker, but I think that perhaps some hair that hadn't sprouted yet were also growing in.

I'm sorry if this doesn't answer your question. It is a little difficult to give a clear, definitive answer.

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