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2685 grafts FUE - Dr. John Diep on Nov 2 2017

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What you guys are brining up is exactly why I asked about punch size. I've heard that if the punch size is too large or areas are over-harvested then it can damage the donor zone for future procedures and cause scarring that is more noticeable than it should be. Using the FUE technique is supposed to limit scarring and ultimately speed up the healing process if I'm not mistaken, but if not done correctly it can have the opposite effects.

 

To be honest, punch size isn't something I researched into too much before my procedure and never put thought into it but now I know and thanks. I'm hoping the punch size used on my for my procedure will still allow me to heal correctly and have non-noticeable scars. If anyone has any help or advice using my pictures as reference please let me know.

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DAY 5 Update

 

Woke up today around noon. Washed recipient area again like yesterday, put the special shampoo as well as dabbed the area a bit. Also washed the donor site just like normal. Still have scabbing on the recipient area and it is now turning to cracked crusts. By days 7-10 the crusts should be gone and if not then I can be a little more active at ridding them.

Will be taking my antibiotics 3 times daily until I am out.

 

The donor area seems to be healing more and more each day and my hair is starting to grow back. I will still be putting the ointment on until 2 weeks after the procedure date to help the area heal.

 

The swelling is now all gone and I'm happy I'm starting to finally feel my head again. The top, sides and front of my head were all numb since the procedure but I finally have some feeling in it which is good.

 

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Day 13 Update

Haven't been posting here due to not to much activity in the thread but I'll still update just for my own personal updating. I'm at day 13 pretty much two weeks post op right now. I'm back at work wearing a hat and the hat was kind of tight so i loosened it up a little as much as I can. I'm hoping wearing the hat for 8 hours a day doesn't affect the growth. I do let it air out as much as I can while at wor. It looks like the front of my hair the recipient area has hairs that are growing but I know those are going to shed in the upcoming weeks. The donor area still is very noticiable and I'm hoping the scars will be less and less noticeable as time goes on and as my hair grows to cover it.

 

If anyone has any advice on how my healing is going please reply

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2 weeks 5 days update:

 

Welp it seems like almost all of the transplanted hairs have shed having me look worse than before. I'm not sure if there's some shockloss in the area as well? After taking pics today it looks really bad atm but I keep reasuring myself this is expected to lose all the transplanted hair. One more thing is I've been wearing a hat to work that was semi-tight the first couple days but I loosed it up and is now looser. But the front band of the hat is rubbiing on the transplanted area leaving the area red and sore a little. I'm hoping this didn't ruin anything and I'm going to be finding a looser fitting hat. I also now see 2 small pimple like bumps where the band of the hat rests.

 

 

I shower with baby shampoo still and am now using minox 2 times a day on crown and on transplanted area. As for numbness, the donor area I have full feeling in and the hair is growing back there now but the scars are still noticeable. The recipent area has more feeling as the days go by but still a numb.

 

If anyone can help me out and tell me if I'm on the right track with the shed and shockloss if it is? I know this is expected and will look this way for up until months 3-4 until the growth starts but I guess I'm looking for some reassurance from you guys.

thanx

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You are healing well

Can you post your Graft Count??

 

Hey I still need to get the graft count from the clinic ill get back to u when i do

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2 weeks 5 days update:

 

Welp it seems like almost all of the transplanted hairs have shed having me look worse than before. I'm not sure if there's some shockloss in the area as well? After taking pics today it looks really bad atm but I keep reasuring myself this is expected to lose all the transplanted hair. One more thing is I've been wearing a hat to work that was semi-tight the first couple days but I loosed it up and is now looser. But the front band of the hat is rubbiing on the transplanted area leaving the area red and sore a little. I'm hoping this didn't ruin anything and I'm going to be finding a looser fitting hat. I also now see 2 small pimple like bumps where the band of the hat rests.

 

 

I shower with baby shampoo still and am now using minox 2 times a day on crown and on transplanted area. As for numbness, the donor area I have full feeling in and the hair is growing back there now but the scars are still noticeable. The recipent area has more feeling as the days go by but still a numb.

 

If anyone can help me out and tell me if I'm on the right track with the shed and shockloss if it is? I know this is expected and will look this way for up until months 3-4 until the growth starts but I guess I'm looking for some reassurance from you guys.

thanx

 

Hi mate, I’m a little further along than you having had 1800 grafts in August. The shock loss is normal but also the worst bit.

 

I’m 3 months out now and just starting to get a few baby hairs where there wasn’t any before.

 

Still hate the way it looks but kind see it as a right of passage and have become tolerant of it over the course of this time.

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hi

Is there any time line within which transplanted hairs may fall and if they don't fall within that time then they will continue to grow?

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Hi mate, I’m a little further along than you having had 1800 grafts in August. The shock loss is normal but also the worst bit.

 

I’m 3 months out now and just starting to get a few baby hairs where there wasn’t any before.

 

Still hate the way it looks but kind see it as a right of passage and have become tolerant of it over the course of this time.

 

that sounds reasuurinig.All we can do is wait now

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that sounds reasuurinig.All we can do is wait now

 

Can you post an updated picture of your donor area ?

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Regimen: 5% Minoxidil twice a day (morning and night) on front hairline, Proscar (broken into 5 pieces) one piece every night. MSM 1000 Mg, Zinc 30 Mg, Vitamin E, Multi-Vitamin.

Baby Shampoo for showering.

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2 month 6 days update

 

Hi guys, its been a while since Ive posted and also missed the first month update. But here are the pictures as of 2 months and about a week.

 

The donor area is completely covered by my hair now and I you can't see any trace of transplant. I have about 100% feeling back and it doesn't hurt at all anymore.

 

The recipient area has about 90% feeling back and I'm assuming it will be completely back within the next couple weeks. Only have feelings of slight itchiness every now and then on front and back of head, but nothing to significant.

 

Now as for the way it looks, I'm completely in the ugly duckling phase. I'm not sure at this point if I'm seeing any hair growth from transplants and I'm still lacking in hair that I had in the area before (I think). I don't remember my hair line being so sparse pre-op.

 

I'm assuming this is all still part of the process and I'm hoping in another two months I'll start to see some improvement. It's all a waiting game now I know but sometimes it's hard to keep my head up and remind myself its worse before it gets better.

 

I've been still applying minox every day and taking fin (need to order more dut).

 

If there's anybody who has some experience and can let me know what you think of my process please feel free to comment

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Hey man. Everything looks good and according to plan. Please continue to post and keep us updated. Plenty of people are looking even if they dont respond

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Yes, keep us updated. I think you're going to be happy with the end results.

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here are my updated pix from 3 months and 18 days post op. The lighting is harsh so it looks a lot thinner than under nomal lighting but still seeing some new growth that i havent had before. the area is still thin but I'm hoping it will get better with time as the months continue.

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Any update? Hate it when guys do this, you can never tell the outcome. Either post your results consistently or don't at all.

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On 12/3/2018 at 4:47 PM, mhaider1991 said:

Any update? Hate it when guys do this, you can never tell the outcome. Either post your results consistently or don't at all.

I tend to assume when this happen it was either A. a less than stellar result or B. the clinic has asked them not to continue with posting and offered them some sort of free touch up.

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9 minutes ago, Kiwi Guy said:

I tend to assume when this happen it was either A. a less than stellar result or B. the clinic has asked them not to continue with posting and offered them some sort of free touch up.

It’s actually the opposite, when you see posters stop posting at month 3. It’s usually because they forget about the forum once they see growth. Most guys who think they have bad results will post every two weeks and will complain about it. The second reason wouldn’t make sense unless the poster was continuously posting.


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1 minute ago, Melvin-Moderator said:

It’s actually the opposite, when you see posters stop posting at month 3. It’s usually because they forget about the forum once they see growth. Most guys who think they have bad results will post every two weeks and will complain about it. The second reason wouldn’t make sense unless the poster was continuously posting.

Yeah these are fair points Melvin, I'm new to all this so just assume the worst after some of the horror stories I've seen. I hope this guy has had a home run result.

I have a question for you since you are his rep on here... just from the photo's, why is it that Diep has gone so high into the area's of the scalp where a guy could actually go bald still? From what I read that is dangerous because these hairs won't be resistant to DHT like the ones at the back of the scalp in the sweet spot per say.

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41 minutes ago, Kiwi Guy said:

Yeah these are fair points Melvin, I'm new to all this so just assume the worst after some of the horror stories I've seen. I hope this guy has had a home run result.

I have a question for you since you are his rep on here... just from the photo's, why is it that Diep has gone so high into the area's of the scalp where a guy could actually go bald still? From what I read that is dangerous because these hairs won't be resistant to DHT like the ones at the back of the scalp in the sweet spot per say.

I’m Dr. Diep’s former patient, I’m not his rep or any other doctors rep for that matter. I work for this site, but I would like to make it clear that we don’t work for doctors or sell transplants. 

However, I will answer your question to the best of my ability, the truth is there is nothing universal about a persons donor. The train of thought has always been to only use hair that would be considered safe in a norwood 7.

However, the vast majority of men will never reach a norwood 7 level of baldness. Some men never even reach norwood 5. Some men only have frontal hair loss their whole life. So, the donor zone should be treated for the individual. While, there is no crystal ball to know how far a patient will bald, there are some indicators that provide doctors the ability to make an educated guess. Age, family history, current balding pattern etc. Going high up on the sides can be disastrous for some and not for others, it’s a case by case basis, again depending on the aforementioned factors.


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1 minute ago, Melvin-Moderator said:

I’m Dr. Diep’s former patient, I’m not his rep or any other doctors rep for that matter. I work for this site, but I would like to make it clear that we don’t work for doctors or sell transplants. 

However, I will answer your question to the best of my ability, the truth is there is nothing universal about a persons donor. The train of thought has always been to only use hair that would be considered safe in a norwood 7.

However, the vast majority of men will never reach a norwood 7 level of baldness. Some men never even reach norwood 5. Some men only have frontal hair loss thwir whole life. So, the donor zone should be treated for the individual. While, there is no crystal ball to know how far a patient will bald, there are some indicators that provide doctors the ability to make an educated guess. Age, family history, current balding pattern etc. Going high up on the sides can be disastrous for some and not for others, it’s a case by case basis, again depending on the aforementioned factors.

I really appreciate the detailed explanation, I never knew any of that. All I have read thus far is that you should only ever extract from the safe donor zone, it's good to know this is a case by case basis type of area on an individuals scalp. Apologies for stating you were a rep of his also, it makes sense you are his ex patient who received a good result so would advocate for him to others.

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