One week shy of 6 months. Not feeling great about it but gotta wait it out I guess.
As you can see on the first pic, if the hair is parted at any section of the transplanted area, there are large gaps between the grafts. What are the chances that after 6 months new hairs will sprout in these bald patches?
This is in dim lighting for anyone wondering. In daylight or any normal lighting it’s completely see through so I have to wear it down.
One other thing... What do you think about the density? Isn’t this something that can be visually estimated based on the spacing of the grafts, the donor hair thickness and average hair per graft? In my original post you can read that I had around 6000 hairs transplantes (in 2369 grafts) - supposedly. I tried counting the implanted follicles and it really doesn’t seem like 2369 follicles were implanted.
Honestly man you should know you are on "the journey of the first transplant". Your're not even close to being done with the first transplant process. Patience is vital with hair transplants. The balding doesn't happen quickly nor does the fix. A FUT transplant is really about a year or more process. You study and plan, you get the surgery, then it grows in for a year. None of the top surgeons are going anywhere. They will all be available to discuss your plan in 2020. In my opinion it's best to observe for another year to fully understand what ya got and to watch for further hair loss to decide what and when it's best to make the next move.
There really is no way to plan your next surgery a few weeks out from your first surgery. No real assessment can be made now about what your results will really look like. Also keep in mind the finite amount of grafts you have and that they must be used wisely over time. What concerns you today (front hairline) may not be what concerns you 5, 10 years down the line. What if you have other areas of real concern 5, 10 years from now and need grafts for those areas. Also keep in mind that many doctors advise waiting at least a year for full re-vascularization to take place so that when a 2nd surgery is performed blood supply to new grafts is ideal.
Personally I advise to stop obsessing about whats next....and know you are on journey #1 for the next 12 months. There is no quick fix and because of donor supply vs future balding no one should be in a hurry. You need to be ready to relax and know months of healing/regrowth are in your immediate future. I still say you will be a happy camper this time next year as long as you don't do anything and let this surgery/results run it's course.
I appreciate the responses. My decision to go with a doctor who is not a top doc was a mistake. However, despite the crazy sounding title of the post, I think it was prudent to ask whether there wad anything I could have done in the several days after the procedure. Now I know that there is absolutely nothing I can do at this point but wait and plan. Since it takes time to plan and schedule a procedure, what I’m interested in now is planning my next procedure. Yes, I need to see how this one turns out. But there should be some way to estimate how it will turn out and that will help me to manage my expectations, feel better, and make plans.