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FUE 3050 grafts, 10.07.2018, 26.5 yo, very worried

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Hi guys,
Today marks 9 days since I got my FUE procedure in Istanbul - 3050 grafts.
I was pretty decided about the surgery, read everything about it, felt prepared and decided to keep it a secret.

I was suffering from my hair-loss for about 5 years now, which caused decreasing self-esteem and affected my social life. I became really conscious about myself – I started to work-out and did everything I could to make up for my thinning head but sadly my thoughts kept resoving around it every time I left the shower seeing all the hair lost.

I decide to go with Elithair transplant, as they had a lot of good reviews on facebook, and I liked their results. It was also the easiest to contact and arrange. Before op I was told there will be a need for about 2500 grafts, but ended up getting 3050 as we went a bit lower on my hairline. I always had a very high forehead, therefore I think that this hairline is still somewhat high which is good for the future.
The procedure went smooth more or less and took about 8 hours to finish. However I was kept for quite a while post-op as I was bleeding a lot – almost 5 hours. This caused my crust to be somewhat thicker than the usual.
Now, 9 days forward and the crust is gone – sadly my recipient area isn't necessarily red, it is very pink, almost purple and seems somewhat uneven. I tried talking to the clinic and they informed me that is it normal and it takes few weeks to get rid of the redness. I know it is still early, however comparing how fast my donor is healing, I'm really worried something went wrong with the recipient. I might have exposed it to sun on the fourth day as I took a walk around the city, but only watched out to walk in the shadows, might have walked in the sun for few minutes for sure. The recipient was pretty dark from the get go, which I believe is caused by dense packing (it seems very dense), me being quite white, blonde and blue-eyed and being 26.5 at the time of the procedure. 

I was supposed to go to work this Monday, however I called in sick to get 7 days more to heal, but I’m being pretty sure it’s not going to change much and I will have to make a reasons to wear a bandana at work, as I can’t really think  anything better to mask it and I am being very worried. How can I help this process? I got aloe vera cream and witch hazel which I am applying once per day, adding to the regular doctors routine.

I am in nature quite depressive and anxious, therefore this situation has not done me any good in terms of my mental health. I try to remind myself that HT procedure are all about long term goals and patience is needed. I also clearly underestimated the recovery time it would take to make the surgery unnoticeable, which sucks as usually you can read all over the internet, that after 14 days it should be hard to tell you had anything done.

I will keep you guys posted, as I am looking for a place to stay in touch with people who went through the same thing.

 

Pics are before, 48hrs post-op and now 9 days post op.

 

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it looks good..don’t worry.. just becarefull when you remove the scabs.. wait at least 10 days past surgery day then apply some KY gel or coconut oil and gently rub it with you fingers (not nails).. rubbing not picking..and wash with shampoo .. repeat for 3 days till all scabs are gone.. then just wait 3-5 months

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Thanks for the input! I did research a bit and it seems some people just get it very red like I do, but it eventually goes away. It does seem to subside slowly, but very slowly. Im not 12 days post op and shedding is starting as today while washing my hair with given regimen I've noticed small hairs on my hands. I continue to put aloe vera on my scalp twice a day.

I was able to get my pre-op pics from the clinic so I'm attaching that here as well. I have naturally thick and brown hair, so I'm hoping it will be a good result. I'm happy with graft placement and new hairline as it seems natural and dense packed, the only thing I'm worried is how pink the scalp is. Donor is healing nicely.

I was able to get my post-op to the doctor and he assured that healing is correct. All is left is wait and see. Trying to be positive.

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Day 14

I see no changes. Sometimes in certain light it seems even worse.

I just laugh at the idea that "after 14 days it should be hard to tell you had anything done". I have a freaking red batman logo on my forehead.

Also I notice some ridging of the area, the skin just seems different than the rest of my forehead. 

I'm considering using an over-the-counter topical steroid cream to see if it helps as by 14 days the hairs should be well located.

Shedding continues as I find small hairs on my fingers if I run my hand through them.

Not sure how one gets some comments here? A bit discouraging.

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I honestly wouldn’t worry. My initial redness didn’t start to fade until after couple of months. I'm not proud to say it but I used to use a little of my wife’s makeup (powder) to blend it in a little, take the redness away. Then all of a sudden before you know it, it starts to settle down, little by little. I couldn’t tell you exactly when but believe me it does calm down.

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Thanks for the input! Im here on day 17 with some good news - the redness is fading :) Here a comparisment between day 7 and 17.

The temples differ between each other - one had a very organised placement of follicules, and I heals sooner. The other one has a lot of multi-hair grafts and seems a bit less organised? Heals way slower.

Anyways the shedding continues and now boy does it look freaking awkard. Some hair fall out, but then I see they start regrowing? So I have all in different length and also different directions even. Very patchy and awkward, but totally expected. I'm abroad for two month working so I need to look more human at week 11 so that's a bit of relieve I can hide the ugly ducklin phase.

Attaching pictures to demonstrate the progress.

 

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An update after 7 weeks.

The redness is still there and it does not seem to go away anytime near. I'm so pissed. 

I was not expected to rock red temples after almost 2 months. Hiding my head all this time is horrible.

One of the temples is healing very nice, on the contrary the one is still very red and bouldery as well. It was this way from the start.

Not to mention, I this I suffer quite a shock loss where a theoritical line connectins my temples would go. On a before the surgery pics I have a pretty full head of hair, just receded. Not it's far from that. 

Attaching the pics. I contacted the clinic as I want to use a topical steroid pronto and not have done it yet.

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22 minutes ago, pinky_head said:

An update after 7 weeks.

The redness is still there and it does not seem to go away anytime near. I'm so pissed. 

I was not expected to rock red temples after almost 2 months. Hiding my head all this time is horrible.

One of the temples is healing very nice, on the contrary the one is still very red and bouldery as well. It was this way from the start.

Not to mention, I this I suffer quite a shock loss where a theoritical line connectins my temples would go. On a before the surgery pics I have a pretty full head of hair, just receded. Not it's far from that. 

Attaching the pics. I contacted the clinic as I want to use a topical steroid pronto and not have done it yet.

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Surgeons tend to understate the length of redness. I'm quite pale which likely made it worse but the redness from my first procedure took at least 6 months to not be blatantly noticeable, and even at 12 months there were traces of it but it was mostly gone. I would go as far as to say virtually no one is looking perfectly normal with no redness in 7 weeks, aside from a select few with skin tone that makes it less of an issue. Your situation currently looks very typical. I suspect that as was my experience your transplanted hair will begin to grow and cover the redness before the redness itself is completely gone.

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Hey, thanks for the input. I for sure did underestimate the redness. I am mostly ok with it, and try not to think about hair much to make the time pass fast and it works, only getting frustrated from time to time. My redness post-op was insane and I honestly have never seen one like that ever, and I watched a lot of the pics post-op. It was dark purple. Then it kind of got better in two weeks, but since then the progress slowed down a lot.

My clinic told me not to use steroids, so I will withold for now.

I've read that some of the hair may not fall out and it happened in my case - I have a patch of transplanted hair that never left and that part  is actually more dense than my native hair now, which makes me hopeful for a good result.

However, I've noticed I have little tiny hairs, that sprouted but then didnt continue growing? Like I think they are stationary for now. Is that normal?

 

 

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Good luck. I have an upcoming FUE and the duration of post-op redness that I’ll have to deal with at work has me nervous. 

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DAY 87

This is how the situation looks right now. I noticed first hair sprouting right before the 2 months mark.

The redness is not very visible anymore, except for the right temple, where it is still quite red but the growth of hair in that area is big and it already covered the redness in some degree.

I had some shock loss above my right ear where it was a big bald patch, but over the course of 3 months it healed perfectly and there is no visible mark anywhere in my donor area which makes me very happy.

Im worried a bit because my left temple is not progressing much, you can see there are some small hairs there ("the dots") but there is no hairline and it's clearly nowhere near where its supposed to be. However, I am not even after 3 months, so I am being optimistic and not trying to think about much. I stopped using the concealer, and now because there are some hair in my temples I started using toppik to go outside, and to be honest it works amazingly, to the point where I don't need to think about my hair throughout the day at all.

I hope that in 2-3 months from now I will have a nice hairline with good density.

What do you guys think?

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You look good. Everything looks normal, right where you’d want to be at this stage. Don’t worry about one side coming in faster. That is normal too.

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Hi pinky_head. For 3 months, you are progressing very well. Redness usually subsides in six months time; so as long as the reddishness get lighter every month, you are fine.

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DAY 105

Hey there, so now it's been 3.5 months since my surgery. I am not very happy at the moment. I went to get a proper cut today for the first time since the surgery and my barber asked me if I suffer from some weird hairloss... turns out my back is pretty scared which I didn't see as I kept my hair way longer. It's not so bad at the back, however the side is pretty patchy :/ I am not sure if this is just scarring or some kind of shock loss, but I noticed it way before, just thought it went away but turns out it was just my hair being longer. 

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As far as recipient, still a lot  of growth on one side, way different story on another temple. Redness is still there and not willing to go away.

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I know it's still early but its not that easy being positive at the moment. I'm happy with the growth I have however after 3.5 months it's still very apparent I had a surgery, and could possibly be scarred for life. Hoping this will turn around soon.

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Let me start by saying that I've had 6 hair transplants over the past 20 years.

First off, I guarantee you that the redness will eventually fade. Your scalp suffered a lot of trauma there and things are just going to take time. Find a way to cope, because it isn't permanent. Obviously, I can't tell you the number of weeks or months it will take but you'll get there.

On a personal note, I think your transplants look great!!  You're just starting to see bits of growth at 3.5 months and you're probably looking at the area 10 times a day. Completely normal.  Things will start to be more apparent at 4 months, then 6 and by month 8, you should really be encouraged.  It gets better from there, until about the 12 to 18 month period, when it's fully "complete", so to speak.  

Stop worrying.  What you're going through, including the fears and misgivings, is normal.  You're going to be just fine and sporting a phenomenal head of hair within the next few months.

 

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@pinky_head

Don't stress too much, I had some large gaps in the my donor area after I had my haircut the first time, but they started to close up. You possibly may have shock loss in that area too. You seem fairly light skinned, as am I, and the redness should go away fully within the next month or two, but don't stress about it. 


Growth wise, you look like you're right on track.

 

Do you have photos of the donor site immediately post op? Do you know the size of the punch that was used for extraction?


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Hey there!. 

Sorry if I am replying very late, but to be honest outside of trying to keep track of my progress I try to stay out of the forum and move on with my life, so that the hair doesnt become a main focus of it :) I really do appreciatey our kind words and encouragements. This is my 4.5 month update, after my second proper haircut.

What is changed is that the hair is growing, and the right temple at this point basically looks like it wasnt touched which is nice. The front is also looking quite promising, and I do see new hair sprouting. The redness is there, even though it is slowly (very slowly) fading, but the hair growth is big enough to cover it anyways. The other temple has progressed quite a bit but it's still patchy and see-through. However, during the day I use toppik on it and it looks quite well. 

The donor area is still patchy and I am not sure how it is going to resolve. I feel some bumps in the area where it is patchy and I am afraid it just might be scarring and I should consider just not cutting it so short, as when the hair grow back a bit more it's impossible to tell that there is anything going on. I asked the barber to use a longer blade this time and it looks a bit better though. Let's see how it is going to change in the coming time.

Sadly I changed my phone and I no longer can show my post-op donor site on the pics, as someone asked via PM. I don't know what kind of punch was used to extract the follicules.

I forgot to mention, that before my 3 months I got on finasteride (1/4 pill of proscar per day), and I have not experiences any sides.

 

 

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Hey!

This is an update after 7 months.

So I think this is more or less the final results that I got. Am I happy with my hair transplant? I would say I am, I think it is a major improvement over what I had before and it definitely boosted my self-esteem and my overall looks I believe. I think going in you cant expect a perfect outcome.

What didnt work out? Two things - my right temple is still way less dense than the other one and I havent seen any growth over last 2 months, so I think that is what it is. It is not bad, but definitely stops me from showing the hairline there as it does not look good enough to be exposed. The hairloss continues also behind what was transplanted so it isnt helping much. 

The other thing is the scarring from my donor area, which has improved as you can see on attached photos, and I hope there is some room to improve left. But there are definitely some bald spots left and they are visible, especially on the right side. It was way worse looking at pics from 2 months before. The pics are in extreme light so it is a big overexaggerated but that was the point. The redness is gone completely but dear lord it was something unexpected as it lasted well over 4 months. 

I do enjoy my hair way more and don't think about it that much in general, as I consider it as "handled" and don't want to obsess too much over it.

What do you guys think? 

 

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On 2/12/2019 at 12:36 PM, pinky_head said:

Hey!

This is an update after 7 months.

So I think this is more or less the final results that I got. Am I happy with my hair transplant? I would say I am, I think it is a major improvement over what I had before and it definitely boosted my self-esteem and my overall looks I believe. I think going in you cant expect a perfect outcome.

What didnt work out? Two things - my right temple is still way less dense than the other one and I havent seen any growth over last 2 months, so I think that is what it is. It is not bad, but definitely stops me from showing the hairline there as it does not look good enough to be exposed. The hairloss continues also behind what was transplanted so it isnt helping much. 

The other thing is the scarring from my donor area, which has improved as you can see on attached photos, and I hope there is some room to improve left. But there are definitely some bald spots left and they are visible, especially on the right side. It was way worse looking at pics from 2 months before. The pics are in extreme light so it is a big overexaggerated but that was the point. The redness is gone completely but dear lord it was something unexpected as it lasted well over 4 months. 

I do enjoy my hair way more and don't think about it that much in general, as I consider it as "handled" and don't want to obsess too much over it.

What do you guys think? 

 

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Thanks for sharing. 

I have got more from your description than from the Before & After photos ... It looks good but I would like to see better photos. Also, it would be great if you could share a photo with your hair wet after a shower... 

And remember that you still have many months to see the real final result.

Best ; )

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Thank you for sharing and great to read that you are happier now than you were when you opened the thread. Hang in there until the 12 month mark to see if your right temple gets up to speed.

I have to echo that it is a little hard to analyze the situation from those pictures. :)

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Bro, 

Your hair looks fantastic. The difference is obvious and very positive. Pictures could be clearer but look at the miniaturisation in the before photos and you still have months of maturing.

Everything understandably always wants perfection in their HT. Thats what they pay for. But between failure and perfection is a large range. This definitely sits in the significant improve range.

Congratulations. Don't be so hard on yourself. Enjoy your new more youthful hairline.


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