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Long time lurker first time poster. So it's been 15 days since my procedure. I had 700 grafts added to my crown. I prolly should have had more but it's all I could afford and the doctor said it would be better than when I came in. I am deathly afraid it's going to look worse and cause my native hairs to fall out. I have been on propecia for 4 months prior. I know I should have waited a year. I was doing an ok job coving it daily but wanted to fill it in a bit. I'm afraid my everyone will notice a giant bald spot once the grafts and if I have shock loss. The dr. I chose is a reputable one on here. With 700 could it really make my hair worse? My front hair line is fine. I am also 33. I just wish I could go back in time and not do the procedure. Hopefully I'm just paranoid. Top photo is from June with hair longer covering spot. Middle photo is day 14 with me trying to cover it  and bottom is end of April without me combing it. 

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Hi welcome to the forum,

it is perfectly normal to have “buyers remorse” especially when you’re heading towards the ugly duckling phase. It’s hard to comment on your specific situation without photos, but generally shock loss grows back. In the meantime, you could use toppik or DermMatch to conceal the spot.

warm regards- Melvin 



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Thank you Melvin. I have buyers remorse very much. The first photo is from June with my hair combed over it and the second from yesterday out of the shower trying to comb over it . As you can see once those grafts fall out in deathly afraid. I had miniaturized hairs there before. 

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Can we see the DONOR area please?

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1 hour ago, Worried in Il said:

Long time lurker first time poster. So it's been 15 days since my procedure. I had 700 grafts added to my crown. I prolly should have had more but it's all I could afford and the doctor said it would be better than when I came in. I am deathly afraid it's going to look worse and cause my native hairs to fall out. I have been on propecia for 4 months prior. I know I should have waited a year. I was doing an ok job coving it daily but wanted to fill it in a bit. I'm afraid my everyone will notice a giant bald spot once the grafts and if I have shock loss. The dr. I chose is a reputable one on here. With 700 could it really make my hair worse? My front hair line is fine. I am also 33. I just wish I could go back in time and not do the procedure. Hopefully I'm just paranoid. 

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U should of came on here for advice first .. most of us would advised u against this ..too little grafts on an area that is likely to spread .. ur hair looked pretty good first pic .. but I can totally see why u want to have this done .. it’s too late to regret .. stay calm n patient .. things can still work out .. do u have pics of the surgery .. we here to support ya.. wear a cap when u need to n don’t worry too much .. 

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I know I should have. I made a huge mistake. My question is could my hair be worse because of it?  I just want it to be where it was before I had the procedure done at this point.  

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Calm down.

In the best case you are looking better than before. In the worst case yoo look the same, but lost some money. No big deal.

You will not feel the 700 FU lost and it will not affect you way forward. You have great hair anyway. There will be some shockloss but most of it will be temporary.

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Worried in Il said:

Thank you Melvin. I have buyers remorse very much. The first photo is from June with my hair combed over it and the second from yesterday out of the shower trying to comb over it . As you can see once those grafts fall out in deathly afraid. I had miniaturized hairs there before. 

Well you’re comparing one photo with dry hair and another with wet hair, when hair is wet the hair will clump together and expose scalp. What does your hair look like now dry?



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I will upload one today. My main question is could my transplant look worse in a year than it was before? I had dr panine in Chicago do the work. He is highly respected on here. 

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32 minutes ago, Gasthoerer said:

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Thank you gasthoerer. That's my main concern is it being worse from losing native hairs for good. I'm hoping 700 won't shock to many. I'm still on propecia and should have waited the year like dr Keller suggested. 

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Could it look worse in a year, it may look worse, but not as a result of the hair transplant. You can continue to lose hair if your hair loss isn’t stable. However, that would occur with or without the hair transplant. I’m fairly confident though you’ll look better, but keep in mind 700 grafts is a very small amount, so don’t expect a big difference, just a small minor change that you will notice. 

Shock loss or Telogen Effluvium occurs when there is trauma to the surrounding native hairs. This trauma causes the hairs to enter the Telogen (resting) phase sooner, which causes a shed. Hairs go in cycles, thus the hairs that go in to resting phase will soon return in to the anagen (growth) phase, this typically occurs around 3-4 months, so by a year you should look the same but slightly better. 

Below is an article discussing shock loss. 

Shock loss article



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Thanks again for all the encouragement it does help. When does the shock loss usually start. I'm going to try concealers and grow the top back out. 

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Also does my donor area look normal for day 15? I can still see the square he shaved. It's a lot thinner in there and I have this pain as well as pimple like bumps 

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It looks fairly normal, pimples and pain is normal for FUE, shock loss does occur in the donor area too. It should improve in the coming months.



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Just read your story/post from your crown procedure. Very impressive. Congrats. I'm hoping for an improvement. Would shock loss already started? Or could it in the next month. 

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Shock loss generally appears around 1-2 months post-op and returns to normal around the 4-5th month. I experienced a bit of shock loss, but it returned around the 4th month and kept improving from there on. I’m sure you will be the same, in the meantime get some toppik and youll be perfect. 



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with your hair dry in the first picture it looks great; i wouldn't have thought you needed any work done; nothing you can do now but let time run it's course 

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That was with it gelled and combed over the spot. The lighting wasn't as bright there. You're right. That is why I have remorse I should have waited and did it down the road when it's worse. My biggest fear is is triggered it more or it will look worse in 8-12 months

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You will be fine....you are paranoid at the moment and need a reality check.  Do whatever follow up Panine suggests and move on.  You will be fine. 


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Worried, in some ways I do understand your concern. After all, you are new to hair transplant surgery and when you’re experiencing only a little bit of hair loss, you’re paranoid that you might lose even a little more. On the other hand, you have so much hair left that  you can hardly noticed there’s any thinning.    I remember when I first started losing my hair, the thought of losing even a little  killed me. Now, after I’ve restored  my hair and have only a little thinning left in the back, I’m grateful that I just have a little thinning. I could be completely bald. 

 700 grafts is a very small amount So if you don’t lose any additional hair, you probably will end up with a net gain. However, if you don’t start using Propecia and Rogaine or at least one of them,  you may end up losing a lot more hair and then end up with a patch of hair in the crown followed by a halo of baldness. That to be honest with you is my concern.  

 What did your hair transplant surgeon tell you in terms of long-term strategy? Because in my opinion, I don’t think you should’ve had surgery at this stage. 

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I have been on propecia for 4 months now and am also using Nizoral twice a week. He has assured me my results will be excellent and to keep taking the drug. I have a pre op photo I will update. 

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This is the day of the procedure. While there Stuart and the dr were both very kind. Panine had confidence and guaranteed that it would look better in the end than before I came. 

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safe to assume this picture was taken under harsh lighting?  harsh lighting always makes hair look thin

If your hair looked like this under regular lighting then it makes sense to take the plunge; 700 grafts doesn't seem much but your doctor has posted some great results in the past. Maybe the quality of your 700 is so good that it'll do the job #Spartan700

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