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HT with Dr. Paul Shapiro - FUT - 3947 Grafts - 8/13/2018

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So after lurking around this forum for a while I had decided to dive in head first (pun intended) and go ahead with the transplant. If you'd like to ask me any specific questions I'd be happy to answer. I'll just say that the HT itself was relatively painless and aside from some acceptable uncomfortableness and tenderness in the first 3 weeks the entire process was relatively as smooth as one would expect.

I've been taking Finasteride for 2 and half months prior to surgery and I'm using Minoxidil once daily starting 2 weeks after surgery, per Shapiro's instructions.

I was a NW 3/4 with balding spots in the crown and heavy thinning in the frontal hairline region. Shapiro has decided on using the entire grafts extracted on the frontal region and let Finasteride do its trick on the crown area.

 

 

 

Right now I'm at the 1 month mark. I've been losing a lot of hair during this time, especially after starting to apply Minoxidil.   I will update every month or two with pictures of my progress. Hopefully it will be a good one!

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Thanks for updating us with your progress,  please keep us updated in the next months. 


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5 hours ago, SWdan said:

Looking good brother. You'll be a new man in six or seven months from now.

Thanks, my friend.  I most certainly hope so! 1 month post op certainly puts some doubts in you as you look worse off than when you started this journey!

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you'll be smiling by the end of the year and just in time for the Holidays! congrats on your procedure - post op looks fantastic and you went with one of the best!

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That post op work looks excellent. I hear Shapiro's one of the best but haven't seen a result of his posted in a while, so I'm looking forward to seeing how this one turns out.

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2 months post op. I think there's a little more hair growing now but obviously no significant visual impact just yet. I'm still wearing a hat on a daily basis.

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End of month 3. I still don't see much change from month 2... Is the spurt around the corner? I sure hope so!

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Looks like you have very fine hair.  Give it time.  It is my opinion that those w/thinner diameter hair & straighter hair take longer for initial shock to wear off and begin the growth process.

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Sensible approach by Dr. Shapiro. You look like you have a good amount of hair at the crown that could potentially be saved by finasteride, so concentrating the grafts of the frontal area makes sense. Still very early days so hang in there. Things should start happening in the next few weeks.


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59 minutes ago, OliverTja said:

Hi!

Thanks for your sharing. Wish you an excellent result in the end.

I just wondered why you chose FUT rather than FUE?

Max grafts dog 

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On 11/15/2018 at 3:31 PM, PeloDinero said:

Max grafts dog 

Yes, that was indeed the main reason. Also, a possible second future operation will be easier after a FUT (even if I'll switch to FUE) due to smaller donor area extraction.

 

Thanks for the wishes, guys. I'll keep on waitin'!

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eyy i had my op 4 days before you with rahal and no real changes yet with me either so dw i know exactly how u feel. Hopefully it happens soon!

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End of Month 4. What a difference a month makes! Growth has started. From up close it still looks like a separate group of fine hair that's not yet fully matured but from a bit of a distance the hair has started to blend in really well. Excited for more to come in the next couple of months!

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wow it''s already looking great man, awesome, congrats on the growth thus far and much more to come!

Also I must say Dr Shapiro really produces quality results.

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