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2,381 FUE procedure by Dr. John Diep on May 23rd, 2018

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Hello everyone. I have been meaning to make this thread but have honestly been both busy and lazy. I have been scouring this website for a few months now and have been checking out a lot of peoples progress and completed work. I am glad this exists and want to share my current experience with the community.

I am 34 years old and had a FUE done in Las Gatos, California (near San Francisco) by Dr. John Diep on May 23rd, 2018 to the frontal 1/3rd of my head. I began noticing my hair loss slowly when I was 27 years old. I started receding slowly and then the crown started going fast. I used minoxidil from 2011 to 2013 but I kept losing hair but not as quickly as before. I got tired of it and stopped. I started randomly searching on youtube about hairloss solutions and disguises and that eventually lead me to toppik. I started using toppik to cover my crown and i was okay with it. Then when my hairline started disappearing, I would start adding toppik there. It was good for some time and then the hairloss was too drastic. I now started noticing people looking at my hairline when they were talking to me and I felt like they knew something was up. It looked clumpy instead of like real hair strands. So then I began buzzing my hair with a 2 guard and developed a light sprinkle technique to give the illusion that I had a full head of hair with the buzz cut. I eventually got tired of it because like all of you know, it became a daily worry with all of environmental elements and with people wanting to run their hands on the buzz cut. I also got tired of always wearing hats when I didn't have the toppik on my head. 

I then started doing some serious research for the last 4 years before I actually pulled the trigger. I was choosing between Dr. Lindsey (he is 45 minutes from me in Virginia), Dr. Feriduni ( in Belgium), Dr. Koray Erdogan (Turkey) and Dr. Diep. I ended up choosing Dr. Diep mainly because of his amazing fue hairlines and for that fact that he is in the US.

I am not going to type a write up about the day of the procedure because its exactly like what most people have described in their Diep threads. I will say that everything went well and I was pretty much knocked out for 10 hours minus lunch.

I was initially told that he would be able to get 2,500 grafts but he ended up extracting 2,381. He was going to do some temple work but since he didn't get the 2,500 grafts, he ended up not doing it. I didn't know this until after the procedure but that makes sense since I was pretty sedated. I also opted to get the A-cell done.

I am currently at 6 months and am a bit nervous with the progress  (I know this the time where everyone tends to get anxious according to the forums). I know I am a slow grower on the top of my head because I was the same way when I had a full head of hair. There is definitely significant improvement of my hair line, its actually quite dramatic. My only issue is that I don't see a lot of density and I see a lot of big spaces where grafts initially seemed to be placed. I am not going to freak out or anything until after 1 year. I have read on this forum that some people saw a lot of new growth at around 9 months and on. I know the hair also begins thickens up then so I'll just wait and see and post monthly progress pictures. Side note, I know I am going to need 1 or 2 more HTs for full coverage on the rest of my head.

I am not on any medication other than daily biotin. I wanted to get yalls opinion on Propecia and your honest blunt opinions about my progress so far. Thanks a lot and I am excited to be a contributor to this forum and of course experience my progress and results with yall.16.thumb.jpg.33ca697c00539cce0401e21c0738b6c3.jpg17.thumb.jpg.d1a48283e96883fc0180ffecedd6852e.jpg18.thumb.jpg.bb79e93090ab3d4b571e833e59f1fef9.jpg

Top 3 pictures are pre op

 

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Top 4 pictures are 2 hours post op

 

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1 day post op after a cleaning at his office

 

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3 days post op and my face is swollen

 

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9 days post op with scabbing

 

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10 days post op

 

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12 days post op. All the scabs have fallen.

 

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6 months. Pictures taken this morning. I was buzzing my hair until the first week of October. This is my hair growth since then, about 6 weeks. I am not cutting my hair until the year mark.

 

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Hair at 18

 

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Hair at 22

 

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Hair at 28. You can see the front receding.

 

 

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thanks for sharing your experience man. It’s definitly framing your face very nicely. honestly it looks like it’s going to turn out great. You’re half way there and I would expect you’d see more density in the next 3 months.

As far as finasteride goes... I’d jump on it asap to save what you have in the mid section. All BS aside, finasteride saved my hair. You can search for my thread I made about it and I plan to post a 6 month update in a month.

Good luck and hang in there 

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12 hours ago, hairlossPA said:

thanks for sharing your experience man. It’s definitly framing your face very nicely. honestly it looks like it’s going to turn out great. You’re half way there and I would expect you’d see more density in the next 3 months.

As far as finasteride goes... I’d jump on it asap to save what you have in the mid section. All BS aside, finasteride saved my hair. You can search for my thread I made about it and I plan to post a 6 month update in a month.

Good luck and hang in there 

Thanks for the response. Hopefully it does turn out great. I will definitely look at your Finasteride thread. I spoke to Dr. Diep and he as a prescription waiting for me, I just have to figure out if I want to pursue it.

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Looks very promising, happy growing. Please keep us updated with your progress : ) 


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14 hours ago, Melvin-Moderator said:

Looks very promising, happy growing. Please keep us updated with your progress : ) 

Thank you. Will do.

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Hope you continue to see progress beyond the 6 month mark and I hope your hair loss has stabilized at your age.  My hair loss and recession leveled off about the same time (35 years).  I had my first surgery at age 50.  Good luck to you and stay in touch with us with more photos in a couple months.


I am an online representative for Carolina Hair Surgery & Dr. Mike Vories (Recommended on the Hair Transplant Network).

View John's before/after photos and videos:  http://www.MyFUEhairtransplant.com

You can email me at johncasper99@gmail.com

I am not a medical professional and my opinions should not be taken as medical advice.

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3 hours ago, JohnCasper said:

Hope you continue to see progress beyond the 6 month mark and I hope your hair loss has stabilized at your age.  My hair loss and recession leveled off about the same time (35 years).  I had my first surgery at age 50.  Good luck to you and stay in touch with us with more photos in a couple months.

Thanks for the kind words. I'll definitely post monthly updates!

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Keep posting photos on this website but if you want to see what to expect going forward, I’ve chronicled my whole experience since 2012 with before/after photos, videos, and narrative expectations.  Website is posted below.  Best of luck and keep us up to date with any changes and progress over the next few months. 


I am an online representative for Carolina Hair Surgery & Dr. Mike Vories (Recommended on the Hair Transplant Network).

View John's before/after photos and videos:  http://www.MyFUEhairtransplant.com

You can email me at johncasper99@gmail.com

I am not a medical professional and my opinions should not be taken as medical advice.

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