I really appreciate the response. The picture you posted I think looks very similar and it gave me a huge sigh of relief. I can't figure out why this period is so nerve wracking and I'm getting stuck trying to figure out every detail that is happening with my hair. Wish I could just smoke some weed and wake up a year from now.
Diep's e-mail response to this:
"I showed your photos to Dr. Diep and he said at this stage there is nothing we can't do. We won't know the affect until 1 year from the day of your surgery. But it looks like you are in the shedding phase, cracks and crust that appears in the recipient area are normal, expect more to occur."
You have nothing to worry about. My hairline looked almost identical at 7 days. Gently dabbing the grafts with a soft sponge should help loosen up the scabs. You can also let it soak with luke warm water and shampoo for 10-15 minutes prior to dabbing the scabs.
Like you said, every week a new potential surgeon pops up and makes me confused. Anyway I've got a few that are holding strong on my top list like Bhatti, Dermisoy, Devroye, Cinik. Have you considered any of them?
Day 6: Again did a cleaning of the backside, and also the front. I am getting a bit concerned that Dr. Diep's instructions regarding the cleaning of the recipient area are wholly inadequate. Essentially his instructions are to clean *only* the donor area for the first 3 days. Then on days 4-7, clean the recipient area by indirect flow of water, squeezing soap onto the area, then indirect flow to rinse, with no direct touching or patting whatsoever.
As a result, it seems like there is a thin film of residue all over my recipient area. Yesterday, when it was nicked with a towel, a part of that film was cracked and started to peel slightly. Today, after cleaning, I took more photos of the area and it appears that the crack is getting larger and peeling further. Other areas are starting to peel as well. Does this have any implication for the grafts? I'm not sure - I've seen posts in other threads where this is reported as normal. However, there are dozens and dozens of Dr. responses on realself indicating that this is *not* normal and that the recipient area is not being cleaned well enough. So far, I have not been able to get a response from Diep's office (I e-mailed them photos yesterday and today, and they told me he will get back to me when he can).
Here are closeups of my overall graft area:
Here is how the donor area is looking: