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2 hours ago, Lennney said:

@HLPToronto Be sure to keep us posted on your own progress too, you'll be approaching 2 months this week I believe. **I'll preface this by saying that for me, the 2 month update was the worst** I looked not great at 2 months, but I knew it was part of the journey, so I never felt "down". All of the journey has been exciting, and I think I appreciate my recent growth even more because of it. For me it was also true that I looked worse at 2 months than I did before the HT. Glad you're feeling great with your progress!

Thanks Lennney ! Yes, I will be posting my updates with pics but I thought of collecting /capturing my own growth (almost every week) and post an update straight at 4 month mark.

That post should reflect 2 months, 3 months, 4 months update all at once ( personally I am taking pics for my own records almost daily) 

:) I am happy for your growth as 5-6 month is the real game changer for 90% of patients, so you should see a thick bush shortly . good luck 

 

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1 hour ago, Mickeydw said:

Wow! That’s some impressive hair coming through!!

 

Hairs Looking the goods buddy!!👍👍 should be a home run next few months! 

Thanks man! I almost have to pinch myself and remember I'm only at 4 months. I've already come to terms with my hair if this is as good as it gets. Anything more is awesome, but even if it stops here (which would suck), I look so much better than I did before. 

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10 minutes ago, HLPToronto said:

Thanks Lennney ! Yes, I will be posting my updates with pics but I thought of collecting /capturing my own growth (almost every week) and post an update straight at 4 month mark.

That post should reflect 2 months, 3 months, 4 months update all at once ( personally I am taking pics for my own records almost daily) 

:) I am happy for your growth as 5-6 month is the real game changer for 90% of patients, so you should see a thick bush shortly . good luck 

 

Yeah thanks for the well wishes! I completely understand posting worthwhile updates. Sometimes it's hard to see the growth as it progresses. It's nice to see it on a timeline. I'm going to compile similar pics and make a timeline at the 6 month and 12 month mark. HT is a personal journey, and I think your way (milestone update) is just as good as any. I personally wanted to create a profile that other blonde guys can look at. I haven't seen too many blonde guys here, with our thin hair characteristics. I also wanted to keep a momento I could show people of my journey.

Thanks for following me on the journey tho, it's really nice to see other members support one another.

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@Lennney Although it is early days, I'm going to put my neck on the line and congratulate you in advance, because the new hair really does look like it's coming to life... and heck, there's still more months to go!

From the initial photos, I'll admit that even I wondered whether enough grafts had been used or not... but clearly, Dr Bhatti knows his stuff, and your faith in him was justified. The positive outlook must surely have helped.

It's looking great, and I look forward to seeing the future progress updates bro.

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2 hours ago, LeftHook said:

@Lennney Although it is early days, I'm going to put my neck on the line and congratulate you in advance, because the new hair really does look like it's coming to life... and heck, there's still more months to go!

From the initial photos, I'll admit that even I wondered whether enough grafts had been used or not... but clearly, Dr Bhatti knows his stuff, and your faith in him was justified. The positive outlook must surely have helped.

It's looking great, and I look forward to seeing the future progress updates bro.

 

Thanks, I too hope the progress keeps coming. I see what other members were talking about with regards to density, and I respect their opinions. I've too seen other members use nearly twice the grafts for half the area I had covered.

I think it comes down to the surgeon. I'm not an professional who does estimating for a living, he is. Seeing Bhatti's portfolio, I trust him to make the decision, and get me the best result. Could density be low and I need another HT? Sure. Likewise, could density be just enough (and keep the donor maximized)? Sure.

I've seen the hair density chart (can't find it, but I'll reference it if I can) similar to the one below. Basically, you can't tell someone is thinning/balding if the hair is at a certain density. As long as it's above a certain amount, it's fine - anything more is "overkill", and doesn't necessarily improve the look. You take donor hair and yet you don't look bald in the donor... Once you add length to the equation, you can artificially raise the density as well. The only concern is the immediate hairline. As long as the hairline is thick, you have a lot more flexibility with density while achieving a not-bald look.

I know Bhatti catches some criticism for "not using enough" hair to cover an area. Speaking with him, it's because he'd rather be more conservative for the lifetime of the patient, and not run into a supply issue in the future. I could very well want more grafts after 1.5 years for the hairline, and if so, I would plan from there. But for now: I will keep positive and be patient for at least 1.5 years. 

I know for a certainty that I will fully bald in the future. My main concern is having enough donor when the time comes for additional HTs (and obviously having this HT come out well).

Thanks for the kind words. 

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Got a haircut today. I went and washed my hair and took these pics. Day 130 I believe post op. I asked for the sides to be cut in half and to leave the top untouched. I got rid of the "halo" of hair that was all whacky.

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On ‎4‎/‎25‎/‎2019 at 2:20 PM, HLPToronto said:

I also work in the corporate environment, even when you wear formals, a flat cap looks nice enough for any office environment my friend. I am wearing it whenever I go to the office just a few days in a month ( fortunately, I run my office stuff and personal business mostly from home ) . 

if I go to the office 10 days in a month, I have started going to another office location which is way less busy location, less people around  more and more. so practically i am just facing office people/my boss 4 days a month for next months and my boss is cool with the flat cap look..... she even said I look trendy in this :) so this is an option you should explore within your organization. 

I never had to ask, neither I will for any approval... when few close friends and co workers including my boss wondered about  the new look, i simply said that I decided to shave my head to fix my diffused thinning stage as they are aware,  and  I am trying some serious scalp therapies and medications, initial is shedding/redness phase due to minoxidil... so a flat cap is much better  :) with a smile on my face and no one bothered me anymore with other questions. 

its no ones business even at work to restrict you to not wear cap for sometime, it could be infection, religious ground, on humanitarian ground, no one should ask you about the flat cap.. or deny the right to wear it.... PLUS it really suits overall office attire. 

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Guess who bought a $3 flat cap (on wish/geek after all shipping charges)! It came in just this week. Tell me what you guys think. I think I got it too late now, should have bought it sooner/before the HT. I am a starting my summer position which is business casual or slightly above, so I think I may go in without the hat for a while... Great advice though @HLPToronto .

Like I said, tell me what you guys think about the cap.

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With hair cut looks much better Lennney, all that is needed is a light sprinkle of hair fibers and no one would be the wiser, that is if you use them.

That type hat actually suits your facial features, me not so much bought one a while back to try an I went right back to my baseball 🧢.

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1 hour ago, CosmoKramer said:

With hair cut looks much better Lennney, all that is needed is a light sprinkle of hair fibers and no one would be the wiser, that is if you use them.

That type hat actually suits your facial features, me not so much bought one a while back to try an I went right back to my baseball 🧢.

Thanks for feedback! I don't use hair fibres, and I don't think I will. I happened to have a receding hairline rather than thinning, so I never felt I had to use it. 

Appreciate the compliment for facial features!

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2 hours ago, Lennney said:

Thanks for feedback! I don't use hair fibres, and I don't think I will. I happened to have a receding hairline rather than thinning, so I never felt I had to use it. 

Appreciate the compliment for facial features!

Sure!

I tried hair fibers and also don’t like them, too much of a mess and hassle.

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For those big hair fiber users out there, my surgeon mentioned that if using them, especially during the first year of regrowth, be sure to wash them out nightly. They’re so fine that they clog pores and can actually inhibit growth. Probably cause other issues as well if not washed out regularly. 

I was a huge user of Toppik and colored sprays (hence the screen name) prior to my HT. With 20 minutes of prep time I could do a great job concealing, but always felt the more I used the more I lost. Especially with the sprays. Maybe it was all in my head, but now I’m just being cautious going forward, and if I use anything I will be shampooing it out soon after. 

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