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Progress Update - 3 months: Let it groooow

I haven't updated much in the last month as in all honesty, the hair transplant has been at the back of my mind, which is a really good thing. The hair requires so little 'maintenance' that I'm fully back to just going about my normal life / exercise routine. There are a few things I make sure to do though:

  • I always wear a cap in the sun - I think Dr D said 'no sun exposure for 2 months' but there's no need to really get it in the sun anyway so I'm going to keep it out for another month still. Lots of research I've seen says to wait 4 months and that's fine with me, I don't really want a sunburnt head in any month.
  • I still wash the hair with the gentle Sebamed shampoo everyday, and I've just bought the 'anti-hairloss' version to try out. I've been in the hair restoration game long enough to know that shampoos do little more than reset the pH balance of your scalp / nourish the hair but I'll give it a shot anyway as it says it can help blood circulation on the scalp
  • I find it's a little itchy sometimes - maybe some of those new hairs coming though? I try to just gently rub it with the pad of my finger rather than using my nails (not that I have any nails left after Stranger Things Season 3 :o)
  • As per usual, still using Regaine 2 x per day, and taking my cut-up into quarters Proscar pill each day
  • Apart from that, life with my head is as per usual

Muzzafer told me not to shave the recipient area with a hair trimmer as the trimmer can yank out some of the hairs if it's not properly oiled. I bought a new shaver recently and decided to just go ahead gently with the hair, even though I was a couple of weeks off three months. It created a far more even look and I really don't think it would have done any damage at all. I'm going to keep shaving for the next few weeks, hopefully as I see some of the new hairs begin to sprout, then I'll let it all grow in together (trying to avoid too much of an ugly ducking phase!)

In terms of how it's growing...it's hard to say. As I see and touch it everyday, I see very little growth but I'm with my parents this weekend who told me they see a real difference and that the crown of my head is "covered in hair though it's soft 'baby' hair for now". If I run my hand over my head, I can feel different lengths and textures, so something is definitely happening up there, though I wasn't expecting much to begin growing just yet. However, from the 3 / 4 month mark, I'm hoping to start seeing something happening!

I really don't pay any attention to my donor area, though I'm pleased with how this looks. The only thing I'm currently not keen on is the difference in hair density on the back of my head - the donor area is now slightly thinner (but I'm happy with all the hair there) - then there's a 'ring' of thicker, natural hair above that, then you get to the recipient area. I hope this all kind of evens out in the end (especially when I get a decent haircut) but if not then at least I can extract those thicker hairs for another transplant if I want. 

Some pictures below - FYI I know there's a red spot on the crown of my head. I think it's always been there but has been feeling a bit sensitive lately - think I caught it with the shaver (hope you weren't eating when you read that!)

Donor area, feat. The Ring

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Looking to the left

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Looking for chocolate biscuits

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Looking down

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The Crown feat. the artist formally known as The Spot

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Close up

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Big difference from your original photos on page 1!  What length do you plan to keep your hair at in the end?

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6 hours ago, s14a said:

Big difference from your original photos on page 1!  What length do you plan to keep your hair at in the end?

Thanks, I agree - it's slowly taking shape... At the end, I still plan to keep my hair short but not shaved like it is now. Something like the picture below is what I'm aiming for...!

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11 minutes ago, shookwon33 said:

Do you use any conditioner when you shower after shampoo ?

At the moment I don’t - just the shampoo. But I probably will when the hair is a bit longer. Something to strengthen / thicken the hairs maybe...

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Looks good, your hairline does look a bit like Adam Levine’s (I think that’s the pic you quoted ;)).

 

do you have any flaking or redness with the itching? Is the itching only in the recipient areas?

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1 hour ago, jj51702 said:

Looks good, your hairline does look a bit like Adam Levine’s (I think that’s the pic you quoted ;)).

do you have any flaking or redness with the itching? Is the itching only in the recipient areas?

Wow, cracking eye for a hairline - I want you on my pub quiz team! Ideally I'll morph directly into Adam Levine....and lose 20 lbs! 

No flaking or redness really - I think the donor area is still a bit red but nothing noticable. The donor area itches as well as the recipient area - but it's not something that bothers me. Usually after a shower / hairwash it doesn't itch so maybe it's just dead skin cells begging to be washed away....

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Nice progress update! 

The hair in your temples looks to have really filled-in nicely at this early stage. 👍🏻

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7 hours ago, CosmoKramer said:

Nice progress update! 

The hair in your temples looks to have really filled-in nicely at this early stage. 👍🏻

Thanks mate! I'm pleased to see something happening at this early stage and I'm looking forward to seeing what'll happen in the next few months!! 

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Your hair is progressing nicely! I think you may want to grow your hair a bit longer, maybe 4-5# at minimum to conceal the donor scars (whenever you do choose to let it grow). With the added density to your crown, and the reduced density in your donor area, the sides may come with a vengeance. They will be thicker than a Snickers, and you may want to use thinning shears to lighten their bulk (eventually). I asked for thinning shears on my sides and crown area, and I think everything looks more uniform. I just warn against the contrast that will develop (similar to the contrast you currently see with the donor).

Great post on the awareness of rubbing the scalp with the fingers rather than scratching. I remember how itchy my scalp was at that phase, and it is tempting to scratch. I did a mix of patting and rubbing to sate the itch.

Thanks for keeping us all updated! Photos are informative and great job keeping up positivity through the process. 

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Progress update, Month 4: A mixture of emotions

Today, Saturday 17th August is exactly 4 months from my operation and I’ve added some pics so you can see how things are progressing….

From now on, things should begin to grow – no more of this resting phase situation. In summary, I can see things developing and progress being made. I’m pretty happy with how the temples are looking, but pretty disappointed so far in the crown area. I’ve tried growing my hair a little bit longer but the crown still seems pretty clearly different to the rest of the head so I’m still keeping the hair short. In a couple more months I plan to begin to grow it a little longer for a better look at how things are developing…

I recently came back from a sunny summer holiday and made sure to always keep my head out of the sun. I wore a hat the entire time I was in the sun – I don’t know if that was really necessary but I figured I wouldn’t bother risking getting any sort of sunburn on the head. I guess the problem with looking at the head everyday is that you don’t really notice improvements. I mean day-by-day, I’m not really spotting much changing but I guess when you compare this to my ‘before’ photos, then there’s been a lot of progression. 

This week I saw a mate who I hadn’t seen in, maybe three weeks and one of the first things he said was “wow, your hair is coming along nicely!” I was also with my family last week (on holiday) who hadn’t seen me in a month or so, and they said the same thing. Both these bits of feedback are from sources I don’t think would say something for the sake of it, but there are still a few people who say “your hair looks fantastic!” just because they know that’s what you want to hear. Sort of like when someone says “wow you’re looking really slim!” because they know I’m on a diet but actually I still look like a hippo.

When talking with my mum about the hair she commented that there IS coverage all over the crown and she’s right – but there always WAS coverage there but just very fine ‘baby’ hairs and I don’t feel like much has changed. When I touch it, that’s still what I’m feeling: soft hairs rather than thick hairs – but I think that will come with time. I guess hair is like money – you’ll always want more than you have.

I definitely have an awkward ring around the back of my head where my head mixes from transplanted area > native area where no grafts were taken (thick ring) >  donor area, and part of the reason I'm keeping my hair short is I don't like how this looks. I think I'll be able to hide it eventually but at this point I'm thinking another transplant would help thin out that 'ring' and increase the density on the top. But it's too early to be thinking about that just yet.

In terms of my hair-care routine, it’s very simple now:

  • Still a daily wash with the Sebamed shampoo, usually after exercising (currently in transition from hippo form)
  • When I dry the hair I don’t rub it hard still, but this is more out of habit and the fact my hair is really short so it dries quickly when I just pat it
  • I take the finasteride pill each day and use Regaine twice (usually) or once if I forget / am lazy
  • I still don’t scratch the head if it’s itchy with a fingernail
  • And as mentioned, I keep it out the sun, even when I’m just out and about in London

I’ve noticed a couple of white spots on the head which I believe is a good sign of the hairs coming through, and I’ve felt the odd sharp pain in the crown area – I don’t really know if that’s me imagining it or whether it’s just a little reminder that growth is happening. I really don’t think much about the donor site – I keep my hair quite short at the back still but I don’t think it looks like I’ve had surgery and I’m so tall that people can’t really see the back of my head anyway.

So in summary: Temples = doing well. Crown = hoping for the same, but less impressed so far. Haircare and daily life = easy. Hair confidence: improving. Body confidence: hippo.

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4 minutes ago, AndersLondon said:

Progress update, Month 4: A mixture of emotions

Today, Saturday 17th August is exactly 4 months from my operation and I’ve added some pics so you can see how things are progressing….

From now on, things should begin to grow – no more of this resting phase situation. In summary, I can see things developing and progress being made. I’m pretty happy with how the temples are looking, but pretty disappointed so far in the crown area. I’ve tried growing my hair a little bit longer but the crown still seems pretty clearly different to the rest of the head so I’m still keeping the hair short. In a couple more months I plan to begin to grow it a little longer for a better look at how things are developing…

I recently came back from a sunny summer holiday and made sure to always keep my head out of the sun. I wore a hat the entire time I was in the sun – I don’t know if that was really necessary but I figured I wouldn’t bother risking getting any sort of sunburn on the head. I guess the problem with looking at the head everyday is that you don’t really notice improvements. I mean day-by-day, I’m not really spotting much changing but I guess when you compare this to my ‘before’ photos, then there’s been a lot of progression. 

This week I saw a mate who I hadn’t seen in, maybe three weeks and one of the first things he said was “wow, your hair is coming along nicely!” I was also with my family last week (on holiday) who hadn’t seen me in a month or so, and they said the same thing. Both these bits of feedback are from sources I don’t think would say something for the sake of it, but there are still a few people who say “your hair looks fantastic!” just because they know that’s what you want to hear. Sort of like when someone says “wow you’re looking really slim!” because they know I’m on a diet but actually I still look like a hippo.

When talking with my mum about the hair she commented that there IS coverage all over the crown and she’s right – but there always WAS coverage there but just very fine ‘baby’ hairs and I don’t feel like much has changed. When I touch it, that’s still what I’m feeling: soft hairs rather than thick hairs – but I think that will come with time. I guess hair is like money – you’ll always want more than you have.

I definitely have an awkward ring around the back of my head where my head mixes from transplanted area > native area where no grafts were taken (thick ring) >  donor area, and part of the reason I'm keeping my hair short is I don't like how this looks. I think I'll be able to hide it eventually but at this point I'm thinking another transplant would help thin out that 'ring' and increase the density on the top. But it's too early to be thinking about that just yet.

In terms of my hair-care routine, it’s very simple now:

  • Still a daily wash with the Sebamed shampoo, usually after exercising (currently in transition from hippo form)
  • When I dry the hair I don’t rub it hard still, but this is more out of habit and the fact my hair is really short so it dries quickly when I just pat it
  • I take the finasteride pill each day and use Regaine twice (usually) or once if I forget / am lazy
  • I still don’t scratch the head if it’s itchy with a fingernail
  • And as mentioned, I keep it out the sun, even when I’m just out and about in London

I’ve noticed a couple of white spots on the head which I believe is a good sign of the hairs coming through, and I’ve felt the odd sharp pain in the crown area – I don’t really know if that’s me imagining it or whether it’s just a little reminder that growth is happening. I really don’t think much about the donor site – I keep my hair quite short at the back still but I don’t think it looks like I’ve had surgery and I’m so tall that people can’t really see the back of my head anyway.

So in summary: Temples = doing well. Crown = hoping for the same, but less impressed so far. Haircare and daily life = easy. Hair confidence: improving. Body confidence: hippo.

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Awesome. Looking good.

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Nice progress update, Your progress is looking very good, and take it from me the crown did not get me to a content point until I hit my 13th month mark and I’m now at month 14 post op, although with added assistance from a new routine...so no reason to be disappointed or worried about the crown progress just yet. 😉

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On 8/18/2019 at 12:15 AM, CosmoKramer said:

Nice progress update, Your progress is looking very good, and take it from me the crown did not get me to a content point until I hit my 13th month mark and I’m now at month 14 post op, although with added assistance from a new routine...so no reason to be disappointed or worried about the crown progress just yet. 😉

Thank you - I appreciate you saying that. I'm sure I'll see more in the next few months. Can I ask - what do you mean by your 'added assistance from a new routine'?

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3 minutes ago, AndersLondon said:

Thank you - I appreciate you saying that. I'm sure I'll see more in the next few months. Can I ask - what do you mean by your 'added assistance from a new routine'?

You’re welcome!

Sure...about 3 months ago (at my 11th month post-op) I started microneedling (every few days, once daily Kirkland minoxidil foam and Nizoral shampoo every few days. Check the Open Topic section as I have a new separate progress thread there.

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1 minute ago, CosmoKramer said:

Sure...about 3 months ago (at my 11th month post-op) I started microneedling (every few days, once daily Kirkland minoxidil foam and Nizoral shampoo every few days. Check the Open Topic section as I have a new separate progress thread there.

Ooh awesome, thankyou! I'll have a read :)

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