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@Gabreille Nelson Mukhia Thank you again for the compliments and I have to say that I am pretty jealous of that mane of yours. 🙌🏻 I personally think that a little thinning throughout the scalp comes across as very natural. That being said I totally understand when someone isn’t completely happy with their own appearance. I, like everybody else here, have elected to have a surgery (or want to) that will add nothing to my life but a sense of well being. 

I slept through the PRP injections so I can’t really speak to what it was like but Dr Arocha did say that they scattered it throughout my entire scalp, which only makes sense. 

Well done on that beautiful mop of hair on that head, though. Your doctors did right by you. I would say if you can stand the pain of the injections then go for it. I said a little higher up in the thread that I’ve seen a lot of doctors call it quackery but there are A LOT of reputable doctors who use it and I believe to great effect.

All the best.

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Day 5

A little irritation around the sutures but nothing a couple of Tylenol can’t squelch. Cleaning twice a day and applying bacitracin to parts of the scalp and the scar. Post op oozing seems to have stopped and crusted over.

There’s a bit of yellowing on my forehead a right under my eyes which doesn’t hurt at all, however, I’m assuming it may be some light light bruising. I’m not sure if the camera is picking this up...

Anyone else have any experience with this? It’s really not concerning as it doesn’t hurt whatsoever. I was just wondering.

Overall feeling pretty good. 

Pics again are immediately after a cleaning.

Cheers!🙂B77D4EA3-47D4-4A41-8842-D3A1253C156B.thumb.jpeg.c286c54172790a6a325a55ff4dcc8157.jpeg032639D6-B6CD-4FDC-8B8D-81C5E186FB26.thumb.jpeg.e6423d77cd7d304fe21798a3b1aab1b4.jpegC10ED999-9B62-413D-8FA0-027D44DFF627.thumb.jpeg.3842cb8592003bec2cff739f96c8d0af.jpegFD1D48AF-81C9-4995-92C8-EF5636BE536B.thumb.jpeg.586f4f31d2ac0e9bf2d265ba2d1bc2c2.jpegCE81B5C0-867D-4399-9DE3-E6DE95FFD445.thumb.jpeg.f32a8dcd3f93c1f44b064e62aead6ad5.jpegE26F539B-8F31-4EC0-B1CD-95B21F21DBEB.thumb.jpeg.d6d143461b028fb173c7e875635257c8.jpeg3ABF8A8A-0F5E-47A8-B8C6-CAFCAA681918.thumb.jpeg.1a054676e2038972407691358742f2ca.jpeg6F2EB65B-EAF7-49C8-A375-5BDA92280E0C.thumb.jpeg.a3df984dc0dca30c9b5c0fbc60777d8d.jpeg

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Work looks pretty good, i think you will have very good results, patient is now the key till it all grows in by 8-12 months. Good luck.


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So I thought I’d share with my fellow forum members what I looked like pre finasteride/minoxidil. Sort of detail my decent into hair madness, if you will. Lol2CD27672-225A-4E22-AE77-C1D590FC7CC9.thumb.jpeg.3c377cb33a9277338afe854d93e8326f.jpegSo the above pic is from 2010. I know it’s a bit hard to tell because of how short I kept it but you can clearly see how much stronger my sides are than the top of my head. I was also keeping it this short to hide the dreaded split front forelock.C796D5B7-1C9C-402C-A92D-35D36FF315F7.jpeg.64d871ee1d5697442d15444c53c61228.jpegThis was August of 2012 so I was about 4 months into my fin/minox regiment. You can see some hairs sprouting up top but those two horns are much more prevalent than the rest of my head although one seems more prevalent than the other. Around this time I started playing with hair fibers which after much practice and a lot of tips from hair and make-up people in the business I became extremely adept at using. 2FE850E9-8516-41ED-9413-873722368004.thumb.jpeg.c99f3af6047f46fb371975d6deeb0097.jpegD46D6653-EF6D-4A82-BD7F-B428C75D1B6E.thumb.jpeg.f71ea12852a1ecb550272dcf30d5216e.jpegThis is quite a few years later and I really didn’t step out like this until I had it down pat but I learned after sometime how to really snap it up with a combination of dermmatch and toppik. It Took a little while even with the tips I received, however, I became very good at hiding what was going on whether my hair was long or short.36D66369-F308-4B35-8B67-08ADE3C09272.thumb.jpeg.aef1a575390feb67b5f89a34676de1dc.jpegE3351AB4-0E55-420B-B218-07D41B48F5A7.thumb.jpeg.f02e86397014a611c23386a3a2a84195.jpeg74C181D3-6205-4605-AF57-C9A98122EB5F.thumb.jpeg.0549af85edca7674fd2d1feb7f2f5065.jpeg6678924E-5E3E-42BF-B56B-E4CF0279BAE6.thumb.jpeg.e7a945c41264300e4cc1dd8f6e1ec93c.jpegMy biggest issue in using these products was that because my crown was so devoid of hair that the result always ended up looking too powdery.A556416A-D258-4250-917F-D6731AEFC55D.thumb.jpeg.a8d86472aa56e202e8e690a5c4f1265f.jpegespecially when I grew my hair out0A9A2082-2B92-4940-9651-26223A0C3051.thumb.jpeg.4b003d27cc946efcbba593397f7d8223.jpeg3712590A-68A5-4BC2-8C57-53968732A49E.thumb.jpeg.3d7d7190f8bee5c4c7385d8d6cb61dd2.jpegFrom the front everything seemed normal but if anyone were looking at me from the side or if I looked down, as you can see above, the jig was up. There was a definite line of demarcation there. I never went out like that...😂 So typically I would use it only to help fluff up the front. Especially for auditions. I found that dermatch and toppik were really best used when my hair was short. These pics were at my wedding which were taken outside. These pics are untouched by the photographer. They are just the base photos.52EAD16C-C75F-4122-B42D-7B0931650591.thumb.jpeg.b0b1c7379777f57120f2d8317154a9cb.jpegDE1AC167-AB0D-43D5-AF06-21A24BA6F997.jpeg.1e68dd2b1e5719b0383fe0743422b687.jpeg39C67BBA-3B2A-4DBE-BA0A-7FA2619E8591.jpeg.363f2db6c1c1835527a64a91f6eea0e4.jpegI’m including this next photo to show you where I’m potentially headed. My father is on the left. While he is pushing 70 he also starting losing his hair around 35 where I started around 18 or 19.0C261D7C-7EBA-419E-B928-F936B77EDC6D.thumb.jpeg.84ad0d8e5024c44cd4771e32723d5965.jpegMy wife often asks why I want to do this. While she supports my decision to start this journey she always makes herself quite clear that she loves me the way that I am. She also says that I make it work with all that I do. She says it’s no different than a woman who goes out before putting on her make up. To some degree I get that but it’s whole hell of a lot of work. Ultimately when I think about it I think about this:139334A2-461C-4375-8618-71D37FF5417D.thumb.jpeg.d1dc543dfeb72121ce91824ed13a1868.jpegAnd I don’t like what I see when I wash everything out.

I see a better self.

That’s why I chose to do something about it.

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22 minutes ago, harin said:

Work looks pretty good, i think you will have very good results, patient is now the key till it all grows in by 8-12 months. Good luck.

Hey, thanks a lot, @harin! They say patience is a virtue. We’ll see how mine holds up! 😂

Cheers!

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Week 1 down.

51 more to go!

Other than some crusts coming off while running a cup over my head and letting the shower start to trickle over my head not much has changed in the las couple of days. 

While I do have to stay on top of some Tylenol to stave off any annoyance from sutures I’m felling pretty good! 

As you’ll see some bigger crusts are hanging on but...what can you do? It’s only been a week.🙂

I have my first visit with Dr Arocha today. I’ll come back this evening and talk about whatever we talk about.

Enjoy and Be Good People. ✌🏻

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2 hours ago, Upshall said:

How did it go with Arocha bud? 

It went great, man! Thanks for asking. 👍🏻 I got a new phone over the weekend and I hadn’t really played with the camera enough to get good pictures of the scar today so I was trying to wait to write about my experience until the wife could help me get some pictures this evening. 

Dr Arocha examined me and we took our week 1 pics. He said that the hairs on my scalp already looked thicker and it does. Then he told me not to freak out when that awesome stubble falls out. I was aware that there’s a large chance of this even with the PRP. It hasn’t yet since we are only in week one but man, I know everybody deals with these feelings when they see those beautiful hairs that are now in a place where they haven’t been in so long, I’ll be sad to see them go. LOL

Logically I know they’ll be back so...*deep breaths* 😊

He said the scar looks like it’s healing really well but I have to give credit to my wife on that. She’s been amazing at helping me when she can. She works during the day but helps to apply the bacitracin to my scalp at night. I do it during the day when she’s at work but it’s like the difference of a little boy peeing all over the toilet seat and an adult peeing directly into the toilet...I get it all over the back of my scalp.

He said to keep applying the bacitracin to both my incision and my scalp especially where those big scabs are. 

My routine is two head washes a day. I take a spray bottle and I pour about a quarter of baby shampoo in it and then I pour about 3/4’s of the 0.9% Sodium Chloride Irrigation that they sent home with me. I spray my recipient/incision pretty religiously with it and let it sit for 15 minutes then spray again and let it rest for another 15 minutes. For the first five days I would just rinse it out by pouring a cup of water over my head then lather by patting my head with some more baby shampoo and rinse again by pouring water over my head. 

On day five I let the shower head trickle over my scalp, as I said in a previous post above, and saw a lot of smaller scabs wash away. 

Today I put the shower on a higher blast. Not full but higher. Same routine but I massaged a little more, not necessarily any more firmly-just for longer, and the bulk of those larger scabs released. I felt stubble all over my head and man...it was exciting. Lol

I still have a few bigger scabs so my wife helped me put the bacitracin on my scalp/incision. We got some pics of the incision but I’ll, hopefully, get some good pics in the morning after my first wash.

I’ll see him again next Tuesday to get the sutures removed. 

That’s pretty much it for now.

Cheers and Be Good People 🙂0DD33F67-C501-406B-A5CF-54A7FE608BE4.thumb.jpeg.ce35498059d457d7df087d9a9249a0b3.jpegFAE365DF-A547-4D17-B26F-376C2C91BC44.thumb.jpeg.f287630f897e61c6c52ac2a3368bf623.jpegE0862608-8C1C-41E6-BC08-9D6792A410AA.thumb.jpeg.660b08f10fe432969318fd4b0c428350.jpeg

 

 

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I also wanted to add that Blake, one of Arocha’s representatives, has been amazing. If I send him a message he gets back to me within minutes. I finally got to meet him today and it was great to put a face to a name. He’s seriously very helpful. 

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These are from yesterday; 8 days out from surgery. The scabs had mostly loosened up and fallen out. I still put bacitracin on my incision and recipient as there were a few scabs still lingering.

Ive said it before and I’ll say it again. Dealing with a hair transplant with twin newborns is no easy task. Lol The challenges presented are headache inducing...or maybe that’s just my sutures...B3888595-85C2-4F8C-8487-BAB63E433301.thumb.jpeg.9e42040d19f282a445b987085e1140bb.jpeg27391F89-DD6F-4023-8528-914DA45EFF7C.thumb.jpeg.66714dbdb6d2d784cf8361f5d30790d7.jpeg15BE0A2D-F4B0-4897-A00E-15AB9FFF25EC.thumb.jpeg.e004640d6ab02af66fb3fcc9b946bd95.jpeg25E642D8-56B6-4053-B47E-FD0FF49E614B.thumb.jpeg.75411204c341dd1b6650c7ed58574974.jpeg3B7576B2-E055-484C-A3BA-D07580120A6F.thumb.jpeg.d930e849905f11dce46619353b435f20.jpegBCA52326-B39E-46DB-A585-E69C6429C794.thumb.jpeg.521cb1c0851f98e17077b59f8398bd00.jpeg4F59CFBE-EB41-4D7B-96EC-48FC018D0E71.thumb.jpeg.06575647e4289e4881c0adfa6382f488.jpegC68A74E4-7E67-4322-9DB2-8AD3BEFAC7C1.thumb.jpeg.e59b3eaa791959cf34e5205a4f9c7931.jpeg89E34913-6427-4099-951B-74ADA52C94C8.thumb.jpeg.b369ceee613aad2a2cd40cf7e630f5cc.jpeg

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Day 9

With the exception of these sutures I pretty much feel back to normal. My head is still numb in the recipient but it really doesn’t bother me. I do still have some pings and pangs from the sutures but it’s really not that bad. 

With my wash this morning I think I got what was left of the scabs out. I look in the mirror and I don’t believe anyone would look at me and think I had a hair transplant. 

So now the waiting game begins.

I get my sutures taken out next Monday or Tuesday at Dr Arocha’s office in Houston. I’ll update again at that time unless anybody has any questions or anything pops up. I’ll be here. 

Cheers.✌🏻

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For the next 2 pictures I turned up the brightness on my ring light in order to try and show through the hair to the scalp. I don’t know how well it turned out.FB0CA9B3-1DFF-49F1-A898-3F80B323EB35.thumb.jpeg.35f000a623f151f8f46b751479e533f8.jpeg78227C94-3C9A-429F-A3B6-ACD403723765.thumb.jpeg.0b940a10583821c175a1c4b6296710f0.jpegE7FA329C-05EA-4E3F-B493-E62CDB2A3583.thumb.jpeg.cecc97d0e8ec37ba54d2f8ba4aa871e7.jpeg8DDD33E0-479F-4F5B-A302-1BD72730D10D.thumb.jpeg.515fcc8480003b0100c7126b42645c5b.jpegA79B1F64-3A93-4D04-BA9C-CE66658D02D1.thumb.jpeg.b112f538ea53172dc6850d4183a3b55b.jpeg

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I had some very good results from Dr. Arocha's PRP alone, so I'm very interested to see how your transplant progresses. Based on what I have seen, the PRP could lead to earlier growth and possibly a quicker disappearance of scalp redness. Keep an eye on your native hairs and areas where no hair was translated to see if you can gauge how well you are responding to the PRP itself.

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12 hours ago, Mycroft said:

I had some very good results from Dr. Arocha's PRP alone, so I'm very interested to see how your transplant progresses. Based on what I have seen, the PRP could lead to earlier growth and possibly a quicker disappearance of scalp redness. Keep an eye on your native hairs and areas where no hair was translated to see if you can gauge how well you are responding to the PRP itself.

Thanks Mycroft. I appreciate the support.

I went in to his office today to have my sutures removed and the doctor said everything looked good with maybe the exception of my donor incision. I could’ve done a better job cleaning but the doctor and techs said it was no big deal and to make sure I just scrubbed a little more now that the sutures were out. Once I get it scrubbed out I’ll snap a pic and throw it on here.

I’ve noticed a little bit of the transplanted hair have started to come off in my hands in the shower this evening with the normal amount of native hair that I see every time I take a shower.

Cheers. 😃🤞🏻🤞🏻

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Hey everybody, I just wanted to pop in with an update about my situation and share some thoughts now that I’m through my initial cleaning phase. 

At almost 3 weeks I look almost completely like I’ve never had anything done. In fact I went to work yesterday for the first time since the procedure and I didn’t wear a cap. I confided in a friend who knew that I had been wanting to do it and he was blown away. He didn’t quite know what to expect but he expected more, I guess.

He said, “I don’t know what I expected you to look like but I expected you to look like you had done...something!” I feel very fortunate for this.

When I go out I typically don’t wear a cap. I don’t spend too much time in the sun, however, if there’s that chance then I definitely bring a cap along.

I’ve experience a little bit of shedding in the recipient so far. I can’t tell if there has been any shockloss in my recipient but I’m definitely experiencing some in my donor but only on the sides and even then mostly on my right side. It’s only noticeable when my hair is wet, though. I do see some thinning on the left side but it is so minimal that I don’t think the camera can pick it up. 

It’s still early days and I know I could and should expect more shockloss to occur. I’m curious to see how far it goes.

I explained to my friend what shockloss was and even pointed it out to him and he couldn’t see it.

I know that it is due to my physiology but I also experienced a little infection in my donor on the right side due to improper cleaning. When I went to get my sutures taken out the tech noticed a little puss on my right side. The doctor gave me a weeks worth of antibiotics and said take these and keep it clean. We’ll reassess if it doesn’t go away.

To me this little infection was avoidable on my part. I took it too easy on my strip when cleaning. I, maybe, even could’ve gotten my wife to help me clean it. I’ll probably do that next time. While it didn’t really hurt it was very tender and I shied away from it when it came that time. Tbh, though, my biggest problem was that I couldn’t feel any crusts back there. I just didn’t know what I was feeling for. I do believe that the infection helped out the shockloss to some degree. Again, we’ll see how far it goes. I didn’t really want to post about it until I got a little more information on it from the clinic. They’ve reassured me that everything is good as long as I keep it clean, keep bacitracin on it, and keep on the antibiotics until they’re gone.

The pics I’m including will show the shockloss that is there. As you’ll see so far it is very minimal. The hair in the back will be wet in most of the pictures but I’m going to include one where it is dry so that you can compare.

This is how I wear my hair day to day right now.F3E3ECA3-95A3-41AD-8798-B0B7509D563D.thumb.jpeg.0d933f3012729e7f6b7436ef55323633.jpeg027C01D0-5619-413F-90DF-747DE3293F89.thumb.jpeg.775350bfe604fc261678bb66560f9686.jpeg6C137D13-FCA4-4206-91EE-4BE1920BDAE8.thumb.jpeg.5d9876737ecab6a48d9af49bce3f5fa1.jpeg14F216DA-6FD6-4881-9D81-DFDC5129C11C.thumb.jpeg.0483f3c0615defebfba666af6b95853e.jpeg2AEBA42E-8C78-4AA6-AC70-E63EF87D8C38.thumb.jpeg.bc85febcf2dbed777b38bef3a8adcf20.jpeg373FA932-4F6D-47C2-83A6-E37277F2E6D3.thumb.jpeg.a7366f2fd98ccb14c2dbb5dc8f408cd1.jpegNow, again, I left the back of my hair wet here so as to highlight the shockloss so far.BD81938A-B192-4B0A-8D66-13215C756957.thumb.jpeg.be725028a17b75cdd5c23aa71df9c7ba.jpegMy hair is a little drier here and you can see that it is much more undetectable; completely to the untrained eye.5C60EBA9-ACD2-40DB-A694-8346F05040C8.thumb.jpeg.99edaf1ed93ede4839b68bfb8d8dbf32.jpegSame side but this is meant to showcase more of my hairline-to-be 🤞🏻🤞🏻 than the shockloss.1332FFEE-0758-486C-BED0-42876180A2B1.thumb.jpeg.f257dae48a4ba0af132d053381e37471.jpegD0896DA3-297D-49EE-ACB0-8D25EE1C8D49.thumb.jpeg.94bed448c8223d577c4e769548f02fb7.jpegI’m going to post some pics of my scar in a bit but for now I’ve got to go feed my babies.

Cheers.🙂🏻

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So these are pics of the scar but keep in mind I took these pics last Tuesday night. The area is much cleaner now. I showed these to Blake, Dr. Arocha’s representative I’ve been in contact with, and he showed them to the doctor. They called me back within minutes to reassure me the incision is just healing and to stay on the regimen that I posted earlier.

As you’ll see the pics from Tuesday show that the area is a little pink and there are a few bumps on the right side that I believe are just pimples. Other than the area being much cleaner now it still looks basically the same.

You get a better idea of the shockloss surrounding the incision which seems to be following gravity and moving downward rather than above it.3588497D-E199-409F-80C4-7D4E14349FED.thumb.jpeg.a037a714fc8ce4f4dbbee42b012c6fbd.jpeg7C2B9D45-6D28-46BC-B448-702246724B5D.thumb.jpeg.33779592b40a4be6e975cd79e84d94f1.jpeg0FD042E2-4AE1-4691-A7D0-1E31D865DE90.thumb.jpeg.06ce449146083206ff7888c13a17956d.jpegC25CE013-F91A-4F63-93AD-80AF566A268B.thumb.jpeg.b2ed2649bcd7eec9404fb9982589b974.jpegIt’s impossible to tell what the scar will turn out like at this point. Especially with the infection. I believe I’ve heard in a consultation somewhere that the scar takes 6 months to mature but I may be 100% off about that.

I’ll be post again at the 1 month mark unless there are any questions. I’ll be here if there are.

Cheers and be good people.

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I have read the same thing about the scar. Honestly, some doctors quote even longer.

Looks like there isn't too much redness lingering in the recipient area and native hair looks to have weathered the transplant pretty well.

I am always impressed by doctors who manage to produce good results without shaving the patient's head. Even with the infection I doubt most people would give your head a second glance right now, which is awesome. 

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17 hours ago, Mycroft said:

I have read the same thing about the scar. Honestly, some doctors quote even longer.

Looks like there isn't too much redness lingering in the recipient area and native hair looks to have weathered the transplant pretty well.

I am always impressed by doctors who manage to produce good results without shaving the patient's head. Even with the infection I doubt most people would give your head a second glance right now, which is awesome. 

Thank you @Mycroft, I appreciate the compliments.

One place my hair has struggled to hold on is in the scar. My hair is long enough to cover it but whenever I wash it there are a lot of hairs breaking off back there. Having said that it still doesn’t look that bad tbh.

I watched a video by Dr. Bloxham on YouTube where he said that the scar matured over the course of the year so at 6 months it would have matured by 50%. I think everybody might react to it differently. I think, after having done some research on the forums, that it comes back down to one’s own physiology. Some guys do really well and some guys don’t. 

Thanks again.

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Thanks for posting such a detailed write-up. Keep us updated on your progress btw congrats on the wedding 👍🏼


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Thanks @Melvin-Moderator! I appreciate you stopping by and giving it a look.

Hey, I have a question for anybody who can potentially answer.

Dr Arocha and Blake said that if these grafts don’t shed by the one month mark you’re typically in a good place for them not to. Statistically they may not at that point and will continue to grow. I’ve been trying to emotionally prepare my self to see them go for a bit. Lol Next week is my one month mark and they’re still hanging on. I’ve seen very few shed and I’m keeping my eyes wide open!

My question is: has anyone seen their grafts first shed after the one month mark? Is that a thing?

Most forum members experience it within the first month on here so I’m just wondering what’s the deal?

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1 month down!

I'm starting to see some shedding but most of those hairs are still holding on. I’ve had a few pimples which you might be able to see in the pictures.

Does anybody have any suggestions about what to do about pimples? Should I pop them? Leave them alone? They’re actually kind of uncomfortable. I wouldn’t say they hurt but I feel it when I run my hands through my hair.

I’ve seen a little shedding in my recipient but I still look like I did prior to the procedure. I’m also still seeing hair shed at my scar. My hair is long enough to cover everything though. I have my 1 month check up with Dr. Arocha on Tuesday and I’m going to ask if I could get a haircut-my concern is should I after dealing with the infection. On one hand I’d like to clean my hair up a little bit...on the other my scar is still really pink, especially on the right side where I believe the majority of the infection was, and there was a bit of shedding back there. I really can’t tell how bad it is though because my hair does a very good job covering it.

Could I cut it to a 4 or 5 without risk of exposing the scar or jut wait it out a few more months? 

I sent the Blake a text, keeping him informed about my scar, also making an observation about how terrible it currently looked and he responded quite promptly, with quite a few texts, letting me know that everything was normal and that it’s still healing. 🙂 I guess I should’ve clarified that I was just making a general observation about the current state of the scar. While I’m aware that it’s going to take months to mature it looked pretty terrible for a hot minute, what with a flap of skin being ripped from my scalp and subsequent infection. While it’s still pink it really doesn’t look that bad anymore, with exception of where the infection was. 

I have to say, there’s still 11 to 17 months left to go but, I’m very happy in regards to how the clinic has treated me so far. I know it will slow down in the coming months but not a week has gone by where the clinic hasn’t reached out to me to ask how things were going with the scar or the hair transplant in general. This can be quite a stressful time for anyone who isn’t emotionally prepared to deal with it and their constant contact has be extremely reassuring. So far my experience with Dr Arocha’s clinic has been a good one. 

I’m attaching pics of my hair wet and dry.

unless there any questions or anything randomly pops up I’ll be back at 2 months.

Cheers and be good people.

1 Month Wet

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Looking awesome at 1 Month. Looks like the ugly duckling phase may skip you. 

I hope you will consider creating a patient website, it’s a great tool for tracking your progress and I only recommend those who do a great job like yourself for creating one. 

https://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/blog/


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Looks great so far! A big improvement wouldn’t you say? I’ve seen great results with PRP but I have noticed that they seem much better if the procedure includes ACELL. The results seem to trigger an increase in blood vessel formation which I have heard can activate and stimulate inactive hair follicles. I’ve also heard it’s not THAT painful, but haven’t had it done yet myself. I’ve also heard that the Eclipse system is very good too.

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8 hours ago, vinzaf19 said:

Looks great so far! A big improvement wouldn’t you say? I’ve seen great results with PRP but I have noticed that they seem much better if the procedure includes ACELL. The results seem to trigger an increase in blood vessel formation which I have heard can activate and stimulate inactive hair follicles. I’ve also heard it’s not THAT painful, but haven’t had it done yet myself. I’ve also heard that the Eclipse system is very good too.

The Acell is a definite benefit based on my experience because it increases the longevity of the treatment as well.

Recipient area looks great so far. I started seeing improvements from PRP alone around the three month mark, and there was still a decent amount of native hair left in your case as well. Based on Steve's one month photos I think he may be on track to see some early improvements.

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On 5/17/2019 at 3:42 PM, Melvin-Moderator said:

Looking awesome at 1 Month. Looks like the ugly duckling phase may skip you. 

I hope you will consider creating a patient website, it’s a great tool for tracking your progress and I only recommend those who do a great job like yourself for creating one. 

https://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/blog/

Thanks @Melvin-Moderator! I was full on expecting to just ride it out for the first few months/however long it took.

I plan to create a patient website. I keep putting it off but I will do so soon. Thanks for posting the link! 

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