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Arocha 2500 grafts FUT with PRP 4/16/19

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7 hours ago, LeonSlack said:

@Steeeve I’ve sorta hijacked your thread. I hope you don’t mind too much. It’s been a week. Donor pain is a lot better. Pings and pangs like you described in your post. The suture line is turning into crust though. I see some brown crust coming off. Did you start scrubbing this off or just let it come off naturally? Whenever I apply the zinc, I see a bit of brown crust. 

Also, I still haven’t used a shower directly on my my head. I’ve been using the cup method. The grafts are still sitting on my head lol...

I’m kinda nervous to just get in the shower and shower normally and scrub my head...

 

 

 

 

Don’t apologize @LeonSlack. I don’t mind answering questions at all. 

When I got in the shower I let the water hit my scalp very lightly. I didn’t turn it up very high at all. It wasn’t until day 9 or so that I turned up the pressure only a little more. It still wasn’t very high and I was still only massaging those grafts very lightly. Dr Arocha said that they were safe in there by day 9 and to really start working on them as the longer the scabs stay on there the more potential for grafts to not grow. My recipient was still a little sensitive, though, so I didn’t put a lot of pressure on it. On day 10 or 11 I was spending more time in there massaging those grafts as my scalp felt a little better. 

As far as my sutures/scar went I was keeping bacitracin on it all the time and that really helped to keep everything moist and helped to get the crust off of it when I got in the shower.

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@Steeeve Fianally let the shower water hit my head today and washed my hair with shampoo. I was freaking out the whole time since I have quite a bit of native hair. Afterward, I went and combed and some scabs started to come off. But I mean, not that many. I didn’t want to scrub in the shower overly hard to the point it caused pain...

I think it’ll take definitely a few showers for them to all come off. I’m just at day 9. How long did it take for all your scabs to come off? 

But boy. I have oily skin and it felt amazing to shampoo that hair all over and rinse. 

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53 minutes ago, LeonSlack said:

I think it’ll take definitely a few showers for them to all come off. I’m just at day 9. How long did it take for all your scabs to come off? 

I was almost totally free and clear of scabs by the two week mark. I wouldn’t say I scrubbed them off, though. I was more...massaging them firmly. 🙂👍🏻

 

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Month 4! 

I’m seeing some nice progress. What’s interesting to note is that the pics I’m going to share are in harsh lighting that I’m creating myself. In softer light my current results look stellar already which is cool because most places I go (and work) have softer light. It’s interesting how from day to day I’m looking at my hair and then one day I look in the mirror and go, “oh...that’s better than yesterday.” Like it happened over night.

My right side is still considerably thinner but I went in to the clinic that way. I also still have a ton of stubble that hasn’t taken off yet. The middle of my hairline still has some catching up to do. All in good time, I guess. 

I have to call Dr. Arocha’s office to schedule my four month check up and when I do I’m going to ask for something to help with the pimples. I still get them like crazy and they are a total pain!!

i don’t really have any pictures under softer lighting but I’ll see if I can get any until then: here’s my 4 month progress pictures.

The first pictures are post minoxidil, 6 hours earlier but still I hadn’t washed it yet. I wanted to show what it looks like all pushed back.0E8DD6E2-2D7B-40AD-B0C9-F67B1268D11B.thumb.jpeg.4ffd6f1de00ed2fbca17478fb19762c5.jpegD3E75869-21DB-4643-A0CD-1DC381918541.thumb.jpeg.2ad716e952045260ba80f6ef414d30dd.jpegEED1C0FC-5EAB-4949-BFFA-0D297AA21338.thumb.jpeg.d5e1c4d2a62c2182fad885bca1ddd553.jpeg39B08543-9D70-445D-8CEF-A4FB5DBD2197.thumb.jpeg.9dc8e85ac668f1b72c5a0ff3f1f6a9ed.jpegF5A4FA92-FB6A-43BD-977D-577FEE1673EE.thumb.jpeg.04d2863586a0c2a931051339c26c4c32.jpeg3D8D9F9E-A11E-452A-9714-0859FF162DD6.thumb.jpeg.bd668164c85458f64d2aafbd35b0f86e.jpegF8B064DA-201C-4EBD-A5CE-0944B3C35ACD.thumb.jpeg.704ecef1fe06670fa1549e3ac4f3c356.jpegC3B67C7B-7F59-4507-B359-0D7C314EED95.thumb.jpeg.a5ad78375fd384b1a090f7da8bac27e6.jpegC0F34C5B-B895-4EF4-980D-6403F35C05D9.thumb.jpeg.9ee6c8d12c65da46d98db14fd67d442c.jpeg6BD193CA-8EE2-46B9-A2A6-631899BF05BE.thumb.jpeg.fc796359fcf08b3846f19f4768f3dce0.jpeg

The next 3 pics are after a cleaning. 

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These next pics are how I generally style it although I have been going out with my hair pushed back similar to the pics at the top lately. It’s a little more controlled but I think it looks better than how I’m styling it here.

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So, some improvement for sure but still months and months to go.

As always, I’ll be here. 🙂🏻

 

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My Scar!! 

I almost forgot!!! I got my wife to help me out in getting some pictures to share. I feel like it looks pretty good although my right side my right side is still considerably wide. I don’t know if it’s due to shockloss or what. We’ll see how it turns out.F29C1D2B-6F58-40F7-B5B4-C361EB52B6B6.thumb.jpeg.333a6f6e3cd870313f5f961c01f74387.jpeg8DD1DCF4-D63D-4032-A66C-80D0419C3087.thumb.jpeg.565400cf26060d0a1f1468bbaa68924a.jpeg54AA41AC-6A4E-46AF-A087-7B204AA1129F.thumb.jpeg.acccf7091f518890ae3a9c3b68315ecd.jpeg3598AC2F-75E5-4ED9-A019-1D9164EDB7D4.thumb.jpeg.e95f9f084fdb5f6c6b482e70e9f213a0.jpegC14A0C24-4864-47FC-9B77-363C7552AED7.thumb.jpeg.b742922ba72e54bd5ef10f4cee2ce926.jpeg772863E5-6437-4178-8305-0397825835A1.thumb.jpeg.0549a6c6843f4c6cfca5d1ccb7df21dd.jpeg81E1FE8E-43ED-4849-9733-678373E848A5.thumb.jpeg.532c3c8528f2748ec69e7c5d132f26ed.jpegD9780CE6-1D1A-4C52-8C77-59F1BA9C4B75.thumb.jpeg.8a78c3ef7bbf0dec3753e60acef38509.jpeg0ADA5215-5E95-4D0B-9AA8-737C366456CF.thumb.jpeg.4571fcd84ac49ee6dc235c4b7a610278.jpeg

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Posted (edited)

New frame is definitely starting to take shape, particularly in the corners. Not bad at all for four months.

Scar doesn't look too rough on the right. I think your shock loss theory is a good one though because the hair below the scar looks like it doesn't fill in until a bit lower. I think it's entirely possible that it's just lagging behind a bit. Thanks for the close shots.

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Thanks @Mycroft! Yeah it really seems to be the right side of the scar that’s still lagging. The left side is already going back to a more fleshy color so 🤞🏻🤞🏻 fingers crossed that the right catches up! I really don’t mind keeping my hair this long for the time being. Like I said, there’s plenty of time for catch up so we’ll see how things go.

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@Steeeve Looking good man! I’m envious you are further along. 

I had dissolvable sutures put in since I’m out of town. (Even though I may just have them removed now since it’s been 2 weeks.) Anyway, one of the ends of the sutures (the knot) gave away this morning. Now, I feel a noticeable indent in that area. It was so flat before. I guess that’s because of the sutures holding everything together?

Did you feel a noticeable indent once the sutures were removed?

Thanks as always.   

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2 hours ago, LeonSlack said:

@Steeeve Looking good man! I’m envious you are further along. 

I had dissolvable sutures put in since I’m out of town. (Even though I may just have them removed now since it’s been 2 weeks.) Anyway, one of the ends of the sutures (the knot) gave away this morning. Now, I feel a noticeable indent in that area. It was so flat before. I guess that’s because of the sutures holding everything together?

Did you feel a noticeable indent once the sutures were removed?

Thanks as always.   

I didn’t notice an indent in the back of my scalp but if it’s been two weeks your scar should be good to go and the sutures could come out. Are you in the area to go see Dr. Arocha to get them removed? If not a general practitioner can remove them. I would definitely get them removed. While they aren’t hurting anything being in there once you hit that two week mark your scar is secure. The relief of them being out is really truly wonderful. Lol

I had dissolvable sutures as well. I had knots starting to loosen around the 10 day mark but they didn’t cause any discernible difference in how my scar felt. Try sending Eduardo some pics to show the doctor if you are able to.

If it really bothers you. Peace of mind is extremely important in these early days.

I had a small infection early on so I had some bumps but the doc just gave me some antibiotics and they cleared up in a week. I’m only a few hours away from him, though.

 

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