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Arocha 2500 grafts FUT with PRP 4/16/19

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2 hours ago, Fluffhead said:

Fantastic post. Have enjoyed following the progress. Your results are great! Congrats!

Thank you @Fluffhead! I really appreciate the compliment!

I saw your write up last week. Great report! You chose a great clinic and doctor. I’m looking forward to following along with your progress. Happy growing!

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Looks great! Arocha is good. I'm currently 18 months out , so I'm complete. Still want more density and need my crown filled in. Yes, greedy for sure :)

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Thanks @Betterhair! I appreciate it!! I do hope that you update the forum when you decide to move forward! I know that you weren’t 100% on your density and that you had issues with stubble not growing but from the pics you posted I thought your hair looked great! Thanks again.

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Hey everybody!

Im just a week shy of 10 months but I wanted to post some pics. I went to a wedding over the weekend and I put a little caboki in my hair. While I don’t really have any pics from the wedding that are shareable I took some pics just before I washed it out

Now, when I say I really didn’t put that much in my hair I’m really only comparing it to how I used to load my hair down with fibers in combination with dermmatch to get a look of full coverage prior to my transplant. I only sprinkled it in the center of my hairline and in the corners of the temporal recession but that small amount made such a huge impact on my look. I’ll post some pics I snapped of my hair wet to compare to preop.

Same lighting as usual but with fibers.

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If I’m being perfectly honest I don’t ever go out with fibers. I’ve done it less than a handful of times since my transplant. This was more of an experiment just to see how it helped out my current situation.

I haven’t posted a pic of my hair wet in a while so here it is after I washed the fibers out.

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So while that’s still a bit see through there’s definitely been some progress from the last time I shared some wet pics at 6 months BUT compare it to my preop wet top down:

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There’s a huge difference.

Thats all for now. I’ll be back in a week or so with a 10 month update. I’ll be around otherwise. 

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That hairline looks fantastic in the wet, slicked back photos. The entire frontal zone, really, but I've specifically been watching that gap in the frontal hairline as kind of a reference point and that has filled in VERY nicely.

Honestly, looking at you straight on in that first wet picture I wouldn't say you'd had any major hair loss to speak of. Glad you posted this update. I was just talking to the doc the other day and you came up, so I had been wondering how you were doing with your progress. 

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Thanks @Mycroft!! I really appreciate those kind words!

I think I’ve said this before but back in 2012 before I started taking meds I had a split frontal forelock. I was mostly bald with these two horns right up front. I mostly shied away from pics and used concealer to hide it. So this spot up front filling in means a lot to me. Thank you for appreciating it! Lol

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22 hours ago, Steeeve said:

Thanks @Mycroft!! I really appreciate those kind words!

I think I’ve said this before but back in 2012 before I started taking meds I had a split frontal forelock. I was mostly bald with these two horns right up front. I mostly shied away from pics and used concealer to hide it. So this spot up front filling in means a lot to me. Thank you for appreciating it! Lol

I have something similar although it's less severe, and it's probably the thing about my hair that bothers me the most. I can style around it for the most part but it's not the best.

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Wow! Steeeve - thank you for meticulously documenting your progress like this. I've enjoyed watching from afar, and I think it looks just great. Can't wait to see as you continue updating, and I'd love to meet you when you see doc next in Houston. 

~Kira

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Representative and Patient Educator for: Dr. Bernardino A. Arocha, Coalition Member. I am not a medical professional and my words should not be taken as medical advice. All opinions and views shared are mine.

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10 hours ago, ArochaAngel4247 said:

Wow! Steeeve - thank you for meticulously documenting your progress like this. I've enjoyed watching from afar, and I think it looks just great. Can't wait to see as you continue updating, and I'd love to meet you when you see doc next in Houston. 

~Kira

Thank you @ArochaAngel4247! I really appreciate it. I’m just the canvas, though. The doc is the artist! 🙂 I’ll be there in late April and I hope I finally get to meet you. 

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10 Months has come and gone.

Last week I shared some pics of my hair wet and with fibers and I feel like my hair texture has changed a lot in just the past 7 days. It’s been months since I’ve had a proper hair cut but I’m starting to really like the length on it. I’ll probably get a cut sooner or later but for now I’m really enjoying that there’s hair to grow out!

There’s definitely some areas that were worked on that I’m going to want to get touched up but I seriously have no complaints about what’s been done and if I only move forward closing my crown and never touching those areas I would still be very happy.

Other than letting it grow out and that the hairs are really thickening up there’s not much to report. The hair on the right side of my head is getting much thicker, as well. It’s getting much harder to see through to the scalp.

As it is I’m just really very happy.

I do have to put product in it now as the texture has gotten extremely wavy. It’s an Aloe Vera spray that’s very light and dries very quickly but it really helps to allow me to tame it to a degree. It really helps it to look like it’s looked in past updates. I have a couple of pictures to somewhat help illustrate this.

This is my hair just blown dry. I don’t use a brush so much as I use my hands to run through it as I blow it dry. I guess I should also add that I put the hair dryer on a low cool setting for my recipient and a higher hotter setting for the back of my head.

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I don’t know if those pics really illustrate my point. Maybe I’ll try and grab some pics tomorrow to show what I mean.

Here’s in the bathroom with product.

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I feel like I’ve said this in the past but when I spoke to Dr Arocha about planning my hairline design I said that I wanted more of a temporal recession. I’m very happy with those corners but I think at some point in the future I’ll add some grafts to the middle of my hairline to strengthen it. It’s certainly not that bad and it’s incredible compared to what it once was (or wasn’t). I feel like what the doc did is very natural looking and a lot of guys have it but I think I want a stronger hairline right here in the middle.

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I’d put an arrow there but I feel like you can’t miss it. It’s purely for greed, though. I’ve been watching it, as others have also commented on it, since things really started kicking off. Like I said if I were to just close my crown off at this point I’d be as happy as could be.

Here’s under the ring light and still with the Aloe Vera spray. 

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I think that’s it for now. I feel like I always forget something. If anybody has any questions or comments I’ll be here and happy to answer anything. 

Until next time. ✌🏻

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What a difference, and I get that you would want  to do a touch up in the front. I think when you go for second ht to fill the crown and touch up the front you’ll be very happy lol.

btw the long hair looks good !

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9 hours ago, Tbcruz said:

What a difference, and I get that you would want  to do a touch up in the front. I think when you go for second ht to fill the crown and touch up the front you’ll be very happy lol.

btw the long hair looks good !

Hey, thanks @Tbcruz! 😆 You’re probably right about it making my happy! 😂 

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This is what my hair does before I tame it with the Aloe Vera spray. This is just blown dry, again, using my hands as a brush on top, however, I tried using a brush to blow dry the curls in the back out.

It...kinda worked?

It really doesn’t look bad; it just surprises me that the texture is so different in the back than it is in the front and when reallocated to the front from the back it goes back to that same texture. I’ve heard that this is a thing that transplanted hair does but to see it in person Is different.

I have used a brush on my recipient before while blow drying but it pretty much looks the same.

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It’s like a wave. Lol

I guess why they call it wavy.

And if I just brush my hair back after a shower and let it air dry...it’s insane. This may sound culturally insensitive and if I offend anyone I’d like to offer my sincerest apology beforehand but if you’ve ever heard the term, ’the white man’s Afro’; that’s me. It’s just, like, BIG everywhere.

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But if I don’t have some kinda spray on hand to put in there it immediately goes back to crazy town the moment I move.

I’ve started to experiment with clays and powders and the such but I really just don’t care for putting product in my hair. I think if I’m going to experiment more with those I’ll probably wait until I do get a cut to help shape it.

Something I wanted to add to my 10 month update is that NO ONE who doesn’t know about the transplant has said anything or asked about my hair. I’m not saying they’re not talking about me behind my back but I haven’t noticed any funny looks or second glances. 

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I think in this case that added wave is making your hair volume look substantially better; it looks very full in these photos. And...no concealer in this set?

Honestly, your crown should be addressed without too much issue because the area needing coverage isn't nearly as large as some of the guys we see here.

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5 hours ago, Mycroft said:

I think in this case that added wave is making your hair volume look substantially better; it looks very full in these photos. And...no concealer in this set?

Honestly, your crown should be addressed without too much issue because the area needing coverage isn't nearly as large as some of the guys we see here.

No concealer. No spray. No product of any kind in this last set.

Thank you! I’m hoping that this wavy texture helps with concealing my crown!

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9 hours ago, Steeeve said:

No concealer. No spray. No product of any kind in this last set.

Thank you! I’m hoping that this wavy texture helps with concealing my crown!

My father had a fairly significant bald spot in his crown much worse than yours, but with his wavy hair and the right length it ended up looking pretty good most of the time without a single transplant.

Yours is a smaller spot and with an appropriate number of grafts I think it's going to work out pretty well for you, especially if you keep your hair at the right length.

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