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Clinic recommended from here. Donor looks overharvested, or shock loss?

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Hi all

i had a HT just over a month ago from a clinic officially recommended by this website. I had approx 3900 grafts over the space of two days. Their results looks consistently good on this forum. At this point I will not be posting the clinic name, this is my choice, as they’ve been very good to me and I want to give it time to know for sure if this has been botched  I will maybe post a genuine review some months down the line  

Let me start by saying the hairline is looking great; I’m in the ugly duckling phase but, hey, that is normal and I’m not concerned. 

My donor zone; however; is causing me immense stress. Yes, of course I am in contact with the clinic, but it gets to a point that I have decided I need unbiased opinions and support. I have been reluctant to post here until now. Please do your best to be honest but not make me feel more anxious or worse than I already am. Would appreciate it. 

Attached are pics of the extraction zones day of and day after surgery. 

Then I have attached pics of what looks like an overharvested OR shock loss donor zone taken recently and within the last couple of weeks. Any opinions would be welcome. 

Thank you to any brothers in this community who take the time to reply. 

 

 

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There does appear to be some shock loss going imo. You are still very early in the journey tbh and at this point I'd suggest you try not to worry too much. Come across a number of cases where the donor areas 1-3 months post op don't look so great but after a couple of months things generally improve. 

Agree with Gasthoerer it would be good to see before pictures of your donor. What did the clinic say with regards to your donor hair? Also do you know what sized punch was used?

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Hey botH, thanks for the replies 

The donor was fully shaven again and pics were retaken after, I just uploaded both. 

 

0.95mm and 1mm punches used.

Pics attached of donor befor 

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Hi

From looking at your photos, in my honest opinion the extraction zone could have been better spread out...but it looks fine, and you’ve suffered some shock loss but it looks to be recovering well in the more recent photos, I wouldn’t be too concerned with it, it just needs more time.

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yes, even in my opinion you have suffered a shock loss that is coming back, let's say from someone who intends to over haversting , I have suffered unfortunately 3 years ago from a pseudo-clinic in Turkey.

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Hi

im currently just shy of 3 months into my procedure and I had a very similar looking donor area at that stage.. I was very worried about mine and suffered from shock loss.. 3 months in however it is really starting to recover well now.. everything will turn out ok mate 👍👍

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39 minutes ago, Leath123 said:

Hi

im currently just shy of 3 months into my procedure and I had a very similar looking donor area at that stage.. I was very worried about mine and suffered from shock loss.. 3 months in however it is really starting to recover well now.. everything will turn out ok mate 👍👍

Great post do you mind sharing some pictures?


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I agree...the larger punches along with the high number of extractions will induce a fair amount of trauma to the scalp.

And shock loss typically sets in from 2-4 weeks post-op and I also concur that there is some going on.

And like others have said, the area will undoubtedly look much better in several months.

We would be happy to give you more feedback with your updated photos in 3 months?

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Very helpful!

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Update of my donor area below. I did shave my head a few days ago again. 

My HT was 7 weeks and 3 days ago  

I will stay patient and still hope this is temporary in the donor zone, but I am losing a bit of hope  

 

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, Michael Vories, MD said:

I understand your concern, but keep in mind that temporary shock loss is going through the same hair cycling as the transplanted hair. This means that when your transplanted hair begins to grow is when the donor area shocked out hair begins to grow in.

Exactly


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Honestly, I do not like the extraction pattern. It shows no feathering at the sides of the extraction zone. Actually, the boundary zones show some extractions directly next to each other.

BUT: I still second the opinion that it will improve and in the end, you will much better. Nevertheless, there seems to be some minor areas which small infections. You should show this to a medical doctor (if there is no support from your clinic). 

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3 hours ago, Gasthoerer said:

Honestly, I do not like the extraction pattern. It shows no feathering at the sides of the extraction zone. Actually, the boundary zones show some extractions directly next to each other.

BUT: I still second the opinion that it will improve and in the end, you will much better. Nevertheless, there seems to be some minor areas which small infections. You should show this to a medical doctor (if there is no support from your clinic). 

Truth is I see that too, I agree. Just gotta hope in a few months it’s not a big deal. 

Re. The acne - this is already clearing up. I think it’s just a little bit of acne triggered from the surgery and I aggravated it more by touching. . 

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You need to stop shaving, it only makes the shock loss look worse. Honestly, you need to just let it grow. Shaving your hair when it already looks bad, is like putting glitter on a pimple.


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If im being honest, There is no gaurantee if the halo will remain or not by month 12.  I got a very similar pattern and it was due to extraction pattern.  Mine never fully repaired and i got this bullshit rectangular halo cut out continuing years later.  You will know for sure by month 8-9 of where this is headed.  I really am frustrated but hoping there is a way out this mess.  
 

i wish you the best, but youll have to wait till 8-9 month to guage healing and regrowth.  

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I already notice an improvement...and it will continue to improve IMHO.


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