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45 minutes ago, notsosure said:

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Hey all. Long time lurker/reader. I think I created my account here about 10 years ago. I'm now 42 and it's finally time to take the plunge. After LOTS of research and lots of nerves, I finally schedu

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and now the itching begins. lol...

any tips for how to deal with itching 2 days out from an HT? Obviously I can't just scratch the recipient area, but I'd like to just take sand paper to my head right now.

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In an earlier post you mentioned putting polysporin on the recipient area. Hopefully you meant on the donor area. The ointment would be very difficult to clean off the recipient area at this point without scrubbing. Only put the on the donor. As for itching, just spray saline on the recipient to alleviate. The itching is terrible but this will give some very short term relief. 

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Bosley Dr. Krenitsky 11-2016 FUE 1407 grafts

Dr. Diep 09-2017 FUE 2024 grafts

Dr. Konior 03-2020 FUE 2076 grafts

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17 minutes ago, BDK081522 said:

In an earlier post you mentioned putting polysporin on the recipient area. Hopefully you meant on the donor area. The ointment would be very difficult to clean off the recipient area at this point without scrubbing. Only put the on the donor. As for itching, just spray saline on the recipient to alleviate. The itching is terrible but this will give some very short term relief. 

Nailed it. You're right. I meant on the donor area. Tomorrow I'll ask the doc to fill my spray bottle with saline solution. Thanks for the tip and the correction.

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While I have you guys, any recommendations for Rogaine use once it's time? So, normally I would wet my hair, then use a towel to dry and spike the hair straight up. Then I'd get some gel in my hand and spike down/style my hair a bit. Then I'd blow dry with one of those diffusers. The main reason was just to give my hair some volume since it was so thin and receding. It worked fairly well. Now that I'll hopefully have decent hair with a good hairline, I'd like to start using rogaine, but is there some sort of smart process for using it maybe as styling gel for the spiking/somewhat messy look? Maybe that's not possible or sounds ridiculous. I'm a noob when it comes to rogaine, but I'd like to do what I can to avoid another HT anytime soon. Thanks.

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7 minutes ago, notsosure said:

While I have you guys, any recommendations for Rogaine use once it's time? So, normally I would wet my hair, then use a towel to dry and spike the hair straight up. Then I'd get some gel in my hand and spike down/style my hair a bit. Then I'd blow dry with one of those diffusers. The main reason was just to give my hair some volume since it was so thin and receding. It worked fairly well. Now that I'll hopefully have decent hair with a good hairline, I'd like to start using rogaine, but is there some sort of smart process for using it maybe as styling gel for the spiking/somewhat messy look? Maybe that's not possible or sounds ridiculous. I'm a noob when it comes to rogaine, but I'd like to do what I can to avoid another HT anytime soon. Thanks.

Recommendation is to shower and while your hair is still wet apply minoxidil. With wet hair the scalp is more accessible and Rogaine works by absorption through your skin. If you apply to blown dry hair it is much more difficult to reach the scalp. Especially because after the transplant grows in you'll have much more hair to deter the minoxidil from reaching your scalp. I usually apply when I get out of the shower to wet hair, then blow dry, add product and style. Works well for me. 

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Bosley Dr. Krenitsky 11-2016 FUE 1407 grafts

Dr. Diep 09-2017 FUE 2024 grafts

Dr. Konior 03-2020 FUE 2076 grafts

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8 minutes ago, BDK081522 said:

Recommendation is to shower and while your hair is still wet apply minoxidil. With wet hair the scalp is more accessible and Rogaine works by absorption through your skin. If you apply to blown dry hair it is much more difficult to reach the scalp. Especially because after the transplant grows in you'll have much more hair to deter the minoxidil from reaching your scalp. I usually apply when I get out of the shower to wet hair, then blow dry, add product and style. Works well for me. 

Oh, got it. That makes sense. I've read everywhere else that you shouldn't apply rogaine until the hair is dry, though? Your method definitely sounds best if that actually works.

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Ok, first shower since Tuesday. Success. Only washed body and the back of my head. And face (not forehead yet) in the sink. So far so good. Only somewhat weird thing is the feeling of water dripping down my head when there's not actual water anywhere on the outside. That, and the swelling that seems to be moving to the lower middle of my forehead and temples. Dr Konior said no worries and that it'll all go away soon. I emailed him, and sure enough, he emailed back within a couple of hours. The guy is a machine. When he drove me back from the office after surgery (yes, he actually drove me himself. Great guy) he told me he wakes up at 3:30am every day! Considering the fact that on surgery days he gets home at like 8:00pm, he must truly love what he does. I'm amazed.

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5 full days post FUE. Today I had a little less of the "water dipping down my head" sensation. Head is still very numb to the touch. I believe this is normal. I had some off and on discomfort from all of the various holes in my head, but nothing too awfully bad. Here's how things look currently. What do you all think that have had HTs and know how things should look by day 5? I wish the recipient hair would just stay and not fall out. I'm definitely not looking forward to what things will look like once the new area falls out for those 3-4 months.

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9 hours ago, notsosure said:

5 full days post FUE. Today I had a little less of the "water dipping down my head" sensation. Head is still very numb to the touch. I believe this is normal. I had some off and on discomfort from all of the various holes in my head, but nothing too awfully bad. Here's how things look currently. What do you all think that have had HTs and know how things should look by day 5? I wish the recipient hair would just stay and not fall out. I'm definitely not looking forward to what things will look like once the new area falls out for those 3-4 months.

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Looks perfectly on track for 5 days out. Very clean 👌 when the shedding takes place you will basically return to pre ht state. This is the time that all of us spend looking in the mirror often “willing it” to grow.... But unfortunately for just about most people it doesn’t even start to kick off until after month 4. 🙏

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Thanks guys. I’ll post a couple before shots I took about 2 years ago when I initially sent Dr. Konior an e-mail for his thoughts. I don’t have his official before pics pre-procedure, at the moment. 

2 more questions for you all.
 

1. How long does it take for the numb head to not feel like a numb head? 

2. When am I 100% fine to spray the shower head directly on the grafted area with 0% chance of screwing something up? I’d like to get rid of this marker on my head and also take a GOOD shower again 🙂 The thought of knocking out a graft or more is terrifying, given I don’t want to do this procedure anytime again in the near future. Those of you that got FUT and not FUE, are brave people. 

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1 minute ago, Homeerestre said:

Your's was done way cleaner than everything I saw here, goodluck on your journey, you'll need that. :)

Thanks! I'll take all the luck I can get.

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Btw, here's the total graft counts that Dr. Konior ended up doing, in case anyone was curious:

1 – 150

2 – 1,072

3 – 978

Total: 2,200

No idea where which grafts were inserted, or if it even matters. Any thoughts on those numbers from you seasoned HT people?

Side note: I emailed him about 30 min ago to ask, and he replied already. Pretty awesome.

 

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3 hours ago, notsosure said:

1. How long does it take for the numb head to not feel like a numb head? 

 

Six weeks out and still have some numbness and itching.  I am curious about this as well.

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On 4/8/2021 at 7:31 PM, notsosure said:

Ok, first shower since Tuesday. Success. Only washed body and the back of my head. And face (not forehead yet) in the sink. So far so good. Only somewhat weird thing is the feeling of water dripping down my head when there's not actual water anywhere on the outside. That, and the swelling that seems to be moving to the lower middle of my forehead and temples. Dr Konior said no worries and that it'll all go away soon. I emailed him, and sure enough, he emailed back within a couple of hours. The guy is a machine. When he drove me back from the office after surgery (yes, he actually drove me himself. Great guy) he told me he wakes up at 3:30am every day! Considering the fact that on surgery days he gets home at like 8:00pm, he must truly love what he does. I'm amazed.

He’s a machine. Great guy, you should check out the interview I did with him and Nadimi, you’ll get some good insight on his philosophies. 
https://www.instagram.com/tv/CItfBT8j7KO/?igshid=4vfh52y9me7b

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2 hours ago, notsosure said:

Btw, here's the total graft counts that Dr. Konior ended up doing, in case anyone was curious:

1 – 150

2 – 1,072

3 – 978

Total: 2,200

No idea where which grafts were inserted, or if it even matters. Any thoughts on those numbers from you seasoned HT people?

Typically singles and finer hairs are transplanted into the very front rows of the hairline, which are then transitioned into the 2 or 3 hair groupings behind it to create depth/an illusion of density. 

You typically need 1000 grafts to lower the hairline 1cm, so it seems youve had an appropriate number of grafts for your level of loss. 

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