Month 2

Day 60: #Selfpic

I thought I’d share a selfpic of how I look at Day 60. My native hair has grown back quite a lot, and the newly transplant recipient area looks kinda fuzzy.

Of course, it’s still very early days, but I’m encouraged by my progress and will hopefully be able to rely less on my cap within a few weeks.

Week 7

I’m now at week 7 since my surgery in Belgium with Dr Feriduni.

Thin hairs in the recipient area are beginning to sprout. While it looks thin at the moment, remember that most of the recently transplanted hair ‘bulb’s are lying dormant. I anticipate that more hairs will emerge in the coming weeks and months.

The recipient is still quite pink so I continue to use aloe vera every day.

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Week 6: The Ugly Duckling Phase

It’s been about a month since my last update, and it’s really flown!

I’m now over 6 weeks post transplant and have taken some photos to share my progress. As you can see, the redness in the recipient areas has subsided and the transplanted hairs have now almost totally fallen out. Now I really know why this period is popularly called the ‘Ugly Duckling Stage’. I expect it will be another month or two before I see any new growth, so patience is very important at this point and I’m reliant on caps.

Week 2

It’s now two weeks since I had surgery with Dr Feriduni in Belgium. I’ve taken some photos to show my progress. As you can see, the recipient area is healing nicely. Most of the scabs have fallen off during the last few days, and the skin has a healthy pink tone.

As anticipated some of the Follicular Units (FU’s) have fallen out, so the density of the recipient area does not quite match that of the native hair – and that will remain the case until new hairs begin to grow through. This is to be expected, as at this stage, hairs in the recipient area begin to shed, paving the way for newer, stronger hairs to grow in their place.

Healing in the donor area has been very fast; any sign of surgery is fading quickly. FUE really is extraordinary.

Day 10: 10 Day Review

 

 

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I thought I’d compare where I stand at day 10, over a week on from Day 2 when I returned home from surgery with Dr Feriduni.

As you can see, swelling has dramatically reduced so I don’t feel like the elephant man anymore! Scabs have started to form in the recipient area which will soon begin to drop off. Finally, my native hair is growing back in and around the recipient area.

I will update again at week 2.

Day 9: Vitamins & Keratene

When you’ve invested so heavily in a hair transplant, you soon wonder whether there’s any value in helping hair growth along in the form of dietary supplements. I asked this question during my consultation, and was recommended Vitamin B Complex, Biotin and MSM. I raided my nearest Holland & Barrett and found the following. ImageThe Biotin is a 2000% RDA formula, and the Vitamin B Complex is high dose too. I also added ‘Perfectil’ which contains zinc and selenium, as well as other nutrients to maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. I’m not sure if any of this will make any difference, but I figure it’s worth a shot.

I’d also run out of aloe vera, so was happy to see it is widely available in pure form. Mine also contains a little Tea Tree oil, which acts as a natural antiseptic. Not really necessary at this stage but can’t harm. I was also given Keratene Serum and Keratene Shampoo from my clinic, which have been developed specifically for FUE/FUT patients. The serum hydrates the recipient and donor area to aid healing, and the shampoo is a biological hypoallergenic formula, for dermatological care of the scalp.Image

Day 8: Shock Loss

A few days ago, my flatmate commented on a thin line at my temples. I checked it out and evaluated that it looks to be “shock loss”, a common side effect of hair surgery. Shock loss is the result of trauma to native hair next to incisions made by the surgeon, causing them to weaken and fall out. Fortunately they normally return after a few months, so it’s nothing to worry about.

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Day 7: Dissecting the Donor

I’m now exactly one week post surgery, and today I want to focus on my donor area. One week ago, this photo of the back of my head showing the donor zone was taken. As you can see it looks pretty bloody and painful.

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Today my donor looks like this:

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As you can see, it has healed incredibly well in such a short space of time. There is still a little pinkness, but I should be able to quickly resolve this with use of aloe vera twice a day. Strictly in terms of the back of my head, I’m pleased I went for FUE instead of FUT.

Day 6: So Swell

Swelling is a natural reaction following an FUE/FUT procedure. Anaesthetic saline injected into the recipient area during surgery takes time to be processed by the lymph nodes. You may notice that the nodes below your ears become enlarged at this time.

Day 2

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Day 3

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Day 4

 

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Day 5

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