Day 3

Hi everyone,

It has been a long couple of days. After receiving my transplant on July 2, 2013, I have basically locked myself up in my hotel room waiting for the swelling to subside.

Let me share what I’ve experienced thus far.

To shave or not to shave

Unfortunately I was required to shave my head. In my consultation it was discussed that I wouldn’t need to shave the recipient area so this certainly came as a major surprise, one I wasn’t and am still not completely happy with. I know it is all in the name of a great head of hair and more natural result but it did throw a monkey wrench into my plans for masking the transplant and has increased my anxiety about shock loss.

Graphs

Initially I was scheduled for 2,500 graphs but ended up receiving 3,400, which is a lot for a 27 year old. This was my doing as I expressed to Dr. Rahal that density was important to me as I like to grow my hair long and part it, therefore, our strategy became creating a hairline that was mature yet full and thick.

My experience thus far

Sleeping has been very difficult for me, I naturally sleep on my stomach so propping myself up in a reclining chair has been somewhat of a challenge. As I’m sure every person who receives a hair transplant experiences, I have been spending a tremendous amount of time infront of the mirror analyzing my transplant, what I potentially would have changed and planning for the future.

I can say that the team at the institute have been amazing. Having a professional clean the donor and recipient area is an absolute god-send. For someone like me, who showers every day without exception, it has been difficult to not jump into the shower, and lather up my hair… all in good time I suppose.

The results

I’ve included a few before and after pics. Please leave comments, I’m interested in hearing what people think of the overall design.

My hairline design

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My hairline design #2

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Immediately after

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First cleaning

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First cleaning

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side view

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side view

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above

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above

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straight on

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Comments

  1. Thanks very much for your post!
    I quite like the design of the hairline. Plus, your recipient area looks so clean and like it is healing very well in this early stage.
    The first 5-7 days are always the toughest. Hang in there, things get a lot better in the near future!!
    Keep us updated 🙂

  2. Thanks for the photos and update! You are going through the tougher days after surgery but remember we are all here to help with any questions or concerns you have along the way!

  3. That’s a great post. It will be interesting to compare these photos with your hair growth in the next couple of months. It is still early days (like Tara mentioned) so don’t worry! Your hairline looks natural, which is important. It also looks like the hair is packed nice and dense. I’m looking forward to seeing your hair grow!

  4. Michelle Fraser says:

    Hi there, thank you for posting, it’s always nice to read posts as they are happening 🙂
    I definitely agree with your blurb on grafts, the density is going to be amazing, can’t wait to see!!

  5. Thanks for posting, the procedure looks like it went great and Im glad the experience has been good so far! The hair line design looks very natural and I am sure you are going to be very happy when it starts to come in! Keep us updated

    Thanks Again

  6. Thanks for your comments everyone. It’s nice to feel as though you have someone in your corner during the ugly duckling phase…

    I’ll be updating the blog regularly and am looking forward to a speedy couple of months.

    Thanks again!

  7. Mike York says:

    That looks TERRIFIC buddy! It looks like a very clean and natural result….and when it starts growing in, you won’t think twice about Dr. Rahal’s decision to place those grafts where he did, or the amount he did. You’ll be too amazed admiring your new head of hair. The ugly duckling phase over the next few months (especially when your new grafts first fall out) are tough……but it doesn’t last long at all……
    Also, as being someone who just went through what you’re going through not very long ago…..I am always available if you ever need to reach out and talk to someone along the way. I had a bit of a mentor (and a million questions) when I was going through it…..and he was a God-send to me….and completely put me at ease. Really can’t wait to see this final result, it’s really going to be an amazing one.

    Best,

    Mike

    • Mike you’re a beauty, thanks for your feedback. I may take you up on your offer if I run into anything really ‘hairy”. I’m in the Michelin man phase right now – fat, fat face. Can’t wait for the swelling to go down. All in all I’m feeling pretty positive today. The next few months can’t pass by fast enough though.

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