It all started some 20 years ago

It all started some 20 years ago

Alright, here goes….. First, I am 47. I have no picture of pre-op and immediate post op, cause, well….. Pre-op is unfair in the way that the present intervention is my 4th one. Yep, 4…. The previous 3 were performed in the 90′s. At no time during my life did it ever show that I was suffering from hair loss.

The first was done by a downtown Ottawa company that had me believe that the intervention would be done locally in Ottawa, until the last minute where I was told that the surgery was gonna happen in Montreal. Had to ask my brother to come along. I had received some 250 graphts which was standard at the time.

Once I realized that the purpose of staying close to home in Ottawa to avoid travelling became impossible at the time. I decided to simply go to the best surgeon at the time directly in Montreal for the 2 subsequent ones. That Surgeon was known to have done most of the Quebec comedians and signers. Second intervention was 350 graphts and the last one, 450.

That Surgeon has retired now and sold his practice to others that I don’t know. I called them, but the absolute biggest intervention is 1400 graphts…… Kind of dwarfed big time that the Rahal team which I understand go all the way to 4500 if not more.

Needless to say that I went with the Rahal team… sincerly, these guys are the best.

Immediate post-op is exactly like the other guys say and look. One tip, have them shave your whole head before the surgery. I chose to keep the hair longer at the back to hide the scar…mistake… for one, it makes it harder to maintain the scar. so the day after surgery I had them trim it down to a number one to fix that. Second, You have no choice where they shave the receiver area and you look absolutely worst than your worst nightmare….. You got it… thick over the ears and around the back with a shaven top and front to give that 1970`s uncle look…. YUK!!!

During day 2,3 and 4, swelling hit me big time. By day 3, my left eye was swollen shut.That side has gone down to my cheak now, while the right eye is acting up…. But hey… it is normal. They say to sleep on your back at a 45 degree angle to limit swelling as much as possible. I found that the fresh scar that goes from the top of one ear all the way to the top of the other was simply way too painful to allow me to actually sleep on my back… So I chose to endure the swelling.

So all in all, my fourth and most likely last FUT ended up being 2900 graphts. That’s alsmost 3 times the amount of graphts with my 3 previous FUT combined…. Wow !!!

The reason I decided to go ahead one more time, is that last spring was pretty bad, shedding wise… I lost all of my remaining ”natural hair” in the crown area and was basically left with the hair from my previous FUTs… Needless to say that the hair was thin. Manageable and still very presentable when tactically positionned right, but wind and rain had become a definite problem that I had to avoid at all cost.

Will be posting pics as I go along the way, towards the 2,3,4,5,6 weeks, for I think that these pics would have helped me quite a bit in figuring out what I will look like in these coming weeks, to help plan for restaurant diners, week-ends out with my wife, etc….


  1. Hi Steph,

    Thanks for the write-up. It sounds like your hair loss has been mercifully slow. Can’t wait to see the photos.

  2. Thank you for taking the time to share your past experiences with hair transplantation.

    We are really looking forward to seeing your results and growth over the coming months!

    Keep us posted 🙂

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