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Hi guys, I'll give you a little feedback and a few pictures about my recent hair transplant. I hope it will be useful to some of you .

My story in short


I'm 24 years old and I'm from Brussels. I started losing my hair quite aggressively at 17 in the form of DPA (diffused patterned alopecia) which means no receding hair line and the hair thinning equally in the NW5 area. I started using minoxidil at 20 and I've been a very good responder for 1,5 year. Dermmatch (a concealer) also helped me a lot to make it seem like I had a full head of hair (easy when you don't have a receding hairline). Unfortunately, after that, the hair loss resumed quickly and I reached a NW5 at the age of 24. Hair loss stroke me hard and caused a lot of psychological problems for me. I had to go through major depression, anxiety, panic attacks and even psychosis. All of that because of the horror of losing a part of myself at such a young age.

My hair transplant (FUE)


I had been researching hair transplants for about 2 years before actually going for it. For those who aren't aware of it. It is a crucial decision to take. Once you're, you're cut. Take the time to evaluate if you're a good candidate. Know your hair loss family history. Try medications (minoxidil and/or propecia) before considering a hair transplant. At the first sight, I wasn't a good candidate. being NW5 at 24, that is quite rare. Try also to find the top surgeon, costs and distance do not matter. But if you can find cheaper without lowering the quality, then all the better.

I chose Rudy De Reys in Belgium. He's very professional and is working with his wife who is a trained nurse. I stayed at their brand-new clinic and they take good care of you there. You have a comfy room for the night (if you go for a large amount of grafts, a few days are necessary to complete the procedure). We agreed to go with 2000 grafts to cover the NW5 area and a conservative hair line, as it was my first surgery and I'm still quite young. You never know if you might need some grafts later in life. The part when they extract your donor is the hardest to go through, once they implant the hair, you can watch a movie while they do it. It was painful at times, but the pain was rapidly taken care of with some painkillers. I'm satisfied with the hair line even though it's not my original hair line, and it seems that the donor with heal with minimal scarring. The cost of the procedure, including all the additional costs of the stay (food, room etc.) was 5000€. Well, now I just have to wait and see, I hope almost all the grafts will take and grow, and I hope I won't encounter problems like shockloss.

The pictures

First, a before/right after the procedure to give an idea on where I was and where I (hopefully) will be.

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After the surgery:



And here are the pictures from different angles with a higher resolution:

http://www.fredk.be/fue/day1-front-close-up.jpg
http://www.fredk.be/fue/day1-back.jpg
http://www.fredk.be/fue/day1-donor-left.jpg
http://www.fredk.be/fue/day1-donor-right.jpg
http://www.fredk.be/fue/day1-front-up.jpg

I'll post pictures every few months.

All your comments are welcome .

Last edited on Thu May 15th, 2014 07:15 pm by FredtheBelgian

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Hi Fred. I remember some of your posts with your thoughts about hair transplants and I think you have realistic expectations. 2000 grafts should give you a decent result, I like the hair line and placement. Best of luck.

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Congratulations Fred...............looks real nice................sounds like everything went very well.



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By the way, what is your thoughts about your crown area? If I were you I would not concern about it because it is all abouth framing the face and the crown tend to need many, many grafts.

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Hi Fred 

Congrats I have read many of your posts and you know I will be honest hair loss effects everyone differently and with you been so young and unable to take meds I could see it was really getting to you , all I can say is that for what its worth to you from the bottom of my heart I wish you a great recovery and I hope every graft grows for you and your result is brilliant  , 2000 grafts is going to make a big difference , thank you for posting your pictures the work looks very good .

Take care I care


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Hi Fred,
Thanks for sharing your Ht experience with us, the 2000 grafts will make a nice difference to your appearance, have you given any thought to hairstyle, ie will you let it grow or keep a short cropped look.
Did the Doc say how many grafts you have left in reserve incase you decide in more work.
Heal and grow well.
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Thanks for the comments guys :).

My crown isn't even a big concern for me, what I see in the mirror is, my father still has most of it although he's 52. It just doesn't bald as fast if at all and minoxidil seems to be maintaining it pretty well.

Anyway I have 1500 grafts left for future procedures. It may seem low but it's unexpected for me and even the doc who was impressed by the quantity and quality of grafts he could extract. Another top surgeon in Belgium told me I would never be able to even have 2000 grafts extracted. And here I am now, with a big part of the left side of my donor still available to harvest.

I'll keep a short hairstyle as it suits me well, maybe I'll sometimes sport my old hairstyle with my hair combed back if it's possible.

Last edited on Fri May 16th, 2014 10:13 am by FredtheBelgian

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Good to hear you have some in reserve, hopefully you won't need them.



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Best of luck to you Fred. I hope you get the result you crave. Those 2000 grafts will hopefully grow well. Its good to see them spread out over an area that is not too small or too large.
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Good luck fred I hope you get a great result

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Congratulations on your first surgery Fred!! I like your hairline, it frames the face well and is still conservative which is sensible.......judging by the pics i think your going to be happy.



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How's the healing coming along Fred dude?



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First, thank you all for your encouraging comments :).

I removed the scabs yesterday. A few haven't fallen off in the recipient, I'll try again tonight.

The donor already seems to be fully healed with absolutely no visible scarring (my surgeon used a 0,75 mm punch), you couldn't tell anything was done, it must also be thanks to the low contrast between my scalp and my hair.

I'm still afraid of damaging my grafts when I try to remove the scabs, even though I'm 8 days after the transplant, I should be safe.

I'll post new pictures when all scabs are gone.

Last edited on Fri May 23rd, 2014 07:27 am by FredtheBelgian

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8 days post-op

Here's an update of my evolution 8 days after my FUE. I managed to remove all the crust and I must say that for now I'm thrilled. Too bad I will have to go through a shed in a few days and wait months to see the results. My donor (that I shaved again today) shows one or two red spots, other than that, it looks untouched to me. Do you think this is looking good, I'm cautious about being overly optimistic and then not having the regrowth that I expect in a few months.

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And a bonus, a picture of myself just before the surgery:



Last edited on Fri May 23rd, 2014 08:00 pm by FredtheBelgian

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Looks god, m8. However, do you think you can fix pictures with better quality? It is a Little tough to see the details; graft placement, donor etc.

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Sorry for the pictures definition, they were taken with my smartphone this time. The next pictures will be shot with a camera again :).

I think I will post another update when the grafts have completely shed, so I guess in a few weeks.

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Thanks for the update, its good to know everythings going well, i must say that hairline shape is perfect for you..... i really like it.;)



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Yes I have to say that looks very good.....................that hairline is spot on in my opinion.



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Looks good so far Fred.

All the best with it



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How you feeling after the dreaded shed dude?..............i found it can be a real emotional time saying goodbye to the new grafts for a while......but as you know its only part of the process and is really just the start of things to come so imo its crucial to do something to take your mind of hair for a while. It sounds silly but it's easy to become very down beat at this stage and i personally found it hard until they started to grow back in.



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