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 Posted: Wed Mar 15th, 2017 10:44 pm
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The shedding of the transplanted hairs is usually over at this stage. Do check with the clinic on the use of DermMatch, go with whatever their post op instructions are.
Myself, I used it on my FUT donor closure where I suffered shock loss. 
Let us know what the clinic advises.
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Hello everyone, sorry for the long silence, but not much happened in the last couple of months. I am now at exactly 3 months post-op and I'm happy to report that I can see many new hairs sprouting along the hairline. I can also see some new hairs behind the hairline, but the density seems to be much lower... Obviously, the new hairs are very very short (1mm at most) so I'm afraid none of this will be visible in the pictures below. 

Not sure how to interpret the difference between the hairline and behind it. It may be that the hairs I'm seeing are mostly the ones I lost because of shock loss, so the difference may be due to the fact that pre-op I already had many more along the hairline than behind it. Or it may simply be a false impression, as it is harder to spot a 1mm hair behind other hairs. Anyway, time will tell. I'm staying optimistic.

As for the donor shock loss on my right side, as you can see, it is still very evident. Longer hair actually makes it more visible. Here as well I can observe a few small hairs sprouting. In addition to being very short, they also appear to be very thin — much thinner than those I see in my recipient zone — so I reckon it's impossible to see them in the pics. I hope that in a month or so they will be providing some coverage over there! 

 

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New growth is a positive sign that things are beginning to happen. Your shock loss is lingering on, maybe it is beginning to grow in the same cycle as the transplanted grafts.
Has the doctor recommended anything to help the shocked area?

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Hi Tomislav.
Good to hear you`re seeing some growth at 3 months, hopefully, you`ll get a good spurt in the recipient and shocked area.I can imagine how difficult it must be to conceal. Not sure if you`d be interested but BHR Clinic Spain offer SMP, a small touch up in the shocked area could help conceal it. Maybe ask the doc if this is a viable option for you.



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Hello Tomislav.
Thanks for reporting you`re beginning to see growth. The shocked area is taking time to recover, have you witnessed any improvement these past weeks?



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BHR Clinic wrote: Thanks for reporting you`re beginning to see growth. The shocked area is taking time to recover, have you witnessed any improvement these past weeks?
Definitely yes. I'll be posting pictures in ten days when I hit the 4-months mark, but the few hairs I had in the bald patch are now thicker and many more hairs are appearing. So I'm quite optimistic about the donor shock loss. If it goes on like this, in a month or so the shock loss should be no more visible.

Unfortunately I am a little less optimistic about the recipient zone. The new hairs seem to have stalled at 1 mm, and they are very sparse, especially behind the hairline. Their lack of lengthening really puzzles me. A few days ago I've shaved a few hairs on the front of my hairline to check how fast normal hair grows, and to see whether they catch up with the new hairs. We'll see how that goes.
  
Is slow growth (1-2 mm the first month) of new hair normal?  Has anyone here experienced this?

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Hi Tomislav.
The hairs could be stalled hairs, meaning they are simply a hair shaft sticking in the tissue. With a pair of tweezers, get hold of one and see if it slides out without any force. I had stalled hairs in my crown for months, kept feeling the short stubbles and knew they weren`t growing. I had someone pull them out, then the normal growth of the new graft appeared as normal.

Good to hear the shocked area is beginning to recover with the hairs thickening up, hopefully not much longer to wait.
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4-months update
Hi guys, I forgot to post my pictures taken 4 months after the operation. Here they are. Concerning the stalled hairs (clearly visible in the zoomed pic) I have tried pulling one, Bigmac, but that's extremely difficult as they are super small, thin and in the middle of other hair. In fact, I did pull one that opposed quite a bit of resistance before coming off, but I am not sure that that was the right one. I don't want to pull healthy hairs off so I will not do this again.

One thing is certain: a month has now passed and they are not growing at all. The interesting thing is that these stalled hairs are only on the left side of my hairline. If you go back to my post-op pictures, you will see that this is where Dr Bisanga followed my existing hairline, while, on the right side, the transplant started behind it. My best guess is that these are hairs that were there before the transplant, and whose follicle was somehow damaged by the new incisions :-(

In a few days I will post my 5-month pictures, so I'll wait until then to comment. I can tell that the donor area is now almost fully healed, while the recipient zone is showing some, but very little, progress. 


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I've asked BHR Brussels to send me the pictures they took on the day of my surgery. Here they are. In a few days I will be posting my 5-month update, so it will be useful to make the comparison.

Bear in mind that I had shaven my hair about a month before the operation, so my hair in these pics is much shorter than what I intend to wear in the future. I feel that these pics are a very harsh representation of how I was then.


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Best of luck with your growth.  Often times, you need to shampoo and massage the recipient area more aggressively which helps the stalled hairs to come out.  



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Thanks for updating your thread. Your shock loss looks so much better....this will show as a good example to others who suffer with shock loss and are worried it won't ever come back so it's awesome you posting your progress.;)
All the best for the coming months i have a feeling things are about to really turn a corner for you in terms of growth from now on in. 
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Thanks for posting mate as stated by BN this helps others who are concerned when shock loss happens  , looking good and its certainly taking shape now all the very best 


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Thank you BN and Dazz. Now that my right side is ok, I really keep my fingers crossed for the recipient zone.

And for anyone who is experiencing shock loss, or will in the future: try not to worry, it does eventually revert!

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It`s definitely filling in, there is a clear difference from your pre-ops. 5 months is about the average for the growth to begin, so you look on track.
Good to hear the shock loss has grown back.



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Things are improving , a few more months n I feel you will be in great shape,stay positive n good luck.

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Hi
I am considering FUE with Bisanga.  My hair loss is near identical to yours and i too went on Minox for 12 months plus then came off it and lost a lot since - to where you were pre op.
I have a few questions if that is ok given you are such a similar case to me.
Would your recommend the work you had done by Dr Bisanga?  How are you looking as you approach 6 months+ do you have enough coverage to fool people yet?Are you taking Propecia? If not, how will you manage your hair loss at it moved back, a second surgery?Have you used concealers at all while waiting for the new growth, I know Bisanga is not a fan.
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harryh wrote: Hi
I am considering FUE with Bisanga.  My hair loss is near identical to yours and i too went on Minox for 12 months plus then came off it and lost a lot since - to where you werem pre op.
I have a few questions if that is ok given you are such a similar case to me.
Would your recommend the work you had done by Dr Bisanga?  How are you looking as you approach 6 months+ do you have enough coverage to fool people yet?Are you taking propecia?If not, how will you manage your hair loss at it moved back, a second surgery?Have you used concealers at all while waiting for the new growth, I know Bisanga is not a fan.
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Hi Harryh, sorry for the late reply. It's a bit early for me to say whether I'm satisfied with the work. I'll be posting pictures regularly, so people can make their own judgment, but I will wait until at least a full year has passed to give an assessment.

But what I can say is that everyone at the clinic is very professional and friendly. For example I met with Dr Bisanga a month ago, as I was concerned about a small problem (more about this in a future post)... knowing how long waiting lists are for appointments, this is something I appreciated very much.

You ask about Propecia... given that I am worried about side effects, I've tended to stay away from it in the past. However, at our last meeting, Dr B and I have discussed this again, and I've actually decided to give a try to a finasteride topical gel preparation. It is now a month that I am using it, with no ill effects.

As for concealers, yes I have used them... sparingly. It's true that the Dr recommends to not use them at all in the 3 months following the operation.

Hope this helps!



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6.5 months update

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I've seen many patients with similar growth rates/timelines to yours. The growth is there, so hopefully you're just a slow grower which is fairly common.



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