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10 842 FUE Grafts over 5 Operations (3000 Dr De Reys in 2013; 1800 Dr De Reys 2014; 1200 Dr Reddy 2017; 3133 Dr Arshad 2019; 1709 with Seneca 2023)

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Edsarn

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DAY 7

The redness in my recipient area is now fading. I have a couple of spots coming through, which are a bit sore.
 

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Edsarn

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Here are the photos I received from Seneca, which document before, the design, and immediately after my hair transplant.
 

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Edsarn

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DAY 11

My donor is a little tender to the touch, but that is to be expected given it’s my 5th surgery and the amount of scarring I will have. Not a big issue, but I am still using a travel pillow on a night, which I find much more comfortable when sleeping.

I noticed that shedding started on day 9. This is similar to my previous surgeries.
 

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TBH

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Fingers crossed for you mate, you've been a helpful contributor in the forums.

You're donor looks great in the pre op pics, will you consider SMP at any point to perfect things? Should work well with you hair colour
 
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Edsarn

Member
Thanks @TBH - it means a lot.

Dr Reddy said my donor was one of the best he'd seen for someone with a NW6, so in that respect I am quite lucky.

Yes, will definitely consider SMP, if I need it, or even donor re-stocking using beard grafts. My donor was over harvested and slightly damaged after my fourth surgery with Dr Arshad towards the nape of my neck. In my 5th surgery, Dr Hala purposefully stayed away from this area and another couple of small areas, which had also been over harvested/damaged. I am not too bothered though, as before my last hair transplant, I could shave it down to a grade 6 and it looked fine.
 
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Norwood

Valued member
It's amazing that you've been able to have so many grafts taken through FUE only @Edsarn, hopefully this will be the last one that you'll need.

Looking forward to seeing the final result.
 
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Edsarn

Member
4 WEEK UPDATE

It is now 4 weeks since my surgery. My transplanted hair has continued shedding, but at a much slower rate and I think I must have shed all my transplanted hairs now.

My donor area is quite itchy and I’d look up (for a neck stretch), it’s a little sore still. Having had 5 surgeries, there will be lots of scar tissue there now!

My donor looks worse in the pictures, as it’s a sunny day and the sun is coming through the window. I am not worried about it, as I think once it grows, it will provide decent coverage.
 

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Edsarn

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2 Month Update

I’m now 2 (and 2 days) months post surgery. I wanted to wait for a sunny day to take the pictures, so that the lighting is consistent.

My donor area is growing nicely. I did wonder whether it would look ok when it was grown out, but I think it will be fine. I generally wear my hair a bit longer.

One thing I have not mentioned is the aftercare and contact provided by Seneca. They have been very good and I have received regular calls about my progress and how I am feeling.

Just hoping for the transplanted hair to grow through now…
 

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TBH

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donor looks incredible for the amount of grafts taken! I bet it would look decent faded up as well.
 
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Edsarn

Member
donor looks incredible for the amount of grafts taken! I bet it would look decent faded up as well.
I was a little worried at first, but am more than comfortable with it now. I knew that there was a chance it might look great after this last operation, given the number of grafts taken, but Dr Elgmati spent quite a long time analysing my donor and developing a plan to ensure that it would look fine after.
 
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Paul_

Valued member
Just finished reading the whole thread, impressive all the work you had done I was self conscious about my donor being overharvested on one side, but after seeing all the work you had done and still looking quite fine, this puts things in perspective. Enjoy your new look!
 
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Edsarn

Member
Thanks @Paul_ . After my last few surgeries, the doctor has said that I can't have any more (De Reys [2nd surgery], Dr Reddy [3rd surgery], and Dr Arshad [4th surgery], but I have managed to get more out. I am not too bothered about my donor looking area looking a bit thinner, because it blends better with what I have in my recipient area. To be honest, my donor does not look noticeably different from my 4th to 5th surgery, so I don't regret having my surgery this year.
 
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Edsarn

Member
4 Month Update

I thought would provide some updated photographs. I did not think there has been much progress in my crown, but having just looked at my 2-month update pictures, I might be wrong...I am really happy with my donor area, as I knew this was a risk with my 5th surgery. It certainly does not look like a virgin donor area, but given the 10 482 grafts that have been harvested from it, I still think it looks ok. The picture quality does not great. Not sure why, but all photos are unedited.
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SimBa

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There looks to be pretty good growth around the crown area in the pictures. No amount of transplants it seems will blend the area which has thinned and the non thinning area, which is either exacerbated or not depending on lighting and if products like fibers etc are used.

Donor area looks strong with the hair the length it is.
 
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Edsarn

Member
Yeah, it's a bit of a challenge. I think it's about getting the length of the donor area right. I will experiment with keeping my crown a little longer and my donor area shorter to try and get it to blend a little better. Happy with the progress at only 4 months and hope it will get better.
 
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SimBa

Member
Yeah, it's a bit of a challenge. I think it's about getting the length of the donor area right. I will experiment with keeping my crown a little longer and my donor area shorter to try and get it to blend a little better. Happy with the progress at only 4 months and hope it will get better.
All the best with what's been a long journey. What sort of work do you do, as I wondered if it's been hampered having to take time off and recover ?
 
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Edsarn

Member
I work in a university, so am fortunate that I get plenty of time off during the summer.

I guess the journey has been long due to saving up, seeing how my donor is, and also cycling on and off finasteride. If I could tolerate finasteride I would not have needed as many operations as I was responded well. It just does not suit me being on it.
 
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JCK48

member
Hi Edsarn just a quick question.
On your thread you mentioned you had paid a deposit to Dr Bonaros in Glasgow for your 5th HT but ended up
having it done at Seneca, was a reason as I am thinking of Dr. Bonaros for my second HT for density after
my first by Dr. Arshad.
Many thanks
 
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Edsarn

Member
Hi @JCK48 - it was because I got an outstanding deal from Seneca. I think Dr Bonaros is an excellent doctor and is also a very nice person too, as he paid me my deposit back, even though he did not have to. I am very grateful for that.

I would have no hesitation going to him for surgery. I thought Dr Hala and Dr Bonaros were similar in the work they produce and both use an implanter pen, and the only difference was the price. I was very fortunate to get the deal I got from Seneca, which I think is because they were relatively new at the time and wanted to build up a portfolio of reviewers on forums such as this.

All the best with Dr Bonaros! You have picked a very talented and highly ethical doctor!! Look forward to seeing your results.
 
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