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FUE Procedure with Dr Arshad (The Hair Dr) – 3149 Grafts – 12.11.2020

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theshape1122

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All looks good to me! mines similar, after shedding I'm just waiting for native hair to cover over the receipient area now, I think there may be minior shock loss of native hairs among the areas where transplanted hairs were put between them but overall its not bad and growing fast
 
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Matt88

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All looks good to me! mines similar, after shedding I'm just waiting for native hair to cover over the receipient area now, I think there may be minior shock loss of native hairs among the areas where transplanted hairs were put between them but overall its not bad and growing fast
Thanks for this, theshape1122. I'm glad your hair is growing fast - I imagine it won't be long before you can cover up the recipient area and just wait for all the transplanted and shocked native hair to grow back. Then you'll be well set!
 
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My2021story

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You are about 2 weeks ahead of me so following closely.

I had my first wash today, felt good to clean it but now the worst part I guess- watching it gradually fall out as the growth cycles start.

My donor area also appears thinner than before, (more so on the left side) which is to be expected I guess.

Do you know how can you tell the difference between having shock loss in the donor area as opposed to it being sign of being over harvested?
 
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Matt88

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You are about 2 weeks ahead of me so following closely.

I had my first wash today, felt good to clean it but now the worst part I guess- watching it gradually fall out as the growth cycles start.

My donor area also appears thinner than before, (more so on the left side) which is to be expected I guess.

Do you know how can you tell the difference between having shock loss in the donor area as opposed to it being sign of being over harvested?
Hi My2021story, thanks for your comment!

Hope you've been enjoying your first day with washed hair. That was a huge relief when I had my first wash - surviving the first week with (hopefully) grafts in tact.

I know exactly what you mean about watching it fall out. The upside is when it all starts growing back and we'll wonder what all the fuss was about.

That's a good question about shock loss Vs over-harvesting and, to be honest, I'm not entirely sure. Maybe someone can elaborate? What I will say, though, is that Dr Arshad (like other ethically-mined surgeons) chooses his graft count based on what your donor can handle, so it's much more likely to be shock loss which you're describing and which I assume I have. From what I've learnt, it'll grow back and even out over time, though.
 
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My2021story

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Hi My2021story, thanks for your comment!

Hope you've been enjoying your first day with washed hair. That was a huge relief when I had my first wash - surviving the first week with (hopefully) grafts in tact.

I know exactly what you mean about watching it fall out. The upside is when it all starts growing back and we'll wonder what all the fuss was about.

That's a good question about shock loss Vs over-harvesting and, to be honest, I'm not entirely sure. Maybe someone can elaborate? What I will say, though, is that Dr Arshad (like other ethically-mined surgeons) chooses his graft count based on what your donor can handle, so it's much more likely to be shock loss which you're describing and which I assume I have. From what I've learnt, it'll grow back and even out over time, though.

The last week has been like a military operation, making sure I religiously stick to the plan- spraying, taking tablets etc but definitely nice to have a proper hair wash!
he did state that I had a very good donor area so am sure that’s the case. Experience was great and all staff very good on the day.

I guess it’s normal to start to worry as it’s such a big investment- both financially and emotionally.

When did you stop using a travel pillow?
I’ve used mine every night so far.

Hopefully someone more knowledgeable can advice in relation to shock loss.
 
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Matt88

member
The last week has been like a military operation, making sure I religiously stick to the plan- spraying, taking tablets etc but definitely nice to have a proper hair wash!
he did state that I had a very good donor area so am sure that’s the case. Experience was great and all staff very good on the day.

I guess it’s normal to start to worry as it’s such a big investment- both financially and emotionally.

When did you stop using a travel pillow?
I’ve used mine every night so far.

Hopefully someone more knowledgeable can advice in relation to shock loss.
Military operation indeed, but you're mostly done now. Just Finasteride, hair-washing and the odd painkiller if you need it.

There you go then - you had the right donor area for your number of grafts and, from your graft count, you had a good number of 3s, so that'll really help with density on top. I think it's totally normal to have concerns at every step. It really is a life-changing procedure and will make a huge difference to your life.

I stopped using the travel pillow as soon as I first washed my hair. So, theoretically, you can sleep normally in your bed again tonight if that's what you want. The grafts are secure by now.
 
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LondonMayor

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Same; would love an update on this. Was moving along nicely
 
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Matt88

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10 Weeks Post-Op

Hi BaldingBaby and LondonMayor, sorry for the late reply to your messages and thanks for your interest in an update.

Here I am at the 10-week mark. I was initially going to wait until three months, seeing as there hasn't really been much to report. You can see in the photos that my native has been growing back, but the shock loss is still visible in the back and sides. I did wash my hair and let it dry just before these photos, so it's theoretically as voluminous as it can be right now. Hopefully that hair might start to grow back over the next few months, which would be nice, as it's looking a bit thin and it would be good to be able to have a bit of a trim and tidy up. If I do it now, I imagine it'll likely make the bald patches more obvious. So I'm sticking with hats outside and trying to avoid seeing myself in the mirror =/.

I take Finasteride 1mg, Biotin 10,000ug, Vitamin D 1000iu and a multivitamin tablet, all daily, and I also apply Minoxidil foam (Regaine) once per day all over the top of the scalp. In reading up about Minoxidil application, it seems once a day is fine as it has a half life of around 20 hours, meaning there may not be much extra benefit to using it twice daily. Each to their own though, obviously.

Dr Arshad at The Hair Dr has been excellent as always, patiently answering all of my questions and offering me an in-person consultation just to give me reassurance about my shock loss. I gratefully declined, as it's just a waiting game until the hair regrows. But It's very reassuring to know that he's so willing to allay any fears and provide advice.

I'll probably look to do another update around the 16-week mark. By then, some new hair might have even grown. We'll see.

I hope everyone is doing alright during lockdown.

Best wishes,
Matt
 

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LondonMayor

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To the naked eye, most people couldnt tell you've actually had any surgery so thats a positve step

In 6 weeks you should start the next big phase of your growth. Looking forward to seeing the next stage! Def keep us all posted :)
 
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Matt88

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Hi LondonMayor, thanks a lot for your reply. I'd say you're right there - now that my native hair has for a bit long, it's definitely less obvious I've had the HT. Still, my hair generally just looks quite unflattering at present, so it'll be nice to see if I might be able to do more with it over the next couple of months.

Fingers crossed I might start to see something in six weeks or so. And definitely, I'll keep you updated so you can see the results of Dr Arshad's work for yourself.

If you're interested in The Hair Dr, I'd thoroughly recommend them.

Best wishes,
Matt
 
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