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

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Matt88

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@Matt88
I’m in the same position as you, almost at the eight month mark. The doctor also advised me to hold in there till the full 12 months. Fingers crossed we Start to see some sort of results in time for the 12 month timeline!
Hi @My2021story , thank you for this and it's good to know that there are a few of us out there who are waiting a bit longer to see growth. I've been following your progress and it seems like you and I started off with quite a similar pattern of loss, so it'll be interesting to see where we end up at 12 months! If not 12 months, then maybe 18 months =).

Looking forward to your 8-month photos!

Cheers,
Matt
 
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Matt88

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Definitely an improvement from your pre-op photos Matt. I saw my biggest amount of progress around the 9-10 month mark
Thanks a lot, @Baldingman23! It's definitely a considerable quality-of-life improvement not needing to style my hair in a way that conceals the baldness/thinning anymore. Still, maybe I'm being greedy in wanting more coverage... In any case, it's been really encouraging seeing your growth at such a late stage in the process, so I'm hoping I might enjoy some of that too!

Looking forward to your next photos,
Matt
 
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Matt88

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I think it is looking good, are the first few with wet hair and under a harsh light? I know you called it out but you will see though anyone's hair in those conditions!
The shots when it's dry you can really see progress so keep hanging in there!
Thanks very much, @Hoping_for_hair. I'd say some days I'm less resilient than others, but we all knew this was a potential part of the HT journey if we're prone to being self-conscious sometimes. To be honest, I think it's the uncertainty of how much more growth there might be and when it might happen that destabilises me. Sometimes you just want to know =/.

You're absolutely right about the first few wet-hair-under-harsh-light photos. By extension, my thinking is that the wet look (as with hair gel etc.) is a hazardous one if you're trying to soften the effect of hair loss. I'll admit that, before I knew anything about volumising matte products, I used cheap stuff that really did nothing for me as my hairline and crown receded. It's a real confidence killer.

Hope you're well and looking forward to your next update,
Matt
 
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Matt88

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I agree with Hoping_for_hair, you can really see the progress! Thank you for the wide range of photos each update.
Very kind of you, @HTL33 - always happy to capture as many angles as possible, really for my own records =). There is definitely progress, although I seem to have became addicted to seeing monthly improvements between about month 3 and 6, hence the more disheartened response to this month's photos. But we'll just wait and see what happens. Looking forward to your next update.

All the best and cheers,
Matt
 
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Matt88

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I agree, I think your current position looks excellent - especially when you go back to your pre op pictures.
You've got to bear in mind that you'll not get back to a full density of hair in the transplanted area - more an illusion of density with a fraction of grafts being used when compared to what you were born with.
Hi @ChrisN, I appreciate you reaching out and your kind words. I think what you're saying is something I definitely need to be reminded of - that there is an illusion of density rather than a return to pre-hair-loss levels. In my case, I see now that I had become accustomed to seeing regular, visible improvements, although that's not necessarily how a HT goes. It'll be a case of tempering my expectations and just having the patience to assess everything more reasonably at the 12-month mark.

Many thanks and best wishes,
Matt
 
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Matt88

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I think it looks great.
Hi @TopDog23, thanks very much! I think one of the nicest changes has been that my hair is now good enough not have to worry about a lot of the time. I'm obviously wanting more growth, but at least I've overcoming the most basic threshold. Looking forward to more of your photos at your next milestone.

Take care,
Matt
 
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Hoping_for_hair

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Thanks very much, @Hoping_for_hair. I'd say some days I'm less resilient than others, but we all knew this was a potential part of the HT journey if we're prone to being self-conscious sometimes. To be honest, I think it's the uncertainty of how much more growth there might be and when it might happen that destabilises me. Sometimes you just want to know =/.

You're absolutely right about the first few wet-hair-under-harsh-light photos. By extension, my thinking is that the wet look (as with hair gel etc.) is a hazardous one if you're trying to soften the effect of hair loss. I'll admit that, before I knew anything about volumising matte products, I used cheap stuff that really did nothing for me as my hairline and crown receded. It's a real confidence killer.

Hope you're well and looking forward to your next update,
Matt
Know exactly how you feel with going through days when you think it's all looking good then days when you don't.

What type of products do you use- I think I need to get smarter with what I use. I normally just leave the regane in with the foam that acts a bit like a product..fine when I'm.workong from home all the time but not great for going out and about!
 
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ChrisN

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Hi @ChrisN, I appreciate you reaching out and your kind words. I think what you're saying is something I definitely need to be reminded of - that there is an illusion of density rather than a return to pre-hair-loss levels. In my case, I see now that I had become accustomed to seeing regular, visible improvements, although that's not necessarily how a HT goes. It'll be a case of tempering my expectations and just having the patience to assess everything more reasonably at the 12-month mark.

Many thanks and best wishes,
Matt
You're welcome - I tend to find the side by side picture of pre procedure vs month (x) is the best way to look at this, as opposed to month on month (see some of my updates) - that way even if it's a slow month, you are still reminded of how far you have come.
Like many others, pre procedure I really disliked looking at my hair (or lack thereof) in family photos - that really got to me. Now, despite not having a great deal of density, my photos now show a hairline for the first time in a long time - that to me is priceless and is something to remind myself of, as I'm waiting for the months to pass by.
The other thing that I consciously did was to finance a large part of the cost over 12months - not necessarily because I didn't have the funds to hand - I just liked the idea of matching the payments to the growth each month - like a pay as you grow concept :).

All the best, Chris
 
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Matt88

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Know exactly how you feel with going through days when you think it's all looking good then days when you don't.

What type of products do you use- I think I need to get smarter with what I use. I normally just leave the regane in with the foam that acts a bit like a product..fine when I'm.workong from home all the time but not great for going out and about!
I appreciate that, @Hoping_for_hair! I can change between the two perspectives on the same day sometimes. It reminds me that it's not as much my hair as my own mind that's the issue here. But we're only human =).

Regaine has actually become my morning pre-styler (I apply it once a day after I wake up) and, after it's dried, I use a wax-type product called Dry Muk. It really volumises the hair and is also very matte - something that's necessary for me given my dark-hair-light-skin contrast. I realise that's been my lifeline the past seven years because it's helped me conceal the balding. Now that I have more hair than pre-op, it makes it look much thicker. It's probably on the pricier end of the scale, however I've found that, because it's much better quality than other things I've used, I use much less of it and it lasts much longer. Do you use anything other than Regaine?

Cheers,
Matt
 
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Matt88

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You're welcome - I tend to find the side by side picture of pre procedure vs month (x) is the best way to look at this, as opposed to month on month (see some of my updates) - that way even if it's a slow month, you are still reminded of how far you have come.
Like many others, pre procedure I really disliked looking at my hair (or lack thereof) in family photos - that really got to me. Now, despite not having a great deal of density, my photos now show a hairline for the first time in a long time - that to me is priceless and is something to remind myself of, as I'm waiting for the months to pass by.
The other thing that I consciously did was to finance a large part of the cost over 12months - not necessarily because I didn't have the funds to hand - I just liked the idea of matching the payments to the growth each month - like a pay as you grow concept :).

All the best, Chris
This is super advice, @ChrisN, and I appreciate you sharing it with me. Your perspective here is what I've been lacking as the months have gone on - having the wherewithal to compare current photos with pre-op ones, rather than looking at it month-on-month. Having gone back to my pre-op photos after I read your message, it reminded me again of how far I've come and, beyond that, how much worse it would have been had I done nothing about it and not had the HT. So, thank you.

And I was in pretty much your situation before the HT when looking at family photos. For me it was painful. But I'm glad your new hairline has had a positive impact on your self-perception - I would say the same goes for me, too. I've seen your thread and you're about six weeks behind me, I'd say. I'm looking forward to seeing your density increase in the coming months =).

I love that pay-as-you-grow concept =D! I can safely say that it never occurred to me to think of the process like that. You seem to have a lot of wisdom on this and I hope it's making the 12 months easier on your mind!

Many thanks,
Matt
 
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Hoping_for_hair

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I appreciate that, @Hoping_for_hair! I can change between the two perspectives on the same day sometimes. It reminds me that it's not as much my hair as my own mind that's the issue here. But we're only human =).

Regaine has actually become my morning pre-styler (I apply it once a day after I wake up) and, after it's dried, I use a wax-type product called Dry Muk. It really volumises the hair and is also very matte - something that's necessary for me given my dark-hair-light-skin contrast. I realise that's been my lifeline the past seven years because it's helped me conceal the balding. Now that I have more hair than pre-op, it makes it look much thicker. It's probably on the pricier end of the scale, however I've found that, because it's much better quality than other things I've used, I use much less of it and it lasts much longer. Do you use anything other than Regaine?

Cheers,
Matt
I tend to just use regaine, I lost confidence in styling it over the years if I am honest but feeling I could make it look better if I put in a bit more effort! I'll give that product a try I also need to get a haircut on top as think the contrast between my existing hair which is quite thick makes it look worse if that makes sense, if it was a bit shorter it could look a bit better.
Will get it cut ahead of my next update pics!
 
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Bigmac

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8 Calendar Months Post-Op

Hi everyone,

Here are my 8-month photos and I definitely get the feeling that my progress has been quite limited since around the 5/6-month mark. Thanks to this forum though, my anxiety about this is much less than it could've been. Seeing others enjoy growth beyond this point gives me some hope and we'll see what happens moving toward 12 months. I also contacted Dr Arshad who was very supportive and reminded me that there are still four months yet, that I'm obviously eager to see progress, but that it also helps to keep positive about the situation. I'm grateful for that and I'm looking forward to going back to The Hair Dr for a check-up with him at 9 months.

As ever, harsh bathroom light is the order of the day for these photos. I think seeing these raised my stress levels a bit, but my partner gently reminds me that it's hardly the most flattering light to see yourself in =/.

Best wishes,
Matt

Hi Matt. Harsh bathroom lighting can be brutal, it doesn’t pick up quite a few of the hairs and shows the contrast from scalp to hair more. Your progress looks good so far. Your mid section and crown appear very full now. Maybe have your partner take some pictures in natural light that show what it looks like to the naked eye.
 
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Matt88

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I tend to just use regaine, I lost confidence in styling it over the years if I am honest but feeling I could make it look better if I put in a bit more effort! I'll give that product a try I also need to get a haircut on top as think the contrast between my existing hair which is quite thick makes it look worse if that makes sense, if it was a bit shorter it could look a bit better.
Will get it cut ahead of my next update pics!
Hey @Hoping_for_hair, I know how losing one's confidence in styling feels. I got to the stage where I was very close to just buzz-cutting my hair and being done with it. Luckily, I chose a HT and I'd say that was the better option for me.

I'd definitely recommend a haircut if you're feeling it's a bit overgrown and not entirely balanced (i.e. native hair vs thinner recipient). I did that and immediately felt better and could appreciate more the progress of the HT. You may also find a bit of styling product in addition to the Regaine really potentiates a look that you're happier with. Looking forward to seeing your update pics and let me know if you have any questions about applying the product. I'd say a little goes a long way =).

Many thanks,
Matt
 
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Matt88

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Hi Matt. Harsh bathroom lighting can be brutal, it doesn’t pick up quite a few of the hairs and shows the contrast from scalp to hair more. Your progress looks good so far. Your mid section and crown appear very full now. Maybe have your partner take some pictures in natural light that show what it looks like to the naked eye.
Hi @Bigmac, thank you for this and hope you've been keeping well. I appreciate your feedback and, yes, I feel the improved coverage on top has helped me not be so paranoid about my crown looking thin - than in itself makes a huge difference, to be honest. Brutal is certainly a good word to describe the sensation of seeing one's hair in harsh bathroom lighting =/. I think I need to get used to the idea that it might not ever necessarily look "good" in those conditions. But I'll reassess my expectations at 12 months. I'll also get some photos taken somewhere other than the bathroom, too. Cheers for the advice!

Have a nice day,
Matt
 
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Hoping_for_hair

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Hey @Hoping_for_hair, I know how losing one's confidence in styling feels. I got to the stage where I was very close to just buzz-cutting my hair and being done with it. Luckily, I chose a HT and I'd say that was the better option for me.

I'd definitely recommend a haircut if you're feeling it's a bit overgrown and not entirely balanced (i.e. native hair vs thinner recipient). I did that and immediately felt better and could appreciate more the progress of the HT. You may also find a bit of styling product in addition to the Regaine really potentiates a look that you're happier with. Looking forward to seeing your update pics and let me know if you have any questions about applying the product. I'd say a little goes a long way =).

Many thanks,
Matt
Cheers - I've got a haircut booked in Friday so will update my thread then. Also ordered some of that product so will give it a bash!
 
Bigmac

Bigmac

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Hi @Bigmac, thank you for this and hope you've been keeping well. I appreciate your feedback and, yes, I feel the improved coverage on top has helped me not be so paranoid about my crown looking thin - than in itself makes a huge difference, to be honest. Brutal is certainly a good word to describe the sensation of seeing one's hair in harsh bathroom lighting =/. I think I need to get used to the idea that it might not ever necessarily look "good" in those conditions. But I'll reassess my expectations at 12 months. I'll also get some photos taken somewhere other than the bathroom, too. Cheers for the advice!

Have a nice day,
Matt

Under harsh lighting isn’t the greatest place but in most situations s it’s not going to be an issue.
What I meant was the harshness makes it look thinner than it actual is.
I’ll do a post soon showing some hairlines in different lighting.
 
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Baldingman23

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Under harsh lighting isn’t the greatest place but in most situations s it’s not going to be an issue.
What I meant was the harshness makes it look thinner than it actual is.
I’ll do a post soon showing some hairlines in different lighting.
Im Looking forward to seeing the hairlines in different lightings
 
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Matt88

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Under harsh lighting isn’t the greatest place but in most situations s it’s not going to be an issue.
What I meant was the harshness makes it look thinner than it actual is.
I’ll do a post soon showing some hairlines in different lighting.
Absolutely, @Bigmac - I'm put off by how thin it looks under that kind of light. But you're right, in normal environments the light won't be anything like the harsh bathroom sort.

Looking forward to seeing that post!

Cheers,
Matt
 
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