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HGC - 2000 grafts

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subterfuge

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HairGrowthCenter - (misspelled the acronym in the title!)

Thought i'd do my own journal rather than hijacking the thread of the other guys who went here

I should say i'm a bit nervous about how my result will end up and admit that I did 'jump the gun' in terms of going with these guys. My plan was to go to Turkey and I was looking at Dr. Peckiner among others, but the whole covid/red list thing threw me off course and I jumped in with these guys who are local to me, partly out of frustration.

I did quite like some of their insta results and even spoke too a person who I knew had been there and he was happy with his result which helped me take the plunge, BUT only when it was too late did I start to see some less than encouraging things online about them. (apparent unhappy customers and some deception from their social media presence etc). At this point all I can do is cross my fingers and hope I get at least some sort of result i'm not unhappy with. I'm not expecting perfection. Hoping for the best but fearing the worst, I guess!

I think they said they took 2200 grafts. Everything went well, tbh. Less painful than i'd expected for one. Dr made the incisions, and the technician girl done the rest. Was all fairly smooth sailing

This is just after the procedure:
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This is after 1 week (video):



This is day 10:

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Today is day 15. Still looks the same as day 10. Waiting for the transplanted hair to fall out. I feel i've only lost about 5% of it so far. The occasional tiny strand on my finger tips as I gently brush the recipient area
 
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JesterRIP

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Strange - even though we went to the same place, they shaved my head but didn't shave yours? Did you request this?

My hair didn't really start shedding until 3 - 4 weeks.

Even 14 weeks later, some of the original donor hair is still in place, albeit the occasional strand is still doing that mad tight curly thing. I wonder when it stops doing that?
 
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subterfuge

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Strange - even though we went to the same place, they shaved my head but didn't shave yours? Did you request this?

My hair didn't really start shedding until 3 - 4 weeks.

Even 14 weeks later, some of the original donor hair is still in place, albeit the occasional strand is still doing that mad tight curly thing. I wonder when it stops doing that?
I guess since I was only having hair transplanted in an area where I didn't have any hair at all then there'd be no point in shaving the hair behind it?! haha. They of course shaved my donor area though.

In fact, I do have a memory of the girl saying something like 'now we'll shave your head' and I interjected 'You mean just the donor area, right? I'm only having hairs put in front of the existing hair' and she seemed to kind of correct herself and was like 'Oh yeah. Right' as if she was would have shaved my whole head if i'd not have said that lol

Yeah, i've barely started shedding yet apart from the occasional tiny hair on my finger tips. It's not visible yet.
 
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JesterRIP

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Yeah that makes sense, since it was only the front, as you say.
 
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subterfuge

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Day 17:
Starting to shed a bit more I think. Must have counted about 50 tiny haris on my hands in the shower during washing this morning. Scary but of course completely expected!

I really want to shave the recipient area, but I probably won't as despite 95% of surgeons on realself saying it's fine to do, I still find the odd google search where people say to wait months!

From searching, all realself surgeons say ''Grafts are completely secure after 10 days or so and can't be damaged without surgical instruments. You are fine to shave the hair. It falls out from gentle touch at this point anyway, and so it's not as if the hair could even be pulled enough (before falling out) to cause any damage either way''

However, as I say i'll probably just leave it alone.
 
Bigmac

Bigmac

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2000 grafts should give you a nice new hairline. Have you a picture from before your surgery? Was there only one tech placing the grafts?
Your 10 day post op picture looked on track so I’ll assume it’s all ok at day 17. Buzzing your hair now is fine but do check with your doctor as it’s best to follow their post op instructions.
 
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subterfuge

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2000 grafts should give you a nice new hairline. Have you a picture from before your surgery? Was there only one tech placing the grafts?
Your 10 day post op picture looked on track so I’ll assume it’s all ok at day 17. Buzzing your hair now is fine but do check with your doctor as it’s best to follow their post op instructions.
before surgery:
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Yes, only 1 technician planting the grafts. I'm prepared for a bad result as I know I did roll the dice to some extent in my opinion, but obviously hoping for the best!

Here we are now at day 23:

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Still slowly shedding in the recipient area. I'd estimate i've only lost about 10% of it so far. And mainly from one side (my right. The left as you look at that pic)
 
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Bigmac

Bigmac

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Thanks for the additional pictures. Some grafts may continue to grow but usually, they all shed. Looking at those pictures the design looks straight across which I have seen before but once grown out looks ok.
Here's to good growth for you.
 
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subterfuge

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Thanks for the additional pictures. Some grafts may continue to grow but usually, they all shed. Looking at those pictures the design looks straight across which I have seen before but once grown out looks ok.
Here's to good growth for you.
thanks.
Yeah, the line wasn't 100% as i'd asked for. I was looking for only a tiny amount of lowering of the actual hairline, and not completely straight. I was slightly shocked when I first saw the result directly after surgery as it looked like not only was it completely straight, but they'd lowered the whole hairline a lot, BUT in hindsight, some of that lowering looked more extreme due to the swelling and I was more happy with the design a few days later when swelling reduced. Still a little more straight that i'd expected, but if I get good growth I won't have any problems with how straight it is tbh!
Cheers. Fingers crossed. Kind of already expecting the need for a 2nd procedure to give desired density but we'll see!
 
Bigmac

Bigmac

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Hopefully, you won`t need a second op. You had enough grafts placed for that area. Swelling does distort the appearance and it can and does change as the growth begins.
 
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subterfuge

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1 month update:

Redness is getting annoying as makes it hard to hide the transplant and I can expect it to last another 2 months from what i've seen

Assuming I will start to shed a fair bit more this month and be at peak shedding at the 2 month mark??



Wish my camera was better to clearer show how we're looking, but it's the best i've got i'm afraid:

 
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JesterRIP

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1 month update:

Redness is getting annoying as makes it hard to hide the transplant and I can expect it to last another 2 months from what i've seen

Wish my camera was better to clearer show how we're looking, but it's the best i've got i'm afraid:


Yes the redness is a pain. I kept mine crew cut length which sort of covered it.

Having said that - even at the two week point, despite it being blindly obvious to me and those close to me that I'd had a transplant, bizarrely most people at work only noticed when I told them....!

My redness at one month:

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subterfuge

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Yes the redness is a pain. I kept mine crew cut length which sort of covered it.

Having said that - even at the two week point, despite it being blindly obvious to me and those close to me that I'd had a transplant, bizarrely most people at work only noticed when I told them....!

My redness at one month:

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i think i've got a bit more of a casper the friendly ghost complexion than you which likely doesn't help!
 
Bigmac

Bigmac

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Pale skin often shows the redness more. All you can do is try things like Aloe vera and let it heal over time.
 
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Kopkin

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Looks good subterfuge. you posted on my thread a few days ago and said we’d had similar work done - and seeing your pics I agree. Will keep my fingers crossed that you get good growth.
 
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subterfuge

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Day 38.
Usual bad camera i'm afraid, but you can see that it's fairly sparse. Had some shedding. Still fairly red. Still kinda waiting for one last shed. most people seem to be at their baldest at around the 2 months mark? So another 3 weeks for me!

 
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