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1 year post-op (Hair Transplant)

posted by mcs2010 E-mail, 06.02.2013, 04:42

Well, had my follow-up, and the upshot: I agree with the doc that further procedures would just cause more visible scarring regardless whether FUE or strip, as my scalp has much reduced laxity from the three prior procedures.
Prior thread that shows my pre & post-op pics:

Only options at this point:
- wait for more growth (the ProScope did again show some weaker hairs popping out)
- wait for the next generation of HT (stem cells, cloning, regeneration, etc.)
- continue to use concealers in the meantime.
- body hair transplant to touch up the residual thinning

Speaking of concealers, I still have been using two: Couvre (for sides, rear hairline, and sideburns) and Toppik (for vertex, crown), neither of which are ideal options, but I have no choice if I want to look "restored". The biggest disappointment is that even after three procedures, I still have to use them.But I REALLY hate resorting to concealers. They are messy, potentially toxic, get on pillows and clothes, and consume application time, but I have no choice if I want to achieve the look I feel good about.

My doc takes great pride in his work and has done everything that is currently available today. He was disappointed and almost offended that I have to resort to using concealers. His rationale is that because I'm in my 50s, I should accept my hair as-is and that it looks good enough. But that is not what I paid for and is not my desired outcome.

I wear it pretty short which I realize is challenging for anyone who has had a good deal of loss even with multiple procedures (10K grafts combined total) as in my case. But I prefer it short and it looks markedly better with the concealers which means I still am LACKING DENSITY!

As you can see, using concealers vs. not (click the link above for past pics) is a huge improvement:

Doc argued with me to wear it longer, but I emphasized that even longer, you can still see thinning throughout the crown and rear.

At this point, I have no other options except the above ones unless anyone can share something I'm unaware of or missed.

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