Just got a hair transplant! Hallelujah. I wrote...
Just got a hair transplant! Hallelujah. I wrote two posts back in 2014 inquiring about the procedure and I have finally gotten it done. I suffered from patchy/thin spots on my hairline from damage I got by overusing perms and color/bleach in 2011/2012. I am only 4 days post op but everything is going great. I have experienced no pain, and have been sleeping and relaxing like a newborn calf these past few days lol. Day 3 I washed the suture line and grafts in the shower and everything is going well. I have been icing 2-3 times a day and so far on Day 4 have experienced 0 swelling. I'll keep you guys updated. I get my stitches taken out in about a week and will post new pictures then.
My hairline previous to the HT
I forgot to show what my hairline looked like before the transplant.
Suture area day 4
Other than my suture area feeling "tight" I haven't experience any pain or anything. And have yet to experience the itching I keep hearing may come.
Can't wait for these super tight concrete light crusts to wash off.
My grafts are healing fine, I've been washing 2 times a day with shampoo (letting the shampoo sit for 10 minutes before washing off) the past few days and all is well. Just anxious for the tight scalp feeling to go away and for all these scabs to release.
I started swelling two days ago but it was just barely noticeable. Today was the first day since my surgery I didn't ice at all but I will start back tomorrow. Anywho, just checking in. I've included some close ups so you guys can see how things are going b
Scabs finally washing away
My head feels 10 times better, today. Yesterday (Day 7) I finally started aggressively washing the scabs on my grafted areas and I was surprised at how many nasty little scabs washed away. I soaked my grafted areas in conditioner while I took a shower and rubbed the areas after I got out. Some fell off with the hair shaft in them, which I heard is normal, and some without. This was what my head looked like yesterday night after doing that for the 2nd time. Everytime I do this, more and more scabs loosen up and wash away.
Today I went in to get my stitches removed! My scalp feels soooo much more free and comfortable (regular) again lol. My hair has already started growing back around my suture line, and my doctor said my suture line should be nearly invisible in a few months.
3 weeks post op and doing great
I'm right at my 3 week post op mark and so far I'm healing great. I've started taking biotin, vitamins, and fish oil regularly to aid in growth. The only negatives I've been experiencing are itching in the grafted and donor areas but I know that's a part of healing and I've heard a lot of people say that's a temporary side effect of a transplant. Most of the transplanted hair has shed out, but the hair around my temples has stayed. I have about an inch gap of missing hair in the back where my doctor shaved to make my suture line incision but the hair is starting to grow in that area slowly but surely.
Haven't updated in awhile
It's been a month and a half and so far so good. Idk if my hair just never fell out, or if it's just started growing early because I have a lot of hair around the temples. I went and saw my doctor about 2 weeks ago and he was shocked as well as to how much hair is present. I still have small areas of numbness and sensitivity in my donor area but it's nothing major.
2 1/2 months post op
21 Oct 2016
2 months post
My left side is filling in a bit faster than my right side right now. But my left side had much much less hair loss and damage before surgery than the right. Not much growth at all in the front, mostly just the temples right now. My future line is 100% pain free and back to normal but sometimes I still notice a loss of scalp feeling in that area when I'm washing my hair or scratching my head. Which doesn't bother me or matter I guess. That's pretty much it for now!
Finally made it past 3 months!
16 Nov 2016
3 months post
I have finally hit the 3 month post op mark where the doctors say your hair will finally begin to grow like normal hair and more rapidly!
For the first time yesterday, November 15th, I sleeked the transplanted hair back and it didn't look half bad. I am still wearing cute headbands out in public because the transplanted hair is still thin but it's finally starting to look normal again. November 10th was my 3 month mark. From here on out I'll continue to update once a month!
4 months post op!
12 Dec 2016
4 months post
I am finally 4 months post op and couldn't be happier!! This is the month that the hair will really take off, grow as normal, and thicken up, according to doctors. My sides have filled in pretty well, but my "forehead" area is still thinner, but this is the area where we lowered my hairline so there was ZERO hair there in the first place so I knew it would be the "struggle area" to begin with. Even though that area is thinner I'm loving the growth that has progressed so far. Not mad at it at all. I haven't uploaded a suture line post in months so that is also included! Enjoy.
Hair slicked back, looks pretty natural.
17 Dec 2016
4 months post
Hi guys. I took some random pictures tonight of my hair slicked back and I thought I'd post them. My hair is still thin when it's brushed back because it's just started to fill in heavily but I think it looks pretty natural! I'm so happy with my results thus far and am finally to the point that I feel any surgery looks undetectable.
I'M SO HAPPY I GOT THIS SURGERY!
Tomorrow will be the very first day since I've gotten my surgery done that I will wear my hairline completely out with no headband, or scarf, or anything disguising it and I am amazed at the results! It is completely slicked back with gel in the photos as I was styling it to see how it would look and I am shocked at how full and grown in it looks at only 4 months and 2-3weeks.
5 month fullness.
15 Jan 2017
5 months post
Two days ago I reached my five days post surgery mark. I have to say, even if my hair did not fill in anymore I would be thankful and feel like this surgery was a success!
17 Jun 2017
10 months post
Just wanted to post an update since I haven't been on here in months!! I'm more than happy with my results as I come close to a year post op. It was hard the first few months hiding my hairline and dealing with the impatience of it hitting the 3/4 month mark (when it finally starts growing) but if I had to I'd do it all over again. So very worth it! Message me if you have any questions!