Update re: Hairline Lowered!!!! - Oakland, CA

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Ever since college, I've been self-conscious about...

Ever since college, I've been self-conscious about my high hairline. Others would comment on my high hairline and I would cringe when I saw my forehead in photos. I almost went through with it right after college, but I postponed it due to financial issues. Now with a much better paying job and a move to a new city in a couple of months, I felt now was the time. I scheduled my procedure on June 30th. I flew into SF and attended the Pride festival. I then stayed at an AirBNB in Oakland. I thought I would be nervous before the procedure, but I felt no nerves whatsoever; thinking about this procedure since college definitely calmed my nerves.

Now on to the procedure. I did not feel anything at all! I fell asleep under IV sedation and woke up when it was done! They gave me several medications and my ride took my home. The first 6 hours after the procedure was painless. After that, the pain started to seep in and I took the pain meds that they gave me. I woke up in the middle of the night and the pain was even worse, but I took the vicodin. The next morning, the pain was still there, but it wasn't as bad as the first night.

I went back to the office, and I had my bandages removed. It was such as surreal experience: I've always wanted my hairline lowered, and now that is it, I was shocked. For a few seconds, I thought It was lowered too much. However, I knew this feeling came about because I've always seen myself with a super high hairline. What I am sure about is that my new hairline is significantly more appealing than my old hairline. I am still swelling, but a couple of my friends have already commented on how much better my hairline looks. I look forward to a few months from now when I can wear my hair up without being self-conscious about my large forehead.

My scalp is numb is it feels very weird, and I am starting to itch a little (meaning the nerves are coming back!). Thank you Dr. Kabaker, Joowon, and all the staff there!

Photos included!

Here are some photos I took pre and post-operation. What do you think? :-)

10 days post.

Days 5-10 have been the worst in terms of swelling and bruising. On day 4-5 my forehead and eyes were still a little swollen and the areas underneath my eyes and eyelids started bruising. It became very dark. I then stopped taking blood thinning painkillers and started to warm compress/massage my eye bruises. They are now starting to fade, and the swelling has gone done considerably. I went back to work on day 9, and one of my co-workers told me nothing looks different besides my new hairstyle. :-)

During this time, I also my got my stitches removed my Dr. Hoppen in DC. The nurse who removed my sutures told me the wound was healing very nicely, and that Dr. Kabaker did a fabulous job closing my wound.

Currently, my forehead is still a little swollen and eyes are bruises, but good progress is being made. :-)

Scar is now apparent, and there is hairloss

It has been almost a year since my procedure and it seems my scar has not been healing as well as I have hoped. In addition, the hairs around my temples have not been growing out as well as I had hoped. Thus, the scar is visible. In addition, there still is a degree of numbness around my scalp/scar. I'm hoping sensation completely returned in the new few months. I have consulted a variety of other doctors and they are telling me that I might need some laser therapy, FUE hair transplant to improve my condition. I'm starting to regret my decision to go through with this procedure due to the way my body has healed.

I'm really hoping my body is just healing slowly.

More hair loss/Nerve still hasn't returned.

So it's been 13 months since my procedure, and now I've been losing a lot more hair now. It was growing back, but within the past 3-4 weeks, my hair density has been dramatically reduced and my hair has been falling out at an alarming rate, particularly my right temple and my front at the scar region. My left temple has not been affected. I know this is not male pattern baldness as both temples would then be affected, and no one in my family experienced this at this age.

Also, nerves in my front scalp hasn't returned 100% yet, its still about 30-40%, and now I'm extremely worried. I've been massaging my scalp to get it to return, but I haven't seen much improvement yet.

I've been extremely worried, and the additional hair loss has not been adding to it. I'm really wishing I had not gone through with the procedure.

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1.5 years after hairline lowering (5 months on Rogaine/Propecia)

Hello All, I just wanted to update you on my situation. The dermatologist I went to and Dr. Kabaker both recommended I start Rogaine and Propecia to speed up hair growth. They suggested that I might be suffering from temporary hair loss (Telogen Effluvium), with a chance of male pattern baldness (less likely as no one in my family starts losing hair until their 50. This was in August. Now, my hair has regrown significantly around my hairline, with my temple areas making slower progress. However, about a month ago, several of my temple hairs fell out, but it is starting to regrow again. At this point, I'm going to continue using Rogaine and Propecia for another 6 or so months and slowly taper off. I'm planning on reducing propecia first and then Rogaine. I am a little hesistant as I am afraid all the progress I have made would be lost. Although my hair has started to grow back, my scar is still visible and I am thinking about going through a scar revision for my right temple and a few hair transplants for my left temple. Any advice or comments would be appreciated. Thanks for your guys' support!

Scar is often very red

I'm generally happy with my hairline lowering, but I am unhappy how apparent my scar can be when its hot outside or after I exercise. The scar turns very red. I'm not sure if the redness will ever disappear or if I should cover it with FUT or FUE? In addition, under white light, some people will notice my scar.
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