Hope you're ok mate. Here's my 2 cents on your question.
I had 1,250 grafts to the front 2cm of my hairline via FUE last year. I had dense hair behind my hairline, so i purposely grew it long pre-op, to around 3-3.5 inches. Post-op i was able to wear my hair down covering the areas worked on and no-one knew the difference. There's a guy on here called 'Spreadlocks' who had had the first half of his head worked on by Dr. Feller and he had enough hair behind it to cover the recipient area. Not sure if you have seen his 'combover' pics but they're epic !! Having dense hair behind the hairline is a life saver when it come to hiding your transplant.
I've seen you pics and you have dense hair past your hairline, so you should be able to cover your hairline by wearing your hair down.
Originally Posted by chrisis
I like to wear my hair spikey and straightened
You definitely won't be able to have your normal style post op. I believe you are considering Dr. Feller, so he will also be shaving the area to be worked on. Assuming you don't have any shock loss, you will be back to your normal hair length in around 4 - 5 months. If you don't like wearing your hair down, then you're gonna have an unpleasant 4 - 5 months....i ain't gonna bullshit ya !! And if you have shock loss, you're looking at a good 6-9 months before you are wearing your normal style with confidence. The redness can linger for a long time as well. Mine didn't go for 4-5 months.
I can't comment on what the strip scar looks like post-op, but with FUE the donor area looks pretty much back to normal after 10 - 12 days. Again, if you have shock loss in the donor area then it will take around 1.5 months before it looks normal. That is, the hair in the donor area grows long enough to cover the 'patches' of loss. I had shock loss in both the donor and recipient post-op. Really bad in the recipient. Luckily i still had a lot of hair, so i got by. Not sure if that would be the case now though.
FYI: Dr. Hasson told me if you had agressive shock loss in your first HT, you are more likely to have it again in any further HT procedures.
Hope that helps. !!