The procedure was mostly painless, although I did end up needing quite a bit of anesthesia to keep my scalp numbed. I must say, the donor area removal didn't hurt, but I could still feel every snip and cut. Easily the oddest feeling I've felt in my mind. The procedure lasted a little over 7 hours, including a break for lunch and processing. The Doc stopped at 2400 grafts and refunded me the balance. I left with a bag full of goodies chock full of meds, bandanas, and a headband.
The following week and half was somewhat uncomfortable. I experienced ALOT of swelling around my temples, neck, and just beind my ears. I was very glad I scheduled my procedure after finishing school, as I felt downright unpresentable for at least the first 7 days. The headband helped out a bit. I started up on a regimen of Proscar (1.25 mg) daily coupled with 5% Minox twice a day. I was also given a bottle of copper peptides to use every 30 minutes for the first 3 days. I stuck to the plan like glue and followed the Doc's orders, although I kept using the copper peptide spray until it ran out.
My recipient area experienced quite a bit of crusting, and was downright solid for almost a 2 weeks after the procedure. I suppose It was my fault for being a bit too gentle cleaning my head. I experienced quite a bit of scabbing in my donor area and I too left this most untouched for the first two weeks.
I really wish I had taken a picture a month after the procedure. I had buzzed my hair down to a #2 and the grafts blended in perfectly! Honestly, I felt like I was back in senior year of high school, minus the whole scar around my neck. The recipient hair gradually started falling off.
Anyway, Its been approximately 3.5 months since my surgery. The donor scar is still visible with anything under a #5 cut. I do think it is improving though, as it used to be clearly visible with a #6. I feel the fact I never tried Finasteride may be helping me achieve quick growth. I am very pleased with my results so far and look forward to seeing more grafts pop out from my head
I've kept the rest of my hair at a #5 minimum, as I wanted to keep the scar hidden. Here are some updated pics. I normally have my hair brushed forward, but I propped it back to better illustrate my current condition.