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Stevedawg18
06-26-2016, 04:31 PM
Hi,

Photos at the bottom.

Currently I'm 1 month post op from a 5000 graft mega session with Dr. Wong. I can say after actually going through with the procedure this decision is certainly not something to take lightly I've come to realize several things. That many other people say.

1.) You don't need this surgery, in fact it will impair your ability to live your life at least temporarily.

2.) I'm 33 and that might be too young to do this. This will put you on an emotional and psychological rollercoaster that is tough to deal with. I go from thinking I've made a horrible decision to being excited day to day.

3.) Don't do it if you won't have some sort of support network the following months after surgery, so all you guys in your 20's wanting to do this to feel good, you won't at least not for a while. Also I see young guys restoring their hairline and and it's just going to leave a weird gap later. You may need to wait till your older and have lost more to avoid that situation.

Currently I have no idea if this will be a success or failure and it's tough to deal with. I still wear a hat in public but could possibly not if I really had too. I'm going to keep updating this thread as things progress. I've started a very small dose of proscar since the surgery.

Pre Op: https://www.baldtruthtalk.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=47421&d=1466983383

1 week: https://www.baldtruthtalk.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=47422&d=1466983404

1 month: https://www.baldtruthtalk.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=47423&d=1466983418

JoeTillman
06-26-2016, 05:34 PM
Hi,

Photos at the bottom.

Currently I'm 1 month post op from a 5000 graft mega session with Dr. Wong. I can say after actually going through with the procedure this decision is certainly not something to take lightly I've come to realize several things. That many other people say.

1.) You don't need this surgery, in fact it will impair your ability to live your life at least temporarily.

2.) I'm 33 and that might be too young to do this. This will put you on an emotional and psychological rollercoaster that is tough to deal with. I go from thinking I've made a horrible decision to being excited day to day.

3.) Don't do it if you won't have some sort of support network the following months after surgery, so all you guys in your 20's wanting to do this to feel good, you won't at least not for a while. Also I see young guys restoring their hairline and and it's just going to leave a weird gap later. You may need to wait till your older and have lost more to avoid that situation.

Currently I have no idea if this will be a success or failure and it's tough to deal with. I still wear a hat in public but could possibly not if I really had too. I'm going to keep updating this thread as things progress. I've started a very small dose of proscar since the surgery.

Pre Op: https://www.baldtruthtalk.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=47421&d=1466983383

1 week: https://www.baldtruthtalk.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=47422&d=1466983404

1 month: https://www.baldtruthtalk.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=47423&d=1466983418

Welcome to the forum, Steve, and thank your for your post. I think you share some valid points that everyone should think of. That said the best thing for you to do is to forget this as much as you can and remember that the worst part of the surgery is now and till you reach around the six to seven month mark. In the end, I think you'll be fine. Dr. Wong is my doctor and I'm always thank to him for his incredible work he did for me.

Keep us all updated and thanks again for sharing.

Hairbrain
06-26-2016, 09:49 PM
Thanks for a valid and thought worthy post. Your case will be interesting to follow due to your age, level of baldness and the mega session you just went through. One things for certain you chose a great Dr. for your given situation. As someone who got his first transplant at age 19, I can certainly understand your feelings at this point.
I think for you as the months pass you will gain thr reasoning for your decision. Welcome to the forum. You will find a lot of support here.
Looking forward to your future posts and images!

hanginginthewire
06-26-2016, 10:02 PM
Why do you think (sometimes) that it was a mistake?

Stevedawg18
06-27-2016, 08:43 AM
The reason I sometimes feel it was a mistake is that, while I hated losing my hair, once it was mostly gone there is a certain peace to being bald or in my case mostly bald. Perhaps getting a HT is opening that can of worms again. Ultimately I went through with it because I had an appointment scheduled last year and canceled it but found myself thinking if I had just went through with it the results would be in now.

Stevedawg18
08-06-2016, 02:21 PM
Thought I'd update this thread. So I got a haircut last week and everything is even now, so no longer where a hat around. Hair on the sides is probably a 3-4 guard length although it was done with scissors so can't be sure. There is piece where the scar is visible but you'd have to be looking for it or know what it is to recognize it so I'm not that worried. Starting to see a little growth on top. Feel like I'm mostly out of the "ugly duckling" phase as I look pretty much the same as before my HT so I'm fine walking in my current state.

Stevedawg18
09-18-2016, 12:03 PM
Hi,

A little over 3.5 months here. Growth has definitely started. The photo is taken in a little less harsh light than the others so may seem a little better than it is.

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Few things I've been thinking at this stage. I didn't really anticipate what I'd do if people noticed a change. My friend recently asked me "are you growing hair". I kinda got weird and said "I don't think so" but I'm going to go back and tell him the truth, just wasn't prepared at the time. Also I saw my old boss the other day and he kept looking at me. I'm wondering if he noticed. Oh well I don't really care that much because it doesn't seem to look unnatural. I did a mega session with close to 5000 grafts but at this point I'm starting to wonder if I could do it over maybe I'd do less so the change isn't so drastic and won't draw as much attention to me. That's it for now, I'll probably update again in a month or so.

hanginginthewire
09-18-2016, 12:27 PM
Looking good! Thanks for the update and hang in there!

Dispare
09-18-2016, 01:48 PM
It's looking good.

Do you have any photos of the back and crown?

Hairbrain
09-19-2016, 06:57 PM
Thanks for the update. Your results so far look unbelievably natural. Good growth in a short amount of time. Given how you are growing, someone would probably need to know you quite personally to notice your transition. If there is anyone who notices that you wouldn't want to know exactly what you did, you could always tell them you started taking Finasteride to try and thicken your hair up (which is actually true). I'm sure the months ahead you will have a better understanding why you didn't cancel this one. Please keep us posted, you have an interesting case. Happy growin!

KO1
10-10-2016, 06:08 PM
Now this is what I call a hair transplant!

High NW Case vs Top Doctor + Lot of grafts

Stevedawg18
10-31-2016, 07:55 PM
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One photo is under harsh direct light the other isn't. I started on proscar 5 months ago as well and have upped to the full dose in about the last 2 months. At this point I feel like things are looking good, strange to think more is on the way. I can't say I have any regrets at this point.

shazam
11-01-2016, 11:28 AM
looking good mate. Better to regret the things you've done than the things you haven't done. I am sure you have no regrets by now! One question though. Why you went for FUT? As I am about the same age as you I went for FUE as I don't know yet how my hair loss will progress and I want to keep the buzzed look open for the future, possibly in combination with SMP.

Stevedawg18
11-01-2016, 12:43 PM
Hi, I went FUT because while researching the prior couple years I hadn't seen many FUE cases for someone with my degree of loss that were very impressive. Had I started researching now I may have ended up going FUE because I have seen them now. That is one thing that nags at me a bit. However I can say the scar isn't bad. I can cut my hair short and I think the results are looking good so can't really complain.

Smallville
11-01-2016, 01:59 PM
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One photo is under harsh direct light the other isn't. I started on proscar 5 months ago as well and have upped to the full dose in about the last 2 months. At this point I feel like things are looking good, strange to think more is on the way. I can't say I have any regrets at this point.

Are you using finasteride or rogaine?

Stevedawg18
11-01-2016, 04:09 PM
Hi, Proscar is finastride.

shazam
11-01-2016, 10:42 PM
Thanks for your answer. I almost went for FUT myself because more grafts, cheaper etc. But then I cancelled due to the scar. Not only the fact that it could be visible when buzzed 1mm but also as I believe the healing tie takes much longer. However, on this side of the ocean clinics hardly do any FUT anymore.

Hairbrain
11-02-2016, 05:10 AM
Great update Stevedawg! Your making great progress. Has anyone, family, coworkers, friends, etc... made any comments or noticed. I only ask because you look to have a very natural progression. Look forward to seeing more images from you in the months ahead! Congrats........

Stevedawg18
11-02-2016, 10:01 AM
Hi, yeah I'm not going to lie the recovery from FUT is pretty rough. My head swelled up pretty big for a few days and had staples in my head for 2 weeks. As for people noticing yes I've had a few knowing looks from coworkers but for the most part I think people are more concerned with their own lives.

JoeTillman
11-02-2016, 10:50 AM
Stevedawg,

Nice update and I'm happy for your final result. As a Dr. Wong patient myself, I know exactly what you went through.

I think it is important however to clarify the healing issue. Your swelling was not due to this being a FUSS procedure, it is due to the number of incisions made and how your body reacted to it. The swelling was a combination of edema and also the saline that was injected into your scalp for tumescence. Some patients will swell worse than others but this happens with FUE patients as well.

The staples, however, are of course unique to FUSS and I agree that they can be a bitch. For me, they itched like crazy at the second week but the overall area of the incision line was mildly tender.

Regardless, I wanted to clarify this issue for anyone reading this. Again, thanks for the update and congratulations on your result.

Btw, that comment about people being more concerned about their own lives to concern themselves with you? Spot on! That's how it works:)

hanginginthewire
11-02-2016, 11:10 AM
Thanks for updating SteveDawg! Looks good!

Smallville
11-02-2016, 03:34 PM
Thanks for your answer. I almost went for FUT myself because more grafts, cheaper etc. But then I cancelled due to the scar. Not only the fact that it could be visible when buzzed 1mm but also as I believe the healing tie takes much longer. However, on this side of the ocean clinics hardly do any FUT anymore.

Max out FUT, then do FUE.

This is just the best thing you can do....

shazam
11-02-2016, 09:54 PM
Max out FUT, then do FUE.

This is just the best thing you can do....

I think that depends on personal situation (hairloss situation, age, donor area strength). I want to keep the shaven/buzzed option always open in the future. Possibly with SMP combined. Hence my choice not to go FUT. Here in Europe (incl Turkey) it seems that less and less clinics are offering FUT anyway.