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My Daily Experience: The Most Successful Fue Hair Transplant

I have been going through the balding pattern for the last 4-5 years. I have a receding hairline in my crown area and balding in my vertex.

One day before the transplant

I decided to go for a FUE Hair Transplant with PRP at the age of 40. It was a big decision, but I have made the decision and wanted to record my day-to-day progress. I have attached two pictures of me that were taken just a day before the transplant. This will give you an idea of how much hair I had lost in the crown and vertex area.

When I consulted the doctor in the first week of August 2017, I was advised to focus only on my temporal/frontal area and not the vertex. But I insisted that I was keen on my vertex area as well. So I was recommended a FUE hair transplant in which they will be extracting 3000 grafts from my donor region and will use 1500 of those for my frontal/temporal and the rest for filling up my vertex.

Day of Hair Transplant

Reached the clinic at 5am in the morning. They started with shaving my hair with a trimmer.

Post trimming I was given local anesthesia, injections are given in different regions of your scalp (this can be slightly painful if you are not used to injections but once the numbness sets in you will not be able to make out the pain).

The extraction process is started and they extract the grafts (3000) from the donor region (usually the lower back of your head).

Post extraction of the grafts the incisions are made in places where the grafts have to be embedded.

The process of extraction and incision takes about 4 odd hours. They give a 10 minute break to have your breakfast.

Post the break, the implanting process is started wherein each graft is carefully implanted into the incisions made. At the end of implantation, i went through a PRP process as well (without a roller). The entire process takes about 9 odd hours.

I have attached pictures of how your scalp will look post various stages.

At the end of process the doctor will advice you on the post surgery care and prescribe some medication to help with the healing process. You are expected to keep rinsing your hair with Saline water every 2 hours to prevent the clotting.

Because the transplant was done both in my frontal and vertex region, I had to spend the night sleeping in a seated position (a travel neck rest is very helpful here), but still be prepared for having a bit of disturbed sleep.

Day 2 - August 11th

This is the day when the plaster is removed (usually the area where the graft is extracted is taped to prevent infection).

Once the plaster is removed, they will clean the place with Betadine solution and then apply antibiotic cream in the region where the graft is extracted from. You will feel a slight burning tinge and then a bit of heat when the antibiotic cream is applied.

You will notice from the picture that the scalp does not look as bloody as it was on day one.

The doctor then gives you a next 5 days set of instruction to be followed, which includes cleaning 3 times a day with betadine and then applying the antibiotic. You will also be given an oral antibiotic course as well to be taken for the next 5 days.

Day 3 - Aug 12th 2017

I have been taking the antibiotics (both local and external) and following the instructions to a "T".

So far it has been healing fairly well as you can see in the pics above. I felt like itching my scalp, but have been controlling myself so far from the temptation.

I will keep you all updated on the progress.

Day 5 - Aug 14th 2017

I really have been controlling my urge to itch my scalp, requires a lot of mental strength but I have somehow managed to control the urge.

Also got used to sleeping in a seated position, given to the fact that I have hair transplant both on my frontal/temporal and vertex.

Day 6 - Aug 15th 2017

My major course of antibiotic tablets have ended today.

I still feel a bit of tightness on my scalp and also the redness in my donor region. I have been spraying saline and applying antibiotic cream so far and I have one more day of that process left.

Day 8 - Aug 17th 2017

Finally had a chance to wash my scalp using a mild shampoo. Actually i was advised to only use the froth of the shampoo and not the actual shampoo.

But still felt good to wash my scalp after a while.

I can now see that the reddishness in my donor region is not apparently visible and has diminished substantial. Can feel some flakes or crumbs in my donor region, maybe it is the result of healing.

It is now 6 days since i have been sleeping in a seated position, i feel really deprived and desperately looking forward to sleeping normally :(

Day 14 - Aug 23rd 2017

Started with application of Minscalp-F 5% from today.