This was the ‘selfie’ picture that finally gave me the push I needed to start to make enquires and appointments with HT surgeons I had been researching over the last two years. A week later I had met with three clinics and decided that Dr Reddy was the only man for the job and had proven excellent results specialising in 3G FUE.
So this is it, the two days I had been waiting for. Quite nervous going into the surgery however that soon changed once I met Dr Reddy and his team. They made me feel very comfortable and explained everything and answered any questions I had. The two days went pretty fast and pretty pain free. The journey of growth now begins! Below are pics of my hair the morning of pre-surgery and then immediately post-surgery.
By day 10 I could really start to see my new hairline. I made sure that I followed all procedure for the first few days after surgery and took great care and precaution when washing the grafts and donor area. Again no pain, the occasional stinging or itchiness but nothing to complain about
I just wanted to include this for two reasons. The first being that this picture was taken in Germany and I had a work conference to attend. Many colleagues believed I had shaved my hair for the summer and I didn’t suspect my surgery at all. The second is I had my first beer in almost 6 weeks. I made a personal choice not to drink alcohol leading up to the surgery and then again after. I’m not sure if this made a difference or not but I’m sure it didn’t do any harm.
Well the ugly duckling stage truly set in at this point. Only a few weeks back I was showing off a nice buzz cut with a definite hairline in front of my colleagues in Germany. The grafts scabbed over initially then slowly began to fall naturally off 1 month – 2 months post op. As you can see from the pics, the redness in the recipient area is showing and I have managed to keep hold of some of the transplanted hairs. This is a tough stage to be at as many people say. You just have to get on with it and be sure that your new hair is on the way. Most people wear hats etc. at this point. However I just decided I didn’t want to cover it up and again most people thought I had shaved my hair.
At three months post op most of the hairs had shed and the good news is I could see new hairs popping through the scalp. Some thin hairs and some tiny black dots breaking through the surface of the scalp. At this point I had my first haircut. Not really much to cut or style on the top yet but the back and sides I had cut down to a ‘number 2’ at the barbers. The donor area was also still slightly pinkish in tone. I have included a collage of pics here going back to day one. I will do this every three months to remind me of the journey and the progression.
Didn’t really take many pictures around month 4 due to work commitments and then a holiday. One thing worth noting, whilst away on holiday I ensured I used factor 30 high designed especially for scalp protection in the sun. I had no issues whatsoever and didn’t go into the pool, opting for the natural sea water with no chemicals
So 5 months, a lot has changed since my last pictures. The new hair has really started to come through and thicken and I’m very pleased with my new hairline! Close up still quite see through and the new hair thin in parts, but it’s all part of the process and the waiting game. I had arranged my first ‘styled’ haircut later in the month. The first time in years I walked into a barbers and felt like I was getting a ‘real’ haircut!
So here I am 6 months since my FUE transplant with Dr Reddy. I had a 6 month check-up appointment with him and took a picture the morning of the appointment. The other pictures are my most recent haircut which I had done last week (late September). The hair and texture is really starting to thicken up and I even ‘tested’ the donor area by asking the barber to shave down to a 0.5 into 1.0 blend. The pictures are not too clear but there is no visible scaring whatsoever! No harsh red lumps or bumps and nobody would suspect this surgery. Full credit to Dr Reddy and his team here for a truly fantastic professional job.
I still have another 6 months before I can really evaluate my results. My hair should continue to thicken over the next few months. I will continue with my daily regime of Regaine Foam 5%, Propecia, and Vitabitocs hair skin and nails tablets.
Dr Reddy has asked me to go back at 9 months for another check-up and update pictures. So far I am over the moon with the results and it really has been a life changing experience. Already at 6 months I’m a once a month regular at my barber and I look forward to being able to style my hair in many different ways.
"Thank you for all your help and expertise. I am back in Durban South Africa. I had a good flight with a few close calls with the elderly doing their best to displace my grafts with their hand luggage. Been resting at home today. Still continuing with the saline spray every 30 minutes. I’ve now completed the 5 days of antibiotics and medrone with no sign of any infection and no sign of swelling or bruising. I’ve washed the donor area today with baby shampoo and there was no pain. Tomorrow is dayNishen in UK
"I hope you are keeping well. I remain over the moon with the results of the FUE procedure which has made such a difference to both my appearance and self-confidence. It has thickened up further since we last met and continues to look full and natural. I am so pleased to have put my trust in you and thank you once again for your expertise, supported by your great team."Mark in UK