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About pianoman99

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  1. I can add to the others' replies : YES!! a bad HT is way worse than balding. In my view, a HT has to be undetectable, otherwise its not worth it. The idea is to take attention OFF your hair, not on it.
  2. Hi, Q: What is the longest anyone has waited for grafts to come through? I'm coming up to the 5 month mark now, and not seeing anything yet. Getting impatient now!
  3. Im patiently sitting around, watching the months pass by, waiting for these grafts to come through. Coming up to 5 months now. Not a sausage!
  4. Returning to work was ok - thanks! Some people didnt recognise me - with very short hair, and am a bit self-conscious but I dont think anyone noticed the scar or the old HT grafts on top. Am slowly getting used to having no hair on top - which is ironic!
  5. Good advice Spex. Definitely "less is more" - I dont think one wants to get "addicted" to this stuff - its just as miserable locking yourself in a bathroom every day, applying these expensive products, as it is worrying about hair loss. Im using Couvre most days, since Im 1 month post op, and have 4 previous HT scars to conceal. Its a good product. I have Toppik but am not using it - maybe because its too good! I played about with putting a lot on, and in a dim light, it looked amazing - but Im sure in direct sunshine someone would notice - since my hair on top is very short. Maybe when it gets a bit longer Ill use it more, while waiting for the new grafts to come through - but as I say - its an expensive habit !
  6. Ive tried Toppik - but it made it look even more clumpy, since there is not enough fine hairs in between the big grafts. Not sure about Nanogen - essentially the same product?
  7. Hi, 4 Weeks post op. Attached some pics. All the graft hairs have gone - shame, because all that is left on top is the pluggy old grafts. My native hair on the peak is still there, which unfortunately shows the difference between natural hair, and a early 90's micro-mini graft job. I am returning to work tomorrow, and will have to keep my head held high (literally, and metaphorically!) Am still using Couvre at the back (on the old HT scars - the new one seems to be very small - great!) I still have a lot of numbness above the HT scar, going all the way up the the crown. Im hoping that will decrease? Anyone else had this ? Waiting for these new grafts to come in is going to be REALLY HARD!
  8. Hi, 16 days post op - went for a hair cut. Feel much better now. I chose my barber wisely I think - a guy who was involved in HTs and now does Hair Systems (god forbid)- so knows how to be discreet. (not like the Italian maniac with number 3 clippers, that I used last time) He managed to even it out - while still leaving it long enough at the back to almost cover the 5 strip scars. Yes thats 5. Do I win the prize for "Most HTs with bugger all to show for it?" Hopefully that will change. I feel vaguely normal now. the ironic thing is, this is the first time in my life Ive been out in public with very short hair, and exposed thinning crown, and it was great! Felt like I had nothing to hide - didnt care if the wind blew by hair. I am using Couvre to cover the scars that show through. The graft hairs are still hanging in there. And Im quite attached to them. They are my friends, and I talk to them every night. (Im kidding). (no Im not). anyway... the guy that cut my hair was quite old, and was telling me a lot about the history of HTs and some of the horror stories he has seen. Invented by Dr Orentreich (new York) in the 50s, using 4mm plugs - can you imaging looking like this: http://www.surviving-hairloss.com/images/history_3.jpg He was also telling me about "Flap Surgery" - he has met a few people who have had this done. OMFG. A 4cm stip harvested from the side is implanted on the hairline - skin and all. This must have been utter HELL for the people that had it done. Can anyone reading this shed any more light? All this did make me think: HTs are still only 40 years old. Will we look back in 100years time and view FUE/strip surgery with the same disbelief? What will the technique be at that time? (or, as Gene Roddenberry once said, when commenting on jean Luc Picard's baldness, in 2233 we wont need a cure, because we wont care about make Pattern Baldness)
  9. well can I borrow your cassock then?
  10. I think my wife was sort of looking forward to doing it - but I'm a wimp, so had a little play myself, and just carried on. It was a bit like pulling shrapnel ! Previous 4 strips were from the hair clinic, in London Surgeon was David Cuddis http://www.the-hair-clinic.co.uk/ Dont start me ranting.....
  11. I agree- a good way to present results. The juicy bit starts at 4.50 when you can see a fine comb through the hair, and the donor scar. Did you not consider FUE into the scar ? Is it better the take out the scar, laxity permitting ?
  12. Chewey, I agree - Having hair cropped is a major ball ache, if you want to be low key about it. For me its a bigger influence than "hair greed" Ian - how did you cope - looking like a benedictine monk for 2 months ? Hi Ian, I have similar hair loss as to what your good self had so hair density pending I want to get it all done in one sitting? i know it may not be possible but i cant go through having my hair cropped like that over and over again. Can i ask do you leave your hair the way the doc leaves it or do you cover it up? Can you wear a cap every day or does this affect the new hairs ???? Also just read Spex's site is 4500 grafts the most you can have in one sitting???? Dont know why I ask i dont evern know how many i need yet ??????????
  13. Hi, 12 Day Update: Ive just taken all the staples out. I did it myself ! I read on a forum, (by a surgeon) that he recommended taking every other staple out first, then all of them. I found it quite easy - I used a bottle of Jack Daniels, a plank to chew on, and a claw hammer. It took a while to set up 2 mirrors (one was a shaving mirror, with a x2 magnification) and to get the light right. Really, I would not recommend it - quicker to go to your GP clinic. pretty pain free, and strangely satisfying - like picking glue off you hands when you were a kid. The advantage it, then if you snag a hair, or scab, you can immediately back off and get another grip. TIP: never accidentally use the staple remover took UPSIDE DOWN! It will bend the staple the wrong way, further into your head! Attached our some pics. Would appreciate your comments. On one side I think you can see a lot of shock loss (either that, or that is the scar from the previous HT. You can see the terraced effect of all the other HTs Ive had, underneath the donor scar). Am worried about buzzing that area down. Had no swelling or spots. All the graft hairs are still in. Am using Minox twice a day - read that this will give a 30% chance that the grafts will not actually fall out - which would be nice. From the pic of the top, you can also see where the single hairs were placed on the hair line. Can also see, in the middle, the dirty great f*ck* off orrible punch grafts. Am going on holiday with the out-laws in weeks time. NIGHTMARE. will have to buzz the hair down, and just use a cap the whole time.
  14. This just about says it all. A very good check list. You should write a book!
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