4 month update (123 days post-op)

Hi everyone,

Today is November 14, 2014 and I am now exactly 4 months to the day or 123 days post-op from my surgery with Dr. Matthew Huebner.

I feel like now things are finally starting to happen. New hairs are growing in and they are starting to blend in with the transplanted area that is still pretty red. If you look at my three month update compared with this one, my gosh, what a difference!

A week ago I got my second haircut since the day of surgery and today’s photos are a good measuring stick for what my face and scalp it will look like once all of the new hair grows in.

The new hairline is still very short so while new hair is coming in, it’s strange styling my hair from my old hairline.

One thing I’ve noticed over the past month is that whenever I scratch or massage my scalp, sometimes these hard, sand-like zit things get caught under my fingernail and sometimes they have hairs. I was told by Dr. Huebner that because it was very hard it was an old graft from the day of my surgery that never fell out but I didn’t lose the hair follicle as they are securely in place by the 10th day post-op.

I also had a huge zit on the right side of my frontal hairline that popped out a lot of pus and a small single hair but I was told that ingrown hairs are normal and I don’t have to worry about losing a hair follicle as they have all long healed by now.

Check back soon for another update at five months.

All my best,

-Lance

Note: Later in 2014 Dr. Huebner created his own practice called Natural Transplants.

Check out my 4 month post-op video on my YouTube channel.

three blind mice

 

These small, hard, zit-like things came from three different parts of my scalp. The top and bottom ones came from behind my frontal hairline, while the middle one came from my suture line. I surprisingly have a had a ton of these come out, especially on the suture line, over the past month.

mult unit

This multiple follicular unit came out like a hard, piece of sand when I was scratching an itch on the top of my head last month.

At first I was concerned that I may have lost this slit graft as it had a lot of hair that came out, but Dr. Huebner told me that because it was so hard it was a dried up graft and it only takes a few follicular cells to remain to grow new hair.

Photo on 11-13-14 at 9.42 PM Photo on 11-13-14 at 9.42 PM #2 Photo on 11-13-14 at 9.42 PM #3 Photo on 11-13-14 at 9.43 PM Photo on 11-13-14 at 9.43 PM #2 Photo on 11-13-14 at 9.43 PM #3 Photo on 11-13-14 at 9.43 PM #4 Photo on 11-13-14 at 9.44 PM Photo on 11-13-14 at 9.44 PM #2 Photo on 11-13-14 at 9.44 PM #3 Photo on 11-13-14 at 9.44 PM #4

8 thoughts on “4 month update (123 days post-op)

  1. Darren

    You got some nice growth coming in
    Thanks for the blog I am having this
    done the beginning of next year.
    Do you have any pain in the donor
    area? How many days after the
    surgery did it take to feel like you
    were functioning back to normal?

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  2. Darren

    Sorry I asked you that question once before
    and you already answered it about returning to
    normal. Just wondering if you have numbness
    still in the suture line. Thanks in advance
    your blog is helpful.

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    1. Lance Post author

      Hi Darren,

      I never really had numbness in the suture area it just felt very tender until about three weeks afterward. The only numbness I still feel is on the very top/vertex of my head where all of the slit grafts were planted.

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    1. Lance Post author

      Dr. Huebner charges by the length of the donor strip (31.05 square centimeter/12.22 square inch) multiplied by 200 hairs per square centimeter so I had about 6,210 hairs transplanted. Every other practice charges by the graft so a strip that long would be cut into some 4,000 grafts at another practice.

      Not only did I have my hairline lowered and straightened and have my temporal peaks built out, I had such high density in my donor strip that they put extra hair follicles on to the vertex/top of my scalp to cover any future thinning.

      I will post another update at the 5 month mark next week.

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