Monthly Archives: November 2015

Second procedure: Day 5 post-op

Hello everyone,

Today is Monday, November 16, 2015 and I am now 5 days post-op from my procedure with Dr. Huebner of Natural Transplants in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. last week on November 11.

More of the crusts are starting to flake off in the shower and the swelling that was in my face yesterday is beginning to subside. I figure by Wednesday the swelling will be gone and all of the crusts should be gone by this weekend.

One week from today I will have my sutures removed and I find that the tightness in my suture line comes and goes but every day I am improving and feeling better.

Check back tomorrow for my Day 6 post-op update.

All my best,

-Lance

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Second procedure: Day 4 post-op

Hello everyone,

Today is Sunday, November 15, 2015 and I am now 4 days post-op from my procedure with Dr. Huebner of Natural Transplants in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

I have a bit more swelling in my face particularly in my eyes, but unless I point it out it’s not a big deal.

I had a small scare early on Sunday when I scratched part of my suture line and a small piece of suture wire came out. Dr. Huebner told me that in addition to the main suture line that keeps my head together, he used a bunch of smaller suture wires to ensure that the donor site was perfectly approximated and would properly heal so if a small additional piece of wire came out a few days later, it wouldn’t be a big deal. So although I had a small scare, I have nothing to worry about.

As more of the grafts begin to scab and crust off, I feel like I am turning the corner in my recovery.

Check back tomorrow for my Day 5 post-op post.

All my best,

-Lance

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Second procedure: Day 3 post-op

Hello everyone,

Today is Saturday, November 14, 2015 and I am now three days post-op from my surgery with Dr. Matthew Huebner of Natural Transplants in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Wednesday, November 11.

I am now showering twice a day gently massaging the grafts and sutures and I am almost finished with the bottle of H2Ocean spray to help my grafts heal.

The back of my head feels a little tight and itchy before I shower and I have a bit of swelling that has gone down into my forehead.

Usually the swelling subsides after a day or two and then the crusts will start flaking off by about a week post-op.

Thanks for following and I’ll see you all tomorrow.

All my best,

-Lance

Second procedure: Day 2 post-op

Hello everyone,

Today is Friday, November 13, 2015 and I am now two days post-op from my hair transplant procedure with Dr. Matthew Huebner of Natural Transplants in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

Today was my first day taking a shower with the grafts in and I had to very gently massage them with the pads of my fingers and wash them by pouring a glass of warm water over my head.

The back of my head where the sutures are doesn’t feel as tight from the first day and the bottles of H2Ocean are keeping the grafts soft and lubricated. I have one more day of sleeping at a 45-degree angle to prevent swelling in my face and it was around the second or third day post-op last year when I experienced a lot of swelling in my face and eyes.

Check back tomorrow at day 3 post-op.

All my best,

-Lance

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Second procedure: Day 1 post-op

Hello everyone,

Today is Thursday, November 12, 2015 and I had my second procedure with Dr. Huebner of Natural Transplants in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. yesterday afternoon.

The procedure took about 5 hours to complete and it was overall a very comfortable and relaxing experience and I was the only patient yesterday.

The first night after the surgery is always the roughest part as I slept at a 45-degree angle and took some Hydrocodone to help me sleep.

Overall I am happy that I did this again and I can’t wait to share my progress with you all as I recover.

See you all tomorrow.

All my best,

-Lance

Second procedure: Surgery Day 11-11-15

Hello everyone,

Today is November 11, 2015 and I am immediately post-op from my second hair transplant procedure with Dr. Matthew Huebner of Natural Transplants in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The procedure took about 5 hours to complete and Dr. Huebner lowered my hairline again, built out the temporal peaks, and removed the old scar that didn’t heal well. Overall he pulled 36.675 square centimeters and if you consider the scar tissue from my first suture line, I got about 6,500 total hairs in my second procedure.

I’ll later share with you all some of my pre-operative pics that show my old suture line as well as the marker line where Dr. Huebner mapped out the new hairline.

Starting tomorrow I will post pics and videos of each day of my recovery, so check out tomorrow’s update at Day 1 post-op.

All my best,

-Lance

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Second Procedure: Day 0

Hello everyone,

Today is Tuesday, November 10, 2015 and I am at Day 0, the night before my procedure.

I just wanted to share with you all what the physical preparation is for a transplant procedure.

A few months before my procedure I am given a list of pre-operative instructions to follow so that my procedure will go well.

The major things I must do is three weeks beforehand stop taking any protein or dietary supplements that contain vitamin E that would cause a lot of bleeding and then two weeks before my procedure hold off on getting my hair cut, and 2 days beforehand stop drinking any alcohol.

If it’s your first procedure the sutures will stay in for 10 days and if you’ve had two or more procedures they will stay in for 12 days and will be removed by my primary care physician. The most important part to getting a great suture line is to refrain from any heavy lifting or intense exercise for at least a month after my procedure.

The reason why the right middle side of my scar did not properly heal is because even though I waited about three weeks after my first procedure to resume working out, ideally you want to wait about a month after your procedure before you resume any heavy lifting. Exercises like the squat, bench press, deadlift, standing overhead press, and olympic lifts all tense the neck and after the sutures are out the scar is still healing so it could stretch from those exercises.

In all, I’m super excited to go down this path again and depending on how I am feeling after the procedure I will see if I can post another video with pictures.

All my best,

-Lance

3 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE

  • STOP using Minoxidil or Rogaine (to minimize bleeding).
  • Eliminate Vitamin E supplements. 
  • Eliminate Multivitamins.
  • Eliminate any supplements containing Ginkgo Biloba and Ginseng.
  • Eliminate protein shakes and protein bars (most contain Vit. E).

2 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE

  • We need to be aware of all the medication you are currently taking.
  • Please hold on to your present haircut and keep your hair in the back as long as possible.

10 DAYS BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE

  • DO NOT take Aspirin (ASA) or drugs containing Aspirin: Tylenol may be used instead.

24-48 HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR PROCEDURE

  • Please provide our office with your pharmacy phone number (to call in your medication).
  • For your convenience pick up your pain medication BEFORE your procedure.
  • DO NOT drink protein shakes, energy drinks or any alcohol (wine, beer, etc.).
  • Avoid strenuous, intensive physical activity (ex. working out).

THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE

  • Wash your hair well with HIBICLEANCE (or regular shampoo if not given Hibicleance).

THE DAY OF YOUR PROCEDURE

  • The morning of your procedure wash your hair well with HIBICLEANCE (or regular shampoo if not given Hibicleance).
  • Do not apply any hair products such as mousse, hairspray, gel, etc.
  • Have a regular breakfast or lunch (filling meal is necessary to minimize any chance of stomach queasiness or dizziness).
  • Avoid wearing clothing that needs to be pulled over your head. Please wear a shirt with buttons or zipper. NO T-SHIRTS! For your comfort we recommend to wear loose, easy-to-put-on shoes.
  • As a mild relaxer/sedative will be administered before surgery, you should not drive car afterwards.