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Third Procedure: One year update (365 days post-op)

Hello everyone,

Today is Wednesday, January 17, 2018 and I am one year post-op from my Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) scar revision procedure with Dr. Daniel McGrath in Austin, TX.

I got my hair cut on Monday the 15th and I feel like I have the best haircut since October when I was at the 9 month mark. I got a 3.5-guard around the entire suture line with a 2-guard below the scar and had the temporal peaks, front, and top blended with scissors.

I’ve talked about how I’ve been stuck at a 3.5-guard around the scar and if I looked hard enough, I could see a very minute crease line on the left side of the back of my head. Because the left side of my scar is more visible than my right, I wonder if all of the grafts from this procedure have fully grown out.

In my experience, by 11 months post-op you basically know what you are going to get but it is true that you can sometimes get a 5 percent push after 12 months post-op. In December 2016 I had a huge ingrown hair on my right temporal peak.

To be honest, if this is the shortest I can go, I’m actually pretty happy with it.

Going in, I was told I would be able to cut the hair around my scar at a No.3 guard. Although I have to keep it a bit longer, this is honestly the shortest I care to go. Prior to my hair transplant surgeries, I never cut my hair shorter than a No.4 and I never did a fade style haircut. If I didn’t do it before my surgeries, I don’t really care to do it now so it’s not an issue for me.

For almost three years getting a haircut that would not show the scar gave me a great deal of anxiety. The good news is I don’t have to worry about anything anymore.

It’s incredible to think I have now completed three hair transplant surgeries and have done a blog post and video almost every month for the past three and a half years.

With how much I’ve learned from these experiences, I will do another video on a lessons learned/final thoughts that sums up my hair transplant experiences and what you need to consider if you’re looking to have your first procedure, corrective surgery, a touch up, or whatever.

I want to say thank you to Dr. McGrath and his staff. Dr. Dan is not only an excellent surgeon, but also a great man who puts his patients first. And I want to give a special thank you to my patient educator Steve Cook. Steve was one of the first people I talked to about hair transplants back in 2013 and his knowledge and leadership put me on the right path to restoring my hair.

Last but certainly not least, I want to thank all of my followers who have traversed this journey with me since 2014. I can’t tell you all how much it means to me that this platform has helped so many men and women with a resource on how to deal with their hair loss. To all of my followers and anyone out there looking to embark on their own follicular journey, I hope I’ve provided the best possible map. It’s been a privilege to share this journey with you all and as always if you ever need to reach me, I’ll be here to help you embark on your own follicular journey wherever it may take you.

It’s been a pleasure sharing this experience with you all.

All my best,
-Lance

Check out my YouTube channel for this month’s video.

 

Third Procedure: 11 month update (346 days post-op)

Hello everyone,

Today is Friday, December 29, 2017 and I am now 11 months and 12 days post-op from my Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) scar revision procedure with Dr. Daniel McGrath in Austin, TX.

I find myself saying this quite a bit, but I must apologize the delay in this month’s update.

I got a haircut on Saturday, December 16th that kept the top, the front, and temporal peaks long while I had a 3.5-guard around the entire suture line. Unlike my previous haircut in November which left the hair around the suture line little too long, this time the barber went a little too short. I had a slight crease line on the left side of my head but it slowly blended into the rest of my hair as the week went on. I wonder if there is more hair that will grow into my left side as I close in on my one year mark.

If you’ve been following my blog and my channel for a while now, I’ve often mentioned that when you get to 11 months post-op you pretty much know what your final result will look like, so if this is what I will end up with, I’m actually pretty happy with it. To be honest before this FUE procedure, no matter how excited I was to get a haircut, the back and sides always gave me a bit of anxiety. Now I have an idea how short I can take it, which is much short than I’ve been able to the past couple of years.

Check back next month in January when I reach the finale for this FUE procedure.

Happy holidays and all my best,
-Lance

Third Procedure: 10 month update (310 days post-op)

Hello everyone,

Today is Thursday, November 23, 2017 and I am now 10 months and six days post-op from my Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) scar revision procedure with Dr. Daniel McGrath in Austin, TX.

I got a haircut on November 19th with a 3.5-guard around the entire suture line but I feel the barber kept the hair a little too long, compared with my last haircut.

If you’ve been following my blog and my channel for a while now, I’ve often mentioned that when you get to 11 months post-op you pretty much know what your final result will look like, so next month I will get a 3-guard around the entire suture line.

As I mentioned in last month’s post, unfortunately, I can’t get my temporal peaks cut at the same length as the hair around the repaired suture line. This is because when my temporal peaks were recreated during my first two FUT/strip procedures by Dr. Huebner, he used many density grafts that when they grow out, look great, but when cut short, they look pluggy.

This video at 3:35 from Joe Tillman’s channel, Hair Transplant Mentor, explains how hairs that are from the donor region are thicker and take up more room than non-transplanted hairs that have begun to miniaturize. When transplanted hairs reach a “sweet spot” in length, they cover a larger area than non-transplanted hairs, however, if cut too short, they will be noticeably different than the rest of my natural hair.

With next month being 11 months post-op, I pretty much know what my final result will look like and I am super stoked to see how short I’ll be able to cut my hair.

Check back next month in December when I reach 11 months post-op.

Happy Thanksgiving and all my best,
-Lance

Third Procedure: 9 month update (274 days post-op)

Hello everyone,

Today is Wednesday, October 18, 2017 and I am now 9 months post-op from my Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) scar revision procedure with Dr. Daniel McGrath in Austin, TX.

Last Saturday, October 14, I decided to experiment with a 3.5-guard around the scar, a 2-guard below the scar, and had the top and front blended with scissors. To my delight, there was no noticeable crease line around my entire suture line!

I’m pretty sure I could have even cut it down to a 3-guard, but I will experiment with that next month and going forward up to one year post-op in January 2018.

In my previous experiences at 9 months post-op, I have often said if I do not get any more hair I am usually happy, but there is still plenty of growth to go.

On a side note, I’m noticing that I can’t get the temporal peaks cut at the same length as the back and sides of my scalp where the suture line is. The reason for this is because when Dr. Huebner did my two strip procedures, he created the temporal peaks with a lot of the multiple follicular units. Although it’s good that they create a very thick, dense look when they grow out, unfortunately when cut too short, my peaks look pluggy.

Once I reach one year post-op from this procedure and I have Dr. McGrath examine my scalp, I might consider doing another FUE procedure to clean up my temporal peaks and soften up my hairline.

I know some people might say that I don’t need another surgery, and compared with what I looked like before my surgeries to what I look like now, I think most would be very happy with what I have.

But to be honest, I’m the one who wears this every day, I’m my own worst critic, and I want to make sure this is perfect.

Check back next month in November when I reach 10 months post-op.

All my best,
-Lance

Third Procedure: 8 month update (243 days post-op)

Hello everyone,

Today is Sunday, September 17, 2017 and I am now 8 months post-op from my  Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) scar revision procedure with Dr. Daniel McGrath in Austin, TX.

I got a haircut on Wednesday, September 13 and it was one of the best haircuts I’ve had since this FUE surgery. I got a No.4 guard around the scar and had a No.2 guard below my scar and it looks great with no noticeable crease line.

Now that I am 8 months post-op from this FUE surgery, I can definitely tell that the grafts placed into the suture line from my second strip procedure are growing albeit, some parts are a bit patchy. I estimate that by the time I reach one year post-op in January 2018 I can get a No.3 guard around my scar without any noticeable crease line.

In other news, I’ve been getting a lot of emails and requests from my followers and if I haven’t gotten back to you it’s because of the high volume of requests that I get and it takes me a while to meaningfully respond to all of them. So if I haven’t gotten back to you yet, please be patient. 

Check back next month in October when I reach 9 months post-op.

All my best,
-Lance

Third Procedure: 7 month update (222 days post-op)

Hello everyone,

Today is Sunday, August 27, 2017 and I am now 7 months and 10 days post-op from my  Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) scar revision procedure with Dr. Daniel McGrath in Austin, TX.

I am a bit behind on this month’s update because I was really sick last week. I also haven’t had a haircut since July 15 when a barber I’d never been to before went really short on the temporal peaks making them look a little pluggy. 

Last month I had some trouble finding the single hair grafts that were placed in my left temporal peak and left side of my frontal hairline. But if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that the 7 month mark is one of my favorite parts of the hair transplant progress because that is usually when the transplanted hairs begin making a noticeable difference in your appearance.

The 50 single hair grafts on the left side of my frontal hairline are much more noticeable now and I can definitely feel the 315 grafts in my suture line. I will try to get another haircut closer to next month’s update and we’ll see

In other news, this month’s update is the last update I will be doing from this location as I am moving this weekend but am staying in DC. I first moved into this apartment two weeks before my first procedure with Dr. Huebner in 2014 and it’s crazy to think about how much progress I’ve made since those first videos I made right after my first surgery to what I look like now.

Check back next month in September when I reach 8 months post-op.

All my best,
-Lance

Third Procedure: 6 month update (181 days post-op)

Hello everyone,

Today is Monday, July 17, 2017 and I am now 6 months post-op from my Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) scar revision procedure with Dr. Daniel McGrath in Austin, TX.

I got a haircut on Saturday, July 15 and it honestly was not the best haircut I’ve had since I’ve been doing this blog. The barber cut the frontal bangs shorter than I would normally have them and both temporal peaks look a bit patchy but the back and sides look really good with little notice of a crease line with a No. 4 guard.

Going into this month, I had trouble finding the 50 single hair grafts that were placed in the front but I have just started to notice them as they were placed in and around the existing frontal hairline I had and are very weak. My patient educator Steve Cook told me that the grafts in the front are hard to find because I have had a lot of work done there and because there aren’t many and they’re just sprouting, they’re hard to see.

Meanwhile the grafts in the back that filled in my suture line are continuing to grow and I feel more stubs when I run my fingers along the scar.

At this point I have another six months to go and I am confident that I will be able to cut my hair shorter than a No.4 guard without seeing any discernible crease line.

As I mentioned last year at this time when I reached 8 months post-op from my second FUT/strip procedure with Dr. Huebner, the month of July marks a lot of important events in my life.

Last week on July11, I turned 31 years old and at this point I only continue to look and feel better than the previous year. Last Friday, July 14, marked the three year anniversary of my first procedure with Dr. Huebner. When I compare what I looked like at age 28 with such deep temporal recession with what I look like now at 31, my surgeries have taken years off of my appearance.

Check back next month in August when I reach one of my favorite parts of the hair transplant progress at 7 months post-op.

All my best,
-Lance