Category Archives: First Procedure

These posts cover my 10 days of recovery and 12 months of progress from my first FUT/strip procedure with Dr. Matthew Huebner on 7/14/2014 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

One Year Update and Final Result (365 Days Post-Op)

If you would like to learn more about my story and how a hair transplant procedure can regrow your hair, feel free to email me or contact my patient educator Steve Cook at 305.416.8418 as well at steve@mcgrathmedical.com.

Hello everyone,

Today is July 14, 2015 and I am now one year post-op from my hair transplant procedure.

To give you all an idea of how much hair I have grown over the past year, below are my before, after, and today’s one year post-op pics.

Overall I’m really happy with the result I have and I think my pictures really speak for themselves. When you compare what I Iooked like a year ago to where I am now with a thicker, fuller head of hair it’s unbelievably believable.

For full disclosure, I think one part of the scar on the middle-right side of my head did not properly heal because even with a 4.5 around the scar, the right side still looks like a crease if I wore a baseball cap. I got a haircut on June 25 where the barber used a 4.5 around the scar and then he blended the hair below the scar with a 2 and then blended the top and front with scissors, and that one side showed a crease instead of my left.

It’s entirely possible that one side of a scar could heal better than the other so as far as I know, I didn’t do anything wrong during the healing process.

The next question is whether or not I will have a second procedure and I probably will. I was told coming into this that one procedure can get you 30 to 40 percent more density and realistically you might need a second procedure to have what many hair transplant doctors consider a finished product. I have some areas in my left and right temples that had no hair a year ago that could stand to be more filled in, but like I’ve said before, from months 12 to 15 there is even a 5 percent push, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

But overall, I’m am so happy with what I see in the mirror and how it makes me feel every day.

To all of my visitors and followers of this blog it has been my pleasure sharing my experience with you all and I hope that this blog will help anyone looking to embark on their own follicular journey, wherever it may take you.

It has been a pleasure serving you all.

All my best,

-Lance

Check out my one year post-op video on my YouTube channel.

Before (7-14-14)

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The plan (7-14-14)

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1 year post-op (7-14-15)

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11 Month Update (335 Days Post-Op)

If you would like to learn more about my story and how a hair transplant procedure can regrow your hair, feel free to email me or contact my patient educator Steve Cook at 305.416.8418 as well at steve@mcgrathmedical.com.

Hello everyone,

Today is June 14, 2015 and I am now 11 months or 335 days post-op.

Needless to say, my results are fantastic. The hairline is lowered and straightened, my temporal peaks are built out, and I have much better coverage of my scalp with better styling options.

Now that my hair is really growing in, I get all kinds of compliments on my hair and some say I look like a different person. Overall this has been a great experience since the day of my surgery and I couldn’t be happier.

It’s hard to believe that next month will mark one full year since the day of my surgery. Time really has flown by and it blows my mind when I look in the mirror and see how different I look now compared with back then.

Check back next month for pictures of my final result!

All my best,

-Lance

Check out my 11 month post-op video on my YouTube channel.

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10 Month Update (310 Days Post-Op)

If you would like to learn more about my story and how a hair transplant procedure can regrow your hair, feel free to email me or contact my patient educator Steve Cook at 305.416.8418 as well at steve@mcgrathmedical.com.

Hello everyone,

Today is May 20, 2015 and I am now 10 months or 310 days post-op. I was out of town the past couple of days hence, why I am behind on this month’s update.

I got my hair cut on May 1, so this month’s pics show how much more hair has grown in since my last haircut in February at the 7 month mark. Whenever I get a haircut I have to make sure that the barber doesn’t go too short on the sides and back so that the thin scar won’t be detectable. The barber went a little too short for me with a No. 3 (3/8 of an inch) on the back and sides so my scar looked like a crease in my hair like when you wear a baseball cap.

The thin areas behind my restored hairline are better filling in compared with last month and lately I’ve been styling my hair in a fauxhawk. Before my surgery I could have never worn a hairstyle like this without it looking terrible because of my receding temples.

Even though my hair looks better now than before I started losing my hair in my early twenties, I still have another two months to go before my final result.

Check back next month at 11 months post-op as I close in on my one year anniversary of my surgery.

All my best,

-Lance

Check out my 10 month post-op video on my YouTube channel.

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9 Month Update (275 Days Post-Op)

If you would like to learn more about my story and how a hair transplant procedure can regrow your hair, feel free to email me or contact my patient educator Steve Cook at 305.416.8418 as well at steve@mcgrathmedical.com.

Hello everyone,

Today is April 15, 2015 and I am now 9 months or 275 days post-op.

As each month goes by, I am just amazed at how much hair continues to grow in.

Since the 7 month mark I’ve been styling and combing my hair from the new hairline, however some parts behind my temples are slightly patchy but are filling in. Because of this, some hairstyles look much better on me than others so my temples won’t look thin.

At this point  I have another 3 months to go before I reach the final result but I am more than satisfied with what I have.

To give you all an idea of what the hair transplant timeline is like, from months 1 to 4 post-op you’re just looking for the new hairs to start sprouting up and then from months 5 to 7 you start to see a lot of growth to where you can start styling your hair from the new hairline. From months 8 to 12 and even up to 15 months, you’re then waiting for it all to fill in.

Check back next month at 10 months post-op for my next update.

All my best,

-Lance

Check out my 9 month post-op video on my YouTube channel.

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8 Month Update (245 Days Post-Op)

If you would like to learn more about my story and how a hair transplant procedure can regrow your hair, feel free to email me or contact my patient educator Steve Cook at 305.416.8418 as well at steve@mcgrathmedical.com.

Hello everyone,

Today is March 16, 2015 and I am now 8 months or 245 days post-op.

I just got back from vacation so my hair is a shade blonder from being at the beach all week.

With each passing month, I am just amazed with how much hair continues to grow in. The fact that I am at 8 months with this kind of a result but I have another solid four months to go leaves me ecstatic.

Whenever I go on vacation, my girlfriend and I take lots of pictures and before my surgery I would avoid having my picture taken from certain angles and would often retake pictures that made my scalp look bad.

Now that my hair is growing in, I don’t have to worry about that.

Check back next month for my 9 month update and happy St. Patricks Day!

All my best,

-Lance

Check out my 8 month post-op video on my YouTube channel.

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7 Month Update (215 Days Post-Op)

If you would like to learn more about my story and how a hair transplant procedure can regrow your hair, feel free to email me or contact my patient educator Steve Cook at 305.416.8418 as well at steve@mcgrathmedical.com.

Hello everyone,

Today is February 14, 2015 and I am now 7 months or 215 days post-op from my surgery last July.

I got my hair cut right before this post and I am ecstatic with how things are coming in.

My temporal peaks have grown in very well and the restored hairline is long enough to style now and will continue to thicken up over the next few months.

To give you all a better idea of how much hair I have grown, compare today’s pictures with when I got my first haircut at 46 days post-op. Wow, what a difference!

Today is also Valentine’s Day and although it’s another commercialized holiday, the best relationship you can have is with yourself and it starts with taking care of yourself.

Since my procedure, my confidence has never been higher and I feel complete. I not only look much better than I did before my surgery but I also feel better than ever.

Check back next month for my 8 month update.

All my best,

-Lance

Check out my 7 month post-op video on my YouTube channel.

This is Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shaping Cream, the hair styling product I currently use. Prior to my surgery, I stopped using hair styling products because I was weary of how they would reveal how much of my forehead had receded. 

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6 Month Update (184 Days Post-Op)

If you would like to learn more about my story and how a hair transplant procedure can regrow your hair, feel free to email me or contact my patient educator Steve Cook at 305.416.8418 as well at steve@mcgrathmedical.com.

Hello everyone,

Today is January 14, 2015 and I am now 6 months or 184 days post-op from my July surgery.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and I have a lot of great news to share.

I had my third haircut since my surgery on New Years Eve and now I can really tell that this surgery is working because take a look at these pics!

My regular haircut (4-guard on the sides and back with the top and front blended with scissors) finally blends my new hairline with my existing hair and you can barely find my old hairline.

In the pics below I show how my hair naturally falls followed by a pic of me flipping my hair back to where my original hairline should be. My temporal peaks have really grown in since the first month but the hairline still has a long way to go.

From what I gather I’m about 60 percent done at the 6 month mark. I can’t really style the new hairs yet so even though I am really happy with what I’ve got, I am excited that there’s a lot more to go.

Now that the New Year is here, I am ecstatic that this is the first year and ultimately the beginning of the rest of my life that I will have a full head of hair. Only great things to come this year so check back next month.

All my best and happy 2015,

-Lance

Check out my 6 month post-op video on my YouTube channel.

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5 Month Update (153 Days Post-Op)

If you would like to learn more about my story and how a hair transplant procedure can regrow your hair, feel free to email me or contact my patient educator Steve Cook at 305.416.8418 as well at steve@mcgrathmedical.com.

Hi everyone,

Today is December 14, 2014 and I am now 5 months or 153 days post-op.

I’ve seen a little bit more growth since the 4-month mark and right now the new hairs are kind of long but are not very thick, kind of like the hair on my forearms. Even though I’m still styling my hair from my old hairline, it is gradually disappearing.

I expect over the next two months to see some enormous changes in my appearance when the hair really starts coming in and I should be able to style and comb my hair from the recreated hairline.

With the holidays quickly approaching, it feels like Christmas every morning when I wake up to see new hair on my head. Like I said a while back, the hardest part about a hair transplant is all of the waiting you have to do, but great things are finally happening and I couldn’t be happier.

All my best and happy holidays,

-Lance

Check out my 5 month post-op video on my YouTube channel.

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4 Month Update (123 Days Post-Op)

If you would like to learn more about my story and how a hair transplant procedure can regrow your hair, feel free to email me or contact my patient educator Steve Cook at 305.416.8418 as well at steve@mcgrathmedical.com.

Hi everyone,

Today is November 14, 2014 and I am now exactly 4 months to the day or 123 days post-op.

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 my surgeon 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

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

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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.

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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.

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3 Month Update (94 Days Post-Op)

If you would like to learn more about my story and how a hair transplant procedure can regrow your hair, feel free to email me or contact my patient educator Steve Cook at 305.416.8418 as well at steve@mcgrathmedical.com.

Hello everyone,

Today is October 16, 2014 and I am now three months and two days or 94 days post-op.

Not much has changed since my last update however I have noticed that more ingrown hairs are developing on the top of my head where many of the multiple follicular units were placed. This is a sign that more hairs are starting to wake up and sprout.

My skin is still pink in the transplanted areas and the hairs are getting long but looking patchy.

This is normal for the three-month mark and in the next two months is when the hair will really start coming in and thickening up.

Over the weekend I visited my sister, brother-in-law, and my parents and it wasn’t until we were standing side-by-side in the sun that my dad noticed my pink scalp and new hairs sprouting. I didn’t plan on telling my family until more hair grew in but they figured it out and were really impressed with the suture line and are also looking forward to my final results.

Check back in a month for my next update.

All my best,

-Lance

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