Category Archives: First Procedure Progress

These posts cover my 12 month progress from my first FUT/strip procedure with Dr. Matthew Huebner in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Thank you, Dr. Huebner!

Hello everyone,

For this post I just wanted to express my gratitude to Dr. Huebner and his staff for the amazing work they did on my hair transplant.

If you told me before my surgery that my results would look the way they do and I would be this happy about them, I would’ve found it unbelievably believable. After all of the research I did I knew that Dr. Huebner would do such a fantastic job but to experience it firsthand is beyond words.

I can towel dry, cut, and style my new hair any way I want and I don’t have to go to a special barber. Anyone can cut my hair and I can use any styling product I wish.

If you plan to have this surgery with Dr. Huebner be prepared to have a thick, full head of hair. It’s life changing and worth it.

Now that it’s filled out I feel like a tremendous weight has been lifted off my shoulders. The best part of my results is the relief I feel when I look in the mirror and know I don’t have to worry about going bald anymore. I’m no longer self-concious about how much of my forehead shows when I style my hair or have my picture taken from a certain angle. Having a full head of hair is such a liberating feeling.

In the beginning stages of growth at the 3 month mark I was asked if I had anything done to my scalp but since the 7 month mark when it really started coming in, I’ve gotten so many compliments on how my hair looks and people are floored when I tell them I had a hair transplant.

When I look at my old photos from the beginning of my journey, I hardly recognize my old self and I’m glad that’s not me.

To Dr. Huebner, Steve Cook, and the rest of the staff, thank you for restoring not just my hair but also my confidence and self esteem.

It looks like this is the end of my follicular journey.

I hope this blog has served its purpose in educating potential patients about hair transplant surgery and answered any questions you may have. Although I won’t be making any more regular updates, this blog will stay online to serve as a roadmap for your own follicular journey wherever it may take you.

It’s been quite a ride and I’m glad to have shared it with you all.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Huebner’s new practice, check out his website Natural Transplants.com.

All my best,

-Lance

One year update (365 days post-op)

Hello everyone,

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

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 and for the job that Dr. Huebner, Steve Cook, and the rest of the staff did. 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.

Dr. Huebner told me that 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.

Dr. Huebner also told me that if it is something that really bothers me, he can examine it and take that scar out and create a new one from a new strip for a second procedure, or he can implant grafts to fill it in.

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

Note: Not long after my first procedure, Dr. Huebner created his own practice called Natural Transplants.

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

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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)

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 stylability.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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