Category Archives: Second Procedure Recovery

These posts cover my 12 days of recovery from my second FUT/strip procedure with Dr. Matthew Huebner on 11/11/2015 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Second procedure: Day 12 post-op

Hello everyone,

Today is Monday, November 23, 2015 and I am now 12 days post-op from my procedure on November 11 with Dr. Matthew Huebner of Natural Transplants in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

I had my sutures removed by my primary care physician this morning and I feel a million times better now that they’re gone. The suture line will continue healing over the next year so for the next month I will refrain from lifting weights or any intense exercise that tenses my neck so that the suture line will properly heal this time around.

For those who have had a procedure and will have their sutures removed, here is a video of Dr. Brett Bolton explaining how to remove the sutures at the 10-day mark if it’s your first procedure or at the 12-day mark if you’ve had two or more procedures.

As I’ve mentioned a few times before, the right-middle portion of my first suture line did not heal well because I rushed back to lifting weights a little too early and my scar stretched.

Even though my post-op instructions said I can lift weights two weeks after my sutures are removed, ideally you don’t want to lift weights again until a month after your procedure

After you remove the sutures, the suture line is still healing and exercises like the bench press, squat, deadlift, and overhead press tense the neck and can stretch the scar.

One resource I recommend talking to about resuming working out after a hair transplant procedure is my friend Steve Cook who is the patient educator at Dr. Dan McGrath’s practice in Austin, Texas. Steve worked with Dr.s Bolton and Huebner for about four years, was a champion body builder earlier in his career, and has had numerous hair transplant surgeries so he has a wealth of knowledge about the recovery, growth, and the actual procedure. You can contact him at steve@mcgrathmedical.com.

Now comes the hard part: all of the waiting you have to do before you see any sort of progress.

Thank you for following my recovery and I will share my next update at the 1 month post-op mark on December 11.

All my best,

-Lance

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Second procedure: Day 11 post-op

Hello everyone,

Today is Sunday, November 22, 2015 and I am now 11 days post-op from my hair transplant procedure on November 11 with Dr. Matthew Huebner of Natural Transplants in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

I don’t have much to say in this post other than tomorrow morning I finally get the sutures removed as they are slowly driving me crazy.

When you have your first procedure the sutures stay in 10 days after your surgery and if you have two or more procedures, the sutures must stay in for 12 days. This is because when you have multiple procedures the scalp has less elasticity and needs more time to properly heal.

All of the crusts are gone and as I mentioned yesterday if you have stubborn grafts, don’t pick and pull them out. Even though the hair will still grow, save yourself the blood and hassle by not doing that.

Check back tomorrow for my Day 12 update where I finally get my sutures removed.

All my best,

-Lance

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Second procedure: Day 10 post-op

Hello everyone,

Today is Saturday, November 21, 2015 and I am now 10 days post-op from my hair transplant procedure on November 11 with Dr. Matthew Huebner of Natural Transplants in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Earlier this evening I picked the last crust that was hanging on and after I pulled it out a lot of blood came out with it. I thought that I permanently lost that graft but Dr. Huebner reassured me that the cells from the follicle’s bulb are firmly in place so hair will still grow out of that one spot. Word to wise, don’t pick your grafts!

Last time at the 10 days post-op mark I had my sutures removed but when you have two or more procedures, you must wait at least 12 days post-op to have the sutures removed.

I remember saying to myself last time I did this at the 10 day mark I don’t think I would’ve been able to do two more days of this but here I am a year later and I need to have them in for two more days.

All of the crusts are gone now and I joke that without the crusts and my natural hair super long, this is what I would have ended up looking like had I not done anything about my hair loss.

Check back tomorrow at the 11 day mark.

All my best,

-Lance

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Second procedure: Day 9 post-op

Hello everyone,

Today is Friday, November 20, 2015 and I am now 9 days post-op from my procedure on November 11 with Dr. Matthew Huebner of Natural Transplants in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Almost all of the crusts are off minus the remnants of that blotch on the left side of my scalp and a few multiple follicular units in the very back but they will be off by tomorrow.

I am now three days away from removing my sutures and then I’ll be out of the woods.

Check back tomorrow for Day 10-postop.

All my best,

-Lance

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Second procedure: Day 8 post-op

Hello everyone,

Today is Thursday, November 19, 2015 and I am now 8 days post-op from my hair transplant procedure on November 11 with Dr. Matthew Huebner of Natural Transplants in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

A lot of the crusts are finally coming off and I don’t have to put much pressure on my scalp for them to slough off. I figure the larger grafts in the back and that big blotch will be the last thing to go before my sutures come out next Monday.

It’s strange when you think about it that you move a ton of hair from one part of your head to another only to have everything that was moved fall off like nothing ever happened.

Check back tomorrow for my Day 9 post-op update.

All my best,

-Lance

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Second procedure: Day 7 post-op

Hello everyone,

Today is Wednesday, November 18, 2015 and I am now 7 days post-op from my hair transplant procedure that I had on November 11 with Dr. Matthew Huebner of Natural Transplants in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

It’s hard to believe that I am now one week post-op from my procedure. The day of my procedure came and went and now one week has passed.

More of the crusts are starting to flake off and my natural hair as well as the grafts from my first procedure are starting to grow, showing what my scalp looks like.

I recently watched my one week post-op video from my first procedure and two days after that video all of the crusts fell off in the shower, so I imagine they will probably come off this weekend before my sutures come out.

Next Monday my sutures will be taken out by my primary care physician and there will be a few crusts where the sutures were as well so after those wash off, I will get a hair cut to blend everything together.

Check back tomorrow for my 9 days post-op update.

All my best,

-Lance

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Second procedure: Day 6 post-op

Hello everyone,

Today is Tuesday, November 17, 2015 and I am now 6 days post-op from my hair transplant procedure on November 11 with Dr. Matthew Huebner of Natural Transplants in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The grafts in my frontal hairline are becoming crustier and are flaking off like I have dandruff and are healing well. Later this week I will put more pressure on them when I shower and I imagine by Friday or Saturday they will almost all be gone.

The swelling in my face is gone and the sutures in the back of my head are still itchy but the tightness comes and goes.

The recovery process entails several stages like the swelling and tightness, the grafts, and the sutures but I know that once Day 12 comes and the sutures are removed, it will all be worth it.

Check back for tomorrow’s post at 7 days post-op.

All my best,

-Lance

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