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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: 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


 

 

Third Procedure: 5 month update (150 days post-op)

Hello everyone,

Today is Saturday, June 17, 2017 and I am now 5 months post-op from my FUE scar revision procedure that I had with Dr. Daniel McGrath in Austin, TX.

I got a haircut two weeks ago on June 3 and it was the shortest haircut I’ve had since this procedure.

The barber used a No.4-guard on the back and sides and then trimmed the bottom of the back of my head to a 2-guard, while I had the front and top blended with scissors.

I noticed a slight crease line on the left part of the back of my head but I’m pretty confident that area will eventually fill in. I’m thinking by one year post-op I should be able to cut my hair comfortably down to a 3-guard on the back and sides but we’ll have to wait and see until next January.

I feel like at this point the hairs in the back of my head where the old suture line is are growing in much faster and thicker than the single hair grafts that were placed in my frontal hairline and left temporal peak.

Although most would be concerned that not much is growing at this point, in my experience at 5 months, I’m about 60 percent of the way through so I have plenty more to grow.

Check back next month in July when I reach 6 months post-op.

All my best,
-Lance

 

Third Procedure: 4 month update (120 days post-op)

Hello everyone,

Today is Wednesday, May 17, 2017 and I am now 4 months post-op from my Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) scar revision procedure with Dr. Daniel McGrath in Austin, TX.

As I have talked about in my previous surgeries, the 4-month mark is one of the most exciting parts of a hair transplant because that’s when the grafts start to wake up and sprout. At this point, a few of the 50 single hair grafts in my frontal hairline and a lot of the 265 grafts in my suture line are finally starting to grow.

I haven’t had a haircut since the 3 month mark and I will most likely do a 4-guard around the suture line again as at this point, anything shorter could create a crease line in the back of my head.

I’ve been asked if I would ever do a fade style haircut and I will consider trying it when I get to at least 6 to 7 months post-op so that most of the grafts have grown out and I won’t have any crease line issues.

Check back next month in June when I reach 5 months post-op.

All my best,
-Lance