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Dr. Jean Devroye

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Hair transplant patient

LondonTraveller

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Bald Class

Bald class 3

Norwood class 3

The earliest stage of male hair loss. It is characterized by a deepening temporal recession.

don't like to see too much frontal hairless scalp in the mirror- I am so vain !

Finasteride 1.25mg per day (quartered Proscar pills)

So far so good!!See my post on 1/25/08 in the "Hair transplants experiences" section of the main forum.

1. Finasteride with or without Minoxidil2. HT if situation becomes unmanageable, but only once hairloss pattern is clearly identified/stabilized (possibly not before age 30, but each case should be examined on its own merit)

Too early to say...

.Young men should try finasteride (Propecia) first- No HT until hair loss pattern is established/stabilized.Carefully research your surgeon.Think medium/long term and have a strategy.Be realistic in terms of expectations.Complement HT with medical treatment (finast/minox) when appropriate

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LondonTraveller
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

Update9 months post op compared with preop and immediate postop

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LondonTraveller
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

Update9 months post op Hi thereIt is time for an update at 9 months- I have seen some maturation of the transplanted hairs and I expect there will be more thickening in the coming months.Globally, very satisfied- As usual, the pics are not top notch but it is the mirror that counts, and there I can see the difference!!I am also happy with donor area- no pics though (very hard to take) That's it for now...   

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LondonTraveller
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

Update at 6 months post op hiHere are a few pics, six months after my hair transplant.There has definitely been some growth and thickening in the past 3 months-At 6 months I could well be at 50-60% of the final result-  Let 's hope there is more to come-As usual I will keep you posted!

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LondonTraveller
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

Update 3 months post op hiA quick update at 3 months when hair is supposed to come out of the "resting phase" after being shed because of the trauma of surgery (anagen effluvium)Of course it is very early days, and we all know it is best to avoid the temptation to look in the mirror too often, but from what I can see there has been some very early growth. Hair is very fine as expected and hopefully will thicken in the coming months, plus all grafts have not started to grow. As the hair transplant doctors indicate, the grafts when harvested are at different stages of their cycle. This explains why they do not all start to grow at the same time.So for the time being, fingers crossed and without obsessing about it let us hope for more growth....PS sorry again for the pic quality but my camera is not top notch...

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LondonTraveller
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

Update8 weeks post op HiThis quick update to say that I now very much look like I did pre op, as expected.Sorry again for the pic quality- i dont have the highest quality camera.All grafts have shed- To give me some comfort, I try to remind myself that the germinal cells are well there, buried deep in the skin...Patience is again the main virtue at this stage. Growth should start at month 4-5 hopefully.On the donor side, I tried yesterday to locate the scar in the mirror, unsuccesfully.I am still using Rogaine Foam each night to attempt to "kickstart" growth. I know this is a controversial measure ( some like Dr Rassman deem it ineffective), but this is the recommendation of my doctor, and I have always tried to follow his recommendations, preop and post op.As he told me, in this type of procedure , it is the whole that counts - the sum of all aspects of the process : pre operative, peri operative and post operative as practised at a specific clinic. The advice here for prospective HT patients is to always follow their surgeon's advice- which tends to vary slightly from one doctor to another.People say the Rogaine foam is an improvement on the liquid, but I have to say it still leaves a sticky residue in the hair, which is quite unpleasant and adds to the lack of volume at the front. But I use it at night only and wash it off in the morning shower.I will resume my martial arts on Sunday, very gently : to avoid stretching the scar and to avoid damage to the recipient area, even if I know that by now the "grafts" are secure in the scalp. But I want to avoid anything that could impair the growth.Bye for now..

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LondonTraveller
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

A better pic at 5 weeks post op Sorry for the somewhat blurred quality, but my camera is crap...I did not have any itching in recipient or donor zone and I now look very much like I did pre op, as expected.I am using Minoxidil foam 5% at night (on the grafts only) and still finasteride 1.25mg/day of course.This is the hardest part now : wait, wait...Actually, as Dr devroye mentions on his website, growth seems to happen quicker in people who "forget" about their hair transplant and get on with their lives... Therefore, I try to avoid looking in the mirror as much as I can.I am still putting my martial arts training on hold because of the risk of scar stretching and also damage to the delicate grafts (as per Dr Devroye's recommendation).Next update in a month I guess. I am happy to spend some time on this blog since after all I would not have obtained my surgeon's details without this site so it is a way of saying thank you.Bye for now

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LondonTraveller
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

Update3 weeks post op The grafts started to fall 10 days ago as expected... It is not shock loss. The stem cells are still deep in the skin, ready to produce hair hopefully.The scar at the back does not bother me any more- Sutures were taken 15 days post op.Normal shampooing resumed 15 days post opI have started to use Minoxidil foam 5% every day- I understand it is an improvement on classical solution but it still leaves a residue on the head and I dont like it.... I guess I will keep using it for 3 months- for the sole purpose of kickstarting graft growth.Unfortunately, no heavy exercise is allowed for a few more weeks (scar at the back)Patience is now the greatest virtue.I will update with pics when I can, but frankly there is not much to see.... The receiving area is now as it was pre op- no redness- no scabs.It will be more interesting to post pictures every month starting at 1 month post op to follow the growth...

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LondonTraveller
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

Post op1month A picture 1 month post op : I would say 70% of transplanted grafts have shed as expected.This I would consider the baseline picture to monitor growth which should start at around month 2-3 albeit with very fine hair initially not visible on pictures on this blog.

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LondonTraveller
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

A few pictures... More pics to come as I take them every 15 days.

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LondonTraveller
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

One day post op The purpose of this additional pic taken the day after the procedure is to show that it is entirely possible to hide the surgery the following day by using the existing hair. I had taken care to let the frontal area grow in the preceding 4 weeks.(It is also necessary to let the hair at the back grow to 1.5 inch minimum so that the suture area is entirely covered). So you have to plan your trips to the hairdresser very precisely...I will be even happier when the stuff starts to grow and patience is not my strongest asset.I have read somewhere that you should actually remove all mirrors at home to avoid looking too often!!

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LondonTraveller
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

Update on the chosen strategy I need to specify that in my case the decision has been made, for various reasons, not to penetrate into the existing central frontal zone where density is normal at present.I have been well made aware that this zone may thin out in the future and that a second procedure may prove necessary.

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LondonTraveller
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

Post op periodcontinued It seems I have avoided any swelling of the forehead (touch wood).  Considering the number of implanted grafts, this was not very likely but you never know.  Medication plus ice packs kept any swelling at bay.