mr_predictable

H Rahal, MD

coalition member Elite Coalition Member
Hair transplant patient

mr_predictable

mr_predictable

About

Like many of the fellas in hair transplant land, I started losing my luscious locs at about 19. It was slow and annoying at first, however, it progressively got worse and became more noticeable. That’s when I started searching for “solutions.”
I’ve subjected myself to what can only be called scientific experimentation. I’ve tried laser lights, over-the-counter treatments such as Rogain and, of course, I jumped on the propecia train. Nothing helped my cause unfortunately, and I’m sure I’ve financed more than a few porsches.
In early 2012, I finally had enough. It was time for me to do something about my hairloss. I’d wasted far too many hours in front of the mirror, and honestly I’m tired of looking at before and after pictures of my balding compadres. It can drive a person insane – luckily the online community is nothing short of outstanding.
On July 2, 2013 I received a hair transplant from the wonderful team at the Rahal Hair Transplant Institute.


My Surgical Treatments to Date

One hair transplant to date, performed by Dr. H. Rahal at the Rahal Hair Transplant Institute. My procedure consisted of 3,435 graphs using the FUT transplant method.

3,435 - Graph count
719 - 1 units
1,931 - 2 units
786 - 3 units

My Non Surgical Treatments

I have used a combination of rogain, propecia an proscar. None of which had a noticable impact on my hair.

Bald Class

Bald class 3

Norwood class 3

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

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My Latest journal entries

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mr_predictable
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

8.5 Months Hi Guys, I'm rounding the 8.5 month mark and wanted to share a new pic I had taken recently. Lots of progress from my original hairline. Hair feels great, looks great and honestly I don't often think about it anymore. Overally really happy with my transplant.

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mr_predictable
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

5.5 Months Just passed my five month mark, things starting to look good. 

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mr_predictable
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

4 Months I'm about two days shy of my 4 month post hair transplant anniversary. My original hair has started to grow longer, which is doing a really nice job of masking my hair. The growth on the left side of the transplant and at the front have certainly started to pick up the pace. Comparing with last month... well there really isn't a comparison. I now am starting to see hair where as before I was nothing more than a cue ball with a few prickly hairs. I am quite concerned with the growth on the right side. It couldn't be more different than the left side of my transplant. I have what can only be described as a hole, or bald spot in the transplant area. Nothing seems to be growing, no new hairs appear to be sprouting, and as my hair grows longer the visual effect is compounded.  I keep reminding myself that I am still early in the process and to stay positive. But has anyone else experienced this type of lopsided growth?

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mr_predictable
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

3 Months 3 months, BOOM! Starting to see a little bit of growth, still in the early stages but feeling better about the long-term prospects of my transplant. 

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mr_predictable
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

2.5 Months Hey Everyone, Just passed the 2.5 month range.  I have to say I'm starting to get quite concerned with the lack of growth I'm experiencing. Yes, I have a few hair pocking through here or there but I am not seeing anything near what I would have expected to see at this point. Entire sections of the donor area have show little or no growth whatsoever. I understand that I am still early in the process but comparatively I am behind other patients.  The hair that I had prior to the transplant is also growing in much more thin than it was previously. My hope for this procedure is starting to be replaced by regret. Still hanging in there but this is starting to get worrying. Lastly, the pink colour is not leaving; not sure why but it is still very discoloured.

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mr_predictable
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

2 Months Well I've finally reached the two month mark. It seems like it has been much longer than only two months! My original hair has started to grow in further but I haven't seen much if any growth from the transplanted hairs. Still cautiously optimistic about my future results. One change of note is that I've upped my dosage of Minoxidil increasing from the 2% solution to 5%. Hoping for hair!

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mr_predictable
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

1.5 months Hi Everyone, I've just recently passed the 1.5 month point. Not much has changed since my last update other than my original hair has started to grow in. I am living the ugly duckling phase right now and am nervously waiting  for my hairs to sprout. I wasn't able to snap any shots of my donor area, it's quite difficult to capture from a mobile phone but for the most part things are looking nice and clean. I've experienced some minor shock loss but nothing to write home about. Looking forward to 2 months!

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mr_predictable
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

Density Breakdown I just received the density breakdown from patient care. Not sure exactly what 65% density will translate to in the frontal region. Hoping it's enough!

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mr_predictable
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

1 Month Today is the one month mark since my hair transplant in early July. Not a lot to report since last update. The transplanted hairs have shed in waves over the last few days and my original hair has started to slowly grow in - albeit much thinner than it was pretransplant. The donor area has finally healed entirely and sensation has returned to most of my head with the exception of the area between the donor and recipient site. All in all not a lot has changed. Simply hunkering down for the next two months of growth. I am already sick of wearing a hat! Wish me luck.

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mr_predictable
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

Day 21 Hi Everyone, I've made it to day 21. Honestly not a lot has changed over the last 7 days, however, I felt it was still worth noting my progress.  The recipient area is still quite pink and discolored but is pretty much back to normal in terms of feeling and sensation. The donor area seems to be healing nicely, I have a few large areas of dried blood but very little pain or discomfort. The area between my donor and recipient area that was quite sensitive early last week has started to return to normal. One thing I am questioning at this point is why the transplanted hairs haven't fallen out yet. I thought they would all have shed by this point. Normal?

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mr_predictable
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

Day 14 Hi Everyone, It was day 14 yesterday and I had my stitches removed as well as had my first real shower in over two weeks. All in all things are looking as good as they can for this stage. I've transitioned from looking like Larry from the three stooges to Hunter S. Thompson. The recipient area is quite pink now that the scabs have fallen off. The donor area is healing nicely, I believe, and isn't causing much concern. The area between the recipient area and the donor area is actually the most senstive. Running my fingers softly over the hairs sends a numb pain all the way down the back of my head... so that's really great. I'm hoping this is temporary and not something I'll need to deal with long-term. Anyway, pictures attached, let me know what you think. How does the work look?

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mr_predictable
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

Playing A Dangerous Game But a Fun One I honestly couldn't help myself! What do you get when you mix a graphic designer, a hair transplant and a bunch of free time. Well you get a mockup of your future hair transplant results of course. Thanks to Photoshop and a few pictures from today's leading males celebrities, I've put together my dream results. This is more therapeutic than anything and gives me something to look forward to during the difficult ugly duckling months. I must admit, if I can come anywhere near these results I would be ecstatic but am fully aware that it will likely be much more reserved. Fun right?