Riddick

H Rahal, MD

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Hair transplant patient

Riddick

Riddick

About

Before I started experiencing hair loss, my hair was coarse when dry and curly when wet. This made it hard to manage and I was never able to truly have a hairstyle. In my late teens, I noticed that my hair became less coarse and more straight, allowing me to better style it. Little did I know that this was the beginning of the end - my hair was beginning to thin out! I am fairly certain that this early onset of hair loss can be attributed
to several medications that I started on around the same time, which had
side effects of hair thinning and hair loss.  Within my early 20s my hairline started creeping back. After speaking with my family phyician, I started on Propecia and attempted to hide my receeding hairline by combing it Caeser-style.
Being a full-time university student and unable to pay for the Propecia, I stopped taking it after a year and a half. I was about 23 at this time and felt that I would wait until my finiancial situation got better before I started again. I had also started looking into hair transplants as I felt that this would be the only option if I wanted my hair line back. Fortunately for me, my doctor changed up my prescription, and I was no longer taking the ones with hairloss side-effects. The hairloss started to slow down, as I noticed less hair in the shower and on my comb.

By 25, I had started to notice that my crown was starteing to thin out. It wasn't bad, but it was becoming more noticable. I read about Minoxidil during my research years ago, and since I was not losing hair on my crown, and there is no official claim by Rogaine that it helps the hairline, I had no reason to take it. But now that my crown was in the line of fire, i decided to give it a try. I also went to my family phyiscian and started on Propecia once again, this time determined to stick to it, no matter what the cost, as I wanted to keep my existing hair.

In January of 2013, I started on the Kirkland Signature brand of Minoxidil 5% solution. Along with the Propecia, I noticed that my hair had stopped falling for the most part, and that the existing hair had become more thick. I made a promise to myself that I would get a hair transplant this year and started saving up for it. I  had a consultaion in June and the procedure done on December 11th.


My Surgical Treatments to Date

Type: FUT
Sessions: 1
1 unit grafts: 736
2 unit grafts: 1818
3 unit grafts: 569
4 unit grafts: 21
Total grafts: 3144
Total hairs: 6163
Surgeon: Dr. Rahal

My Non Surgical Treatments

Propecia
Minoxidil 5%

Bald Class

Bald class 3V

Norwood stage 3 Vertex

In terms of the receding hairline, stage 3 vertex balding is a less drastic version of stage 3.
However, people experiencing stage 3 vertex balding will also begin losing hair on the crown of their head. This often starts as one small bald spot.

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My Latest journal entries

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Riddick
Bald class: 3V
Procedure 1

MONTH 2 The last four weeks have been painfully long. Wearing a hat to work since the HT has not been fun. The hair along the scar is noticeably darker than the rest of the head, even though the scar had healed and is only slightly reddish in appearance. It's hard to tell from the attached picture because the lighting is bright. So at week 5, I attempted to trim the back and sides of my head in order to even out the hair. Using a #3, I started trimming, and in my desperate attempt to get the darker outline along the scar to disappear, I managed to get down to a #1. Unfortunately, the line was still visible and the last 5 weeks of growth literally went down the drain. It looks like I'll be wearing the hat for a few more weeks. The recipient area has become increasingly itchy, due to the hairs starting to push through. I've had a few pimples, but they've disappeared fairly quickly. I'm experiencing significant shock loss, mainly in the crown and the area surrounding right side of the donor scar.

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Riddick
Bald class: 3V
Procedure 1

PRE OP Pre-op pictures taken at Dr. Rahal's clinic.

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Riddick
Bald class: 3V
Procedure 1

POST OP Post-op pictures taken at Dr. Rahal's clinic. Sorry, I don't have an overhead shot. It wasn't provided to me. Swelling has caused my forhead to become enlarged, making my hairline appear higher than it would be under normal circumstances.

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Riddick
Bald class: 3V
Procedure 1

WEEK 2 Two weeks after the surgery, I had the sutures removed at the hospital.

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Riddick
Bald class: 3V
Procedure 1

MONTH 1 Four weeks after my procedure, transplanted hairs are shedding as normal. There is still quite a bit of the transplanted hair still attached, along with the growth of my existing hair. There appears to be a noticable level of shock loss of the existing hair near the crown. The difference can be seen from the overhead 2 week and 4 week pictures.  The donor area has healed nicely, although it's still visibly red. I've been told it'll be around for 2-3 months post-op. One issue though is that the scar line can be seen as a darker shade of black, compared to the surrounding area. I'm hoping to grow the hair out a little more, and then have the area trimmed to the same level. Also, when running my finger along the donor scar, I can feel a valley, particularly along the right side.