TheUntouchables

H Rahal, MD

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Hair transplant patient

TheUntouchables

TheUntouchables

About

Hey there! My name theuntouchables, is due to the fact that I've just gotten out of hairtransplant with amazing dr Rahal, and my plan is that when my new hair grows out to wear 1920s slick back hair like they do in my favorite movie The Untouchables. So that's why I chose that name ;)

My story: 
So,
after years of sadness over the eternal fight with my hair to cover up my enourmous temples, I finally was lucky to find Dr. Rahal in Ottawa, and I went through surgery yesterday! I had done years of research online to find the best hair transplant surgent and as there's many out there it's kind of a jungle to find the right one, but I was lucky to find Dr. Rahal. With no bad reviews at all, and pictures of the most amazing results, he seemed like the absolute best so I went along and made the phonecall to his clinic, and before I knew it I had booked the date of the surgery and was planning on my way over to Ottawa, to do what I had been thinking of doing since I was in high-school. Get my temples covered by getting a hair-transplantation. And here I am in Ottawa, and I've just had my HT and it's freaking GREAT!
 
The surgery: I was really nervous before the surgery and I'm a bit of a whiner when it comes to needles and blood etc. so oh yes, was I nervous! But the worst part of the surgery was actually when they anaesthetized me, so basically just the needle-thing! But still even this was okay, and after that I kinda dozed off during the surgery which took all day. When they slice of the strip, it sounds like they cut in thick paper which was kinda funny :D

I came all the way from Scandinavia to do the procedure so I had not had a consultation before I got here,  so everything happened yesterday like the drawing of the new hairline etc. I got in at 6.30, and had a good breakfast before I went. Then we went over paperwork etc. and the surgery itself started at about 9 a clock. The surgery was finished at 4.30, where I was then given the post op details one more time. 
Pain: it feels extremely tight in the back of my head, but I was expecting worse pain. I did not gamble and I have taken the painkillers for severe pain (you get a box with painkillers for severe pain and one for mild pain), as I do not want to risk suddenly feeling like I had my head cut open, which is basically exactly what I just did lol. So the painkillers REALLY help. I seriously slept in my reclining chair at the 45 degree angle for almost 12 hours! Which is really rare, so I must have reacted very well to the painkillers plus my head has been taken well care of at Rahals clinic. 
I went to have the recipent area cleaned today by a sweet nurse. Seriously everybody is so sweet at Rahals clinic. Very curteous and smiing. I really like that, as I myself am quite shy and can feel a bit socially awquard sometimes, but at Rahals clinic the staff is so nice that I actually do not feel like the big elephant in the room as I do quite often back home. Rahal himself also came in to check how things were and look at the grafts post surgery and that was a really nice feeling to be that welcomed and well taken care off and that there's such good care after ones surgery. Made me feel very safe and happy. Also this is one of the things I read on the forums online about Dr. Rahal. That he does extreme good after-care, and that meant alot to me as well as this was a huge decision for me so I needed to be sure that I would be well taken careoff also after the surgery. 
The hairtransplant:
All I can say is: WOW!!! It looks freaking GREAT! I can't say how happy I am about the result. I mean I just had it done yesterday but you can see the new place and I can just SEE it happening when it starts to grow out and since I'm going for the 20s slick back hair the hairline needs to be in place. I had my temples done and they were baaaad. I had what I think is called a widows peak but it went way back on my head and my temples only got worse. 

Feeling tired now and a little tight in the back now so I'm going to go to sleep in the reclining chair now. I have to wait 2 hours before I can take the painkillers again. so will sleep for those hours. 

Will keep you postet with pictures too. I'm at the Brookline guesthouse now, which is like 5 minute walk from the clinic. So convenient, and as I said they clean you everyday at Rahals clinic and check on you etc. Very good service that they really do alot of post-op care. I can't say how happy I am about it all. I'm just HAPPY! This is awesome! Can't wait for it to start growing. It's going to be a complete life change for me!  
off to sleep now. 

So, sleeping helped on the sudden arise of pain and I'm good again. The swelling has begun now and I kinda look like a blown op glove or something. But the hairtransplantation still looks freaking awesome. Can't believe it! :D the swelling I've been told is going to last some days, and I'm going to take one pill every night for the swelling that you get at the clinic with the other medications for post surgery, like anti-biotics, painkillers etc. 

will continue my writings in my blog, plus will also make a blog on the hairrestorationnetwork.com which I just found. I'm going to post photos etc. from hereoff and untill I'm enjoying the new regrown hair, which I'm seriously looking forward to as was I a kid going to Disneyland with Walt Disney himself or something (yes that was actually a big childhood dream of mine :D)


My Surgical Treatments to Date

1 Hair Transplant at Dr. Rahal in Ottawa. on October 9th 2013. Just yesterday.  3700 grafts. 

My Non Surgical Treatments

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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TheUntouchables
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

Old hairline vs. new hairline : Thanks David, I am thrilled :) you can all check out my old hairline I had before here at this pic. I’ve had sooo much hair put on and this picture really shows what I came from. Those were the days where wind were really my enemy and I’d be angry and frustrated all windy days. It meant so much and had so much power over my mood that old hair. I’m SO glad of the new hairline. I feel like a new and free person. Like I am now what I should have always been, or something. What a relief the HT.

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TheUntouchables
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

6 month after operation So now I hit the 6 month mark. And it has got more density since the 5 month mark. Yay! As you might see in the right side, theres an area that doesn't seem to grow just as fast as the left side.  It however still looks super nice and I am really really happy about it. Perhaps it will grow out during the next 6 months. The 6 month mark does say 45-50%. So if 55-50% more will come i'm thrilled! I can't tell you how big a difference this has made. My hair lokks so thick and full now and i'm thinking with happiness of it every single day. I know I say this alot, but this is how much this has meant, and how big a difference this has made for me. Totally worth everything and I would do it again.

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TheUntouchables
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

New haircut 5 months after surgery Hey again I just put some pictures of my the hair-cut too, and it's without product, as I still do not use product as I'll wait with that till it is fully grown, but since the temples now have hair, it doesn't even matter about product (before I was a slave to product and the wind was my enemy) and I do not have to fear the wind anymore. I'm really happy about it and even now with the 5 months growth I already feel the life change that I had wished for, for so many years.

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TheUntouchables
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

5 months after operation Hey guys and thanks alot for your comments. I really appreciate hearing your opinion on this hair growth. So, it's time for the montly update. Today I hit the 5 month mark, and here are the photos. I got a new haircut that I wouldn't have been able to have since high school, and that is all due to the new hair. It's still a bit thinner in the right side, but I'm hoping that it will even out when the 12 month mark is hit, and as it is now, it's already life-changing for me, due to the fact that I now have had that new haircut which I'd never been able to get without the HT. The hairline is getting more and more full and natural looking also. Scar is almost invisible. Looking forward to next month. Loving it!

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TheUntouchables
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

4 months after surgery Hey again, so now I hit the 4 month mark! And as you can see, it's growing and has grown since last month too. in fact it is starting to get long now, and I've actually warn it uncovered. It looks like my new natural hairline now. How brilliant is that. Can't wait for the density to get higher. It's all a very exiting period now I think, and I'm almost starting to forget my old high temple hairline, and adapting to this new one! It still feels completely crazy nice though, and I will never ever complain about having a bad hairday when this has grown out full. Never again. I'm in Rome now, and most men here have a full heads of hair that they've grown out long, which I really like. They really appreciate having hair and use it to the full, not cutting a good set of full hair down to 3 mms as I see in my country. great and inspiring to walk amongs all those full hair headed men here and feel that soon I'm there too. Thanks for reading guys. Will post again every month!

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TheUntouchables
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

Default preop photos Rahal hey again, the hair is really popping out now. I'm going to make a photo update every month now, as it's really starting to grow. These photos are the pre-op photos I had taken. This shows what a large area I actually had covered with new hair, and also how high my temples actually were. Check it out. They'll show how much hair has actually grown out already after those 3 months. I'm very very exited about this. I hadn't thought that it would happen so fast. 3 months to this from surgery is nothing. Will make a new photo update on the 9th of Feb, which is soon. This way I give an update precicely a certain amount of months after surgery. (surgey was 9th of October)

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TheUntouchables
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

3 months post surgery at Rahals ey guys. So today is precicely 3 months since I had the HT done at Rahals in Ottawa. Aaaand finally the transplanted hair is starting to slowly show itself!  The past months has been obviously with the ht-hair falling out etc, and the "bald" period, plus nerves in my donor area growing back etc. I did have some pain in the donor area when I "hit" it, or touched it roughly, but that pain is actually fully gone now and I do not have a numb feeling in the donor area nor any painful feel. In fact it now feels like it did before and I have all feeling back and do not feel any difference than to before, which is great. So this too, has gone very well.  The scar, I've been giving e-vitamin cream every night, and it seems to be starting to help on it. It's now just a red line, and quite nice looking after only 3 months. I'm going to keep adding the e-vitamin on it every night. I'm thinking that it'll help the redness eventually go away. The scar itself is a thin line actually, it's only the red colour that "shows" it, but it's no way possible to see and even now I feel like I could actually have relatively short hair. Only the really close down cuts, would show the scar as it is now, because of its red colour, and hey, who wants that haircut anyways. I went to Rahal to be able to finally get the thick hair-do that I've always wanted, without being nervous of how windy the weather was outside etc. which has been my story for now, plus always getting the "hide the temples"-haircut. So you can imagine how it feels when I see actual hair starting to pop out in the hairtransplanted area now! I mean, that's what it's suppose to do, but really, it's like you dont believe it untill it actually happens. You wonder if you'll be that 1 out of a million whom it does not work for or something. So I tell you, it's quite the experience when you suddenly start seeing REAL HAIR growing in your former naked temple area!  The new growing of the hair, which I were told would beging after 3 months, It's like it went really fast as soon as I hit the 11 week mark! And today, 3 months after, I really see the new hair out. and if I'm standing in a darker room, I can almost see the new hairline being my actual new hairline. So this is really really something.  I'm really surpriced of how fast the new hairs have started to grow! Like it happened suddenly and fast. I've posted pictures, of the process so far.  I'm so exited of what it's going to look like in 2 more months.  But this is it. It's starting to grow out now. What I've been waiting on since the surgery. Well, since high school really. It's happening now. 

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TheUntouchables
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

More pictures in daylight 3 months post surgery hey there, here are some "better" pictures as they're taken in daylight. Hope they give a better view.  I only used rogaine 5% for about 4-5 days as it gave me soares and bumps that freaked me out, so I stopped using it as I was afraid to somehow hurt or damage the hairtransplant.  I will post pre op pictures soon! 

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TheUntouchables
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

7 days post surgery So, I went in for my daily cleaning at Rahals and had the spray cleaning of my hair with babyshampoo and water, and then the adding of E-vitamin oil to the reciepient area ( the area with the transplanted hair) and a special creme for the donor wound.  My girlfriend does it for me every night and the clinic every morning, and the wound looks really good already. The receipeint area too.  There's a new guy in the guesthouse now, and he had had hairtransplant before that did not go very well, and yesterday when he say my area he was like, is that post 6 days and looking that good already?? he was like out of his mind he couldn't believe it and he got super happy to see it as he was having surgery the next day. And I was really happy to hear that too. Sooooo everything is going superb-ly and I'm waiting for this new planted hair to fall out and for the new hair to start growing! yayayayayay! Untill then I'll be wearing my black hat from the clinic. When I get back home (I fly home friday) I will buy a cap to wear.

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TheUntouchables
Bald class: 3
Procedure 1

5th day post surgery So today is monday and I had the surgery done wednesday. Swelling has really taken off now, and pain is at a minimum. It still feels tight in the back, but I haven't taken painkillers for 2 days now actually!  And my girlfriend who cleans me and cleans my wound in the back everyday says that the wound in the back looks really nice now, whereas it looked like something out of a horror movie when she first saw it and cleaned it etc. The wound gets a special creme twice a day, and that cream sure does wonders it seems. it's a creme for healing wounds etc.  Dr. Rahal really takes care and takes no risks with the grafts post the surgery, and one is not allowed to even touch the area before 2 weeks has passed, which is really good I think. I have long hair, so my hair looks really greasy from the e-vitamin oil that has to come in twice a day for the first week plus the babyoil that my hair is washed with. You get 2 spraybottles from Rahals clinic and a tearless baby shampoo. So the cleaning of the recipient area is only via spray first with the babyshampoo mixed with water spray bottle, and then cleaned off with spraying water from the spray bottle with water, afterwards. The washing of the area plus the doner wound, is done twice a day, and since my girlfriend is doing it for me I make sure to be absolutely hysterical about her not pulling one straw of my long hair too hard or anything as I was told to be cautious about that at the clinic, like if one hair sticks to the recepient area or something, as the recepient area is treated with the e-vitamin oil etc. which is sticky and can cause straws of my normal hair to stick to it and then in worst case pull out a graft if you pull the hair stuck at the recipient area. And I'm like neurotical carefull, and doing exactly as told. I'm not taking any chances with this.  But yes, the swelling has gone down, almost completely gone, and I had some days looking like I was sent outside the capsule in a sci fi movie and my head had started to blow up. Like in Total Recall.  But now the swelling has gone down to almost gone, so it was only about 3 days of swelling and now I'm back! The transplanted area still looks great and I can see it getting better, and even the transplanted hair growing now. But they will fall out in about 2 weeks or something of what I heard, and then start growing from the beginning. Will be sooo exiting. Shane from Rahals clinic, who drove me home after the surgery has the most awesome hairline already and he had his transplant done at Rahal only 5 months ago! So it seems it's going to be goood. Brookline guesthouse is great to stay in and the reclining chair is big. Having a bit trouble sleeping these last days, mainly because I haven't done anything but stay home and do nothing. As told before I'm not taking any chances with this, and the advices on Rahals clinic is to not go out for long walks etc before on the 4th day post surgery. Untill that stay inside and best to just stay in the recliner. But maaaan has that been hard. I've been singing loudly alot, and I'm not a good singer. Plus watching the movies I brought from home. Today and yesterday I could go out, which was really nice. It's beautiful here, but yesterday was quite hot actually. 21 degrees celsius and I did sweat a little which is also adviced to be cautious with at the clinic. No sweating training etc. You get a hat from the clinic that you can wear when you go out. I might try talking a good walk again today. Weather looks beautiful and sunny. Oh and the headnurse Mike lives 3 minutes away from here and he's been really really cool to respond to my questions about this and that etc. He's super cool and caring and available 24/7 for us which I've been really happy about, as now is thanksgiving, so the clinic is closed, but then I could just call Mike with questions when I had some. And most of us seem to have questions like, is the swelling normal, is the colour normal, I forgot to take my antibiotic pill at the exact time is that a problem, etc etc. Mike is there!  So will go up now and prepare for having the donor area wound and the recipient area plus my hair spray-washed now.  Write later.