Q: Were you in any pain immediately after the procedure?
A: Non at all, the areas remained numb for a few days afterwards.
Q: How did you sleep on the first night?
A: Remarkably well. Immediately after the procedure, i had some food, then prepared my bed for the evening. This consisted of wedging myself between 4 pillows with my neck in a travel pillow. This ensured i stayed at 45 degrees as instructed.
Q: When was the bandage removed from the donor area?
A: Lunchtime of day 2.
Q: Did you wear a hat?
A: No. I asked about wearing a special hat and was informed that the no longer recommend this practice. They have seen far better healing and yield results when the scalp has been exposed to air and warmth. There is also a risk of damaging the follicle placement when wearing a hat.
Q: When could you first wash your hair?
A: I first properly washed my hair around week 2, when the scabs had started really shedding and my hair was used to having water run over it. By this point the newly placed grafts are planted.
Q: How noticeable was the transplant?
A: The first week… very! This was due to the fact the donor area was shorter than the rest of my hair, so it did stand out. The donor area was also red which was noticeable with my hair so short. People only commented on the recipient areas when i have pointed it out to them.
By month 1, the donor area is undetectable and the recipient area is barely noticeable either.
Q: What after care procedure were you instructed to follow
A: This is a critical part of the success of the procedure, so the following things were enforced upon me by the watching eye of the patient advocate:
- No alcohol for 7 days
- No cigarettes for 7 days
- No sex for 7 days
- No masturbation for at least 5 days
- Do not bang your head
- Sleep on your back with the head raised for the first 10 days
- Do not sleep on your front
- Do not pick the scabs
- Leave body lotion on the recipient area for 30 mins each day then rinse. Repeat for 10 days
- Take the prescribed pain killers and anti-biotics as instructed
- No laser therapy for 8 days
- No direct sunlight or rain exposure for 7 days
Q: Did you experience any swelling?
A: Non at all. On day 3, i was shown how to perform massages to the forehead and cheeks to minimise the risk of any swelling. I performed these at every opportunity on days 3 and 4 and as a result, suffered no swelling whatsoever.
Q: How soon could you fly home?
A: I stayed in Istanbul for 4 days. I flew in on the Monday night, day 1 was the final consultation and procedure, day 2 was bandage removal, day 3 first wash, day 4 fly home! Click on ‘The Treatment’ for the step by step guide to the tip.
Q: How Many days was it before the scabs started to fall out?
A: Mine started to come off after 5 days and were all gone by day 10.
Q: Have you had any “shock fall out/loss”?
A: This is something I have been concerned about as I had heard that most people shed hair after the surgery. Most importantly/worryingly, I was told that some healthy hair will be shed, but this should re-grow.
At month 1 I can confirm that approximately 60-70% of the transplanted hairs have shed. It’s hard to tell whether the native hairs are shedding or not as I had my hair cut shorter prior to the procedure.
Maybe I am looking slightly thinner at 1 month, but I put this down to the loss of the transplanted hairs making me feel like I have lost native ones. The donor are has experienced no shock loss whatsoever.
Q: How long did your recipient site stay pink/red for?
A: Both the donor and recipient areas remain red after 1 month, but it has subsided dramatically (more pink than red). Due to the hair growth in the donor area, you can no longer see any pinkness. It is visible on the hairline where the transplanted hairs have shed, but only noticeable by me. I predict the pinkness will have disappeared completely by the end of the next month.
Q: How long before you returned to work?
A: I took the following week off work to let my hair grow back over the donor area, so in total, took 2 weeks off work. By the 2 week stage, i could get away with nobody knowing.
Q: How are you caring for your hair throughout the changes?
A: Daily low level laser treatment to help stimulate the newly placed follicles. Unscented body lotion on the recipient area (up until the 1 month mark).
I am also using Alpecin caffeine shampoo to help stimulate the follicles. I cannot specify whether these have helped, but I have certainly had no major loss.
Regular visits to the Hedz International UK style team to cut and style my hair to match the changes that my re-growth is going through.
Q: Is there any scarring from FUE?
A: Yes. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not telling the truth. Any break to the skin leaves some form of scar. However, at the 1 month mark, the FUE dots are already almost invisible to the naked eye!
Immediately following the procedure, small 1mm scabs were apparent where the hairs had been removed. These scabs then shed after a week, leaving small pink dots as happens normally when you accidently cut yourself. These pink dots slowly turn to natural colour over time until they are almost undetectable to the naked eye.
It’s worth noting that your healing characteristics determine whether these dots will perfectly match your skin, turn white, or remain somewhat red, but most go natural skin colour. Let’s not forget, the hairs removed from the head are almost undetectable due to the remaining hair covering it.
I have been informed that some scarring might up to 6 months, but I believe this is the worst case scenario.
Q: What are peoples reactions to your new hair?
A: All positive! Some are intrigued about progress and often check for updated pictures on here. Others want the work done themselves and some can’t believe the improvement, even though i wasn’t overly balding.