It has been a long couple of days. After receiving my transplant on July 2, 2013, I have basically locked myself up in my hotel room waiting for the swelling to subside.
Let me share what I've experienced thus far.
To shave or not to shave
Unfortunately I was required to shave my head. In my consultation it was discussed that I wouldn't need to shave the recipient area so this certainly came as a major surprise, one I wasn't and am still not completely happy with. I know it is all in the name of a great head of hair and more natural result but it did throw a monkey wrench into my plans for masking the transplant and has increased my anxiety about shock loss.
Initially I was scheduled for 2,500 graphs but ended up receiving 3,400, which is a lot for a 27 year old. This was my doing as I expressed to Dr. Rahal that density was important to me as I like to grow my hair long and part it, therefore, our strategy became creating a hairline that was mature yet full and thick.
My experience thus far
Sleeping has been very difficult for me, I naturally sleep on my stomach so propping myself up in a reclining chair has been somewhat of a challenge. As I'm sure every person who receives a hair transplant experiences, I have been spending a tremendous amount of time infront of the mirror analyzing my transplant, what I potentially would have changed and planning for the future.
I can say that the team at the institute have been amazing. Having a professional clean the donor and recipient area is an absolute god-send. For someone like me, who showers every day without exception, it has been difficult to not jump into the shower, and lather up my hair... all in good time I suppose.
I've included a few before and after pics. Please leave comments, I'm interested in hearing what people think of the overall design.