Mane-Attraction's - Profile page 10-Years-post-op
Where has the time gone? A whole ten years have just flown by since that fateful day on May 7th, 2009 when I plonked myself down in Dr. Rahal's chair and underwent hair transplant surgery. It's crazy to think that I'm a whole decade post-transplant and things are still going strong!
Since my last update, nine years ago, I have paid nary a thought to my hair, as it really is something you begin to take for granted once the results have grown in and thickened. The transplanted hairs are really robust, too. Believe me, even after a decade they won't just fall out at the slightest breeze or touch. I can still swim, shower, run, dry my hair vigorously with a towel, scratch my scalp with long fingernails - you name it - that hair is affixed firmly in my scalp and is NOT coming out. Occasionally, the odd reminder of a transplant does creep back in -- such as getting my head shaved and the donor scar-line becoming slightly visible or residual numbness in my scalp -- but the overall procedure has been well and truly worth it. One of the best decisions I've ever made.
My expectations of where I'd be at this point have also been exceeded. In 2009, Rahal had mentioned that my forelock area would be the next area to thin and disappear. He estimated that my forelock region would only last another five years - which means it should have bitten the dust around 2014. However, I'm very happy to say that my forelock is still alive and kicking in 2019. I was originally using Finesteride and topical Minoxidil daily post-surgery, but after about 5 years, I stopped using the Minoxidil and have only continued using the Finesteride since then (half of a 5mg tablet every 3rd day of the week or so). My forelock area has, perhaps, thinned a little, but not noticeably to the casual eye. I only notice it personally, because my hair doesn't fall exactly the same way as it used to. Aside from that, nobody who I haven't specifically told, has noticed I've had a HT. Even my hairdresser was surprised when I informed her. She said she had noticed the donor scar, but had not linked it to HT surgery. I no longer have any pitting where the transplanted hairs were placed and the scalp redness has long since faded.
Suffice it to say, I'm glad I've been able to stave off another transplant thus far and I think this one will last me another half-decade, at least. There's still no hair cloning available yet, either - so that buys me another five years of waiting time (hey, I can STILL hope, right?)
The two biggest downsides have been:
1) I never really regained full feeling back in my scalp (transplant area). At ten years post-op, I have bout 80% - 85% of the feeling back, but this is really not a huge deal, as I've become accustomed to it and don't really notice it anymore, unless I get a really bad scalp itch (and scratching doesn't satisfy it).
2) My donor scar has always been quite wide and is noticeable if I shave my hair to lower than a 3 gauge with the clippers. I have seen the recent development of scalp micro-pigmentation - getting small follicle-like "dots" tattooed onto the scar tissue to obscure it. This is an approach I might consider taking in the future. But first I'll wait to see if I need another HT before going down that path.
At the end of the day (or should I say "decade"), the results I've received and the staying power of my HT have both really impressed me. When I first got this done, there were basically no people who were 10-years post-op, where we could look at their results and see if a modern HT surgery held-up over time. Well, I'm happy to be one of the test guinea pigs here and make this post for posterity.
Here's to having hair!
Note: The photos below consist of images taken with both long and short hair, to demonstrate how it looks in both styles.
Long Hair: Normal Frontal View Indoors (No flash)
Long Hair: Normal Frontal View in natural light, outdoors (No flash)
Long Hair: Overhead view, indoors (no flash)
Long Hair: Hairline in natural line, outdoors (No flash)
Long Hair: Left temple hairline in natural light, outdoors (no flash)
Long Hair: Right temple hairline in natural light, outdoors (no flash)
Long Hair: Left Profile, indoors (No flash)
Long Hair: Back View, indoors (No flash)
Long Hair: Extreme close-up of Hairline, indoors (No flash)
Short Hair: Overhead, Indoors (No flash, fluorescent lighting)
Short Hair: Left Profile, Indoors (No flash, fluorescent lighting)
Short Hair: Right Profile, Indoors (No flash, fluorescent lighting)
Short Hair: Frontal hairline, Indoors (No flash, fluorescent lighting)
Short Hair: Right temple hairline, Indoors (No flash, fluorescent lighting)
Short Hair: Left temple hairline, Indoors (No flash, fluorescent lighting)
Short Hair: Right temple hair pulled back, Indoors (No flash, fluorescent lighting)
Short Hair: Back view, Indoors. Scar isn't visible. (No flash, fluorescent lighting)
Short Hair: Back donor scar, Indoors (No flash, fluorescent lighting)
Short Hair: Left side donor scar, Indoors (No flash, fluorescent lighting)