RJS-aka-Pompadore-2009's - Profile page Three-weeks

Posted :3/11/2008

It's been three weeks since my hair transplant surgery and new grafted hairs are going fast. As of two days ago, the loss was very gradual. I was actually starting to think that I might be one of those who doesn't shed many of the new hairs... then came yesterday and the loss increased rapidly. If you are wondering how you can determine if you are shedding your grafted hairs, here's a trick I learned. Take a white T shirt, lean over a little, and rub the shirt on your head. When I did that on Monday it was covered with little hairs. Each time I did it, more and more hairs came out. As of today, I would say I have shed about 75% of the hairs and they are still coming out steadily.
A few notes on my scar: The side of the scar (near my ears) has been more tender than the back from the very beginning. I don't know if this is normal or not, but it has been the case with both sides. I noticed a red raised/slightly swollen area on the left side, which was a little sore. Two days ago I also noticed that there was something kind of crusty on the back. I don't know if puss came out and dried, or what it was. Aside from that, the scar seems to be healing nicely. The itching has pretty much stopped and the hair is growing in where they shaved it. Fortunately, there doesn't seem to be any gap around the scar.
Pain: I've had some people e-mail me asking if the procedure was painful. For me, the only painful part was when they injected the anestesia - it wasn't horrible, but you could definitely feel it. I also got a migrane headache during the procedure (which is not uncommon for me) that made me sick to my stomach. I was having to hold back throwing up for about 1/2 of the day. This made the procedure itself very long, but there was no pain other than my headache. After the surgery, I didn't have any pain or swelling. Sleeping elevated for the first few nights was a little tricky, but I didn't have any pain. For me, the worst part by far was having the stitches removed, as I mentioned in a previous entry. I don't know if it was a scab or what, but something had formed over the stitches and the nurse had to scrape it off. It was already tender, and the thought of having her scrape whatever it was off, was pretty bad.
Well, I think from now until about month 2.5 or 3, there won't be much to say.