Raphael84's - Profile page 2-Months-Post-Op
Here I am at 2 months post op. I can say with honesty that it has been a pretty LONG 2 months. But, I'm happy to be this far out. Hopefully, I am at least half way out of the dreaded doldrum/ugly duckling stage, but I am so over wearing a hat every time I leave the house.
Just last week, I shaved down to a number 3 clip. I really wasn't sure if it was the best way to go, as the hair length was finally starting to help conceal my scar. But, I was also starting to look more ridiculous by the day sporting the clown look, with longer hair at the back and sides and nothing on top. I'm glad that I did shave down, as I instantly felt better, but obviously this made the scar more visible again.
I suppose I am exactly where expected at only 2 months out. The slightly negative thought would be that I would have liked to be a bit nearer my pre op situation at this point, but after comparing photos, I am still some way from this. This could be down to having suffered shockloss in this area, perhaps some being permanent. Parts of my scalp are very dry, drier than I have ever known. But surprisingly, not on the recipient area nor the scar. It is more so in the area of scalp in between those two zones. I have been using Nizarol on this area only, and have been using moisturiser occasionally, again only on a small area of scalp that was not touched, to try and help with the dryness. I believe that I am slowly getting it under control. My scar still appears to be quite red, and I still have a few areas of shockloss along the scar, which I am hoping will improve over the next month. Comparing my current situation to the 1 month photos shows that some native hairs have returned on top, more so than these photos display. The recipient area remains similarly red at this stage. I have the odd pimple, one which has arrived in perfect timing with these photographs. Brilliant!
At 2 months out, I have no pain or other complications. I feel that when "settled", the scar will be pencil thin and a complete non issue, which is very pleasing. I think that I am right where I should be and am trying to stay as relaxed, patient and positive about everything. Am hoping the scar, shock loss and native hair steadily improves over the next month, and then hopefully the first signs of new growth wont be too far away
The last photo posted, shows my donor area before shaving down, and I think it shows that the scar was much better concealed with longer hair. You can clearly see the areas that have experienced shock loss along the scar when my hair is shorter.
Any recommendations to help with the red recipient area and/or the redness of the scar would be welcomed. I hear that some use vitamin E oil occasionally on the scar at this stage?