Monday, 29 December 2014

3 Month Update - [After Second Operation]

Seasons greetings, I hope you had a wonderful time however you chose to spend your time during Christmas.  As for me, it's been a great year, new job going well (although it's not so new anymore as I have been there over a year now), our overseas emigration also went well and my wife and children settling in nicely to our more relaxed life style.  I do however have this song annoyingly buzzing around in my head that I heard which somehow reminds me of the first trip to LA (I think it was playing in the Airport in Atlanta during a trip to Texas):

Roam if you want to (by the B52's)      - Is it now in your head too? hehe ;-)

As for my healing, well again it looks different to the last update, however seems to be in-keeping with expectations at this stage.  Please note the following:


0-2 months:  25 - 100% of implanted grafts expected to shed
2-4 months: Scar continues to heal
4-5 months: New hair will sprout in grafted area
12 months:  Should be clear the full extent of success of operation and a judgement may be taken if further grafts or any other treatment might be required
18 months:  Longest expected time for full hair growth to be present

What Actually Happened:

  • Scar has shed 95% of grafted implants (as expected)
  • Scar appears mostly flat, however there are some small lumps near the top - These are not obvious when viewed standing close to me, but can be seen if very closely observed or via close up photos
  • Pigmentation continues to gradually return
  • Impact to my donor area seems minimal as can be seen (or not seen) from the first 4x photos
  • Donor area seems to have completely healed and is no longer sensitive to the touch - There were some small hair bumps at one stage, but the prescribed Erythromycin Topical Solution administered twice per day took care of those in short order
  • Things seem on track at this stage and the scar's appearance is comparable to what it was prior to the second operation

So for now I continue to use Dr. Umar's special Minoxodil solution on my scar/grafted area twice per day and continue to use the Burt's Bees shampoo.  I am able to swim and wear a helmet again, however I will do neither of these until well into the new year just to be safe.  I have just started occasionally laying on back again this week, something I have not done since the operation (as instructed).

See below for this episodes's picture updates:

The first four pictures shows the aesthetic impact and is how most people see my scar under usual daily circumstances.  They also show the size of my scar in relation to the size of my head:

Picture below shows a close up of the scar which is mostly flat.  Also notice how the lumps near the top are not obvious from this angle and proximity:

This photo angle shows the slight lumps near the top of the ridge of the scar - Again note that whilst they present, they are not very noticeable or immediately obvious if you see me in person:

Left and right profile:

And a final couple of close up shots:

Well, that's it for 2014.  I hope that 2015 will be an excellent year for you in all the positive things you wish to do.  Next update in 3 months time (in-keeping with my updates due to Dr. Umar), so I will blog again in the Spring of 2015 (March), 'til then, take care.