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Day of surgery:

I was a little jittery the morning of my op as it was my first time and I had no idea what to expect. The staff at MHR were top class and assured me I had nothing to worry about…they were right! Once the anesthetic kicked in I literally felt zero pain or discomfort. Even though I was aware my scalp was being poked with a sharp instrument it was like receiving a head massage for 5-6 hours. Quite pleasant. That evening, I was anticipating excruciating pain to replace the effects of the anesthesia but to my surprise I felt very little discomfort. I popped a couple pain killers as a precautionary measure and had a good nights rest.

Day 1:

Woke up feeling refreshed. There’s a slight itchiness where the grafts and sutures are, so I can only assume the healing process has begun which is a positive sign. Feel absolutely no pain whatsoever which is a relief, hoping it remains this way.

Day 2:

Had another good nights sleep even though I’m required to sleep upright to prevent swelling. The itchiness has increased so I’m counting down the hours before I can wash my hair tomorrow.

Day 3:

FINALLY allowed to wash my hair for the first time since the surgery. Got some relief from the itchiness which was needed. I noticed when washing my head that the areas which were operated on are still fairly numb. This is probably why I haven’t needed the pain killers. Wonder how long the anesthetic lasts for? I was a little paranoid I would disrupt the grafts when washing my hair but was happy to see they’re all still intact. With clean hair I was able to have a much clearer picture of what my new hairline will look like. Couldn’t be happier!

Day 4:

Washed my hair this morning. Still being very delicate when applying the vitamin E oil. The graft area seems so fragile! The itchiness is quite persistent, looking forward to that subsiding.

Day 5:

I got Dr Larry’s permission to play golf today. Was a scorcher of a day so there was quite a bit of sweating underneath my hat which made the itchiness a little intense. I raced home afterwards to wash my hair. Last thing I want is any kind of infection. I have know doubt that for the best results you need to religiously follow the post op instructions that MHR provide you with.

Day 6:

First day back at work since my surgery. I had told my coworkers what I was getting done so I was a little anxious to see their reaction. They were all blown away by how much better my hairline looked, and this is only the 6th day! This surgery is a long process and you’ll only see the true results 6 months to a year down the line. Potential candidates for this surgery need to be aware of that.

Day 7:

I woke up this morning with a slight pain around the donor area. Maybe I slept awkwardly? Popped a couple of the prescribed pain killers and within a few minutes the pain was gone. By evening time there was no soreness whatsoever.

Day 8:

I was told by Dr Larry that at this stage I shouldn’t have as many scabs as I did. I have been extra cautious when washing my hair, and when applying the vitamin E oil. He reassured me that the grafts had set and I shouldn’t be afraid to really give my head a good massage which would loosen the scabs. After golf, I washed my hair thoroughly and spent a good few minutes massaging the Vitamin E oil into the graft area. Just as Larry predicted, most of the scabs came loose.

1 month:

Received a few remarks lately such as “something’s different about you, can’t pinpoint what it is”, “nice haircut”, (even though I didn’t have one). The surgery goes almost undetected by people who see you regularly and they will notice an obvious improvement in your appearance, but they’ll never guess you’ve had a hair restoration procedure specifically.

3 months:

I’ve noticed a slight thinning of my hairline which as far as I know is completely normal. Some of the donor hairs have fallen out but I can see the new cells beginning to sprout. I know it’s just a waiting game and I’m excited to see the final result.

5 months:

I’ve seen a big improvement in the overall growth of my hairline within the past month or so. It looks fuller and 100% natural. While comparing pictures from before the surgery until now, it’s almost unbelievable how successful this procedure has been. I’m able to wear my hair in styles today that I wouldn’t have dreamt of doing a few short months ago.

By |October 14th, 2014|Patient Diary|Comments Off on Hair Transplant Patient Diary

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At Medical Hair Restoration, our team of highly specialised doctors has considerable expertise in the field of helping people through medical hair restoration. As the only clinic in South Africa that treats hair loss exclusively, we’re able to focus on the most successful methods of combating balding and shedding. In order to stay at the forefront of our speciality, we keep up to date with the latest international techniques. With visits to overseas congresses, and participation in local conferences, our physicians constantly strive to bring you the most effective treatments.