Having received 3 vastly different estimates of grafts required for my first transplant, I went with the middle number. The estimates were 500 vs. 1500 vs. 2500. Now I realize that I should have gone with the highest estimate from a very well known Toronto doctor who estimated me at FPB 2.
Anyhow, I am now at 1 year post-op and still have STUBBLE on the front of my scalp. It just does not seem to grow. I went back to my surgeon and he said to wait ANOTHER 7 or 8 months to see him for a re-evaluation.
WHY is the growth so ridiculously SLOW?
MORE IMPORTANTLY, is it true that shock loss will be much less or not at all with the next HT because the scalp has already gone through an HT?
As always, thanks very much for your kind help.
Clearly, something is wrong here, as most of the hair should have grown by 1 year. The presence of stubble reflects some of the original hairs that are still there which usually fall out as the new hairs come in. If you pull on these stubs, you will find just a hair, no bulbs which means that it is not a growing hair. At a second procedure, shock loss is rare provided that it is within 5 years of the first transplant. I wrote a blog entry for estimating hair graft numbers — Patient’s Guide — How Many Grafts Will I Need?