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Hair Transplants: Three Years Later, Does The Hair Stay On?

  • After The Hair Transplant: Day 1
    1 / 6 After The Hair Transplant: Day 1

    Click here to read about the hair transplant experience. 

    At this stage, it really sucks. The pain and throbbing is constant, and your pillow sheets are pretty much stained with blood when you wake up the next morning. You’ll be asking why you did this to yourself, especially when you look in the mirror- your face will be swollen with saline from the operation and completely distended. And if you’re brave enough to head to the office like I was.. get ready for funny looks all day. And week. It’ll take a full week before you start looking human again.

     

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  • After The Hair Transplant: Six Months On
    2 / 6 After The Hair Transplant: Six Months On

    So, everything’s kinda normal.. except for the fact your transplanted hair has all fallen off! Ok, don’t freak out- that’s apparently down to the trauma of the transplant. The hair follicles are still there- but the hair has just fallen out from stress. They’ll grow back. It’ll look abit weird during this duration though, so your best bet is to keep short hair and grow the rest of your hair out in tandem with the transplanted hair after they fall out.

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  • After The Hair Transplant: One Year On
    3 / 6 After The Hair Transplant: One Year On

    It’s brilliant at this stage- hair’s looking great, its all grown out. But here’s an important factor that determines if you can keep it this way: how well do you handle Finasteride? What’s this you ask? It’s a prescription-only medication used for the treatment of pattern hair loss. Essentially, it inhibits the enzymes that cause the pattern hair loss. What you won’t want is to continue losing hair behind your transplanted hair, which defeats the point of all the earlier pain and suffering.

    But it comes with possible side effects: impotence, loss of interest in sex, or trouble having an orgasm; abnormal ejaculation; swelling in your hands or feet, and several other health hazards. Officially the percentage of those who suffer from side effects is around 4-5%, but doing some research on hair loss forums seems to indicate that there are probably a few more guys who do suffer from the sexual dysfunction aspects. I’ve got one kid, and with the wife’s ok I gave it a shot- and thankfully I’m in the 95%. Phew!

     

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  • After The Hair Transplant: 18 Months On
    4 / 6 After The Hair Transplant: 18 Months On

    Hair’s growing great- the finasteride seems to be working well and the hair is thick and glossy. In fact, I’m even getting adventurous, because..

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  • After The Hair Transplant: Two Years On
    5 / 6 After The Hair Transplant: Two Years On

    I’ve actually gone and coloured my hair! What’s the point in having good hair if you can’t mess around with it, right? I did take some care though, and used Aveda products during colouring, which are naturally derived from plant-based products rather than petrochemicals (you can read the whole process here.) Thankfully it all panned out, and I didn’t even lose any hair in the process!

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  • After The Hair Transplant: Three Years On
    6 / 6 After The Hair Transplant: Three Years On

    Well the dyed hair grew out and I went back to jet black hair. Three years on the hair still looks pretty good, though of course I’ve had to continue taking Finasteride. Dosage wise, I pop one every other day, and you can actually get pretty cheap generics from our very own National Skin Centre, provided you’ve got a prescription from your doctor, of course.

    By Kelvin Tan, Editor for Men’s Health Singapore

    Related: Tried & Tested: Hair Transplants- The Whole Process!

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