» Surely this result needs a bit of explaination. Is the after pic shaved
» down. What advantage has the patient had from the procedure.
Marco and Roadrunner,
The pics aren’t well illustrated and a bit dated. Let me fill you in.
For the last 18 months, my goals have been:
1 - Remove as many unsightly plugs as possible. My 90’s era procedures were very poorly done. Nearly all the plugs were misdirected. Straight in the air, even slightly backwards, and densely packed to boot. Safe to say, I was victimized like many here have been.
2 - Minimize ridging. As you can see from pic 1 (prior to procedure with Dr. Umar), the ridging was quite pronounced and discolored.
3 - Get coverage in the strip scar.
4 - Hairline reconstruction (strictly bonus). I’d convinced myself that the damage to my scalp was so severe, this goal might never happen. I would have been relatively content to accomplishing 1, 2, and 3.
After 3 procedures with Dr. Umar, I think we may be close to #4. I’ll consult with Dr. Umar in the next 2 or 3 months to gauge where we are in the process.
Let me explain the pics:
Pic 1 - Unshaven hairline before procedure 1 with Dr. Umar
Pics 2/3 - Shaven hairline before procedure 1/Shaven hairline before procedure 3
Pics 4/5 - Ditto
Pics 6/7 - Ditto
Pic 8 - Left hairline before procedure 3
Pic 9 - Strip scar before procedure 1
Pic 10 - Strip scar immediately following procedure 3 (Two weeks ago)
Pic 11 - That bloody mess is me after procedure 3 (more plug removal plus stitches in the hairline to reduce ridging.
Now the scabs have fallen, the stitches are gone as is the swelling. I’d like to post pics, but don’t have my camera with me right now.
For the last 18 months, my scalp has basically been one big reconstruction process. Absolutely had to go backwards and undo mistakes made by other docs before moving forward. It was the only option (other than do nothing). Deconstruction has been a long process and I give so much credit to Dr. Umar for taking on an extremely difficult case like mine and giving hope where there was none. Soon this process will come to an end. My hair and scalp will actually look normal. I hoped it, but would not have believed it 18 months ago.
I will post pics in several weeks that illustrate my progress after procedure 3.