Case studies of patients

With this hair transplant diary, you can watch the process for each patient, from the time of operation to the commencement of hair growth. You can watch the change occurring after 3 months and then 6 months further on. This is a good source of reference for anyone considering hair transplant.

Q&A

■ What is your age? I'm 32 years old this year. ■ When did your hair start thinning?
When I was a student, the people around me said that I would definitely be balding in the future. I started to actually be concerned about the age of 20. ■ Was there thinning of the hair in your family? Yes. My Mother's father and my Mother both had rather thinning hair in the front part of their heads. ◆ Donor Collection With a donor length of 33 cm, there was not so much room on the scalp so an area of 1 cm was taken.
The density of the donor last time was 144 strands/cm2 for the back of the head, 112 strands/cm2 for the side of the head with an average of 128 strands/cm2. However, this time the density was reduced 15% to give 128×0.85=108 strands/cm2. Eventually 32cm2 was collected.
When the hair was cut short, the previous scar was about 1~3 mm giving 70 points. As was the case in the previous scar, the 'once cut technique' was used thus giving only one single scar.
◆ Splitting the graphs and applying the transplant from the graft.
1 hair strand:389 grafts 2 hair strands:920 grafts 3 hair strands:319grafts Follicular family grafts:33 grafts Total:1661 graphs 3318 strands of hair.

Operation Data

1st
Date of operation 17th May 2004
Surgical Method FUT
Number of Grafts 1787
Number of restoration follicles 4210
In my case, the donor was from the back of the head 144 strands/cm2. Above the ears was 114 strands/cm2. The average was 128 strands/cm2. As the average was not quite enough, to collect 4000 strands 10% more collection was needed.

2st
Date of operation 19th July, 2005
Surgical Method FUT
Number of Grafts 1661
Number of restoration follicles 3318

Dr. Imagawa's Report

As a surgeon, I have performed many operations such as hair transplanting, flapping method and scalp extension.
I have made many decisions on medical treatment after discussions with my patients.
In January, 1999 I made the decision to undergo an operation myself for hair transplantation. Here, as the patient you can see the progress I made as I report weekly on developments with photos. I hope this can help you in understanding the process of hair transplantation.

Before the operation ~ 2 weeks after the operation

On the 10th day, not later than 2 weeks, the scab had dissapeared. Once the scab was no longer there, the area looked quite natural.

3 to 6 months after

After 4 months, I was unable to see if the hair had grown or not as it was very fine and short. After 6 months, I was able to confirm hair growth.

After 6 months ~

The hair growth diameter became quite thick with a lot of volume becoming apparent. It wasn't really until after a period of 10 to 12 months that the results could be seen properly.

8 months has passed since the transplant operation in January, 1999 when I had 747 graphs (about 1,800 strands) transplanted. My hair looks more thicker and denser. The progress from my first transplant in January is quite good, with quite a lot of hair. It looks 100% when it's dry. Unfortunately, it starts to lose volume when it becomes wet after getting out of the bath etc., It doesn't look as dense. In order to improve this, I had a subsequent operation on August 26th with the donor being removed from the same area with a length of about 11 cm. The transplant was made to the same area in the first operation to increase the density and thickness.