"When I keep it short, it doesn't look that bad and most people in my life think I'm crazy for having anything done."
My wife never seemed to mind my appearance even though I was a victim of 1979 4mm open donor plug grafting. The point is, my appearance bothered me, so I did something about it. I have had 4 surgeries with Dr. Cole beginning in Dec. 05 and the latest Nov. 07. My hair has greatly improved. My results video is on the forhair.com home page (tab on the right - BHT repair)
Everyone is different with regards to results timing. Dr. Cole has a great hair care product line, (Hair Cycle) I am convinced helped me get quicker growth. The Hair Cycle Biotin spray is used post-op on the recipient area. The ingredients speed healing and stimulate cell growth. Eighteen hours after your surgery, you can shampoo the recipient area by GENTLY patting the grafts in the shower and rinsing by holding your hand over the shower head to soften the water flow. I only use Hair Cycle shampoo. The ingredients of the Hair Cycle line attack hair loss from all currently known angles and stimulate the anagen (hair growth) phase of the follicle. This is the only line of hair care products that I have ever used that prevents my scalp from itching. It has also reduced the amount of hair in my brush by about 70%. I have been using these products for 2 years and they have not lost any of their effectiveness.
I use Rogaine foam and Hair Cycle Products but I am not taking Propecia or any other oral meds.
That being said...my surgery is in mid-December 07...and I have a vacation planned for the end of March 08. What type of results can I expect by then? Based on everyone's experience, am I naive to think that I'll be able to wear my hair a little longer on vacation or will my hair still be in the stubly stage??? Will any shock loss be recovered by then???
All of my surgeries have been by CIT. I have not had any shock loss, and my scalp generally looks normal (no redness or crusts) after about 9-14 days post-op. Everyone is different. A few guys don't get growth for 7-8 months. The average is around 3 months. The previous surgery I had started growing at just under 2 months!
How many grafts are you going to have placed? Are you using all scalp hair? Are you going to have CIT or strip?