This is What They Call the “Ugly Duckling” Phase

It’s been nearly two months since my hair transplant and I am currently in what transplant veterans call the “ugly duckling” phase.

This is the post-operative period in which a patient is not only still healing from the surgical scar in the back of the head, but dealing with the shock loss of existing hair from the trauma of the surgery.

Couple that with the redness and sparse hairs that are sprouting in my frontal areas and it’s pretty evident why they refer to it as the ugly duckling phase.

But if you look at the above photo and compare it to the ones I’ve posted here since the operation, you will see that I’m slowly making progress.

The ugly duckling in Hans Christian Andersen’s famous story grew to become a beautiful swan, so I’m hoping to least emerge with a decent head of hair. Continue reading