Your donor area appears over-harvested especially because I see that the doctor went out of the permanent zone, into your neck hair which is not permanent and above the permanent zone on the right side. The area itself, looks like the density has been significantly depleted. Time will tell as you allow the donor hair to grow out.
Even the rich and famous lose their hair. He could have had a full head of hair if he wanted to follow his hair loss as it occurred but he elected not to do so. Many people just don’t care and its not a matter of how much money they have. He actually looks good the way he is with a clean shaved cut as people like Bruce Willis and other are happy with that look. You have to decide it that is the look you want. Here is a man who wanted hair with the same pattern that Jeff Bezos had and I put it on him: https://newhair.com/baldingblog/cant-class-7-patient-get-good-hair-transplant/
Dr. Kapil Dua, at the ISHRS meeting in October 2018, reported that the transection rate of FUE grafts was more around the ears and on the side of the head than in the back of the head. We have seen similar results as well.
Before you go for a hair transplant, I would be sure that you maintain minoxidil and finasteride for at least a year as it may be reversed on this combination of medications in a year or so. How old are you?
These scabs (crusts) should have been prevented with good washing techniques the day and the day after surgery. Once they form, you run a risk of graft loss until 14 days at which time you can get them out by leaving a shampoo on the area for 10 minutes, getting it water logged, and then gently rub them off with your finger tips. Repeat this daily until the area is crust free. I take it that you are a female as the hairline shape, a concave shape, is the classic female pattern.
This patient and his doctor pushed the FUE number above a reasonable limit that reflected his normal donor density (https://newhair.com/resources/#tab-id-4). He has a see-through donor area and significant donor site depletion. Now he might have hair on the top of his head but he is bald in the donor area. Even with long hair, he can’t address this problem. The only solution is Scalp MicroPigmentation (https://scalpmicropigmentation.com/scar-covering/)
Famous people are like everyone else. We all experience the same pain of looking older and with hair loss it is looking older too soon as shown here. You don’t have to be famous and rich to get your hair back, it is straight forward as tens of thousands of men and women are having a hair transplant done every year.
Men actually shed more hairs per day because they have a shorter anagen cycle. Women can grow their hair much longer than men so they lose less per day and regrow less as well. Women can grow hair as long as 3 1/2 feet while men can’t and often grow their length to no more than 18 inches in length. That means that using the formula of 100,000 hair on the head for a typical Caucasian, if the hair is shed after anagen, the women with 3 1/2 feet length hair will lose about 50 hairs per day while the male who will grow to a length of 1 1/2 inches will lose up to 100 hairs per day.
I took these photos of my donor area. I can see though my donor area which worries me about having DUPA
Diffuse Unpatterned Alopecia (DUPA) is determined when the hair in the field of view substantially exceeds 20% miniaturization. I generally like to cut the hairs in the view so that it is easier to count. One of these views is hitting up against the 20% number suggesting that better photo are ideal to pin down this diagnosis. The middle photo suggests that the miniaturized hairs are more than 20% but the other photos don’t back this up.
Birth control pills are high on the list as a cause for female hair loss. When one pill doesn’t work, switching to another brand under control of your OB/GYN doctor who will address the hair loss issue is the route you should take
Are my hair follicles still there, just sleeping and waiting for some hormone or protein in my system to wake them up?
There are two groups of thought: (1) that the hair stem cells for the missing follicles are still there or (2) that the stem cell which have been inactive for a long time, just died off. ?