My hair has always been very important to me. I was the guy in high school and in my twenties with long beautiful hair. To my great frustration I started frontal thinning in my late twenties. Took Proscar during my thirties. Also used Minoxidil . Had a small hair transplant from Dr. Dow Stough in Hot Springs, Ark around 1996. Dr. Stough is a very ethical and skilled doctor that likes to use a conservative approach. Dr. Stough seems a bit reluctant to do crowns. I tried a hair system at Hair Club around 1998. Hair Club system looked great, but just didnt feel right/natural. The glue and possibility of being spotted with a system caused me to stop wearing the system. Although for the most part the Hair Club system looked very good and they treated me great.
Stupidly for a few years I stopped taking Propecia and using Minoxidil and then noticed my crown starting to thin.
About two years ago I got back on daily Propecia and Minoxidil. I am planning on getting a large session hair transplant (4000-5500 grafts) in 2012 from one of the world leading doctors. My current "narrowed list" of doctors is Dr. Wong, Dr. Ron Shapiro, Dr. True, Dr. Marla Rosenberg, Dr. Keene, and Dr. Arocha. I am leaning towards Dr. Jerry Wong in Vancouver, BC due to his world class reputation, his ability to routinely do large sessions and the excellent results he seems to get especially in the crown area.
In August 2012 I had Dr. Jerry Wong of Hasson/Wong in Vancouver, BC perform a hair transplant that provided 4352 grafts. I was very happy with the entire surgery experience at Hasson/Wong. The staff were all extremely nice and very professional. Hasson/Wong has a very deep staff of professional technicians. The Hasson/Wong offices were upscale, meticulously clean, and appeared "cutting edge". At this time I anxiously await to see the final results grow in and will report back on my satisfaction.
The actual surgery went really well. On the morning of the surgery in the taxi on my way to the clinic I took a nice healthy dose of Xanax (after discussing with Dr. Wong in consult) and I pretty much slept through most of the ten hours in the surgery chair.
During the surgery patients are allowed to get up and stretch, use the restroom, and Hasson/Wong brought in a nice lunch. The view out of the window of the surgery room is outstanding.
Joe and Doug who work for Hasson/Wong took me out for a very nice dinner two nights after my surgery before I headed back home. Super nice guys that are full of good advice and help the patient in any way they can.
About 2-4 days post-op my forehead and eyes had some significant swelling. Some discomfort sleeping the first several days post-op. Neck pillow really helps alleviate a lot of the discomfort. Had some pain from one particular spot in the donor area where I think one of the staples/sutures was just maybe pinching something. Was very careful to not bump my head, very careful and gentle when showering as well. Stayed home from work the week after I arrived home from Vancouver. Total days missed work was two weeks.
Found out the hard way that if you take codeine for more than a couple of days it is wise to also take "stool softeners". On my 4th day post-op and back home I found myself in the hospital emergency room with severe constipation. It's bad enough recovering from a hair transplant, but then to have to have doctors in an emergency room digging in places you can only imagine was not fun. An unwanted surprise that was avoidable. Codeine for several days = take stool softeners!
13 Days post-op I had my sutures removed by a local plastic surgeon. Staple removal was virtually painless, except for a couple little stings here and there. It feels much better having the staples out. To my surprise afterwards the plastic surgeon refused to charge me. There are still decent people in this world.
The ugly duckling stage is something you just have to grind thru and get used to. You are not going to look your best, but with each passing day you are closer to the light at the end of the tunnel. Most people are very positive about the change and understand it will all grow back in. The "OMG" of going back to work and people's reaction is very over-rated.
I am now at nine months and very pleased with my growth and expect to see even more. I have a gut feeling I may have to return to Hasson/Wong to thicken up my crown around the one year mark. Over-all I am very happy with the drastic change my transplant has made in my appearance. More updates later......