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Old 04-15-2013, 03:15 PM
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Default My 2500 Grafts HT w/ PRP/ACell treatment Journey with Dr.Cooley

I've decided to start a log of my HT. Like many, I've suffered horribly from the mental effects of losing my hair. It's been 5 long years of dreaming about getting a HT and now i'm living the dream. I'm very excited and scared at the same time. Praying that I will be another success story in this outstanding community. I will log my experience in this thread and try to take pictures in the same setting and same angles.
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:39 PM
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Raymond how much extra did they charge for the PRP? Cooley is very respected....so hopefully you will get a difference from the PRP. If you go to ISHRS.gov and click on articles...there's a great one on PRP. As far as they're concerned....the jury isn't out yet on PRPs effect on dormant hair follicles....so many people are holding out til more evidence is available....

But...hope you do get great results from it and your HT procedure.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:22 PM
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Yes, I've read up on it a decent amount and felt good about adding it with the HT. Dr.Cooley was a guy that I could wright a day on how professional, realistic and all around cool he was. Staff was more of the same. I don't hype much up but they deserve it!

Here is one of the back post op on day 1. I'm cleaning the recipient area 1x a day and applying the cream 2x a day. Using a dilute mixture of dawn dish soap to remove the old cream.

Also have been spraying these grafts like there's no tomorrow!
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:26 PM
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Raymond,

Congratulations! Look forward to updates.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:55 PM
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Thank you! I'm going to post monthly picture updates.

Everything has been coming along nicely. I did experience some swelling in my eyes and forehead but when I was a child I was attacked by a dog and had 352 stitches in my head and upper face so i'm thinking that history didn't help me from not being a "sweller". It's mostly gone now.

I am a little concerned about when I go back to work. I'm a lineman and we have to wear hard hats all day. I go back on 9 days post op. I'm told that after 7 days they are "anchored" but I fear the sweat and hardhat rubbing the grafts might hurt the result...

The procedure was smooth, and comfortable considering the circumstances. The movie selection was nothing but great movies. While watching "The last samuri" Dr.Cooley knew the words to the best quotes which I thought was awesome. Had a question for him a few days post op, and he answered his phone on the first ring! Can't be more satisfied with the service at the point.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:00 AM
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Well, I originally was going to stick with taking the HT + Finasteride road. After having all this time to think and ride out the internet, i've decided to max this thing out to the best of my ability and put a hefty order together

Finasteride 1.25mg (ED)

Regenepure DR - Hair & Scalp Treatment (EOD)

Lipogaine for Men 5% minoxidil w/azelaic acid & saw palmetto (morning use)

Kirkland Minoxidil 5% Extra Strength (night use)

Microneedle Skin Care System NEW SPA 1.50mm. FDA Listed - NEW SPA (this is used to roll on the scalp before applying the manoxidill to make it absorb better)


I've read and read and this is the best "lineup" I could find.

Got my 7 day check up today so hopefully i'll get some good news!
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:01 PM
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The 7 day post op visit to Dr.Cooley's office today was great! I was anxious and nervous on the ride up, but that all went away as soon as I walked in the door and was greeted by Lollie. She's so awesome at her job and just as a person in general. I was then brought in for a good cleaning and boy did it feel good! 2 of the technicians that helped with my procedure came in and went over every concern I had and told me that everything looked good and anchored in! I'm very happy I went with Dr.Cooley's office as i've realized he has a team thats very strong in what they do. These people genuinely care and have great personalities to go with it. Happy happy customer so far!

Here's a couple more shots of what I look like now, then i'll be updating pictures every month or so. *fingers crossed*
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:12 AM
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I'm impressed he didn't buzz your head. Could you tell us more about the PRR/ACell?
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:23 AM
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Hey Gary,

I was happy about that. I thought I would have to shave it but when I asked Dr.Cooley if he was going to shave it, he replied "Only if you want me to". I went to bass pro shop (which is in a mall) with my best friend yesterday and he said that you couldn't even tell I had anything done. The ladies at my check up told me the same thing. I didn't notice any funny looks from encounters I had with employees/people.

About the ACELL/PRP...

I can tell you these things that lead me to use it after I was told about it and did some research.

1: It has been proven for wound healing.
2: Helps minimize scar formation and improve grafts survival.
3: It can possibly beef up your native hair (I seen a few stand alone pics that showed decent results)


Those are the main reasons in order, that made me choose to add it in with my HT. It didn't hurt that after doing tons of research, I found that Dr.Cooley has done more leg work on learning and testing this method then anyone else I could find.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:33 AM
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Wow, after reading through your log, it sounds like you've had an amazing experience from a-z

So happy to hear everything has and is going the way it is for you because with such a big investment and move on our ends, any less just really isn't right.

You look like you're going to yield some amazing results and I could only imagine how thrilled you are thinking of yourself months from now. Not that we want to fast forward life or anything because it's always about living in the moment but, you catch my drift

Also an excellent stack you've built to fight against hairloss. The kirkland minox, is that the liquid that used as dropper over the desired area? If so, can you comment on this in terms of its ease of use, mess, smell, does it run?, make your hair very wet where applied?

Happy waiting and I'm sure it's going to be well worth it!
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