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Old 03-13-2014, 07:52 PM
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I literally just got back to my hotel after spending 11 hours with Dr. Cooley and his staff.

I'll just get straight to the point: Dr. Cooley is absolutely incredible and so is his staff.

I realize I am a long way from seeing results, so I can't comment how well the final product will look, but I wanted to provide an overview of how my day went with Team Cooley.

I got to Dr. Cooley's office around 7:00 a.m. It is important to note his office will arrange transportation from the airport to the hotel, pay of two nights at a pretty decent hotel and get you a ride to his office that morning.

After an initial meeting with one of his assistants where I signed forms and downed some pain meds, Dr. Cooley came in and we discussed what my goals were for the procedure.

A bit of background: I have a ton of donor hair and a pretty strong mid-scalp. However I have experienced bad recession at the temples (NW 3). Further, I am only 32 years old so there is always a possibility of future hair loss. I am trying to prevent that with Propecia. All of these factors led Dr. Cooley and me to decide on a pretty conservative hairline with 2,500 graphs. Those graphs would be very dense though and would back up some of my existing hair.

He drew my hairline, took a few photos and then we stepped into the room where the procedure would take place.

I have a pretty high threshold for pain, but the idea of having a chunk of your scalp cut out is going to give anyone the willies. However, I literally felt nothing; absolutely nothing. I sort of drifted in and out of sleep and it was over before I knew it. Dr. Cooley said that he was very impressed with how well my scar closed and as long as I follow the recommended procedures I should be left with a very undetectable scar. Even now, after the medication has worn off, I feel little if any pain or tightness.

I should add that Dr. Cooley used Acell for my scar and graphs. He said at this point I did not need PRP as I did not have a lot of miniaturized hairs.

After sewing me up, Dr. Cooley and one of his assistants began transplanting the graphs. Here is what is amazing! Dr. Cooley was working on me 90% of the time. I would fully trust his assistants, but just having him there almost the entire time was extremely comforting.

Dr. Cooley managed to get an extra 300 graphs so I ended up with more than 2,800. No extra charge. It certainly took a long time to get all those graphs in but the pain was absolutely minimal.

Oh, and did I mention it was Dr. Cooley's birthday! He stayed late making sure everything was perfect. Total dedication to his craft.

As I sit in my hotel room looking at the graphs, they appear to be done very cleanly. I know there will be scabbing tomorrow, but the area is barely even red right now.

Like I said, the proof will come in about a year, but today's experience is definitely leaving me feeling optimistic.

I know there are other hair transplant doctors out there. And I know there are some really good ones. But I would never trust my head around any other doctor than Dr. Cooley.

My biggest advice is to do your research. I know that is repeated often on here but it is true. And before you get a transplant done, I would highly recommend at least talking with Dr. Cooley. He is one of kind.

Here are some pics. The photos make the recipient area look WAY more red than it really is.

I'll try to post updates regularly.
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:38 PM
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Keith, I had mine yesterday, and I guess you must have been there today when I stopped in for my follow-up. I echo all of your praises toward Dr. Cooley and everyone there.

That is going to look great. Looking forward to following your progress. Hope to post mine soon.
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:42 PM
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That is right, I must have be undergoing my procedure. I was really so impressed with Dr. Cooley and his staff. I'm going in tomorrow for my follow up. I am amazed that I am sitting in my hotel right now and I feel absolutely fine. No pain whatsoever. Best of luck to you! I am sure it will turn out great.
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KeithJagger,

Congratulations and thanks for taking the time to share your experience with the community. Glad to hear you had an exceptional experience.

I'll be looking forward to your updates. Good luck!
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Old 03-14-2014, 11:52 AM
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Here are some pics from the next morning. I just got back from getting my hair washed at Dr. Cooley's. They said everything looked great.

So far there has been no swelling although the recipient area is a little sore, but not anything that Tylenol hasn't been able to take care of.

Sorry for the quality of the photos. I am using the camera on my Macbook as that is all that I have available right now. I included a picture of the back of my head. Due to my long hair, you can't see the scar whatsoever.
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Old 03-16-2014, 01:08 AM
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I am now two days post-op from my 2,800 graphs with Dr. Cooley. These past few days have been pretty uneventful, which is a good thing! I had Dr. Cooley's office wash my hair the first day post-op. Today, I washed it myself using the shampoo they gave me. I mixed it around in a cup and gently poured it over the graphs. I have also been spraying my hair with the solution they gave me like crazy. At least once every hour. I haven't really needed any of the pain medication and have just taken a few Tylenol. Sleeping is no problem except for the fact that I need to wake up every few hours to spray the graphs. The redness (there wasn't much to begin with) has really subsided and I have experienced minimal swelling and very few scabs. Also, the donor area feels just fine. There is no pain or tightness. I have to go back to work in 10 days so I hope I am all healed up by then. I think I should be. I'll post some pics in the next day or two. You know, I have been on this site and others reading hair transplant comments and experiences for years. Those that have been researching hair transplants will know what I am talking about when I say that I would see hundreds of positive comments about hair transplants, but would focus like crazy on the few negative ones. After going through the experience with a talented surgeon though I can say that the risks, at least in my humble opinion, are really minimal. It is hard to imagine that at this point I'm going to be disfigured or left with an unnatural look. I hope I am not being too optimistic, but so far everything has exceeded all my expectations. Actually, I am quite glad I came across those negative stories. They kept me from jumping into a HT in my mid-twenties with one of those HT factories like Bosley.
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:19 AM
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Bosley had some 'hair raising' stories...( pun intended).. scared me out of my wits.. I waited till I was 32 to get the surgery.. will be 4 months post op in 2 days.. waiting patiently.. not taking any propecia...
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:00 AM
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Sounds like you're nicely on the mend. It wouldn't worry too much about going back to work in 10 days. I actually went back (office environment, no hat) 2 days after the procedure. Yeah, there was some redness and some red specks under my existing hair, but nothing too noticeable.

If I remember right from my last procedure, you'll have some dandruff-looking shedding at around day 7, but gone quickly. With all that thick native hair you have, should be no trouble masking the stubby new hairs until they shed in the next two weeks or so.
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Old 03-18-2014, 12:46 AM
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I am 4 days (5 nights) post-op. The donor area is a little sore but the recipient area is doing just fine. I probably had less than a dozen tiny scabs, which are undetectable for the most part. The redness is also almost completely gone. Everything seems to be healing fine. I'm still being very careful not to disturb the graphs until they are totally anchored in, but so far so good. I'll post some pics in the next few days.
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:52 PM
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Here are some photos from 11-12 days post op. The redness has really faded and being that my hair is quite long, no one has been able to tell at all. There really hasn't been much scabbing or flaking. Although, I suspect the graphs are due to shed here in the next few days.

I will say that after 11 days the only real side effect that I have noticed is that my original hair sort of just feel unhealthy. It is limp, dry, no bounce. It is like it is just pissed off at me for putting it through this. However, part of my problem might be that I haven't really been brushing it like I normally do because while the graphs are anchored, I still don't want to disturb them.

Also, there has definitely been some shedding. Not of the transplanted hairs, but the ones I already had. They are not miniaturized though, so I think they will grow back.

All and all, so far so good. The donor area is still a little tender, but even that is going away.

Let me know your thoughts.
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