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Old 12-05-2017, 04:09 PM
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Hello Ladies and Gentlemen!

After so many years, I am finally taking the gumption and undergoing an FUE procedure with Dr. Cinik.

I have been umming and arring for too long and after seeing some amazing results I decided to pull the trigger! I originally wanted to go with Dr. Koray Erdoğan but due to finances I am going with Dr. Cinik. His work has been well represented on several other forums and I've seen a few pop up here.

I've been loosing my hairline since I was 18 and after 12 years of postponing it, the universe lined up for me to be able to make it happen. As an English actor living in Los Angeles, I live in a town where looks sometimes overshadow talent, so I have decided that I am going to take the best of both worlds and make myself as marketable as possible (with versatile hair). As much as wigs and styling have helped in the past, I am a point where my hair is constantly on my mind...did the wind blow? How does it look when I get out the pool/ocean? Is the camera picking up the receding hairline?.
..pretty much the all the thoughts going through everyone's mind on this forum!

I am scheduled for approx. 3500 grafts, to the frontal third of my head, on Tuesday Dec 12th in Istanbul and I am excited and nervous! Looking at the future I am excited to see what it brings me with a new full head of hair, even if it's just confidence in the wind haha!

I'll keep you all updated over the course of the weeks so that people can use me as a resource if they want.

Attached are the pics that I sent the doctor, so you can see where my progression started at. I am fortunate that I have very thick donor hair, so I am excited to see how the grafts to hair ratio!
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Old 12-12-2017, 10:19 PM
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I was scheduled to have my operation on 12/12, however my layover flight got cancelled (due to the crazy ice storm) from Heathrow to Istanbul. Rescheduled for 12/14! Staff were very accommodating and understanding of the last minute reschedule. Will keep you all posted!!
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Old 12-14-2017, 09:07 AM
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After the westher delays with Heathrow and BA cancelling my flight I was finally able to.get my procedure done.

I had 3500 grafts in total, will ask the doc for the hair breakdown.but he mentioned ALOT of 3s!

I had my blood work done the night before surgery and consultstion with Dr. Cinik. We decided on a hairline that would suit my face. He was genuinely a pleasant and funny guy, and made me feel welcomed.

I just got back to my hotel. My surgery was at 7:00a this morning and was collected at 6:30 and taken to the.hospital. When I got there Sara (Dr. Ciniks assistant) was there and greeted me extremely warmingly. We headed up stairs, I had additional blood drawn for PRP and then they had a delicious cheese.sandwhich for me. After that I paid and they took me off to shave my head.

Once in operating room Dr. Cinik came in and re.assessed the hairline. We both agreed and then.onto the table.I.lay, the facility was nice too. I then had 2 assistants put apporx.30-50 anesthetic needles in me (I may be.exaggerating) but that hurt like a mofo! I almos lt said forget the transplant, but ny mind cleared up after needles and pain subsided.

During the extraction of the grafts I fell asleep and began snoring. After they were.done.Dr Cinik woke me with a warn smile and asked to flip over so he may start incisions. He placed a protector on my donor area that became easier to wear after time progressed.

After another set of anesthetics the donor area was opened and so.began the official start!
A few hours passed and I became.frustrated.and.fidgety. Took a rest room break.and.then back to business! Anaesthetic started to.wear off.towards the things of the op, but I just posted through. I didn't realize how much of a mental game this procedure is!

I.got bandaged up, handed and explained my.medication and shampoos.

Tomorrow I will be back at 6:30 am.IST time before my flight.to LAX to have the.bandages.removed.and.a.gentle clean (possibly). I'm now back at The Grand.Chevair and exhauseted...combo of lac xof sleep and surgery.

I'll have to Attach photos when I'm home as they are too large a file ...will try get the photos of donor area when bandages are removed!

Looking at the placement I wish I brought it down 1cm but we'll see how it.comes out!
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Found a resizer app! Hopefully this works!
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The work looks great!
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Thanks Steeeve!

I'm happy and anxious to see how it all turns out! Also doctor used 0.7mm motor punch. Photo with band on but will get a better photo when I'm state side and can remove it safely with help. It's there to.reduce swelling but boy is it tight!

Leaving Istanbul to Los Angeles with a brief layover in London.

Hoping travel doesnt suck too much!
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Hi Luke,
Congratulations on taking the plunge. Easy bit done, now the hard bit (having the patience prior to seeing results)
You will have know doubt read countless posters on here say -

Dont look in the mirror for the next 3 or 4 months
Don't compare yourself to others
Don't worry, the magic will happen
And so on. I may have said and thought it myself, it's total rubbish. You will do all of the above

Are you on meds? (May have missed this in your introduction). I would suggest you consider this. I have been using Proscar for the last 7 weeks (after using a generic brand prior). The difference in the vertex is marked. Best of luck in your recovery, be great to see your continued journey.
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Hey HG1,

I took finasteride for a about 6 months and while it helped it caused me to suffer from severe cystic acne. Ill be sticking to saw palmetto daily and biotin ince every 3 days.

Haha I'm looking every 20 minutes to see how it looks! But will probably stop in the.coming weeks as it will drive me crazy! You look like you're healing wel! Keep.us all posted on your recovery!
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Lukey,

I agree that the work looks great. Now all you have to do is wait it out. It's a long wait, unfortunately, but at the end of the road, it ends up being worth it.

Please post your monthly progress so we can follow along with your procedure and results.

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