I have been a regular reader on this forum and all of you make this forum great by sharing experiences. Figured I'd do my bit as well.
I recently got back from my HT procedure with Dr. Yaman in Istanbul.
Here is the distribution of my grafts
Hair Thickness: 55 microns
I left for Istanbul 3 days prior to my surgery date. Figured i'd do a bit of sightseeing as well. I got picked up by the driver from the airport and checked in to the Diwan Hotel.
Istanbul has got some great food( Love the Doner, Kebabs and Baklava). I visited the usual touristy places of Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace on the first day. Also took a boat tour on the Bhosporus Strait on Day 2 along with Pierre Loti Hill( an amazing place). There is a cafe on top of the hill. The food is mediocre but the view of Istanbul is beautiful.
About the hotel : It was a pretty good hotel with a decent pool. Met a few guys who had their surgery on previous days and everyone seemed to be happy with their experience so far. That gave me some reassurance. And there is a safe in the room if you wanted to put your money. Additionally there is a central safe near the reception that apparently offers more security.
Dr. Yaman had my blood test and hair analysis done on day 1. Fikret was my patient co-coordinator and he was helpful in all translations and made sure all my needs were attended to. Dr. Yaman assessed that i have about 6000 donor grafts( I had 500 fue done earlier which was a honest mistake). The next interaction with him was on the day of the surgery. He re-drew my hairline and advised to me take it back a notch on the temples ( The earlier places 500 grafts out of which 200 survived were too forward). We discussed that hair line should look natural and have little bit zig zag rather than a straight line. Also the Doc said their there would be higher density in the front and decreasing towards the end to create a fade effect.
After the hairline, the pre anesthesia and anesthesia were given followed by PRP. Then, another Doc who apparently specializes in extraction came along and looked at my pictures and started extraction. That lasted about 3 hours. He spoke decent English and we had some nice conversation. Also i ended up requesting more anesthesia whenever i felt pain. I had my lunch around 2 p.m. and the implant process started after that which is done by the nurses. Dr. Yaman checked in once during mid way and came back at the end of implantation. During his final inspection, Dr. Yaman asked the extraction to extract another 100 more and place them. By the time everything was done ,it was about 6 p.m( started around 9:30). Make sure to sleep the same way as instructed for the first 4 days using the neck pillow. There was a bit of swelling but it died down by Day 3/4.
The next day i got my bandage removed and had my first wash on the day after that. The nurse who helped with the first wash told me that my healing was faster than normal( translated by fikret).That was also the day i flew back to the US, and was dropped back to the airport by the clinic. ( Make sure you have check-in bag to carry the shampoos and lotion).
Also, the pain after the HT was okay but its really the day 4 and day 5 where it peaks because the painkillers wear off and the nerves at the back of the head are really sore. Should be okay by Day 7-8 though. Been washing as advised and slowly the scabs have been coming off. Luckily i haven't had the redness for too long. Guess it depends on the skin type.
I hope to post pictures every month so that i keep you guys updated.
Now for the pictures:
After ( on Day 3 after first wash):
On Day 8 :