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At the beginning of this thread I cannot stress what an invaluable resource this forum has proved on my hairless journey, not to mention the comfort provided by knowing of and following the journeys of others in similar situations. So before going any further, to all of you who have shared your stories and regularly post and contribute to this forum: Thank you! Like many, I have been a long time lurker and avid follower, a daily visitor in fact, but I have never ventured as far as actually posting anything on here. That is until now! I felt compelled to create this little thread for a few different reasons. Firstly, I wanted to pay it forward. The countless stories and threads I have read on this forum helped me so much and I felt such a hunger and thirst for stories, descriptions and pictures of experiences and results while doing my research that I felt it would be unfair of me to keep own journey entirely to myself. Secondly, I felt that such a thread would be an ideal and handy way to keep track of my own progress, on a monthly basis, a view which was supported and greatly encouraged by Dr Bloxham. Lastly, I think it is very worth while to occupy your time in whatever way you can while waiting patiently for the results of your HT and managing a thread such as this one is certainly one of the ways to do that. Now some background info. I’m 29 years old, about to turn 30 this summer. I first noticed some minor recession in my hairline just over 10 years ago. At first I was in partial denial about the whole thing, but gradually the evidence became too great to ignore. For as long as I can remember I have always looked slightly older than I am, a situation aided by me having very mature mannerisms, even as a child. But with my hairloss progressing it became worse and worse and I started despairing over the state of things. Looking middle aged before even turning 30, seemed so grossly unfair. To make matters even worse I have a large head, the shape of which I feel is not aesthetically suited to being shaved, so simply shaving it off was not an option for me. Not a good one at any rate. When I was about 24 I went to see a local doctor and sought his advice about what I should do regarding my hair. He suggested I give minoxidil a try but strongly advised against Finasteride. As a result I gave the former a go for some time, but felt it had little or no effect on me, other than making my scalp an oily mess. So after several months of using it, I gave it up and have not tried any medication since. A couple of years later I visited the Belgravia Centre in London, but was put off by what I experienced as rampant commercialism and lack of professionalism, peddling pseudo-science and promising results I knew they could not deliver on. In terms of family history, my father is bald, having started to lose his hair in his mid 30’s and finally opting to shave it off when approaching 50. I’m not entirely certain, but by the looks of it he is either a Norwood V or VI. His father, by contrast, retained his full head of curly/wavy hair until his death at almost 90. My brother, who is a year younger than me, has also started receding, although his hairloss is not nearly as aggressive as mine. Over the last few years I started toying with the idea of going through with a transplant, but also researched other things, such as hair systems, but ultimately decided that having to maintain such a system and making sure it was always glued on would prove too stressful and that a transplant was the only viable long term solution to my problem. After a few years of casual research, where I was still on the fence on whether to actually take the plunge or not, I decided to finally go through with it. After a few consultations, mostly online, what eventually won me over was Dr Bloxham and his matter of fact, no nonsense, down to earth but very clever way of planning a strategy, utilising my curly/wavy hair characteristics to maximize the results and aiming for two surgeries, leaving the crown and back of the scalp for now and addressing them further down the road. I consulted with him in August and by October I had confirmed a surgery date in February. I flew in the night before surgery and heeded the instructions to say local to the clinic, opting for the Inn at Great Neck, just over a 10 minute walk away from the clinic.I showed up bright and early (07:30) the next morning where I was greeted by a chirpy Dr Bloxham, who immediately made me feel very welcome and relaxed. I waited in the waiting room a short while and filled out some forms before being called into the Doctor’s office where he took a lot of pictures and then proceeded to draw the plan for the new hairline. We both agreed that an appropriately mature hairline would be the right course of action in my case. After that I waited a few more minutes before being prepared for surgery. The staff were all so lovely and accommodating. Everyone was extremely professional and the whole thing literally flew by. The only real pain or discomfort was when I was being numbed at the beginning, but having read so many descriptions of ht’s on this forum, I was prepared for that. Afterwards Dr Bloxham took the immediate post op photos and we went over the post op care routine one more time. Dr Bloxham gave me a cap to wear and taught me how to place it on my head without harming the grafts. Before I knew it I was in a cab on my way to Manhattan, where I intended to stay for the next 11 days, turning the whole thing into a mini vacation. The first few days were tricky, mainly due to having to sleep upright. I also found it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position in regard to the sutures, as they were very tender to the touch and the slightest pressure caused me to wince. That gradually became much more manageable and within a few days everything became much easier. I was very worried when I started cleaning and massaging the recipient area, but following the cleaning instructions became gradually easier too. By day 4 I became less paranoid about the grafts falling out by accident or mistake. The swelling came, as was to be expected, on day 3, but only took about two days to slide down my face (although looking in the mirror was quite strange during that time). On day 5 I started going out more, casually strolling around Manhattan and doing a spot of shopping. By day 7 I started washing the recipient area a bit more rigorously and the scabs started coming off in the following days. On day 10 I took the train from Penn Station up to Great Neck to have the sutures removed and have the doctor examine the results. Apart from the numbing before the procedure, the only proper pain or outright suffering I experienced through this whole process was when the sutures came out. This is, I think, mainly due to the scabbing that occurs underneath and between the sutures and also the inevitable hair tugging that occurs to the surrounding hair. After the sutures were out I met up with Dr Bloxham who took some more pictures and answered any questions that might linger. The next day I was on a plane across the Atlantic, on my way home. I cannot say enough good things about Dr Bloxham, who is a consummate professional, extremely caring, kind and a true artist. I was at ease from the get go and had I had an inkling that my whole HT surgery experience would play out the way it did, I would have taken the leap much sooner. I’m extremely grateful to him and the whole wonderful team at Feller/Bloxham. And now it’s a matter of playing the waiting game, which is both daunting and exciting. Since arriving back home the dreaded shed has somewhat started. Also, I started going back to the gym on day 14 to do some light cardio, and have been going back almost daily, remaining aware not to overdo anything and avoiding heavy lifting. So far, so good as they say. Just wanted to include that as that was one of my major concerns pre-op. Apologies for this turning into an essay but thank you for reading this far ? If there are any questions or comments, please post them below. I will try to update this thread as often as I can. And again, thank you all for this forum that provides such a comfort in the lonely pursuit of reclaiming one's hair. 2,589 total; 813 singles; 1,776 multis (2s and 3s) The pictures below are pre and post op photos, followed by one from day 2, one from day day 5, and the last two (including the one of the scar) are from day 10. More to come soon.
Hi Everyone, This patient visited to book for a procedure, but he already had one with us before. 2500 grafts into the hairline and the front portion of the scalp. We will be doing his crown next. Enjoy the presentation. Tara Feller and Bloxham Hair Transplants Great Neck, NY 516-487-3797
Every once in a while we will post photos and videos under the banner of "Scar Search" because that's simply what it is. In this day and age of FUE hype and FUT vilification we think its important to reacquaint the public with how most donor scars look after properly performed ultra refined hair transplantation and why it is still the gold standard today. Note that the all the hair and skin above and below these scars are perfectly intact. Way more to come, but enjoy this short video and presentation. Thank you. Dr. Alan Feller Dr. Blake Bloxham