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Hello everyone, So I decided to go for Dr. Konior during the summer of 2017 and got a reservation for August 8th, 2018. I was 29 at the time and had some pretty extensive frontal balding going on. I had been balding mostly in the front from around age 18 - so pretty early. Luckily I had a decent amount of hair throughout my 20's, but in 2017 I decided I had to do something about my problem. The main issue I had was with people subconsciously scanning my hairline trying to figure out what the problem was up there. The framing in my face was gone and it was constantly drawing eyes, which was not fun. I tried to shave it all off at one point, and although it did look ok, I just didn't feel comfortable with it. The balding was still quite visible, even with a shaved head. I'm sure I would've learned to settle into it, but having hair is always better. It was a year long wait, but finally in August of 2018 I flew out to Chicago, from Norway. I had a few concerns heading into the procedure. One of them was my allergy. I had some pretty bad allergic skin breakouts at the time, and I was also allergic to penicillin, so it was not a good start to the journey ! But the Doctor and his staff were really professional and nice, which made things easier. We decided that it would be ok to skip the antibiotic pills, and instead just use the antibiotic ointment for the postop. Thinking about it now, I'm very glad that I did. Antibiotics wreck havoc on your system, and the risk of infection is tiny with a good clinic and proper wound care. Another concern was nerve damage around the donor area. I'm a bit of a skinny person, so I felt like my nerves would be closer to the surface than other people, but this turned out to be a non-issue. Full sensation returned to the donor area within a couple of months. I think this is due to the fact that he's a great surgeon. I even told him I was worried about it right before he was about to remove the strip, which might've made him be even more careful. Dr. Konior is the only hair transplant surgeon I know of with a cosmetic surgery background, so you're in good hands when it comes to all that. At this point, I have no numbness at all there. I sleep very comfortably. The recipient area is still slightly numb though, but I think that's normal. It's been cut over 3000 times, so it's to be expected. I don't notice the numbness there unless I bump my head into something. If I touch with my fingers it feels ok. And finally, to all the people worrying about when the results will come. Be patient. I was a bit of a slow grower myself. It takes time for the transplanted hair to settle in and mature, and for the blood vessels to grow strong. But, make sure you do a lot of research before you pick your surgeon. You want skilled hands operating on you. -- Anyway, here are some pre-op pics.
Well I thought I’d start by describing how the day went as that’s what most people are interested in and will talk about some other useful stuff in another post… So my procedure day had finally arrived and I was collected from the hotel by Tom (the office manager) at 6am. On arrival I met Lisa who is the lead technician and has worked with Dr Konior for years. With Tom I went through some paperwork, basically signing up to the number of grafts, consent forms and checklists etc. Lisa came in to check my blood pressure and was shortly followed by the Dr. I’m a bit hazy on the details but basically he said we would essentially be doing 2 x 2,000 graft strip surgeries one after the other because the stick and place method of grafting would take a lot of time. The entire strip would be cut in the morning but half would be left in place until the afternoon. It was also suggested that if any sensations above a ‘pinch’ were felt during any stage of the procedure I should make him aware of it. That way we could keep on top of any discomfort. We then moved on to the hairline design. I was handed a cotton swab and asked to outline the shape of where I’d like it. I went pretty conservative. I’m almost 35 and would rather have a solid front 1/2 than a solid front 1/3rd…Anyway, the Dr then got the marker out and drew something way better which would reduce the size of the corners but still covered the front half. It looked great and I couldn’t have made it any better however, I did suggest using some grafts to improve the temple points. They have faded away but not moved since I was in my teens. Next up I had to stand next to the famous green screen for the pre-op photos. I was also given the first couple of shots of valium. One of the techs gave me a disposable shirt to wear so I put that on and was given a restroom opportunity and then led into the surgical room. After the valium you don’t really feel any nerves. First up you lie face down with your head on a donut shaped head support. I was awake for the strip removal but not sure how long it took. It must have been about an hour. There was obviously the shaving of the site and a lot of masking tape to hold adjacent hair back. The numbing shots were sharp but not that bad. My ears were covered with pads as part of the prep by the techs but I could hear the suction device (Spanker told me what that was for the next day) and I think I heard the strip coming out though it didn’t really bother me at all – I’ve seen it done before (the wonders of YouTube). The only minor problem I had was a lack of circulation to my left arm but managed to shift my shoulder into a better position. I got another break and some Gatorade and a snack for 10mins while the room set up was changed, plus another valium pill. It was now time to lie on my back for the planting of the grafts. It must have been about 9am but the next thing I remember is the Dr telling me where I was. It had now fast forwarded to 1:45pm. It was around this time I had the Turkey sandwich lunch that Tom had mentioned in the morning (you can choose alternatives). From then on I can just remember being in a daze, hearing some discussion about needle sizes and grafts, and mentioning to the Dr and Lisa when I started to feel ‘pinching’ sensations. Eventually we broke again for the second part of the strip removal but that only took 10 minutes. I can remember the tugging of the sutures and sound of the staples going in. Everything was well drilled and efficiently done. The last thing I can remember is the temple point work which must have been completed just gone 12. We were all done and dusted and I remember being back in the consultation room being handed a mirror to look at the work and given instructions for the medications. I was driven back to the hotel by one of the techs.. (There was no time for post op photos so they were taken a couple of days later instead.) So that’s all there is to it really. It wasn’t until the day after Dr Konior said it was a really tough day getting the grafts to stay in properly. From my perspective I didn’t know any better so if that is as bad as it gets for the patient then let me tell you you will have nothing to worry about. I came in the following 3 days for a clean up and ended up changing my flight home to a day later. I had a tough time with the swelling but with constant icing I kept it away from my eyes. Apart from that there was no significant discomfort at all. You just have to make sure you follow the medication regime. I have to say that everyone at the office was extremely nice and hardworking, even coming in on their days off. Overall the Dr was very pleased with the healing the following couple of days in both recipient and donor – very little redness or scabbing and some small signs of growth. The staples came out on Day 2 and I didn’t feel a thing. Additional thanks to ... aka Spanker for his special guest appearance! Nice to meet Aaron1234 as well, albeit briefly.
Hello. Please help me decide between Dr. Konior and Dr Shapiro for my first hair transplant. I live in Chicago so Dr. Konior is close, but also Dr. Shapiro is a short flight away. I'm intereted only in FUE ( I keep my hair short). I have average to below average donor area, so every single graft counts. Your feedback is greatly appreciated based on your experience or what you know. Thanks
I just had the transplant done with Dr Konior like an hour back (Thursday). It was such a breezy affair today. I am just 30 years old but my hair doesnt look 30ish so I decided to match it up with my age . I had a consultation with Dr initially 4 months back and he had recommended around 2000 grafts since I was kinda young for a transplant and he wanted it to be conservative. I had loss at my crown too which I hoped would be covered but he told me the importance of conserving hair for the future and placing hair where it factors the most and I did agree with that. I reached the hotel ( Comfort Inn), half a mile from his office on Wednesday evening. Since I live in Indianapolis, I just traveled after work. Since I reached around 6 in the evening, i asked Tom , the manager if he was free and he asked me to come over and we did some paper work and he told he about a place just walkable from the office i could buy food. It was called Pete Market I guess. I went and grabbed some food and headed back to the motel. There's a walgreens and a bank of America too. I just withdrew some cash to pay for my toll . I then washed my head,face and neck with the antibacterial soap , had a medicine, and headed to sleep after a while . I was picked up early in the morning around 6:15 and by the time I reached, Dr Konior was already present. I spend a few minutes with a nurse over there and Dr Konior came over. We talked about the hairline and since we had already agreed with the hairline, we did not have to deviate much with what we thought would be best for us. Dr Konior then asked me to draw the hairline I wanted and I did so and he said " hmm so you want a GQ magazine's cover guy's hairline' . I laughed and said...umm maybe He then drew the hair line and I said that was fine with me. But he started taking pics over and over again and started perfecting the hairline until he felt it was all good. He might have taken over 10 pics and modified the hairline to make sure it's perfect. They then gave me some me medicines and took me to the surgical room. I could see the doctor going over the pics again and again which I was guess was his planning what was best for me. They asked me to lie down to take the donor.it might be 8am or earlier by then. And I did not see what was done but i felt small prickings which was to numb me i guess.I had made sure that I slept late the previous night and woke up early today so that I would for sure be sleepy even if the valium did not work on me;) the next thing i knew was the clipping which I guess was the donor being stiched. It might have taken over an hour. And then I was turned back facing my head upwards for the transplant to start. And all i knew was I waking up at around 12:30 and asking if I could go to the restroom. It was over in 2 mins and I was back to my baby sleep. And the next thing I remember was them saying its all over. and i was like wow. Did everything just happen in 30 mins?. But it was 5pm by then. And the doctors said I was a very very good patient as I did not disturb them the least. And another good news he told me was instead of the initial 2000 -2400 grafts we had planned, he went to 2960 ish and I was like wow, thats a bonus. And he was very kind enough to not charge me for it. He only charged me for 2600. I dont' know how many doctor's do that. First of all he tell me we can do with very less grafts. Then he does more grafts and on top of that he dont charge for the extra grafts. That speaks volumes of how professional he is and how much he thinks about the welfare of his patients. So now am back to my motel with the ice pack and ready to take the meds and will head back to his office tomorrow for some cleanup again.And I have not still seen my donor area as I had grown my hair long like 4-5 months and its covering all of my donor.If someone looks at my head, they would have no clue as to where the donor hair came from . I will be posting my pictures soon as I currently don't feel like walking around with my camera and taking pics. But I promise I'll do it this week. And here's a link to my blog I had created a few months back Hair Restoration Social Network - Hair Loss Patient Blogs. So I guess my wait begins with the work of my magician Dr Konior.