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I had a HT with dr. Cooley last week. I just got some pictures yesterday. My weblog was updated with pictures as well as a detailed account of my journey in dealing with my hairloss. You can view my weblog here: http://www.hairtransplantnetwo...e-page.asp?WebID=502

 

I will frequently update my weblog throughout my growth journey.

 

A great thanks to many members of HTN who helped and guided me through this journey.

 

Density achieved: about 60 FU/cm2 at the hairline and decrease upward. Grafts were placed at the frontal third of the head.

 

1 hair = 717

2 hair = 908

3 hair = 464

4 hair = 8

 

Total grafts = 2097

Total hairs = 3957

 

Donor density: 85 FU/cm2

Strip was 20 cm X 1-1.4cm wide

Trichophytic closure, non dissolvable sutures

Platenet rich plasma (PRP) used

 

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HT with Dr. Cooley on Nov 20, 2008

2097 grafts, 3957 hairs

Proscar, 1.25 mg daily, skip the 5th day, started Nov 2007

 

My Hair Loss Blog - Hair Transplant with Dr. Cooley

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congratulations latinlotus!!!

so far so good. looks like a clean work. you are my fellow canadian so why did you pick dr. cooley? why not H&W or Rahal since you went the strip route?

 

P.S.

please get back to me on the toppik topic icon_smile.gif

cheers


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Thanks GQ.

How do i get the feeling that only a HT forum would have an user with such a name! I think we are a bunch of metrosexuals icon_smile.gif

You would never see such a name on, say, a renovation forum.

 

Please check my weblog for reasons for going with dr. Cooley. Beside, Charlotte is only a 2 hours flight from Montreal. H&W and Rahal are great doctors so you can't go wrong with them either.


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HT with Dr. Cooley on Nov 20, 2008

2097 grafts, 3957 hairs

Proscar, 1.25 mg daily, skip the 5th day, started Nov 2007

 

My Hair Loss Blog - Hair Transplant with Dr. Cooley

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Man, that looks impeccable. You also must have done a really good job at keeping the area. No chunky scabs or anything. Your post-op period so far must have been relatively comfortable, not having to deal with a lot of crusty-crust junk up there and also having a really good looking scar. Awesome stuff.


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Latinlotus,

 

As usual, Dr. Cooley's work is clean and ultra refined. I expect you'll have a very nice result and be pleased with your new hairline.

 

Even before your hair transplant, you've been a patient's champion. Thanks for all your insightful contributions and I look forward to your continued involvement and following your progress.

 

Best wishes and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Bill


I am the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Hair Loss Learning Center, the Hair Loss Q&A Blog and this Hair Loss Forum. I am also a 4 time hair transplant patient. View my patient hair loss website to view my entire hair restoration journey with photos.

Remember, true beauty radiates from within, not from the skin.

I am not a medical professional and my words should not be taken as medical advice. All opinions and views shared are my own.

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Thanks Balody

Thanks Bill

Thanks Youngsuccess. My post-op care is just standard. Pooring water and shampoo on the grafts once a day. Spray Regranex gel (some kind of growth factor solution that dr. Cooley gave me) on the grafts 4 to 6 times a day. I think the real factor may be the addition of PRP during the surgery, which is supposed to speed up the healing. You can check my weblog for a more detailed explanation.

 

Happy Thanksgiving to our American members.


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HT with Dr. Cooley on Nov 20, 2008

2097 grafts, 3957 hairs

Proscar, 1.25 mg daily, skip the 5th day, started Nov 2007

 

My Hair Loss Blog - Hair Transplant with Dr. Cooley

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Latinlotus,

 

Congratulations on what appears to be an outstanding surgery. The work look very refined, clean and the density looks great - without it going overboard. Your post op healing also seems excellent.

 

You've done a great deal of research online and have also helped others focus on getting the best results. You certainly deserve the first rate results you've gotten.

 

Pat


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Thanks Pat again for publishing this web site, which saved me from going to that famous FUE doctor.

 

I do think with the money we, HT patients, are paying, as well as the impact it does to our image, i think we all deserve to get first rate results.

 

At day 7, I just had my first real hair wash yesterday. It feels so good. I am just waiting for the growth phase now.


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HT with Dr. Cooley on Nov 20, 2008

2097 grafts, 3957 hairs

Proscar, 1.25 mg daily, skip the 5th day, started Nov 2007

 

My Hair Loss Blog - Hair Transplant with Dr. Cooley

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Hi All,

 

I just updated my weblog with week 2 pictures. Please check it out.

 

Not much change since day 6. I had my first regular shampoo on day 8, using my fingers tips (not nails) to massage recipient sites to remove the little remaining scabs. I could not remove all the scabs at the scar as they are stuck to the sutures. I noticed some native hairs loss. Maybe due to my imagination, maybe due to shock loss, but in any case, there was not much.

 

Just went for my sutures removal with Dr. Kohn, an experienced local HT doctor referred to me by dr. Cooley. It is about time as the scar became a bit itchy in the last 3 days because the stitches compressed on the skin. The nurse did an amazing job removing the sutures as well as the remaining scabs. The experience was painless. I feel bad for those who had staples, who had to endure them at night and who had to go through an uncomfortable process of staples removal. For those who travel for HT, I highly recommend to go to a local HT doctor (or plastic surgeon) for suture/staple removal. It is simply too complex to have it done by a regular doctor, or by yourself/spouse.

 

On the pic, the scar looks as good as I can hope for. Just hope that it will not stretch. Most redness surrounding the scar is caused by the sutures. Otherwise, I would say it is pretty clean.

 

The transplanted hairs are still there and are growing. I think about 30%-50% shed so far.


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I am not a doctor. The opinions and comments are of my own.

 

HT with Dr. Cooley on Nov 20, 2008

2097 grafts, 3957 hairs

Proscar, 1.25 mg daily, skip the 5th day, started Nov 2007

 

My Hair Loss Blog - Hair Transplant with Dr. Cooley

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looking good LL!! The journey has just begun for you and you have an exciting road ahead of you.

 

I look forward to following your progress...

 

Thank you for sharing and look forward to many more posts from you.


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Latinlotus.

 

You're lucky to have healed so fast. Maybe you are one of those patients that have amazing healing characteristics. Or maybe it's Dr. Cooley's skill. Or perhaps even the Platelet Rich Plasma. I'm guessing it may be a little bit of both icon_smile.gif.

 

Keep us posted icon_smile.gif

 

Bill


I am the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Hair Loss Learning Center, the Hair Loss Q&A Blog and this Hair Loss Forum. I am also a 4 time hair transplant patient. View my patient hair loss website to view my entire hair restoration journey with photos.

Remember, true beauty radiates from within, not from the skin.

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PGP, Eman, Dakota: thanks for the encouragement.

 

Bill: we all know many factors affect healing. One thing that i am pretty sure that did NOT help with my healing is my body characteristics. Based on my health history the last 3 years, I would rate my health (healing ability) as worse than average.

 

As for Platenet Rich Plasma (PRP), Dr. Cooley did notice quick healing with his patients who got that treatment. More research (data) are still being gathered (by dr.Cooley) though to isolate the impact. In the meantime, i would recommend all Cooley's patients to try PRP (if offered by dr. Cooley) as there is really no drawback, (apart from minor pain from the needle to draw blood and some immaterial extra cost 250$-500$). Dr. Cooley does not really offer that for the money, but rather it is a plus, in his opinion, for his patients.

 

In any case, healing is one thing. What really matters will be the final result.


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I am not a doctor. The opinions and comments are of my own.

 

HT with Dr. Cooley on Nov 20, 2008

2097 grafts, 3957 hairs

Proscar, 1.25 mg daily, skip the 5th day, started Nov 2007

 

My Hair Loss Blog - Hair Transplant with Dr. Cooley

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Hi all:

 

I just updated my week 3 and 4 pictures.

 

Just had my first haircut since HT. I asked the barber to be careful not to cut too short and expose the scar, which i think he did a good job. I think almost all of transplanted hairs had now shed. It is almost like before HT. Although i am still very careful with the scar and not try to have any neck flexion, the scar is no longer an issue for me: no pain, no tightness, i can barely feel it with my fingers, there is just a pinkish scar line.

 

Although, I did not have shock loss in the recipient sites (thanks god!), I do have an issue with donor shock loss that appeared in after week 2.

 

This is the a pic about the progression of the donor shock loss, with comparison photos between the week 2, week 2.5, week 3 and week 4. Although the back side's minor shock losses seemed stabilized, the right side of the scar has a spot that seems the be growing slightly since week 3. Hopefully, it does not expand. The left side of scar has no issue at all.

 

I wonder if any of you had shock loss AFTER 2 weeks? Dr. Cooley told me that normally it occurs during the first two weeks. Thanks.


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HT with Dr. Cooley on Nov 20, 2008

2097 grafts, 3957 hairs

Proscar, 1.25 mg daily, skip the 5th day, started Nov 2007

 

My Hair Loss Blog - Hair Transplant with Dr. Cooley

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Missed this thread.....the work looks sweet as everyone else has said, and you've healed remarkably! Look forward to seeing your end-result, though prolly not as much as you! icon_smile.gif


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1 top-down, 1 portrait, 1 side-shot, 1 hairline....4 photos. No flash.

 

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As I've said before, around month four my scar was very, very hard to detect by touch or sight. It's like hairs started growing into it.

 

My wife was rubbing her finger on it Sunday and I asked if she could feel the scar, and she said exactly, "no, I forgot about that scar. Does it hurt?" Of course it doesn't.


100? 'mini' grapfts by Latham's Hair Clinic - 1991 (Removed 50 plugs by Cooley 3/08.)

2750 FU 3/20/08 by Dr. Cooley

 

My Hair Loss Website - Hair Transplant with Dr. Cooley

 

Current regimen:

1.66 mg Proscar M-W-F

Rogaine 5% Foam - every now and then

AndroGel - once daily

Lipitor - 5 mg every other day

Weightlifting - 2x per week

Jogging - 3x per week

 

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thana: i learn a new word today! is prolly = probably?

 

dewayne: did you have any shock loss at the donor? if yes when?

 

Thanks.


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HT with Dr. Cooley on Nov 20, 2008

2097 grafts, 3957 hairs

Proscar, 1.25 mg daily, skip the 5th day, started Nov 2007

 

My Hair Loss Blog - Hair Transplant with Dr. Cooley

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Originally posted by latinlotus:

thana: i learn a new word today! is prolly = probably?

 

dewayne: did you have any shock loss at the donor? if yes when?

 

Thanks.

 

I had a little bit of shock loss at a couple of weeks, but not as much as yours looks. All in all, I was very lucky in that I didn't have any of the usually mentioned ill-effects of the transplant; ie, shockloss, swelling, etc. If that bothers you, I'd try some Dermmatch to cover it for a few weeks.

 

But, I am / was a slow grower somewhat so that's what I got. I was hoping I'd have a full head of hair at five months like the kind seen on here ocassionally, but it wasn't to be. I've noticed some big differences between months 7 & 9.

 

My number one goal was to get a natural looking head of hair, even if I didn't turn back the clock to age 21, and I think I have. I didn't lower my hairline or put many grafts into the crown, but my transplant is virtually undetectable I'd bet. Maybe Feller, Shapiro, Bill, etc. could tell I've had a transplant, but I doubt most anyone else could tell.

 

Having said all that, I wish I'd spent another $3k for 1500 or so more grafts in the crown.


100? 'mini' grapfts by Latham's Hair Clinic - 1991 (Removed 50 plugs by Cooley 3/08.)

2750 FU 3/20/08 by Dr. Cooley

 

My Hair Loss Website - Hair Transplant with Dr. Cooley

 

Current regimen:

1.66 mg Proscar M-W-F

Rogaine 5% Foam - every now and then

AndroGel - once daily

Lipitor - 5 mg every other day

Weightlifting - 2x per week

Jogging - 3x per week

 

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Dewayne.

I don't really need Dermatch since and scar and the spot of shock loss is well hidden by my hair. Also, it does not bother me much. I just hope it is not permanent. Thanks.


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HT with Dr. Cooley on Nov 20, 2008

2097 grafts, 3957 hairs

Proscar, 1.25 mg daily, skip the 5th day, started Nov 2007

 

My Hair Loss Blog - Hair Transplant with Dr. Cooley

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Prolly = probably! Keep up the great updates!


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1 top-down, 1 portrait, 1 side-shot, 1 hairline....4 photos. No flash.

 

Follicles have asked for centuries, in ten languages, as many times so as to confuse a mathematician.

 

Enough is enough! Give me documentation or give me death!

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thanks for the update latinlotus. i know you are at the shit phase right now. that bold patch under your scar deff looks like shock loss. don't be putting any crap on your head for at least 1 year post op regardless what you read and what you've been told. so non of the dermatch, toppik, gel or what not, none of that crap bro. baseball cap is fine though. not tight off course. trust me....

 

can you put few drops of minox on the shock area and rub it in while you're doing the regular routine daily??? also 1x or 2x daily minox???


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thank GQ:

 

I don't believe in minox. Beside it is also too messy. I guess i will just ride it out and hope the hair at the donor, and most importantly, at the recipient site will grow in the next few months.


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HT with Dr. Cooley on Nov 20, 2008

2097 grafts, 3957 hairs

Proscar, 1.25 mg daily, skip the 5th day, started Nov 2007

 

My Hair Loss Blog - Hair Transplant with Dr. Cooley

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ll,

i know that some people choose not to use anything after their HT and they just come out fine. put i always wondered what is the percentage of those. if the final result is not satisfactory to them in the end, their doc can always slam them on that card especially if they were instructed to do so. what do you think of this theory and were you instructed to apply minox? did doc tell you it is optional? and what about fin? please let me know as i'm very curious. thanks.


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