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4023 grafts FUT Dr Ron Shapiro SMG - Oct 20th 2014


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Hi Folks,

I sincerely appreciate & thanks HairRestorationNetwork for all the guidance & support. The best feeling in the world is knowing that you finally took a step in the right direction, a step towards a better future.

I am excited, positive & hoping for this best after this procedure.

BIG thanks to all the fellow members for their support & help especially Matt1978, Spanker, Janna & Hariri.

I just reached hotel after a mega session with Dr Ron Shapiro.

After almost 1 year of extensive reseach I decided to go ahead with Dr Ron Shapiro of SMG.

Matt Zupan was great during the consultation & answered all my questions.

We planned for 4500 grafts via FUT however we were able to just extract 4023 for this session. I was little disappointed with this. However I really hope 4023 grafts will give me solid base & the transformation I am looking towards.

I drove from Chicago to Bloomington MN for the procedure (that's where SMG is located).

I reached at 8 AM local time. They started taking my pre op pics. After that I spent around 30 mins with Dr Ron Shapiro to discuss the action plan. After taking to him I was pretty certain that I am in safe hands.

Right after session with Dr. Shapiro, the staff immediately came into action as this was a mega session.

They took my blood pressure & then strip was extracted. I had to lay down on my stomach for about 30 mins during this procedure.

Once the strip was extracted I saw technicians working towards grafts extraction.

Then doc Shapiro started incursions, created the hairline which was discussed during the acton plan.

 

I just wanted to start this blog just track down the progress of my HT. I will write my experince in detail soon.

Right now I am too tired after that mega procedure.

Many thanks to Dr Shapiro & the staff for taking caring of everything so professionally & nicely. I appreciate it from from bottom of my heart.

 

I am attaching pre ops pics.

 

Thanks

 

Sunny

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Congratulations Sunny! As you are well aware, you chose one of the best surgeons in the world for your procedure. The work looks very clean and refined and the plan shows an excellent use of 4,000 grafts. I'm sure you'll be thrilled once you reach the end of your journey.

 

Best of luck!

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Nice one, and while you say it was 'only' 4023 grafts you still got 300 more hairs than I did.

 

Also, the top of your head looks smaller than average so I'd say there is reason to be highly optimistic :).

 

BTW, you will look even more like this guy once it has grown out:

 

Michael Pe?a - IMDb

 

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4,312 FUT grafts (7,676 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - August 2013

1,145 FUE grafts (3,152 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - August 2018

763 FUE grafts (2,094 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - January 2020

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Nice one, and while you say it was 'only' 4023 grafts you still got 300 more hairs than I did.

 

Also, the top of your head looks smaller than average so I'd say there is reason to be highly optimistic :).

 

BTW, you will look even more like this guy once it has grown out:

 

Michael Pe?a - IMDb

 

lol

 

 

Hey Matt,

I thank you for taking time out to answer my questions. I am sure that you have had been really busy and I appreciate you taking the time to respond personally to my messages. Thank you again.

 

Man I would be delighted if my results are 70% as good as yours :-)

 

Regards,

Sunny

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Congratulations Sunny! As you are well aware, you chose one of the best surgeons in the world for your procedure. The work looks very clean and refined and the plan shows an excellent use of 4,000 grafts. I'm sure you'll be thrilled once you reach the end of your journey.

 

Best of luck!

 

David, thanks for the kind words.

I'll surely notify everyone with the latest updates.

Dr Ron is defo one of the best in the world.

SMG is a dream team.

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Congratulations. I agree with everything that has been said. It looks like an excellent use of grafts. Conservative enough for your loss but not too densely placed. One question I have is if you are on finasteride or not. My prediction is that you'll have a great outcome and depending on the caliber of your hair and hair greed may reach out for another procedure. However I feel very confident that ten months from now you'll have a nice natural really and look much better than pre op.

 

Good luck.

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Hi Spanker,

Thanks for the valuable feedback.

Yes i am using Propecia but its just been 2 months only. I'll continue to use Propecia from here on. 5 mg per week approximately.

 

Right after procedure I started using post OP spray provided by SMG. I am using it almost every 30 mins to ensure grafts are never dry.

 

I am using CraftCyte shampoo which was provided by smg post procedure.

 

Dr Ron suggested using rogan foam once a day but after 3 weeks post OP or so. I'll consider that.

 

There are couple of other medicine i am using again those were provided by SMG.

 

I will start taking daily vitamins after few days.

 

Regards

Sunny

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Hi Sunny,

 

Your recipient area will heal very well if you use the Liposomal ATP spray as we recommended. The blue/purple skin dye will fade fairly quickly with each shampoo. Thanks for posting and looking forward to following your progress.

 

All the best! :)

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Hi SunnyCool,

 

Glad to see you're on the other side of the OP now and the work looks very clean. This will turn out great I'm sure!

 

Thanks man. Hoping for the best. Surgery went really smooth and I've been healing well.

 

I am going to Dr Konior's clinic for sutures removal on Friday.

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I had very bad swelling around forehead and eyes between day 2 - 4. I couldn't even open my right eye for couple of days. I applied ice packs which helped a little. However it's getting back to normal now as swelling is under control. It seems that was just part of the process.

 

I had some itchiness & pain (not very bad) around donor area. I believe it will be better once sutures are removed. At times I take pain killer which was provided by SMG. Janna suggested Advil (or Ibuprofen) to help with inflammation, irritation, & pain. I will see if irritation is under control once staples are removed on Friday. I am really looking forward to that.

 

I haven't started using Rogaine foam yet. I plan to wait for another 10 to 14 days before I start using it.

 

I am attaching some day 9 pics. Please comment & provide feedback.

 

I think the grafts are about to shed which will start ugly duckling phase. I've 3 more weeks left before I go back to work. I think it's a good enough time to come up with an action plan and try different looks using concealers like Nanogen etc (if required). I think I have enough hair on the sides to cover up the scalp area so might not use Nanogen at all. That's what Dr Ron also told me that I wouldn't need any concealers. Let's see!

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Looking good, Sunny! I worry about the ugly duckling phase a little bit too, but I am thinking the best thing to do is trim my sides and back down as far as I dare (without exposing scar) to basically make it look like I made a choice to not have my hair so long or hide the top anymore. In our "before" pictures, you and I both wore our hair pretty long, probably to give the appearance of more of it...the reality, however, is that we never really had much left on top. Other people could see that fact even if we felt we had more hair than we really did by wearing it longer. So a trim down probably would look like just that to other people - a trim. I am also thinking about growing out a 5 o'clock shadow beard - a look no one has ever seen me in before. That would throw off ugly duckling attention as well, and it is perfect timing as cold weather approaches.

 

Just some thoughts/ideas as you look ahead to shedding and heading back to work...I know that has been a concern for you.

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Looking good, Sunny! I worry about the ugly duckling phase a little bit too, but I am thinking the best thing to do is trim my sides and back down as far as I dare (without exposing scar) to basically make it look like I made a choice to not have my hair so long or hide the top anymore. In our "before" pictures, you and I both wore our hair pretty long, probably to give the appearance of more of it...the reality, however, is that we never really had much left on top. Other people could see that fact even if we felt we had more hair than we really did by wearing it longer. So a trim down probably would look like just that to other people - a trim. I am also thinking about growing out a 5 o'clock shadow beard - a look no one has ever seen me in before. That would throw off ugly duckling attention as well, and it is perfect timing as cold weather approaches.

 

Just some thoughts/ideas as you look ahead to shedding and heading back to work...I know that has been a concern for you.

 

 

Thanks. These are some cool ideas. I'll try different things before I go back to work. I also have an idea of growing beard in my mind. My office environment is very formal & professional so wearing hat isn't an option. :mad:

I think picture will be more clear once shedding concludes. Then I can experiment a bit with my looks before going back to office. Scalp camouflaging/concealing agents like Nanogen, Dermmatch etc might help however I have never used them before so I have no clue. But they are worth trying during ugly duckling phase.

 

I took 4 weeks off from work and can manage to work from home for a week. So I got 5 weeks in hands.

Also, I have noticed that lots of people go on vacation for Christmas etc in December. December is slow month as far as work is concerned. I will be doing work from home a lot in December. I'll try my best to put this whole hair transplant thing on back burner for 4 months and spend some quality time with my family.

 

These days I am trying to improve my rankings on Chess.com and trying to research some cool openings in chess - keeps me busy!!! This is much better than checking in the mirror on a daily/hourly basis. :cool:

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