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2052 Graft FUT Procedure with Dr. Glenn Charles

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I figured I would post the before and after pictures of my procedure for the community. I thought about having a hair transplant for a long time and Dr. Charles and I stayed very conservative with our approach, but I'm still expecting great results in a few months. I had a very receded hairline, and if you look at my Propecia album from 10 years ago you'll see it has always been extremely receded but has since stabilized thanks to Propecia. And yes, the penis works just fine.

 

I thought about getting this procedure since I was 26 (currently 35), so it is bizarre to finally be on the other side of having a hair transplant. The procedure was fairly painless. I didn't mind the anesthesia at all, but the last hour of the surgery became slightly uncomfortable because the donor area was tender and I was still on my back as they were inserting the final grafts. Apart from the first two nights where I definitely needed the painkillers to lay down on the donor area, recovery was a breeze.

 

I had another doctor, who works with a plastic surgeon in Jacksonville, take out the sutures and both she and my hair stylist( who is from Miami and has seen a lot of bad transplants) believe Dr. Charles did an exceptional job with the donor area. It's honestly a pain in the ass to attempt to find the donor area to show family and friends-- I believe that is a very good problem to have.

 

I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Charles and his staff and I hope the final results match the quality of my procedure. My first contact with their office was in 2011, so to say that they were patient and took time to answer all my questions is an understatement.

 

Overall, the procedure was fun! People back home cannot believe how clean and minimal the procedure appeared when I drove back to Jacksonville the following morning.

 

I am not going to update every month, but I will update at month 4 or 5 as the results begin to manifest. My fingers are crossed that I am a fast grower, but I've read enough of these threads to know to trust my doctor at this point and enjoy the recovery and growth, even if my growth is on the slower side of life. I added more pictures, but they did not show up for some reason. If anyone is interested, they are in my photo album.

 

Videos of my procedure can also be viewed at drglenncharles on his Instagram page if you are interested. I look pretty dumb, but if it helps you it's worth it ;) If anyone in Florida is considering a hair transplant and has any questions please feel free to message to me.

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wanted to add some details

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I actually do not have any pictures of my scar.  I attempted to take a picture for you but I can't seem to find it.  I had a different plastic surgeon in Jax remove my sutures since Dr. Charles office is four hours away and she thought he did an excellent job.  I can still feel the internal sutures as I don't think they are completely dissolved yet.  It feels like there is a raised section of my head where the scar is, but I'm struggling to photograph this area.  I can barely get my friends and family to see the scar when I show it to them.  In a few months, when I update the rest of the pictures I'll get someone to run a comb through my hair so we can get a better idea of the quality of the scar.  I hate to say this, but it does seem like I'll get close to that "pencil thin" quality scar that people claim does not happen.     

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It's so weird;  I never understood why people don't post updates but after going through the dance I get it.  I've had results, and in my opinion, pretty damn good results.  However, they are not as good as the chia pet results that are always posted to this site.  I've realized this website mainly posts only the very best results.  Apart from skill of the doctor, I now understand that individual hair transplant also have a huge luck factor.  All my graphs have grown in, but compared to guys with smaller foreheads or thicker natural hair, anything I post to this page is going to be criticized and I don't feel like dealing with the bullshit.  

My transplant was great and it has transformed my life.  I'm way more confident, no one knows what I did, and the people who I have told think it looks really great.  I also know I would like a 2nd procedure eventually to lower my hairline a little more and to add a little more density because I have naturally thin hair.  

Maybe I'll post some pics in the future.  But honestly, I don't think about hair loss anymore nor does it consume me like it used to.  That's a major fucking win.  I fully reccomend Dr. Charles and don't think you should take the risk going to Turkey or advise spending 20 grand just because you think the quality of your magical hair transplant will be that much better.  

Research your doctor.  Talk to some patients.  If it bothers you enough, get a hair transplant.  If money was no object, I'd do a second procedure in June.  However, I'm going to pay off grad school first.  I don't feel bald anymore.  I just feel like I have a naturally high hairline and I can live with that.  I'm more concerned with being ripped than I am with my hairline and that is an awesome feeling.    

Good luck to you guys.  

 

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On 1/24/2019 at 5:39 AM, kaliber said:

It's so weird;  I never understood why people don't post updates but after going through the dance I get it.  I've had results, and in my opinion, pretty damn good results.  However, they are not as good as the chia pet results that are always posted to this site.  I've realized this website mainly posts only the very best results.  Apart from skill of the doctor, I now understand that individual hair transplant also have a huge luck factor.  All my graphs have grown in, but compared to guys with smaller foreheads or thicker natural hair, anything I post to this page is going to be criticized and I don't feel like dealing with the bullshit.  

My transplant was great and it has transformed my life.  I'm way more confident, no one knows what I did, and the people who I have told think it looks really great.  I also know I would like a 2nd procedure eventually to lower my hairline a little more and to add a little more density because I have naturally thin hair.  

Maybe I'll post some pics in the future.  But honestly, I don't think about hair loss anymore nor does it consume me like it used to.  That's a major fucking win.  I fully reccomend Dr. Charles and don't think you should take the risk going to Turkey or advise spending 20 grand just because you think the quality of your magical hair transplant will be that much better.  

Research your doctor.  Talk to some patients.  If it bothers you enough, get a hair transplant.  If money was no object, I'd do a second procedure in June.  However, I'm going to pay off grad school first.  I don't feel bald anymore.  I just feel like I have a naturally high hairline and I can live with that.  I'm more concerned with being ripped than I am with my hairline and that is an awesome feeling.    

Good luck to you guys.  

 

Hey Kaliber, do you have any updated pictures since you did this?

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Thanks for the thorough and detailed review, Kaliber!


Hair Restoration Professional since 2008. Patient Coordinator for Dr. Glenn Charles of Charles Medical Group. Here to help spread accurate information and dispel the myths surrounding modern day hair restoration.

I am not a medical professional and do not make medical recommendations or offer medical advice. All opinions and views shared are my own.

 

 

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