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Dr Cooley - 4140 FUT - December 18 2018

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I wanted to share my hair transplant journey, which I started on December 18th with Dr Cooley.  My experience and procedure is very similar to Merlin, who had his 1 week before mine.  I have been very grateful to communicate with Merlin during this process!

Like many, my hair loss has been going on for years, since I was 19.  I first noticed the receding, then got comments about looking a little thin up top when I was in my late 30's.  I tried Rogaine for a few years, but wasn't very consistent with it, and was excited to get the transplant in December for a better solution to my thinning.  I started taking finasteride (1/3 tablet M,W,F), and Rogaine around the procedure.  In hindsight I wish I had taken the Fin much sooner to help slow the progression.  I also started taking a multi vitamin, sulpher, and biotin at that time as well.  For what it's worth I also take flax seed oil and collagen daily.

Hair placement - When I with Dr Cooley the day of the procedure, he recommended that we go for a more mature hairline, and use the rest of the grafts to fill in the crown.  When reviewing my pre and post op photos I am very glad he suggested that, as I wasn't aware of how large the bare spot on my crown had become.  The procedure went as others have described, and I slept or listened to music for much of the time.  I only felt very minor discomfort at the very end of the procedure, about 9 hours in.  I used the spray and kept my hair covered for about 2 weeks, and think this helped to allow things to heal well, and minimize the itching and scabs.  

I did have some shock loss in the recipient area, and donor areas that started about 1 month after the surgery.  While alarming, and very odd looking, all of this has now recovered as Dr Cooley and Brandi said it would.  During that ugly duckling phase, I wore a hat as much as possible and just tried to grin and bear it knowing it was temporary.  It was not awesome, but well worth the end result I am hoping for and starting to see.

Graft Count:

Singles - 811

Doubles - 1871

Triples - 1433

Quads - 25

Pre Op and Day of Surgery Photos Below - I will add progress photos as a reply.  Thanks!PreOp.thumb.jpeg.bf1de0c04ba72723f74911a5cd8bba43.jpeg

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Week 13:  Seeing very good growth in the front.  Less so in the crown, as it is slower to get going for me.file1-18.thumb.jpeg.4bd7cfc4d5808a64a2f0e450d94b0a86.jpeg

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Week 15 - the growth is really amazing, and has had a pronounced effect on my hair looking fuller.  I am now starting to see good growth in the crown.  I bought a magnifying camera from amazon (after seeing someone on this forum do the same), and can see the implanted hairs quite clearly.  Everywhere I see a circle where a hair was implanted, I can see 1 or more hairs growing out of it.  Very exciting and cant wait for it to keep going.

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Thanks for the great write up GrowingHair! I think you're in for some stellar results. Dr. Cooley is on my top choices for FUT surgeons

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Here are some updated photos from today, showing the hairline and crown.  The difference in the hairline is already pleasing, and I am excited for the baby hairs to keep growing 🙂

First 2 photos are for reference - Pre and immediately post op:

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15 weeks and 2 days

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On 4/2/2019 at 4:26 PM, mephesto said:

Thanks for the great write up GrowingHair! I think you're in for some stellar results. Dr. Cooley is on my top choices for FUT surgeons

Thank you mephesto!  I appreciate the feedback and hope so too.  Couldn't be happier with Dr Cooley, I feel very lucky to live in Charlotte right near his office.

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Here is a 20 week update.  I've noticed a lot of continued growth, especially in the front. The crown continues to be slower in my opinion, but my wife and the lady that cuts my hair say the crown is really filing in as well. I have noticed the growth rate of my hair is very fast, and I wonder if the daily vitamins, sulfur, and biotin are contributing to that.  I'm now able to style my hair pretty easily, and look forward to continued growth and filling in.

I can't really see or feel the scar, and all of the shock loss areas have now recovered. I'll try to post better pictures of the scar when I can.

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I think it's not very bad you have got very good results as you need to be patient for the best results..

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Even your early growth improves your hairline and crown appearance. You're improving daily over your pre-HT days. Keep up the updates!


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Thank you everyone for the feedback!  After reviewing so many people's stories I really wasn't expecting much until 7 months, and very pleased at how things are progressing for only being at 5 months. I found a picture today from April 12th below), and the difference is pronounced. The new hair was basically a shadow then. When you see something every day you don't really see how much it's changed. I recently got a haircut and some friends commented that it looked good. They asked if I got a new lady, remarking how nice it looked, not knowing I've had a HT.  It was pretty cool 😊

Hope everyone has a great night - thanks again.

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Everything is looking awesome 👏🏼 

please consider creating a patient website, it’s free and it gets linked to your surgeons profile. Really helps others when researching a surgeon.

 https://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/blog/


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Sorry for the delay in updating!  Growth continues to improve, with a huge difference in the front.  In my opinion the crown is still slower to get going, but is filling in nicely.  My wife says the thinner crown is not very noticeable in day to day viewing, but always seems to look more sparse in the photos. I do feel lots of stubble in the crown from newer hairs still getting going.   I'll try to get some closer shots of the front hairline to add soon.  Thanks for all the feedback and words of encouragement! file1-28.thumb.jpeg.6ef476ee5d0af151bf76243951562b3c.jpegfile-65.thumb.jpeg.61af1a9484a0397dca07f47d8b2ffebc.jpegfile-66.thumb.jpeg.60341af3aba1ef444552d893ec409c3e.jpeg

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Progress looks amazing! I'm also interested in the front hairline whenever you have time to post it.

How does the scar look so far?

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Looks good. Just had my HT done with Jerry Cooley. Great guy/staff !! Looking forward to seeing the results !

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Hello Everyone,
 

Been quite some time since I've updated, so my apologies for the delay. Today is 9 months 1 week since my surgery, and my hair has really improved. The front has had excellent growth and most hairs there seem thick and blend in really well with my existing hair. The back has improved a lot, but hasn't "filled in" to me like the front has. I see a lot of fine hairs in the crown which should continue to mature and thicken, and my wife says it doesn't look thin in day to day viewing, despite the pictures showing it being a little thinner. I am super pleased with the progress, especially when looking at photos just after the surgery. It seems my progress is good for 9 months and I'll update over the next few months as I go. 
 

From treatment standpoint I continue to use Rogaine foam (Walmart brand), Fin m/w/f 1/3 pill.

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On 7/22/2019 at 8:55 PM, ck432 said:

Looks good. Just had my HT done with Jerry Cooley. Great guy/staff !! Looking forward to seeing the results !

Congratulations!  How is yours coming along so far?

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Everything is looking good thanks for updating.


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On 9/21/2019 at 11:48 AM, GrowingHair said:

Congratulations!  How is yours coming along so far?

Apologies on the slow response. Just saw it. Just passed the 2 month mark. Had it done July 16. Still have numbness in the recipient and donor areas. Also a little shockloss in the back. After the shedding it looks just like it did before the surgery. Trying to be patient. I know it takes a little while. But just got a haircut and it will be nice to see the new stuff come in.

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Looks awesome! Congrats and enjoy!


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