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Hello there folks - long time lurker in this forum. I finally decided to go in for my procedure this week. I chose Dr. Scott Alexander in Phoneix for my procedure. I had consulted with a few other doctors as well, and all of them gave me pretty much the same recommendations (except one):

1. Dr. Blake Bloxham - 2500 - 3000 FUT
2. Dr. Jae Pak - 2000 - 2500 FUT
3. Dr. Sahar Nadimi(Konior) - 2500 - 3000 FUT
4. Dr. Shaver (Bernstein) - 2500 FUT
5. Dr. Hasson - 5000 FUE
6. Dr. Alexaner 3000+FUT

I also tried contacting Dr. Gabel a couple of times, but didn't get a response.

I decided to go in with Dr. Alexander because of his excellent results that look extremely natural. Also, he was closer to me than the others (I live in NorCal)

I am not going to bore you all with the details of my history - but just a quick background - Norwood 5A, Age 28 and been on Fin for past 1.5 years.

I initially had a FaceTime consult with Dr. Alexander where he examined my hair and answered any questions I had. He recommended a 3000+ FUT as a first procedure to address the hairline and frontal scalp. And another 3000+ FUT after a year for the crown area.

I booked a procedure date with him for Sept 10th. Since he had not physically seen me before, I was asked to come in the day before my procedure. He examined my donor and drew the hairline he thought would look good. I liked the design. I was out in about 20 minutes.

The next day I was asked to be in the clinic at 7.30 AM. I was kinda nervous in the beginning. I had to sign some paperwork and they offered me a Xanax (which I refused). I then went in to meet Dr. Alexander. He started by drawing the hairline again. A few changes and we were ready to start.

I was numbed at the back and he started to cut out the strip. This took about an hour. I was told I have thick skin. LOL (turns out my Mom was right all these years)
Dr. Alexander then started stitching me up. He uses two layers of stitches. This procedure took about 1.5 hours. In the meantime, his techs started dissecting the strip in the next room. I was also asked for my choice of lunch.
Next, I was numbed up in the front. Dr. then started making the incisions into which he would place the grafts. He told me he wanted to concentrate and not to talk to him. I selected a movie, and let him do his work. This took about 2-3 hours.
I then had a quick lunch and went back into the procedure room. The techs then started placin the grafts into my head. Dr. Alexander only came in to numb me up when needed. The techs took turns working on me (about 4 of them in total, 2 of them planting hairs at one time). This took about 3.5 hours. I finally finished around 5.40 PM.

A couple of tips for others looking to have a HT soon:

1. Eat well the morning of your procedure. I usually do not eat breakfast. But since this was a big day, I had a light breakfast (I couldnt eat well because I'm not used to it and I was nervous). Even though you are sitting the whole day, you get exhausted. Also its good to eat well as you will be medicated. So make sure you have a good breakfast.
2. A neck pillow is a lifesaver for the first few nights after the procedure. It prevents your implanted area from rubbing against the bed/pillow and gives you good neck support. 

Below are pre-op photos: 
 

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Hairline design:

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After Incisions before graft implants (during lunch):
 

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Immediately post Op:

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Day 1 Post OP after rinsing the area:

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Donor area (not the best pic):
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Day 2 post Op:

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That's all for now. Will keep this thread updated as often as possible.

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3 hours ago, yesplease said:

Looking good. Best of luck! 
 

I’m curious, did Dr Hasson mention FUT as a possibility? If not, why did he push for FUE only? 

@yesplease - I just did the initial consult where I sent him some photos. He only spoke about FUE in his response. Maybe if I spoke to him after that he may have recommended FUT as well. Since Canada was not an option for me right now, I didn't consider H&W.

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3 hours ago, JohnAC71 said:

Interesting write up. In particular which dr estimation of how many grafts they recommended.

I believe you chose really well and your work looks super refined! 

Thanks @JohnAC71 - Im glad you found the work refined. Looking forward to the long journey ahead.

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UPDATE  - Post Op Day 8

Got my sutures removed yesterday. I couldn't go back to Dr. Alexander since I am not in Phoenix. So I went to a local clinic and got it removed. The Dr. that removed it said the stitches were very well done. That made me feel great! It feels so good to have the sutures removed. I am still sleeping on a recliner. Just trying to take care of the recipient area.

Here are some photos of the donor area. I trimmed my hair around the donor to around a 2.5 guard, so that I can clean it well. There was some dried up blood, so I wanted to remove it. 
How do you think the scar is coming along? Do you think it looks good? Will it continue to heal and look better?

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The receipient area, ive been washing with baby shampoo for the past four days. I have not been rubbing it. I just pour some soapy water over it and let it soak, and then rinse it off. Should I be more aggressive and try to wash away the scabs now? Please let me know.

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Any comments/opinions/feedback is most welcomed guys.

Thanks

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Congrats on the procedure! Looks really good and brings back memories of my day with Dr Alexander 6 months ago. The next two months are the hardest, but focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. You look like you have strong donor hair. Happy growing!

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