Senior Member Brando Posted August 6, 2004 Senior Member Share Posted August 6, 2004 Hey guys! I'm back from my procedure with Dr. Cooley in Charlotte, NC! I got to tell you, it was a wonderful experience. I was very nervous at first, but it was a piece of cake. I got there at 8:30 a.m. and Dr. Cooley took me back in the operating room. He asked if I had any questions and went over everything step by step that would take place. He then drew the hairline (which he took about 10 mins. doing to make it just right) then gave me three valiums. He then took a few before pics. I then took off my shoes and lied face down on a chair, kinda like a massage chair. He used a black marker and marked the donor strip to be cut. He then taped back my hair away from the strip and shaved it. Next, he numbed it. I've heard from many ppl this is painful, but like Social said, Dr. Cooley has a cool way of doing it. He put a massager next to the place to be injected and I didn't feel a thing! Absolutely pain free. I was awake the whole time he disected the strip and I couldn't believe how painless it was. I then got up to stretch and take a bathroom break. When I returned, I saw five microscopes and the nurses were disecting the graphs. Dr. Cooley gave me a list of movies to watch and I chose Dumb and Dumber. He began numbing the recipient site (piece of cake) and made the incisions. I fell asleep about 20 mins. into the movie. I woke up near the end and all the incision sites were made. I was then given another bathroom break and it was time for lunch. I had a chicken sandwich from a place I forget the name of, but it was great! Then I was given another choice of movies, which I chose Gladiator. Brandy and Dr. Cooley were inserting the graphs when Socialdrinker pops in! I was suprised to see him and he looks great! He took his hat off and all the redness was completely gone and I was unable to find the scar! We talked for a bit and then he left and they continued inserting the graphs. I took two more valiums but stayed awake the entire time. After the movie, I told Dr Cooley to choose a movie and he picked Meet the Parents (his favorite). Before I knew it, I was done. My procedure lasted from 8:30-5:30. It was such a relaxing experience. Dr. Cooley is absolutely great and has the greatest staff. They wanted me to be as comfortable as possible, and I was. I want to thank Dr. Cooley, Ailene, Brandy, Kristine, and the other nurses that helped make this experience for me a pleasant one. They were joking with me the whole time. I absolutely recommend Dr. Cooley to anyone thinking about a HT...his consultations are free and worth it! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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