Age: 51 | Bald Class: Email Me
For my hair transplant, we had originally decided on 2500 grafts but when I got there I thought to myself if I am going to do this then lets get 3000 grafts to get the very best result. I informed Dr. Cooley of this and he looked me over again and told me exactly where we could place the extra grafts and what effect they would have. It also meant that everybody was going to have to stay longer to work on me and I felt a little guilty for that. He had six people working with him to prepare the grafts as he and an assistant placed the grafts strategically as the hairs were ready. I was very fortunate and had a lot of 3 and 4 hair groupings, so there should be more thickness in my covering. I ended of with more grafts because of this, for which he did not charge extra. These people worked almost 12 hours on me and they were very nice and warm people. The only pain I felt during the process was the shot they gave me to relax me for the surgery and thats only because I hate needles. It just did not seem like that much time had passed when they were through. I watched some TV and dozed on and off from time to time. I need to stress that these are really cool people and made me feel very comfortable during the whole procedure. I was finished around 10:00 pm and was fine to drive back to the hotel. Dr. Cooley asked me twice to make sure I was ok with it. I took a Valium at the hotel and slept until 8am without any problems. I went to the follow up at 9:30am and was given all the post op info and product needed for recovery. First phase finished. So far I am happy and I cannot wait for the next months to come.
As stated above, Rogaine and Propecia
My Hair Loss Story
I started to lose my hair when I was about 19 years old and really started balding around the age of 24. I had tried Rogaine and it made my fine hair look oily and it was just a pain to put it on every day. I started Propecia in 1999 and it really worked well for about 5 years and then I noticed the loss was starting to begin again. I stopped taking it around 2005 and then it only accelerated the process. I now regret having stopped because it was helping some. I had visited Bosley for consultation twice in the past 10 years and I just never left feeling comfortable with their presentation. I also read some unflattering things about them and I just was not willing to take the risk with them. I made the right decision. I researched individual doctors and found tremendous positive results about Dr. Cooley. His office is an hour and half from my house so it influenced my decision to go see him for a consultation before anyone else. I want to tell everyone that I am very, very critical of anything involving my vanity, so this was not an easy thing for me to decide to do.
I set a consulting appointment for the third week in March. I sat with
Ailene which is Dr. Cooley's assistant and discussed with her
everything while Dr. Cooley was involved in a surgery. I am in sales
and it was clear to me in the beginning that Ailene was not about
"selling" anything. She explained to me about the whole process in great detail. She was honest and up front and answered all my
questions thoroughly. She showed me a number of photos of results of
previous clients and all were impressive. We talked for some time and
Dr. Cooley popped in for a break to look at me and review any questions for him. He asked me what I wanted as far as
hairline and overall look. I told him realistically what I wanted and he told me that it was achievable without any reservations. He then had to leave quickly to attend to his patient and I continued my discussion with Ailene. I knew that this was what I wanted and I felt very comfortable in choosing to make this serious decision. I wanted to go ahead and set a date for the surgery and Ailene really wanted me to go home and do some thinking on it. I told her that I knew this was I wanted and again she was very specific to tell me to think about it. I asked her to look at her calendar and see when an opening might be. It was 2 and a half months till the next one. I told Ailene that I did not need to think about it anymore and to please set the appointment and take a deposit which she finally did.
How has my hair loss affected me?
I am honest in the fact that I care a lot about the way I look. It has always bothered me to lose my hair as it makes me look a lot older than I am. I would wear a baseball cap out a lot and sometimes when I would take it off in front of people who did not know me with out it they would be very surprised.
What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?
Propecia for slowing the process.
Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?
I cannot say how happy I am so far. You get a tease of some of what you will have after the surgery before the hairs shed but I can touch the top of my head and feel the thickness already. I cannot wait to watch it start get thicker.
What hair loss treatments would I recommend?
Propecia and Dr. Cooley's magic!
How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?
So far I am feeling a lot of confidence. My wife is worried that I am going to become too cocky. I am sure she will keep me in check.
My general advice and suggestions.
My advice is to research and make your own decision. I am very happy with my decision and do not regret anything.