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Matt_B

Matthew - AKA - Matt_B

Age: 46 | Bald Class: Bald Class 5a Email Me

I originally was interrested in a transplant by a nationwide company who's commercials i saw on television.  After some advice from a friend who knows more about surgeons than I do, I decided to do more research.  What I saw regarding that company scared me to the point that I became iffy on ever having a procedure done.  Then, when searching the internet, one name kept popping up, Dr. Glenn Charles.  I had read a few of his articles about hair restoration, and the do's and don'ts.  While looking at his site, I realized that his office is located in my town, so I made an appointment to meet the doctor.  At the time I could not afford a procedure, however meeting this doctor, and hearing what he had to say gave me a good feeling that I will do this.  He explained that he only does a maximum of one procedure a day, that way he and his staff can give their full attention to the patient.  I liked that, he wanted to make sure it was done right. Two and a half years later (mid october 09) I made another appointment, however this time was to actually set up a procedure.  The doctor recommended 1,500 grafts, and micrografts so I agreed.  I had the procedure on 11/12/09.  His staff was more than professional.  Very friendly crew.  I sat there in the procedure room while the doctor and his 6 staff members went to work.  I watched a movie, and some news, and shared some laughs with the group.  At lunch, I was given a choice of a number of gormet dishes prepared by a private caterer who comes by every morning: Seafood, salads, sandwiches, pasta, and some veggie dishes too.  I ate lunch while the procedure was going on.  The doctor had recommended 1,500 grafts, however the piece that they had cut from the donor area yielded 1,624 (stoked!) which they implanted with a few extra incisions, at no extra charge.  After the procedure was complete, almost every one of the staff and the doctor individually went over what to do, and how to do it over the next few days.  I was given pain medications, as well as topical sprays for hygene and quicker healing.  By the time I left the office, I was well aware of how to spend the next few days, and had very few questions.  If I did, the doctor gave me his own personal cell phone number.  Once again, I left this office with a very good feeling about what to expect.  Since then, I've gone back and gotten my stitches out.  One of the doctors assistants explained to me that she has worked in the hair restoration industry for 15 years now, and she's never seen a doctor who can suture like Dr. Charles.  I have to admit, neither I nor any of my friends have been able to find the scar.  I can feel it if I run my fingers over it long enough, but it's not clearly visable in the slighest.  Every so often, I get a call from Dr. Charles himself to see how things are coming along.  I did experience some shock loss, but that seems to have calmed down a bit.  Although I only had the procedure done a few weeks ago, and it's way too soon to see the final results, I do have a very good feeling that I made the right choice on who to consult, and who to let perform such a sensitive procedure.  The pain was minimum. After the first night, tylenol is really all that is necessary, however the Dr. provides pain medication in case it is necessary.  Many of the implanted hairs are falling out which is natural before they can grow a new cycle, however many seem to be hanging tough.  To date, I really do recommend consulting Dr. Charles for any options that may be available to a prospective patient.  And to make the procedure that much better, the cost was considerably lower than it would have been with that nationwide hair restoration institute that I originally consulted.  I feel like I am under a doctor's care, and that means alot.  I will continue to update as my results become more apparent.  This is just the beginning.  I'm exited that I got to keep most of the stronger hairs on the top, and the ones that will be growing will be there for good.  So far, it's been a good experience, and I hope that I may have helped advise others out there to do some research on the Dr. who can make you look good, or make you look bad.  Find somebody who is knowledgeable, board certified, and willing to take the time necessary to perform the procedure that is right for you.  You can find my doctor online, just google Dr. Glenn Charles.  He will be happy to answer questions if you're willing to ask. 

Non-Surgical Treatments:

I am also taking propecia to hold on to as many of the thinner hairs as I can.

My Hair Loss Story

My hair began thinning in the mid 90's, and by 2000 I was losing it pretty badly.  I started taking propecia in late 2000 and within 9 months, I noticed (and friends noticed) a notable improvement.  Since then, my hair was pretty stable, however when it got wet, it was quite noticable.  In the past couple of years, the thinning started becoming more noticable again.  Mainly in the front, to the top.  The color of my hair made it hard to tell to a lot of people, but I had to have it combed just right, and avoid bright lights for it to not be noticable.  In the past year, the hair on the front and top were so thin, that I had no idea how they were holding on. So I took action.  In the profile picture I have posted, I don't know if you can enlarge it, but the top of my head is completely visable.  The majority of my long hair is either on the sides or in the back.  I looked pretty bad.  I had to cut it.

How has my hair loss affected me?

It has affected my confidence for years.  I have been unable to pass a mirror for a long time without checking to see if my hair is combed just right.

What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?

Propecia helped alot.  The transplant feels like it was a good idea.

Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?

Very happy so far.  I will update further down the line.

What hair loss treatments would I recommend?

Talk to your doctor.  There are many options.

How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?

Hasn't yet.

My general advice and suggestions.

Just make sure whatever doctor you choose is BOARD CERTIFIED in hair restoration, and not just a plastic surgeon looking to take advantage of the market for hair restoration.