VARestorerBald Class: One session, 1444 grafts (I got more than I paid for), 857 were singles. At the time I am writing this, it has been exactly four weeks to the day.
My Hair Loss StoryI had a relatively minor case of hair loss, and as I am approaching 30, I decided to seek surgical treatment. I have what everybody considers to be very thick, dark hair, so the hairless patches above my temples were very defined and pronounced because of the contrast.
Dr. Lindsey was extremely professional and clarified the hair restoration very well, answering all of my questions and bringing up things I hadn't thought of yet. This is a procedure that, as I gather, many men are reluctant to have. Dr. Lindsey's knowledge countered my hesitant attitude towards the procedure. After our first consultation, I was confident in my choice to go through with the treatment in his office.
The procedure was easier than I thought. I was afraid the medication would have bad effects on me during the surgery, but I felt nothing and was awake the whole time. I actually remember having great conversations with his very pleasant staff. I felt no pain, was able to get up and walk around periodically, ate, made rational decisions(!), texted some friends, listened to music, all before the procedure was over.
Immediately after the surgery, although I looked rough because of the saline injections, runny marker lines, and (minimal) bleeding, I liked the results. My new hairline was very natural. The density of the grafts seemed just right.
The first few days after the procedure were difficult, and to give a complete anecdote of my experience, I have to be honest about the pain. On day two I had a negative reaction to the pain medication and ended up getting sick for the first time in 8 years. I switched to tylenol, which was not as strong, but to me it was better than throwing up. Because of this, I experienced what I understand was a much higher level of pain than should be expected for this type of procedure. The stitches were uncomfortable, but I imagine that if I took a more potent painkiller, I would have seen less pain. Getting the stitches removed a week after the procedure was hard, but immediately--literally immediately--I felt a lot better and I have not had any pain associated with the procedure since then. I attribute the level of pain to the adverse reaction to the stronger painkiller, and probable sensitivity to the sutures.
That said, almost a month later, I have no regrets--not about going through with the procedure nor with the Doctor and staff that I chose. I recommend Dr. Lindsey to anyone interested in this procedure. I can't wait to start seeing results. I'm confident that mine will exceed my expectations.
Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?
I am very happy with my treatment.
How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?
I'll find out in about a year, but I think it will have a great effect on my confidence. It will also allow me to have more versatile hair styles. I usually buzz my hair very short, but haven't been doing so since my hairless patches were becoming more noticeable. I'm looking forward to having a natural hairline with a buzzed haircut.
My general advice and suggestions.
Contact Dr. Lindsey and at least hold a consultation with him. He is very realistic and very personable. That makes a difference to me. It certainly helped in establishing trust. I would not want a doctor who seemed like they were only interested in performing another procedure in trying economic times. Dr. Lindsey seems like he wants to help people in achieving a better, natural hairline with advanced medical techniques.