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Jamie-PDX

Jamie-PDX

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To date, I have received two transplants. In the first session I received 2000 grafts and they were transplanted only in the front. I did a lot of research before I went forward and met with every doctor in my area before I made the decision to go with Dr. Stephen Gable. You might ask why I chose him over the big hair transplant programs or other doctors in my area. I guess the honest answer would be because I liked his personality and I could tell that he really believed and loved what he was doing. The first hair transplant was great - After the new hair grew in I could tell it really made a difference. I even had people say that I looked like I had more hair (I kept my hair transplant a complete secrete from everyone) - I just smiled and said it was the same hair, but thanks. I will also say that it was completely natural looking. That surgery was over three years ago and I thought that it was time to take care of the crown of my head and do a little touch up on the front. From the time I had my first surgery and now, I had lost a little more natural hair in the front, so I was looking for a little more density. I just had my second surgery one week ago, but am very excited to see the results, once my new hair starts to grow and get thicker.
The one thing I do want to talk a little more about is my overall experience. By the way, I had both surgeries performed by Dr. Gable. The one thing that really stood out during the procedure was how hands on Dr. Gable was. He was involved in every aspect of the procedure and I could also tell that his team was very well trained and cared about the patient (me). My second procedure produced just over 2300 grafts, so I am confident that my expectations will be met with my second hair transplant. I felt comfortable the whole time and if I had any questions Dr. Gable was more than willing to answer them for me (before and during the procedure). If somebody is contemplating having a hair transplant - there are a couple of things that you should know. You are there all day (I showed up at 6:30 and did not leave until after 5pm). This is not a quick and dirty procedure - because of the intricacies of placing the grafts in such a way to produce a very natural look, much time is spent creating the grafts and placing them. As for pain, I really only had a little bit that night and maybe the next day for the incision in the back of my head. I was very pleased that even though they shave the area that is taken out that once it is closed that you can't really see where it was taken from. This was very important to me, because I am a very private person and did not want any visual signs that I had anything done, once I returned to work. Speaking of that - I did take the whole week off work to recuperate and just relax. The transplanted hairs do create scabbing on the scalp, but I followed the direction explained to me by Dr. Gable and come Monday they had almost all fell off naturally. I will caution you that you will have a desire to pick them off, but this is the worse thing you can do. Your newly transplanted graft will come with it and that is like throwing money right out the window. Let the process work naturally and you will be amazed with the results.
I thought it important to post my story, because I know how hard it is to lose your hair. I wish that there was a pill you could just take one and all your hair would grown back, but unfortunately there is not. I would recommend a hair transplant for anybody that has experienced that same negative self perceptions that I had, because I will say that I am much more confident about myself and I can now focus on the important things in my life and not that I am losing my hair. If you are fine with losing your hair and it does not bother you, then I applaud you. For the many people out there that don't have this sense of wellbeing, then I just have to say that it is time to do something about your hair loss and put this horrible affliction behind you.

Non-Surgical Treatments:

I think I tried about everything - Rogaine, Propecia, herbal pills and shampoo's. Most of these were a waste of money and to be honest, it was hard using those products two and three times a day. The only thing I can say is that Rogaine and Propecia are proven to work and should be used to keep the hair you already have. I personally use Rogaine, probably because it is cheaper for long term maintenance. This will probably change, once they start producing a generic brand of Propecia.

My Hair Loss Story

I started looing my hair in college and it progressively got worse as I got older - I am now 37. I started noticing that my forehead started getting larger and larger and then one day somebody made a comment about the bald spot in the back of my head (until that point, I never realized that I was losing hair in the back). As you can guess, I was now fixated with looking at the back of my head with a mirror and trying to style my hair in such a way to hide it. I also noticed that I could "see through" my hair to my scalp. I thought that growing my hair just a little longer would help, but it really only intensified the problem, especially when the wind blew my hair out of place or when it got wet (swimming was the worst). I think hair loss is a personal thing and people that are losing their hair are really the only ones that truly understand. For me at least, I thought that I looked older than I really was and thoughts of being less attractive to the opposite sex also were apparent in my thought process. At some point I just realized that enough was enough and I had to do something about it.

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