Freedom RestoredAge: 41 | Bald Class: Email Me Only 2.5 weeks after surgery. About 2100 grafts. Surgery was a piece of cake. No pain during. Minimal pain after. Dr. Cooley is truely a masterful physician. Just look at the precision of his graft placement. Both he and his staff are top notch. Highly Recommended!
Proscar. Half tab every other day.
My Hair Loss StoryI first began noticing increased hairloss at around the age of 20. The well known "never-ending sink full of hairs" had began. Although at the time I had a very plush mane, panic quickly insued. I became obsessed. Constantly looking in the mirror. Checking the shower floor. Combing my hair again and again to see how much would continue to fall. Obsession led to desperation and I soon started looking for any means to end this madness. First it was the infomercial gimmicks. The shampoos, the pills, the sprays. Need I discuss the results, if you can even call them that. Next was a visit to the infamous Hair Club. Luckily, I encountered one of their salespeople that had either a conscience or a heart. Either way she adviced me against their processes and insisted that I had way too much hair to consider their treatment. Athough, she did try to sell me some expensive shampoo. At this point I went into a stage of partial denial. Hey, a complete stranger had told me I had plenty of hair so maybe I wasn't thinning. All along in the back of my head I still had my doubts. More hair in the sink. More staring at the mirror. More hair. More staring. Subconsciously dwindling self-esteem. The years passed and my social life receded with my hairline. Things just aren't as fun when you are constantly stressing over your appearance. Did she just look up at my forehead? Realizing the significance of my problem, I reinstated my search for a remedy. Scouring the net hours at a time. Educating myself on the causes of hairloss. The science behind the disaster. If a cure was out there I would surely find it. Propecia and Rogaine seemed to be the only viable and approved (both by the FDA and fellow hairloss sufferers) hairloss prevention substances available. Transplants, which I had never considered until now, seemed to have advanced by leaps and bounds since my youthful inquirings. Maybe their was hope. I decided to start with Propecia. A pill a day seemed pretty simple when compared to some of the regimens I had undergone during the early years. After about six months of pills and hundreds of additional hours of research, I felt the time had come to look into having a transplant performed. And so, I reserved a consultation time with Dr. Cooley. Probably one of the best decision I have made in my life. Dr. Cooley and Ailene, his assistant, explained all the pros and cons of having a transplant. Nothing new to me after my endless hours of researching. They ask me my expectations and discussed the transplant process. They even mentioned that I may want to try shaving my head completely bald to see if I would like the look. Tried it. Not a pretty sight. After everything was said and done I left the office feeling excited about my hair for the first time ages. Could I actually be whole again? I knew I could not go back to my teenage years but to have an age appropriate hairline was not out of the question. I called back and booked a procedure. Fast forward three months. I'm now two and a half weeks out of surgery. Virtually no pain remains. Donor incision healing clean. Only about half the grafts have fallen out so far. Wish I could have retained them all. Oh well. The wait begins.
How has my hair loss affected me?
Limited social life due to lack of self esteem.
What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?
Proscar. Transplant pending.
Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?
So far, without a doubt.
What hair loss treatments would I recommend?
Proscar or Propecia. Transplant pending.
How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?
Still earlier, but yes. It has given me hope.