ErdoganFUE's - Profile page August 2016 - 5518 grafts - Post Op Day 1

Posted :2/14/2017

He approximates your donor amount using magnifiers and
calculations (mine was about 8,500, which is considered good) so you have an
idea of what you are working with.  My
main choice was whether to go for coverage over the entire area of loss
including vertex, but with less overall density, or to focus only on the
hairline, front and mid scalp, and not touch the crown on this pass.  I chose the second option because the front
is most important in terms of what people see when interacting with them, and I
wanted to see what kind of full-looking result I could expect up front, rather
than a thinner version all over.  One
thing to note, Dr. Erdogan will not re-operate on a transplanted are for at
least one year after the procedure; so, by choosing to leave the vertex alone,
you do have the option of coming back in 6 months (i.e. which would be around now,
for me, to do the vertex).  However, I am
going to just keep my hair shorter (I have my barber cut it shorter on the
sides and try to make it look as homogeneous all over as possible), wait the
full year, and do the second procedure with the vertex and also allow for any touch
ups with any remaining donor from the approximate 3,000 grafts after the final
result of the front is clear (Also have seen other clinics do body hair which
is better for crown, if I run out of head donor hair). 
Yes, it sucks having a bald spot for six more months, but the excitement
from the growth on the front, as will be seen in the pics, is worth the inconvenience of having just 6 more months until the vertex is
transplanted, in my opinion.  So if you have similar
loss, this is a strategic decision you must be prepared to make.With the decision made, he drew the rough draft of the
hairline, and at this point speak up if you want your input included.  I figure he's quite good at what he does, and
only requested a minor change on one side, but he later uses a laser device to
ensure that the hairline is as it should be so don’t worry.  He also considers your facial
characteristics, age, and donor amount. 
Some of you may be able to have a very low straight hairline, if you have less loss and more donor (and that's what you want).  As you will see I think mine looks age
appropriate, is not super aggressively low to allow for approximately 3,000 to
fill in the vertex and touch ups which I was happy with.  There is also a thick little
"forelock" section in the middle of the hairline he designed which I
like.  In the end, I would trust the man
and not argue too much about the hairline design, although you are the client
and in the end you must be happy with it. 
I wouldn't be too OCD about it because you hair isn't going to look
like a pen drawn hairline, slight variations in the hairline is mostly natural
as opposed to a razor straight hairline, but to each his own.  Although it is still hard not to
obsess a bit about your "pen hairline” for the next day or so.After that, you are taken to prep room where my hair was
shaven and washed. (yes you gotta shave your head, unless you pay more for long
hair FUE which I think they can do too) Dr Koray draw final hairline in
permanent pen and then took photographs with all the nurses watching and you go
home and try to maintain as much of the pen as possible on your head before
returning to the clinic the next business day. 
My consult was on a Friday, so come Monday much of the pen marking was faded,
but he would redraw it again before making the incisions, which he does himself
(important note: he does the consult, the hairline design, and all incisions--
That's pretty much it….oh and besides creating ASMED, many of the tools they
use, training his top notch staff, etc.) 
But the nurse techs do the extractions and implantations.  And they did an amazing job.  But if you are expecting Dr. Erdogan to do
it, well, he doesn't.  He has sometimes I
think four patients being operated on at once, plus the new people coming in
for their consults for the next day.  Not
only is not feasible for him to do everything himself, but this is all the techs do, and
they are very good and particular about it. 
They are probably graded on their results as well, so it's in everyone's
best interest to have a great result. 
Just trust them, and try not to move while they are in the middle of
doing stuff; just ask for a break or to shift positions if you need it.

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