ErdoganFUE's - Profile page August 2016 - 5518 grafts - Post Op Day 3

Posted :2/14/2017

On the last day, you come back for a final consult, washing,
instructions, and are sent on your way. 
You can fly back that afternoon. (Note: there are two airports that you
can fly into/out of.  I flew into SAW
which was like a 30 min freeway drive to the hotel.  However I flew out of IST, and wow did that
take a lot longer, and includes a ferry). 
If you have to pee, get out on the ferry and use the restroom.  Be sure to schedule plenty of time if you fly
out of IST.  It literally took I think 4
hours to get there, and I had to run to my flight, which I barely made.  Again, this was not long after the coup, so
maybe things have settled down since.A final note about being an American travelling to
Turkey.  It's no secret that Turkey has
had its share of turmoil in the past six months.  I paid my deposit mere days before the coup
happened, but I told myself that despite the very unlikely event that I would
be captured by ISIS or something, nothing was going to stop me from doing
something I have been waiting half my life to do.  (Some would say it's just a pursuit for personal vanity, but I did this for myself and no one else, because I like the way I look with hair, you only have one life, and I believe it gives me more self confidence.  If anyone has a problem with it, let it just be their problem. And based on the results any haters are probably just envious:D)  From the news coverage at the time, you'd
think there was a warzone in Turkey, but when I got there you would have had no
idea there was any recent political conflict whatsoever.  As I said, everyone was nice, and despite
being a 6'4" white American, I had no problems.  I spent my time either at the hotel, walking
short distances to eat or go to the mall, but mostly just relaxed and told
myself I was there for the procedure, not vacation.  You must decide for yourself first if you are
comfortable going to Istanbul, and second if you want to venture out beyond the
hotel area or clinic.  The bottom line is
bad things happen all over the world and you never know when or where they may
happen, so make your own risk/reward analysis. 
But as it stands right now, I am fully planning on going back for
procedure #2 (This time convincing my brother to go as well, as he has been
very impressed with my results, and he is younger and has more hair than I
started with and should have an even better result.)  I am sure that foreigners are wary to travel
to Turkey these days, and while there is certainly a need to make an informed
decision, I have nothing at all bad to say about my experience.  I have been waiting nearly 20 years to get my
hair back, so not even fear from a recent coup was going to stop me, but I
would say do not let it deter you. As far as the post-op week after the procedure, FOLLOW THEIR
INSTRUCTIONS.  Spray the ATP at the
intervals they tell you.  Do not miss
them.  Grafts need moisture, and I also
thought that there was some itchiness at certain spots (which I was certain
were grafts dying from lack of moisture, which is almost positively not the
case) but which was relieved by the ATP spray. 
They put more than enough in there for the week, so be generous and use
it all.  I think this is critical in the
first couple days as opposed to the end of the week, so for those first few
days spray, spray, spray!Finally, I have never had surgery before, but I was
convinced I would not be a sweller.  Boy
was I wrong.  Perhaps a lot of this has
to do with the fact that I had a two day procedure with 5,500+ grafts, so I was
naive to think I wouldn't swell.  ICE,
ICE, ICE!!! It starts at the forehead and works its way down to your eyes,
cheeks and finally down through your face. 
I'm not going to lie, mine was BAD. 
I was unrecognizable.  My face was
so swollen that both eyes were nearly shut, forehead like a drive-in movie theater
screen, and bruising.  It's not really painful,
but a lot of pressure on your face and having to go through the airport
security and customs, etc., I did feel like a freak show, as you will see from
some of the pics.  Use a bandana or their
hat and BRING LARGE SUNGLASSES that you will wear all the time, on the plane,
even at night with all lights off.  Tell
the attendant to bring you ice during the flight.  Try to get a window seat so you can
hide.  My advice is do not plan on going
back to work for a week after a 2 day operation, or at least 4-5 days minimum,
unless you work from home or have no face to face interaction.  Trust me on this.  However, I did go to a Guns n' Roses concert
three days after the second operation day (it was their "not in this
lifetime tour", so no way I was missing that).  Plus guns n roses concerts is a place that is
perfectly acceptable to cover your head with a bandanna!  With shades on the whole time, none of my
friends noticed anything.Scabs were gone in 10 days and you get a brief preview of
what might be in a year.  I went to a
wedding with my hair looking better than it had in years.  Eventually it falls out but grows back.Fast forward six months (usually 50% growth most say), and I
love the result and can tell it is likely going to be exactly what I hoped for, especially after my planned second procedure. The shape and positioning of the
hairline is spot-on and this is I attribute to Dr Erdogan's expertise and
accurate assessment of which hairlines suit which kind of faces.A couple other minor notes:The Turkey e-visa only takes a day or so to process (in my
case it was almost instant). Grafts were 2.5 euros each, and my procedure was 5,500
grafts (they ended up including 18 additional grafts at no charge).   I have also attached the Graft Counter with
the breakdown of grafts.That's all for now. 
On to the pics!

august 2016 - 5518 grafts - post op day 3 - post-op

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august 2016 - 5518 grafts - post op day 3 - post-op

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august 2016 - 5518 grafts - post op day 3 - post-op

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august 2016 - 5518 grafts - post op day 3 - post-op

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august 2016 - 5518 grafts - post op day 3 - post-op

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august 2016 - 5518 grafts - post op day 3 - post-op

Post-Op Day 3


august 2016 - 5518 grafts - post op day 3 - post-op

Post-Op Day 3


august 2016 - 5518 grafts - post op day 3 - post-op

Post-Op Day 3


august 2016 - 5518 grafts - post op day 3 - post-op

Post-Op Day 3


august 2016 - 5518 grafts - post op day 3 - post-op

Post-Op Day 3


august 2016 - 5518 grafts - post op day 3 - post-op

Post-Op Day 3