We'll see...'s - Profile page My procedure.
On Aug 28, 2012 I had a FUE procedure of 2205 grafts with Dr Rahal.
When I first arrived at the clinic the day before the procedure my thoughts were..."I can't believe I am actually going to do this". I think its a difficult decision to make regarding a transplant, at least thats what I thought before the procedure. Now, after having the procedure I can't encourage people enough to stop the constant worrying about their hair and as the saying goes "just do it" (if you are considering Dr. Rahal that is)! The staff at the clinic could not be better from Dr. Rahal, to Mike, Jessica, Holly and Tara they are all friendly, supportive and encouraging.
Regarding the procedure itself I don't think it could have gone any smoother. A FUE no doubt is long but for me that was the only difficult thing I encountered. I did not feel any pain during the procedure at all and the whole time the staff was making sure that I felt comfortable. (re: the two injections to the forehead - many people have commented how painful these are, well, I think sometimes these stories tend to take on a life of their own....they are fine, really no big deal and absolutely nothing to be concerned about and I don't think of myself as having a high pain tolerance). The best part about the procedure was my mindset after it was over as I was waiting in the lobby for a ride home (thanks Jess). I went from I can't believe I am actually doing this to completely embracing the procedure. For some strange reason in our society "hair transplants" seem to have a negative connotation and thats a shame but I do think with time they will become more acceptable because the results today are undetactable. So again I encourage anyone considering Dr. Rahal for a procedure to put all those negative thoughts aside, I promise you will feel so much better once you fully commit and embrace it.
One piece of advice I can offer that might help during the 2-4 days following the procedure. Luckily for me I didn't encounter much swelling (no black eyes etc. I will be posting pics later). Now there could be a couple of reasons for this, one I had a FUE, maybe there is less swelling with this procedure. Two, I only had 2205 grafts, so obviously less "trama" less swelling. However, what I did do which I think helped was make sure I was off my feet and lying in a 45 degree angle for the majority of the time and I drank A LOT of water. Maybe this helped maybe it didn't but I just wanted to mention it just in case it did (it certainly didn't hurt as a few of the other patients did suffer from quite a bit of swelling)
Lastly I would like to mention the Brookline Guest House where I stayed. I would HIGHLY recommend staying here during your procedure. The house is nice and comfortable but most importantly you are staying with people who are going through the exact same thing you are. I arrived at the house in the late afternoon on the day before my procedure and was able to talk to some of the guests about their experiences which was so helpful. I thought later the last thing I would want to be doing was staying at a hotel alone not sure what I was going to be facing the next day. Not to mention its great meeting new people from different parts of the world and I hope to stay in contact with the 3 guys I was lucky enough to be staying with!
Once again I would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the staff at the Rahal Clinic. I will be posting pics as soon as I recieve them...stay tuned!