OtherSyde's - Profile page HT-#2-The-Procedure
In the warm, sensual afterglow of a passionate hetero-love affair with
Prince Valium that kept me nice and mellow for the duration, Dr. Gabel poked the back of my head a couple times with the anesthetic needle and we got moving
I laid in face-down in the chair that reclined to basically become like a massage table where the head-rest became the attached round face-pillow thing with the center cut out, and he extracted my strip - including
my entire scar from the previous procedure, and sutured me all up.
He passed off my pound of flesh (more like half an ounce..) to his
skilled assistants who promptly began dicing it up to extract the individual follicles - which would soon be placed in the holes Dr. Gabel had
already begun poking in my head in the recipient site (after more
anesthetic of course; I didn't feel a thing).
^Above^ - Here's my incision, less than 5 minutes after the strip was extracted and it was all sutured up; it looks menacing, but was virtually painless, and easy to handle psychologically since you don't have to worry about accidentally seeing the back of your head during the brief procedure - unless you can remove your eyes and look around with them attached to your fingertips like that guy in Beetlegeuse. Lucky for me I lost that ability around the age of twelve when they finally installed a fence around that nuclear power plant so I couldn't play there anymore.
Secondly, the density here is AWESOME. I was immediately struck by it upon looking in the mirror.
My first HT used about 1,775 grafts, which was only about 220 more than the grand total of 1,554 in this procedure, but those 1,775 grafts in the first procedure were spread out all over the entire frontal region of my scalp. This time, ALL of the grafts were tightly concentrated into this fairly narrow band along my hairline.
^Above^ - Dr. Gabel using a special machine to cut razor blades into extremely thin 0.6mm-wide strips for making the graft-holes; the width of the blades is adjustable for larger or smaller blades, for correspondingly larger or smaller graft holes as needed (small/narrow blades for high detail along the frontal hairline, with the blades getting wider as you move back further and place large grafts).
And, here's me chowing down on some Teryaki chicken during our brief lunch break. Next we get into actual graft placement, and some after-photos...
^Above^ - Dr Gabel, poking my scalp full of holes for new little follicles to find their happy homes in. It should be noted that he poked every single hole himself; not all surgeons do this, some delegate this task to their assistants.
For the high detail needed to achieve the goal of this HT, he is wearing surgical loupes (the weird Splinter-Cell-esque goggles) with a 4.5x magnification factor, allowing him to zoom into within a few hairs' range and control site-creation, spacing, and graft placement with high precision. Also, notice the nonchalant expression on my face; Hair transplants shouldn't hurt.
I snapped this photo during a bathroom break, after most of the holes had been made in the recipient site (he still hadn't even poked ALL of them in the very center/forelock area, which I'd requested to be extra-dense).
Wondering why my scalp is purple? Dr. Gabel - and I'm sure many other HT surgeons - uses a technique to help guide accurate graft placement: After the recipient holes are made, he paints a non-toxic purple dye over the whole area and then wipes it off, but it pools and stays in the new holes, lighting them up for easy visibility for accurate graft placement and to avoid missing any holes, which is important when you're dealing with literally thousands of grafts.