Hair transplant patient

Northern

Northern

About

I started to lose my hair when I was 24 years old in the crown. It
progressed to a Norwood 5a almost into a Norwood 6 by the time I was 36
years old. I was one of the fortunate members of the Hair Transplant
forum since I
was the third winner of 'Win a Free transplant' contest. This Blog
explains my journey along the way.


My Surgical Treatments to Date

On November 10, 2004 I received 2700 grafts. Dr. True and Dr. Dorin both performed this procedure.
My second procedure occured on January 18th, 2006 in which I received
an additional 1812 grafts and was performed by Dr. Dorin exclusively.

My second procedure results can be found in this webblog.

My Non Surgical Treatments

I started using Propecia in September of 2004 and continue to take it
once a day. I used Rogaine (5%) for about a year and found it wasn't
doing a whole lot for me so I stopped using it in November of 2005.

Bald Class

Bald class 5A

Norwood stage 5A

In stage 5A, the hairline continues to progress toward the back of the head.

Since it started in the crown when I was younger I really didn't notice
it as being an issue. After all you don't see that part of your profile
in the mirror everyday. As it progressed I found myself wearing a
ballcap all the time. This is coming from a person that never wore
ballcaps ever growing up. It started to affect my self esteem
especially after going through a divorce and being single again.

I have noticed that Propecia slowed my hair loss in the last year. I
haven't had much success with Rogaine in the past. It just seemed to be
more of a hassle applying it each day then the benefits I was getting
from it. The best overall hair treatments have been the hair
transplants that I had done with Dr. True and Dr. Dorin in New York.

I am extremely happy with both of my hair transplant treatments and the
results. The first one I didn't know what to expect but the results
were well beyond what I expected it to be. Although I am still in the
early stages of my second procedure things are going very well. Even
though I was a winner of a free transplant procedure I was treated with
VIP status by Dr. True and Dr. Dorin in both visits. The 'Win a Free
Hair Transplant' contest was only suppose to be one treatment. I
received an email from Dr. True and Dr. Dorin asking me to come back to
finish what they started. On this second procedure I had no swelling
due to the new anaesthetic that they were using. Again on this
procedure they used the anesthesia-delivery
machine called “CompuMed,” or commonly referred to as the “Wand". Dr.
Dorin also mentioned they are using a new suturing technique that is
suppose to again minimize the size of the scar and allow more hair to
grow within the scaring area. This is essential in allowing more
follicles to be harvested in the donor area for any future procedures.
My local doctor was pretty impressed with the way they sutured my donor
area last year. So I am interested to find out what she thinks this
time. In both procedures I felt very comfortable being under the hands
of both Dr. True and Dr. Dorin. They both are very meticulous when it
comes to overall results.

I would highly recommend hair transplant surgery. With the techniques
used today and constantly improving you get the best results. You have
to make sure you use good reputable surgeons with a good track record.
As I mentioned in my experience it's surgeons like Dr. True and Dr.
Dorin that are constantly trying to improve the results and the
experience for the patient that really make the difference.

Self esteem and self confidence are probably one of the biggest changes
in my life. You feel good about yourself when you have your health and
a good overall appearance. It's not all about how people perceive you
but how you feel about yourself. Besides if you feel good about
yourself it is presented that way in all aspects of your life.

You have to make sure this is something that you want to do for
yourself and not for anyone else. Don't feel embarassed about getting
this procedure done you won't regret it once you see the results. I
have people at work that know that I have had it done and they are just
amazed by the results. They also say they cannot tell that I have had
anything done except for the fact that they knew the extent of my hair
loss prior to my procedures. Remember to do your research before you
choose a surgeon and remember they do free consultations.

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My Latest journal entries

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Northern
Bald class: 5A
Procedure 1

Photo's seven months after surgery

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Northern
Bald class: 5A
Procedure 1

Photo's Six months after Surgery Well I have reached the 6 month mark. As you can see my I have more density then my last postings. All these photos are taking with direct camera flash on the scalp. I will take a few in the next series with natural lighting. You can see a big difference in the photos.

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Northern
Bald class: 5A
Procedure 1

Photo's four months after surgery Here are my four month photos.

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Northern
Bald class: 5A
Procedure 1

Photo's three months after surgery These photo's are from April 18th, 2006. This marks the three month period after my second surgery. The next few months should be excitng as we should see some significant gains.

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Northern
Bald class: 5A
Procedure 1

Photo's two months after surgery Sorry for the delay. I just moved and had my camera parts packed in a box that I had difficulty finding. These pictures were taken back in March at my two month period after my surgery. I have noticed some hairs starting to sprout since these photos. I will post the next series in the next few days.

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Northern
Bald class: 5A
Procedure 1

Donor area the morning of the Suture Removal Here are some pics just two weeks after my surgery. These are of my donor area the morning before the sutures are removed. You can see how well the area was sutured and healing very well. The last picture shows that I don't not have any scabs left on the reciprocals site. You can also see that I don't have any pinkness on my scalp. Dr. Dorin and Dr. True have changed their techniques to prevent alot of this from occuring.

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Northern
Bald class: 5A
Procedure 1

Photos from the day after my sutures are removed The doctor was pretty impressed again this year with the closure on my donor area. Here are the photos from the day after my sutures were removed. As you can see things are looking good. I can't wait for my transplants to start growing now. I am still taking Propecia once a day. I no longer take Rogaine since I stopped it two months prior to my operation. It is recommended not to start Rogaine once you have stopped it. I shampoo with Nixion Cleanser and Scalp therapy every second day and a Shen min shampoo and Nizoral on the alternate days. I found this to be a good combination to keep the scalp clean and healthy. I have just started MSM again and found this to enhance my hair growth. I currently take 4 capsules of MSM daily.

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Northern
Bald class: 5A
Procedure 1

Photo's one month after surgery Here are some photo's one month after surgery. The next few months won't be very exciting in terms of new growth. However you will see the progression of the healing of the donor area.

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Northern
Bald class: 5A
Procedure 1

Donor site after surgery This is my donor site after the surgery. As you can see Dr. Dorin spent alot of time making sure the suturing was done very well to minimize the scaring. He also indicated that this style of suturing should allow more hair growth in the scaring area giving me more to harvest if I require a third procedure.

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Northern
Bald class: 5A
Procedure 1

Post Op Photos Here are the post op photos after a 5 - 6 hour surgery. As you can see 1812 grafts were placed very stratigically by Dr. Dorin to give me the most density.

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Northern
Bald class: 5A
Procedure 1

Me and Dr. Dorin after surgery I was so  fortunate to have had Dr. Dorin exclusively for this procedure. He certainly went through everything in detail. I can't wait for the next three to four months. I am writing this journal on the 6th day after my procedure and I am healing very well.  I will continue to post my progress on this Blog. If you have any questions at all please do hesitate to ask.

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Northern
Bald class: 5A
Procedure 1

Dr. Dorin freezing the donor site These photos show Dr. Dorin freezing the donor site using the CompuMed also known as the Wand. They use a anaesthetic that extremely minimizes the swelling after the surgery.