Hair transplant patient




I really wasn't to concerned about my hairloss for many years.  Hairloss for me was a slow process that probably lasted 20 years or so.  As a I rounded 50 years, I began to see an older face in the mirror.  My hair, what I had, was flat or gone from areas that I used to comb back with a wave in the front.  This bothered me for a number of years until I finally decided to investigate Hair transplants after seeing some ads on TV.  I am not interested in applying topical treatments nor wearing a hairpiece.  The only thing left was to interview hair transplant clinics after viewing videos.  I was unimpressed with the first popular clinic that I went to.  I did not want to be sold something.  As it happened, after research and many hours on the web sites..I decided for a visit with Drs. True and Dorin in NYC.  Actually my first meeting was with John at a sub office in Poughkeepsie, NY  I was impressed with the technical help I received and proceeded to schedule an appointment last March 30th, 2005.  My first meeting with Dr True was when I came to the office the morning of my surgery.  I had full confidence by this time that I was in the right place to get this done.    

My Surgical Treatments to Date

To explain what happened on the day of surgery, I will begin when I arrived. I was made very comfortable while the full procedure was explained.  Within minutes, we were underway.  I could not believe how easy this was for me.  I watched 3 technicians cut follicles from 3 strips of scalp that had been removed by the doctors.   The donor area was quite good, having removed a strip of scalp about 1/2 inch to 5/8 of an inch wide and it was about nine or ten inches long.  This area provided 2605 follicles which produced approximately 7,800 hairs of 1, 2, 3, and 4 hair follicles.  Everything went smooth as Dr. True made minute incisions and Dr Dorin counted them so as to be prepared to receive just the right amount of follicle implants.   I was comfortable throughout the procedure and the Doctors completed their work in about 8 1/2 hours.  I followed the prescribed regimen of care precisely and had no bad experiences at all.  I mention this, because I had read a lot of postings that caused me to expect  the worse.  I read of severe hair loss post op, swelling, bleeding, and a host of other bad effects.  I really believe that these things can happen and do happen...but if you choose your doctor from amongst those who are meticulous in their procedure and you have a measure of good health, it seems like problems can be minimized, especially if you follow the post op directions that you are given. 
      I wore a ball cap for a few days and returned to the golf course on the fifth day.  I had been away from home the week of the operation..but when I returned no one even noticed that I had had the procedure.  The regrowth was so gradual that my mother didn't even notice.  I told her five months later when results were really starting to show.  She still didn't believe it.  Now that I am 11 months later, one friend finally asked me last week, " Have you been working out?"  Very few have seen the gradual change but many now are saying that something has changed that makes me look 10 years younger.  I keep some of them guessing!  I just received my pre op and post op photos from Dr. True's office and will post them as soon as I can.  Will I do some more?  I could be very satisfied with what I've got, but I still feel a little bit of " What if I did just a little more? 

My Non Surgical Treatments

As I said earlier, I don't like and have not used anything accept hair spray.

Bald Class

Bald class 5A

Norwood stage 5A

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