New poster but having been reading your post's since I met Spex at the tail end of April. I'd just got back from another un-enjoyable holiday feeling lousy about my hair and decided the time had come to take some action. Propecia had helped considerably but I wanted to look in the mirror without feeling depressed. I saw an advert for HT's in the inflight magazine on the way home and decided I was having a transplant . Luckily my research led to Spex pretty quickly and I made an appointment to see him in London.
Having made an impulsive decision Spex was invaluable, passing on his experiences and preventing me making a rash choice without seeing the results 1st. He did say other surgeons were on a par with Dr Feller so I didnt feel I was being railroaded towards 1 man, but Spex's hair made the decision for me.
I have had a whirlwind couple of months and managed to get a fairly swift appointment with Dr Feller on the 27th of June. Flew into JFK on the 26th and caught the train to Great neck which was $5 and a doddle. Stayed at the Andrew Hotel in Great Neck itself which was ok. Walked to the surgery which was about 20 minutes away (would have got a cab in hindsight) and arrived at 7:45am exactly. Dr Feller was waiting and we cracked on immediately. My initial assessment was for 2500 grafts as he believed he would only need to pack out the front.
However once the Doc had seen me and assessed my donor area he decided to go for 3000 and any additional he could get in order to fill right through the middle and into the crown. I'd initially thought the crown wouldn’t bother me but once I was there it seemed crazy that potentially the front could look great and wish I’d taken the option for the back.
And so it began, as documented the initial pain killing injection stings a bit but after that i felt nothing. I could hear the hair clippers and thought "when are they going to start cutting", they were but I couldn't feel a thing. Very surreal experience sat in the chair, couldn't believe I was doing it but the staff were great and I spent the day watching Wimbledon and the Spain – France world cup game. I think 3 pairs of technicians worked in rotation inserting the 3000+ grafts and other than sitting still for so long there was no discomfort and at around 17:00 I finally got a look at myself. This was a real shock as my hair had been shaved just leaving the long sides and back (The look id I’d always been dreading) and all I could think was I look like Andy off Little Britain! The bandages were still in place so when I got a full look I was more like some mad monk
The final total was 3400 grafts, here’s the post surgery photo's
Dr Feller was kind enough to drop me back to my hotel (the Crown Plaza at JFK ) which I was so pleased about as I felt a real freak and was sure I’d lose my cap on the way back. Still had the bandage with my cap perched on top, gave the check-in staff a shock. Once in the room I almost immediately felt a real pain from the donor area, I took the drugs I'd been given but for a while I felt pretty grim. Getting to sleep was difficult due to having to sleep sitting at a 45 degree angle. During the procedure a saline solution is constantly applied into the scalp incisions, this had stored in my scalp and was beginning to drain downwards so my head was obviously swelling and putting major pressure on the bandage. For a while I was feeling a great deal of pain but I pulled the bandage down onto the bridge of my nose which just loosened it slightly and the relief was instant. I slept ok then. These photo’s are the evening of surgery in hotel room
On the 28th I was up at 5:30am and off to JFK, luckily the hotel ran a shuttle so didn’t need a taxi. The airport was what I’d been dreading, especially the security but I wasn’t asked to take my cap off and the staples didn’t set the detector off so all well and good. Didn’t move from my seat the entire flight back, I felt very self conscious but in reality it was no problem. Drove home from the airport and had another fairly uncomfortable night. My girlfriend took the staples out after 9 days which was easy with the remover provided. Swelling was a problem in my face for about 4 days but only cosmetically.
Heres my photos since returning home
Grafts 3 days
Grafts 6 days post op
Scar 6 days post op
Hope this info is of use to you all. Will post the latest updates soon, the grafts have fallen out as predicted and I am in the well known anticipation stage. Big thanks to Spex for all his advice and support, I’d still be lost in the maze of options without him and have appreciated reading your posts.
Any questions fire away.