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Hi guys,

 

Well, finally, after months of asking tons of questions (some probably a bit daft ;) and worrying about ‘downtime’, I finally had my procedure with Dr Feller last Friday (Sept 28th) and it was a big success! I had a total of 2,167 grafts into the front.

 

The Holiday:

 

I decided to give myself an extra day in NY, as I’d not been there before, and flew out on the Wednesday, with the procedure booked in for Friday, and return on Sunday night.

 

Ironically, any nervousness towards the op was quelled somewhat by being excited about the trip, and more significantly – being anxious about carrying so many notes over, having decided to pay for the procedure in cash. For the latter, I bought a really good cash wallet, which strapped round my waist underneath my shirt and had a wire running through the strap so no-one could slash it off. Highly recommended!

 

Royal Inn Review:

 

I decided to stay at the Royal Inn motel, a couple of miles down from Fellers. It’s a reasonably cheap option ($100 a night), and really does fill the stereotypical ‘motel’ look. Cosy style chalet rooms overlooking outside carparks, with all the basic functions served up, drinks machines outside. A great one-night stop over if you’ve just robbed a bank, and I really did feel compelled to hire a downtown hooker to complete the effect! ;o) (PS I didn’t, so please don’t think that I did! ;)

 

Getting into central NY (eg Manhattan) wasn’t too bad, approximately around 1hr 30mins. A few people have suggested getting a cab to Great Neck railway station, which takes you to the Metro at Penn Station. No need – Manhasset railway is literally a 7 or 8mins walk round the corner and on the same line. The other way to get into town is by getting the bus to Flushing and taking the Metro from there. Personally, I’d recommend that for the first trip in as it’s quite scenic.

 

Oh – and someone should ask Americans why they design their toilet bowls so low and wide, filling them so close to the rim with water. If you ever see an American walking round with a wet arse, you’ll know why!

 

The Procedure:

 

The important bit!

 

After a Thursday of taking in Central Park, Chinatown et al, walking literally 100s of miles, and worrying about my HT cash stashed in my motel room, I made it down to Fellers on Friday morning for the day of the procedure. And I’m pleased to say, it all went spectacularly well!

 

Dr Feller looked at the hairline originally proposed for my frontal region, following the London consultation back in spring. However, he then tried a flatter more fuller hairline, which we both decided would give a far better end result. I’ve been very fortunate that, having first started losing my hair when I was just 18, I’ve since managed to retain the vast majority of my hair, only really losing the hairline (I’m 29 now). This meant that Feller would primarily only really be working on bald skin, as the hair behind the hairline is reasonably stable and thick, and allowed him to be perhaps a little more ambitious with the hairline. A good reason perhaps not to rush into an HT too early, so that you have a better idea of future hairloss.

 

However, combating my luckiness is the fact that I have naturally super fine and soft hair. This ultimately meant that Feller would have to go super dense with the transplanted hair – hell, I get bald patches where I’m not losing my hair, such is the fine-ness of the stuff! ;)

 

The Fun Stuff:

 

After agreeing on the hairline, it was time for the procedure and the ‘pain’. The first injections you’ll get are along the back of your head, which while uncomfortable and will make your eyes water, are not too bad. They’re like wasp stings, and after a few, your head does start to get numb, so the rest don’t hurt so much.

 

Once all that is done, and the donor area is subsequently removed, it’s time for the next bunch of injections in the recipient area, for me along the hairline. The ones taking place near the temples probably hurt the most, while the central ones, are not too bad at all. Once that’s all done, you can just doze in the chair while the good doc puts the slits in preparation for your transplanted hair, which are performed by his highly accomplished and friendly technicians.

 

To be honest, Dr Feller and his staff are so friendly, chatty, enthusiastic and encouraging, that there really is so little to worry about. Personally, I probably felt the most discomfort in the last hour or so – kind of a dull headache pain, like knuckles being pressed into my temples. But it was over long before I felt I might need to leap up, scream and jump out of the window in some kind of pain-defying act of salvation ;)

 

The Hairline:

 

When I saw the results and the density of my new hairline, I was overwhelmed. I’d literally been given a hairline probably pretty close to the one I had when I was about 18. Dr Feller was extremely thrilled with his work, but not as thrilled as I was! Unfortunately, I don’t think the post-op pics quite give a true indication of the results – the injections had given immediate rise to some swelling on the top of my forehead, which distorted and elongated the shape of my head. I do have a naturally high forehead, but in the pics I probably look like a Mekon who’s just headbutted the doorway!

 

Post-Op:

 

After the op, I went back to the Royal Inn, and popped a Vicodin that Feller had given me. Fortunately, I never got any post-op pain at all, and that proved to be the first and last painkiller I took. In fact, I actually felt very nauseous and restless on Friday night (kind of like a fever without the fever), which could easily have been a reaction to the pill, or more likely, a shock reaction to the surgery. But by Saturday late morning, that had subsided, and I even mustered the energy to go down to Coney Island for the day. However, that I regretted cos it took me nearly 3 hours to get there, and the island was quite disappointing in that it felt a bit quiet and rundown down there.

 

As for other post-op experiences, my donor area has been itching madly ever since. The flight on the way home was a nightmare! I think the first time I got to wash my hair by gently pouring a cup of water over my head felt even better than the first time I had my first – no, let’s not go there ;)

 

So…

 

All in all, I’m over the moon with everything and I can’t thank Dr Feller, his staff, and Spex enough for all the work, advice and help I’ve been given. And also, all the guys on the forums too, such as PB, Beachboy, Stevo, 1664, BadHairUK and everyone else for their invaluable tips and assurances. Great stuff. Really appreciated.

 

I think for anyone losing their hair, going to Spex (who like Dr Feller, is an absolute top bloke) is the first thing to do – can’t recommend it highly enough.

 

The only downside to everything is trying to convince someone like my mum of why I went through with it. I kept knowledge of my HT down to an absolute bare minimum, and if I could’ve got away with telling my mother, I would have. My mother still views the HT as a vanity thing, and it’s near-impossible to explain the psychological implications and backbone to hairloss. She’s happy that I’m happy, but unless you have first-hand experience, I don’t think everyone can fully understand and appreciate the effects on your life that hairloss can have. I don’t really want to be made to feel guilty or a bit crap for going through with something that will almost certainly have a truly massive positive effect on my life, and something that has caused me huge distress throughout my 20s. But to be fair, she’s not been too bad – we’ve just agreed not to talk about anymore, which can only be a good thing.

 

Anyway, I’ve waffled on way too much! I’ll size up my pics and get ‘em posted as soon as I can!

 

Cheers guys, Dr Feller and Spex and once again – thanks for all the help!

 

:)

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Congrats on taking the plunge Steveyd.. I'm sure your patience will be rewarded and those 2100+ grafts will help pack in that front.

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Cheers Bal and Gasman.

 

And thanks PB for having a go with my pics. Just seen your ammended post on your forum. Think it's probably best just to click the direct link to the whole thread rather than the individual pics. That way you can scroll down with a running commentary :)

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Any chance of a picture tomorrow (Friday) as that will be exactly a week post op. I'm off to Feller later this year so am keen to see how you heal...

 

How you finding it? Are you constantly loooking in the mirror?

 

Have you booked long off work for recovery?

 

Is that enough questions? :D

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Hey GasMan,

 

I've got my sister's digital camera here so I'll try and get a pic up. Which reminds me, I took a few snaps of the Royal Inn to post. The recipient area is starting to flake now.

 

I'm finding it okay - the worst thing is the itching in the donor area, and I also wake up with headaches in the night (largely cos of sleeping on it). Would really recommend a neck pillow.

 

As for looking in the mirror and stuff. Not really. I really prepared myself with what to expect and got in the mindset of putting my social life on hold for a short while. Fortunately, I have some creative exploits to pursue, which will take up my time. Plus, I can always wear a hat if I go out (and technically could brush my hair over once it's healed). But I think if you can train yourself to expect the worse in terms of how you'll initially look, then that will reduce the anxiety and all the other psychological things that go with it. I know everyone's circumstances are different, so it's not always easy. Especially with work.

 

I'm only working out 2 days a week at the moment, and I can wear a hat for that, so the work thing isn't too much of a problem. However, I've just started looking for a new full-time job (I freelance in what I do at the moment), so I'll have to be wary if I get any interviews. But that's easier said than done! :)

 

Hope that helps dude!

 

S

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I'm finding it okay - the worst thing is the itching in the donor area, and I also wake up with headaches in the night (largely cos of sleeping on it). Would really recommend a neck pillow.

 

The itching is a good sign! Sleeping on staples in your head will give you a headache. ;)

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Am trying to get some pics up of 1 week post-op. Unfortunately, the camera doesn't seem to be taking particularly well and my sister has the cable for uploading. As soon as I can get hold of her, I'll see what I can do.

 

For the record though, my recipient area has become extremely flakey - like really bad dandruff. There's also lots of dark red spots (dried blood) - I presume these are mini scabs? Looks like they'll all eventually flake off. Hopefully have some snaps up for a better look. I assume it's all normal though :)

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Ease off the aloe vera as this will be causing flaking - Just leave it alone entirely apart from washing ;)

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Ease off the aloe vera as this will be causing flaking - Just leave it alone entirely apart from washing ;)

 

Cheers Spex - I assume ll the dark red flakes are okay? It does all look a bit messier than some of the other immediate post-op pics I've seen, but then my skin has always been a bit sensitive. I've certainly had no bleeding or pain, so presume it's all fine. :)

 

I did also wonder whether if I should've used weaker shampoo. I know a few people have suggested baby shampoo, but Feller's assistant said any shampoo was fine. I've only used very small amounts anyway.

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Everyone reacts differnetly and will more than likely be your skins reaction to the solutions used throughout your session to keep the recipient area clean and void of infection.

 

Stop stressing about it all and now leave it alone!!!

 

Try and relax and take your mind off your hair. If you are obsessing on it you have to be careful because endlessly touching the recipient area can cause a chronic irritation which WILL result in a lower yield. I can guarantee this will happen because I've seen it a few times before. Don't fall into that trap.

This goes to all recent patients ;)

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Cheers for the warning Spex - pretty certain I haven't been touching the recipient area much at all, but definitely won't touch it all from now! (except when washing, of course)

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I noticed that Aloe Vera gel dried out and caused flaking after my first HT. After the second HT I used Aloa Vera cream and there wasn't any problem with it as it didn't dry like the gel does. Probably better not to use anything until it has cleared up.

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Hey guys,

 

managed to get the digital camera working (sort of). These pics aren't too clear for detail, but they're 10day post-op pics. All seems okay, the redness has really started to go but - as previously reported - I'm flaking a lot, but I do have very sensitive skin when it comes to flaking, so not that surprised.

 

One is taken in natural light, the other is in the bathroom light

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All you need do is give your head a good wash! You have been too soft with it - you need to wash it now ;)

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Noticing a couple of hairs shedding too :)

This is one occasion when losing hair is a good thing :P

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All you need do is give your head a good wash! You have been too soft with it - you need to wash it now ;)

 

Steveyd - time to get those finger tips busy removing those scabs. I would suggest softening them with a hotish flannel, then get under the shower and massage the recipient area with your finger-tips using a circular motion. By now those grafts are firmly locked in and you won't do them any harm.

 

As far as shedding is concerned, PB is right, sooner they are out, the new growth can come. Looking good though and from what I can see in the photo's you shouldn't have too much trouble disguising the recipient area.

 

Cheers BB

 

 

 

 

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Cheers for the tips BB. Fortunately, all the scabbing and flaking has pretty much gone since those pics were taken and everything appears to be healing nicely :)

 

Had the staples out on Tues, performed by 2 very attractive nurses. One had to hold my hair up cos it was too long, and it felt lovely having this lady running her fingers through her hair, and then came about 30 really harsh pinches. I was sweating profusely, and one of the staples got stuck. :blink:

 

They were blown away by Feller's work though! :)

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