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Kingy

25 Year-old, 2300 Grafts, Front Third With Dr Feller

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Hi All,

 

I've been lurking around these forums for a few years now and thought i would give an account of my story so far.

 

I first noticed that I was losing my hair when I was around 21. It was nothing major, I just noticed that it was receeding at the temples although the rest of my hair was fine. At around 22 it started to get worse and that's when I decided to address it.

 

I looked around on the internet and came across these types of forums and having read around decided to get on Proscar and then later Minoxidil. I gave the Minoxdil a try for around 7 months but I noticed that it was making my hair loss worse and only noticed very minimal hair growth (if at any at all!). I think it may have been because I was using 12.5% concentrate which is quite strong. So in the end I ditched the Minoxidil.

 

Last year, when I was 24, my hairline had receeded a bit more and that was when I decided to turn to hair transplants. Again, I decided to use the forums to do some research and going by the excellent accolades showered on Dr Feller, I decided that he was the way to go. I got in touch with Spex and sent him a few pictures and he kindly got these sent to Dr Feller for his opinion. Spex came back to me within a day with the Dr's opinions! Eventually after some months of deliberations I decided to bite the bullet and book in for a session. Again Spex did the leg work and got me an appointment for Monday 23rd February 2009!

 

The Session

 

I arrived in New York on the Saturday before the surgery and stayed with a friend on Saturday night. I had booked the Anchor Inn for the night before the surgery so checked into there on Sunday night. The hotel wasn't very flashy but it was fairly cheap at around £105 per night (remembering that the exchange rate at this time was pretty rubbish, so the The Andrews was not really an option for me!).

 

Couldn't really sleep too well the night before the surgery and was on the phone to Spex at 5am to get some last minute advice. He was very helpful in describing what the place looked like and if it wasn't for this description I think I would easily have missed the place!

 

I ordered a taxi from the hotel and got stung for $20 for a 5 minute ride from the hotel to Dr Feller's place! I wish I had arrived there a little earlier on Sunday to find out how close the place was so that I could have made adequate arrangements.

 

Having met up with Dr Feller in the morning, we spoke through what I was looking for and he drew up some lines of the new hairline and got something we were both happy with. We started the surgery around 8am and finished up around 12.30pm. It felt very, very long to just sit in that chair!

 

The Dr and the technicians were all very kind and helpful, making jokes, offering me food and drink etc. and that made the whole experience much more bearable!

 

In the end I ended up getting 2300 grafts mostly around the temples and front third of my head. I have to say that the Dr and his team did an excellent job and the hairline looked great and I can't wait to see it once it's grown out again!

 

Post Session

 

I would say that the first 10 days are the most difficult just because it's very uncomfortable to sleep with the staples around the back of the head. In terms of the swelling, I noticed a bit right after the surgery but it was at its worst at around Day 3. Then by around Day 6 or 7 all the swelling had disappeared again.

 

I flew back to London the day after the surgery and spent 2 weeks at home before returning to work. I went to my GP to get my staples and it wasn't as bad an experience as I thought it would be. A few of them did pinch somewhat when they were coming out, but nothing that was unbearable. Straight afterwards I decided to buzz down my hair to make everything even and at this point even the scar was healing up quite well so it didnt look too bad.

 

So anyway, to wind up my epic story, I'm now a month out and on the long road to hair recovery! If anyone is thinking about having the surgery done and would like to get in touch, I'm happy to answer any questions.

 

Also, for anyone who is going over to the US and would like transport from the airport, I found this Car Service who are right next Bayside station - Kelly's Car service. It only cost $37 for three of us from the Anchor Inn (in Northern Blvd) to JFK airport which was the best one I found. It might be a company to look into if you need a ride to/from the airport: (718) 229-4141

 

I've attached some photos in the following order: Pre-op, Hairline at Day 2 and Hairline at Day 12

 

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Welcome mate - will try get hold of your session pics too B)

 

Keep us updated :)

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Looks good Kingv :D it does`nt looks like you have any thinning further back so you will be in great shape once this has grown out.

 

Grow well

 

Pete

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Nice write up Kingy...and a few good tips with the Taxi company you found B) your look in good shape mate... good to hear everything went well and looking forward to seeing how your looking again soon with the updates!! ;) grow well dude.

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Thanks guys.

 

I've attached my 1 month updates. About 75% of the grafts have shed now, so pretty much back to my old hairline.

 

I'm taking MSM everyday to grow it as soon as possible. Seems to take forever! Just going to have to wait it out.

 

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Thanks guys.

 

I've attached my 1 month updates. About 75% of the grafts have shed now, so pretty much back to my old hairline.

 

I'm taking MSM everyday to grow it as soon as possible. Seems to take forever! Just going to have to wait it out.

 

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have u considered a mohawk?

 

lookin gud tho, long way to go, be patient, i wasnt my first time round and found it hard, but second time round was a breeze, its all about avoiding mirrors for 4/5 months

 

gudluk

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Hi Guys,

 

Though it was about time that I gave you guys an update of how it was all going.

 

I'm just over 4 months out now. I've attached the pictures which I took at 4 months.

 

I'm generally pretty happy with it all. My left side (so right-hand side in the picture) is showing more dense growth than my right side (so the left-hand side in the picture).

 

Still, I'm only 4 months out and have a long way to go. I'm hoping the next few months will see the baby hairs thicken up a bit more and also sprout some new ones to make both sides a bit more denser.

 

Overall though I'm pretty happy with the progress. Let me know your thoughts.

 

Cheers

 

(the first picture is taken with the flash and the other without)

 

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Looking good mate - early days - very early in fact so continue to be very patient.

Can you drop me an email as can't find your and want to chase up your pics from marcia.

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Not forgotten about you mate - but Marcia is still trying to get your pics from Tthe doc as tey are not on the main server. Will sort it B)

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Hi All,

 

Sorry for not posting any updates in a while. I was on holiday for most of august so haven't had much of a chance to come on here.

 

I have attached my 6 month photos below. I'm generally very pleased with the outcome so far. I find that I'm not so worried about hairline anymore and don't check on it every 10 minutes to see if it's receded anymore like before I had the surgery. So in that sense, having the surgery has been pretty life-changing for me and I'm very, very glad that I took the plunge and did it.

 

You can see from the pictures that my hairline has come on quite well. My left-side has grown out very well but I'm still concerned that my right-side (so the left-hand side in the photos) hasn't shown as much of an improvement. You can still see that it's not quite as thick as the left-hand side. I'm still hoping for a lot more thickness and coverage on that side in the coming few months. Fingers crossed!

 

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steady progress :) , don't worry about the other side being a little thinner at the moment, i think most ht paitents have similar uneven growth but it will all even out in the end, and also get alot thicker.

 

 

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