I hear ya man. I'm not trying to be negative or rain on your parade...your hair looks great. I'm just wondering why when, all other things being equal, you would go with the strip as opposed to Cole's technique? Is it cheaper? I don't even know the cost of a strip procedure and I don't know what other doctors charge. If it was a financial decision, then I suppose that makes sense. Anyway, I'll drop it. Maybe I'm just just very loyal to Dr. Cole!
I had 1,100 grafts done by Dr. Cole last December and I'm scheduled for another 1,100 or so this December. All of my grafts were used to bring the hairline down slightly and make the hairline thicker and more pronounced. The results were amazing, the recovery was a breeze, and I actually do wear my hair quite short, so the lack of any visible scarring was an absolute must for me.
This is the first time I tried to attach pictures. Unfortunately, I can't find my before-pics and I haven't taken a real after-pic since a week after the surgery. So, I'm attaching two sets of pictures. The first set were taken two days after surgery when I got home. The second set were taken exactly a week after surgery. The "money shot" is the healing from the back where the grafts were removed. I was shocked how quickly the little holes faded away. Compared to even the best strip "scars" I don't think anyone could argue that the healing with Cole's technique is nothing short of a miracle.
Note: the white stuff on the back of my head was an ointment given to me by Dr. Cole that kept the donor area clean and free of infection. Notice that there are no stitches and that grafts were able to be removed evenly throughout my donor area, even the sides.
Also...just to give you a quick background, I was 33 when I had the procedure last year. My hairline had been thinning since I was about 23 years old...at least that is when I noticed it, so it probably started even before that. I do have slight thinning in the crown, but I think I'm going to hold off on that for now. I take Rogaine Foam to handle the crown since I do have coverage, it's just thinner. I also take Propecia RELIGIOUSLY. I use Hair Cycle AND Nizoral Shampoo. The program is simple and effective.
I apologize in advance for the quality of the pics...
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