I post today as a patient like I first did 8 years ago when I was a butchered, scared repair patient looking to show the world what I had just gone through. On March 18th, 2002 Dr. Wong saved my life.
In early 2002 the forums were a very different place. There were no real stand out clinics at the time and no patients were showing detailed albums of photos. Megasessions at the time were rarely more than 2000 to 2500 grafts. There were only a few patients that had actually shown their before/after pics but no one was showing the actual journey of what it is like to go through the development after surgery and certainly no one was showing the surgery itself, donor scar healing, and other issues that you are all so used to seeing now.
My first surgery with Dr. Wong was performed with the singular goal of making me look normal. For nine years I had lived with two stacked donor scars and progressively more visible mini grafts for my hairline as I continued with hair loss to the point of being a NW6 plus. No one had ever told me about Propecia. In this surgery I had 2406 grafts.
A year later I had 2425 grafts to rebuild my temple points, give me light coverage for part of my crown and to slightly lower my hairline and build up the density in the frontal third.
Another year later and I was working for the clinic and had my last surgery for 2488 grafts. This was to basically thicken up some of the areas previously worked on. I have had some smaller sessions as a guinea pig that added a few hundred grafts.
Today, eight years and three weeks later, I am happy to report that my transplant still puts a smile on my face every morning as I get ready for work and I don't have to worry about having obvious pluggy work or being a NW6+ when I go out.
The first indoor photos were taken in mid-March, 2010 in my washroom with my hair styled normally. The second set of photos that are outdoors were taken Easter weekend by my girlfriend when we went up to the top of the Space Needle overlooking Seattle at 520 feet up in the air. The wind was very gusty that day so high up and sometimes would gust up to 50 mph. Super glue couldn't hold my hair in place much less normal hair spray! Thus, some of my photos are slightly less than flattering but it shows you that transplanted hair gets messed up in the wind just like native hair does
Life is good.