I am a filipino male with brownish black hair that is semi thick in nature. My hairline is receeding and would like to have the FUT procedure done. but before this takes place, have you done this procedure on clients that fit my description, and if so, may i see pictures of them? may i also call them if possible. as far as medication goes, do i need to take propecia, rogaine or any other prescription? because i rather not. my next question is time off work. because i am self employed and serve clients face to face i can not afford to take more than 5 days off from work. is there way to discreetly hide my surgery as it heals? my last question is i enjoy having my hair cut very short, is possible to do that without showing that i have had hair transplant surgery? do you have pictures of your clients like this?
What you have is typical for our practice. Our website has many, many patient pictures of what you are talking about in our Before and After Photo Galleries. Our monthly open house events allow you to meet former patients and see the results for yourself. You do not have to rely solely on photographs when you get to meet the patients in person. In addition, an open house allows you to see a surgery, talk with the patient having the procedure, and see how he looks immediately after surgery. We also invite patients who have had surgery during the previous week to stop by, but I can not guarantee that they would have the same hair characteristics as you.
The use of medications relates to the natural hair that you are losing. Medications may be necessary to hold on to hair that is genetically not going to last, but medication is not needed for the hair that is transplanted. I strongly recommend that my patients use Propecia, to maintain their existing hair.
You can return to work fairly fast. I have performed FUT surgery on a number of celebrities who have appeared on television within days or even hours of their surgery. I have had a few people run a marathon within 5-7 days of the surgery. Going back to work is easy, but the question relates to just how bald you are and if you care if someone notices that you had a hair transplant. For the very bald man, this can be an issue, yet for those not very bald, they can be undetectable within a day or two. There can be a little redness in the recipient area for the first few days and if you allow your hair to grow a little longer than usual, it will hide the donor area nicely. If you do schedule a surgery, you may want to shoot for a Friday, taking the following week off, then you will have nine full days before your next work day. As far as wearing your hair short after the healing is completed, that will be up to you. FUT surgery will leave a thin scar in the donor area, the length of which is determined by the number of grafts you need, your hair density, and scalp laxity.
My advice is to visit us at an open house event and get comfortable with what we do. Review our website, where hundreds of patients are shown, and get the book I wrote, The Patient’s Guide to Hair Restoration, which is probably the most comprehensive book ever written in this field.