Well, the excitement is building… It’s only 3 days before I have my second hair transplant!
I got a call from Ziering Medical a few days ago to advise me not to drink caffiene or alcohol in the week leading up to my operation. Apparently caffeine and alcohol can both lower your body’s ability to heal. It shouldn’t be a problem though since at New Year, I quit caffeine completely and I cut down my alcohol intake to just one evening per week. It’s helped me to lose a stone in weight, and I’m aiming for another stone off by April. I think I’ll look like a completely different person by the summer!
I’ve also been taking Dutasteride tablets (one per day) since 2011. These help to thicken your hair and slow down (and sometimes reverse) the shedding, meaning that it’s unlikely I will lose much more of my original hair. Thankfully I’ve never had any side effects from them.
I was also advised to wear a shirt into the operation on Friday, rather than a tee-shirt. This is so that I don’t disrupt the newly implanted follicles in the evening, after I get back to my Hotel.
They all seem to be a friendly team, so I’m really looking forward to the day. It goes by so fast, I’ll be on a flight home the next day.
My flight, hotel and taxi transfers are all booked. All I have to do now is turn up on Friday morning 🙂
Many of you who followed my blog about my first hair transplant back in 2012, were fascinated by the difference in my hair after the transplant, and sent me loads of great feedback!
I was also really pleased with the result, so much so that I met up with Ziering Medical again last month with a view to having a second hair transplant, and I’m delighted to reveal that I’m having the second procedure done in their Birmingham Hospital on 26th February!!
You might wonder why I would want a second hair transplant, given that my first one was so effective?
During my first procedure, Dr Craig Ziering took 3400 grafts from the back of my scalp using the strip method, and used most of these to create a very natural looking hairline at the front. The result was absolutely astounding. Now, a few years down the line, there is some thinning around my crown which I would like filled in. I would also like a scar filled in at the back of my scalp (I’m not very demanding, am I?).
When I went for my consultation last month, I met Dr Ganesh Krishnan who discussed my various options for surgery; And the one that really stood out for me as the ideal procedure was the FUE method. This is different from the strip method which I had before. Instead of the surgeon taking a full strip of hair from the rear of my scalp, he will take individual follicles from the back and sides of my head (approximately 1700), and insert them into my thinning crown and scar.
With this method, I won’t have any stitches or scarring, and I’ll be back to work in my office the next day!
I’m signing off for now and will provide updates as the day approaches! I can’t wait 🙂
PS. If you’d like more information about my first transplant, including before and after photos, click HERE.