Hi, guys, I had my 2nd hair transplant with Dr. Chang,--Natural Hair Transplant ---his base in sunny California. HOORAY! I DID IT AGAIN . My second visit to him and his gang of assistants. I live on the east coast. The trip to the west seems at first unrealistic. However, it turns out IT IS WORTH THE TRIP THIS SECOND TRIP. I will tell you why.
The following is a short chronological recount of my first trip--surgery 1. Although all these years I have used both oral and topical meds----finasteride orally and monoxidil topically counting at least 15 years plus. Both works internally and externally, but it simply slows the loss of hair. I noticed my hair line started to get more and more receding. As time goes by I got more down , I swim every day. it does help a little with a healthy circulation system for the whole body. But still I missed my hair.
I started doing some research for other alternatives--biotin ,multivitamin--none really do much.
I realized the ultimate solution is hair transplant. I has consultations with several doctors ,I just walked away feeling well not fully satisfied with my answered or unanswered questions. I even had a Skype consult with one doctor. I came off feeling undecided.
One day I spoke to a friend in California and he mentioned Dr. Chang. I looked him up on the web and did remember coming across an article on HT written by him. --virtually painless HT anesthesia-- while I was serving the web. I looked into his background, credentials and training , he has a long list of published articles, attended conference, I was quite impressed coming from a nurse. Oh I did not mention this earlier. I am a RN. The pics taken before/after of his patients only confirmed even more so that I was in the right hands. The month prior to the surgery , I was in constant contact with his office manager ,Jamie, who has great telephone manner, was informative, very knowledgeable about HT. I sent her pics, downloaded some tool to estimate what was to be done. Dr. Chang called me after looking at the pics. I asked more questions expressing my concerns. In addition ,his web site is very easy to navigate----it has description of his technique, explanation of the system he works with --the hair density estimate and not per graft as with other doctors. Read it in his web site ! --it does make a lot of sense. I had more questions , I called Jamie and she explained more and was always patient with me . All and all I did feel very comfortable with this decision. I just knew Dr. Chang is the GUY. And that is where we are now.
There is even a page for out of town patients. I stayed in 1 of the hotels listed--there was even free pick up to and from airport, hotel, and his office with this particular hotel. I guess pain is in a lot of men's mind and may be a deterrent to go through this procedure. I TELL YOU I DID NOT FEEL A THING .
I arrived at the office early so Dr .Chang evaluated me, took lots of pics. ( THE PICS HERE WERE TAKEN THAT MORNING OF THE SURGERY 2. IT SHOWS BEFORE FROM MY SURGERY 1 AND AFTER NOW ALMOST 1 YEAR PLUS APART ). continued-- he listened to what I thought I wanted done, and talked to me about what his thoughts were. I was then prepped. The procedure was done with mild sedation. I knew I was being worked on during the whole time but was incredibly relaxed. Dr. Chang even had a library of dvds, music collection at your disposal in the operation room ---a wonderful form of distraction. The room is immaculate. The staff were keeping me updated on what stage I was at, what was coming next. I was totally at ease throughout. I was even served a light lunch in between.
By the end of the surgery, I did not feel drowsy , in fact very much myself after all that work. I was sat down, explained the post op care--DOs and DONTs. Was also given Dr. Chang " cell in case I had any concerns. The office called me a car service and brought me back to my hotel. I even felt up to going to the nearby Huntington beach for a walk. I was, of course, wearing a cap. The next day was my day flying back home. The office even checked in on me on the next day. Who says no pain no gain? I SAY NO PAIN YES GAIN.