I just had the proceedure done in Dallas 2 days ago, and have decided to write an on going review to let people know how things progress.
First let me say that the staff and doctor were really great, and overall it was a good experience. I was very surprised about the amount of pain from having the anisthesia injected. I have never had anyone administer that much pain to me purposely, and since it wears off durring the proceedure it is done several times. As much as the proceedure cost there should be some thing they can do about that. Also, I wanted to fly to Dallas as it is a 3 hour drive from home but my intial councelor nearly insisted that I drive. He actually said it would be more benificial. WOW WAS THAT A MISTAKE!!! Since the medicine they give me for pain is a narcohtic I could not take it before the drive, and that was the most painful 3 hours of my life other than the time in the chair being injected with anithesia. Make travel arrangements despite what they may say.
Yesterday the day after was a long one to say the least. The woman I am dating is an RN so she came to take care of me, and I recommend you have some one do the same. You are not going to want to do much at all. I am following all of the post-op proceedures which is much eaiser with her help. This is especially true with the shampooing. I am on the second day now, and my face is horribly swollen. The donor line they cut from ear to ear on the back of my head is extremely visible as it is swollen, and still caked with dry blood. The front and top of my head looks like a voodoo priestist went nuts on me with a big needle but this was all expected. They gave me a hat to wear which I anticipate I am going to need for a week or so. It is very hard not to scratch or touch the graphted area which is very uncomfortable despite the medicine.
I met with a councelor just prior to the proceedure, and was a little put off by his trying to push a post surgery care kit and lazer comb on me for an extra $800 and some change. I had read in other places that most of it was not nessasry so I continued to turn down the offers which were many. Then the doctor inadvertantly confirmed that I did not need any of the stuff the councelor was pushing. The doctor did tell me to use Rogaine and prescribed Propecia. Rogaine is available over the counter for about $25 generic, and $50 name brand. It takes a long time (48 weeks on average) to work, and if you do have growth you have to continue using the product or the growth will fall out. That sounds a little shadey to me so I will research it more. The same can be said about propecia as it is meant to help maintain exsisting hair as well as aid in new growth. If it works (and everything involved in this process has a big IF in front of it) then you have to continue taking it for life. At $250 for a 3 month supply it seems a bit off putting.
So that is all for now. I just wanted anyone thinking about this to be more informed, and thus better prepared than I was. I will continue to update here every week until I think I can move up to a month.