I actually enjoyed my day in his office. I was there from 7:30am until 4:30pm. Dr Anderson will even give you a nice brief history of hair transplant and how things have evolved over time. It also became clear in talking to him that not all doctors doing hair transplant are the same. In fact, there is no specific board certification in the field, so there is truly a “buyer beware” environment out there. Do your research. There are even some transplant surgeons who’s background is in family practice (ie, no surgical training whatsoever). Dr. Anderson is trained in facial plastic surgery. I give him an A+ rating.
I started losing my hair at age 30. At first I thought it was a fluke, possibly related to something I was doing.. using the wrong shampoo, retin-a getting on my scalp etc.. Within a few months I realized I was experiencing typical male pattern baldness. I wasn’t the type to do a combover so I began cutting my hair shorter to accommodate. Before long I dropped recognizing the person I saw in the mirror. I looked so much older than I felt. That’s when I started researching my options. I tried every medication available but the results were disappointing and I gave up on them. I began to research surgical options. As a physician myself I knew I had to do my homework. After months of research I decided to visit Dr Anderson. He was 400 miles from where I lived but I thought his credentials were outstanding. His background in art, especially medical art helped me realize that I found the right surgeon.
I saw Dr. Anderson and within 10 minutes I knew he was the right surgeon to help me. He told me I would need 2 procedures to achieve the result I was looking for. The hair transplant procedure was easier than going to the dentist, although quite a bit longer (I was there about 11 hours). After the first procedure my hair slowly grew in over 6 months (the slow progress made it less obvious that I had a procedure) and by a year the results were excellent. I decided to have the second procedure to increase the density along my part line, even though my friends and family didn’t think I needed it.
I just had the second procedure yesterday. I would say my experience was almost painless (the only minor discomfort I experienced was with the initial injection of local anesthetic). A few hours later I had a mild headache buy this was easily controlled with two doses of Tylenol #3. This morning I have no pain and minimal swelling (I had a little more swelling the first time but gone by day 4 at which time I attended a Christmas eve party…nobody noticed a thing). I will post some pictures when I get home and when the second procedure shows its full effect. I couldn’t be happier. The results are so natural that my colleagues at work can’t figure out what I did. They assume I’m on a medication for hair loss. The signs of surgery are gone within 5-7 days and the growth of the new follicles is gradual. I couldn’t be happier.