When I was a boy, my dad told me that three things are inevitable in our family: death, taxes, and male pattern baldness. Like most sons, I'm forever trying to prove him wrong. That's why, 30 years later, I decided to get a hair transplant.
But not any old hair transplant. Certainly not one like my buddy Brad's -- he wound up with unsightly clumps sprouting from his scalp. Nor one like friend John's, which led to days of suffering: "The anesthesia made my face swell up like Quasimodo," he says.
I ended up in the Miami offices of Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, who uses a technique so new, he says, that fewer than 100 doctors offer it nationwide. Even better, Epstein uses a tool that greatly reduces pain and swelling.
After I settle into a comfy chair (and the Valium kicks in), Epstein carves a thin, hairy chunk of scalp from the back of my head. Technicians then dissect out hundreds of hair follicles -- which look like tiny lumps of skin surrounded by rings of fat -- each capable of growing up to four hairs.
Next, Epstein pricks my noggin with a high-tech wand that delivers a precise amount of anesthesia. I barely feel a thing when he takes jeweler's forceps and begins implanting the follicles one by one like daisies. Over 5 hours, Epstein implants some 1,923 follicles that should generate 4,483 new hairs.
Only question left: Will it work? I'll know in five months, as the new follicles settle in. Firsthand will monitor my beezer for a few issues to see what happens. So will my dad.
That was done a while ago, you filled the crown in by now?
This doctor and staff have permanently deformed me. I went in for a simple small procedure (small hair transplant) and they proceeded to pump chemicals into my scalp and cut a huge area out which cut major veins in my head and left a huge numb spot that I have no feeling in years later. Implanted hairs got infected and pits are in my scalp and a great majority of my real hair fell out and left me which a face patchy hairline. The doctor told me that things would be fine and basically paid him thousands of dollars for this horrible surgery. I cannot believe that he got away with this.
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