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 Posted: Wed Dec 24th, 2008 11:00 am
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Hi all.

This is my HT journey.

I flew to Amsterdam with KLM which took one hour. Then it was a direct flight to Minneapolis with NWA(Delta) which took eight hours.

Arrived at the airport at 3.30pm, went through customs and got the hotel shuttle (mini bus) to the hotel which took about 20 minutes. The hotel was the Country Inn and Suites. This is a nice hotel and is five minutes from Shapiro Medical Group. One extra bonus the hotel had was free use of computers with internet access. It cost me £637 all in with flight and accommodations for three nights.



There are quite a few sports bars and restaurants a few minutes walk from the hotel and a downtown area which has loads of bars, restaurants, shops etc.

I also visited the Mall of America which is a huge shopping centre full of everything you need. It’s one of the biggest malls in the world. The hotel shuttle will take you to and from the airport, Mall of America and to SMG as a free service. The hotel is used to SMG patients and the shuttle bus drivers too. They were all very friendly. The hotel gives discounts to SMG patients. The discount rate is $99 per night. 


There are two downtowns. One is Minneapolis and the other is St. Paul. The two cities are close within 15 minutes drive of each other. The center of the 2 downtown has skyways – walkways from building to building above the streets so you don’t have to go outside in bad weather. They were both beautiful clean cities.



Monday morning i went to the clinic. I met Dr Shapiro and we talked about my expectations and he examined my hair. Then I was in the chair. Got my anesthetic needles in my scalp which I never felt a thing as they use a vibrating tool. Dr Shapiro removed my strip and then the techs starting the cutting while I was being sutured up and then Dr Shapiro made the incisions for my new hair. When about 90% of the incisions were made, they used a dye onto my recipient area for them to see the incisions better. They save the other 10% to be used for fine tuning at the end. They were also taking estimates of how many grafts were to be expect every half hours or so.

Janna and the other techs then started to plant with Dr Shapiro checking all the time as my crown planting was not straight forward due to my previous poor work which left plugs in there growing in the wrong directions. My crown work went great and then they proceeded to plant in the middle of my hairline. Janna planted every single graft in the hairline. Then towards the end, Dr. Shapiro and Janna did the stick/plant method to fine tune the hairline. This is where Dr. Shapiro makes the incision and Janna plants straight away after each incision is made. They said once the incisions are filled with grafts, you can see spaces in between, so Dr. Shapiro always asks for single hairs to be saved for this part.

Photos were taken at every opportunity by Janna and Dr Shapiro.

Once finished I was shown the work and asked if I was happy which I was.

Went back to the hotel and logged on the net and chilled out for the night. I took two Vicodin for pain before I went to bed, woke up fine and didn’t need any more pain relief meds. I took two though just before my plane journey home to be safe.

Next day Tuesday, checked out of hotel and went to SMG for a hair wash and haircut. They took more photos and a video of the work.

Janna and Dr Shapiro chatted with me again to confirm I was happy. I then hung around and was invited to watch a live surgery of planting and cutting grafts which was very interesting. They were very professional and great at what they were doing.

I would without any doubt say that if you choose to have a HT with SMG that you will have a great experience and receive a world class result.

I flew home at 7.30 pm on Tuesday. I took some valium on the plane and slept most of the way back to Amsterdam. Then the short one hour flight back to Newcastle.

Now sitting at home happy as can be thanks to SMG.

Cheers BM.



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 Posted: Wed Dec 24th, 2008 05:53 pm
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very nice account bigmac kudos buddy........ its always good to read about other peoples experiences with all the different clinics, especially if they go into detail as you have because all the information you provided will most definately  help out future patients including myself cheers pal:)



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Hi BN... not long to go now mate...

Can you set up the thread about your repair etc etc.... would be great to get that up and running on here..

Yep BigM.... a great write up and helpful.

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no worries tim excited as hell....... i will get the thread up and running as soon as i get sober lol, give me a few days budy. Great to see you on here with us guys merry xmas dude to you and your family av a good one pal;)



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Merry Christmas to you and family also mate...

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All the best !!!! :

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Hope everyone has a great time over the festive season.



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Here are some pictures of my HT journey.

I had 250 or 350 grafts in the hairline ,i will check exactly and the rest went into my crown.
Here is my graft count.

1s-285

2s-907

3s-399

4s-23

1614grafts =3388 hairs

strip size was 1.3width by 16.5cm length



pre op





crown imm post op



Donor sutured up





1 day post op crown





hairline one day post op





crown 5 days post op



donor area 5 days post op



scar 5 days post op



scar 10 days post op




12 days post op hairline



donor scar 28 days post op






hairline dry 5 months post op



crown dry 5 months post 








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You have one of the best documentations with clear, consistent pictures.  Thanks for posting your progress for everyone to follow.  Nicely done.  :cool:



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Thanks Janna,hopefully it will show others what to expect and what can be achieved.



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Looks great, BM.

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Thanks Spectrader and welcome to the forum.



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Looking Good BM!

It's going to be a toss up between you and Bullitnut pretty soon as to who looks better ¬b`



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Thanks B spot,i`m feeling good now about my hair.I agree bullitnut is going to look good in approx 6 months.



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the B spot wrote: Looking Good BM!

It's going to be a toss up between you and Bullitnut pretty soon as to who looks better ¬b`

I've seen them both in person......there's no contest, Bullitnut looks better already.  )(_::



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Blimey that was quick, someones been sleeping in the knife drawer. nice one J ¬b`



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Shoudn't there be some updates of your crown by now?????????????

You're slacking.......



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Lol come on dude get your camera out bud we are getting withdrawel symptoms



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Hey BM,

looks great. Do u know the balding area ?

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Thanks Janna for putting my pictures side by side .

That was super quick in sending them back to me.

I took the pictures at my mams house sneakily as she does not know about my HTs and i tried to get as near as possible the same angles etc as my post op picture.

Nw5a,my balding area was the size of my fist clenched if that helps.

Here are the 9 months updates.

 

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