When I first walked through the doors of Dr. Wong’s office I never imagined the journey that I had set up for myself. I never expected full coverage and I didn’t even know what temple points were. That all changed as I become more active online in the various discussion boards and I learned more about the surgery and the options that were available. This was all before I started working for the clinic so I was learning through research and through speaking with my consultant Mike Ferko.
When I went to see Dr. Wong for my nine month follow up he noted that not only did I have excellent growth but I also had an improvement in my crown on the bottom half of the whorl. Dr. Wong said that this was a good sign and would indicate that I’d have a great result from more surgery. Long story short, we agreed to do a second procedure. During the follow up visit he only talked about slightly lowering my hairline, adding density to the top and addressing the top half of the whorl pattern of my crown. The theory was that as the hair in the top half of my crown whorl grew out gravity would take over and help the hair to “drape” over the bottom half of my whorl therefore giving a continuity to my coverage. This eventually proved to be a brilliant strategy as you’ll see after these initial hair transplant surgery pictures.
When I got to the clinic for my second procedure I was prepped just like I was before. But once Dr. Wong started mapping out the procedure he started drawing on the side of my scalp. He had already brought my right temple forward a bit because it had receded more than the left but he wanted to rebuild my temple points. When he said this I had no idea what he was talking about. Turns out, the temple points are the triangular tufts of hair slight above and behind your eyebrows. What I realized after having transplanted temple points is that they help to balance out one’s profile. If the temple points are no longer present then it makes even the best hair transplant result look like a wig because wig’s cannot recreate the temple points. The result will look “front heavy” therefore if you have receded in these areas a lot it is wise to have transplanted temple points to balance everything out.
So this is my final result from the initial 2406 grafts transplanted in my first surgery.
The hairline wasn’t thick but it was MUCH more natural.
The comb test was passed with flying colors!
You can see here that without my transplanted temple points my profile seems weak.
So Dr. Wong drew some new temple points for me.
This big spot is about to get carpet bombed!
Not bad coverage for only 2406 grafts. They were all put to great use.
And here is the moment we all love, getting our head shaved.
This profile nicely shows off the angles of the hair from transplant repair one.
Considering I had two donor scars before the combination of them both turned out well.
Scalpel blade before it gets attached to the handle.
Dr. Wong’s arsenal of surgical instruments.
The donor zone had to be trimmed so that the hair isn’t in the way.
A technician is assisting to move my hair out of the way.
Anethstesia is being injected to numb the donor zone.
More anethstesia injections.
This is a clear view of my donor scar from my first repair procedure. I used to have two scars, now I have one.
A closeup of the needle being used to freeze my scalp.
The final view of my donor zone before surgery begins.
Can you see what I’m thinking? Exactly! This didn’t hurt a bit!
The staples are being applied to close my donor wound.
And that’s it. The donor wound is closed and held together with staples.
Here is part of my donor strip.
Here’s another piece of my donor strip being prepped on a dissection table ready to be slivered.
Needles are used to anchor the strip tissue down.
The technicians hard at work dissecting my tissue down to follicular units.
Here are the first few follicular units prepped and ready for placement.
Incisions being filled with follicular units by the lead technicians.
And the crown is done. The artistry really was ahead of it’s time.
I was able to get up and stretch my legs so that the table could be rearranged for phase two.
Dr. Wong freezing the front of my scalp so my hairline is numb.
More freezing of the hairline area.
Recipient sites are made in the frontal third of my scalp.
Here’s the placement for the crown whorl and for the frontal third of my scalp.
More incisions are being made so more hair can be placed.
Dr. Wong making incisions for my soon to be transplanted temple points.
Here is the final product at the end of the day. You can see the transplanted temple points and the coverage.