here I come! My plane leaves Boston
Logan airport February 5th and I have
a two-hour layover in Los Angeles
before the 14-hour flight to Sydney.
It's a long flight and I have pretty
good case of jet lag when the plane
lands at 6:00am Sydney time February
clear customs and crash in a hotel
for a day. I am picked up the next
day and meet Dr. Angela Campbell and
get transported to my accommodations
at the surgery center where I met
Dr. Woods. I am examined by both doctors
then settle in and prepared for surgery
the next day.
prepared as I was and with the information
I had, it really comes down to putting
yourself in the hands of the doctors.
Surgery starts at noontime! Extensive
videotaping and then discussion between
the two doctors. The left frontal side
was damaged from prior surgeries as
the thick wall of plugs and scaring
was severe in this area. The anesthetic
is applied to the frontal area by Dr.
Campbell in very small amounts. The
"ouch factor" is minimal and
I tolerate it well. Dr. Woods and Dr.
Campbell proceed with the labor intensive
task of plug removal and skin grafting
the area where the plugs were removed.
The follicles from the plugs are disbursed
into other areas. The two doctors work
together and independently. Breaks are
taken for lunch and resting. Surgery
finishes 13-1/2 hours later at 1:30am.
take it easy over the weekend and
I feel OK considering the marathon
surgery I just went through and prepare
myself for the next surgery.
right frontal side is addressed in
the same manor as the left side. This
area was very pluggy but was not as
damaged as the left side. Surgery
time with lunch and breaks is 10 hours.
next day is a rest day. There is some
minor swelling and this is normal
with hairline frontal surgery due
to the anesthetic.
was a short day with the top area
approached away from the frontal hairline
and hair follicles are extracted from
the donor area and implanted into
this region. Surgery time is 8 hours.
marathon surgery! Follicles were removed
from the donor area and implanted
in the frontal area establishing a
new hairline. The hair follicle has
to be inserted at the proper angle
in the recipient site. A very long
tedious process! Surgery time is another
A touch up of plug removal in the back
area and disbursement of the follicles.
Surgery time is 7-1/2 hours.
want to point out that this method
of surgery is exhausting for the physicians
as they are bent over you for hour
after hour wearing binocular visual