My worst day
My hair has been thinning since I turned 30. I knew what was coming. The hairline just gradually worked its way back and then a bald patch appeared. One morning, I stood in front of a mirror and thought, ‘Enough is enough.’
What I did to get better
Some friends and family advised me to let nature take its course, or just shave it all off. But I wanted my hair back. A friend had a hair transplant procedure done and referred me to Dr. Lisa Ishii. It's an outpatient procedure. They harvest hair follicles from the back of your scalp and then graft them in where needed.
For me, the worst part was hearing the scalp being cut, but you don't feel it because they anesthetize you. Once they cut the area out, they hand it to a tech-nician who is literally splitting hairs for the next two to three hours. Then they staple the area back together. Later, they numbed my forehead and I'm counting the holes [the doctor] is making with this tool where the grafts will be placed.
I had the first procedure in fall 2010 and three more since. The results are wonderful. I’ve seen people who’ve been butchered by transplants or just look OK. But my hair looks full and natural. How I come across to clients was certainly part of the thought process going into this. I think it’s helped business. I can tell you, it certainly hasn’t hurt.