Hair Growing in Strong Ten Months After Operation

When my friend Blanca Mejia asked me in December 2010 if I would be interested in having her brother do a hair transplant on me in exchange for blogging about my experience, I told her I would be up to the idea, but didn’t think much of it until a year later when I realized my hair was progressively becoming thinner.

It was within the first week of January 2012 and I had resolved to do something about my hair before it got any worse, so I sent her a message, asking her if her brother would be interested in going along with the project.

I was 43 years old and had recently lost about 15 pounds and figured I would look better with a fuller head of hair.

I didn’t realize how much better. Continue reading

Will We Ever Elect Another Bald President?

As we wind down to the presidential election, the biggest complaint I’ve been hearing from people, especially on Facebook, is that there are no viable candidates. That we are doing nothing but choosing the lesser of two evils.

And that’s the complaint we hear every election.

However, no matter who wins, we will at least be guaranteed a president with a full head of hair.

And that apparently is the most important factor. At least according to voting trends for the past 50 years, starting when a youthful John F. Kennedy squared off against the veteran Richard Nixon in the nation’s first televised debate.

People who listened to the debate on the radio thought Nixon won but those who watched it on television thought Kennedy won.

And while it really doesn’t matter who won that debate today, it is very clear Kennedy had a fuller head of hair, which was one reason he went on to win the presidency. Continue reading

The Stigma Behind Getting a Hair Transplant

The one thing I’ve learned about getting a hair transplant is that the men who are most interested in the procedure are the ones who don’t even need it.

They ask me all kinds of questions and tell me they are preparing to get a hair transplant in the future, even though they have no obvious indication of baldness.

These are men in their 20s and early 30s who upon closer inspection might show early signs of male pattern baldness, but it is already magnified a thousand times in their minds.

“I wasn’t this bald a few years ago,” a friend told me a few weeks ago. “I want to stop it before it gets worse.”

Then there are the guys who are completely bald. These are men in their 40 and 50s who started going bald, then decided to shave it all off. They show no interest in my procedure. Nor do they show any indication that they are stressing out about being bald. Continue reading

Dr. Mejia Explains the Difference Between “Hair Grafts” and “Graft Hairs” as I Reach 3-Month Mark Since Surgery

It’s been three months since Dr. Ricardo Mejia conducted my hair transplant, which means I am supposed to be seeing the first signs of hair growth.

And I am. But nothing very noticeable in a photo or even if you are standing across from me in a room.

But if you stand up close and stare at my hairline as my friends who haven’t seen me in a couple of weeks do, then it becomes noticeable.

It’s especially noticeable to me when I stand in front of the mirror and notice that some of the new hairs sprouting out are white, which goes to show you age will fuck you one way or the other, hair transplant or not.

But even then, I would rather have a salt-and-pepper head of hair than no hair at all.

To the random stranger who has no idea I had a transplant, I look as if I am losing hair rather than growing hair.

That is why I wasn’t surprised the other day when I was strolling through the shopping mall and was approached by a young lady working at one of those kiosks you see in the middle. Continue reading

Do Women Prefer Fat Men or Bald Men? Let’s Ask iJustine.

 

You know you’re out of touch with pop culture when you’re excitedly told that iJustine is going to be at an event and you’re like, “who the hell is that?”.

It turns out, iJustine is very hot. Not just in the physical sense but in the celebrity sense.

And more impressively, she did it all through Youtube videos. Armed with nothing but a handheld digital video camera and a laptop, she started producing videos of herself going about her day.

Yes, we’ve all seen people who do that. In fact, Youtube is filled with people like that. And most of them suck, which is why I spend as little time on Youtube as possible.

But iJustine has the distinction of appearing not to take herself seriously when in fact, she takes herself very seriously, which is the secret of her success.

But I didn’t find all this out until after I had met her and started Googling her.

The night I met her, which was about a week before my hair transplant operation, she was just another pretty face with some kind of celebrity status. And those are a dime-a-dozen in Miami.

So I decided to ask her the question I’ve been meaning to ask all females since launching this blog.

“Would you prefer a bald man or a fat man?”

The truth is, most women would prefer a chiseled man with a full head of hair, but there aren’t that many to go around.

And when we get older, we tend to either gain weight or lose hair or both.

It’s a question that’s been asked countless times on the internet. And the answer is pretty obvious once you realize women crave sex just as much as men.

They would prefer a bald, fit man over a fat man with a full head of hair.  They’d rather stroke their fingers over a man’s muscular buttocks than run their fingers through his hair.

But iJustine – who is never at a loss of words in her videos – refused to answer that simple question.

Granted, she has the looks, age and celebrity status where she doesn’t have to settle for one or the other, but it was just a hypothetical question. And we all had a good laugh over it as you can see in the above video. She’s a very cool chick. Continue reading

This is What They Call the “Ugly Duckling” Phase

It’s been nearly two months since my hair transplant and I am currently in what transplant veterans call the “ugly duckling” phase.

This is the post-operative period in which a patient is not only still healing from the surgical scar in the back of the head, but dealing with the shock loss of existing hair from the trauma of the surgery.

Couple that with the redness and sparse hairs that are sprouting in my frontal areas and it’s pretty evident why they refer to it as the ugly duckling phase.

But if you look at the above photo and compare it to the ones I’ve posted here since the operation, you will see that I’m slowly making progress.

The ugly duckling in Hans Christian Andersen’s famous story grew to become a beautiful swan, so I’m hoping to least emerge with a decent head of hair. Continue reading

Check out the videos from my hair transplant surgery … if you dare

It’s been just over a month since my hair transplant and almost all evidence that I even had a transplant is gone.

The scar on the back of my head almost invisible thanks to Dr. Mejia’s tricophytic closure where he overlaps one layer of skin over another to allow the hair to grow through the scar.

And as far as pain and discomfort goes, that’s never been a factor, which was a little surprising considering some of the stories I’ve read or heard.

But having said all that, I still believe I am balder now than I was going into the operation. That’s normal, according to the doctor and other men who’ve gone through transplants, but it does make me a little impatient.

Dr. Mejia says I should start seeing some results in another two months. And the final results will be evident in another 11 months.

Right now, I have some sparse transplant hairs that have not fallen out since the surgery, so maybe that’s the beginning of the new growth.

Below is a photo I took two days after my surgery when I had to show up to court for my arrest documenting the Occupy Miami eviction, which shows the areas where eventually I will have real hair.

And here is a photo I took yesterday, a month after that court date, where I had just stepped out of the pool, meaning my hair is wet and making me look even balder, showing there is plenty of empty space for the 2,799 hair grafts that Dr. Mejia transplanted to fill. Continue reading

Check out photos from the hair transplant operation along with my two-week update

I don’t think I went into the operation this bald, but then again, I never really spent time photographing the top of my head before

Today marks exactly two weeks that I allowed Dr. Mejia to slice a strip of scalp from the back of my head, sew the two remaining flaps of scalp back together again, then pierce the top of my head multiple times with a sharp instrument, followed by inserting 2,799 hair grafts in the holes he pierced.

I’m sure he’ll have a more clinical way of describing the procedure, but that is exactly how it appears in the photo gallery below. Continue reading

On the Fifth Day After Surgery, Still Feeling Fine

 

I’ve read the threads and spoken to people about the pain they experience following a hair transplant surgery but so far, thanks to the Lortab, I’m feeling no pain.

And my scabby hairline seems to healing just fine. Here is an iPhone photo I snapped a couple of hours ago compared to the one below, which I snapped about 18 hours earlier.

Dr. Mejia wrote me another script for the Lortab which I will pick up today and I’m assuming that should be the last batch. Lortab is essentially a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone, the latter which is an opioid. Continue reading

Three Days After Surgery and I Feel Fine

Video recording Dr. Mejia as he explains how he separates the hair follicles by number of hairs (Photo by Blanca Stella Mejia)

The operation went very smoothly and painlessly. Of course, I was under the effects of anesthesia and Lortab and valium, which meant that I was able to sit back and relax while Doctor Mejia did his thing.

I ended up with 2,799 grafts, which can mean up to 7,000 hairs considering a graft can contain anywhere from 1 to 4 hair strands. Continue reading