I've read many posts on here, but have made very few contributions. Now, I have an experience to share.
From reading various posts, I know a lot of you have considered the Toronto location as an option for your SMP treatment. Seeing as how they've only recently begun taking patients, I thought I would offer up my experience so far.
Throughout this process, forum posts, pictures and the kind words of everyone on here have helped me to make this decision, reassure me and give me an idea of what to expect from it all. As I am now right in the middle of my own treatment and recovery from it, I hope that my posts and my pictures do the same for others. Feel free to ask me any questions....
First, a Little back story: (btw, I'm 32 years old now)
I was 16 when my hair started thinning - baldness is a gene I knew would be passed down to me given that men on both sides of my family are bald (some more than others; most of them being very bald)... I just didn't expect it to happen so quickly. I shaved my head when it began thinning and I actually grew to really love the shaved-head look. I got many compliments on the look too; people said it suited me, etc. While trying to reverse or slow down the effects of balding, I took Rogaine and it didn't help; I took Propecia for many years (from about age 20 - 31) and while it didn't help with growing any new hair, it did prevent what I had from falling out for a long while. In my late 20/early 30s I was seeing the effects of Propecia (or Finasteride) wear off.
Within that time - in my early 20s - I had a HT with a local doctor. I couldn't tell you how many graphs were transplanted (I have no idea). This gave me a much higher, but a newly defined hairline. The density was not much and I didn't want to go through with another surgery or two to complete the new 'look'. Of course, with a HT strip scar, I could no longer shave my head even if I wanted to.
What followed were years of a very awkward head of hair, a comb over that fooled no one and a desire to be rid of the anxiety. I started looking into my options. I made an appointment with an FUE clinic and met with a doctor. He showed me pictures of work he had done. It looks like 20% camouflage at a very expensive price. The cost, the pain, the heal-time and the result didn't add up for me. Around the same time, I stumbled across HIS Hair Clinic's website when I did a search for 'scar repair' and the results looked fantastic. However, I know that when something looks too good to be true, it usually is. I flip-flopped on the idea of SMP for a while; eventually decided to try it.
4 years ago I had booked SMP treatments in the UK, but due to a variety of factors (money, cold feet, etc.) I didn't end up going. I lived another 4 years with the same head of hair that made me miserable for so long. Because I combed the long hair from the sides over the very thin hair in the front, I couldn't walk with my head facing the wind. I wanted to live an active lifestyle. I had to wear hats while playing sports, had to bring a 'back-up' hat with me for after games (couldn't wear the same sweaty hat all night). I began opting out of activities that I knew would make my hair look bad. Started carrying a comb with me at all times. Needless to say, my confidence took a hit. My life changed. I lived to conceal a bald head and a bad comb over.
When I found out that HIS Hair Clinic was opening up in Toronto, I booked my appointment. Was this meant to be? They had some trouble getting set up right away. I was booked for appointments toward the end of December 2014, but those were cancelled and later booked for early February 2015.
I can't tell you how nervous I was the day before the first treatment. I didn't sleep much that night. I asked myself: Is this a mistake? will I regret this? What will the scar look like? Can it be hidden? Will others be able to tell I had 'work' done?
I woke up early and headed downtown toward HIS. There I met Kyle and Dave, both great guys who have had the treatment done themselves. Seeing what their heads looked like made me feel a lot better. We wasted no time at all. I sat down, had my head shaved and as I saw long strands of hair fall, I knew I was committed.
These are some before pics....
The pic of the scar was taken immediately after my head was shaved before the first treatment began...
More to follow...