"Got a haircut today. Barber asked if I got a transplant. He said it was the best he's ever seen. Compliments."
"I wanted to let you know how grateful I am to you and your team for the wonderful experience I had this past week. It was the total antithesis of my previous experience with Bosley and I credit most of that to your warm, caring, and skilled care. Your staff was also so attentive, knowledgeable and caring. I will definitely be a strong marketing advocate for you to any and every one looking for hair replacement and look forward to hopefully showing you my new head of thick hair in the upcoming months."
"Dr. Wesley is real down to earth and easy to talk with. Try to arrange a consult with him. He is very skilled and gives solid information.
If you are interested in checking this out (the procedure) was a breeze in my opinion. It is good to see that there are more options becoming available to patients . Being a repair patient I appreciate the new techniques coming out."
"Prior to the (procedure) Dr. Wesley walked me through every aspect of his technique and the procedure itself. In fact I learn more and more about HT in general during each and every one of our conversations (wish I knew some of this prior to my first HT!). The (procedure) was a breeze and Dr. Wesley and his staff have superb patient care."
"I immediately liked Dr. Wesley, and could tell how excited he is about his (modern) method, he makes it impossible to not share in his excitement."
"As always it was a pleasure speaking to you today. I feel like I learn an incredible amount each time we sit and speak."
"I wanted to share with you my results after 6mo's the picture below is prior to Surgury. I wanted to thank you for bringing me back to life!!!"
"Wow. Big change already. I am going to be one hairy dude... It really does look great... 'cause 'you the man!' Thanks" "P.S. I just gave your contact info to the cut who cuts my hair for the past 10 years. **** Salon. Thought your work was the best and will refer patients your way!
I expect my haircuts to cost more now that I have HAIR!"
"I am ordinarily a very private person but I feel compelled to post this thread for two reasons. The first is the wealth of knowledge and confidence I gained from all of you who have shared your experiences with me. I spent hours and hours combing through the forums and blogs on this site, and learned so much about modern hair restoration and the many outstanding doctors performing these life-changing procedures. The second, and more compelling reason I'm writing, is to express the enormous gratitude I have for Dr. Carlos Wesley and his amazing staff.
Approximately 15 years ago, when I was in my early 20's, I had hair restoration surgery with Dr. Leon Waller. At that time, my hairline started to recede and thin, and Dr. Waller performed 2 sessions to thicken it up. (Roughly 1500 grafts in total over 3 years). I was very happy with Dr. Waller and the results. As my hair continued to thin, however, I couldn't afford to keep up with needed procedures, and I was left with just the grafts that Dr. Waller transplanted. It looked ok, I guess, but as the years went by I always said to myself, "someday I will go back and finish what I started."
Needless to say, the years went by and I never went back. My confidence worsened and I started to feel helpless. The problem wasn't money! It was the fact that I had waited too long, and my job did not afford me the option to cover-up the effects of the surgery. I felt my colleagues and friends would notice, and I didn't have the courage to go for it.
One day this past fall, I sat down at my computer and started researching what the latest procedures were and what doctors were recommended. That's when I found HRN. I spent three hours reading and looking at pictures. Wow...I just might be able to do this! I made a list of the doctors that I wanted to see and immediately made appointments for consultations.
I met with Dr. Bernstein first and it did not go as well as I had hoped. Dr. Bernstein told me he couldn't work around my existing grafts and wanted to transplant the majority of them to the crown area first. This was not an option for me. I was concerned about the fact that I would first have to lose my entire hairline before going back months later so he could create a new one. When I expressed my concerns, and aksed if there were other options, he flatly stated, "No."
I then called Dr. Feller's office. I was intrigued by what I had read about his "mega-sessions." His staff was very nice and helpful over the phone, but I learned in that conversation that his proceedures all require the patient to shave the entire recepient area. Again this was not an option for me. I couldn't go to work with my head shaved. I went back to the drawing board (i.e. HRN) and conducted more research on which doctors would not require you to shave your head. HRN led me to 2 more physicians, and I immediately made appointments with both - Dr. Robert Dorin and Dr. Carlos Wesley.
I made the appointments for the same day, and I met Dr. Wesley first. The consultation went great! Dr. Wesley was an absolute gentleman, and spent a lot of time with me discussing his proceedures and showing me photos to illustrate what he could do to help me. All the confidence I lost when I left Dr. Bernstein was restored and then some! Dr. Wesley felt strongly that he could work with my existing grafts and believed it provided a stong "scaffolding" to work around. He was as excited as I was about the process, and was confident that he could transplant approx. 2000 units in and around my hairline and crown area. I have to say, I was so excited and impressed with Dr. Wesley, I almost didn't even go to see Dr. Dorin.
When I left the office, I thought about how important this was to me and how much time I put into my research, so I headed downtown to see Dr. Dorin. Dr. Dorin and his staff were great. They spent a lot of time with me and answered all my questions as well. Dr. Dorin was equally confident that he could work with my existing grafts and shaving would not be necessary.
In the end, I decided to go with Dr. Wesley. Anyone who has seen Dr. Wesley's work knows that he is extremely talented and a true professional. But thankfully, that can be said for a number of other doctors recommended here by HRN. I chose Dr. Wesley because he simply made me the most comfortable as a patient. He respected how important this process was to me and he knew that I was consulting other doctors. In fact, he encouraged it! I had a lot of questions and he took the time in person, over the telephone, and through emails to answer all of them. Frankly, he made making my decision very easy.
This past February, I had the proceedure done with Dr. Wesley and it went FANTASTIC. When you meet Dr. Wesley, the first thing he will tell you is how lucky he is to work with his talented staff. Well...he's right. Dr. Wesley's assistants made me feel comfortable throughout the day and I was clear to me how well they all work together. The hairline Dr. Wesley created looked amazing and it was easy to see how natural it's going to look in just a few more months. In the weeks that followed, Dr. Wesley and I stayed in touch over the phone and by email, and he continued his phenominal "bedside manner." I'm now a little more than two months out and my hair has already started to grow. I'm happy to say that the healing time went as fast as Dr. Wesley said it would, and more importantly to me, no one could tell that I had anything done.
I'm now in my early 40's and have more confidence than I've ever had in my appearance. Dr. Wesley and his staff have changed my life. There is no other way to put it. For those of you who may read this post, and are trying to decide if hair transplant surgery is right for you, do yourself a favor and go see Dr. Wesley. You will never regret it.
I just can't tell you how thankful I am to Dr. Wesley and how happy I am to be able to say that "someday," finally came."
"I just had to write to tell you this story. I had a job yesterday (one day gig) with seven people I had never met before. Out of the blue, one of the women signaled me to come over so she could speak with me. She said, "I just want to tell you that you have the most beautiful hair." I almost fell over. I'm just glad to have hair PERIOD!
So, you should know that not only do I have plenty of hair, but it's also BEAUTIFUL. I have to say that I agree - my hair is looking really good. Thanks again."
"Just a quick note to say that all is going well one week past my surgery.
Pain has been much lower than it was for previous surgeries (with other physicians). Your care and patience has been a big part of that. These things can make a diffference.
I won't take up you time with chat except to say that I continue to look back on my recent experience with surgery and confess that it was much more comfortable and easy than in times past. Thank you."
"As always it was a pleasure speaking to you today. I feel like I learn an incredible amount each time we sit and speak."
"Thank you for spending so much of your time with me yesterday. The amount of care, consideration and enthusiasm was unparalleled. Thank you and Dr. Walter Unger for your passion."
"I second how good his consults are. Very thorough and informative. He's also a nice guy. His hairlines are among the most natural I've seen. His "scarless surgery" has the potential to be a real game-changer..."
"Just thought I'd write a quick note to say how happy I am with my results so far. The hair on top of my head has regrown about an inch or so and the overall coverage along with the significantly reduced "pluggy" appearance is more than I expected at this stage. I feel far less self-conscious about my appearance than I did before the procedure and the transplanted hair hasn't even grown in yet. Nice work! I should have met you 5 years ago."
"I did a consultation with Dr. Wesley and I was very impressed with the man. I found him to be very professional, knowledgeable and extremely thorough. In fact, I found (Dr. Wesley) to be the most thoughtful of all the physicians with whom I have met.
He gave me his undivided attention. There was no patient advisor to meet with first, no interruptions, no ringing phones and he saw me promptly at our scheduled time -- not thirty minutes late, which tends to be the industry standard. He spent well over an hour with me answering in detail all my questions and thoroughly considering all the variables involved. He left no stone unturned.
One thing I particularly liked about him was that he didn't shy away from competing views and philosophies. He acknowledged that each doctor does things their own way, yet emphasized that philosophical difference do not necessarily equate with qualitative differences -- in short, he refused to denigrate the competitor. If anything, he showed an awful lot of respect to efforts and contributions of his colleagues in the hair restoration field.
I've come across many doctors who seem to think themselves infallible. I'm naturally suspicious of anyone in any profession who thinks this way. This is not the impression I got form Dr. Wesley. He respects the science, the artistry, the craft, and the various contributions others make to the advancement of HT. He seemed very passionate and intrigued by the science behind it all.
He's very cerebral, like a scientist with a personal stake in his research, which comes off as passion. Clearly, he's a man of ideas. He understands that each patient requires a completely different approach. He discussed at length the importance of personalizing every procedure because of the individual variables such as ethnicity, age, family history, hair characteristics, etc...
It was a relief to learn that he only does one procedure a day. I've heard of physicians that run their clinics like automated factories. He emphasized to me that HTs require an enormous amount of concentration and detail in graft placement, the angle of recipient incision, design, etc... needless to say, I was impressed.
My consultation with (Dr. Wesley) was the most in-depth and thorough of any of the consultations that I've had. He spent well over an hour with me in his office and went through my hair several times with a fine-tooth comb. He certainly taught me a thing or two as well. I learned a lot.
Clearly, he's in the conservative camp. The way I see it, either you're conservative or you're not. That's all there really is to it. Conservative doctors produce excellent results. Aggressive doctors produce excellent results. I don't see the point in debating it any further. To suggest that there is only one path of performing URFUT would negate all the fine results from either side of the conservative/aggressive camps.
I learned more in my consultation with him than I did in all my other consultations. He taught me a few things about HT that I had never come across on the forums. If anything, he impressed upon me that inexactness of the science of HT, however, what we do know is encouraging.
Lastly, at no point did he try to sell me or assume the sale. He gave me his analysis and explained how he came to it and why. Very professional, patient, no hard selling, no urgency to make a decision, yet genuinely passionate about his work.
Long story short: Dr. Wesley has my recommendation."
"Morning Dr Wesley! Thanks so much again for evrything. I had really had a great experience with you. Just wanted to know if I can have coffee this morning :)"
"Carlos, Gracias y suerte."
"You (and Dr. Walter Unger) are rock stars... totally a blast... Seriously, you really have an amazing way that is so cool yet very calming and refreshing."
"Thanks so much for taking the time to meet with me last Wednesday! I found it extremely informative and walked out of your office extremely excited about the entire procedure."
"I was so comfortable and impressed with you during my consultation on March 9th. I have visited your site several times and looked at the case studies as well as studied your bio and CV. I find it all impressive and very reassuring.
Afterwards you were so knowledgeable and detailed in answering all of my questions, I became quite comfortable with you and I really connected with your straightforward manner and expertise."
"My head is filling in nicely and people notice a difference!"
"This is just a short note to say meeting with you and your staff was the most pleasant experience I've ever had with doctors and their staffs. Your laid back approach made me feel as if I was your only patient. (Dr. Walter Unger was awesome, as well) I wish both you and Dr Unger would can your method of interacting with patients and distribute it to the entire medical community, irrespective of their area of expertise. The medical world would be in a better place.
Best way I can say it, you made me feel comfortable."
"Hope you had a nice weekend and starting to see my new hair line.. Can't wait to do more:) Thanks again for everything.. I can only imagine how happy I will be . Sorry I was out of it today but really wanted you to know how grateful I am for everything."
"The procedure went well. I've actually experienced more discomfort having my teeth cleaned by my dentist. Of course, your staff was great. Quite entertaining as well."
"You get the doctor award for concern and great follow up! (I think you should go into internal medicine, you would have an amazing following!)"
"I recently underwent a hair transplantation procedure at Dr. Wesley's Clinic in New York City and am very pleased with the experience and results thus far in my recovery process.
The session was performed by Dr. Wesley and his medical team to replace hair loss at the temples and brow line and it went quite smoothly and was quite successful.
Even though I was given pain medication afterwards, it was not necessary for me to take any as I experienced no pain following surgery and was even able to very easily move and bend my head without any discomfort or stiffness immediately afterwards. I was also given the option of taking homeopathic remedies during the pre and post-operative periods and found this alternative very much to my liking.
The facility is run like a family clinic, and the staff are very professional, yet warm and welcoming. Dr. Wesley always took the time to patiently and clearly respond to my questions and address all of my concerns. He and his team were approachable and seemed eager to achieve the very best results. From my interactions with Dr. Wesley and his staff, it is apparent that they take great pride in and derive much satisfaction from their work."
"I really want to take the opportunity to thank you in writing for the wonderful care that you and your staff have provided this past week. You have an extraordinary office and I feel lucky to have found such a wonderful physician (and person)."
"I hope you are well and getting ready to go somewhere for the Holidays- or at least relax. I think my friends...have scheduled their procedures with you and are very excited. RF has healed great and I saw DH for the first time in 5 months and his hairline looked so thick. He is very happy and I told him you had asked about him.
I am thrilled with you and my procedure and will continue to send you many more people."
"I'm a 55 year old male who had 3 or 4 hair transplant procedures about 20 years ago. I had become very self-conscious of the "pluggy" appearance on top of my head as my hair has continued to thin through the years. Upon learning about the much more sophisticated procedures available today I set out to find a Doctor that I was hoping would tell me that I could have some of the hair from the plugs re-transplanted to other areas thereby minimizing the pluggy appearance and thickening my hairline at the same time. I could not be happier that I found Dr. Carlos Wesley. In a relaxed and unhurried initial consultation Dr. Wesley showed me what was possible and after a thorough examination of my scalp gave me his best advice for what course to take. And then for a very reasonable flat fee he and his friendly staff did the work in a 3-step procedure over 7 weeks. There were no unpleasant surprises, no hidden fees and no extra costs. I really feel as if Dr. Wesley put in the time and attention necessary to do the best possible job.
The results have been more than I had hoped for. I would recommend to anyone in the NYC area not to choose any surgeon until they have consulted with Dr. Wesley."
"From the moment I entered the offices of Drs. Wesley, Unger, and Unger I knew I had found the right place for hair restoration. You see, this was my second stop. I had gone for a consultation at another office first and only vaguely thought I should seek a second opinion. Even though I had pretty much planned to schedule an appointment with the first office, I was practically shocked at the disparity between my two experiences.
I was greeted warmly and sweetly at Drs. Wesley, Unger, and Unger, unlike the cold reception I received at office number one. The office staff seemed not only attuned to the needs of the patients but collegial with each other - a sign of a well-functioning and pleasant office. At office number one, I was initially questioned by a sales agent with a hard push promotion and spent exactly two minutes consulting with a physician (one had no choice of physicians - one was assigned). Since I had nothing else with which to compare, I expected this was protocol. However, in this second office, as I was waiting, a friendly gentleman struck up a conversation which put me at ease - I was treated like a person, not one of hundreds of patients. To my surprise, this genial gentleman then asked me to come into his office for a consultation. I had no idea that I had been speaking with the man who would become my surgeon, Dr. Carlos K. Wesley.
Dr. Wesley spent a great deal of time with me. There was no pressure and I was encouraged to ask as many questions as possible. I was shown photos and told what I could expect as an outcome. Dr. Wesley drew lines on my head to show me the placement of my hairline and offered options on types of procedures. Nothing was sugar-coated as I was informed of all aspects including parts of the recovery and growth period that may be uncomfortable. Upon leaving, I was told to take time to think about it and then call for an appointment if I decided this was right for me. The minute I got home I called to schedule a surgery date - and broke all communications with office number one.
Because I suffer from severe back pain, I was worried about spending surgery day in various horizontal positions but was assured that I would be accommodated in any way necessary - if I needed "time out" I could take a break. There was never an issue. The surgery was not only comfortable but Dr. Wesley and the staff kept up a pleasant and often humorous conversation - when I wasn't sleeping.
Every follow-up visit was a pleasure. I began looking forward to seeing the staff and Dr. Wesley. Because the area that was transplanted had absolutely no hair, I required two procedures in order to assure that my hair and hairline would be as thick as I desired. The timelines overlapped: typically, full outcome is seen in about a year so Dr. Wesley performed the second procedure after six months so there would be no break in the total growth progress.
At this point, I am eight months into recovery from the second procedure. I feel like a kid again playing with my hair. I can guarantee you that I already have a FULL head of hair - and it is still coming in. Before my hair transplantation, I dreaded walking in windy weather for fear that everyone would see how much my hair had receded. My self-esteem was at low ebb and I became very depressed knowing things would only get worse. The wind is no longer a problem and my self-esteem is renewed. I canâ€™t wait to get out of the shower and blow dry my hair. Here, I should note that I am a licensed hair dresser. It is absolutely impossible to tell that I had any procedure. NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW unless you choose to tell them. You hair grows in so gradually that the regrowth period doesn't provoke anxiety about looks from the public.
In order to be totally honest, there are some negative aspects to the process and progress of hair transplantation. It was difficult to hide the redness and crustiness of the operation during the first two weeks following surgery. It was necessary for me to wear a hat. So, if you work in an office setting, you might want to schedule surgery during vacation time. I experienced extreme itchiness and lost a significant amount of my own hair (not typical) as a result of the trauma to the transplanted area. The process truly requires patience. You may look worse before you look better. However, each part of the process offers new bits of hope. Typically, but not always, the small transplanted hairs fall out - but within three months, you will see tiny hairs emerging from your scalp. Slowly, fine hairs start growing longer and then thicker. I admit there were times I became discouraged but as I near the end of the road, IT HAS ALL BEEN WORTH IT.
Now, after describing my overall experience, it is of utmost importance to note that Dr. Wesley made the difference. It is his expertise that gave me a natural, thick, full head of hair. It is important that your surgeon is creative, understands hair growth and direction, and has a great sense of aesthetics. Dr. Wesley possesses all of these qualities. In addition, I feel that I have made a friend. While never losing a sense of professionalism, Dr. Wesley's warmth and intimate approach has made this experience a total pleasure. I look forward to seeing him. His staff members hug me when I enter the office. If this isn't the type of person you are, you will be treated in the manner you prefer. They all know how to deal with the public.
I would vouch for Dr. Wesley and his office to anyone who asked. In short, I am thrilled. And, I actually had confidence all along that I would be pleased with the result. If your hair is thinning or receding and it really bothers you, run to Dr. Wesley. You'll be writing a testimonial of your own."
"Absolutely positively (Dr. Wesley) should be in. One of the best consults I've ever had. Extremely profesional and explains the science behind it all."
"I have had some of my old work that was done 20 years ago repaired . I wanted to soften my hairline and reduce my donor area scars.
Over the years I have had some sessions of repair and have been cautious not to take any steps in the wrong direction as my donor hair is not that abundant . My hairloss is about a level 5-6 . I just want to make things look natural for this level .
I learned about Dr.Wesley here and had a small session done on one side of my hairline to soften it . The small session let me conceal the work while it heals . I had it done 5 days ago and was back at work on day 3 without any real signs of the surgery due to me covering it with my existing hair . My donor scar was wide and it looks very thin now .
Dr. Wesley and his staff were excellent . Compared to other repair sessions I have had this work was very clean . This was very important to me . I am trying to keep things concealed . I liked his attention to detail .
I will be having the other side of the hairline done after this heals . The post op front pic shows how I comb the hair as I heal up .
Hi I wanted to update with some photos of the new results . I am very happy with how everything has progressed. It will be a full year in November since the last session but things were great even earlier because many of the grafts grew so well right from the start."
"I'd like to share my very positive experience with Dr. Wesley.
I began losing my hair at age 25. At age 26, I visited several NYC hair transplant doctors and was told it was "too soon" for surgery. I began taking Propecia. By age 28, I had lost a considerable amount of my hairline and I had deep recession around my temples (parking lots). At that time, I set out on the hunt again and met with several NYC doctors (Dr. True, Dr. Bernstein, Dr. John Frank, Dr. Prasad, and Dr. Wesley).
Due to his light presence online, the meeting with Dr. Wesley was almost an afterthought for me. I am very glad I came in for the consultation.
Simply put, I had the most confidence in him from the day I met him. He was easy to talk to, realistic, thorough, and thoughtful. Dr. Wesley made complicated subjects sound simple and he never gave me the impression that I was being pressured or that I was asking too many questions.
Each of the other reputable NYC doctors I listed above came off as being too "salesy", too short with me, overly negative, or overly optimistic. They didn't seem real and I left each time with the impression that I was just another number, sale, or surgery.
Dr. Wesley gave me the impression that he was confident he could do great work for me but the decision was entirely up to me. He wanted my business but he didn't need my business.
His prediction was right- he did great work for me. I have attached several pictures. The grown-in after photos are at the 10 month point so it's reasonable to expect more growth from there. I started noticing some slow growth at the 3 month point.
The grafts were incubated in platelet rich plasma (PRP). Here are the graft counts: Total 2100: 1s: 501, 2s 1125, fine 2s 62, 3s 263, fine 3s 109, Follicular Families (more than 3 hairs) 40.
Note that I have relatively fair skin and I was able to hide the surgery within a week but I did have a decent amount of existing hair to cover up the red spots and scar. Also note that although the stitches are relatively uncomfortable after, the surgery itself is painless.
Bottom Line: I predict that Dr. Carlos Wesley will be the premier Hair Transplant Doctor at some point in the very near future. He is clearly less experienced than some of his peers but he has mastered this craft already. I highly recommend him.
I will likely not be checking this forum again for awhile. Before the surgery, I was obsessed. I spent hours each day reading online and contemplating the surgery. Now that I've gotten it, I never think about my hair (hence my disinterest in visiting the site). Dr. Wesley was able to reduce a serious mental (and physical) burden for me."
"Thanks, doc... ...for your time, your patience, and your professionalism. much appreciated."
"It has been a few hours now that our conversation has set in and I am so very humbled by it all. I am truly thankful for being included in this discussion.
I truly want to be a part of your 'historic' game changing study! This is so exciting for me ..You have my greatest RESPECT Dr,,thanks again for the talk."
"First of all, I hope everything is more than ok with you and your wife.
I am writing to thank you again because I am super happy with the results of the hair transplant. It is incredible the difference.
Best wishes and all the best,"
"Another update: I continue to be very happy with what I see in the mirror. The micrographs in my hairline are about an inch long now. I really like how my hairline looks thicker, softer and much more natural while at the same time the change isn't so great that anyone really notices that I've had anything done. Again, my expectations have been happily exceeded.
The hair on top of my head is thicker still and now I look forward to seeing the results in that one thinnest area where you put the graphs from the 3rd session as those graphs begin to grow.
The self-consciousness I felt about my hair is almost completely gone since regardless of whether my hair is wet, dry, windblown, slept-on, whatever - it looks overall much more natural and it would take a very discerning eye, I think, to spot the fact that I've had anything done.
Your artistry is very much appreciated."
"Thanks for your follow-up phone message last week.
I recovered quickly. No discomfort. No swelling. 90 % of facial redness disappeared in 4 days. Back to rigorous exercise in 6 days. I guess you did a text-book perfect job!
Anyway, thanks for a job well done."
"It's always a pleasure coming in to the office. Everyone is so nice and friendly. I'm happy to help in any way I can. I only wish I had this opportunity long ago - of course, had I done this before, I wouldn't have benefited by your expertise so things work out the way they should.
I'm glad that two others have "joined the bandwagon". If patients are this pleased, you will be turning away new patients right and left in a very short time. Again, my offer to speak to prospective patients always stands."
"I saw G**** yesterday and I was able to give him a really nice short haircut without seeing any scaring. I would say, you do awesome work!"