Looks like I may be headed for New York soon

Going to visit the HIS Hair Clinic in New York this next Wednesday the 17th for my first scalp micropigmentation.

Alopecia World references this here:

http://www.alopeciaworld.com/xn/detail/2022678:Note:1101286

I had scheduled my appointment for the Seattle office, since I live in Portland, Oregon, but then got a phone call from the company asking if I'd be willing to come to New York and let them do the treatment there so Fox News could film it for a segment given in conjunction with Alopecia Month. I didn't realize that September is indeed alopecia month.

Pretty excited at the prospect of looking healthy again, and now excited at this opportunity to get the word out to other guys - especially those in my age bracket (I'm 61) - to let them know that scalp micropigmentation isn't something just for younger men. I enjoy staying in top physical condition, but alopecia universalis means I don't look as healthy as I feel. It's not shaving my head that's the problem. I like the shaven hairstyle. It's those left-over clusters of hair too stubborn to die that make me look like I had some disease, or had lost a hair-pulling contest. Shaving doesn't hide these.

If I was a woman, I'd probably wear a wig. The lack of eyebrows and eyelashes that accompanies universalis could be compensated with makeup, false brows, even false lashes to compliment the hair.

Being a guy, I prefer not to wear makeup, thank you, so wearing a wig would just make me look even more odd due to the extreme contrast with the appearance of thick "hair" on top, and zero eyebrows, eyelashes, or beard down below. (Anyone remember ET wearing that wig?)

Fortunately, beginning in the mid 90's, the shaved head began to be accepted as a desirable fashion choice among men. If only I could fill in the bare spots with tattooed hair follicles indistinguishable from the remaining hair I have; or even better, what if I could have the entire area tattooed in such a manner that, should the remaining patches disappear, I'd still look normal?

That's exactly what scalp micropigmentation does and what I'm going to have done this Wednesday. The process, developed by Ian Watson and Ranbir Rai-Watson of HIS Hair Clinic, works so well that the tattoo'd follicles are indistinguishable from real hair follicles, even up close. As I have studied the many pictures, and video after video, I noted that there are very few men my age on the HIS Hair Clinic site giving testimonials. Several have alopecia, but almost all are relatively young. Having made this observation by email, I received a phone call today asking if I'd be willing to fly to New York to have the treatment there and do an interview! The answer is "of course!"

Exciting stuff.

Will post a followup upon my return.

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Comment by JeffreySF on September 12, 2014 at 7:55pm

I went to their San Francisco location and met with them for a consultation a year or so ago.

It just didn't look "real" enough to me. So I gave it a miss. 

There's no real turning back once you get started.

Just remember "Less is More"

Good luck!

Comment by Rose Marie' on September 12, 2014 at 8:29pm

Good luck with everything...permanent tattooing is a big step, but I truly wish you well.

Rosy

Comment by Scott Mather on October 12, 2014 at 9:38pm

Well here's my followup as promised. The trip to New York fell through, because the producers felt it was too far into Alopecia Awareness month (September) for them to follow the procedure from start to finish on an individual. They needed someone who had already had it done. No problem. It was for the best, since I got to be with one practitioner, Dave Tucker, from start to finish. 

I've had two treatments, and am heading up for a third in about a week. It is basically finished. The third is just to do touchup and filling in where there might be some fading. 

I can't emphasize enough how pleased I am with the result. How real does it look? NO ONE has noticed a thing. Not my sons, not my parents, not friends of 20 years or more. This is not unique to me. Go on the HIS site [http://www.hishairclinic.com/] and read the case studies and blogs, and the forum. 

And it isn't just guys who are doing this. There have been more than a few women, though few of them post on the site. 

It was a big step, one I took after doing a lot of research, and thinking hard and long about it. My verdict? Absolutely no regrets. Best thing I have ever done since losing my hair to alopecia universalis. Worth every penny I paid and more. Given the chance to make the decision over again, I would jump on this even faster.

Here's my blog on the site: http://forum.hishairclinic.com/topic/5907-never-to-old-to-look-as-g...

Lots of guys don't post their photos on the HIS site, for obvious reasons, and I don't fault them in the least. But it doesn't bother me to post photos, because this is such good news for those of us with Alopecia, that I everyone to see just how terrific and life-changing this treatment can be. 

Check. It. Out!  

Comment by JeffreySF on October 12, 2014 at 11:11pm

Hi Scott,

Voila!

I'm so glad you are happy with your results!

Looks really natural. They did a great hairline and it's not to dark. Wow!

Jeff

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