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Old 09-03-2009, 01:58 PM
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Hi Guys, Can anyone tell me about Dr. Frank Manzanares, of manzanares-hair-restoration in the phillipines, he quoted me about ??2.00 per grafh FUE, just wondering if anyone has been or know of them, im new to this so be gentle thanks
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Old 09-03-2009, 02:20 PM
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I've never heard of him, which is something of a red-flag. Hopefully, others can comment + or - on him.

But, to be frank, not finding much negative -- or positive -- to say about a clinic is a pretty huge negative in and of itself. You want reliability and consistency of excellence with a clinic possessing a strong, transparent background.

FUE is also such a delicate procedure, which has a lot of cool attributes to it, but as a result has garnered a lot of attention from hacks and greedy doctors who hawk it while having little clue what they're doing (other than pillaging patients' donors and wallets).

I would still say to continue looking into Dr. Manzanares, but I would *strongly* encourage you also look into: Feller, R. Shapiro, Bisanga, Devroye. You should have a simple road investigating into their methods, trackrecord, and results, while being treated professionally and honestly.
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:23 AM
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Well, I registered with this forum specifically to answer this question. I just had a (approx.) 2,800 graft strip method transplant procedure done by Dr. Frank Manzanares yesterday. Years ago, I had been in contact with another well-known hair surgeon in Manila, Dr. Andrew Pineda (Dr. Manzanares and Dr. Pineda are friends who go way back), but his clinic's location was way too far for convenience, and the spouse was hesitant at the time because my hair was certainly bound to look worse in a year or two.

Doing a search for Dr. Manzanares, I was initially discouraged that there were so many spam blog results in Google, which was probably a sad consequence of some over-zealous resellers sandbagging site after site with the same articles and write-ups on Dr. Manzanares.

I decided to visit him personally, and my initial meeting went very well. He answered all my questions and concerns very clearly and in excellent detail. I scheduled surgery, and he advised me take PT/PTT blood tests, and to start taking papayas and pineapples days before the surgery.

The surgery went faster than the expected 10 hours. It felt like having a neck lift at the back of your head due to the sudden tightness. In any case, I was able to drive home without problems. Some parts of the donor scar were still bleeding until earlier this morning. By around 12 noon, there was no more bleeding at all. It's now 10PM here and I think I've adjusted well. I didn't appear to have any swelling, and my head doesn't feel as tight anymore. The only thing I can complain of is that my sutures are a bit swollen and itching quite a bit. I wish they'd heal much faster.

I found Dr. Manzanares' staff to be solid veterans at their work. The whole procedure was efficient, non-stop, and you could definitely tell that they have had lots of experience. Apparently, 60% of their clientele come from abroad.

Today, I passed by to have one graft of 3 hairs that I scratched off by accident, reinserted (stored in contact lens solution). Thankfully, one of his staff was able to assist me in spite of them having another procedure today.

I'll be back in Dr. Manzanares' office in 6 days, for him to assess the scar's healing. While I certainly can't say anything for the results yet, so far, the transplant looks good, and I was satisfied with Dr. Manzanares and his staff's work. The cost was about US $1.54 per graft.

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Old 06-07-2011, 10:10 AM
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I said it many times to many Filipino members. Dr. Manazares is one of the only trusted Doc in hair transplant in my opinion in Philippines located in Pasig city Manila. However Dr. Andrew Pineda located in Makati City Manila is the superior one IMO but more expensive, also he does tri-closure for the scar. However these two surgeons are the only ones I would trust in Philippines.

I met Manazares personally when visited Manila and he was very professional and knew what he is saying, he reminded me of Dr. Path from Bangkok. He is alright to me, cant say perfect like Rahal or Bisanga or SMG or Feller, but very good.

Monaco is right. Many foreigners goes to him and may i say I know 2 celebrities and 2 politicians went to him from Philippines. The good thing about this DOC, his technicians are not fresh ones, they are very experienced and professional. Thats what I can say. And yes, he does FUE now by using the Choi implanter.

But If you want the best in Philippines then its (Dr. Andrew Pineda) for sure, however you need to have more money if Filipino. If Foriegner then it would piece of cake, cause HT surgery in Asia is very affordable due to currency difference. Its cheaper than Bangkok even for real :-)
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Old 06-09-2011, 09:24 AM
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Going back to the original question, I'm sorry I overlooked the fact that the OP may have been referring specifically to FUE - with no interest in the strip method. I am aware that Dr. Manzanares does FUE, but I opted for the strip procedure given my circumstances (relatively short recovery time available, no desire to have any part of my head shaved, and desiring the highest possible graft count).

Leaving this bit of detail out earlier, Dr. Manzanares closed my donor wound with double edged tricophytic closure. Given the opportunity, I hope that I'll be able to share some results in a year's time or less.

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Old 06-27-2012, 04:22 AM
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Hi ... are you able to share your progress?
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:41 AM
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:25 AM
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Thank you, Monaco for your (positive) feedback. It is greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:48 PM
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Hey guys... I am just trying to keep this thread alive and get a little information about dr. manzanares in the philippines... i read somewhere that he was using photos on his website that were actually patients of other doctors and passing them off as his on work... this is kind of a red flag no?

If anyone has additional information on this doctor and/or has photos of his work I would greatly appreciate it.

Please do not respond if you are affiliated with Dr. Manzanares in any way...

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Old 07-17-2012, 08:38 PM
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Yes, that would be kind of a red flag as you would say, though to give the benefit of the doubt, I think it would be best if you emailed Dr. Manzanares directly to get his response on that.

From my experience, searching for information regarding Dr. Manzanares' past work was somewhat difficult because of so many blogs containing the same information. This is usually typical when you employ the services of an SEO company or entity to try to raise awareness about your services. Somehow along the way (this is purely from what I put together), some pictures were used by a forum poster who was paid on commission for website development as well as referrals. Regretfully, it seems this forum poster had little in the way of tact and proper PR skills, doing himself and Dr. Manzanares a disservice by quarreling with others who were posting on the same forum. You don't build good sentiment in that manner. This happened like probably 3 or 4 (?) year ago.

To summarize, I doubt anyone here knows the real story, so it would be best to go straight to the source. In my case, my decision to go with Dr. Manzanares was made based on my discussions with him and judgment of his capabilities after personal visits and emails. I would suggest to anyone interested to visit or communicate with Dr. Manzanares directly, and to ask him all the hard questions that you can. In this manner, anyone can objectively gauge how confident he or she would be under Dr. Manzanares' care.
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