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Old 03-20-2007, 11:53 PM
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Hi folks... i read one thread in here that mentioned Dr Michael Meshkin, and it was generally neutral. No info one way or the other except the the patient thought he seemed like he would be good and a responder mentioned his price as attractive by SoCal standards. He is apparently recommended by this site, though not an official coalition surgeon.

So, does anyone have experience with him, or some sort of opinion? Thanks so much for your help !
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Old 03-21-2007, 06:51 AM
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Wish I could help you...........I've heard the name but cannot remember particulars nor do I remember seeing his work.

If you're looking to get a HT, I'd highly recommend you look at the Coalition Surgeons recommended here. They are the best of the best. One of the last things on your list of questions on getting a HT should be "where do I go". Most places provide airfare and hotel stay or at least offer to credit you in grafts to cover it. The results last forever so make sure you go to someone who's PROVEN to provide excellent results.

Where are you at in the process? Have you had a HT before or are you looking to get one? Are you doing anything to help in loss prevention currently? How old are you?
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Old 03-21-2007, 03:34 PM
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Welllll... to be honest, I just had it done. And I went to Dr Meshkin. The experience so far is mostly just scary... I live on my own and am taking care of myself so I have no one to help me handle the donor area scar and whatnot, my hair is rather long which also seems to make it tougher. I want to be sure the area is clean and sterile but i am not sure of the best way to do it, though i am washing it as directed by the Dr and assistants.
I am 31 and have been losing mildly since 20, maybe earlier. Dont know what i would be on the norwood scale but i was headed for 5b? I guess thats like all front and top? I was DEFINITELY not there yet but losing, and have done Propecia for about 2.5 years already. The loss seems to have stablilized since i went on.
I had 1000 grafts done, all in the temples, a bit at the frontmost hairline, and some up toward the top where i was thinning quite a lot.
I have no pics just yet, but it looks like it will grow in nice. however, I'm really worried about shockloss since my hair was very... well, i could hide the loss well before and i'm not sure i'll be able to in a few weeks
Dr Meshkin SEEMS good to me, and he followed up with a phone call the same day, as well as the next though he was starting his vacation then. I had the bandages removed by the office assistant. I wish i knew more about what "dense packing" really means because that is absolutely what i was hoping for and not 100% sure i got. Not having a huge area to cover, i wanted the densest coverage possible.

All in all I am satisfied so far, i think. its only been two days. But the pain is incredible. Granted I am not big on taking too much medication for it but still... that first day was as miserable as any knee surgery i ever endured (3 of those horrors!)
I hope someone with knowledge of Dr Meshkin will chime in here... if not, looks like i may be providing the first real accounts of his work!

Thanks for responding, hope to hear more!
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Old 03-23-2007, 11:34 PM
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We have very little info on your Doc here, I asked about him before but there was no feedback.
Sorry you're having some lasting pain. 1000 FU seems like a low count considering your hairloss but I am not sure where you are exactly. If you could post pictures of before after it would be helpful.
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Old 03-24-2007, 01:02 AM
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Hehe, its weird because part of the reason i went with him is he is a "recommended" doctor on here, but not a coalition doc, i guess... i didnt understand the difference before. But in any case... I am just now 4.5 days out, and the pain isnt much now, especially since i really don't take much for it as they recommended. So its normal i guess. The first day was brutal but thats all.

1000 is small, but my loss was not huge yet. However, i have been looking real close in the mirror (its amazing how i can get the angles between the stationary mirror and the opening medicine cabinet to work so well for me now that i have SO much motivation to see all clearly! lol!) and i realize that the thinning on top is a bit more than i thought, still not total but on the way. I will be on rogain soon, and propecia already, i dont know how long the crown has been as thin as it is but i would guess its been the same for a few years, just never caught the angle i did yesterday before. So eventually, yeah, I'll do more. But for now i got the temples and a tiny bit at the very front of my hairline... 1000 seems to have done it well. Also, he put more in at the back of the temple recession, toward the middle of my head (dont know the name for that area) than i had realized at first. assuming no permanent shockloss there, it should be pretty nicely full when its all said n done this time. But i know results are rarely as perfect as we hope. I am really scared of the shockloss... my hair is real fine to start with and definitly getting to be smaller diameter in some of the areas he is trying to thicken. I'm afraid it may just balance out there... or worse.
Not sure why i am so pessimistic really, everything seems to be going well actually. not looking forward to losing the little nubs of hair in all the grafts that are there now... thats gonnna suck! I wish it would just grow... i know it wont. But i was really weirded out by the redness... its nearly gone. Scabs largely gone. Still REAL obvious i had HT there, havent been without a hat for one minute that i wasnt 100% alone yet, but its looking good.
I wish i had asked for a little thickening at the crown, but then the shockloss problem there would be a concern too... i think, if this goes well... i think i will be pretty satisfied.

I hope in a couple months i will be writing some glowing posts on Dr Meshkin. We'll see once i have talked to him more, the hair starts coming in for real, and the donor scar becomes what it will be. For now... i feel anxious, alone, and afraid. (no one, literally no one but the doc, staff, this board, and the loan company!) know that i have had this done. The story and set-up for likely future-needed stories is gettin pretty intricate now! lol!
I may post pics soon... I just really dont know yet. Wish i had someone i could share this with in real life.
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Old 03-24-2007, 01:27 AM
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I know what you mean but this forum is very real, continue reading and posting and you will get lot's of responses and support, I know I got way more here than I would have from friends who would not understand why I would even do a HT anyway...
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Old 03-24-2007, 04:42 PM
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Yup, 100% spot on, HK!
I dont think i could get any better advice/support from ppl around me, but it would be nice if i had one person who knew so that i could at least share a few things as well as get their help in chcking my donor scar and things like that!

But again, the guys on this board are great, nd i thank all of them (all of you!) for your insight and experience and advice!!
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