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Old 12-17-2010, 12:40 PM
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Hello everyone. Today is the day after my first HT and I'm really worried about what they did to my head. More specifically about what Dr. Lawrence Shapiro did to me.
Short background: Male, 27yrs old, in transition between Type IV and Type V baldness, using Minoxidil & Finasteride for the last year with no visible results.

So, I decided to have a HT done. My budget was rather limited and when doing my research I went for the cheapest in my area (Miami Metro Area) Dr. Lawrence Shapiro. That was the first mistake since usually the cheapest stuff is the worst. I didn't get a consultation with any other surgeon in the area, I only looked into their webpages and decided that Dr. Shapiro looked rather formal, and met my budget expectations. Besides, he carries out a very aggressive -though shoddy- advertising campaign.
I went to my first consultation and my impression of him wasn't good. He spoke too much, about how great he does his job and that I wouldn't have any trouble because my case was pretty straightforward. He didn't get into the details and he looked as he was in a hurry, so we only talked for a couple of minutes. The financial issues where discussed with his assistant and we agreed to do 1500 grafts in the front and 300 in the crown area, the price was 2.5$ per graft.
At this point I didn't like the fact that the interview with him wasn't as I expected it to be: personal, with through information about the procedure, having time to ask my questions, etc. The jingle in his web page didn't smell good, as well as his "wonder formula" to regain hair in only a couple of months after the surgery. I knew the guy wasn't serious but I considered that even if he wasn't that good he still had experience and that all the procedure couldn't be a disaster. After all he has "experience" and after a little bit of research I saw that he is member of a couple of hair restoration societies.
The day of the surgery everything was "too fast" for what I had expected. He removed the strip, and performed the incisions in my scalp so fast that he was done in five minutes. I was wondering if he can do 1800 incisions in so little time but.... I was well beyond the point of no return. I never saw him again, the assistants where the ones who implanted the grafts. After the surgery I bled a lot -I have read that all the bleeding should be controlled before you leave the room.
I feel good but I have a lot of dry blood on my scalp and I think that this guy kind of ripped my off. I have read now all the comments about him and I have found that I shouldn't have done it with him.
Please guys, tell me what you think. Is this bleeding capable of ruining the outcome? Does it looks as if I have enough grafts?
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Please, don't tell me that I'm a jerk and that I should have researched more. I know that.
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:48 PM
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Sounds like you didn't like his general patient care, but what exactly are you worried about procedure-wise? That the grafts won't grow? Because that can be true no matter what doc you go to. Just curious what's most got you concerned.
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:14 PM
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Scabs are normal as long as youre not still bleeding. Its easy to get freaked out in the days following the HT even everything goes well. Try to relax! There must be someone at the clinic to speak with you about after-care. My advice is try to get some rest, then call the clinic in the next few days and find out when you can speak to the doctor with any follow up questions.
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Hopefully everything went well during your procedure and you will experience good results, but from the photo I see you have significant scabbing on your grafts. If you or the clinic haven't cleaned or helped remove those scabs for you, you may experience poor results. It is very important to keep them as clean as possible and not let large scabs (normal scabs which are small and only cover one graft are ok, Large scabs would cover more than that, possibly several grafts) remain untreated. As for the rest of your questions, we will have to see your results in the future when it is all grown in to see how well it came out, and see if that was the right amount of grafts, unless you show us your before photos that way we will be able to access the correct amount.
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Thanks for the answers guys. They told me that I shouldn't touch my scalp for a couple of days. Nevertheless, taking into account the advise of Thehairupthere I'll rinse my scalp with a mixture of warm water and baby shampoo. Hopefully that will remove the big scabs.
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Old 12-17-2010, 06:10 PM
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Don't try to force any scabs off as this could make things worse.

Quite a lot of us found this forum after having an unsatisfactory surgery, as it seems this has happened to you. I've been to some terrible HT docs, so I wouldn't call you a Jerk for this.

TBH, the work doesn't look great in the pics, but its hard to tell as there is a lot of dry blood.
I wouldn't say you have anything like 1800 grafts there either. How is your scar? and how long is it.

I would consider consulting one of the recommended docs on here to see what they say about this. I had 4 bad strips taken before I realised I had made a mistake, so your 3 ahead of me if this doesn't work out right, and you can get it fixed if it doesn't look as good as it should.
A lot of the docs on here would probably give discounts for patients that have been ill treated by bad docs, its not all about the money for the docs on here, and they will do everything they can to make a positive difference to someones life.
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Well said Sparky
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Thank you Sparky for your reply and advice. Yeah, it doesn't look like 1800 at all. The scar is rather big, but I can't tell. I'll upload a picture. I tried to see a respectable doctor today and he told me that it's too soon to know how thing will turn out, but that it's unlikely that I have 1800 grafts and that the hairline is not very "artistically" done. I'll have to wait a few months before being able to evaluate the results. I'll wait until tomorrow to rinse my scalp, but I won't touch it at all.
The issue with the reparation procedure is that it's gonna take long before I can afford it, and all that time I'll have to be dealing with my new shoddily-done implant - on top of that with a density that won't be even enough to camouflage my baldness.
I'm trying to keep it cool since what's done is done, and the only thing we can do is learn from our mistakes.
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Old 12-17-2010, 06:53 PM
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That scar doesn't look bad to me, some of them are 30cm long!. Its a good idea to keep it cool though, i've been through all of the depression crap with regard to bad HT's and now my hair is looking good. If you want to know anything, just ask, via PM or on the board.
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