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Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Discuss and share your photos, experiences and results related to the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant procedure, including its advantages, disadvantages and who is an ideal candidate.

View Poll Results: Did my write up/results help you with your questions regarding Dr. Rahal's FUE?
Yes, I have been waiting for this, your write up has made me interested in Dr. Rahal's FUE 11 57.89%
Yes, but I will be monitoring your progress for a year to see if I will book FUE with Dr. Rahal 3 15.79%
I'd like to get FUE, but I do not know if I am a good candidate for it 3 15.79%
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:45 PM
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Hair transplants are not an exact science but there is scientific studies on graft survival at 20, 30, 40 grafts per CM and above, with decreasing viability of grafts the more you dense pack (Dr. Bernstein has a nice summary of this on his website). I know this has been discussed (perhaps on this thread?), most HT veterans on this site are aware of these studies and indeed with better methods it is getting easier to dense pack.

On the other hand, with FUE, GIANT one day FUE sessions, motorized tool use and having techs take out some of the grafts--well, there aren't a lot of studies on how these factors might or might not affect a dense pack.

Sean, as people say, in any event you are not far off, it looks good and you are in better shape than most people. This matters little when you feel bad about it...but you should have options going forward still left to you.

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Old 07-19-2012, 06:03 PM
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When you say losing grafts do you mean the grafts never grew or do you mean they grew and then fell out after (sometimes happens but is rare).

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In my opinion, based on the empirical evidence, both things are the case. I have not had this independently looked at by a professional yet, though, so I won't say it's the case with absolute certainty.
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:09 AM
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We can speculate all day long by saying things like the session being packed into just one day and techs extracting some of the grafts. Other doctors also have techs extract grafts as well, especially for a large FUE of 3000. Sometimes the results just do not come out as good as we expect.
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:52 AM
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Hair transplants are not an exact science but there is scientific studies on graft survival at 20, 30, 40 grafts per CM and above, with decreasing viability of grafts the more you dense pack (Dr. Bernstein has a nice summary of this on his website). I know this has been discussed (perhaps on this thread?), most HT veterans on this site are aware of these studies and indeed with better methods it is getting easier to dense pack.

On the other hand, with FUE, GIANT one day FUE sessions, motorized tool use and having techs take out some of the grafts--well, there aren't a lot of studies on how these factors might or might not affect a dense pack.

Sean, as people say, in any event you are not far off, it looks good and you are in better shape than most people. This matters little when you feel bad about it...but you should have options going forward still left to you.

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I agree and have read those studies about decreasing viability go grafts as density gets higher after a certain point.
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:48 AM
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Sean,

I haven't been on in a while and haven't really read too many of your posts recently. I just read some of them...keep your head up buddy...it takes some time to fully grow out. As others have said, your hair appeared to be originally really nice and I can see how you wanted the 3k to make it a slam dunk. Pictures are tough to get the full view and feel of someone's hair so with that said, it is tough to full get what is going on with your hair currently. Believe me, I totally understand the pain and suffering that goes along with a HT...def the money but also the time involved in caring for your head like a new born baby...taking the propecia, applying rogaine twice a day which is a huge pain and babying your hair. You went to the best surgeon out there and I am sure he will help you if he can going forward. I think your hair looks good buddy...so just hang in there and please keep us all posted!
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:25 AM
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Wb280, Zenmunk, Aim4hair, Spanker, Orlhair, Hariri, Headbangerguy, Chrisdav, Sugarhighs, Davis91, MPBsucks4545, Capelli, all you private guys and the rest who have given me feedback/asked questions......

Fellas, I want to let you all know that I have read each and every one of your responses and feedback. I absolutely appreciate your feedback and have throughout the process. As I said before, it is always welcome. You may also talk about anything relating to it, aspects of the FUE procedure in general and so forth, it's more than welcome. Throughout this process I have gotten to know some of you and commented on your threads I came across. I have spoken to lots of you personally viewing my thread and actively commenting as well as what seems like overwhelming amounts of folks interested in the fue experience in particular. I try my best to reply to you all as soon as I can because I really want to help sufferers since I know this feeling all too well. I don't have to but I know the feeling of hairloss so it makes me want to. Well, I am approaching 11 months and then 12 month mark. I will keep everyone updated. Obviously, the process isnt easy and I gotta take a little breather though. This is my first experience and obviously due to so many factors, I feel it more than anything. At this point, I need to try to keep my head up as much as I can as it is very important for me right now. I went to a top notch surgeon with class so I know I am good. It's the process that does get the best of most of us. I will update my thread again in a few days. About 3-4 of you viewing told me you want to see me in person and want to see things up close and inspect my donor. Let's wait for conclusion of full 12 months and you guys are more than welcome to meet with me still just remind me at the end of August. Once I promise or say I will do something, I honor and keep my word and do it under any circumstance. So, the meetup will happen and is set in stone. Thank you all for following my progress. Much appreciated everyone.
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:25 AM
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Sean,

I definitely appreciate your willingness to meet up when the time comes. It's very cool of you to do that as well as field tons of questions from forum members interested in FUE.

Most people stop reporting on their progress long before the 12 month mark, so it's a real service to the community when patients finish what they started. You've consistently updated us, and you're just about at the finish line. Not only that, but the process is an emotional rollercoaster which takes its toll on anyone going through it. You've earned the right to take a breather and pace yourself fielding questions.

As always, best of luck with your growth,

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Your attitude regarding the whole thing is much better than how mine would be Sean. Good to see you are not dwelling over it too much.
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Hang in there buddy...we r all in it together! Take ur time off and relax a little...let everything work itself out
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Sean, are you going to have another small 1000 grafts FUE session in order to fix up your first centimeter of hairline and make use of Rahal guarantee for all or most of the ingrown grafts? I think its time to do so by end of this year.
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