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Old 07-27-2012, 12:35 PM
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I am not a doctor-basher by any means, but I saw someone mention Dr. Umar so I will tell a short story. About one year ago I sent my pictures to Dr. Umar for possible scar repair; he never returned my email. Followed up with an email a month later........no reply. I can't speak for his work on heads, though customer service, to me, is just as important.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:41 PM
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You are correct, matter of fact customer service is at the forefront of any business. I cant comment on his email replies however I did meet with him in person...there are gentlemen and true gentlemen and he most definetly is a true gentleman, soft spoken, answered all my questions and did not give me a sales pitch at all. He is so busy that there were only 2 openings for procedures for the next 3 months...
Did you try calling his staff?
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:48 PM
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Good to hear "good" things about Dr. Umar. I've decided to try SMP since I feel it is my best option (tons of research). Course, I am on a different path than you (says in my profile). Bottom line.....wish you the best fugly.
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:17 PM
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I'm sorry to hear about this. As you're probably aware, Dr. Umar is recommended by our community and I've never personally heard any complaints about his patient communication. If you'd like, I can send him an email about the situation to make sure it doesn't happen to any other prospective patients. Let me know.

Fugly (I hate typing that - hahaha),

Sorry to hear about all the 80's "plug" transplantation and flap procedures. It definitely was not the golden age of surgical hair restoration, and my stomach always drops a bit whenever I see the long-term "results" from some of these flap procedures. It just brings so many unfortunate questions to mind, and I truthfully feel for any patient who underwent these procedures with less than satisfactory results.

I'm glad to see you underwent surgery with Dr. Friedman. He's truly an excellent hair transplant surgeon, and I think you'll see some definite results in the frontal hairline/temple regions.

Furthermore, like a few others are stating, if you've truly exhausted your donor region and still need repair, Dr. Umar is likely "your man." His repair work with body hair transplantation is wildly impressive, and I'm not sure many others could attain his level of results.

Additionally, while Dr. Gho's procedure is very new, exciting, and promising, I'm not 100% certain it would pose many advantages over a repair with Dr. Umar. While I always recommend scalp hair over body hair grafts (simply because scalp hair will always look more natural), I'm not sure how practical it would be to undergo multiple procedures with Dr. Gho at this time. Granted (and like Aim was stating), you really have "nothing to lose" with Dr. Gho because of the donor regeneration aspect of the surgery, but, again, I'm wondering whether or not a BHT repair with Dr. Umar would be more practical. What's more, I'd have a few surgeons evaluate your donor region for the potential of more FUT/FUE before trying either route. Please, feel free to ask any additional questions about any of the potential procedures. I'll give objective advice.

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Old 07-27-2012, 08:16 PM
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RE: Fugly-Not to worry, I chose that name in true candor about my situation and I am very comfortable in my own skin, now if I can get my hair to cooperate just a little LOL!!
Since I have plenty of time for more doc opinions and research, I will more than likely see Dr Bisanga when he comes to DC and possibly a couple other repair specialists as well like Shapiro, Lindsey and Umar again etc...I only have one more shot at this and all opinions count, thanks for your valuable input...

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Old 07-28-2012, 01:04 AM
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RE: Fugly-Not to worry, I chose that name in true candor about my situation and I am very comfortable in my own skin, now if I can get my hair to cooperate just a little LOL!!
Since I have plenty of time for more doc opinions and research, I will more than likely see Dr Bisanga when he comes to DC and possibly a couple other repair specialists as well like Shapiro, Lindsey and Umar again etc...I only have one more shot at this and all opinions count, thanks for your valuable input...

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Fugly do you live in the phoenix area? did you ever talk to Dr. Alexander?
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:07 AM
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No I live about 700 miles away from Phoenix and believe it or not did not find out about Dr Alexander until after the surgery with Dr Friedman. I did a whole lot of reading for a couple of months before I did the physical interviews and for some reason his name just did not pop up. Judging only by the pictures posted online he has some of the best looking final results that I can find anywhere.
I'm sure transparency has been discussed here before and I did have that discussion with Dr Friedman about posted results and he made 2 valid points on the topic:
1. No surgeon is going to post mediocre results (although I have seen some less than flattering results on these forums)
2. The majority of men who opt for surgery do not want their pics posted anywhere (understandable)
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:49 PM
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I will more than likely see Dr Bisanga when he comes to DC and possibly a couple other repair specialists as well like Shapiro, Lindsey and Umar again etc...
All great physicians. Sounds like a good plan! Please, keep us updated!
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:47 AM
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No I live about 700 miles away from Phoenix and believe it or not did not find out about Dr Alexander until after the surgery with Dr Friedman. I did a whole lot of reading for a couple of months before I did the physical interviews and for some reason his name just did not pop up. Judging only by the pictures posted online he has some of the best looking final results that I can find anywhere.
I'm sure transparency has been discussed here before and I did have that discussion with Dr Friedman about posted results and he made 2 valid points on the topic:
1. No surgeon is going to post mediocre results (although I have seen some less than flattering results on these forums)
2. The majority of men who opt for surgery do not want their pics posted anywhere (understandable)
I agree with 1 and 2, but most people are comfortable if their face is blotted out.

Also here on the forums the nice thing is that many ppl will come and complain about their bad results from a doc, or post great results with pix as proof that a doc is legitimate. It is the community that makes this place powerful, not the doctors representatives.

I know that many people on the forums like Dr. Alexander, but personally I was a little surprised by his recommendations and wasn't comfortable with him. He told me "laser cap" would be my best choice. I wasn't in agreement then or after doing research, but who knows maybe it works. I just felt weird around him, especially because he told me people with arab hair had xyz qualities. I just didn't know what to say it got weird and silent because I'm not arab, my ethnicity is southern Indian. There were other things in the interaction that just were weird, like the fact that he started talking about the price of the laser cap and how he'd get me a good deal on it (??). I left feeling awkward because I wanted to like him... I really did, I live in Phoenix about 3 minutes from his office.

I hope that at some point you talk to Dr. Umar and find out what sort of repair cases he has done that are similar to yours. The guy has some pretty crazy results for repair patients.
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:48 AM
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All great physicians. Sounds like a good plan! Please, keep us updated!
sorry to digress, but i am just curious future... where are you in your training to be a doc?
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