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  1. Dear Community, Recently, our forum has taken a turn towards negativity. Threads quickly turn nasty, and it’s clear that I’ve been to lax. But it stops now, I see this as a ship and as the captain, it’s my job to steer us back on course. I value healthy debate, questioning and discussion. I do not value personal attacks, drawing conclusions and passing them off as facts. When you allow this behavior, it turns into a free-for-all, and without order, it’s anarchy. Moving forward, what I expect from the community and how we will handle polarized topics. I expect all of you to be a
    11 points
  2. There’s been a lot of things going on this last week, I don’t think I’m alone in feeling uncertain of what lies ahead. There have been things that have personally concerned me, mainstream biases and censorship from big tech monopolies. None of it good for democracy. While we have no control over those things, we do have control over our own thoughts and outlook. I’m writing this as myself Melvin, not as the moderator of this forum or as the associate publisher. The reason why I’m writing this is because I found myself thinking about nightmare scenarios, and my outlook has been clouded by
    9 points
  3. Dear Community, Yesterday, was a complete nightmare for me as a moderator. @jimcraig152 you're totally right, this is your thread about your experience, and it is not a thread related to all things Diep. As a moderator, I should have done something sooner, for that I apologize. Guys, Moving forward, this thread needs to be related to Jim and his progress. It is not a "I can't believe Diep did this" or "look at me Diep did my hair." In general, hair loss/transplants are a very emotional subject. Some of you don't know, but I was actually a repair patient myself. I have a video o
    9 points
  4. I am going to offer my OPINION based on my individual experiences. I think I am in a rare position in that I have been to both Dr. Diep and Dr. Konior for a subsequent procedure. I wouldn't necessarily call it a repair because I received an acceptable result from Dr. Diep. I was mostly happy with the yield on the hairline but not so with the yield or hair direction on his temple closure angles. He achieves very good density most of the time in the hairline. For me, his grafts seemed chunky and malpositioned. I have coarse wavy hair and yield shouldn't have been a problem. Overall, yield was no
    8 points
  5. Alright guys, I have been so impressed by the results of @Zoomster that I reached out to him, so I could create YouTube video about his journey. His results are inspiring, and I think they deserve to be shared far and wide.
    6 points
  6. It’s been a hectic morning. A lot of reports, people attacking one another. Truthfully, I value everyone’s input, positive and negative. It’s important we hear both sides, echo chambers are bad. I just want to push the reset button this morning, and let’s try it over again. Let’s not attack each other, give one another the benefit of the doubt. There is a way to voice our opinions without being aggressive, insulting, or sensational. I want this to be a forum that flourishes on healthy discussions and debates, where we all learn.
    6 points
  7. What is the height from the glabella (the spot between your eyebrows) to the hairline they have created in centimeters? If you could show a photo of your face front on and from both the left and right hand sides we could make out what has gone on. Just black out your eyes if you don't want to show your identity. As to this so called 'clinic!' You need to to call them out right now because tomorrow morning they will be butchering another person just like yourself and who knows how many before you have had the same experience? How can they have any come back after delivering 10% of what you both
    6 points
  8. Don't believe I've heard the phrase "settled for Konior" before! Congrats on choosing one of the best doctors around....I'm sure it'll be a great result. Good luck with the long road ahead.
    5 points
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  10. Ding ding ding! Winner winner, chicken dinner! The high toll that I speak of has nothing to do with him venturing out of the traditional safe zone. It's math. For your procedure @Noodles123, the rate of Transection Loss is actually 25%: 1500 punches - 1200 grafts = 300 300/1200 grafts = 25% By all recognized measures in the industry, 25% Transection Loss is Turkish-scam/Black Market level of deficiency. I am, and some members too, witnessed to an instance where the rate of Transection Loss was at least 45% from Dr Diep. So getting back to fundamentals. Does anyone remember
    5 points
  11. One of three things have happened here. 1. There was massive transection, where perhaps 3000 attempts were made, but only around 400 grafts were harvested intact and placed. This is the worst scenario, due to the wastage of limited donor hair. If this was the case, the procedure should been aborted early on when the high transection rate was noticed. We occasionally see this with Afro hair with a severe curl, but with straight hair we have never seen transection like this. 2. Only around 400 attempts were made and those grafts placed, which in our clinic would only take about an hou
    5 points
  12. Whatever happens don't accept an offer for a free 2nd surgery from them. Demand a full refund at minimum. I had a bad 1st HT, then I made the mistake of allowing the same doc to do a repair 2nd HT free of charge. My thought process was "surely the doctor won't make the same mistakes a 2nd time". WRONG! You should also consult other doctors for a repair job, and then demand the clinic pay whatever amount the estimation is from other doctors. At least in America, you may have a poor chance of taking this to court. Yes the HT was botched and poorly done, but its not like you are disfi
    5 points
  13. Be depressed, sure - but also be mad and act on that immediately with the clinic. Bring this to their attention and ask them how many grafts they see. Ask for your money back or threaten to take it to court. Let them know that world will see their work. We will spread the news about this business.
    5 points
  14. Alrighty my fellow brothers! My hair has shown amazing growth in months 4-5! For the first time in 6 fucking years, I have been able to walk in public without having a hat glued to my head! Man this feeling is unexplainable! I was a hat slave for so many years and I am so grateful that I took the leap to go ahead and get this procedure done. ASMED has really given me the confidence that I was lacking for so many years. I just want to thank Dr. Koray, Suzana and ASMED for changing my life. Asmed gets a lot of criticism but I have nothing but amazing things to say about them. Please let me know
    4 points
  15. Recently on the forum there has been some discussion and possible misunderstanding regarding the pattern of extraction that is often employed by Dr. Bisanga. This is where Dr. Bisanga will harvest on one side of the donor area and not the opposing side. Melvin and the Hair Restoration Network and Dr. Bisanga will actually discuss this topic amongst others during an upcoming Instagram event that will be announced shortly. In the meantime, I wanted to address this question and explain the approach behind the method. There are various motivations why Dr. Bisanga will at times take the
    4 points
  16. Absolutely not, the area to be covered is too large and the donor area is poor, be wary of the clinics that will tell you that you will have a good result, they just want your money.
    4 points
  17. I have asked tentpole to come and update us with recent pictures. It’s my understanding that he met with Diep, and that Diep himself wasn’t satisfied with one side of his hairline, and offered a free touch-up. That is what we come to expect from a physician in the event that a patient isn’t happy. Plenty of examples here where it’s been done. It is not exclusive to Diep. Also, we keep bringing up patients who aren’t done in their growing months 3-5 as results of failure. We all know it takes 12 months. That said, once again we’ve veered away from the topic of Jim and his progress. It’s n
    4 points
  18. So basically one side. You just said what I said in another thread, except this time it's a surgeon you respect. I have never said that it is standard practice. I haven't appointed myself the authority on surgical and industry standards. In fact, I have always said that there is no one-size-fits-all for surgery. That includes the notion of a so-called "universal safe zone" when I met with Dr. Konior back in August 2018, he took a look my donor, and he said he could take hair from my nape. He saw no miniaturization there, conventional so-called 'industry standards' would dictate that this
    4 points
  19. Thanks @BDK081522. Eloquently put. At the end of any journey, one wants to be able to pragmatically answer affirmatively these types of question: "Did I do it right?" "Did I make the best use of my time?" "Did I get my money's worth?" "Did I help people along the way?" But like anything, it is a process. Along the way, critical actions must be taken. Investment in time made. Critical decisions. Other patients chiming in do so with their pragmatic conclusions. That's something I can't do yet. But what I can do is show the journey I am on through my critical lens befo
    4 points
  20. @Melvin-Moderator Jim was saying when a patient comes in with a complaint to this forum, you personally reach out to Diep for them to get a resolution. I've seen that many times. I find it absolutely ridiculous that you never respond to the perfectly legitimate complaints we have against diep's technique. You still haven't even looked into @Specific-violinist60archived thread to determine if the transection rate was upwards of 40%. I even pm'd you about it and you never responded. You want to talk about agendas? You never respond to Diep making corn rows and saying they grow bett
    4 points
  21. Melvin is so nice. I'm not. Hey, Silantkiller - If you're here to advertise your product, you should pay for it. If you're legit, then come on and show us your current hair and your real concern and maybe we can be of value to you.
    4 points
  22. I never understand it when previous HT patients from a particular surgeon blindly defend them just because they had a great procedure and a great result when they went under the knife. People's ethics change over time and even the most famous/top surgeons are fallible. Trying to defend the surgeon when the photos clearly indicate otherwise is absolutely absurd. I am not trying to attack any surgeon here (I've no reason to), but as someone who had a botched procedure by a surgeon who lied to me and misled me, I totally understand how heartbreaking it is for the patient. Hairloss is a huge in
    4 points
  23. Oh and I almost forgot, one of the doctors told me yesterday that yes he does admit that he promised 3,000 grafts but that they could only extract more than 500. I was like: I had two consultation with you where you examined my scalp prior to the consultation !!!! and at no point in time during or after the operation did you or the other nincompoop informe me of the change. And to think that I did this whole thing to begin with to cheer myself up because my mom passed away 2 months ago and my grandpa, 4 months ago! I am telling you ... this year... Anyway, it's pretty late here and
    4 points
  24. Oh dear, how very sad. There are no more than a few hundred grafts that have been implanted and that is being generous. Yes ask for a refund, there is no way they delivered what they promised. How long did it take? It would help if you have a pic of your donor area too. All I can say is least they hopefully have left your donor area intact and you can get another Ht at different clinic. Pretty sure someone like Eugenix could help you going forward.
    4 points
  25. Guys, I’m pleased to announce I’ll be speaking with Dr. Bisanga this Saturday at 11am pacific, 1 PM Central and 2PM eastern time. For those of you in Europe it will be 8pm in Belgium. With much of the us and Europe in lockdown again, I suggest you guys join us for some real education. It’s not always we have a real FUE specialist and pioneer we can talk too. You can ask some questions here and I’ll be sure to ask them for you. I
    3 points
  26. Can Seborrheic Dermatitis be a Contraindication for Hair Transplant?
    3 points
  27. You’re too young, forget about HTs until you’re at least in your late 20’s.
    3 points
  28. Final Update - overall VERY happy with the results and wish I wasn't so scared to do it in the first place. Truly life changing. It's not 100% full in all areas but it exceeded my expectations and I would definitely do it again. I have full coverage and no one can tell I've had anything done. Best of luck to those who decide to get one done and make sure you do your research. All the best, ManeMan
    3 points
  29. You missing the point. Of course Youtube, facebook and instagram are marketing just like a clinic posting results in here. It is the patient posted results which separates this forum from youtube. This might be self marketing from the patient but it is not pre-selected by the clinic (even though some are, but they can be recognized quickly). This is the most valuable info, as it is not cherry picked. Which way of marketing they clinic use will depend on many factors. As @JayLDD said: Age is one aspect. Another beeing the cultural background and the type of clients a clinic wants to attra
    3 points
  30. Hair Clinics - YouTube Channels So I see some say that having a YouTube channel is just a marketing vehicle to get patients? Da!!! And, what is posting results in this or other Forums? It is completely the same. Marketing. Whatever we do in our lives in order that others, family, friends, coworkers can see and appreciate, that is Marketing! When we drive our BMW or Mercedes or Ford, we are Marketing ourselves having this status or the other ... nowadays, ALL is marketing because we are social beings and more than ever, we like to be appreciated, either at work or playing football with you
    3 points
  31. Implications of Miniaturisation and Longevity of Hair Transplant Results
    3 points
  32. Hi The argument for Fin has probably been raised daily since this website was created! You will/would be in a better position having stabilised you hair loss before undergoing any surgery. There is no doubt about Fin being a saviour for many men's barnets and could possibly prevent any surgery. But here's the thing, if you are decided on getting it done without taking meds afterwards then there is no point in people bombarding you with opinion and making you second guess your decision. You sound like you understand the implications of going ahead without meds and seem happy to under
    3 points
  33. FUE hair transplant restoration surgery result by Dr. Diep 5 years after surgery of 1,562 hair grafts. total FUE hair grafts= 1,562 grafts 1's=211 grafts 2's=846 grafts 3's=358 grafts 4's= 147 graft total= 1,562 hair grafts to view this client in more detail, please click on the following Youtube link at
    3 points
  34. The only donor area prep I've heard of is scalp laxity exercises to loosen your skin up for FUT procedures, where they cut out a strip of your donor area instead of extracting the hairs individually like they do during a FUE procedure. I think Eugenix only does FUE anyway so you wouldn't need to do that. You're already on finasteride, so just get plenty of sleep, eat clean, good stress mgmt in the weeks before and after your procedure. Stopping minoxidil before/after a procedure is because it dilates your blood vessels, which can cause excessive bleeding during the procedure and in t
    3 points
  35. Thanks for sharing this informative post. I took down the other post, because it became nasty with personal attacks and surgeon accusations. Those interested in learning more should use this thread for education. I look forward to speaking to Dr. Bisanga on the 5th 😎
    3 points
  36. I'm a 2x Konior patient. Just had second procedure. I also sent a friend to him, where Dr Nadimi performed the surgery and his results looked amazing. There's a reason why there's a backlog for consultations ... Konior and Nadimi are that good. I've gotten to know Konior well over almost a decade. Based on what I know about the guy ... he wouldn't associate his name with anyone unless they were legit a prodigy. If you're looking for savings, you can certainly find other docs. If you're looking for best-in-class results, then you go to Konior. Waiting sucks. All Konior patients have w
    3 points
  37. I'll probably be going to Dr. Sethi and Bansal myself.
    3 points
  38. I cannot with this thread reports every single day @jimcraig152 you need a break from this forum. There’s been so much misinformation provided by you here. First Diep rushes, the patient says he stayed till 12:45am, so now you flipped it to say it’s a dice roll cause he’s tired. The whole extraction on the one side being lazy was from you, which caused another surgeon here to be attacked. The forum needs a break from this constant nonsense. When you come back, hopefully you’ll be more level headed and objective.
    3 points
  39. It looks great, contrary to what you read from posters who constantly discuss "industry standards" I've seen this many times. There is actually some really good information written by Dr. Bloxham about the issues that can occur from FUE beneath the surface of the skin that compromises future procedures. I will be talking with Dr. William Lindsey on Tuesday the 17th on Instagram live, and I will definitely bring this issue up to get his thoughts. To quote Dr. Konior "be wary of anyone preaching dogmatic views." There is no one size fits all, as I've mentioned in another thread, I've seen
    3 points
  40. Melvin trying so hard to defuse the situation and remain professional. 🤣🤝 Poor Melvin. Jim I'm on this ride with you brother.. next couple months are going to literally be life changing for us! Wish you all the absolute best.
    3 points
  41. Stop listening to the so-called industry standard “experts” on this forum who’ve only been here for a few months. FUE by nature causes sub-dermal scarring, that will make further extractions/surgeries more difficult. For this reason, some surgeons preserve a section of the donor, so that future procedures can be done optimally. I believe @1978matt had a section of his donor preserved, so that he can still get another strip in the future, without any sub-dermal scarring or depletion. In other words, he still has pristine hair for a future strip. Just because you don’t see scarring wi
    3 points
  42. You apologize for an insult by quoting another insult lol okay. Anyways, as long as we keep this thread about you, and your results were good 🤝
    3 points
  43. Jim, There’s a flagging system for a reason, saying no one should flag anything you say is nonsense. People haven’t only flagged your posts, there were many others that got flagged. Also, how can you with a straight face say you’ve never attacked anyone in this forum. I can quote a few pages back where you called me “Diep mafia.” Regardless, the purpose of my post wasn’t to say: “Hey guys, don’t flag anymore posts, so we can say whatever we want.” The purpose of my last post was to say: “Hey guys, let’s keep this thread on topic and about Jim’s results, there’s also a way to sha
    3 points
  44. Once again another sensational post reported. This thread is making me wish I wasn’t a moderator. By Diep supporters you mean- his past patients who are past 5 months. The graft placement could be disputed by laymans all day long, the truth is none of us are surgeons. It’s a bit like telling a quarter back he has two foundational flaws with how he throws a ball, even though he gets touch downs and you’ve never played a game of football a day in your life. Now, I’m all for healthy debate, you’re two questions are valid until you threw in malpractice, which is absurd. Okay, so
    3 points
  45. I do have an agenda. Besides seeing through my own personal journey and sharing it with others, I, like anyone else, want to leave the paths we travel better than when we found it. How does a patient do that? Simple. Hold their surgeon accountable.
    3 points
  46. Jim, I have been more than tolerant, but I will not tolerate these accusations. @SWdan just gave you his own account as another fellow Diep patient, I’ve never met @SWdan in my life, @Skyb gave his account, and again not someone I’ve ever met before. You have a clear agenda, and anyone who doesn’t play to your narrative gets discredited instantly. But if @SWdan had come and shared what you consider bad results, you wouldn’t have been so dismissive. This is now the second time you’ve made accusations against me, first time calling me “Diep mafia”, now saying my friend got “whit
    3 points
  47. EDIT: Looks like my math may be wrong. I may have put the incorrect values into Excel. Deleting the math part for now and will revisit this later. Outside of ethnicity that have follicular characteristics that require a larger punch, hairs of larger diameter, or body hair excisions, there is no advantage at all for the patient when the surgeon uses a larger punch. Other reputable surgeons all use 0.9mm or smaller punches for straight-hair patients and also achieve high density. The advantages are all for the surgeon. He/she can be less precise and thus can move faster. The disadvantages
    3 points
  48. Overall, I think this is a healthy way to think in general. Being OCD is not healthy, and it can bring you to a state of madness, especially in the beginning. My best friend last year had surgery with Diep, he kept his hat on for a year. I recall he sent me the picture below freaking out, it looked like most of his grafts had disappeared in the front. He was at 1.5 months. I told em it was normal and told him to put a hat on for the next 8 months. Once he hit a year- below was his transformation. He finally gave me authorization to share the image. He’s a private guy. To ensure thi
    3 points
  49. All you OCD-anal types earning big $$'s considering Diep - can you obviously not see that you are paying premium prices for mid-level results? Stop rationalizing 'cause you either live close or his results aren't that bad. Just pick from at least 5-10 other very outstanding very experienced surgeons in N. America who are way more meticulous & typically only do one patient per day & have outstanding staff & follow up & bedside manner. It is clear at this point - learn from those that are just as anal/OCD that have paid the price & given you good guidance. Goo
    3 points
  50. Thanks for all your advice, I have decided to just embrace and be thankful I have a beard and right shaped head for a shaved head.
    3 points
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