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  1. Admittedly if Dr. Diep were applying to membership here based merely on the examples highlighted by @ShadowMoon, then I dont see how anyone would advocate for his inclusion. A clear number of his results simply arent natural, and are in no way up to the standards met by other clinics on this forum; not in terms of placement, angulation or design. They even hypocritically go against Dr Diep's rules listed on his own website. There are numerous examples of his poor donor management that desperately needed to be addressed as well, from the strange extraction patterns, his use of a 1mm punch
    9 points
  2. 6 points
  3. Reasonable if you wanna look like this
    6 points
  4. You're very good at letting everyone voice their opinion. I just wish something would actually come of people referencing and discussing a surgeon repeatedly putting out work that is questionable at best. Specifically the terrible graft placement that is done in rows on at least four patients on this forum in the last month. The donor area pattern is questionable but the corn row pattern is unacceptable in my opinion.
    6 points
  5. Have taken finasteride for 21 years. Have never, ever had an issue getting an erection. My sex drive has decreased over time, but that may have something to do with being in a monogamous relationship for 13 years. To be honest, it's fine. Much less of a nuisance. Not everyone has the same enthusiasm for sex. It comes down to individual relationships and whether or not both parties are comfortable with the frequency of sexual congress. For me, having hair is more important. How you look impacts your everyday life. If that means I bust a nut less frequently, then so be it. Will pop finaste
    5 points
  6. But guys, if you are reading this, please be careful when considering Diep. In the thread that got removed, there was a very good case to be made that Dr. Diep lied to his patient about the number of grafts he tried to extract. Claiming 802 grafts when someone manually counted at least 1400 incisions. I truly wish there was a way to get to the bottom of that incident. Because it’s pretty obvious that Dr. Diep either lied or was intentionally vague. A good doctor would have seen a 40% transaction rate and stopped the surgery. Dr. Diep not only continued the surgery, he also wasn’t hon
    5 points
  7. I recently cut my hair, and there’s been a lot of talk about donor scars, I thought it would be a perfect time to share these pictures. For some of you who may not know, I underwent three FUE procedures, two with Dr. Diep, and I’ve had a total of 5,300 grafts. I cut my hair with no guard to 1/2 guard up to a #1 and #2 at the very top. I made this post, because it’s important to remember that scars are largely physiological and the appearance of scars varies widely. I have dark hair and ligter skin, so my scars will be more visible than someone with dark hair and skin, or light h
    4 points
  8. 4 points
  9. The middle part of the hairline is filling in now. Trust the process! 😊 Thanks for stopping by, Nelson.
    4 points
  10. I have posted this podcast I did with Harry earlier in the year from his YouTube channel 'Bald Cafe.' I was getting pretty down on myself (due to the lock down at the time really) but I am fine now. The reason I am posting it is because I just want to share with some of the more recent and very young members who are requesting to have very low hairlines and unnecessary procedures as young as 20. I made this mistake at '18' and although I have come out of it on the other side many, many years later, I wouldn't wish what I had to go through on anyone to get there. I hope it's ok Melvin to p
    4 points
  11. Hey man, you came to the right place. That is really aggressive hair loss for your age, so I feel for you. I also tried a short buzz for many years and ultimately decided I didn’t want to live that way. I waited a long time and did my research before getting surgery, bc making the wrong choice can put you in much worse condition. After years of watching and waiting, there was one and only one surgeon for me: Ray Konior. He’s less visible than some of the other big names because he just lets his work speak for itself. He’s expensive, but you have to accept the cost of doing this right. If
    4 points
  12. You should look for stopping the progression, you don’t want to be in this predicament.
    4 points
  13. I just wanted to show how finasteride has helped my very lower horseshoe (coronet ) which wasn’t transplanted into ..I’d almost argue my donor is more robust now post 5600 scalp grafts than pre op...hairs are darker and visibly thicker what’s more ..Dr Sethi needs to now be mentioned in the same breath as Konior and Wong for crowns ...very very few Doctors In my humble opinion could have achieved what he has managed to do with regard to my extreme one pass case . Z
    4 points
  14. Honestly, chalk up the $1000 deposit to research purposes and switch to Hasson. Remember, you only get one donor so if Diep implants in the cornrow grid-like pattern and you are unhappy with the result, then you have to have a repair. Thus, spending way more than the initial deposit but more importantly using more grafts unnecessarily that could have been used if you need more work in the future to due MPB progression. Read through the recent comments on Diep threads and that should highlight why many are unhappy with his work and some even with his ethics.
    4 points
  15. I think the additional hair is covering your skin, so now the rest of your forehead is getting sunlight, so it will make the scalp look white.
    4 points
  16. You're not allowed to question John Diep's work in this forum haha
    4 points
  17. I am satisfied. It is important to remember that our expectations form our final feelings/opinions on our hair transplant. We have to be honest in our goals and assessments. In my case, at 64 I knew a full head of adolescent hair was impossible. But I also knew that I could design and achieve a mature and age appropriate hairline/head of hair. That was my goal - and although my final outcome is not a Melvin, it is a Voxman and that suits me and makes me happy. I am 70 now and no one really believes me when I tell them. So in the end you must engage in the process. Be reasonable a
    4 points
  18. He's a bit of a fraud/salesman in my eyes. He was always on here posting really helpful comments, and he'd always tell you to "reach out" if you ever needed guidance. Seemingly free of bias. I emailed him, kind of told him my story and that I was somewhat lost. He just tried to funnel me into his affiliate clinic and gave me the details of who to contact. Just a salesman, but made himself out to be a hairloss mentor of sorts
    4 points
  19. This 29-year-old man was Grade 4A on the Norwood Hamilton Scale of baldness when he came to us for his hair transplantation procedure. We gave him 2407 grafts for his procedure with adequate density and coverage. All the grafts were taken from the scalp donor. He started seeing good growth and a complete change in look and by 11 months he has absolutely amazing results. He is also taking medications for his pre-existing hair.
    3 points
  20. Have you guys heard about this new treatment? Apparently, stem cell researchers over at UC Irvine, have discovered that molecules in hairy moles stimulate hair growth anywhere they’re injected in the skin. Question is will your head look like this Hairy Mole Molecules May Put A Stop To Baldness
    3 points
  21. honest advice here ... i dont think its worth it buddy. and im sure your fiance will still marry you without the extra 3mm of hair youre looking to fill in. (i could be wrong though and its just how you wear your hair ... worn back or up usually reveals the weaknesses). spend the money youll save on more alcohol for the wedding party
    3 points
  22. That might be the most polite way to express it lol.
    3 points
  23. I'm gonna be giving this a shot, a forum member reached out to me and gave me a credible source. I want to know from those of you who have tried it, did you notice any side effects? Did you see a difference? I will be documenting my experience on here and on YouTube, so stay tuned! Is Clasceterone CB-03-01 The Hair Loss Cure We've Been Waiting For?
    3 points
  24. If you keep your hair at a 2/3 gaurd on top with a 0/1 fade on the sides you should definitely reconsider hair transplantation. Most if not all transplants need some length to camoflouge non-native density. Hair transplants can never achieve native density before any hair loss. They use a layering effect to create the illusion of density. This works better when the hair is longer on top. If your mind is made up on restoring your hairline then I would recommend changing your hairstyle from the buzzcut. Especially if you're going to Diep. He recently has been transplanting in rows and his angles
    3 points
  25. Diep uses a larger than average punch size for his FUE and doesnt always conform to conventional extraction patterns so it might be best to check out some of his recent patient threads here as an indication of your own potential results. From memory I think @Dadda keeps his donor around a number 3.
    3 points
  26. No one ever discusses the importance of the lateral hump, but they are the bridge that keep the donor from the transplanted area intact, without them you’ll be left with an island of hair. It’s important Norwood 6s maintain some donor supply, in case the lateral hump ever degrades. Also, you should have a surgeon check your lateral humps for miniaturization. It’s sort of like the temporal peaks that meet the hairline. heres an example of how it looks when it deteriorated with a transplant
    3 points
  27. Hi all.. thanks for the support.. with regard to @Roman1973.. I'll give one response and then respectfully request you refrain from participating on my thread thereafter.. As I've previously mentioned the only sexual sides I've ever experienced from my micro dosing of finasteride have been positive ones.. Equating finasteride use to automatically being doomed to becoming impotent into the future is quite frankly ridiculous.. Thank you for noticing my "quite good" result thus far... You've an eye for a good HT 😊 Id prefer to nip this Finasteride debate in the bud and appe
    3 points
  28. @Melvin-Moderator’s long lost twin? this looks great for 1800 grafts. I think you got good yield too.
    3 points
  29. Think hard about trying the head-shaved look if you haven't already. Its a look that can improve with age as your face matures too. I can say from personal experience that I wasn't crazy about how I looked buzzed down back when I was younger going into the service, but now in my middle years (43) during covid I've been shaving down working from home and not to brag, but my head, face shape is more angular and I can honestly say that I like it and had I known back then I probably would have just stuck with shaving it instead of messing with HTs and meds. I'm considering a procedure to do some s
    3 points
  30. Yes beard hair has been added in many successful cases. As a long term game plan you firstly would need to concentrate on the FUT. And only when you have exhausted your donor area would you consider using beard grafts. They are good for adding density to the mid scalp and crown areas. So for now definitely consult with a few chosen Drs and get their expertise on how to move forward. Its all about having realistic goals based in your aggressive hair loss. And what can be achieved.
    3 points
  31. the bottom of your neck (nape area) and the region above the ears are what are partial to retrograde alopecia. I highlighted your nape region which IMO appears to be thinning.
    3 points
  32. Hey everyone, Quick update: I arrived yesterday to instanbul and did a pre-op checkup and cosultation with the Dr. Everyone in the clinic, the Dr and my coordenator, suzana, is amazing and i get the feeling that they will do anything they can to insure my satisfaction. In the consultation, I asked the Dr the "big questions" - Why did the hair grew with a mediocure density and what are we gonna do differently this time to change that. He examined me, before and after the shave, and he came to the conclution that even though most of my grafts were doubles (2.1 average) i hav
    3 points
  33. Has anyone just let it 'go' during the Pandemic? Barber shops in So Calif are closed except for a short two week a couple of months ago and I do not trust just anyone with a pair of scissors in one hand and a beer in the other. Oh well....the wait continues!
    3 points
  34. Couldn’t have said it better myself. IAHRS is a Money grab for Spencer kobren. He lives in the most expensive area of LA and drives a brand new Range Rover. To top it off hes the president a hair transplant organization but most members here know more about transplants than him. He’s never even had a hair transplant.
    3 points
  35. IAHRS is not an open or transparent organization, the only person who oversees that organization is Spencer Kobren, he doesn’t allow patients to complain about surgeons publicly. We’ve removed three surgeons in the last 4 years that he still recommends, and we’ve done so because of negative reviews posted on this forum. That said, this surgeon may be great, I don’t know, but I think it’s important not to get caught up in hype. I’ll be on the look out for his results, hopefully his patients start to post reviews, and if I start to see actual patients with great results, I’ll definitely rea
    3 points
  36. In pro level HT clinics, the MD doctor himself make the punch\extraction and the incisions, after that the PRIME technician and his assistances use microscopes to divide the hair groups and then insert the grafts. "Nice price" black market clinics give a 20 years old technicians do the whole process, sometimes fraud and declare themselves doctors (with no MD), sometimes ask extra 100-200 Euros that the "real" doctor will make only the incisions, of course those clinics don't use microscopes and make the procedure with a naked eye.
    3 points
  37. @kiokbscongratulations on chosing Dr. Pekiner. Your donor area recovered very well and the recipient area looks really remarkably natural with the singles properly placed in the front and with perfect angles to provide a natural look and flow of the hairs. Pretty sure this is going to be a home run for Pekiner. I highly recomend you to stay on Finasteride because I stopped taking it in 2009 and lost all my hair in the midscalp and crown (even lost several of the transplanted hairs I got in 2008 by Dr. Rahal). @giegnosiganoe the reason why Pekiner does just a little over 100
    3 points
  38. There is no regulation or standards in this industry - this is an industry built on reputation - meaning that after you sign a consent form with your chosen clinic youre essentially giving them the right to do whatever they want. Scarring, bad hairlines (such as the one you are proposing), donor depletion, poor growth ... these are all things you as a patient have to accept as possibilities. And if any of these happen to you have to be prepared to undergo even more surgery to repair it often at your own expense. There are NO guarantees. And this happens more than you think. Ask some of th
    3 points
  39. I will review the photo, I did not count anywhere near 1,400 holes. I will send it to Diep as well for his response.
    3 points
  40. The fact is you have access to a picture that is irrefutable proof that there are 1400 holes on the back of his head and only 800 grafts were extracted. You're taking the word of the surgeon over the word of the patient and physical photographic evidence.
    3 points
  41. 18 Month Final Result As I’ve just reached my final result and this will probably be one of my last posts for now for my hair transplant journey, I thought I would do something a little different and put a short video together to show my result. Thanks again to all the people who gave feedback on my thread, HRN and @Melvin-Moderator for helping me along the way. Has been a truly life changing experience and couldn’t be happier. I wouldn’t change a thing and so happy I choose Asmed. Link to the video:
    3 points
  42. @Melvin-Moderator the issue isn’t whether Dr. Diep delivers good results. The issue is whether he lied to a patient, where there is very good evidence that he did so. I’m surprised and saddened that people are missing this nuance.
    3 points
  43. If it were me, based on the recent case of 1500 holes getting put in someone's head for an 800 graft procedure with no word from the clinic, I would go somewhere else. It's not all about 1-5 year results. You need to plan for 20-30 years into the future with hair transplantation. Donor management is more than half of the equation when considering surgeons.
    3 points
  44. First of all your hair looks fine. You shouldn't do anything. With that said, even if you insist on lowering the hairline, your design is bad. corners must be above the temple points and not be going down into them. trust me that it will NOT look natural at all if you do it your way.
    3 points
  45. I am now in my 6th week post procedure with Dr. Diep. I remember earlier on in the recovery process getting a subscriber notification on these forums. That person that subscribed to me didn't respond to the thread I started maybe because I am pretty thorough. But he responded to several Dr. Diep threads, some years old, and his own. Out of curiosity, I clicked on his thread and found utter despair. I wanted to post something on his thread. Words of encouragement. But did not. I didn't want to add to his inertia of pain. A few days later his thread was gone. In the time since, several people ha
    3 points
  46. Excellent topic, really 10/10. Okay so here goes, for me I had all of my transplants in a previous relationship. Funny thing is my transplants prompted her to get a nose and a boob job 😁. I remember her getting upset that I always complained about my hair, she would say “all you ever talk about his your hair,” and she was right. Finally I did something about it. Fast forward a few years, we broke up, and I was back in the dating scene, now with the appearance of a full head of hair (thank you dermmatch). I was overwhelmed by the dating apps, it was completely different from when
    3 points
  47. One of the biggest conmen in the game - which is hilarious seeing as though his tagline as to why he does what he does is to protect patients from these very people. He's no better than a tabloid journalist here in the UK - in fact thats exactly what most of his work is, writing bald shaming articles about David Beckham or the two Prince's in newspapers not worthy enough of wiping your ars3 with. Don't be fooled by his whole nice guy act, he's profited and profiting handsomely from all his affiliations with clinics (some of which are useless) and deer in headlight patients that succumb
    3 points
  48. Dissatisfied patients are the reason we exist, the industry will have you believe everyone is happy, but it’s not reality. Your votes count!
    3 points
  49. Beautiful work from Dr. Konior.
    3 points
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