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  1. 3 points
    See, here's the thing, though. There's a major difference between coming onto someone's thread in an attempt to provide support (since, as we all know, hair restoration is a stressful journey) and joining in the conversation with inflammatory language to make them feel worse. Kraistoff was uncertain and needed support and guidance...not for anyone else to use his result as a prop to bash a clinic against which they have a personal vendetta (these people know who they are). Obviously, we should be honest, but there are constructive ways of telling the truth that show sensitivity to the struggles of the individual/OP. The old saying "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all" seems to apply. Basic rule of thumb? Use the same social skills you'd use if you were talking to the person face-to-face. If someone's result looks good to you, tell them, as I'm sure they'd appreciate it. If they don't look good to you, stay quiet and only make this opinion known if the OP asks for it (and do it in a way that's helpful, like a suggestion about how to improve the situation); for the purposes of determining whether or not a clinic is outputting good results, let the pictures speak for themselves. If people on this thread had been more sensitive to Kraistoff's needs and not their own, he wouldn't be asking to leave.
  2. 2 points
    @JayLDD @Melvin-Moderator @CosmoKramer @BjornBorg + all the rest thank you for your support.
  3. 2 points
    I’ve deliberately tried to make it look bad here, but in comparison the other side even when messed up is close to native density and can’t be noticed at all. Maybe it doesn’t even look that bad, doing this reminds me of how dishonest people like Payam are when contorting their hair into the silliest position possible though, anyone’s hair will look bad like this. It just makes it a little harder to style due to the lesser density in the area. When the hair is styled properly (even just right out of bed and not deliberately messed up as in the Payam style pics) it looks fine. Eventually when my midscalp and remaining crown fall out I’ll likely get an FUT procedure and include a touch up in that frontal area.
  4. 2 points
    As mentioned, we don’t delete threads. We can alter information change names etc. That said, I have already started pulling weeds. I’ve been way too nice for too long. There’s a difference between freedom of speech and downright agenda posting. Those days are over! I assure you of that.
  5. 1 point
    While I didn't create an account on this forum over the last couple of years it was invaluable in my research process and I want to pay it forward, especially since I seem to be seeing fewer patient posts with recent dates, at least for Dr. Cooley. Thus I will try to be thorough here in describing my process. Apologies in advance for the length of the post and the variability of the quality of the photos. I know they aren't the best. I am still only a few days/weeks out and will update this with before photos and after photos from the clinic and exact graft count(s) when I get them and try not to disappear throughout the process. My Past Situation I had an ill-advised FUT procedure when I was 21 to address temple recession. I wasn't on meds, it was premature, and I went to a cheap chop shop. CLASSIC, young guy being really stupid. :sigh The procedure (unknown # of grafts) involved putting grafts on the temples and unfortunately also some around the front of my hairline. It did very little cosmetically unless you count triggering massive loss of existing hair (most of which did grow back in fairness). The only saving grace here is that we were talking about a fairly minor temple area and because of my light hair/skin contrast I've been able to get away with a forward brush hairstyle that hid really poor work. Oh and it wasn't big plugs and the scar wasn't horrendous and avoided being in any disastrous region(s) thankfully. No matter what you do STAY AWAY from Samson Hair Restoration in Los Angeles regardless of what doctor they currently have cycled in. Why now Now, 11 years later at 32 with some additional thinning and some recession the previous work was becoming harder to cover, especially when swimming or my hair was wet. Plus, I just wanted it fixed to open up different hairstyles and to get ahead of managing what I believe will be future loss. Almost a gradual "replace" strategy I guess. In terms of meds, I had been on finasteride w/ no side effects for 4 years but then went off for 5+ years (don't really know why). I went back on 6+ months ahead in prep for a procedure and plan to stick with it this time. Not on finasteride or any other shampoos etc at the moment. Picking the surgeon In terms of research this time around I did a lot more homework using this forum as the basis for creating a smaller list of doctors. Ultimately I narrowed my list and research to consults with Lindsay, Bernstein, Cooley, Bloxham, and Nadimi. I felt these were really great doctors that didn't necessarily require a flight based on my East Coast USA location (I was intrigued by Rahal, Hasson/Wong/Kronior and some of the other staple of well regarded doctors as well but with only so much time felt good with my short list). I did not consider India/Turkey etc., not because I don't believe quality results can't be achieved there, but because I didn't want to take the risk and conduct an extra level of due diligence with respect to many of the practices and I was willing to pay $ for that peace of mind. Notes on my Consults During my consult with Dr. Lindsay I felt like he just didn't think I needed a procedure yet. He cited 1200 grafts and it was all relatively cursory. So not a fit for me Dr. Bernstein was a good consult (worth the cost) where I learned a bit and I felt comfortable with him and his work, but ultimately I wasn't blown away by the results I've seen from him either on his website or on this and other forums My consult with Bloxham was really terrific and I got a great feeling from him. He was ultimately my #2 but I did not choose him mostly because he is just relatively newer with fewer posted results. And right or wrong, some of the (rare/older) negative comments about customer service/interactions from Feller put me off. I did NOT have any of this sense from Dr. Bloxham and have never met Feller but the posts are there nonetheless. I will also say, they need to upgrade their facility. Not the medical side hopefully, but the rest of the place was old and run down feeling. Dr. Nadimi was also great (via Skype) and matter of fact but I got the sense she did more FUE than FUT. Similar to Bloxham there are just fewer patient accounts out there that I could find, but based on what I've seen and this consult I was very comfortable and impressed with her Why Cooley Ultimately, I went with the only doctor I didn't meet/ have a convo with directly in Dr. Cooley. I appreciated the consult with Lollie and a deeper understanding of their procedures and liked what I heard about use of Acell, how he preserved grafts out of body, his hands on approach, the tenure of his techs, and so on. But most importantly Cooley's track record of consistent results and patient experiences tipped me over (including one detailed repair write-up by a Blonde haired individual, of which there are relatively few results). I also literally did not find a single negative review (of outcomes) for Cooley in all my research and I valued that apparent consistency. Procedure - Why FUT I knew I wanted FUT as I (a) already had a scar I felt could be improved, (b) wanted to maximize future grafts and survivability, and (c) wanted to minimize recovery time. I am lucky enough to have a lot of Donor and existing hair that can be used to hide a procedure. Pre-Procedure and Day of All things posted about Cooley experiences were true for me. I followed pre-op instructions for scalp laxity. I think this helped as I could feel the sides definitely loosen up, and while the back still felt tight Cooley said it was great and helped with suturing (+ sutures out at 2 weeks vs. 3 weeks). The hotel they set you up in is excellent, easy, convenient and they already know why you are there and what you need. Shuttle drivers, check-in staff, and others there were helpful and discrete and the breakfast and gym is open early enough for day of eating and a last workout. On the day of the operation we met at 7am, had a calm and not rushed discussion where any other questions I had were answered, and re-affirmed my choice of 2500 FUT + PRP/Acell. In terms of hairline we were on the same page to opt for a conservative/mature hairline though Cooley jumped straight to the need for work on the temples which he said he does not always do. This process of agreeing on this was FAST as a lot of it was bridging existing hair and the past work plus a little bit of pulling temples out/down. In terms of PRP, Cooley was candid that for me he didn't know if PRP would make much of a difference as he didn't see a ton of minituraization but (a) I'm paranoid and think there is more than there is/I have very fine hair already, and (b) I am hopeful that it will help somewhat with avoiding shock loss or speeding up recovery. I know there's no real scientific evidence to back that up, but I was willing to spend the $ on the chance it helps. I will say that to make sure you get what you need before surgery begins you should 100% come prepared with your questions. For example in my consult with Bloxham he indicated that my past FUT scar had a small area branching into the danger zone for donor and advised forking the scar near my ear. I really did NOT want to do this, so asked Cooley about it. He decided to implant 10-15 hairs in the end of the old scar as part of the procedure and end the new scar in a safer location. I do not think we would have ultimately done this if I had not asked. H/T to Bloxham for noticing it in a really thorough, caring consult. I also asked about a few grafts poorly placed in the front of my forehead below the 7CM mark we agreed to for the new hairline. He said if I was OK With it that he would remove those with electrolysis which I agreed to and am relieved about as they were definitely not natural looking. Overall, it was a good conversation. I, like most others, felt comfortable and cared for by Dr. Cooley and all of his other wonderful team members. I do think the clinic could get better about having all their pre and post op documentation organized and sent in a big PDF but that's super minor overall and has nothing to do with the in-person interactions I had. One other area that I felt could be improved is in discussing recovery times. The clinic (not Cooley himself) were fairly aggressive in terms of discussing post HT recovery periods and timeline (no redness 5 days, not visible procedure at 8 days etc). It's not that they are totally off, it's just that they are definitely giving the aggressive, "best-case" scenario in my opinion and shaded this as an absolute vs. discussing the potential ranges of recovery times based on patient characteristics. Still thus far in my case it has proven to not be too far off the mark so far (devil's always in the details though isn't it). Procedure itself From the Cooley consult we moved into the procedure. Numbing/valium etc was painless. Unlike others I don't think I really went fully under for the ENTIRE duration of the procedure, I even heard a nice little "ripping" type sound on removal, but no pain whatsoever. By 11:30 the donor was removed, there were 5-6 technicians on the microscopes, I had had PRP and he had done the few electrolysis removals needed. I stopped for lunch and then we carried on. Cooley performed all of the donor incisions, with Brandi hovering nearby, and was present for probably 90% of the graft placement. I know for sure he was doing all the immediate hairline grafts. I believe he left for a little over an hour in the middle of the procedure (basically the length of a movie), but I'm not 100% on whether he popped his head in a few times during that time or not. While he was not actively working on my head Brandi was performing graft placement and I believe Amy also worked on placing grafts. Cooley returned and was essentially there the rest of the day long after many of the other techs had left post dissecting the grafts (easily 4-5+ more hours). It was clear he reviewed and had ample time to change, correct, or ensure any grafts not placed with him in the room were to his liking. Like others have mentioned it was clear throughout the day that this was a well-oiled machine, with team members that had worked together for years (decades even). Everyone was friendly and taking a dedicated and personalized approach to the operation, and I couldn't imagine going somewhere with a doctor doing multiple ops in a day. Throughout the process Brandi was constantly checking Cooley and making sure anything "controversial" about his approach was discussed (a few graft placements here and there, reminders about how many grafts were left etc). All of this was reassuring. I am sure the reverse also happened. Ultimately for the 2,500 graft procedure Cooley was able to get over 3,000 grafts (I will get exact counts later) and we did not finish the day until a bit after 7pm, meaning I was there for nearly 12 hours. This extra time and attention, plus the grafts that were not something I had to pay extra for, all speak to his long-running record of caring about his patients and working tirelessly to get results. I am obviously grateful for this. Post Op - Healing, Pain, and Experience (Week 1) Donor got painful at the end of the day during the operation so I was numbed up again before I went home. I was obviously a bit red and beat up but it wasn't as bad as I was expecting and they had already done a pretty good job cleaning a lot of the blood off. Plus I was wearing Saran wrap + a hat so able to avoid any weird looks. On night 1 I took some Tylenol but nothing stronger--which is good because I didn't get the prescriptions until day-of for stronger meds. Cooley's post-op care uses an ATP spray + saran wrap to increase moisture and prevent any graft damage and antibiotic ointment on the donor scar. You basically spray every hour you are awake and wake up and spray every 2 hours for the first 2 nights along with taking some preventative Prednisone for swelling. I followed the instructions religiously here and I think it really helped calm redness and speed healing. On night 2 I was falling back asleep pretty quickly so it didn't feel too onerous to keep getting up. For sure it kept the itchiness to a real minimum in the first 6 days. I went back the next morning for a post-op clean and got the all good from Dr. Cooley. During this cleaning Amy took time to answer any questions I had about the next week of care and was patient with what I am sure are the same questions everyone asks. In terms of the documentation they gave me to follow, I actually think it could have been a bit more detailed. It wasn't that it was bad, but I felt like an "FAQ" or just more exhaustive detail would have helped. For example, I asked about caffeine / alcohol / ibuprofen which were not listed (Cooley says moderate amounts of both are fine), and it doesn't give you much about how to sleep (when can you sleep sidweays on the grafts) and so on. To give you a sense of how smooth this was, I drove almost 7 hours home the very next day, which was completely fine and painless. Overall I found the post-op regimen easy to follow, the spray and saran wrap seemingly very effective even if I did probably use it too quickly/aggressively to try to get it through the native hair as I ran out a day or two earlier than I think the clinic expects. One curious thing with post-op care from the clinic is that it seems that Cooley's overall instructions,are more aggressive than many other docs (like the timeline to shampoo (next day) and return to regular shampooing (7 days) . I'm sure this is because Cooley is confident in the healing/quality of the grafts and incisions etc and has refined his approach over time but it does make me just a little nervous when looking at the instructions online from so many other places that are much more conservative. But he's my doc and I'm in his hands and so far so good. On night 3 I slept poorly but not really due to pain, I think I just missed exercise. On night 4 and 5 I had more pain when putting the back of my head on pillows (I slept elevated with an inflatable travel pillow partially inflated these nights to help with any potential swelling) and I did take a valium one night and the other pain killer + tylenol combo prescribed drug the fifth night. It almost felt like the donor was a little more stretched these two nights with whatever position I could find that didnt have too much pressure. If this continues I'll call the office to make sure it's normal. Some posters here have mentioned this as the return of nerve sensation but I'm not sure. Otherwise I have had some very very minor swelling which made me break out some ice on my forehead and eye area a couple of times and take ibuprofen periodically as well. It was never uncomfortable or especially noticeable to anyone else however. Last point, I am using the Hair Shake protein. I don't really think it'll do much but I've used protein powder a lot anyway so I don't mind and if it helps at all with speed of growth or minimization of shock-loss, then it's worth a couple months of it for me. I am not planning on using it long term and no one at the Cooley office actually mentioned it directly despite having it stocked there and having it listed as an optional part of the post-op procedure. Post Op Appearance - First Week The scar in the back is perhaps slightly visible with wet hair (first 3-4 days) but completely hidden with normal dry hair. As mentioned it wasn't giving me much trouble the first 3-4 days, although of course everything felt really "tight" there. At night or with pressure on it day 5-6 it actually has felt a bit worse and I've taken some of the prescribed meds just to make sure I get decent enough sleep. We will see of course on final healing and appearance, it is early days. Redness in the recipient has subsided each day, and now at day 6 is not bad at all. It's probably worse in the pictures than in real life. I am fairly pale skinned but had a deep tan going which some say can help. There is definitely scabbing, it is super mild/light and looks like when I return to regular shampooing and rub the grafts a bit it will easily flake off and be gone within the 7-10 day timeframe that they gave. In any case, it's really mild and not that noticeable. I have used their given shampoo and started leaving the conditioner in a bit longer which I think has helped. I have a couple spots of dried blood left but overall it's pretty clean and I haven't noticed anything remotely like grafts falling out. Really, not even many/any hairs yet. The kicker here for me is that I 100% had to hide from the world during this time because I was (a) spraying every hour and (b) couldn't style my existing hair for fear of touching/disloding existing grafts. So you could see the grafts taking hold and small stubbly hair, plus weird caked native hair that was a bit long already awkwardly plastered to my scalp. So all in all, a real lovely mess. Now had I managed this aggressively with a blow dryer on cool or if I was more comfortable touching and styling my scalp in this period I am sure I could have made it look better but I didn't want to take any risks. On Day 6 I did a bit of finger styling and with my existing hair I can make it look decent (see 1 of the pictures). Decent is not invisible however. The temples are harder to disguise and any close inspection things are definitely still visible so I feel I am very much still in hat land. To be fair, my wife says it's pretty hard to tell unless you get up close and personal already. We will see if my extended family at Day 11 notices anything. Summary of first week So far the difference from my first procedure has been remarkable. Basically instead of an immediate "oh shit what have I done" I felt more like a "I'm already looking better than I expected 12 hours later. and everything is going exactly like they said" It's nice to already feel like I made the right choice. The recovery seems to be text book according to their expectations, but I most certainly don't want to be out and about without a hat yet as it would be noticeable. The things I am worried about are (a) appearance at 10 days and masking it, (b) avoiding shock-loss as no work was done in the middle of the frontal third, and (c) continued management of the donor scar pain. All the rest is of course the standard, hurry up and wait, concerns about linear scar etc that we all have but if I can avoid shock loss I feel comfortable looking like I did for 6+ more months. I hope this is helpful and of course any feedback on the pics and actual quality of the work is welcome as well. Again, apologies on the photo quality I will get better ones from clinic later. I will try to post periodically as I hate the posts where people disappear but I also intend to try to live my life and not obsess over the progress over the next few months.
  6. 1 point
    Yea I watch JRE podcasts religiously I actually saw that podcast before. But he still maintains that he should’ve just shaved his head.
  7. 1 point
    IMHO, between ages 30 - 40 would be ideal...but again it's going to vary somewhat between individuals and why again family history is the best indicator we have to go on.
  8. 1 point
    What I hate is how he says he should’ve shaved from the start. This is total BS, let’s face facts. He largely had his break because of looks. Imagine this picture with a a bald head, would he have gotten where he is today or even had the opportunities? I don’t know but I doubt it. Hair matters, it just does. We can play pretend and live in a fantasy world all we want, but we fool no one but ourselves. Now will it effect him now that he’s super successful and older? Absolutely not. That’s because he already made it.
  9. 1 point
    He didn’t have enough donor hair to cover his advance hair loss to begin with.. he always said it was the best decision to shave his head n just own his look .. he looks pretty good bald .. would of looked better with a full head of hair .. but best he could of achieved was a bald crown n with hair in the front n midscalp .. n since he’s on TV .. people will notice it n talk a lot of shi.t .. so shaving it off instead of masking his baldness with multiple transplants was the better route for him..
  10. 1 point
    A second pass to fill in the front and you will be the happiest guy on earth. Your result is a good start. Looks like most grew, but the area was too large for the amount of grafts.
  11. 1 point
    Hello everyone, I would like to share the results of my surgery with Dr Maras at the HDC clinic in Cyprus. I posted a few months ago on another forum and you are welcome to have a look at the full thread with details of the surgery before and after in the hair transplant section on Bald Truth. I am very pleased with the results so far and would like to share my photographs prior to the operation and the results so far. I had spent months researching surgeons and was extremely careful about choosing the most ethical and skilled surgeon. Dr Maras and his clinic fit that description perfectly. I was about a Norwood 5 or 6 prior, so the plan for the surgery was to deal with the surgery in two surgeries. The first with approximately 3,000 grafts for the front, and the second operation to fill in the back. I am considering the second operation to sort out the back in future, but my main priority is to save as much donor hair for the future as possible. Dr Maras also stated I had a very good beard so this is a very good bonus. Dr Maras Did the hairline design, Most of the extractions and Incisions while the technicians did the rest of the extractions and the implants. I am very pleased with the results at the front so far at six months, and would like to share them here. I will upload more Pre and Post Op pictures in Future. Pre operation 6 Months Post
  12. 1 point
    Kraistoff I believe JayLDD has provided you with some great feedback. I think your hairline and temple points are quite good. With a boost in density, you should be golden. Dont get too caught up in the small details. It's a huge improvement from your previous state.
  13. 1 point
    If you're letting money be the deciding factor save up. Go by results period nothing else.
  14. 1 point
    about 7 month, but I got lucky because one of his client as push his date so I was able to take this spot. If not it was almost 1 year and a half of waiting.
  15. 1 point
    I personally would happily take a nicely framed face with a natural looking hairline and temples area/peaks than perfect density over a bad obvious unnatural looking hairline as I’ve seen from many cheap truly mill Instagram marketing Turkish/Indian clinics. Density can be addressed without much issue, repairing a bad unnatural/fake looking hairline is much worse IMHO.
  16. 1 point
    Man he takes a patient a day so they are relaxed. Dr Erkan Demirsoy did the first and second procedure, extraction and opened the incisions.
  17. 1 point
    Don't over think things, in my opinion your result is quite good but needs a small touchup to be perfect, likely around the 1000-1500 grafts mark. That is the case for 90% with your level of loss. Your loss was worse than mine and you've had many less grafts than I have, my case is still not perfect. For all the best cases on the forum, the patients are either like the HnW patient above where they barely have hairloss, a thin head with strong temples and cram 3500 grafts in, or they're like you and they have minimum 2 procedures. There is a guy with a similar level of loss to you who went to Hasson and Wong, he has one of the best results I've ever seen but has had I think over 5 procedures and over 10000 grafts. People shouldn't kid themselves into what isn't achievable because they only look at the best cases and ignore the 90% of transplant results on earth that quite frankly are much worse than yours, or base their bar of acceptability on cases that aren't comparable in numbers or results. For you the temples are as good as any I have seen, when previously significantly recessed and horrible looking, and the hairline looks natural, albeit like its thinning. In the real world, that isn't a problem, its a 1200ish graft touchup away from something that will look to anyone like you have never suffered from baldness, and will have better hair than the majority of men your age. I truly wouldn't worry or even stay away from the forums necessarily. Keep a clear head and analyse the result on your own terms, if you aren't happy with your results then consider asking the clinic if they could offer a free touchup, or if you aren't happy with the clinic then perhaps go elsewhere. I get the sense that if you don't do this, you will certainly dwell on it, which you don't need to because a touchup here isn't abnormal, nor an indicator of a bad result. You'll find if you have a second procedure the head shaving will be much less of an issue because you already have a natural looking hairline with reasonable density that won't make you look like a cancer patient, as many people do after shaving down before their first procedure. As someone who is one of the most rational on the forum and has certainly looked at as many cases as anyone here, your result is much better than average, the design is very natural, the temples among the most natural and aesthetic as any on this forum considering how much area was rebuilt, however not enough grafts were placed behind some areas of the hairline and there are some minor areas of poor growth. From my perspective, I think choice to opt for broader coverage and strong temples looks with consideration that you may have needed a small touchup for density to cover any thinning behind the hairline in the long run will be better. If you have a small second procedure (and I think you should personally because you seem like you aren't happy overall and will dwell on things) I suspect you will be glad of this choice.
  18. 1 point
    @heirseeker Wishing you the very best of luck in your search for the best surgeon for you. You do have options for the higher end of your budget. Keep consulting and doing further research. You mention some solid physicians, although most of these would be rather substantially out of your current budget. As Melvin said, dont let finances be your ultimate deciding or limiting factor. Almost all of us patients are price conscious to some degree or another and whilst 5000 grafts is undoubtedly a substantial financial investment, it is also a substantial investment from your donor area, and if you get it wrong, you may not be in a position to fix it. Good luck.
  19. 1 point
    Thanks vinzaf19 for your kind words. I really hope to achieve great density on the long run. Will cross my fingers
  20. 1 point
    Thanks Newby888, I when with Strip mostly for the cost and the fact that I don't plan to shave my hair on the side and back so peolple wont be able to notice my scar.
  21. 1 point
    My advice is save some money do not let money be a deciding factor. Also, consider strip first, it’ll be cheaper and more efficient in terms of coverage.
  22. 1 point
    Btw when I messaged Turkey they were quick to tell me to do 5,000 in one procedure. I refused. Dr Maras divides the surgery and does no more than 3,000-3,500 in one session. He also did the hairline design, most of the extractions, and incisions himself while the technicians did the rest of the extractions and implantation.
  23. 1 point
    Yes he’s the same. They prioritise safety, preserving as much of your donor hair as possible and limiting scarring. It’s why I chose them. Good luck with whatever surgeon you go to.
  24. 1 point
    With a max budget of £2.5 per graft, you are probably limited to clinics in Turkey, Greece and India to be honest. Dr Bisanga works out of a clinic in Athens to and I believe the cost is 2.5 euros per graft so maybe something to consider. Apart from that, I'd be looking at ASMED, Dr Cinik and Dr Demirsoy in Turkey and as already mentioned Dr Maras from the HDC clinic in Cyprus. Alternative could be to save some more to enable you to widen the net somewhat so you can look at more options.
  25. 1 point
    Good surgeons. Also consider Dr Maras in Cyprus as he and his clinic prioritise preserving as much of your donor hair as possible and being as cautious as possible.
  26. 1 point
    I have not seen any negativity on this forum thankfully, although their can be a difference of opinion but sometimes that can be good for all of us to consider things from a different angle, but this is a great forum Melvin , you should be very proud of which Im sure you are and their is lots and lots of positivity here which we can all build on together to ensure it remains a top forum to be part of. ........... All the best ...... ..............Paddy........
  27. 1 point
    There’s a huge “black market FUE” problem in the hair restoration industry as a whole. Instagram is a tool that these clinics use. It’s not that American clinics have no presence. Dr. Diep, Dr. Konior, H&W are still very present. As our other doctors, but also a lot of doctors have star patients that simply don’t want to post because of privacy concerns. That’s another big issue. If you’re from the US you can’t just post without the patient’s consent. Black market FUE clinics don’t care, hell they steal pictures it’s the wild wild west. Another factor to consider, is the majority of guys going overseas are young where money is a huge deciding factor.
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  29. 1 point
    This is a tough one as this forum continuously preaches “free speech.” However, people like that one guy HT0146 or whatever is username was needs to be permanently banned. He has created over 6 accounts and obviously is here to just stir the pot and not add constructively. i have a feeling a lot of these issues are stemming from erdogan results. We need to look at both sides of the coin here. The unhappy patients and erdogan himself. The doctors we approve here need to engage the community directly. We should be asking them to as long as they get our approval. If erdogan cannot publicly respond to a lot of these patient inquiries here then one of his two assistant doctors should on his behalf. Just doing so I feel can calm the storm a bit. It should be a privilege for doctors to be approved here and they need to follow OUR rules here not the other way around. good discussion overall
  30. 1 point
    Yea after his second procedure. Keep in mind the first set of pictures are after his first procedure. Below is pre surgery and after 3,100 grafts. The results were good, but not perfect. So he had a second surgery in the same area to achieve the results he desired.
  31. 1 point
    The SMP industry has evolved and is booming right now. I also have had 2100 FUE by Dr Feriduni to the frontal area. I do not have enough donor hair to transplant the crown, and I have slight diffuse thinning in the middle. This was a bad procedure by a company that produces constant bad results. I fell in to their marketing trap as they 'innovated' SMP. We all make mistakes. Now back so SMP. There has always been, or certainly used to be a belief that SMP was garbage, waste of time etc. Not the case now days. The very best SMP artists can produce 3d effect SMP, natural results. Just look at the before and after pics of Paul Clark and Jonathan Gerow. When combined, SMP/FUE combo looks very good, providing one can rock a short hair style. Results undetectable when done by the right practitioners and docs. The best artists now use vegan ink, no additives that can cause the head to turn blue and no longer dish out goofy hairlines. Best artists will measure a hairline properly according to clients face, raising of the eyebrows etc, to determine what hairline to go with. I do not think there is an argument for anything being 'fake' providing one goes with the best SMP practitioners out there. SMP is essentially doing what a hair transplant does, restoring what was once there, albeit with a short buzzed/shaven look but it frames the face. For clients that do not have enough donor hair for whole head FUE, SMP if done correctly, is a fantastic option. Permanent SMP is now as good as temporary, due to the evolution of the procedure and quality of ink used by the best artists out there. Furthermore, lots of people are now choosing SMP over a hair transplant. There are pitfalls to HT's as you're always chasing the hairloss. Lots if people are also using SMP to thicken a HT. I had a bad SMP. By a crooked clinic. And I advise anyone considering SMP to stay away from that clinic. My rework plan involves one of the best SMP practitioners in the world. I will be posting progress of laser fading, and new SMP once laser has faded the awful procedure I had. Some people with hair transplants get all grandiose and disregard SMP. But SMP has now exploded onto the scene and is now a first choice option for many. Not everyone wants a slick back HT look. Some people like low maintenance short hair.
  32. 1 point
    Really glad to see so many positive experiences with Dr. Arocha on the forum of late. He and I have only worked on non surgical solutions so far, but at the moment he's one of the only surgeons I'd be considering if I decided to go in for a procedure.
  33. 1 point
    Very nice results! This is what my hair would look like if I had more of it in my midscalp & crown and untamed 😂 Some guys are just “lucky” they only have to fill-in 1 area and all else is thick and dense.
  34. 1 point
    I’m now at 7 and a half months this is is my hair combed back in various lighting conditions (living room, bathroom, , under light and outside ) i am very happy, a little more density behind the hairline will make me 90% happy. I think the photos speak for themselves that density has improved in past month.
  35. 1 point
    Looking outstanding, the detail in the graft placement is second to none as always! Congrats Skeet!
  36. 0 points
    You’re gonna have scars either way.