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  1. 3 points
    you should definitely wait another 6 months before deciding on what to do as transplanted hair usually softens up a bit after a year or two. At that point you may want to consider a very small FUE session to scatter a few grafts behind the currently transplanted ones to sort of blend it into a transition to the native hair. That might be a better alternative to removing them.
  2. 2 points
    @CosmoKramer - Sure, I'll try derma roller with Minoxidil & share progress in few months.
  3. 1 point
    Went out for the first time since my nose job last night haha. Definitely felt good
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    Thansk Melvin, I have chosen to take your advice and first maybe 2500-3000 grafts in frontal area. this is because the crown isnt that bad, pics ive supplied have Minoxidl shock loss which was bad. This is how crown looks like now, both minoxidl and finasteride work well on me albeit with bad side effects. Ive chosen to prioritise getting my hair back above all else and will go all out military style with meds regardless of side effects. Ive also restarted Minoxidl as was noticing thick new hairs that it had just regenerated falling off when I stopped it. Ill probably stop it for a week before HT and then restart straight after. Doctors said to not use Minoxidl for 6 months after HT? Others suggest using it straight after, does anyone know the risks of using minoxidl on freshly transplanted hairs? Current pic of crown attached im sure itll ticken up with finasteride plus minoxidl, ill re visit the doc and get crown FUE as second procecedure. Thanks greatly for your help guys!
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    Paddy you are a gentleman.Im not qualified or smart enough to comment on your procedure. But i can say without doubt, the time and effort you shared with me,stopped me from making an ill-informed decision. I wish you all the luck in the world and look forward to seeing the great result you're going to get..Be well my fellow Irishman!
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    Lol yeah right I look way better now
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    100% this is a very risky outlook. Do not buy the hype of DHI or DHT procedures, these are mostly marketing gimmicks. Expecting a full head of hair with one procedure, is a risky proposition. You have a VERY high-risk of having shock loss. I wouldn't touch the crown or midscalp.
  9. 1 point
    Black hair, light scalp...Because of the contrast, this will typically make things look worse....In your case, however, it seems you are thinning into a 5 pattern. It is important to understand this classification as it will dictate what can be done. One thing I like about your hair is the waviness. This, ultimately, will give you more lateral coverage. I'm glad you are doing medical therapy. Get on it. If you decide against Fin, add a laser or even PRP. You seem to have a lot of miniaturized hair, could be you are experiencing retention. 3500 grafts would be a nice addition to your entire front. I would avoid the crown until you're happy with the density in the front. Also, start thinking multiple procedures as one will not be enough to achieve the density you seem to have elsewhere.
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    7 procedures, 20 years after.....Great. But this is a difficult question when you consider medical therapy which should be incorporated in the answer. Regardless of how natural the results are, if you look worse now because you did nothing, (meds wise), it is unlikely you'll get a positive response. If worse, most feel the procedure didn't work or they lost the transplants all together.
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    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.
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    It's looking slightly better now after 2 laser sessions. I got a threatening call from the CEO of HIS saying if I take my posts down on forums he'll give me free SMP. No way am I letting that sunk to the bottom of the ocean company touch my head. He was swearing/cursing, threatening to blame his freelancers for the botched job even though it was done in a HIS CLINIC WITH A HIS CONTRACT HIS TOOLS AND HIS INK. He said he'll bend the truth and say that it's the work of his freelancers and HIS are not taking responsibility. He put words in my mouth saying when I complained, I said I was 'happy' with the treatment! He was livid. I asked what ink he used and he said he can't tell me that due to health and safety and it's all FDA approved from USA. He said that he trained all the best smp pracs and they all 'stole from him' He refused me a refund saying he ain't giving me a refund so I can get work done elsewhere. After the call I emailed him saying do not ever call my phone with threatening, intimidating language and blackmail again or I will take steps to report harassment. My plan is to get it reworked by Paul Clark once laser has faded it. It has faded, and I've another laser session booked for September attached pic of how it looks now.
  13. 1 point
    I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE MY STORY. I HAD 3 SESSIONS OF SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION WITH HIS HAIR IN LONDON IN 2016. THE TREATMENT WAS INITIALLY DARK, AND MATCHED MY HAIR COLOUR. I ASKED FOR A NATURAL BUT FULL HEAD OF HAIR LOOK. AS THE YEARS WENT ON, FAST FORWARD TO 2019. I NOTICED THE TREATMENT HAD TURNED A BLUE/GREENISH TINT AND THE INK WAS SATURATED. AS YOU CAN SEE IN MY PICTURES, I HAVE THE DREADED HELMET HEAD LOOK. THE DOTS WERE BECOMING BLOTCHY, JOINING TOGETHER. I WAS GETTING CALLED OUT EVERY WEEK BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. I CANNOT EXPLAIN THE HUGE IMPACT THIS HAD ON ME PSYCHOLOGICALLY, THE IMPACT ON MY SELF CONFIDENCE, THE IMPACT ON MY FAMILY, MY WORK, MY DESIRE TO EVEN LEAVE MY HOUSE. I CAN NO LONGER LEAVE MY HOME WITHOUT A HAT. I SPOKE TO THE CEO OF HIS. I WAS TOLD THAT MY TREATMENT WAS NOT BAD AND THE CEO SAID HE HAD NOT SEEN THE PICTURES OF IT AND HOW IT HAD TURNED BLUE. THE CEO DID NOT WANT TO SEE MY PICTURES. I WAS OFFERED LASER SESSIONS AND HIS ASKED FOR A FURTHER 4 FIGURE SUM OF MONEY ON TOP OF THE £3000 I SPENT IN 2016. I HAD LASER TREATMENT WITH HIS WHICH HAD NO EFFECT NO FADING. I WAITED THE RECOMMENDED TIME FOR LASER TO KICK IN BUT I SAW NOTHING. I AM NOW ON A JOURNEY TO PUT THIS RIGHT AND HOLD HIS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE PSYCHOLOGICAL DAMAGE AND TRAUMA THEY HAVE PUT ME THROUGH. THIS IS MY STORY. I WOULD SAY TO ANYONE CONSIDERING SMP, PLEASE DO YOUR HOMEWORK. I THOUGHT I DID MINE. DOUBLE DOUBLE CHECK EVERYTHING. SPEAK TO CLIENTS THAT HAVE HAD THE PROCEDURE DONE IF YOU CAN, LOOK AT BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS. GO WITH YOUR GUT. BE WEARY OF BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES POSTED MANY YEARS AGO THAT ARE STILL ON WEBSITES AS IF THEY WERE DONE RECENTLY. THIS IS PERMANENT INK. LASER IS PAINFUL AND IT IS A PROCESS TO REMOVE, THEN RE WORK.
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    Hi everyone, First of all, I would like to apologize for not getting back to you all yesterday like I said I would. Dr. Shapiro and I decided that before we responded we wanted to do some research and find the studies, etc. that Dr. Rasmussen and/or Dr. Pak were citing from. Second, I would like to note that Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Rasmussen have a long working relationship and friendship. We hold both Dr. Rasmussen and Dr. Pak in very high respects. We believe that Dr. Rasmussen is a brilliant doctor and extremely ethical MD. We would like to invite them to please forward us the studies and medical reports in which they found this information because we have done a ton of research and cannot find any document in which anything like this has been reported. The link they provided just brings me to their website. Now, I think they are incredible but we can't claim something as medical fact because we say so...Without the supporting documentation there is no actual scientific proof that this claim in fact occurs. It is nothing more than a personal theory of theirs. I would like to tell you what is proven and absolute about these pigments: 1. The EU has the strictest protocol in the world for the manufacturing, labeling, packaging, and distribution of pigments. Their standard far exceed that of every other country in the world. The EU law ban 1,328 chemicals from the manufacture of cosmetics that are known or suspected to cause cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm or birth defects. In comparison, the US FDA has only banned or restricted 11 chemicals from cosmetics. Unlike the US, EU law requires pre-market safety assessments of cosmetics, mandatory registration of cosmetic products, government authorization for the use of nanomaterials and prohibits animal testing for cosmetic purposes .With all these restrictions in place that would make trico pigment one of the safest on the market. It feels like they are comparing their pigment against this pigment but what are they using? Where is it from? And, what are the ingredients? How do we know that their pigment is in fact safe? We invite them to share this information. 2. Dr. Rasmussen loosely made a reference implying that the reason that the pigment is fading is because the silicone makes it easier to slip through the cell walls and are entering the bloodstream and then to the brain. The silicone that he is referring to is actually a semi-silconic membrane and the reason they are using it for the manufacturing of this pigment is actually to protect patients from infections, allergies, or any accelerated inflammation. No known reports or documentation of an allergic reaction have never been made with trico pigment. The fading of tricopigmentaton is caused by the shallow penetration of the pigment implant and by the particle size of the pigment. The particles are small enough to to slip through cell walls and to be eaten by macrophages and then descreted. That's what separates pigments in general from permanent vs. semi permanent. Permanent Pigment are designed with larger particle sizes so they cannot slip out. As long as the particle of trico pigment are small enough to be eaten and dispelled the body can rid itself of silicone. Rapid cell turnover and the slow healing of the basement membrane (epidermal-dermal layer) allowing pigment to be expelled through the dermis to the epidermis for at least 90 days is what makes the shallow poke important. The studies on silicone that people have been quoting saying that it cannot be dispelled are of macro Silicone conglomerates like aka: breast implant. The body has two different reactions to Macro vs Micro amounts of any particle or substance that we put into the body. As far as the claim that silicone is problematic - those claims were thrown out many years ago when the silicone industry won a reversed judgement in court and the medical community was forced to retract their claims that silicone caused cancer, or any inflammatory diseases, etc. It is widely used today. And, preferred in many situations. 3. Iron and Zinc are not dangerous in small doses. They are natural element that are found in the body and responsible for proper function. It should be noted that women who are pregnant are not candidates for SMP because the body will absorb the minerals as if they were a supplement or vitamin. It uses it for what it needs to function at it's maximum potential not because it is damaging anything. The result of this absorption will cause pre-mature fading. When I was practicing permanent pigmentation and or/ am working with permanent cosmetics any patient experiences this pronomina outside of pregnancy I always have them get their iron level tested. We all have and make assumptions about other procedures. The problem with discussing them publicly without fact is that it induces unnecessary panic and distrust. Seems like a biased move made by physicians who have not only publicly stated their dislikes of this procedure but whom also perform the directly competing procedure. Do we know everything about pigments - No. Are their risks - Yes. Any and all medical procedures come with risks. But, the only real medical fact is that is known here is that there are zero reports of any medical consequence that have been made against beauty medical or golden eye. I would like to respond the question above about the person who posted concern about another patient having cancer after getting smp treatments at hasson and wong. If you read the post carefully you will notice he learned of his cancer during the process. Cancer doesn't form quickly it takes years for the cells to mutate and to start presenting problems. Unless, in fact it was an acute form BUT in that case he not have been posting about a year or so later or he would have been deathly ill. That im afraid was a very scary coincidence. SMP is a fairly new procedure medically speaking. We have learned a lot in the last 10 years and i suspect in 10 more years we will have better answers because we will have had time to do studies of the long term results/effect/consequences. Over the past 10 years all of us have made mistakes and struggled to find solutions to common consequences of smp gone wrong. That's what we have been busy researching the last 10 years - it hasn't made sense to research long term consequences because we didn’t have a stabilize the process yet. We were busy trying to keep people safe walking out of the clinic and in the first year. Their group included has struggled with discoloration, migration, and all the other common problems that we talk about. Now that the majority of us have crossed over that hump we are ready focus on long term effects in order to keep perfecting the process. We invite Dr. Rasmussen and Dr.Pak to please keep sharing their medical findings on the permanent procedure as they have been fundamental in the knowledge and growth we have of that procedure today. We will do the same with ours.
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