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  1. 5 points
    I’m troubled by all of the threads of guys rushing to Turkey to get cheap surgery. Even after so many examples, they still don’t care. When did money become greater than the result itself? I’m really perplexed by this thinking. Above All, price and location is real results posted by actual patients. Never base your decision on anything else, if you cannot afford a good surgeon, save up. We’re talking about your hair here, not a dishwasher.
  2. 5 points
    Melvin has suggested I re-introduce myself here as I have been away for a while and there are a lot of new faces around. If you're interested in the journey of a 70 year old man who Finally decided at 64 to get a HT, read on. Firstly, I love giving advice and encouragement to anyone who seeks it and I will always try to elicit a raised eyebrow or smile when possible. I have had two (2) HT's and from the onset I knew that I had to react to my age - and not try to recreate my 17 year old self - and present my appearance as a mature man with age appropriate hair. Recognizing that I do not have the available grafts or the time to create a picket fence of lush hair 3 inches above my eyebrows - I wanted to create a guy who has a mature hairline, (I have always had a high forehead) a bit of recession, but overall a basically non-noticeable head of hair. Alas, my hair is Thin and Light Brown/Blonde/Grey - not a good combo for a Hair Surgeon to work with - but no one has ever accused me of having any work done. The work isvery natural. I am quite happy with my hair and looking back at what I started with I have no reason not to be. I could afford another if I wanted to but I'm giving my head a rest - and at my age a lot of parts need rest. 2400 FUT grafts into the front in March 2014, 2500 FUT into the front , midscalp area and a bit in the crown in April 2016. Here is a pictorial map of the trip.Keep in mind, I'm somebody's Great Grandpa!
  3. 5 points
  4. 4 points
    Yes, it’s instinct to “shop prices” but it becomes detrimental when that is the first thing you look for, it should be who does the best work. I guarantee if you have a great result, you’ll never look back and think “why did I spend that money?” And if you get botched, you definitely won’t be saying, “but at least I got a bargain!”
  5. 4 points
    What clinic did he go to? You can't say "all clinics in Turkey are bad" because there are many bad cases. I am interested in hearing about the best DHI in Turkey, not all these other bad clinics that I have no intention of going to. Statistically, if there are 100.000 procedures done per day in Turkey vs 5.000 in Spain, it is evident that there will be statistically more bad results. I know of many clinics outside of Turkey that are equally terrible according to the reviews, so it makes no sense to blame an entire country for some bad clinics. It is up to the individual clinic, their competency and their skill. Saying "Turkey is the king of botched transplants" is also saying "Turkey is the biggest in the world of successful transplants" because they have the largest amount of procedures. The clinic in my country that quoted me 4800 EUR for 2500 grafts also used technicians. Not a single doctor. So clinics outside Turkey is not any worse and have the EXACT same risk but the higher price. Now you claim you can show me many botched examples. Then show me these botched examples from Cinik. I don't care about the other bad clinics, It is highly irrelevant.
  6. 3 points
    Correct. But for other NW6 observers who don't see the transformation on this thread as a good result, hair transplantation is absolutely not for them. This is an example of a very good result - and still, IMO, with the potential to improve up to 12-18 months, and furthermore so, with a second pass down the line if OP desires, to add to density with an extra 1000-2000 donor scalp grafts.
  7. 3 points
    I get it....I had your same attitude....but take it from me, a guy who rushed in to surgery with a doctor not recommended here with patient posted results and ended up with disastrous results and had to then come on here looking for help from an ethical doctor to fix those issues. If I was dead set on doing this surgery and I just waited for my surgery with a great ethical doctor I would have saved time, money, and a lot of stress. the fact that you think that worst case scenario you will just need a touch up tells me that you, just like me didn’t do enough research into how detailed this surgery is and all the things that can go wrong if you go to the wrong doctor. Konior or any doctor near his level is worth the wait.
  8. 3 points
    Let me add my 10 Cents here. I was 63 (last year) when I decided to have a hair transplant - now I'm 64. Although I wouldn't describe myself as a person lacking self-esteem, I have a university education both graduate and post-graduate and am successful in my profession but it certainly bugged me every now and again that I was (going) bald, so I decided quite early on to look after the parts of my body that I could influence myself - this included fitness in the form of regular running and some weight training as well as paying attention to what I eat and what I wear and guess what, it worked fine and I was fitter, my body looked much better with some muscle definition and I felt better but nobody really noticed it (or at least nobody ever said anything). I did this mainly for myself but let's be honest, I also secretly hoped that others would think - he doesn't look that bad even if he doesn't have much hair ;-)) Instead, the comments were generally, "hey there mate" looks like you're losing your hair" - as if this was some kind of stigma and I hadn't noticed it - and, on top of that, the usual jokes about "you only have a certain amount of male Hormones so why waste them growing hair" and the "glad it's not Happening to me" comments. Of Course, These were my "friends" telling me this and not strangers I think it would have been much better of nobody had said anything at all! Just last week, two young women at my place of work actually commented (independently of each other) on my appearance, specifically, my hair style saying that I looked 20(!) years younger (OK, 10 years would have been sufficient for me ;-)). They only mentioned the hair style and I'm sure they didn't think that I'd had a hair transplant. That was just nice. I can only put this down to having more hair and a nicely-framed face now. Although my wife said to me that she didn't care whether I was bald or not, she did eventually say that having a HT was a big(!) improvement to my appearance but she felt that my overall demeanor and self-respect had improved as well. So there you have it - it does make difference in all respects! Cheers to all fellow apes!
  9. 3 points
    If you ever consider a revision in the future, do not go back to this doctor. The hair transplant industry in cali is pretty chop-shop still, even with surgeons that are more recognized.
  10. 3 points
    Here's my list of the top 5 things you should avoid after getting a hair transplant, but what about you guys? Did I miss any, would you change the list? I would love to hear the communities input. Five Things You Should AVOID After A Hair Transplant
  11. 3 points
    I decided to make this video, because these are common questions on the forum. I'm thinking I may make this a sticky.
  12. 3 points
    Avoiding sunburn is a solid numero uno. Also avoid rubbing your head with poison ivy and stay clear of axe murderers.
  13. 3 points
    An odd post...so glowing... 🙄
  14. 3 points
    How about some pictures for us to actually see your before and after results. I'm serious. Just look at my face.
  15. 3 points
    just wanted to add how lovely it is to see how supportive the community is in a thread like this ... it can be a lonely experience (not to mention scary) to travel to a foreign country and undergo a surgical procedure for something most in society will write off as superficial or unimportant. but I like to think the reason we all do it is to demonstrate a desire to care more about ourselves. wishing you the best result @HelpfulFriend. you really did pick the very best out there
  16. 3 points
    Okay, so I've been scouring this forum for results posted by Dr. Wesley's office, and I've noticed that you're pretty skeptical of his abilities. I've looked into doctors in New York including Bloxham, Shaver, Dorin and Wesley. I'm leaning towards Wesley now. I was really apprehensive when I saw his results because I thought the same thing as you seem to think. For NW 2/3 recession, he gets pretty meager coverage for the numbers of grafts he uses. But the specific technique he uses actually has a unique appeal compared to a lot of HT docs, at least to me. His whole thing is not just covering the already-balded or very obviously thinning portions of the head but to cover those parts AND go into the less obviously balding areas, for example, a thinning forelock. The idea there is to treat these areas preventatively so that when they do thin further, they don't go through an ugly, obviously bald phase. In my case, my forelock is definitely thinning, but it doesn't look that bad right now. Though I can definitely tell my forelock is thinning in the front and thinning even more obviously in the rear, it looks decent right now with good styling. Worse, and much more noticeable, is the recession in my temples. Dorin is reluctant to cover the forelock and Shaver all but refused to touch it. This is partially due to the dangers of shock loss, which Dorin emphasized more (I think exaggeratedly). Shaver and Bernstein have more of a philosophy that hair transplants are to treat a problem that's already present and not as a preventative method. i.e., they need to wait until your hair is very obviously thinning to work on it. This is all well and good, but I don't want to be one of those fools who, in a few years, when my forelock's thinning does become much more noticeable, which it will, medication or not, ends up with two weird-looking thick hair horns on my temple with shabby, diffuse forelock hair. I'd rather treat it all now and deal with the inevitable up front. Not sure how much you've researched Wesley, but you seem like the most openly Wesley-skeptical member of the forum. I figured I'd tell you what I've learned about him, as I assume you're basing your opinion solely on the pictures his office posts here. Not sure if you have any further insight into his process or secondhand experience from his patients, but if you do, please share. If there's good reason to be skeptical of Wesley, even knowing how he performs his surgeries, I'd like to hear it. I'm hoping to finalize my decision relatively soon. I'm not sure why his representatives don't make his technique a little clearer in their posts. lol. Here's a video he showed me explaining his process: As to this specific post, I can see 2400 grafts being used to cover the receded parts AND fill in the remaining forelock. 2400 is pretty much what you would need to decently cover the entire forelock.
  17. 3 points
    Some suggestions: - graft survival peaks around 2k grafts, so small conservative sessions are probably better if you have the funds/time - Most US docs by law have to do the incisions/extractions themselves, so doing more than 2k in a day would prove difficult (particularly if its FUE) - FUE tends to thin the donor out quite quickly as you are extracting the best hairs/grafts thus effectively leaving the leftover hairs to provide enough density for the donor. Some cautious/ethical surgeons dont like doing more than 1500 in a session because of this - the "all your eggs in one basket problem"; say you do a 5k megasession and you get no growth, or your donor is not respected and you suffer from scarring or donor depletion etc,, then what the hell are you supposed to do next? Given the average donor is roughly around 6k, youre essentially leaving yourself with little options should that one operation go wrong - The donor also thins over time, and MPB is unpredictable. So given this (and the fact getting a HT is a long term commitment) each surgery should be planned to get the maximum coverage while always leaving you options. Look up halo of baldness in the literauture (basically guys got their crowns done, only to continue to bald and be left with a bald rim). - Generally speaking there are only a 2 or 3 clinics that I've seen are consistent with their megasession results (and no i dont include Asmed). - there are also a constant stream of patients with crap donors from budget clinics I think its an industry where caution should be preached at every step, because its really fucking awful to see some poor guy out of options just from one bad choice.
  18. 3 points
    There are forums, which are not forums, but real businesses that are paid handsomely by many clinics or surgeons on conditions that are promoted compared to others, in what way? By deleting the threads of discontented patients of their procedures and also the patients are banned from one day to the next, without letting anyone know, the patient only realizes that he can no longer access the forum, this does not happen on HNR. Private posts between members are prohibited on these forums, it doesn't happen on HRN. On these forums it is forbidden to mention other forums or post links that link to them, on HRN this does not happen. On these forums no comparison can be made between one surgeon and another, or a member cannot recommend a surgeon to another member, on HRN this does not happen, on these forums the moderators are also consultants of the surgeons, on HRN this does not happen . It is enough for you @giegnosiganoe
  19. 3 points
    Thanks buddy I will do a full report all of my surgeries with pictures and well documents reviews of all the doctors I have been too It will take a long time but I think it can help people to see what can be achieved Thanks again
  20. 3 points
    Just few things to add: 1-HT in elite clinics are worth a lot, in many countries -like my own- it will cost same price of buying a flat for a middle class family. Saving up for such procedure isn't an option. 2-This is human nature, people go for surgeries in cheaper places for more critical surgeries that good have a life threatening risk if not done properly, at least in HT that risk is less. 3-Marketing and results has been super effective, Turkey has elite marketing strategies: a-FUE now is probably considered the only good method for most people thanks to it, even H&W who are the world leading clinic in FUT and HT seem to have conceded and is going for FUE way. Turkey has played huge part of that. b-They have different marketing strategies for each region, in middle east Turkey is considered the golden standard for HT, and the surgeon performing on Arab patients aren't even known in English speaking language, never seen Asmed/Rasul/Cinik names in Arabic forum. c- They are so dominant here that even in medical field they think no one in the world is as good as them, I went to the top dermatologist clinic earlier this year for hair related consultation and we discussed that I might need HT, I told my Dr I am aware and thinking about doing it in either Switzerland or Canada (Hattingen or H&W) and her response? Do it in Cairo or travel to Turkey, those were reliable clinics are known. Swiss/Canada? hmmm, be aware of scammer Only couple of HT surgeon who attends international conference knows the truth. 4-For FUE patients, Turkey has produced some elite results. That is the truth of it, people see some amazing results there posted by patients and would prefer to take such lower financial risk playing the lottery with their hair. I have seen many patient documented well known cases there, this encourage people. Most of those doing HT are either desperate or very hopeful. They are easy targets for good marketing when there is documented good results. 5-I am not saying that this is the right approach, I don't have Turkey in my list at all. As I said if I ever do it then I have narrowed my options to Dr,Wong and Hattingen. But to act surprised is weird. In every trade, even medical, there is a market for the poor that always lack quality.
  21. 3 points
    Theres a lot to unpack here so ill just focus on some basic stuff, and hopefully others can answer any questions/give you more feedback If I understand this correctly, are you saying Diep now gets his patients to sign a contract saying they cannot sue him, bur rather have to undergo arbitration instead? And he does this after payment has been made? If so thats dodgy AF and needs to be presented to the HT community. Its generally industry standard to not charge for extras so again this is dodgy. There was even a thread about it here; https://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/topic/54982-what-happens-with-extras-at-the-end-of-the-day/ . As there is no formal regulation in the industry however it ultimately comes down to how you individually negotiate with your respective clinic. One question though, when you say "perform the grafts", do you mean the transplanting of the grafts into the incisions? Most clinics are like this. However if you meant someone else other than Dr Diep is doing the extractions of the grafts or making the incisions then there would be a real issue (I believe a medical doctor could even lose their license in LA if this was the case). Regardless it's disappointing none of this was made clear to you at the time of your surgical procedure. Diep isnt exactly known for his ethics tbh ... patients in the past have mentioned his lacklustre consultation skills, his shitty donor management, and Ive even seen a few botch jobs of his removed from this site as well. I also remember another patient couldnt even get back his deposit. Your post op work looks ok although it does seem Diep extracted far above the safe zone. Did you remember if he marked out your donor properly in pre-op and checked for miniaturisation? ? Hopefully you can at least walk away from this experience with a good result.
  22. 3 points
    No one on this forum should feel obligated to answer any of your questions when all you’re doing is going around trashing other people’s results.
  23. 3 points
    It is a difficult situation for sure. If you have limited financial means, your hair is really bothering you, you see a way out that you can afford, and some additional clever internet marketing lures you in. If a place is low cost I wouldn't automatically dismiss it, but without full transparency and due diligence with their outcomes, I think the risk is too big. Go work another part time job for six months, do anything, because I think the risks of a failed transplant, lost grafts and butchered donor is worth way more than five or ten thousand dollars. Not to even mention opportunity cost of just living and enjoying your life. If you need a repair transplant, that is another year of your life waiting for another result to finalize, then the whole stress of booking another surgery, going through the ordeal all over again. It just doesn't seem worth it no matter how I think about it.
  24. 3 points
    Do your research! Supply and demand drives the cost in Turkey. Go to a reputable clinic there if you do choose Turkey. The idea that a HT should set someone back 20k or more should be seen as something of the past. The mystique and novelty of it should wear off to where the surgery becomes more common and not just for those who are wealthy. Gone should be the day where clinics gouge patient’s pocketbooks because they can playing on their insecurities. I stopped visiting these boards mainly because I felt I could get better information elsewhere, felt it was biased towards the clinics it panders to, and I could see way more real life cases that poured in daily and I could follow their progress.
  25. 3 points
    Coming along well! I'm at 4.5 months out now and I'm already really pleased. I can go out in the wind now and have my hair blow around and its just fine. That's fun. I assume I still have a fair amount of growth coming ahead so that's more fun. Here are some 4 month shots (first two) and shots from today - 4.5 months out (last two):
  26. 3 points
    ive been Turkey twice now... everytime i have been back through the airport i have spoken to many fellow hair transplants and the amount of men who paid less than half the price of what i paid with Cinik or cosmedica. so there are these hairmills in tirkey who ar doing it at 1K basically with hotel... and straight away i will compare the work and see no density what so ever now to me these are the real bad ones in Turkey what really are giving Turkey a bad name and botched jobs as you say....
  27. 3 points
    I understand the desire of cheap surgery, but money comes and goes, a botched result stays with you. Not to mention the trauma. You know what looks worse than being bald? A bad hair transplant.
  28. 3 points
    This comment is recently posted in here almost every day, but that does not make it right. There is a risk for poor growth with any clinic in the world, but with hair mills there is a risk of botched donor, poor hairline design, mis-angled grafts, multies in front etc. on top of poor growth.
  29. 3 points
    Forgive me @Kruchieif I contradict you, but if a user were to make his choice based on Trustpilot reviews, he would risk a lot, it's easy to write four bullshit without documenting it. HRN is the only true source of true news about the experience of a surgeon or clinic.
  30. 3 points
    Price will always be an important factor for a prospective patient (and you cant exactly fault someone for wanting a HT if they have a certain budget). But I think the greater issue at hand is not understanding the true realities of this industry ... or worse thinking a bad result wont happen to you. The last week Ive seen a heap of repair cases and its just fucking depressing Spend some time reading patient reviews, talk (and ask to meet) real patients, pay attention to which clinics the veterans on the forums praise, and PLEASE take your time making an informed decision about your body.
  31. 3 points
    @Portugal25you are a great resource for this forum, but he noticed a strong fury towards Cinik's clinic on your part. I want to tell you that, yes, you will certainly have studied 52 reports of Pekiner patients, all excellent results, but keep in mind that most, if not all, of them have seen them on an Italian forum where we know very well that one of the moderators of that forum, he is also Pekiner's consultant, and it is not very ethical what, in fact, on HRN, there is a member (whose name I do not remember) who did two procedures with Pekiner, go wrong, and from that forum Italian has been banned, so you couldn't see his report. I too have been to Cinik's clinic, and I honestly don't think the team of technicians who performed my procedure were Syrian refugees.
  32. 3 points
    Hi Foobar - sorry your post got off topic. I reckon it's an important discussion however, and one that's long overdue on this forum. On the topic of your query keep researching and asking questions, there is a goldmine of info available here once you really dig into that "search" tab. To add to your searches I'd recommend Eugenix, who have been posting result after result to this forum for a good while. Their price point is higher than Cinik but not staggeringly so considering the quality they consistently give out. And consistency is worth it's weight in gold. Kruchie - I just want to say I really appreciated reading your dialogue with Portugal25. I think it's important to recognize that everyone on this forum (with the exception of the odd troll) truly means well. By that I mean everybody wants everyone else to have the best hair transplant possible. It's one of the things I love most about HRN and why I migrated from another forum - the support network here is really on point. At the end of the day we're all going through the same thing and want the best for everyone. On your discussion, there's a clear suspicion of Turkey from some of the regulars here. It needs to be said that a fair piece of that reputation is earned. But a piece of it isn't, and there are plenty of real patient results to back it up. This is a hot take and I'm probably going to get some flak for it, but I genuinely believe some people feel upset when they see others getting professional and aesthetically-pleasing transplants at a third of the cost they paid, and try to justify their annoyance by making sweeping, generalized statements about entire regions, often riddled with anecdotal evidence. I find these kinds of statements wholly unhelpful to the conversation, and the forum as a whole. At the end of the day, the thing I trust most is consistent quality results posted by actual, real patients. I don't care if techs or doctors do the surgery, I don't care if it's manual or motor punch, I don't care if it's in Istanbul or Chicago. I care about a good final result with healthy donor management. So, to bring us back to the beginning of this topic, the question Foobar needs to ask is "Does Cinik have enough consistent quality results to make me feel comfortable choosing him?". Everything else, as you said, is conjecture.
  33. 3 points
    Dr. Konior is a master at angling grafts when they’re grown out, they give the best appearance. We often think of density particularly when talking about results, but some doctors can make it look like more grafts, simply by angling the grafts in a manner that gives the most layering and coverage. You’re a perfect example.
  34. 3 points
    @Coady..here you go with an outdoors top down midscalp.... next few months is when the real magic happens hopefully... Z
  35. 3 points
    @Zoomster Mate as a fellow Norwood 6 myself, I’m inspired. You’ve completely transformed.
  36. 3 points
    The acid test ..out and about daylight pic .. I’ll be 7 months gone on 23 July . roll on next few months maturation phase 🙏🙏 thanks @Curious25 Z
  37. 3 points
    I still think that you are thinking too much and your hair look great, hair transplants are never perfect, I have had 3 and I still need more. Try to change the hair style, go for side and back short hair cut , do some experiments and see how does it look. Wet hair reveals gap in I think everyone's head ,even on the guys with dense hair. If you want to go for Fin, go for lower dose to start with like .25mg and see how you accept it.
  38. 2 points
    You If you would have come up with ONE more....you could have made it THE 10 HAIR TRANSPLANT COMMANDMENTS! Which would make you a Moses of sorts.
  39. 2 points
    I’d say the only option would be to add more grafts in order to achieve more density. Something like smp in the recipient may be possible but I doubt it would give you what you want. I’ve heard with thick haired individuals double grafts can be possible in temple points but I find it odd that only one side had them. I’d Def bring these up with them if you do decide to have a touch up with them. i find it a bit odd how a few eugenix cases where there was one guy unhappy with his donor just disappeared. So thanks for keeping us updated
  40. 2 points
    Thank you for being open about your HT experience. I think it takes balls to continue documenting something like this, even when the results appear to be disappointing. I followed you from the beginning, and you seem like a patient and optimistic guy. Please don't get discouraged. It does seem like something went wrong with your procedure, though. Your poor growth could maybe (emphasis on "maybe") be attributed to physiology, not taking finasteride, and all the other reasons that are generally given, but why does your donor look patchy and over-harvested? That seems a little harder to make excuses for.
  41. 2 points
    Thicker, stronger hairs hold on to the surrounding tissue much better, so when a FUE graft is pulled out it is much more likely to be intact and have a good follicle root. Thinner hairs have more tendency to easily rip out of the follicle and also is more delicate to implant, thus they have a tendency to not grow as well. FUT grafts are cut from a strip of hair, so the techs can cut thicker grafts that will stay together even if the hairs are thin.
  42. 2 points
    -Time tracking devices such as watches, wall clocks, calendars...be patience and in the moment -Google searches on the internet for topics such as imploding hair transplants -Negative input/energy from negative folks
  43. 2 points
    This issue really comes down to the regulations in place and to the "ethical" ethos of the clinic. Harvesting more than 3000 follicles in one session of FUE is overly exhausting- to everyone working. So the main issues to look at in such scenarios is the out of body time of the grafts and the comfort of the operators. It is usually difficult to have more than 2 or 3 technicians during the implantation phase. Therefore, even large numbers will have to go back in using the same number of technicians in all clinics. It is therefore unquestionable, that 4000 or 5000 grafts will take few hours more per day. It is convenient for the client and the clinic (to maximize their turnover), but it might not be the best practice for graft survival. Ofcourse, we are assuming that they actually harvest such big numbers. I do see personally a lot of cases where clients are told that 5000 grafts will be transplanted, when in fact 2000 were harvested and divided into singles and doubles. This is ofcourse an ethical problem which is quite hard to fight because it is simply built on lies.
  44. 2 points
    I would recommend Hasson and Wong, take a look at @zaxter or Eugenix take a look at @Zoomster both of these patients have real reviews of said clinics.
  45. 2 points
    There has been a growing trend recently, of purposely over harvesting scalp donor, to maximise the scalp recipient area to its fullest aesthetic potential, and then later utilising BHT grafts to replenish the donor area. I must admit, I love the idea of this practice for a number of reasons; -Scalp donor is always the optimum donor source for the recipient area, both for survival and aesthetic purposes -Higher HGI in scalp donor -Longer anagen phase in scalp donor -Due to the positioning of the donor region on the head - greater illusions of density can be achieved, due to hair growth direction and the angles of light reflection, therefore reducing the need for such quality grafts to make an aesthetic difference - as opposed to the standard balding areas on the top of the head, where everything is alot more obvious and on display My questions to the community, and hopefully to any surgeons who may be reading are: How feasible really is this practice? Are there no implications implanting BHT into a donor area covered in scar tissue from prior FUT/FUE procedures? On average, how many extra scalp grafts would this be likely to create for a patient to be able to utilise? How long would one have to wait in between procedures of harvesting grafts from the donor - to the replenishing the donor with BHT? Is this technique just in its infancy, or has the concept and trials been happening for a long time now ? Thankyou,
  46. 2 points
    Not trying to sound like an expert by any stretch, but Rogaine and Finasteride don't grow 'new' hair. The number of hairs -hair follicles that you are born with are all you'll ever have. Unless you sustain an injury/burn on your scalp or a disease that destroys those follicles they continue to produce hairs throughout your life, even on the guy with the smoothest bald head you've ever seen. That bald spot is covered with hairs, its just that they are so small, miniaturized, that you can hardly see them even close up. Rogaine works by increasing blood flow, nutrients to the hair follicles, increasing the growth cycle times of your various hairs so that more of them are in the growing phase at the same time, thus giving you a more fuller head of hair appearance. Finasteride limits the levels of a hormone called DHT in your bloodstream. DHT can attach to hair follicles on your scalp and cause them to shrink and produce smaller less visible hairs. If you had to make a choice and only take finasteride or Rogaine, finasteride works better. And it's more likely to work -which is another way of saying more guys don't respond to Rogaine than Finasteride. But actually its best to take them both if you can to maximize the fuller hair appearance. A small minority of guys report sexual side effects with finasteride, but some of this is just guys psyching themselves out knowing that its a possible side effect, and already being under stress of trying to cope with losing their hair.
  47. 2 points
    True, there are quality places that are affordable, but of course affordable is different for everyone. I recently saw someone mention that a surgeon who charges $2.5 per graft is not low-cost. Unfortunately, for that person, they probably can’t afford a decent surgeon, At some point, you have to understand that you will not be getting a good hair transplant for pennies, it’s not logical. Sure, you may see some guys on YouTube who paid 1,500 for 5,000 grafts. They got lucky, they are the exception, not the norm.
  48. 2 points
    Took the words out of my mouth. @fabofly take a look a @Doron Harati thread, he almost died at a low cost clinic. Also, these “YouTubers” are undercover reps. They get paid to get customers to go to the clinic, just ask Doron, he will tell you.
  49. 2 points
    If you consider Eugenix then personally I don’t see anybody else matching their consistency in putting out excellent results! And they are even very well priced. That’s a pretty good combo.
  50. 2 points
    The cracks around the recipient area are completely normal! If you look at my photo from day 4, it looks very similar. Also, you’re only going to see a small proportion of the the hair/grafts right now because the scab is thick. Once you’re able to start massaging them out, then you’ll start to see the whole hair follicle. As for the smoking, please make sure you do not smoke anymore, especially in the early phase. This is a very crucial time right now for the grafts to take and smoking and excessive alcohol consumption has been known to decrease blood flow and therefore, increase healing time. Take a breath, remain calm, and be patient with yourself. This process takes time and the more compliant you are to your post-op care, the better the result will be. We are always here to help