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  1. In the past few months I have been reading a lot of topics concerning Dr's de Yarman, Armani, Epstein (recently reinstated), etc... The common denominator being patients disappointed by their HT results. Now, when it comes to low yield in a FUE HT I understand the main reason being damage to the FU during extraction, are there any other explanations? What would be the main causes of poor results in a strip HT? (of course excluding infections, illness or other unusual events) Thanks gang
  2. In the past few months I have been reading a lot of topics concerning Dr's de Yarman, Armani, Epstein (recently reinstated), etc... The common denominator being patients disappointed by their HT results. Now, when it comes to low yield in a FUE HT I understand the main reason being damage to the FU during extraction, are there any other explanations? What would be the main causes of poor results in a strip HT? (of course excluding infections, illness or other unusual events) Thanks gang
  3. Good thing you are taking Rogaine and Propecia, the only other thing I could suggest when it come to topicals is a good shampoo, I use Revita and I think it might have made a small difference, either way it is a high quality shampoo. You should stay on the meds all you life, for the Dr choice, keep doing your research and go visit a few to get free consults, do some free consults over the phone as well for the furthest from you. After your HT you won't see much noticeable growth until 4 months, more noticeable at 6 months, 9 to 12 months is when it gets good, slow patients wait 18 months to see the final results. The Dr's you consult with will give you their personal opinion on how much to do now while keeping a perspective on the future, you'll hear many different opinions which will help you come to your own conclusions, the better you understand the process the better the decision.
  4. It is now about 4 weeks after the HT and although I have some shock loss it is minimal especially if I compare it with the shock loss I experienced in my HT #2. I am not sure I know why but I have a theory, this time I made sure to maintain my regular exercise regimen as close as I could before the HT and resume (carefully) as soon as possible after, I have been using Revita shampoo for over one year, I continued the in office laser sessions once a week right after the HT. These are the things I did differently and I can tell that in spite of the small shock loss (I think some could be mechanical loss because of the tapes and bandages on the head during the HT) I seem to already have much more fullness than at the same time after my HT#2, I have a gut feeling that I'll get the density I am looking for. I will report here and on my blog next time I have something relevant to add.
  5. Sorry to say I find your pictures inconclusive because of their poor quality. The main thing is that you are satisfied.
  6. I only did a quick phone consult with Dr Reed but from my research and overall impression I would say he does great work. I went to Dr Siporin for 2 HT and am very pleased, he was closer to me and and I liked his approach and the write ups on this site.
  7. I also recommend Dr. Siporin, I had two HT with him, he does ultra refined work, his fees are reasonable, great attention to detail. Check out my blog.
  8. It sounds like you need reassurance. You have picked a very good Dr and to further your confidence why not post some pictures of your head and give us your statistics, age, etc... you will be able to get many opinions from mmembers and also Dr's.
  9. I never shaved for any of my HT's, Dr. Siporin uses magnifying lenses while working on the recipient area to achieve truly ultra refined work eliminating the risk of transection.
  10. Hi all, I just updated my photos and description in the patient results section for all to see, feel free to comment. Thank you. On August 29, 2008 I received my third HT and my second with Dr. Siporin. If you are familiar with my blog and past experiences you'll know that I have been looking for more density rather than coverage and I'll be the first to admit that I am picky!! Dr. Siporin has been very understanding and supportive and 19 months after my 2nd HT we decided to do it again. In summary I had my first HT with Dr. Straub on 8/27/03 with 849 FU, my second HT with Dr. Siporin on 1/25/07 with 1,305 FU and my third and I hope final HT again with Dr. Siporin on 8/29/08 with 1022 FU. Next week I will have the breakdown of the follicular units, more details and pictures since this is Labor Day weekend. Multiple factors contributed to my desire for more density after the second HT, which I was hoping to be the final stint. I did get some noticeable shock loss after the second HT in spite of having been on Finasteride for a few years I had a bit of miniaturization all over and it did not like the relative shock of the second HT, in spite of Dr. Siporin great skill and ultra refined techniques, finally I'll add that the "Hair Greed" bug influenced me... So here I am, the day after my third HT, feeling great after a restful night, no need for any pain pills whatsoever, not a bit of staining on my head pillow, just taking easy and writing about my experience. Tomorrow I'll wash my hair per the post op instructions and I'll get back in the office next Friday for the removal of the stitches. Yesterday everything went as planned, this was not a large session by any means. After discussing the location of the donor strip we agreed it would be in the same place as the last one so as not to create a third scar. Dr. Siporin impressed me by reaching a count very close to our target of 1,000 by slicing around my almost invisible last scar and got 1,022 FU in spite of the relative loss resulting from the trychophitic scar. His new trychophitic closure was also more challenging due the underlying scar tissue but it looked great in the end. Three techs were present, Leonor gave me all the shots and she is just as good as Ishmael who could not make it this time, she has a soft touch and I barely felt the injections and her graft placement was very gentle as well, she was also on the table with the microscope with Raquel and Jay for the strip dissection into the FU. Raquel was great as usual as was Jay who left early but this not being a large session the manpower was most needed at the time of the dissection. Toward the end Dr. Siporin came in to create a few more recipient sites for the remaining few FU left to implant. Update of September 14, 2008 - I just uploaded better pictures. - I will also update my Hair Web log accordingly. - To create the recipient sites Dr Siporin used 0.75mm blades and very small (0.7mm) 20 gauge solid core needles, he was wearing magnifying lenses throughout. - Roughly in the middle of the HT I received a shot in the arm of Dexamethasone (sp?), which resulted in having absolutely no forehead swelling, I recommend it. - My donor strip was 19cm x 1.1cm. It was sliced around the previous closure, it ends on the right side touching my very first scar from August 2003, this way I still only have 2 closures for 3 HT's. - They harvested 1,022 FU's. 36 triples, 493 doubles and 493 singles (what a coincidence) - Some doubles were dissected into singles under the microscope because most of this HT was near the hairline, it was important to obtain as many single FU's as possible. Dr. Siporin took out most of the closure stitches on day 10 after the HT, he asked me to come back 2 days later to take out the remaining few (4 I believe). This was a technically complicated closure since it took place on top of a previously harvested strip and also connected with the first HT donor scar. About six days after the HT all the recipient area scabs were gone, no pain ever in the donor or recipient sites. The main difference with the previous HT is this time around I felt slightly more tension in the donor area because of the more complicated placement of the closure and this being harvest #3. All my natural sensations are now returning in the donor area, it started getting back to normal 15 days after the HT or 3 days after the last few stitches were removed. This time I let my scalp heal by keeping it mostly dry, the scabs hang on longer but it seems to work better with my lifestyle. Now the wait, which is the hardest part.
  11. Hi all, I just updated my photos and description in the patient results section for all to see, feel free to comment. Thank you. On August 29, 2008 I received my third HT and my second with Dr. Siporin. If you are familiar with my blog and past experiences you'll know that I have been looking for more density rather than coverage and I'll be the first to admit that I am picky!! Dr. Siporin has been very understanding and supportive and 19 months after my 2nd HT we decided to do it again. In summary I had my first HT with Dr. Straub on 8/27/03 with 849 FU, my second HT with Dr. Siporin on 1/25/07 with 1,305 FU and my third and I hope final HT again with Dr. Siporin on 8/29/08 with 1022 FU. Next week I will have the breakdown of the follicular units, more details and pictures since this is Labor Day weekend. Multiple factors contributed to my desire for more density after the second HT, which I was hoping to be the final stint. I did get some noticeable shock loss after the second HT in spite of having been on Finasteride for a few years I had a bit of miniaturization all over and it did not like the relative shock of the second HT, in spite of Dr. Siporin great skill and ultra refined techniques, finally I'll add that the "Hair Greed" bug influenced me... So here I am, the day after my third HT, feeling great after a restful night, no need for any pain pills whatsoever, not a bit of staining on my head pillow, just taking easy and writing about my experience. Tomorrow I'll wash my hair per the post op instructions and I'll get back in the office next Friday for the removal of the stitches. Yesterday everything went as planned, this was not a large session by any means. After discussing the location of the donor strip we agreed it would be in the same place as the last one so as not to create a third scar. Dr. Siporin impressed me by reaching a count very close to our target of 1,000 by slicing around my almost invisible last scar and got 1,022 FU in spite of the relative loss resulting from the trychophitic scar. His new trychophitic closure was also more challenging due the underlying scar tissue but it looked great in the end. Three techs were present, Leonor gave me all the shots and she is just as good as Ishmael who could not make it this time, she has a soft touch and I barely felt the injections and her graft placement was very gentle as well, she was also on the table with the microscope with Raquel and Jay for the strip dissection into the FU. Raquel was great as usual as was Jay who left early but this not being a large session the manpower was most needed at the time of the dissection. Toward the end Dr. Siporin came in to create a few more recipient sites for the remaining few FU left to implant. Update of September 14, 2008 - I just uploaded better pictures. - I will also update my Hair Web log accordingly. - To create the recipient sites Dr Siporin used 0.75mm blades and very small (0.7mm) 20 gauge solid core needles, he was wearing magnifying lenses throughout. - Roughly in the middle of the HT I received a shot in the arm of Dexamethasone (sp?), which resulted in having absolutely no forehead swelling, I recommend it. - My donor strip was 19cm x 1.1cm. It was sliced around the previous closure, it ends on the right side touching my very first scar from August 2003, this way I still only have 2 closures for 3 HT's. - They harvested 1,022 FU's. 36 triples, 493 doubles and 493 singles (what a coincidence) - Some doubles were dissected into singles under the microscope because most of this HT was near the hairline, it was important to obtain as many single FU's as possible. Dr. Siporin took out most of the closure stitches on day 10 after the HT, he asked me to come back 2 days later to take out the remaining few (4 I believe). This was a technically complicated closure since it took place on top of a previously harvested strip and also connected with the first HT donor scar. About six days after the HT all the recipient area scabs were gone, no pain ever in the donor or recipient sites. The main difference with the previous HT is this time around I felt slightly more tension in the donor area because of the more complicated placement of the closure and this being harvest #3. All my natural sensations are now returning in the donor area, it started getting back to normal 15 days after the HT or 3 days after the last few stitches were removed. This time I let my scalp heal by keeping it mostly dry, the scabs hang on longer but it seems to work better with my lifestyle. Now the wait, which is the hardest part.
  12. Thank you guys. I just posted an update with better pictures and the rest of the HT missing details. Feeling great as if nothing happened. Now we wait.
  13. Readyand40, I was exactly in the same situation, I refused to compromise and have to shave. It does make the Dr.'s job harder and the session will take longer but during my research I came to the conclusion that it was totally possible to keep my hair long as long as the surgeon I selected was willing to spend more time and be more dedicated to my personal needs which is why I went to Dr. Siporin.
  14. Thanks Bill, I just posted a new album and will update my blog next week when I can get hold of the office after the long weekend so I can get the rest of the details and the pictures.
  15. On August 29, 2008 I received my third HT and my second with Dr. Siporin. If you are familiar with my blog and past experiences you'll know that I have been looking for more density rather than coverage and I'll be the first to admit that I am picky!! Dr. Siporin has been very understanding and supportive and 19 months after my 2nd HT we decided to do it again. In summary I had my first HT with Dr. Straub on 8/27/03 with 849 FU, my second HT with Dr. Siporin on 1/25/07 with 1,305 FU and my third and I hope final HT again with Dr. Siporin on 8/29/08 with 1022 FU. Next week I will have the breakdown of the follicular units, more details and pictures since this is Labor Day weekend. Multiple factors contributed to my desire for more density after the second HT, which I was hoping to be the final stint. I did get some noticeable shock loss after the second HT in spite of having been on Finasteride for a few years I had a bit of miniaturization all over and it did not like the relative shock of the second HT, in spite of Dr. Siporin great skill and ultra refined techniques, finally I'll add that the "Hair Greed" bug influenced me... So here I am, the day after my third HT, feeling great after a restful night, no need for any pain pills whatsoever, not a bit of staining on my head pillow, just taking easy and writing about my experience. Tomorrow I'll wash my hair per the post op instructions and I'll get back in the office next Friday for the removal of the stitches. Yesterday everything went as planned, this was not a large session by any means. After discussing the location of the donor strip we agreed it would be in the same place as the last one so as not to create a third scar. Dr. Siporin impressed me by reaching a count very close to our target of 1,000 by slicing around my almost invisible last scar and got 1,022 FU in spite of the relative loss resulting from the trychophitic scar. His new trychophitic closure was also more challenging due the underlying scar tissue but it looked great in the end. Three techs were present, Leonor gave me all the shots and she is just as good as Ishmael who could not make it this time, she has a soft touch and I barely felt the injections and her graft placement was very gentle as well, she was also on the table with the microscope with Raquel and Jay for the strip dissection into the FU. Raquel was great as usual as was Jay who left early but this not being a large session the manpower was most needed at the time of the dissection. Toward the end Dr. Siporin came in to create a few more recipient sites for the remaining few FU left to implant. Update of September 14, 2008 - I just uploaded better pictures. - I will also update my Hair Web log accordingly. - To create the recipient sites Dr Siporin used 0.75mm blades and very small (0.7mm) 20 gauge solid core needles, he was wearing magnifying lenses throughout. - Roughly in the middle of the HT I received a shot in the arm of Dexamethasone (sp?), which resulted in having absolutely no forehead swelling, I recommend it. - My donor strip was 19cm x 1.1cm. It was sliced around the previous closure, it ends on the right side touching my very first scar from August 2003, this way I still only have 2 closures for 3 HT's. - They harvested 1,022 FU's. 36 triples, 493 doubles and 493 singles (what a coincidence) - Some doubles were dissected into singles under the microscope because most of this HT was near the hairline, it was important to obtain as many single FU's as possible. Dr. Siporin took out most of the closure stitches on day 10 after the HT, he asked me to come back 2 days later to take out the remaining few (4 I believe). This was a technically complicated closure since it took place on top of a previously harvested strip and also connected with the first HT donor scar. About six days after the HT all the recipient area scabs were gone, no pain ever in the donor or recipient sites. The main difference with the previous HT is this time around I felt slightly more tension in the donor area because of the more complicated placement of the closure and this being harvest #3. All my natural sensations are now returning in the donor area, it started getting back to normal 15 days after the HT or 3 days after the last few stitches were removed. This time I let my scalp heal by keeping it mostly dry, the scabs hang on longer but it seems to work better with my lifestyle. Now the wait, which is the hardest part. Update of 10/13/2008 A quick update, it seems the shock loss I experienced has now stabilized to the pace of the normal hair cycle shedding, my hair feels and actually is fuller than at the same time in my HT #2. I feel very relieved, I believe the in office laser, regular exercise and Revita together are making this difference, my theory anyway. The shock loss I just experienced occurred between week 3 and 5 after the HT. My donor scar is pencil thin now and almost invisible, amazing!!
  16. As Smoothy said do not take chances with unproven Dr's in India, do your research and go only with a recommended Dr, remember you'll be stuck with the results for life, good or bad.
  17. The picture looks like the twilight zone... What do you expect us to see, you can't be serious?
  18. Sorry to hear about your bad experience, I wish you positive final results. Researching this forum will take care of these problems and help future patients make the right surgeon choice.
  19. Dr Siporin does great work, I had my second HT with him yesterday and I am again very pleased.
  20. Nikolina, The patient photos you posted are inconclusive due to poor technique, among other reasons. This forum and it's recommended Dr's have very high standards, including the way patient pictures are presented. To make your case in a credible manner you will need to step up to the plate and present results consistent with what is expected here, remember flash pictures do not give an accurate rendition for hair.
  21. Yesterday I had my second HT with Dr Siporin, my 3rd HT overall, and again I am very satisfied by the overall experience, I will be posting detailed updates very soon.
  22. Take your time, do lots of research on this forum and your acquired knowledge will help you see that your current choices are contrary to what is recommended by the veterans and experts on this forum. I went to Dr Siporin in LA and I think he does great work.
  23. Run a search here: www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/Consult-a-Physician/hair-loss-doctors-europe.asp It seem the closest to you that are recommended are in the Netherlands and Belgium.
  24. Welcome Stuart, you already have gotten great advice in the previous replies. I can only reiterate by saying that it is very important to do your research, this Forum has the best resources, finally I just had another HT by Dr. Siporin yesterday and am very happy, I will be posting the details very soon. Best of luck.
  25. I agree Bill, at this point it would get more readership in the Q&A section.
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