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About Sean

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    Surgical Repair Mentor / Highly Experienced Member / Celebrity

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    United States
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Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Thinning Hair Loss All over the Scalp
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
    Thinning or Bald Spot in the Crown/Vertex
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    In the last 10 years
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood III Vertex
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain Existing Hair
    Maintain and Regrow Hair
    Considering Surgical Hair Restoration
    Considering Non-Surgical Treatments

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Hussain Rahal
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)
    Rogaine Foam
    Nizoral Shampoo
    Revita Shampoo
    Nioxin Shampoo

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  1. Big Mike, there are careful considerations when trying to get repaired. Scar tissue can cause even more issues. You have to look for expert repair surgeon who can safely implant with skill to prevent ridging and cobblestoning. At this point, i would definitely let the area heal as much as it can for at least 12 months. This is hopefully to reduce further detrimental scar tissue and to let the area heal before if you do anything again. Has the doctor who did the procedure give any feedback or assurance? Tools do matter too, so definitely think about that. Definitely something to think about and feel free to PM if you’d like. I really hope you get things sorted and hope you still have more growth. It is definitely not easy and I hope the doctor who did the procedure stands by your side by the 12 month mark and does not drag this on beyond 18 months. Best wishes.
  2. I think, based on the loss of density, your pattern will spread. You seem to have decent amount of donor hair with a certain texture that may help create natural hairlines if done properly. In it’s current state, you may be looking at a number of around at least 3000 grafts for front to back, but it can be quite risky at the moment as you have some native hairs that are weaker in the thinning areas. Even if you get a procedure, you will risk shockloss that may or may not return in these zones. That means that your current native hairs can also die in the process and you may not look like you had any progress a year later or possibly worse. are you on any meds? Rogaine and finasteride? If not, they may help regain some hairs and thicken existing hairs to help you avoid possible further recession. Due to the higher risk involved, it may be worthwhile to wait and see if you shed more hair, the less native hair in the zone where thinning is evident, the better it may be for a higher yielding procedure. It is really a tough decision to make. Aside from graft counts, you want to see if any doctor can do a density test in your donor. The number of 1’s, 2’s, 3’s 4’s etc hair grafts will play a big part in the outcome of density achieved. By looking at your side view pics and top scalp pics, the pattern looks somewhat diffuse. Based on the caliber and strength of your donor hair, you may or may not be a candidate for FUE, but rather FUT or vice versa. Best of luck with everything and I really hope your ultimate goals are addressed. I’d get a few free consults from docs to see what each doc says. Wish you the best.
  3. Sean

    Hair loss?

    Meds should be able to help with doctor supervision/recommendation. Minoxidil is known to work on the crown for a good size population. At this early stage of thinning, it may help recover what you may have lost. You may want to try and use that first and see what happens in about a year. Applied twice daily, you can do one application in morning and one at night. If tolerable, finasteride is another good option. But again, the best way to guage which med is actually working for you is to try one or the other for a year and if it works stick to the regimen. You can try one or the other, or, both at same time, but it is up to you. Hoping you have success and a good recovery. Remember, you may see sheds during early use and some people give up thinking nothing is working. It takes about a year to see a sizeable impact of the medication. Keep a consistent monthly photo record to see how your progress is coming along. Best of luck.
  4. It’s ok to haggle. Competition forces haggling. This isn’t open heart surgery, but rather cosmetic. Besides people go through medical tourism and haggle to get best prices, whether it is teeth straightening, breast or ass inplants or penis surgery, etc. My cousin just haggled a tooth or crown price. Price was like $2500 and he bought it down to $1500. So, you never know. Youll be surprised, but there are surgeons that will match or beat their competitor in pricing.
  5. BigMike, my honest feedback is not sure how it will turn out. You are 7 months and 2 weeks and rightfully concerned. I really hope you get enough density to cater to your goals. Obviously, most folks that get into this type of surgery would like to have no eyes wander and look at our scalp or folks question our hair. We pay thousands to get a distinct cosmetic change that we are shown online and also provided by doctor reps. I am really hoping the next 3 months will give you growth to fill in areas of concern. If not, hopefully your doctor will understand and assist. Best wishes.
  6. Some surgeons will match the price of another known surgeon. It doesn’t hurt to ask. In the end, who wants to lose out at thousands. Good luck.
  7. You can definitely negotiate. There is standard pricing, but depending on how many grafts you get, there is margin for negotiation with some docs.
  8. Another thing to keep in mind, any rough extraction to finer thinner nape hair may be detrimental to its survival. As it is weaker anyway (and thinner) then your actual hair in other areas of the scalp, the heat, friction, pulling, suction is more likely to harm it during extraction. Manual fue may allow for a safer extraction, however, there is no gaurantee nape hair will withstand the effects of time long term. Ive seen it in person, it is harder to angle and may not be a safe approach to hairline long term. It does look unnatural in hairlines. Definitely, should consider utilizing other hairs from scalp vs nape. Definitely, should approach this with caution. Best of luck.
  9. Sean

    Hair Highlights 3 Years Post-Op

    This is a home run result. It cant get any better than this. Most folks wish their surgeons operated efficiently and safely so they may have similar results. Congrats!
  10. Nape hair is the worst to use, along with body hair. The yield is absolutely terrible. It will create a very see through front and it is unwise for surgeons to utilize it. You are risking loss in the future as nape hair also deteriorates. I am in a lot of pain due to it.
  11. Payam, thanks for posting pics. In the current state, I can see your concerns. In the next two-three months, it will be more clear. By the 12 month, I think a final judgement could be considered. Right now, as it stands, the area does look sparse with gaps and unnatural transitions in density. However, no one knows for sure how much impact or change can occur in the next 2-3 months. At this point, I would highly recommend ongoing documentation with clear photos that show progress. In the end, I hope your goals are answered and you will be able to style your hair as you desired based on your doctor consults and communications. It’s clear you got this procedure to look natural without any issues in public. Best of luck.
  12. Oh man, eat healthy food loaded with protein or you’ll be walking around with fatigue. 6-7 times is really a good way to shoot blanks. Don’t burn yourself out. Good Luck!
  13. Tressles, you have beautiful natural hair to die for. Playing with grafting at this stage is like playing with fire. Ive known few guys who had similar hair and did a procedure. The transplant hair looks unnatural and does not match the density of native hair behind recipient zone. Trust me, you may end up chasing repairs if you start now. If you have extensive loss and look like a solid norwood 2-3 and beyond then you may consider it. In your case, if you even thought about proceeding, You would need to consider a doctor that may do minimal grafts a day with a full manual punch and do extractions themselves to lessen risk of low yield. Very few docs do this surgical approach. But for right now, trust me, you definitely should save your money and it will definitely save you lots of headache. I wasn’t that badly recessed or damaged before, but I am going through a very difficult time at the moment. I really do wish you the best but definitely think this through very thoroughly. If you are local, let me know. I think any doctor that even gives a number over 500 grafts for you is not being fair to you right now. Your best bet is to enjoy your hair and ride it out till you see some actual visible degree of loss. You do not want to venture graft placement into thick native hair zones at all. You will shock that area and no gaurantee it can return. Best best wishes and good luck. This would be considered a high risk procedure due to all that existing native hair.
  14. I agree, hot and cold compreses help too.