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About eddiemunster

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Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    10 years +
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood II
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain and Regrow Hair
    Considering Surgical Hair Restoration

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  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
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    Propecia (Finasteride)
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  1. thanks much for the help here Dr. Blake and everyone; it is much appreciated! and sorry for delay, the response notifications apparently went to my junk mail. FYI, I waited an extra 6 days, and took my first swim this morning (20 days after surgery), so am comfortable that it is all good. thanks again!
  2. Hi all, I had about 800 grafts FUE with Dr. Diep 12 days ago. I'm an avid swimmer, and Dr. Diep has advised that it is safe to resume swimming after 2 weeks. I've researched this and have come across some claims that chlorine kills grafts. some doctors advise patients to wait a month or even longer. I'd like to get back to the pool ASAP, but obviously don't want to risk any harm. My question - has anyone had a negative experience with swimming/chlorine after 2 weeks? Can anyone substantiate any real risks associated with swimming after 2 weeks? thanks in advance! -Eddie
  3. 17 days post-op strip and I'm itching to get back to the gym. planning to do some spinning (stationary cycling) later today. there won't be much head/neck movement, but does the sweat/increased blood pressure pose a risk to either the grafts or donor site at this point? My doctor has a very conservative "no activity for 30 days stance", which I'm feeling is a bit overly cautious. Would appreciate hearing anyone's input. thanks!
  4. for hairline work with dark hair - Dr. Rahal's work on patient danny noonan: (promotional link removed - sorry, we don't allow link backs to that website)
  5. Hariri, what's going with the bottom cm of your hairline? it looks like rahal did not plant in that area? did he punch out grafts there?
  6. I certainly wouldn't call Dr. Rahal a "low hairline doctor", but I do consider him to be the absolute best at providing dense, natural, age-appropriate hairlines. do the consults
  7. I understand that, even after 30 days post-op, you should still avoid any exercises that stretch the neck, especially a chin-into-chest stretch. Other than situps, what other specific exercises should be avoided? It seems to me that virtually everything else (including bench, upright rows) should be OK. Thoughts?
  8. Rich, I disagree with most here - I don't think the photoshop is too aggressive. It looks like you're not bringing the center of the hairline down, just filling in the recession and closing the temples - correct? If that's the case, and assuming that your family history and current hair strength is good, then I think the photoshop design is reasonable. It's difficult to tell, but perhaps my only comments would be that its a little too flat. maybe/maybe not, but a great surgeon will guide you on the correct hairline slope. I was in a similar situation to you pre-op, and believe me, I can appreciate the difference between your current pics and what you want. Having a strong hairline frames the face and can change your whole look. Many here are worse off that you, so you'll hear some "you already look great" posts - but if its important to you (as it was me) get er done. As far as docs, those are two good ones, but I truly feel that Dr. Rahal is in his own class at providing dense, natural, hairlines - particularly in cases such as yours in which the rest of your hair is pretty strong. If you haven't had a consult with him, I would recommend it. Lastly, as Aaron pointed out, your graft estimate is a little low - you will probably need about 2000 grafts to accomplish what you want. Best of luck.
  9. that's a great response, Dr. Charles - it's honest, reasonable and, in my opinion, it will resonate well with the community. It's unfortunate that some doctors feel the need to respond aggressively to any critiques.
  10. agree with Spanker. While the work looks refined, I would expect more out of 3300 grafts in the frontal third.
  11. Go with Rahal. The general consensus is that he is one of the top 5 surgeons in the world. In my opinion, if your goal is to obtain a dense, natural hairline, then he is the absolute best in the world. I've never heard of Dr. Akin. Personally, I would never consider going to a doctor without being able to research substantial patient reviews. why risk it? I sure wouldn't. As Capelli pointed out, don't let price be a determinative factor. Not to mention, Rahal's prices are very reasonable. Bottom line, regardless of whether you go with FUE or FUT (Rahal does both), my advice is to go with Rahal. meet with him and trust whichever he recommends for your situation. good luck.
  12. I tend to disagree with the general consensus that there is no "best" or top 2-3 surgeons, however, it all depends on what you are trying to accomplish. I certainly feel that there are 2-3 top surgeons in terms of accomplishing specific goals. For example, the best doctor at maximizing donor for crown coverage may not be the best doctor for dense, natural hairlines. I would try to specify your goals as narrow as possible, and then ask who is the best doctor (or best 2-3) to accomplish that goal.
  13. Jessie, thanks for posting, and sorry to hear about this ordeal. it unfortunately confirms my impression that Dr. Feller and his staff choose to respond to their frequent criticism in a boorish, bullying and arrogant manner. although he positions himself as an "elite" surgeon, it is becoming quite clear, in my opinion, that he is a step (if not several steps) below that tier. I'd love to see his attorney's letter. bottom line, if you told the truth, you did nothing wrong, and there is no claim against you (btw, libel is a civil, not criminal, claim). your response shows that you're a reasonable, thoughtful, guy, and for good reason you just want to move on from this. in my opinion, you're being overly kind to Dr. Feller and his staff. kudos to you for being the better person, but again, if you did just tell the truth, there's nothing wrong with that. glad to hear that you went with Rahal for your latest. he's the man. best of luck.