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About OtherSyde

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    United States
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Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    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

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Steven Gabel
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)

Hair Loss Story

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  1. This is largely the impression I get, and honestly an ounce of common sense brings one to the same conclusion; a machine might be very precise and efficient, but will never have a trained surgeon's artistic eye for how to approach each individual case. The tech is wonderful, but it has a ways to go before it can really hope to rival a real live experienced surgeon.
  2. Thanks! Almost forgot I posted about this here lol. Anyway, here's a 5-Month update. I actually went back to the same tanning bed where I took the Before pics back in January (I rarely tan, I was just about to go on vacation and didn't want to be too pasty), and snapped a few similar pics - same crappy lighting and all - for some side-by-side comparisons! I think the biggest difference is when I'm relaxed; in the "Relaxed - After" pic I'm actually kind of pushing my belly out a little for emphasis, and there's still definition. FYI I don't walk around like this with my belly deliberately distended like that in normal life - it's usually a sort of moderate position somewhere between the "flexed" and "relaxed" poses to be honest. In any case I'm quite happy with it! Next up: Finally filling in my crown and rear mid-scalp once and for all so I can cut my hair down shorter without it being transparent in the middle!
  3. I didn't catch where you're located, but I feel I should suggest Dr. Gabel out of personal experience, as I think anyone will agree he is highly respected on these boards and is quite skilled at detailed hairline creation and natural-looking density. He is located in Oregon outside of Portland. To be fair there is generally a very good selection of excellent surgeons on the board though, so I don't want to solely plug one. If I remember right, Dr. Gabel charges about $5 per FUT graft and $7 per FUE graft up to 2,000 and then $6/graft after that. Don't completely quote me there though, you'd have to call them for their most updated pricing info!. Best of luck!
  4. Hey good on you for keeping positive and picking a killer doc for a repair! From everything I've read and seen about Doc C's work you'll be very happy in a few months! Congrats on turning a crappy situation around, and keep us updated!
  5. Wow and only 5 months in! This is gonna be a beast of an HT! Congrats, and keep us posted with results!
  6. Your hair looks like Josh Brolin's hair (in basically any role he's played except Thanos, anyway)! Outstanding result for sure!
  7. Hang in there, this is when the fun part starts! You'll get a lot of growth in the next 1-3 months! Keep us updated and congrats!
  8. OtherSyde

    Dr Konior 2158 grafts

    OMG I want your Wolverine-like healing abilities! Your scar is going to be basically invisible! And I'm a fan of Doctor K's work, as he trained and worked with Doctor Gabel a lot who does my procedures. Two peas in a pod, and two of the top surgeons in the US for sure! Keep us updated with progress pics, and congrats!
  9. Nice result! As Dangle said above, the hairline is a bit sparse - but in your doc's defense and to ease any concerns, very rarely is a thick, full frontal hairline ever achieved with one single pass - especially when the area was basically completely bald beforehand. It's just extremely difficult to pack that many fresh new grafts into such a dense formation, and I've been told that such practice risks losing a higher percentage of grafts due to nutrient starvation among the newly-healing and nutrient-hungry fledgling grafts. So going back for a second (but much smaller) session to fill in the frontal hairline isn't a bad or abnormal thing at all. I did it, as have many others. Beyond that though, it's looking great overall! Leagues above where you started for sure - congrats!
  10. Wow, you are really in for a big change! Congrats, and don't worry about the scar - it will fade and much of the hair around it that fell out because of shock-loss will grow back as well, further hiding it. And now there are several ways of camouflaging it too, mainly Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) - it's a small price to pay for a full head of hair, and you're going to look great for sure. Keep us posted with updates!
  11. Wow, looks like you're in for a real transformation very soon! I remember those days, very good times - especially looking in the mirror week after week and watching my hair gradually sprout and flourish like a Chia Pet lol. You picked an excellent doc as well, not that I need to tell you that at this point. Happy growing, and keep us updated for sure!
  12. Always great to see another Dr. Gabel veteran I won't spend time further expounding on the excellence of his work and crew since you've largely already covered that area (and his results and track record speaks volumes for itself to anyone who has eyeballs), but suffice it to say you're in for some awesome times ahead! Congrats on what looks to be a real home run, and keep us updated since we all love hair porn!
  13. 4.5 Months! The residual swelling is almost completely gone, and as my skin reattaches and bonds itself more comprehensively to the underlying musculature I am slowly gaining more definition. I really like the way my pecs are now more defined, and how they sort of stand out from my torso (instead of just blending in like formless lumps) even though they haven't gotten significantly bigger (just maintaining via chest press, flies, pushups, etc.). I also like that the definition isn't too high - it doesn't look over-the-top, my individual abs are visible but not sticking out in freakish bold relief or anything; they're sort of downplayed and streamlined. They look about on par with my arms, back, etc. - i.e. - more or less natural. Overall, very happy I did this. I know it won't make me look as shredded as a pro bodybuilder or anything, and I never expected or wanted that - really I just wanted a good, solid physique that I could maintain by steadily working out and doing cardio (which had, as outline above, gradually worked less and less as I got further and further past 30). Definitely worth the investment, in my book. Anyway here are a couple pics from of 4.5 months post-op!
  14. I did a long few months of research before choosing a doc, and like essentially all of Dr. Gabel's patients, I'm very glad I went with him! I don't want to sound like a shill, but results are results, and they speak for themselves. He and his team are especially good at very detailed, dense, natural-looking work and generally a joy to be around as people as well. I, too, was in the Pacific Northwest area when I did a consultation with him at his Seattle office after months of research, and was quite impressed - and this was almost ten years ago! I do plan to go back a fourth time if that tells you anything, and you'll scarcely find a negative word said about Dr. G, his team, or his outstanding work on these forums or elsewhere. Again, I don't want to sound like a mindless fanboy shill because lord knows we don't need any more of those in this industry - so absolutely do your own due diligence and research since there are quite a few great doctors on this side of the US map - but needless to say he has my avid recommendation, especially since he's within your immediate geographic region! Feel free to PM me if you have questions as well, and check out my blog on these forums and my threads (the threads have bigger, more detailed pics)! Hope this helps, and best of luck!
  15. Yeah, the next 6-8 weeks are going to blow your mind man! Just hang in there, and don't freak. Mark our collective words: The 6-Month mark is where it's at.