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About xtatic5

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Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    In the last year
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood I
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain Existing Hair
    Considering Surgical Hair Restoration

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime

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  1. Thank you for the thoughtful comments. I really want my next surgery to be my last so FUE seems like the safer option in that regard. I'm not opposed to strip if laxity or donor density are issues.
  2. Mattj, I did part my hair to reveal the scar. Without parting, bits of the scar are visible at a guard 3 cut. I'd like to wear my hair at a 2 or, ideally, 1 guard. I agree with your estimate of 1500 grafts at the hairline. I would want the increased density to start about .5cm in which is 20% less area than my original surgery. I haven't been told that my donor density is low but I'm open to body hair FUE if necessary. This could also be a reason to do FUT again since it could result in a better scar. I have considered SMP but held off because I knew another surgery was inevitable.
  3. I am looking to add density to the previous work. I did not do consistent scalp exercises prior to my last surgery. How many grafts do you reckon I'd need to achieve "full" density (without concealers)? My first surgeon suggested 800. Dr. Erdogon suggested 2000-2500 in the hairline and 500-800 in the scar (based on photos). I find that very hard to believe considering 2500 grafts is a dense hairline by itself! I already have 2000 grafts in place...
  4. I had FUT to lower my hairline 4 years ago and I'm thinking of going under the knife again for added density. Based on my surgeon's estimate at the time, I would need approx 800 more grafts to achieve "full" density. I haven't been on the site in a long time: Is it still the prevailing opinion that once you've been scarred by FUT once, you might as well get FUT again? Some factors affecting my decision: Curly hair (+1 FUT) Tight scalp (+1 FUE) Recovery time (+1 FUE) Scar Revision (+1 FUE) I'm leaning toward FUE since it's a relatively small job (transection won't be significant) and I can get FUE into the scar simultaneously. My ultimate goal is to get off of concealers.
  5. I started the big 3 last winter. I stopped using Lipogain months ago and stopped using minox last week. I continue to take fin (.25mg). So far, I haven't noticed any increased shedding. To be fair, I didn't use min as directed (only applied once per day) so I may have never seen its full benefits to begin with.
  6. My bag got checked while traveling thru PHL. It was actually flagged because I had a bottle opener inside but the agent did open my Toppik and sprinkle a bit out. I explained to him what it was and he sent me on my way. Also, while traveling from DUB, an agent advised that I include the Toppik in my liquids baggie.
  7. I noticed early signs of hair loss about 3 months ago and jumped on the Big 3: finasteride, minoxidil, and ketaconazole (shampoo). Knowing how each of these treatments affect the body, I wonder if it's necessary to continue the shampoo once finasteride has taken effect. Since fin is eliminating DHT at the source, will there be anything for the shampoo to cleanse from the scalp? Also, I caught my hair loss early enough that it's only visible when parting my hair. In other words, I could do without minoxidil assuming that finasteride halts my hair loss. Does this sound like a logical theory? I take .25mg of Finpecia daily; .5ml of Kirkland minox daily; Lipogaine 3x/wk
  8. I just wanted to share this information with any Afro/Biracial guys considering Dr. Erdogan.. A bit about me: 31, biracial American, FUT performed in 2013 to lower the hairline. I was interested in Erdogan because of his manual extraction technique which may produce better yield than motor-FUE (he claims in videos that it causes less transection in curly hair). Unfortunately, however, I received this reply in response to my inquiry: "Kindly be informed, that for African type hair, live consultation in Istanbul is required. The doctor has to make also some test extraction during the consultation, to see whether extraction is possible or not. So I can not offer you surgery date, only consultation appointment." In other words, I would have to travel to Istanbul twice, once for consultation and another for surgery. I understand why this test would be necessary; some hair is too kinky to be extracted without a high chance of transection. However, I had hoped that given pictures of my hair (which is clearly not kinky) they would at least schedule a surgery date with the expectation that extraction is possible. If I "failed" the test they could have a local patient on standby. In the same email the doctor (via translator) estimated that I would need 2500 grafts to thicken the hairline (40 cm2). This is double the highest estimates provided by Radha and Bhatti. I realize his opinion could change upon physical examination but I'm not flying to Turkey to find out. Needless to say, I'm a bit disappointed. I'm not willing to fly to Istanbul twice. While I know that surgery is always contingent on patient viability, to not even schedule a surgery date within the same trip seems like a prohibitive inconvenience (at least for me). No other surgeon has had this requirement. Has anyone else encountered such inflexibility?
  9. I didn't use the online forms but rather sent an email to info@hairtransplant-center.com. I received an initial response but it's been a week since my reply.
  10. Thanks Dr. Karadeniz. I can see your point about "feeling" the hair shaft. Unfortunately, I was told the first time around that my scalp was a bit tight. The scar stretched (or at least hair didn't grow for .5cm) and I'm sure it's only tighter now. I hope for this to be my final ht as I'm not experiencing hair loss. If transection is a concern for donor extraction, is it also for the recipient incisions?
  11. Thanks Gil, definitely good advice. That's why I got FUT the first time around, because I knew transection was more of a risk with FUE (for curly heads). This time I won't need as many grafts and I hope to get some scar work done. This particular surgeon is very popular on this site but he uses a motorized punch which concerns me (less careful?). I'm also chatting (or trying to) with Dr. Erdogan since he uses manual and claims a better ability to feel the curvature of the follicle.
  12. Without pictures it's difficult to comment, but it's certainly within expectations. 3 months is early. You should start seeing growth around 4-6 months. I've heard stories about delayed, explosive growth at 9 months, although rare. If the hairs were implanted among native hairs then the new ones will be difficult to spot. They'll be thin and may lack color at first.
  13. I'm 2 years post-FUT at the hairline. I'm in consultations to get a 2nd pass for more density (FUE this time). I have curly hair. In one of my recent chats with a surgeon, I was inquiring about the higher risk of transection during graft extraction on curly hair. He claims that transection does not result in a dead graft, just one that cannot be used in the current session. The root remains unharmed and will grow a new hair. How true is this? Obviously, it's possible for a root to be accidentally severed, but is it likely since the root is so tiny?
  14. Thanks for the distinction between incisions and implants, Garageland.
  15. I'm also in consultations for a density bump. I assume, like Dr. Charles said, that it's possible if done carefully. Unfortunately, techs usually perform the implants and I'm not sure if they take the same care as the surgeon. Be sure to review examples of your prospective surgeon's repair work.