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Noodles123

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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 10 years
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood III A
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain Existing Hair
    Considering Surgical Hair Restoration

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
    No
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)

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  1. I don't think you are being a perfectionist by pointing these things out. If you go to page 2 of this thread, I posted my pictures of my Diep procedure and I noted the exact same things. My donor is obviously thinned out because of questionable extraction patterns. Instead of spreading it over a larger area, he focused all of my extraction in a small area on the back of my head. He also went out of the safe zone and went too far up on my crown, which frankly makes that area look thinner. One, the hairs in this area are susceptible to miniaturization. Two, it has made this area look thinner which is the last thing you want your crown to look like. You can literally see the rectangular thinned out donor area on the back of my head. It was not feathered out at all. Is my transplant decent looking? Yeah, but I think there isn't the kind of attention to detail you would expect out of a clinic that charges on the higher end for FUE. With the linear implantation pattern, the work doesn't look as dense as it could because of all the spaces in between the grafts. He could easily fix this by modifying his approach and stagger the grafts at the hairline and keep his linear pattern behind the hairline.
  2. I posted my own pictures earlier in the thread showing this linear pattern that he implants the follicles in. He clearly does it for efficiency. I'm honestly not a fan at all of this technique because it makes the transplanted area look sparser than if he had staggered the grafts. If you have grafts implanted in rows, then you will have rows of spaces that you can see right through. Imagine looking at a corn field. You can look down the rows of spaces. Now imagine if the grafts were staggered. The spaces in between each graft would be minimized and you get a denser looking result. If you look at how a clinic like H&W implants their grafts, it is staggered so you cannot see into the spaces. You may use the same number of grafts but you get more coverage of the scalp precisely because the grafts are in a staggered pattern. I get he does this for the sake of speed, but it sacrifices some degree of naturalness for efficiency. One of my main complaints about my own transplant with Diep is that it looks sparse because there is too much space between the grafts.
  3. I'm all for honest debates, but disappointed that ad hominem attacks are allowed to stand and not moderated. The verbal abuse and name calling is so beneath this forum.
  4. He basically writes you a prescription which is sent to a compounding pharmacy that he's working with to make the formulation.
  5. Completely agree with your assessment. To be clear, my result was decent, but not spectacular. Pretty much all the grafts grew in, so you can be assured that your transplant will be successful. That said, do I think Diep is in the same league as a Rahal or H&W? No. His level of artistry is just not quite at that level. Do I think he is in the 90% percentile in terms of results? Yes. That said, he doesn't offer the same meticulous attention to detail as the Rahals, H&W, and Koniors of the world. I think that's a fair statement. No shade to Diep at all. So the main takeaway if you go to Diep? You're gonna get a good result and you can be assured most of your grafts will survive. But also be aware that the extraction pattern might leave patchy areas in the donor zone. My friend went to Rahal as a pretty advanced Norwood 4/5 and his hairline is absolutely STUNNING. After seeing his hairline, I was just floored by how artistic and dense packed it was. While my transplant grew in fine, I still have some issues with it. I experienced the same things Tentpole91 enumerated above. He harvested all the grafts from a small area on the back of my head, so that area looks noticeably thinner and frankly obvious with a 3 guard and below. And I've already mentioned the straight line graft placement, which is very obvious from my photos. Not sure where the confusion is. I will say that at a social distance, the rows of hair grafts are not noticeable, but I have caught a few people doing double takes of my hairline when they are a bit closer. I've attached a pic of how my hairline looks today with no concealors. My hairline was lowered about 3/4 inch because I had a large forehead. The density from the beginning was always pretty thin. And you can see that the gaps in the initial graft placement made the hairline look sparse. I was about a Norword 3 and had about 1500 grafts placed to lower the hairline. So that whole area never had any hair to begin with. Also attached a pic of my donor. You can clearly see the thinned out area in the shape of a rectangle on the back of my head. These pics are all recent.
  6. Look at the placement of the grafts.... They are in straight lines, back to back. You can clearly see how the grafts are not staggered and they are placed in straight lines. From a distance it looks fine, but there are clearly gaps and less appearance of density from this kind of placement.
  7. I had a transplant by Diep years ago, and while the result was good for the amount of grafts placed I always had one gripe. I REALLY did not like the placement of the grafts in straight lines like a cornfield. For one, it causes wider gaps and a more see-through appearance that I've noted in my own transplants and others who have gone to him. If he staggered the grafts it would cover more gaps and give the appearance of greater density. After all these years, he is apparently still using the same placement style. I suspect that this is done to make the process quicker for himself in making the incisions and for his staff in placing the grafts. Again, I'm happy overall with my transplant, but this has always been an issue with him that I've noticed.
  8. What's your DIY method? The only reason I haven't done this myself is because I don't want to use minoxidil as a base. The intense shedding is too much for me to handle, so I want to use a finasteride only solution. I've seen people post online about using an ethanol / propylene glycol vehicle. Any idea where one might find a pre-made vehicle solution that would work with finasteride?
  9. Your "rationale" doesn't even really make sense on closer inspection. So if China concocted this virus to bring down the US economy as retribution for the trade war, then all they have ACTUALLY done is dealt a serious, protracted blow to their economy, now that brand China is in the toilet. It's like cutting your nose off to spite your face. Their economy is already sputtering towards a major collapse and the pain will be felt for years to come.
  10. Based on your hair characteristics (fine hair, advanced hair loss) I think you'd be better served by an FUT. You need lots of grafts to make an appreciable difference and FUT is still the best way to maximize your total grafts.
  11. Any reason why you didn't go with Rahal for a second procedure? Which doctor did you choose for the jaw implant?
  12. Just wanted to say that your results are incredible.... And that I hate you...lol. Hoping one day I'll be touched by Rahal's hands.
  13. I would bring the temples forward a bit to match the lower hairline. Your hairline is lower, but the temples are still a bit further back. It would make it a bit more in proportion.
  14. Uh yeah sure bruh.... try writing in a style that doesn't scream shill.
  15. So is the current pricing for Rahal still $8 FUE and $4 for FUT in Canadian dollars? Any info about current pricing is appreciated. Thanks.
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