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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 IV
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Considering Surgical Hair Restoration

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  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
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    Dr. Bhatti
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
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    Generic Minoxidil 5% for Men

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  1. Hello Forum Members, Please note that we had sent our response to Melvin on January 7, 2020. Because out of respect for this Patient's privacy, we did not want to post any case details and/or pictures without proper authorization from the Patient and the Forum moderator. Today, Melvin asked us to go ahead and post the Clinic's response on this thread. So, here goes....... Copy/pasting below the response that we had sent to Melvin: I apologize for the delay in responding to your email. I was on vacation. Thank you for sharing this Patient post with us. We have researched it and below is our response (also, please see the attached pictures) We feel that the results are not bad at all given the thin hairs and low number of grafts planted. He has a miniaturizing scalp donor for which he needs to take Propecia. We consider this to be a reasonable result in a case with thin caliber grafts and below average scalp donor density. He had miniaturization of scalp donor and hence was advised to get SMP done after 2nd procedure, which he did go for. He was also advised long-term Finasteride which he is not taking. As always, we have tried our best to work with this Patient. Patient satisfaction is our top priority but unfortunately this Patient decided that posting negative feedback on the forum might be a better route to take. Please feel free to share any questions or concerns that you might have. Best regards, California
  2. @Pyrat, I wish you all the best. You seem to be on the right track. No sense in rushing. The more you research your HT Surgeon, the better decision you will be able to make. I just wanted to jump in here to set the record straight on one thing......the statement "low cost clinics that rely on young technicians to do the hair transplant" does NOT apply to Dr. Bhatti/ Darling Buds. Dr. Bhatti does all his procedures (pre-op consulting, anesthesia, extraction, slit making, plantation supervision etc.) himself. He has no franchise clinics, no junior doctors and/or technicians doing what the HT Surgeon should be doing. All the best to you. Regards, California
  3. Let's just agree to disagree. You have your mind made up and I do not have the time and energy to "convert" you. As mentioned before, I respect your opinion BUT we fully trust the HT Patients to do their due diligence and make educated decisions. As far as your "advise" goes.....all is can say is .......Thank you, Dr. PHIL Best regards, California
  4. As mentioned before, we had taken the forum moderator into confidence and asked for permission before posting the Patient information. We have a lot of respect for HRN and it’s members. This is an excellent patient advocacy forum. But, we cannot be used as a punching bag by anyone and can’t watch passively while our hard earned reputation is attacked online. I urge you to reach out to Dr. Bhatti Patients and ask about him and his clinic. He never up-sells. Most of his patient discussions revolve around the conservative approach of not tapping into too much donor in one go and save for the future procedures. If making more money was our goal, then we would have started multiple franchise offices in India (like many other clinics). Dr. Bhatti has only one clinic for a reason- he wants to do all his procedures himself. He is a humble and down to earth person and very easy to talk to. He takes his Patients satisfaction very seriously. After all that, when he gets slandered online with “money accusations”, he is within his rights to defend his good name. You would do the same if you were him. At the end of the day, you and I can write essays for and against Dr. Bhatti but it is the Patient's that have to do their own due diligence when choosing their HT Surgeon. I wish you all the best. Regards, California
  5. You are welcome to your opinion. Again, Patients will have to do their own research and make their own decisions. This site itself has 181 pages of documented results from Dr. Bhatti Patients. You conveniently choose to overlook the hundreds and hundreds of satisfied Dr. Bhatti Patients (use the search button) and pick on 4 or 5 and then make the blanket statement, "because the work is so terrible and it warranted attention"! In regards to the one instance that you are referring to where the Patient information was posted on this website, we had the permission of the forum moderator to do that. They had checked with that Patient first. Again, you seem to be motivated to unearth any "skeleton" that you can find. Keep digging my friend. I wish you all the best! I did a quick search for Dr. Bhatti to look up the latest posts from his past patients and this is what came up: BTW....this came up just on the first page of the search. There are another 181 pages to go..... Regards, California
  6. "others can search through Dr Bhatti's results for themselves and make up their own minds." I couldn't agree with you more! Regarding my comment about your "mission", couldn't help noticing you showing up on the threads that have negative overtones about Dr. Bhatti. Again, picking up 4-5 cases out of thousands.......that sounds harsh to me. I did not say that Bill was an authority. But he did happen to run this site for many many years and did get recognition as someone who knows a thing or two about HT's...... I wish you all the best. Regards, California
  7. "The clinic you mentioned though routinely delivers terrible work" Transplantedphil, don't you think that that is a very harsh statement? Dr. Bhatti has Patient cases posted on this Forum itself from 2012 on wards. I do agree with your statement that no clinic can deliver perfect results (I would add "all the time" to that statement). Hundreds of documented HT Patient cases over the last 10 years should be taken into consideration before "judging". Picking on "3 results" (out of thousands of cases) sounds unfair. I am "dumbfounded" that you are "dumbfounded" because this Patient shortlisted Dr. Bhatti for his HT procedure. I respect your opinion but wanted to share my opinion too. Best regards, California
  8. Hi Inquisitive, Just an FYI At Dr. Bhatti/Darling Buds India Clinic, we publish our pricing on our website. We try to make it as transparent as possible. No ambiguity,. No confusion. No surprises. No other branches. No other doctors. Just a “one doctor show”......Dr. Bhatti. Here is the link: https://darlingbuds.com/hair-transplant-cost-packages Best regards, California
  9. Hi Inquisitive, I don't think that you can claim GST back (if visiting India) like you can in the UK. I am not a 100% sure on this but I have never heard of any visitor getting the GST back when leaving India. You seem to be on the right track. I would highly encourage you to research as much as possible before selecting your HT Surgeon. This is one thing that you can't afford to mess up on. Cost is important but what sucks more is the loss of donor grafts (if results are not good). If you have any specific questions in regards to Darling Buds/Dr. Bhatti, please feel free to ask. I will do my best to answer your queries. We wish you all the best. Regards, California
  10. Hi Petroholic, I have been following your HT progress. You have done an amazing job at documenting your HT journey so far. Thank you! Your hair looks awesome. That hair length and style looks good on you. Regards, California
  11. Hi Indian_Canadian, Please note that you have the option of connecting with Dr. Bhatti via Skype. That way, you can have a virtual face to face conversation with the Doctor and make sure that you get all your questions answered in detail. We wish you all the best. Regards, California
  12. Lenney, Your hair looks awesome! No wonder your “family says that it looks good and strangers can’t tell”. Your documentation of your HT journey is amazing. Thank you for your time and efforts in sharing your journey with the community here. Enjoy!!! Best regards, California
  13. Hi Jacob, Thank you for sharing your HT journey. Really happy for you. Thanks also for your kind words about Dr. Bhatti. I am glad that you liked the city of Chandigarh! Please keep the updates coming. Best regards, California