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Anthony777

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About Anthony777

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Basic Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Country
    Australia
  • State
    AL

Hair Loss Overview

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

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
    Yes
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Christian Bisanga
  • Other hair restoration physicians
    Dr Barry White, Dr Jennifer Martinick
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)
    Nizoral Shampoo
  1. Anthony777

    Melbourne Hair system

    Hi George I was in a similar situation at your age. I am also in Melbourne When I was losing my hair in the early 90's I saw the "strand by strand" by Advanced Hair on tv. To cut a long story short, I ended up wearing a wig/system at the age of 21 It didn't look too bad, however it did have a lot of limitations. Swimming, dating, sunlight, regular maintenance, costs etc. I got rid of it 12 months later, then had a hair transplant. But that's another story. The one thing regarding hair loss I would recommend the most is Finisteride. If you go to you local GP, and ask for a prescription for 5mg Finesteride. Take 1/4 tablet per day, Cut your hair short if you can Just my 2 cents Good Luck...
  2. Some photos @19 months after my last surgery
  3. When you look at yourself in the mirror every morning, this is not a procedure you can put a price on. Everyone I know who has had hair transplants done in Australia, are going to either USA or Europe for repair work. I'm sure if you dig deep enough, the cosmetic industry here would not be much different. If it costs a few grand more, or if you have to fly to the other side of the world, I know what I would do. Regards Anthony
  4. I'm sure you will Julius, Best of luck
  5. Hi Khop I sent you a PM Please see attached photos, before and after. The 2nd photo was 12 months after the beard hair transplant Depending on your age etc. Dr B may suggest a scar revision instead? Depending on the results, you should be able to buzz down to a #3 no problem. Possibly #2 Hope this helps Regards Anthony
  6. Hi Khop, Unfortunately the short answer is NO.. I think your best option is to pick out a few of the recommended surgeons here on the list, https://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/Consult-a-Physician/hair-loss-doctors.asp Then refine the list on what kind of work you would like done... There is a lot of info on here, take your time and look at all your options. You only get one shot at this, dont rush into anything!
  7. Thanx guys Its amazing how natural a good hair transplant can look these days... At just on 7 months since my last surgery, i still have a bit more growth to come A
  8. Hair goes 1992: I had my first strip procedure in 1992 when I was 22 years old with Dr Barry White here in Melbourne Australia. I am now 46 years old. (1992 was almost pre internet, so research was very limited.) I had 2 or 3 procedures with Dr White. I'm not sure how many grafts in total, but by today’s standards, the results were poor. 2005: Around 2005 I had another procedure with Dr Jenifer Martinick, during my consultation with Dr Martinick, I was told this would be last strip procedure as my donor hair was very limited. In ~ 2006: I had strip revision again with Dr Martinick, the idea of this was to reduce my scar so I was able to cut my hair shorter. During my surgeries in Australia, I would have had around 3500 grafts transplanted in total, but to me it looked like only about 1500. A few years ago I started to do some research online and was very impressed by the results people were getting with the latest hair transplant techniques. I then found “Hair Restoration Social Network” and started looking into reputable surgeons. My donor hair, being very limited and strip no longer being an option, I was looking for a surgeon who had the expertise in performing both FUE and Body Hair Transplants. After some extensive research I managed to find a few doctors in different countries that I felt could address my specific needs. My home being in Melbourne Australia made it difficult for me, both geographically and economically, to travel to a few other countries for consultations. I decided the best way around this was to arrange to meet two of my selected doctors at the ISHRS convention in Malaysia. The consultations were for October of: 2014: The doctors were Dr Jose Lorenzo and Dr Christian Bisanga. They both have an excellent reputation world wide and also on this forum. My first consultation was with Dr Jose Lorenzo followed by Dr Bisanga. After much deliberation I chose Dr. Bisanga. I found him to be more approachable and thorough in the consultation, and also felt he was more comfortable with body hair transplants and a lot more optimistic. In my long journey with hair transplantation of the years I would highly recommend travelling to any of the conventions held worldwide. Here you will have the opportunity to meet with some of the very best practitioners in hair restoration in the world, all in one place! Having decided on Dr. Bisanga for my surgery I took the leap and booked my surgery. I arranged for 3 weeks leave from work. I flew to Brussels. The flight was around 26 hours in duration ~ Melbourne to Singapore, Singapore to Dubai, Dubai to Brussels. 2015: End of March ~ I checked into the Hotel Catalonia in Brussels around lunchtime on the Saturday, I pretty much slept most of the time until my first day of surgery on the Monday. I arrived at 8am sharp as requested, filled out the paperwork and had a quick consultation with the Doctor. I changed into a gown and had some photos taken. The time had finally arrived and I was ready for my: ‘DAY ONE’ of surgery ~ 1200 FUE head hair. ‘DAY TWO’ of surgery ~ 700 grafts from Head, 557 from Beard and 335 from Chest. I found day two a little more difficult. The procedure started at 10am and ended around 8pm. The beard hair went into my strip scar, and I found this part of the procedure to be the only uncomfortable part of the whole surgery. It was late in the day and I was beginning to feel a little restless. In my opinion FUE is a walk in the park compared to strip. Healing time is so much faster. My first procedures with Dr. Bisanga were complete! I was ready to fly back home. I was given a black bandanna to wear and a letter from BHR, explaining that I just had surgery, in case I was questioned by customs. I skipped through passport control and customs without a problem. I was very happy with the outcome of the first surgery and returned 12months later.. 2016: March ~ Procedure: 1217 FUE grafts and 890 beard hair. On this trip I returned home around 4 days before the Brussels airport bombing and security was a lot higher this time around. I was questioned on arrival on my reasons for visiting Brussels and had to provide documents of my hotel reservations and credit cards details. 
On leaving when going through security they asked me to remove the bandanna. I showed them the letter and was subsequently taken to a private room to show I wasn’t hiding anything. I wanted to share a little bit of my story here on “Hair Restoration Social Network” as it has provided me with not only a lot of information in solving my hair loss problems but also in providing a support network for myself and others in my situation. This whole ‘hair loss experience’ can be a very traumatic experience and it’s comforting to know that “Hair Restoration Social Network” and other reputable hair loss forums are out there in support of our hair loss journey. 
 As you can see from the photos of my original surgery, it wasn’t pretty. NOW: I can go out in public without wearing a baseball cap and not feel so self-conscious. I would like to thank DR. BISANGA and his TEAM. It’s a very emotional journey, as I’ve already mentioned, and travelling across the other side of the world to have surgery doesn’t make it any easier. DR. BISANGA and his TEAM looked after me very well, and I am extremely happy with the results. I highly recommend Dr. Bisanga and his whole team. Thank you to STEVEN and DANIEL from BHR for answering ALL MY questions and for guiding me through the whole process. 

 I would also like to thank Acting and Mickey85, two members here on this forum that helped me make an informative decision. I would also like to thank the Hair Restoration Social Network. There is a lot of information on here detailing everyone’s experiences… It makes it a lot easier to find a suitable doctor.
  9. Anthony777

    Melbourne to Brussels - March 2015

    Now 46 years old, I had my first strip procedure in 1992 @22 years old with Dr Barry White here in Melbourne Australia. This was almost pre internet, so research was very limited. I had 2 or 3 procedures with Dr White. I'm not sure how many grafts in total, but by today’s standards, the results were poor Around 2005 I had another procedure with Dr Jenifer Martinick, during my consultation with Dr Martinick, I was told this would be last strip procedure as my donor hair was very limited. In 2006 I had strip revision again with Dr Martinick, the idea of this was to reduce my scar so I was able to cut my hair shorter, During my surgeries in Australia, I would have had around 3500 grafts transplanted in total, to me it looked like about 1500. I started to do some research online a few years ago and was very impressed by the results people were getting with the latest hair transplant techniques. I then found this site and started looking for a surgeon. As my donor hair was very limited, and strip was out of the question, I was looking for someone who was not only one of the best FUE surgeons, but also proficient in performing body hair transplants. With a few different doctors in mind, and unable to fly all over the word for face to face consultations, I arranged to meet 2 doctors in Malaysia at the ISHRS convention in October 2014. The first doctor i met was Dr Jose Lorenzo, who a lot of people speak very highly of... The other was Dr Christian Bisanga, who also has an excellent reputation on this forum To cut a long story short I chose Dr Bisanga, he was much more approachable and thorough in the consultation, and also felt he was more comfortable with body hair transplants and a lot more optimistic If you were ever struggling to decide between which doctors to go with, or had a difficult repair case, I would highly recommend travelling to one of the conventions held. It’s the best place to meet with all your chosen doctors in one place. After to returning to Australia, I made a booking with Dr Bisanga at the end of March for 2 days of surgery I arranged for 3 weeks leave from work, and flew over to Brussels, I think it took around 26hrs. From Melbourne to Singapore, Singapore to Dubai, Dubai to Brussels. After checking into the Hotel Catalonia in Brussels around lunch time on the Saturday, I pretty much slept a lot until my first day of surgery on the Monday. I arrived at 8am sharp as requested, filled out the paperwork with a quick consultation with the Doctor, and changed into a gown, had some photos taken and ready for surgery. It felt like I was in the chair, shaved down and getting the anaesthetic by 9am. The time seemed to fly. A very easy day, 1200 grafts in total The next day was a little harder. Not starting until 10am, I had another 700 grafts from my head, 557 from the beard and 335 from the chest. I dont think we finished until 8pm... The beard hair went into my strip scar, this was the only uncomfortable part of the surgery, as it was late in the day and i was beginning to feel a little restless If you have previously had strip before, FUE is a walk in the park in my opinion.. Healing time is so much faster.. To cut a long story short, i was ready to fly back home on Friday. I was given a black bandanna to wear and a letter from BHR, explaining i just had surgery in case i was questioned by customs. I skipped through passport control and customs without a problem.. I was very happy with the outcome of the first surgery i returned again 12months later in March 2016 This time i had 1217 FUE grafts and 890 beard hair. On this trip i returned home around 4 days before the Brussels airport bombing. Security was a lot higher this time, looking back i suspect they knew something was about to happen I was questioned on arrival on my reasons for visiting Brussels, and had to provide documents of my hotel reservations and credit cards And on leaving when going through security they asked me to remove the bandanna, i showed them the letter, and was taken to a private room to show i wasnt hiding anything under there... I wanted to write this up and share a little bit of my story on this site, as it provided me with a lot of information in solving my hair loss. As you can see from the photos of my original work done, it wasn’t pretty..... At least now i can go out in public without wearing a baseball cap and not feel so self-conscious
  10. Anthony777

    Finax in Australia Sydney

    I have heard "generic" brands of finesteride are not as effective as the original Proscar brand on some people, due to the different fillers used. I am also from Australia, and have never had a problem getting deliveries from India or prescriptions from local doctors in the past.
  11. I met Dr Lorenzo recently in Kuala Lumpur, I didn't know he had previously undergone FUE himself. I think he said had about 5000 grafts performed by his colleague Dr Vila in Spain. Dr Vila performed excellent work on him with good density and a natural hairline.
  12. I was just looking through the great directions website http://greatdirections.com.au/hair-regrowth/before-and-after-gallery/ if you go to the link "treatments" you can actually book a full body massage there. Lets just hope it has a happy ending...
  13. Hi VictoriaMan I have had numerous procedures with NHI in the mid 90's as well as another surgeon. Unfortunately the results are sub par compared to what good FUE surgeons can achieve today. The problem with hair transplants is once you are cut, you are scarred for life. I see the results every day when looking in the mirror. In my opinion you are gambling with your hair by having a transplant in Australia. Unfortunately I just don't think the skill level is here. My advice would be to look on here for a good FUE surgeon, with proven, consistent results. And if it means flying over the other side of the world, which it will, do it. If costs are not a problem, then Brussels or the USA, or maybe a cheaper option would be Turkey. Just my opinion
  14. Anthony777

    maximum FUE grafts after FUT HT

    Maybe a body hair transplant is the way to go....
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