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JohnCasper

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  1. Hey “PZA”, looking forward to seeing some pictures.
  2. Do your homework on Artas just like you would for any hair surgeon. The price you mentioned is a good price per graft but you can get that from a clinic where the surgeon extracts and places every graft....like Carolina Hair Surgery. I know I’m an advocate but his rates are $4-5 per graft depending on the number you need. Take a look at his and other surgeons.....before/afters photos on this web site. Best of luck to you.
  3. I did not notice any shock loss in my recipient area either. You can see all my early pictures on my blog site. I documented everything. Look in the archives and go to September 2012. My website is listed below.
  4. I honestly didn't experience or notice any shock loss in my donor areas. Your dark hair also creates a contrast that makes it more evident with a short hair style. Your donor area looks fine and I'm sure will fill back in over some time. Let your hair grow out a bit for a few months if you're uncomfortable with it and then go back to the shorter hair cut in about 6-8 months. Just my thoughts.
  5. After 5 weeks there shouldn't be anything you can do to damage your new grafts or inhibit growth. They have been secure since the end of your first week. Ask your doctor but I'm sure its nothing to worry about. Remember, you had lots of numbing shots on your head so don't scratch too hard, your heads going to be partly numb for many more weeks....typically. Just be careful.
  6. Great photos and great work Dr. Devroye. I'm sure your patient is quite thrilled with the results.
  7. Good decision to go with the cap idea. I would be hesitant to use concealers this early in the process. Keep that head as clean as possible.
  8. I'm sure finasteride and other meds have helped many. I don't take a position.. for or against. I can just report that I havn't seen any noticeable hair loss since my surgery in 2012. That's not to say I haven't lost some hairs but visually....everything appears to be about the same.
  9. Very nice results. I can relate...I had the same number of grafts (5,125) transplanted in 2012. I'm sure your patient is quite pleased.
  10. Filled in very nicely in 8 months. Good for you. Interesting hairline in that picture. I think the previous posting "pluggy" look may refer to the caliber of hairs chosen by your surgeon for the hairline. Posting some pictures at different angles when you get time.
  11. Obviously I'm a big advocate for FUE. I just didn't want that long linear scar. I had my second surgery a couple years after the first and after my hair was cut you could clearly see my previous donor area (see pic below). There was no visible scarring to speak of. About 1,750 grafts were removed from the area in the picture.
  12. Donor area is looking very good. Looking forward to seeing pictures 3-4 months from now. Check out my website (below) to compare day to day and month to month expectations. Be patient and happy growing.
  13. I would think the clinic would have plenty of before/after photos. I’m also wondering if they would disclose to you personally which ones were primarily done by techs. Tough decision for you. Best of luck.
  14. Nicely done with that number of grafts. I can relate to this guy. I was a Norwood VI... 7,000 grafts ago. Congrats to you and your patient.
  15. Nicely done Dr. Rahal. I'm sure your patient is quite pleased. Congrats to you both.
  16. Looking good. Lots to look forward to. Keep growing dude!
  17. In 2012 I had 5,125 grafts transplanted in a lengthy 2.5 day session(s). My crown was covered then and worked out quite well. The crown is typically the most difficult area to cover. I had a 2,000 graft touch-up procedure done a couple years later but none of those grafts were placed in the crown area. Take a look back through the archives of my website (listed below) and you will see lots of pictures including many crown shots. If I had done a third surgery it most likely would include the crown area. Mine looks good now and I'm happy with it and don't plan to add to it down the road.
  18. Wow, I’ve never seen a lengthy discussion regarding plane seats and its relation to hair surgery but....I’m sure that’s important when you travel abroad and have a lengthy time in the air. Keep us posted on your progress and how your trip goes. Best of luck to you.
  19. It looks like we have a lot in common. My recession stabilized in my mid-30s and I had my in 2012 at the age of 51. I was a Norwood VI. Our hair loss is similar. I never took any medications for hair loss prior to or after my surgery. I have no problem taking regular medications (I take daily cholesterol meds) but I had no interest in taking any medications for hair loss. It’s been 9 years after surgery and my hair looks the same to me as it did in a year after surgery. You’re on the right website searching for a surgeon. Find a doctor you’re comfortable with and go for it. I wanted a surgeon who did only FUE and who extracted and implanted every graft. Also, the price per graft was exceptional at $4-5 per graft. Visit my website (posted below) and take a look at my journey. I documented every day after my surgery with pictures, videos, and narratives explaining what to expect along the way. Click on the archives and (Sept. 2012) to see everything from the beginning. I have been posting pictures and narratives ever since. Best of luck to you and keep us up to date with your decisions and progress.
  20. No advice on the trip to India but I wanted you to know that I’ve never taken any medication for hair loss. I had my first surgery at age 50 ...nine years ago. My hair recession subsided in my mid-30’s. I was never interested in taking medications for my hair and for me....its been a good decision. Check out my before/afters at my website posted below. Best of luck on your trip.
  21. Good advice in previous posts. Just curious....how much will this cost you in U.S. dollars? Don’t mean to be nosey but curious. I understand if you don’t want to answer. I’m sure others are curious too. It’s typically not necessary but make sure your health insurance covers any international expenses. Best of luck to you.
  22. I can’t imagine going to India for a transplant but I’m sure you’ve done your research and must be saving a lot of money. You may want to wait a day or so before your 10 hour flight home just in case you need access to your surgeon and allow your body to recover a bit from the basic trauma of surgery. I’m sure the process will go fine and you wouldn’t need additional medical treatment for anything but make sure your personal health insurance would cover any medical bills. It’s pretty rare but knowing that may relieve some personal anxieties. Best of luck to you and let us know how everything goes.
  23. I’m with Melvin on this one. I began losing my hair in my mid 20s but... my recession of hair decreased and visually leveled out in my mid-to late 30s. I had my first transplant many years later at age 50. I was consistently a Norwood VI for many years.
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