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pkipling last won the day on August 3 2020

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Country
    United States
  • State
    CA

Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    In the last 5 years
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood III
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain and Regrow Hair
    I'm here for support

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
    Yes
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Parsa Mohebi
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
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  1. I've actually never heard of this pre-op guideline. I would ask the surgeon what the specific reasoning is for this rule, and see if they may go ahead and tell you it's fine under certain circumstances. Also - keep in mind, that every surgeon has their own unique guidelines in regards to the Do's and Don'ts of a procedure, and there isn't any universal list. So even though this surgeon may not recommend it, I imagine most other surgeons wouldn't consider this a risk.
  2. It's always great to hear of positive experiences - and I agree that it's reassuring when a surgeon is upfront about what is possible based on your situation (as opposed to over-promising). That said, do you have any photos of your hair before and immediately following the procedure? Getting to see pictures of the work is where the real value in these reviews lies.
  3. Woah! Incredible results. I understand how at this point, any additional improvement will just be the icing on the cake bc this is already stellar. Very happy for you!
  4. As the others have said, I think the answer to that question really lies in the type of people being polled. If you ask a bunch of people who did little to no research and ended up getting subpar (or worse) work done at a hair mill or some national chain, then that number is probably accurate. However, if you're asking people who chose a surgeon after doing considerable research, knew what they were getting into, had reasonable expectations, and used valuable resources like this forum before making a decision, I guarantee you the number of people who regret it is incredibly low. Glad you seem to have found this forum (and therefore, guidance!) before moving forward. You're in really good hands.
  5. I imagine the FUT vs FUE Debate will never completely go away, but it seems the general consensus here in this forum and amongst most surgeons is that they're both valid procedures and both serve a purpose depending a patient's particular situation and needs. And while there are a few surgeons who still think that FUT is infinitely better than FUE, it's undeniable that FUE has improved drastically over the past 5-10 years and if there is a gap between the two in regards to FUT "being better", that gap has closed significantly at this point, and I don't think it's nearly as cut and dry as maybe some FUT Loyalists would have you believe. As to why so many surgeons primarily offer FUE these days, I think the biggest component to consider is simply demand. Now that FUE is in many ways comparable to FUT (in the hands of the right surgeon, that is), most guys don't want to deal with a strip scar and many won't even consider it - therefore, the surgeons shift to what is marketable and what the majority of the patients want. And when you have surgeons who are getting solid results with FUE, it's easy to see why so many patients would much rather go that route than having a strip scar in the back of their scalp. All of that said, I personally think it's important to find a surgeon who is skilled in both methods so that they're making a recommendation based on what is in the best interest of the patient. For some guys, FUT may very well be the best route for them to take, and so it would be important for them to have that option. But if a patient can get just as good results with FUE (or even almost as good), I personally would go that route every time.
  6. Ohhh yeah - you definitely can try it with a hairdryer if you want volume. You can play around with the speed as well, but I've found that a lower speed works best for me to give it "manageable volume". If I do it on a high speed, it just gets super poofy and wiry. Lol. I actually watched the following YouTube video of this guy explaining different ways to use it, so check it out and see if it helps!
  7. Your results are next level! I can also barely recognize people I know if I see them out with a mask - so adding a brand new head of hair to someone I previously knew as quite bald would definitely be a challenge. Lol. Oh - and I totally agree about the initial numbing injections being very painful. Easily the worst part for me, which I suppose is a good thing considering how relatively fleeting that part of the process is in the grand scheme of the procedure.
  8. Lighting can change everything, so don't overthink it. As your results continue to come in, the contrast between normal and harsh lighting will be less and less, and with time, you may also learn that there are certain hairstyles and products that give you a better illusion of density than others. You're still very early on, and have lots of time for things to continue to improve. And for what it's worth, lighting really is key to pretty much any cosmetic appearance, from skin to eye color to, in this case, hair density. It's why professional photographs that have all of those things working in their favor always look so damn good.
  9. Update! Dr. G had his procedure with Dr. Mohebi this past Monday (2,675 grafts/FUE), and I'm very excited to share some content with you all as this progresses. Melvin was there as well and documented portions of the procedure on the HTN Instagram page if any of you want to check that out. I have other video content as well we're getting together, but in the meantime, here are the immediate pre-op and post-op photos... And I must say I am quite envious of the temple work he had done and can't wait to see how this turns out. The work is incredibly clean and refined and it's going to look incredible. More videos/content coming soon. - brent/pkipling
  10. Hey Matt! I hope your surgeon told you that even with FUE, you shouldn't expect to be able to shave down to the scalp without there potentially being noticeable scarring. While many surgeons are very skilled at making FUE extractions that leave almost no sign of a HT, it also comes down to how each individual patient's body/scalp responds to the trauma... Not to mention, the donor sites will never fill back up with hair, so it's possible for the donor area to be visually less dense if you cut your hair too short. All of that to say that I hope you were mentally prepared to potentially have to wear your hair slightly longer on the sides/back than it is in this picture. Even still, this doesn't look typical, and I can't speak to if it will resolve itself. I recommend reaching out to your surgeon - and at the very least, grow your hair out a bit to see if that disguises what's currently happening. Best of luck!
  11. Very good advice and topic here. I even have to use different products based on how long or short my hair is. I can get by with something heavier like a wax when it's freshly cut/short, but once it starts getting longer, I need something lighter. As for creating the illusion of density, it's going to vary from person to person based on their hair type, although gels typically aren't going to be good for anyone who's trying to conceal hair loss or thinning. Something I've found that really helps add volume and density is a Sea Salt spray. Apply it when wet then blow dry it and it really adds lots of volume... And then you can follow up with a pomade, paste, etc. to add some texture and style. As for products, I've bounced around a lot since my scalp has a tendency to be sensitive, and I often end up having allergic reactions to most products. What I've been using most consistently over the past year or so though is Blind Barber's product line. Happy to elaborate on their different products if anyone is interested (though I'm by no means a professional when it comes to styling my hair. Lol.)
  12. I just watched this video, and I must say that based on the comments, I was expecting something/someone way crazier than what I just saw. While I personally would have no desire to get a HT without anesthesia, I certainly believe he made some extremely valid points about how we relate to pain, medication, and consciousness overall in Western civilization. As Dr. Arocha stated above, alternative approaches to Western medicine such as meditation, acupuncture, and mindfulness have not only been practiced and deemed effective by large human populations throughout history, but Western science has finally begun to catch up to those practices and have finally starting "validating" them in many ways - as if Western civilizations "seal of approval" is worth something. We're just so largely disconnected it seems from the role that our minds/consciousness play in our daily lives that it's easy for us to discredit anything that doesn't neatly fit into our own little box/worldview. Not to mention, his answer to someone asking "Should I get a hair transplant?" was spot on. If you're looking to get a hair transplant (or anything in life, really) to fill a void, make yourself feel better, overcome an insecurity, etc., then the effect of it won't likely be long lasting. It may make you feel better temporarily, but until we're each willing to address the deeper emotional/psychological stuff that may lie underneath, those insecurities and empty feelings will just find something else to latch onto long after someone's hair is restored. So do both - get the HT to address the physical ailment, and make a point to address any inner ailments that may be lurking as well. Anyway. I didn't hear anything remotely insane in that video... But perhaps that's because I'm insane as well, in which case... So be it.
  13. I love stumbling across a thread that has about 4 months of updates by the time I see it. Lol. Lots of instant gratification for me - something you probably wish you had more of with your hair transplant, I see. Chiming in to say that you A) you seem to be right on track, B) my redness lingered in much the same way yours has been and it eventually completely went away, C) the work immediately post-op looked extremely clean/sophisticated, and D) I suspect you're about to turn a corner and start seeing some solid improvements over the next couple of months.
  14. It looks to me like any "unevenness" you're seeing is from one side simply scabbing more than the other, which isn't anything to be alarmed about. As Melvin said, at this point, all you can do is wait it out. It's definitely going to look worse before it looks better, and that's just the nature of the HT. And try not to overanalyze it too much or you'll just drive yourself crazy. As long as you did your due diligence and research and made a well-informed decision on who to go with, then the best thing you can do now is trust in that and patiently wait for results to start coming through - but that's going to be a quite a few months down the road.
  15. Ahhhh... Understood. At 5 months, while I doubt you'll have the length in that photo, it's definitely possible (if not likely) that the HT itself will be undetectable by then. You may have to sport a shorter overall hairstyle in order for the length to be uniform on top, but if you're a relatively early grower, 5 months is often enough time for there to be enough growth and density for it to look natural. And @gillenator - Agreed about the selective hearing. Lol. It's human nature, I suppose, for us to hear what we want to hear.
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