3.5 months ago I went to Dr. Bhatti for a combination head, beard, and chest hair FUE. I can only comment on my results thus far, but as of now I am happy with the results and hoping there are more to come.
This point has already been alluded to by Shera and I will reiterate. You can take the best surgeon in the world in his/her respective specialty and see outcomes that did not match the initial expectations. It is the nature of medicine. There are no guarantees with any medical procedure. Why would any reputable transplant surgeon give money back to customers because the outcome was subpar?
We are talking about something that is subjective and hard to quantify. I am not trying to reduce the OP's concerns, but for the degree of hair loss and the amount of grafts harvested you can't expect it to be a one and done type of procedure. When I went to Dr. Bhatti, I was already planning the next procedure in my head because I knew my ultimate goal and I was realistic in what was needed to achieve it.
The OP talks about grafts growing straight up in a "kinky" fashion. What does the original poster think that beard hair is going to do? It is not going to lay perfect like head hair. Over time it will be less obvious, but that takes patience. Also, I read where the original poster said that they can take all of his beard hair because he doesn't like shaving. From my understanding, that is the opposite sentiment that he should have. He would actually be better served growing out his beard to hide any possible scarring, even if minimal. I think I had approximately 700 beard grafts harvested and I can tell you, without a doubt, the majority are growing like a chia pet. I plan on getting at the very least 700 more harvested. The spot where Dr. Bhatti took the grafts shows a very slight thinner appearance than the other portions of my beard and there is no way you would ever notice if I didn't tell you to look.
Overall, I am very happy with how Dr. Bhatti treated me and will definitely be going back to him in the future. In fact, my year month mark will be in October and hope that I can have my 2nd procedure with Dr. Bhatti at that time.
I came to the discussion forum to search for something that can control an itchy scalp. I purchased generic Scalpicin and started applying it yesterday. I wanted to make sure this was not going to compromise results. I clicked on the patient results section and this was the first thread I saw and I felt compelled to write. If all my grafts stopped growing tomorrow, there is no way I would ever ask for a refund because I understand the high variability from person to person to any cosmetic procedure, especially something so particular of graft harvesting and transplantation. We aren't discussing breast augmentations. We are talking about a highly meticulous procedure with an unmeasurable amount of variables, including patient post-op care, that can determine the quality of the outcome.
The thought of creating perfect results for everyone that undergoes a hair transplant is unrealistic and will never happen, regardless of the surgeon.
We should all be thankful of surgeons like Dr. Bhatti willing to explore possibilities like using beard and chest hair at a very reasonable price. For that, I am grateful and may the outcome of my results rest on the chemistry of my DNA.
Please excuse any grammatical errors. I don't have time to proof read.