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Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    In the last 10 years
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood II
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Considering Surgical Hair Restoration

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
    Yes
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)
    Rogaine Extra Strength for Men

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  1. you can take solace in the fact that you’re getting it right on the first attempt. Dr. K is the best in the world and he will not steer you wrong as it comes to your donor area and future loss. It wouldn't be of much value to get a microscopic evaluation of your donor. It’s more of a qualitative assessment by just looking at it and using his years of experience to make sound judement for donor management. As stressful as it may seem leading up to surgery you’re in the best of hands so just try and relax and enjoy the journey knowing that you choose wisely.
  2. @ciaus I appreciate your opinion/2cents. I agree that my input isn't helping the original poster very much at this moment. My apologies if my response came off harsh or unempathetic. I've been around the hair transplant industry for awhile now and just feel concern about how certain clinics are treating their patients. It just hits a nerve seeing all these more recent Diep cases where there are obvious shortcuts taken that leave the patients in less than optimal condition after their procedure. I am only trying to warn other potential patients that would be reading this thread that it isn't an isolated incident and is becoming more common with this particular clinic. So, obviously there isn't much that @kdlmajcan do at this point to change what has happened. My advice is to just keep spraying the grafts with whatever solution you have (saline is fine, Konior recommends it). Eventually that blood will dissipate and the scabs will soften allowing removal. Wear the hat in the airport and just remember you're the only one who cares about your hair transplant at this point. As much as it consumes you right now, nobody in the airport, including staff, will care about it at all. Good luck
  3. Diep takes shortcuts, his technique is sloppy, his donor harvesting is very questionable, and the implanted rows may look unnatural when they grow out. There's another Diep patient that posted recently who's around the 6 month mark and his "rows" are very noticeable. Try searching the forum for recent Diep patients. A patient should never be sent home with streaks of blood running down their head. However, if that happened then it should have been taken care of immediately upon returning to their office for the wash. Do your left and right sides look similar in their implanting pattern? I know he has techs do alot of the work and they work on opposite sides which sometimes leads to highly noticeable differences in the grafting. It's hard to figure out how much the techs do because you're so snowed by the amount of valium he gives you.
  4. It looks like scabbing that just softened because of the water. I wouldn't be too concerned.
  5. I'm definitely experiencing slower growth on my third transplant. My first was a small transplant and I wasn't paying as close attention to regrowth times. My second transplant I'm not even kidding that I had about 95% sprouted by the end of my 4th month. Most of which was thick terminal hair by 5 months. I am a little more than a week shy of 5 months on my third transplant and have maybe 50% sprouted and 30% matured. I'm not worried but just interesting to see the difference between the growth rates. I also note that the least amount of growth so far is closet to where the previous transplanted grafts were placed. I actually have more growth in the temple points and further down where the area was virgin scalp. This gives credibility to the theory that the scar tissue from previous transplants has decreased blood supply and takes longer for regrowth.
  6. I don’t want to be an alarmist, but that right side really does look awkward. This is a very good indication that his pattern of implanting grafts in straight rows might not look great when grown out as well. You're still extremely early in the process and it may be exacerbated by pulling on the hair but it doesn't look right at the moment. Actually resembles the old mini grafts a bit because all you see is straight rows of hair which doesn't happen in nature. Very questionable as to why he would do this. Efficiency or convience would be my guess because he is obviously capable of producing strong results. This patterned implantation and suspect extraction technique make Dr Diep seem like he's taking shortcuts. I'm not saying that this will turn out badly after a year because more than likely it will look fine but his technique seems questionable.
  7. I'm sorry but we are just going to disagree as I can tell you are steadfast in your theory of FUT being far superior to FUE yield. You state you're basing your "opinion" on scientific facts right? So, let's take a closer look at what you stated in your rebuttal. You said "The facts of the the science behind the surgery is that FUE grafts have less supportive tissue due to the small punch size which decreases the likelihood of graft survival and takes less stem cell from the transplanted grafts." This statement shows me you know nothing about the "science" behind hair transplantation. There are no stems cells in hair transplants. You are simply removing a mature hair follicle from one location on the scalp to another. The follicle remains exactly the same as it was in its' previous location. Stem cells are cells that have yet to determine where their genetic code is going to lead them. They quite literally can become any cell, organelle, or organ in your body after the differentiation sequence. The follicles that are removed and implanted with hair restoration have always been and will always be hair follicles. Hopefully, they were taken from an area that was DHT resistant. Also, I'll humor you and we'll say that FUT always yields better than FUE for arguments sake. If this were true the percentage is so nominal that it could never be detected at normal human interaction distances. As an example, we'll say FUT yields 2% better than FUE. For a 2000 graft restoration that's 40 grafts. It's imperceptible and irrelevant and I actually don't even believe it to be true. This prospective patient doesn't want the FUT scar. He has his reasons as many other patients do as well. He's about to give up hope because of what you're suggesting to him. That's just not right in my book.
  8. He said he didn't want it lowered under where his current hairline reaches so not sure why you would give him this hairline. Also, you thinking 1500 grafts will give adequate density dropping his hairline 2cms is just plain wrong. Please don't take this advice.
  9. Just spray the grafts when the itching becomes unbearable. You'll get some relief but it doesn't last long. Spraying won't hurt anything so feel free to spray as much as necessary. It will eventually dissipate but the first week is difficult for sure.
  10. FUE being hit or miss is an antiquated take on a very viable extraction technique. It comes down to surgeon selection. If a patient does their research and chooses an ethical, well established surgeon with years of experience then the technique doesn't matter. Both will yield similar results in the hands of of skilled surgeon. Now whether or not you think a patient needs to start with FUT to maximize donor capacity is a different argument. That usually comes down to donor characteristics and not actually dependent of extraction method. Your experience with FUE may have been negative but I don't think it's prudent to be telling prospective patients just starting their journey to disregard a surgical option based on your own bad experience. Once again if you went to a top tier clinic you would probably be happier with your result.
  11. Kind of a misleading representation due to the patient's hair being wet in the before pictures. Wet hair will always appear thinner but nonetheless still a very nice result.
  12. Firstly, he wouldn't be "wasting grafts in the forelock". If you look at the first cm of his hairline you would see that these are miniaturized hairs that are on their way out. Any transplant around the hairline could potentially shock these out so you have to reinforce the area or else he could end up with strong temples and a receded midline. This equates to unnatural. Meaning doesn't occur in nature and will draw attention. The goal is to recreate a hairline that is undectable or "natural" thereby not drawing attention to the restoration. Secondly, a blanket statement about FUE being hit or miss is kind of ridiculous. I'm not getting into an FUT vs FUE argument as it's an exhausted topic. The reality is if he goes to a quality surgeon he will get a quality restoration regardless of extraction technique. FUE cases of 2000-3000 grafts are routinely being done with extremely high yielding results.
  13. You have zero signs of hair loss. The area above your ears is slightly thinner but that's common and not at all indicative of you having retrograde. I think you're mistaking nape (neck) hair for retrograde alopecia. Your nape hair simply extends very low down your neck. Advice is to stop thinking about hair loss and enjoy your 20's.
  14. I don't honestly know the physiology but my guess is that it has to do with the revascularization of the area. Skin thickening over time may help as well.
  15. The reason why I mention the density issue is that your hair behind your hairline looks relatively thick. So to have a dense wall of hair behind a sparse restoration might not meet your goals. If you don't mind the thinning look then you can always go with a lower graft count but a surgical assessment by a top doctor is your only way of getting an accurate depiction of what is achievable in your case. Konior is the always the best option but many are turned off by the long waitlist or unable to afford his prices. Just FYI he doesn't necessarily charge by graft either. It's more of a generalized surgical fee based on a proposed graft count.
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