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  1. Just crossed my 11 month mark and I think it is time to give the forum sth. back. Maybe such a mini/test transplant, is still helpful for the forum. My Case (Original thread): - I am almost 40, a diffuse thinner with focus on the crown and the hairline - Like my dad my loss is very asymmetric and also has a W-shape - Minox and FIN for almost 5 years - According to all clinics, I have more than 10 000 FUE grafts available (I also recalculated with the tool of Erdogan and had the same result) and my hair thickness is well above average Why only 400 grafts: - I am a strong believer in the X-factor (genetics) being the reason for bad results even by the best clinics, therefore I wanted to know if I am a good candidate - My W-shape hairline has the "benefit" that small changes have a big impact (this is what Feriduni and myself thought initially and what came true) - Dark thick hair on pale skin often look unnatural even with premium clinics --> I wanted to see it first on myself. - 400 FU could be disguised easily Why Feriduni: - I consulted with Bisanga, Feriduni and Lupanzula - Lupanzula was my first choice initially as he is more hands-on than the other two - But Feriduni was the only one who accepted a such a small "test case" and he was the only one who really understood what bothered me with my hair (Lupanzula focused mainly on the crown, Bisanga on the hairline) The Surgery: - Feriduni uses a special device which made me almost not feel the injections - The drip (?) was actually the worst thing and maybe the "noise" when the grafts are ripped out - As the surgery was small I did not need any painkillers after day 1and I had only minor swelling (but I had shockloss like from a big surgery) - The surgery took only a few hours and I was back in the hotel shortly after lunchtime - Feriduni attended the first extractions and did some himself deciding for the punch size and depth. Comment: "Your grafts are very long and robust". Not sure if long equals good in that case^^ - He is also did all incisions and came into the room several times to check the status - The rest of the work was done by the team. But for my small case only one person did all implants etc. - For my surgery a manual punch was used. I think, since then Feriduni switched to WAV-System - All grafts are inspected via microscope and sorted into: Fine singles (row 1-2), singles (next rows), multies for the rest The Result: - Most important: It looks unbelievable natural. No one (!) can see anything. Not even myself close up. Feriduni could hardly see the difference between implanted and natural hair when I discussed the result with him. My barber did not see anything even when I asked him to look for sth. suspicious. He only found another scar which I have on one temple from a old sport injury. - It looks much better than before and I feels (!) even better when I go through my hair with my hand - Density is very good. Only a few of the very fine singles in the very first two rows did not grow. 5-20 singles from perfection IMO. Please NOTE: This effect is amplified as the new hairline is higher the my remaining peaks which amplifies this effect. This makes the judgement a little tricky. - Feriduni wanted to stay higher than my initial hairline. Reason: The hairline peaks are below the 1/3 mark. The hair in the very front has different texture and growth direction than the rest of my hair. Despite being thick this hair also grows only till 1 inch or so. Feriduni calls it "body hair" in the hairline^^ Also, a lower hairline makes the receding on the sides of the hairline more visible. ---> I am happy with the outcome and hair greed has arrived. Next Steps: - After having a good result I am currently planning the next step - Option1: Again a small step with Feriduni and treat only the bad side of the hairline (400-600 FU) - Option2: Do the entire front (1000 FUE) and crown (1000-2000 FUE) at once with Konior, Baubac or Feriduni
  2. Thank you for your comment. I really consider all input an certainly understand the "one and done" approach. Especially now that it seems I am a good candidate. However, if I go for the crown I have to shave the entire head, as I am not a believer in unshaven FUE for such huge areas. Combine this with the unavoidable shock loss and I will look like sh.t for 3-4 month even in the best case. This is difficult in my position. A small hairline case would be easy to cover up and I would be able to go back to my normal routine after 2 weeks tops. quite tempting...
  3. Gasthoerer

    Recommended on this forum

    I think we should not mix: - Does the clinic post monthly updates with - Do the clinics involve in the discussion The first is a must, while the second is a nice to have. And maybe for the clinic mentioned, sometimes even a "not so nice to have" 😉
  4. Gasthoerer

    Recommended on this forum

    Also some household names haven't posted in a long time: Think Feller and Bloxham.
  5. To rule out Bisanga as you need "extensive" work and then to think about Keser makes no sense. Keser is the (!) guy for small hairline cases doing maybe 500 FU / day all on his own. Bisanga has an entire team doing the work. On top: Keser is kind of a controversial figure as some patients claims his non-rotating/oscillating extraction method is outdated. He has often issues with extractions, but it is not clear if he is very cautious or the reason is his method. If he has no issue with extraction his results are great and do not need many grafts.
  6. Thank you all for your comments and recommendations. I know my case is not the standard approach in here. But my hairloss is quite unique and I am on the one hand very cautious and on the other hand very interested in keeping my HT secret. Even in my close environment. That makes crown work challenging. Most important info I took from your comments: Almost everyone gives a different recommendation, which tells me that I am not crazy (only vain 😉)but it is really tricky. Maybe the next picture highlights my remaining issue with my hairline. While one temple is really ok for my age, the other one shows a concave balding pattern. Under certain light it looks very odd and unnatural IMO. At the moment I think this is what I fix next. Small step, but I hope, big outcome again.
  7. Gasthoerer

    FUE Scarring - Small Procedure

    I had such a small procedure. Even though I do not sport my hair real short, maybe it still helps you making a decision. Scars are hardly visible, but (!) every person heals different. No one can predict how the scars will look like.
  8. This is normal, relax and I recommend not to look at threads like this for the next month. Almost everyone looks like sh.t after 3 month.
  9. Jesus, this guy has great hair. Not for his age...it is just great and if you compare to his brother, poor guy.
  10. Ähh, no. Many people, including myself, would never do that. I doubt Payam would do that. Your head is not a car. If you really did not feel well with the clinic the first time (Payman did not for example even before his result was there) or you think the result was a "disaster" you should not (!) go back. If you are overall happy and it is a small touch up...that is another story.
  11. It depends how you define "the best". My rating would be: Hairline design - Rahal Density in one pass - H&W Consistency - Konior
  12. Almost all ist said and done, but this: No, certain people have such great hair that it looks good under all conditions. Minde did, when I was young. YOu just need 110+ FU/cm2 and Diamter > 70. Simple :-) And there are very few men who keep their hair until they die: Ronald Regan, Leonard Nimoy...
  13. There is actually not much to add to the comments of @Melvin-Moderator and @JayLDD, Even the best results online e. g. from Couto are Illussions. True his results look like a full head of hair, but they aren't. I assume the results he shows have great growth with characteristics like mine: Dark hair with above average diameter and a natural density of > 110 FU/cm2 everywhere. Even the best results have typically 55 FU/cm in the front and maybe 40 FU in the crown. This is 50 % (front) and 30-40 % (crown) of the orignal density. Besides the great characteristics, a perfect length and perfect light helps to create that illusions. Again, I am the best example: - Look at my front. Density looks great in the pics but it is FAR FAR from my original/donor density. Under strong bathroom light and looking from the wrong angle it looks bad. - Look at my crown pics. Both are with a professional camera at a top transplant clinic. Here is your Illusion
  14. This topics has been discussed a thousand times and the names are always the same. Out of me head (typical comment) - Konior (not many FUE results by patients) and Nadimi (relativly unknown) - Keser (atypcal way of extraction) - Hei(t)mann (no mircoscopes) - Lupanzula (implantation mostly by techs as far as I know) - HLC (3 surgeons specialized for different cases e. g. one for BHT) There you go. HLC might be the cheapest option.
  15. Feriduni and H&W are very similar clincis. Top clinic who use techs with a lot of experience and offer FUT and FUE. I doubt it would make a difference who you choose. If I were you: - FUT - H&W - FUE - Feriduni
  16. This is very one sided: We are speaking of a > 5000 FU transplant. Also with FUE it is very unlikely that he can buzz down in the future. SMP in FUE scars is also not as simple as many people believe. I am not saying he should go FUT, but this is a simplification which is misleading.
  17. I like you legend and supported you as well. But to support such an obvious scam is just … wrong. I do not want that unexperienced and desperate hair loss sufferers waste time (!) and money and such nonsense. If this device would be any good, the company could show a nice report in here or elsewhere. Or do you think there is no one with hairloss in the company? This is scam and the money back guarantee is the oldest trick in the world. Biotin is scam as well if you think it will stop your loss or regrow hair. There is FIN, MINOX and DUT. Maybe some minor effects with KET: End of story. Everything else will make you lose more time = lose more hair. And by the way: At least I was able to pay the clinic so they did not cancel on me 😉
  18. Here is a picture of a guy who tested the device. Not sure if he is thinking of a refund: https://imgur.com/gallery/iWKad22
  19. Gasthoerer

    Top 3 Lies In The Hair Transplant Industry

    The injections for me were also almost painless with the Feriduni vibration thing. I do not think it is from Devroye though. Feriduni uses the Devroye WAV System for extraction. For me the biggest lies are easily: - 99 % success rate (or what anything above 90 %) - Average growth rates > 90 % - Growth guarantees
  20. TO, I really hope you see more growth especially after what you have gone through and having a FUT particularly to maximize yield. However, I strongly agree with @JayLDD: - The amount of subpar results (= below expectation yield) is much (!) higher than most people think and the clinics want us to believe - This has nth. to do with techs vs. doc only approach despite some very vocal users here want us make to believe that. The advantage of the doc only approach is: Better control of the graft distribution NOT the density. Proof for my argument: There are thousands of poor (density) results by clinics which a doc only approach. There are even more bad results from bad FUT even from clinics like H&W. No tech can fu.k up the extraction or transect the grafts in a strip, still there are thousands of poor strip results. What does this mean? There is only one logical argument: Some donors/recipients/grafts are not suited for FUE and some not even for FUT. Hence, there are many subpar results. In your case, maybe your grafts or skin is not suited for any HT. If you proceed, I recommend a clinic with a different implantation method: Maybe Implanter pen like the Spanish clinics using? Good luck.
  21. Thank you for the nice comments! Any recommendation for my next step? I have the grafts available but going in smaller steps seems also very convenient: - Option1: Again a small step with Feriduni and treat only the bad side of the hairline (400-600 FU) - Option2: Do the entire front (1000 FUE) and crown (1000-2000 FUE) at once with Konior, Baubac or Feriduni
  22. Thanks to the forum for the support choosing the clinic. My country, despite being one of the most developed countries in the world, is a hair transplant desert. Could have easily gone bad using a domestic clinic. Thanks also to Jean for the advice and comments.
  23. Finally, two pics which show that a single picture can be misleading. My crown BOTH before and only a slightly apart. Both with a professional camera. Clinics suggested 1000 - 2500 FU with this before PIC Clinics recommended 0 zero grafts with this before picture.
  24. Some more comparisons. Especially the first two are very telling IMO. Parted before and after 11 month. 11 month combed backwards highlighting the "body hair" in front of my entire hairline. 11 month combed through showing very little to no scaring.
  25. Preparation of grafts.