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BigBen last won the day on August 12 2018

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About BigBen

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Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    10 years +
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood III
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain and Regrow Hair

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Koray Erdogan
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)

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  1. I was with kw877 at Asmed and we had the HT done with only a few days of difference. I haven't posted here recently but I wanted to thank you publicly for all your posts and your own thread. Every person that posts their results not being sponsored are very generous, not for the time spent but for that privacy they are exposing somehow. They deserve all the support, honesty and constructive feedback they can get. The pain was also unbearable for me but the anaesthetic came and gave me a higher dose. I was suffering for two weeks after the HT because of a pain deep in my head and painkillers didn't help but after the first weeks I started feeling great again. I guess the nerves just healed. I don't think that FUT would have been better for you, FUE was the right choice for you. Do you remember the Bepanthol lotion that they gave us for the scalp? Keep using that on the irritated areas, I also have sensitive skin and it has been good and no allergies reactions whatsoever. If you don't like to have lotion soaking your hair do it when you are at home and/or some time before having a shower, styling your hair and hitting the street. I had that tiny dandruff that is not because of greasy scalp but because of dry and irritated scalp and using this or any other hypoallergenic lotion helps. Also, what shampoo are you using? Try using hypoallergenic shampoo like the one they gave us (Sebamed), for sensitive scalp it is better than trying fancy shampoos with special properties in the long term. You are absolute right when you say that if the HT result doesn't look good under direct light then it's not a satisfying result when the person is young and the hair loss wasn't that bad to begin with. The result should look good under direct light and the good results prove that. As you know I am not happy with my own results yet either, the lack of density is very obvious in the hairline, but we are at the fifth month mark so we have to stay positive because it's not definitive. Yes, there are some fast results but we might have slower growth. You say that you can't see the incisions in those gaps, I will check my gaps and see if I can find incisions (I haven't checked that) but I have noticed new thin hairs, not everywhere unfortunately but I hope that more will sprout. Are you sure that you have not found any shorter or thinner hairs in the recipient area (the hairline is the easiest part to check)? I see that your donor has what looks like a round area where density is lower. Give it time, if you keep the hair short on the back side compare the photos and see if it's filling up with time. My donor is lower density now but it's quite uniform. I will get a new hair cut soon with that area short and I will see if density has improved there.
  2. Well said. I don't even know who is he talking about on each paragraph because he makes 99% of his statements up especially when talking about other users. The lies, manipulation, hypocrisy, toxicity and aggressions of this user towards others, myself included, should not be tolerated. He is lying, intoxicating and trying to ridicule any person that is critical of the doctor or clinic of his choice or reporting a bad result. I really don't understand how this can be tolerated on this forum. I really want to know what moderators are going to do about this. He can talk about his own experience but he shouldn't be allowed to do what he is doing to other people. Some people don't want to post just because of him, because he is a bully. Just read all the insults and stalking behaviour, breaking every behaviour forum rule and yet not being banned. I would like to say that I agree with Bill that every doctor has subpar results for different reasons. I also agree with Melvin that patients should wait one year before calling their results a failure even if late growth typically means a worse result. I haven't even called Payam's result a failure yet because I want to see if things improve for him. I have seen other Koray Erdogan's cases that I consider a failure after a year and I also have seen one of the best results I've ever seen made by this very same doctor. Because again, no doctor has a flawless curriculum. I see how the unhappy patients move back and forth after a year in their opinions, something that LordBalwin mentioned above. They want to convince themselves that it's not that bad and I feel sad for them because they are just trying to feel better. We should not say that they look great but support them. I have been reading this forum for years before my HT with Koray Erdogan, especially doctors and surgeries reviews. I started to be more active recently when I made up my mind. I have provided sincere feedback about any results that I have checked (including results from other doctors) while being respectful with everybody. I have provided zero feedback about my own result because only three months have passed. I have only talked about my experience in the clinic which is the same as the other people that have been there recently. I will say the truth about my result when the time comes, whether it is positive as I obviously desire and hope or it is negative and I really hope that if it's negative I will find comfort and help in here, but not white lies or personal attacks. Every doctor has subpar results but every result should be considered and every recommended doctor on this forum should be willing to talk with the unhappy patients too. I understand that they won't post the bad results on their website but they should care about their patients privately, even more when the patients are not satisfied than when they are. If they are happy, good for you, another success. If they are not happy, talk to them, don't delay responses and don't try to get rid of them. That is not ethical. Money aside, for every one of us this is a lifetime investment of grafts.
  3. I totally agree. I want to read what everyone has to say whether it's positive, negative or a mixed bag and not speculation about patients' mental stability or honesty. People that we know that were there with us and had concerns, issues or complaints don't talk so you know for sure there is more than the few brave people speaking loud and clear. Quickly come these very suspicious people to call unhappy patients liar, mentally unstable, "why do you post only on Asmed threads and not evaluate other clinics?" This was addressed to me by the most aggressive and obvious of them all, JeanLDD. If you get a HT at Asmed you are basically checking Asmed results before and after the HT, but not all the threads about all the doctors on all the forums (glad that some people have so much free time) and if you say what others have said about the clinic you are not lying. We are not professional reviewers of HTs so we don't have to review every case and every doctor but they are already in defence mode before you even know, even bashing other doctors. Why I wonder. What's the reasoning behind "Your expectations were not realistic" that some people get here as response? People choose a HT and a doctor because they have seen other people's results with similar hair loss and not because one night they had a dream about how their hair would look if they had a HT done by whatever doctor. Their expectations are based on real cases and not on fantasies. If hoping for a good result is unrealistic what's the point of the surgery and choosing a good doctor? We don't need to read aggressive bulldog(s) on every thread like they have to be everywhere bullying anyone who has a critical opinion like undercover representatives or lawyers. That's not what a forum is for. If they don't feel comfortable with unsatisfied patients they should not be everywhere and just post their results and their experiences on their own threads and stop right there because they are just annoying people that have suffered enough already and not helping anybody but a doctor's reputation. Again, this is not what a forum is for.
  4. That kind of evasive and delayed responses from Asmed that HT0416 has detailed has also been reported by other members like Jonyny (as can be seen on his thread) and it worries me because I expect the doctor to mantain his quality standards and 90% growth guarantee when a disappointing or subpar result happens instead of trying to get rid of the unhappy patients.
  5. It's true that the top has much more hair than before the HT and considering how you looked before the HT, the difference is huge, it's not an illusion but a real and big improvement as I have told you privately, even if it doesn't look that great when wet as you seem to suggest. However, I noticed that something about the hairline, you don' have to show it in detail or better resolution if you don't want to, obviously. Every person has the right to show what they want to show, even if sometimes it makes us more curious. As Melvin and other people have seen, in my case I only had hair loss in the front area (NW3-ish) so, honestly, I expect a good density in the front and a good hairline as other people that had NW3 before the HT have achieved. I am at the third month mark, I have been told that now is when growth starts.
  6. And closer, the photos are a bit far away and low-resolution. It's hard to see the hairline at all.
  7. Luke, just to clarify, when did you take these two photos? How many months after the HT? Thanks in advance. Your thread is very good and as I have said before, your new hairline is awesome and even the photos are very professional.
  8. As posted by many recent patients, myself included, in recent years he has streamlined the surgery process. This year the clinic performs four big HTs per day at the same time by means of technicians. There is a lot of people working there and every one has a role. The doctor performs the incisions but on the website this is not explained properly as shown on another thread about Turkish doctors, at least until this summer '18. In at least one case that I know he did not perform the incisions either but in my case he did them.There is an expert technician working with him since the beginning (Dilek) but she can only be at one room at any given time and that's the same for the doctor. About results, you can check many recent cases linked on this very thread and judge for yourself. Some are great and others lack density after a year because not enough grafts bloomed. However, he still offers a 90% survival rate guarantee so in case you get less you are offered a touchup. Other patients and I don't comment about our results because not enough time has passed by. I hope that this clears your doubts.
  9. For the record, I also think that Payam should post just once a month for his own good. This thread is way too intense for being a recent case.
  10. I agree but also the clinics should be more honest. Once you make contact with them you expect them to explain all the important stuff, one doesn't think that Google is going to be more knowledgeable or accurate about the Dr/clinic than the website of the clinic or the clinic's representatives. In this case the website was (don't know if it still is or was corrected) ambiguous regarding the doctor intervention and this was proven on another thread and verified by administrators. Payam is not the only one complaining about Asmed, he is just the most vocal, some patients don't want to say anything negative in case they need to go back. I know a few. I don't know how much psychological strength one is supposed to have when we all obviously have some insecurities about our hair, but if he is insecure why make him feel worse like aggressive members do over and over (we know who is)? Why is that allowed? In my case there were things unknown to me until I was there but I stay positive because I believe that that is what I have to do until this wait game is over and that is Payam's only mistake, being pessimistic early on. However, he has the same right to talk about his case as anybody else. At this stage every one of us would have doubts about our result if we were him. And even worse, if anybody else has a disappointing result will he be brave enough to post it? Most of the forum members are supportive and good people but just one devastating comment written with an intention to hurt you or humiliate you when you already feel down can be quite negative.
  11. Yes, I know that you are saying the truth because it was the same the day I was there and people including myself were a bit surprised to see the four of us getting +2000 grafts each in the same morning. It was worrying. We were introduced quickly to the assigned technicians. Some of the recent results that have been posted by patients are not as I had expected. Dr Erdogan's replies on this forum are a bit too generic and doesn't really answer anything. Some other results from this clinic are pretty good, basically the ones I had checked before going there. I am a bit worried but I can only hope and wait that mine is one of the good results.
  12. 22 notifications for this thread in less than 24 hours. I can't keep up.
  13. I had not seen those two, yes, there is an area with low density in the middle.
  14. Do you mean the side triangles? So he is sure what you are asking... I went back to the first page and I think that that's how the doctor designed the hairline but Luke should know better, it's not the same seeing photos than seeing your own head in the mirror.
  15. The worst side effect for me is that libido has gone down considerably and only comes back when I intimate. I think that your symptom is because of the lower level of dihydrotestosterone. In my case I'm far more calmer and relaxed when I use finasteride but that's not a good thing because it's like you don't have as much energy or "power" within. Doing physical exercise and sports helps me to recover that energy, try it. It works for me. We men are all hormonal.