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  1. Yes - I would like to see that link as well.
  2. Did you experience redness from the SMP itself or only after having the FUE? I had SMP done in 2015 and it damaged my skin. After having lasered it off in 2018, I still have a distinctive red 'blush' that is in the exact shape of the tattooed area. I am wondering if the FUE procedure caused too much trauma on top of the SMP, leading to broken capillaries. Can you share non-identifying pics?
  3. Well it seems that we have the same goals. Keep me updated on your progress through DM. I will do the same.
  4. I had no idea that your first HT was such poor quality. Now it makes more sense why you are so dedicated to advocacy work in hairloss. You turned a negative experience into a positive one. Congrats on turning that situation around and thanks for all the great work you do on this forum.
  5. I have to be honest and say that I am not yet certain about which clinic to choose. As a NW5a, I estimate I have about 160 square cm to cover. At 30 FU's per square cm, that's about 5000 grafts. I have been quoted 3500 grafts by Eugenix, 4000 grafts by Medispa and 3000-3200 by Darling Buds (Dr. Bhatti). Medispa and Dr. Soni made the most sense initially because they are offering the higher yield with the combination of FUT/FUE. Since I will definitely want a second procedure in the future, it seems that most of the people I consider to be trusted advocates in hairloss (Joe TIllman, Spex, Melvin on this site plus doctors like Dr. Rassman) recommend FUT for high Norwoods in order to maximize the yield and set-up the donor area for future surgeries. Yet, I see great FUE results from Dr. Bhatti and Eugenix for patients like me, some of them with 7000 grafts or more (not all in a single session). Obviously the use of beard/chest grafts are used to supplement the donor area capacity. This has been making my decision harder since I would prefer to keep my hair shorter in the back. SMP is a great option for linear scars from FUT but it just adds another procedure I have to consider. So, to answer your question, I haven't yet made my final decision. If I choose Medispa, I will be going in December since I will have four weeks vacation, which gives the FUT surgery more time to heal before returning to work. If I get FUE done with either Dr. Bhatti or Eugenix, I can go earlier in the year, perhaps as soon as July, depending on the coronavirus situation. I really need the first surgery done so I can start getting past my obsession with my hairloss. It has simply dominated my life in the last few years, leading me to make poor decisions which have had a negative impact for me emotionally, financially and with my relationships. It's time to get the problem fixed once and for all! I wish I could say that cost isn't a factor, but it honestly is the biggest factor. However, all 3 of these clinics make me feel that I can't go wrong with them as my clinic of choice. How about you? What has made you consider Medispa? The FUT/FUE combo? I am starting to feel more confident that FUT is not the only option anymore for higher Norwoods, given the use of beard grafts and the experience of both Darling Buds and Eugenix in this area. It has really transformed the HT landscape having this option now. Before, FUT was the only option if you were a NW 5 and above. The donor area was simply too valuable to leave to the higher transection rates from FUE and lower number of hairs available. When I hear Dr. Bhatti talk of transection rates around 2% for FUE, that just boosts my belief that FUE, when combining scalp and beard grafts, is just as viable an option for extensive hairloss sufferers.
  6. Hi @mitts Here is the reply from Dr. Soni's office re: HT: "According to your scalp pictures around 4000 Grafts can be extracted from safe donor zone in order to get the best results by Combine technique (FUT+FUE) **FUT (Strip) procedure with TRICHOPHYTIC Closure (Trichophytic closure is a technique which leaves almost negligible or minimal scar at donor site). Cost $ 1 USD/Graft For 4000 Grafts = 4000 USD /- (Coverage will be Front and Top) Other Expenses: - 500 USD/- 1. OT Charges 2. Nursing Charges 3. Investigation Fee 4. Food Charges on the day of procedure 5. All Medicine expenses on the day of procedure Expense 4500 USD +18% TAX(GST)Extra."
  7. @TrixGlendevon Thanks for your input. That's why I love this forum! I would love to choose H&W - I have even done a consultation with them. Unfortunately, even their FUT is beyond my financial resources at this moment. Years ago, an SMP treatment that went wrong left me feeling embarrassed and having to wear a hat all the time so I have taken on a labour job that is below my skillset but which allows me to wear a hat. Sad but true! Now I have to consider my finances when choosing my surgeon for the first HT.
  8. He is also a pre-screened/recommended surgeon on this site. https://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/Consult-a-Physician/surgeon-list/IND/India I have been reading your responses to other threads and you have pointed out that finding an FUT surgeon seems harder these days. That's true! In Canada, we have H&W and Rahal but it seems that even Rahal is promoting FUE over FUT much more. I also like the combination of FUE and FUT in a single session as it seems it can yield more grafts without overharvesting.
  9. Thanks for the info. I am still interested in hearing from more HT surgeons as to their choice and why.
  10. https://www.medispaindia.in/dr-suneet-soni-best-hair-transplant-surgeon-india/ He has been a member of ISHRS, IAHRS amongst other associations. A good body of his work is shown on this forum and he has a lot of photos on his website. Seems like a safe bet.
  11. Thank you for the clarification. And thank you for your YouTube videos. I think it is important, no matter the language, to show poor HT results so anyone doing their research can see what can go wrong if you choose the wrong surgeon. Also, OP, what are your future plans to correct your hair transplants?
  12. @nemesisss4, I am glad that you posted on this forum. I have been looking at your YouTube videos and am glad that you are adding your voice to the conversation with your uploads. Keep posting! For those of you who are unaware of OP's YouTube videos, he shows different real-world examples of what can go wrong with HT's. EDIT: I wish I could speak Spanish to understand more of what you are saying in these videos.
  13. MediSpa - Dr. Suneet Soni. What are the pros and what are the cons?
  14. I don't understand Spanish but it's obvious that he had 2 failed hair transplants, an over-harvested donor area and a succesful SMP treatment. I wish he had taken video of the crown and donor area after the SMP.
  15. What is the purpose of using one method over the other? Are staples better for incisions which are harder to close? My biggest concern is the use of dissolvable sutures.
  16. I live in Canada but I am planning on visiting India to have my first HT treatment. Given my extensive hairloss (NW 5A), I have decided to opt for FUT in order to maximize my donor area for future procedures (I am sure I will want a second HT). Some HT clinics uses staples, others use sutures and I have seen at least one use both to close the incision. The clinic that interests me uses dissolvable sutures so that you don't have to return to the clinc to have them removed. That is ideal for me given that I live halfway across the world and have no interest in staying behind two weeks just to have them removed by the same clinic which did my HT. However, I am wondering if the method used to close the incision may impact the esthetic of the scar itself. While I understand that individual physiology will be the biggest factor in scar formation, does anyone think that the use of sutures (dissolvable/non-dissolvable) vs staples will play a significant role? My quesion also applies to the differences between dissolvable and non-dissolvable sutures.
  17. My negative experience with Dr. Rahal was also because of his rep; in this, case it wasn't Aaron but Chris. Dr. Rahal should be aware of this issue because it is turning away potential customers.
  18. Your hairloss pattern is almost exactly like mine (NW5 with high sides) but I have a bit more left in the crown. After years of researching, I can definitely say that you can get a good result but that it will likely take more than one surgery, depending on your ultimate goal.
  19. When you suggest that your surgeon has not been responsive, could you elaborate? Have you submitted photos of your concerns to the surgeon? What has been their advice? And as others have suggested, pictures would be helpful.
  20. My understanding is that motorized punches reduce surgeon fatigue. But, like anything else, a good surgeon will still be a good surgeon, with a manual or a motorized punch. An improved punch system won't reform a sub-par skillset.
  21. I did an initial consult with Dr. Rahal (or at least his advisor) and found the process to be off-putting. He may do good work but his customer service has not been satisfactory, IMO.
  22. Well, mate, we have similar hairloss patterns. Depending on the hairline you want, you would be north of 5000 grafts. Minimal scarring = FUE but if you want to maximize your donor area, you would be wise to choose FUT. Unfortunately, that comes with a scar. SMP can work wonders for covering it, though. I don't know anything about graft limits imposed on docs in the US but there does seem to be upper limits on the number of grafts moved in a single session. Lots of great value outside of North America. Don't discount India, South Korea as potential locations.
  23. Thanks Melvin. You are a great mod and I appreciate the assistance you provide.
  24. Thank you for the input. I have watched your Youtube vids charting your progression. Keep them coming!