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  1. This is the first time I’ve heard this about H&W and feel they have a good reputation of being highly ethical.....but any loyalty/bias aside it’s a good thought in general - can you elaborate further? It’s a good point in how each doctor/clinic chooses to quantify grafts.
  2. Did you feel you got the same result from your recent experience with Dr Bloxham?
  3. Question for you and the group - H&W get a lot of love on this forum. I myself have a date with them, but Canada is not looking good for the foreseeable future...like to the point where discouragement is setting in. But since my date keeps moving out, I've had a chance to take a step back and analyze (and criticize) my decision making process. So here's the question: WHAT is it that makes H&W the best? What competitive advantage do they have over everyone else that (in today's climate) makes it worth waiting for the border to re-open? I feel like I've done tons of research o
  4. Agreed - been doing homework for 3+ years and I’m SO glad I did. It’s amazing how much there is to learn before making this decision. If I went for it back then I would have made terrible choices and ruined my donor.
  5. Thanks all - this is great insight and info. Frontal third and establishing a natural hairline is #1 priority. Hasson told me I had 7-8k grafts total in the donor area. I would be super upset if 10 years from now i looked like a monk because I lost everything around the crown and couldn’t do anything about it - I’d rather play the long game. I feel confident in pushing back and just asking Hasson for a more conservative temple design, if anything, to save grafts for worst case scenario or future major loss. Hasson is obviously stellar and I will wait and see what happens ar
  6. 38yo. Finasteride and foam Minoxidil for 3 years. No growth, but haven’t seen much recession/thinning since. I wanted objective data, so have measured from my hairline to my right eyebrow over the past year and seen the same numbers. Only subjective indicator I have is I notice 10-15 hairs in my hand after styling, which makes me nervous, but apparently that’s normal.
  7. I tend to agree and this is what I am leaning towards. I would rather go with (what I think) is a world class result that would help me achieve everything in one pass vs always wondering "what if"? But the thought in the back of my mind is if they can achieve the same level as Hasson, which doesn't seem likely, which is interesting. I am hopeful for November, since they are pushing vaccines for that first week, but won't be holding my (masked) breath.
  8. I'm curious about what you are considering as alternatives? Feel free to direct message me.
  9. I have consulted with both Gabel and Hasson in person. Spoke with reps of Cooley and Shapiro via phone. Will those doctors take video consultations? I have leveraged this forum to find past patients of all doctors. Majority have a good experience, so will mark that up as a wash in terms of decision making. Cost and travel are not an issue (aside from Konior’s outlier of price). Quality and long-term satisfaction is my highest priority. Thanks Melvin! Keep up the good work!
  10. Love this forum - been so helpful for me. Now I need some wisdom and advice: I keep watching the Canada border news and it’s not looking positive for the near term. I have a date with Hasson that keeps getting pushed due to border closure. Now I’m waffling if I should just commit to Hasson for whenever that will be, or if going to another top surgeon would still yield similar results. My goal is a one-and-done FUT session. Hasson quoted me 4,500 grafts. I’m NW 4V and need some dense grafts in frontal third. He also wants to fill in the temples. Gabel isn’t far away fro
  11. Thanks - I did consult with them about a month ago - they both quoted me 3,000 grafts, which I'm not sure will suffice based on being a Norwood 4V and both aren't available until the New Year last I checked. Wondering why H&W quote so much higher? Does anyone have insight into this?
  12. I am in the same boat - Gabel is only three hours away from me and he was second on my list, but he quoted me for 3,500 grafts and Hasson said 4,500+. The main thing I am struggling with now is if I go somewhere else I’ll always wonder what Hasson could have done since he is so revered on this forum - but would appreciate any advice on how MUCH of a difference there is between these surgeons and if Hasson is REALLY worth the wait. Being able to heal up during the ugly duckling phase without anyone noticing during working from home, etc would be amazing.
  13. I’ve tried googling this but found various results - wondering if anyone has experience or data that shows causation between taking SSRIs (anti-depressants/OCD meds) and increased hair loss? I was on Zoloft for 9 years in my 20s and curious if it contributed to my receding hairline. I am the thinnest, most receded in my family (dad and brother have full heads of hair, as did both grandfathers) and can’t seem to figure out what the main contributors are. Maybe just drew the lucky Ace in the generic lottery 😂 or was it more environmental? Thanks in advance.
  14. I’ve considered the cream - will buy the travel size and give it a try. 👍🏻
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