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Everything posted by Spaceman

  1. IMO, you’ve made great choices based on solid research and are likely to get a fantastic result. Thanks for taking the time to document and best of luck!
  2. Yes, recipient looks fantastic but scars definitely not cool. Have you asked Hasson about them? Also, do you have any post-op pics of that area?
  3. Yes, this is true. There can be a change of direction on either side of the FUT scar. Some doctors (eg Hasson) take that into account and remove the strip in a way that minimizes change of direction. Also, for those with wavy or curly hair, the change of direction if usually much less noticeable or even totally invisible. But one should definitely consider this point when choosing between FUT and FUE, especially if you have stick straight hair.
  4. +1 to Melvin and Cosmo They will show. How much depends on the punch size, the contrast between the color of your normal skin and your scar tissue, the contrast between your hair color and your scar tissue, and the total number of grafts. They can be very pronounced or in some cases very subtle. Most fall somewhere in between.
  5. Nah, I’m sure they’d be happy to take you and your $9.6 AUD per graft. 😂 Their FUT prices are considerably lower than FUE though. Pricing is on website, but currently 3k FUT is $13k and FUE is $22k. Their FUT is great value, IMO.
  6. You are in Canada and want FUT. Just go to Hasson and Wong. It’s $13k for 3k grafts. That is great value- they are world class at FUT. Don’t try to save a few dollars. You will regret it.
  7. While that is technically correct, it would rarely happen in practice. If the clinic uses microscopes, they’d sort that graft as a double and use it as such. Otherwise they’d sort as a single. Less refined clinics wouldn’t care. Splitting grafts is rarely done with FUE. Takes too much time. It’s much easier to just extract another single.
  8. Yes, exactly. Not to mention that after my 5000 graft “historical” procedure, the back of my head looks better than that guys at that length. Not nearly as shaggy. For any newbies reading this thread, you can’t remove 5000 grafts (15000! follicles) and not leave a mark. No such method exists.
  9. I should add, it’s really quite low in the donor. Not that safe of an area to harvest from. Hopefully it’s just shock loss. Sometimes spots near injection sites can shock out like that.
  10. Do you have any immediate post op pics of the donor? If so, please post them, Assuming that the area wasn’t over harvested, it can be shock loss due to trauma of surgery. If that is the case, it will probably grow back in a few months. What did the surgeon say about it?
  11. ^ this, exactly. There are no sure things in hair transplants but a H&W FUT is about as close as it gets.
  12. This seems incredible, to be able to shave to zero with no visible scarring. In the picture, the skin in the donor above and behind the ear looks like it was digitally smoothed. Was this picture touched up at all? Regardless, the top looks great.
  13. I agree with that. At the same time, in order to maximize sales and better serve local populations, a company like L’Oreal needs to figure out which hair products to market in Thailand, say, vs Denmark, rather then selling the exact same portfolio of products globally. They need some way to account for regional differences, even if it’s imperfect.
  14. I wouldn’t call the classification pseudoscience. There is a documented methodology behind it. It may not be perfect, but it is still useful in this context. “The ethnic origins of subjects assessed here attempted to follow most criteria adopted by ethnologists. The latter combine, for such difficult tasks, the common origin of a given subject with his/her two preceding generations (par- ents and grandparents) together with a common language, all acknowledging that both criteria are less imprecise than genetic standards with regard the vast diversity in DNA polymorphism, worldwide. Int
  15. Here is a study comparing hair characteristics among 2249 people from 24 different ethnic groups on five continents. It compares growth, diameter, color, and shape. Its from L'Oreal. They make hair dye and they care about this sort of thing. Of course, this has absolutely nothing to do with who the top 5 hair surgeons are, but what the hell, the thread is shot anyway. Maybe someone finds it useful. https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1684/ejd.2015.2726.pdf
  16. Trix mentioned three clinics that provide world class FUT. H&W in Canada, Hattingen in Europe and Konior in Chicago are truly excellent options and well worth the long journey from Australia. Dr Path in Thailand would be much closer to you and does good FUT work at lower cost but I would not put his results at the same level as the others. Try finasteride first before considering any grafts in the crown. It may be all you need right now. Regarding H&W and laxity, it’s always been an issue with strip. They recommend that you do scalp laxity exercises ahead of time to help
  17. Your hair looks great in the pictures, but if you’re noticing a recession then as pkipling suggests you can get a consultation with a good hair surgeon including a miniaturization test to see what, if anything is going in. The medication Finasteride helps you keep your existing hair for as long as possible. The best time to start taking it, IMO, is before you have significant loss. For you, at age 25, that is right now. But there are potential side effects. Talk to a qualified doctor. If you need help finding one, ask the forum.
  18. UVB causes sunburn on the surface but UVA penetrates much deeper and can cause premature aging, cancer, etc. Best to avoid both I think.
  19. Standard baseball hats are made from tightly woven polyester or wool, both of which are excellent at blocking UV light. As a rule, hold any fabric up to a bright light like the sun and see how much light gets through. The more light that gets through the lower the SPF. A flimsy white T-shirt has an SPF of about 5. A standard weight, dark polyester or wool baseball cap has an SPF around 50.
  20. @jj51702 I’ve also read in a number of places that side windows don’t block UVA. However, the only real study I’ve seen on the topic indicates there is at least partial UVA protection in the side windows of most cars these days. An ophthalmologist tested 29 different car models 5 years ago and published a study with the results. The average side window UVA blockage was 71% (range 44-96%). The average windshield UVA blockage was 96%. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaophthalmology/fullarticle/2522190
  21. I can understand OPs concern. He had a 1500 graft procedure mostly to address the temples and the temples are somewhat sparse. Having a small second procedure, say 500 grafts, to add density to the temples seems reasonable to me. As long as it’s part of a long term plan.
  22. 3500 grafts would make a huge difference for you if that is possible. If you go to option #1 or #2 your scar will likely get better not worse. Given that you are in Chicago #1 is a no-brainer. #2 is a great option. Who the hell is Brett Bolton?
  23. At 7 weeks this is probably an ingrown hair or folliculitus along the scar. It’s probably nothing to worry about and will usually resolve in its own. It may pop like a pimple and there may be a small amount if blood or pus if it does. That said, contact your surgeon to be sure. Yours is a bit large and angry looking. He may prescribe antibiotics or just wait and see.
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