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Everything posted by Phil36fromaus

  1. No, I sought another surgeon for my repair work. Thank you for your well wishes
  2. Hey buddy, I recently asked the same of my Dr and they said that taking protein powder was fine (in fact most people don't get enough protein in their diet which actually promotes healing and hair growth). I was also suggested to begin taking Vitamin C one week prior to surgery just to aid the healing process. I believe the issue with supplements (like a multivitamin) then might come if they contain Vitamin E that would thin the blood (the same way aspirin does), which would not promote healing. But this is just my current understanding. Perhaps someone with some more medical knowledge can add more info/correct me if I'm wrong. And as always ... best to ask your advising physician. Phil.
  3. I agree with every other poster here - the best approach is to just wait (it took me around 9 months to get a good indication of how my transplants turned out). The work looks really clean and given that it is Dr Keser I'd be looking forward to further growth before making a final judgement Have you considered using toppik or another concealer in the meantime? Given your current hair growth a little concealer would go a long way ...
  4. thats just a phenomenal result (i'm jealous)! thanks so much for sharing this
  5. Thanks so much for the detailed response! It's truly impressive how much coverage you attained on the frontal/midscalp regions with just 1640 grafts, let alone the seeming invisibility of the FUT scar post op. Thanks for sharing this.
  6. I used dermatch (a concealer) to hide my overharvested/thin donor areas. Worked great.
  7. yeah i was curious to see your donor area in case there was any issues with your donor supply, and how long ago you had it to know when another surgery would be appropriate, but from that photo and your comments it seems everything is ok. Your should look at getting consults with some surgeons known for their FUT work. Anyone like Rahal or Hasson and Wong in Canada for example would be fine choices (who I believe both do not have extensive waiting lists). It really comes down to your preference in hairline design ... Others can suggest other FUT surgeons or just do some searches here
  8. yeah i consulted recently with Knudsen as well - even some of his before and after pics on his website have this exact same problem. Do you know if you had an FUT or FUE? And what was the graft count? When was it done and do you also have any pictures of your donor area (back of your head)? It honestly looks like an easy fix. In the meantime I'd consider using toppik to add some much needed density to your hairline if it's troubling you
  9. Different docs will always give different graft counts. Im in need of a repair on my hairline myself and I got graft counts ranging from 400-2000 grafts for the same 22cm2 hairline area. Without a physical inspection graft counts seem to mostly just a rough guide or a general approach to desired hairline density. There are some docs that are more artful than others when it comes to graft counts thus why I believe it comes down to the doctor you ultimately choose as much as the respective approaches offered. It could also be how each doctor approaches any future balding. The smaller graft counts might only be looking to repair your current status, whereas the larger ones might be thinking what happens if you lose all your native hairs in the future. I honestly don't know - best to ask the doctors how they arrived at their respective graft counts. If the micromotor is a concern maybe you should try considering only doctors who use a manual FUE drill and perform their own extractions? Does Option C do this? And can you ask option C to not remove the plugs but just do the same approach as Option D? I have trouble with my donor area as well, but once i grow it out passed 1.3cm its fine. I'd honestly suggest just biting the bullet and growing your hair longer. BHT and SMP seem a bit hit and miss to me and are personally my last resort. It's why your options C and D appealed most as they would approach things very conservatively and still attempt to keep things natural. Options A and B seemed to approach your donor area as secondary and just focus on the hairline, which for most might be the preference. So it really comes down to what you want. If it's an equal preference between donor and hairline, then again I'd go with C or D. If you want to focus on the hairline Id consider B. Option A still seems overly ambitious and a waste of grafts to me. Maybe consult a few docs that are known for their repair work? You asked whether BHT was a "better solution for the donor scar than head hair" - IMO I don't think you can ever really get it looking truly natural. Lorenzo does some impressive work with BHT repairs and overall coverage, but even there im on the fence. A doctor like Keser on the other hand doesn't think they look good and simply refuses to do them. So again ... your preference. I really don't think your hairline looks bad at all (sincerely), so my major concern with you would be any potential future balding and trying t to make the donor area a bit more natural. Eh I hope some of thats helpful, please let us know what you end up deciding.
  10. I'd personally choose Option D as well but I also included Option C because I was uncertain whether plug removal would cause further scarring, so option D might be the best approach at this stage to achieving a modest improvement. So if you are by chance unhappy with that result I'm guessing you can always go back and remove the plugs for a future surgery.
  11. Different doctors are always going to give you different approaches to the same problem so it's always going to have to come down to your personal preference. The thing that worries me about your specific situation is that you mentioned you have difficulty with finasteride so that alone would make me want to approach things very conservatively and avoid any radically approaches like lowering the hairline (seems like a waste of grafts tbh) given you would want to take future balding into consideration. So what troubles you more; donor area or hairline? My personal opinion is your donor area seems to look much worse than your hairline area, but i would also be curious to see more photos and what it looks like grown out more (if you have them). Donor options seems to be body hair transplant, SMP, or want to keep it more natural and pursue the 500 grafts in the donor. So do you have a preference? The hairline area around the temples only looks a little bad upon very closer inspection (left side mostly) so IMO it's passable. Have you ever tried toppik btw? That might help a little. Tough call, but personally I'd try and opt for the more conservative options of C or D. Depends if you want body hair transplant or SMP in the donor. But I'd also really want to know which doctors are those because that makes a difference as well. You included the prices but try not to let that be a determining factor - you want this done right. I'd also ask each doctor for specific cases of their repair work, and the number of similar cases they've handled - I'd want a clear understanding of what is achievable before committing to anything. Hope that helps man.
  12. Cheers Melvin! So basically it's a time thing Any articles on scarring with FUE and extraction techniques as well? These are good ...
  13. would be good to post pics regardless of "zero growth" so we all can see what you see. Have you been in touch with your HT surgeon and what do they say?
  14. Have you ever done an article on this one Melvin? I'd be curious to see the difference myself and how you can tell the difference between shock loss, over-harvesting, and white pigment scarring
  15. the total surface area covered, degree of shock loss and rate of recovery (if applicable), hair transplant yield rates, exact graft placement .. to name some more comparing it to others is really just a guide. It's basically how you look at any results on this site - you see what the HT doctor is capable of, and what potentially your results may look like, but it's more a best guess scenario. what EXACTLY did your doctor say regarding expectations? send us some pics documenting your growth over time. we all want to help.
  16. Just wondering if there was a way to tell the difference between whether your donor area had undergone white pigment scarring or was depleted of donor supply after an FUE? Im guessing cosmetically they would appear similar (the contrast between the white pigment scarring and the donor hair would make you seem more thinned out than you really are vs the reality if there was no scarring but too many donor hairs were removed). And besides SMP is there anything else you can do to deal with scarring after an FUE (ointments, treatments etc) Thanks, Phil.
  17. Everyone is different but: 1. In my experience every month from now things start becoming more and more dense as your thickens and matures. If the dormant stage of a hair cycle is 3-4 months, and you didnt shed any hairs initially for the 1st month after a HT = 5 months before you notice any hair regrowth, 6 months til that growth is long enough to matter, and then only around month 8 to 10 (2 hair cycles) the transplanted hair starts to mature and should you have a good indication of your results. Im not sure if new hairs sprout or just become denser, but the most drastic results are probably noticed in this period. But it can take 12 months for some, others have great results at 6 months, depends on the person and your hair thickness and type and skin contrast etc etc etc. 2. Depends on your donor, the amount of grafts used in your first HT, the meds you take and how stable your hair loss is, your age and history of balding, and what your long term goals are. If you are wanting a 2HT for a supremely natural appearance on an already dense result, if i were you I'd wait a while before deciding that (youre not at even at 6 months yet), but that would be my own advice not knowing anything about your personal info besides you were a Norwood 3a previously. But again it's really about what happened in your first HT, how many grafts were used, what your goals are, what areas bother you etc etc.
  18. all your updates just make me incredibly curious to see some pics of a final result (i saw one elsewhere where you said something about they recreated a whirl in your forelock ... Hattingen sound world class)
  19. Looks really good grown out Melvin. How many grafts was that total?
  20. LOL! Maybe provide us with more pics/documentation so we can help more. Take a pic under the same lighting of the same area every 2-4 weeks and post it so we can provide more feedback. Otherwise its just us guessing what's happening.
  21. I know theres been a debate about whether 2000 grafts is enough for this level of balding, but even the OP stated explicitly at the beginning of his post "I needed around 3,000 grafts in the frontal region but if I wanted a more conservative approach I should get 2,000." I was in the exact same situation and underwent a 2000 graft surgery with Konior in 2015 for my first HT and can say I had ZERO regrets from that experience. Obviously i was always going to need more to accomodate any future balding, but as far as thinking long term and accommodating any future recession just that modest improvement was enough to make me happy and substantially alter my quality of life. I might be in the minority but the 5000 mega-sessions offered elsewhere just make me nervous. Plus it's Dr Konior ... he's incredibly judicious and meticulous ... has anyone ever seen a bad result from his clinic? So while OP won't get "miracles", Im still utterly looking forward to the results, If they were anything like mine Im sure he'll be happy.