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About LaserCap

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  • Birthday 12/24/1959

Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood V
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    I'm here for support

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
    Yes
  • Other hair restoration physicians
    Dr. Bosley
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)
    Laser Therapy or Comb

Representative Information

  • Name
    Al Llop
  • Years in Hair Transplant Profession
    > 10 Years
  • Email Address
    als_house@comcast.net

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  • Have you Ever Had a Hair Transplant?
    Yes

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  1. Look under a bright light...Do you see some strands finer than others? That's miniaturization of the native hair. That's hair loss. Could you be in the process of maturing your hairline as 1978matt suggested? Very likely. Unfortunately you did not post any other photos. Check family history and talk to the doctor about getting on some type of regimen to help you retain and perhaps enhance.
  2. Transplanted hair typically takes 3-4 months to start growing. At first it is vellus-like and, with time, the shaft thickens. A matured result can take 12-18 months. Stop worrying. Consider, if you can not tell what's happening, neither will anyone else. When things really start going, people will start asking you if you've lost weight, etc. A gradual change is a good thing.
  3. Agree with BeHappy with regards to pricing elsewhere. Doctors practicing abroad have to deal with the local economy and what the population can afford to pay. So perhaps not concentrating so much on the price is not a bad idea. Do please review plenty of photos, particularly those similar to your own case.
  4. You can do PRP at any time. It is typically best to do it at the time of the procedure as it will help the transplanted hair to come in sooner. It can also help reverse miniaturization of the native hair. Get photos of results and ask to speak to some of the patients they've done in the past. This should give you a decent reference if their system works or not. Keep in mind, once you are on this band wagon, you need to continue doing them to keep the effect. Like all other modalities, you have to keep up with it otherwise it's a waste of time and money.
  5. If the medication works, stay on it for as long as you want to keep your hair. The medication by the way, is intended for you to keep what you have. So, if you look the same a year from now, the meds did what they were intended to do. Take photos and put them away. Take another set every 6 months so you can keep track.
  6. That will depend.... If you are 100 years old....put them wherever you wish. If you have a full set of hair and the only loss you have is in the crown.....Again why not. Mind you, how much loss are we talking about? Many factors go into this. First, age. Then, family history. What pattern are you thinning into. What are your goals. And then.... Education. How much donor do you have? I think it is important to realize no one has enough donor hair available to allow for a full set of hair, particularly when dealing with an advanced pattern. So, we typically want to put more value to areas of high impact. We also want to be pattern appropriate. A class 6 for example, will have a well receded forelock with a lot of loss in the crown. The front is what you see when looking in the mirror and it is also the area others see when you interact with them. So, in most cases, the idea is to start working the frontal area and blending grafts to the area behind it. If grafts allow, a doctor could go back as far as possible horizontally so as to minimize the size of the crown, but leaving the crown area alone until the patient is happy with the front and top. Medical therapy plays a vital role in all of this. Retention of the native hair does give patients lots of options...even the possibility of working the crown if the pattern is not expanding any farther.
  7. Shampoos and vitamins do absolutely nothing to help with retention nor enhancement of the hair. Vitamins are meant to help the hair look as good as it can. Shampoo is only good to wash and keep clean. If they are asking for $150 for PRP, it is likely they don't know what they're doing. Ask them to show you photos of results. How often do they suggest you do the shots? Do they combine this with a matrix to help bind the PRP? $1400 for hair restoration? How many grafts?
  8. All modalities only work if taken. If you can't or won't do them, why even consider transplants? With such advancements in the world, including the internet, why not order what you need from an outside source? Another Country, perhaps. The fact is, if you've lost, you'll continue losing. So you do a transplant and gain density, but then you lose....now you have to do more transplants just to replace what you lost. Eventually we run out of donor and now we're stuck and not able to do anymore. Get on something!
  9. Where was the vellus hair, on the to, I presume? It was likely miniaturized hair about to dissipate and go away. The procedure may have prompted the departure. Transplanted hairs, (which is the grown stubble that came along with the graft), can sometimes remain and start growing from the start, or it can fall off along with the crusts when you start scrubbing at about 7 days post op. The new hair will start growing at about 3-4 months. The hair starts, vellus-like and, 9-12 months later the shaft will thicken up until you see the matured result, (12-18 months post procedure). Are you doing any type of medical therapy? Having lost the hair so recently, it is likely you may enhance some of it. Talk to the doctor about doing Propecia, Rogaine, Laser and PRP.
  10. Photos are not focused...Hard to tell...Hair a bit short and that's not helping either. Let your hair grow a week or two and post again. Have someone else take the photo. Take a photo of the back of your head as well. Are you doing any type of medical therapy? (Propecia, Rogaine, Laser). Do you want to cover your entire head? If you've already met with a doctor, what did they recommend? Family history of hair loss? How much money do you want to spend?
  11. You have no idea. Some brilliant doctors with no common sense, others great bed side manners but could put grafts in a broomstick if they could. And everything in between. Had a patient once, lived secluded in the mountains. Came in with his bear coat, (he killed the animal), and had a dead raccoon hanging from it. Wild all right!
  12. I don't think so. I think they got him off the street, did a month of training....and got going. And with the company realizing it or not...now they've put the consultant in a tough spot...."Oh, Mr patient, I am so glad to tell you that you will be the very first patient this doctor has ever worked with." And all future conversations - particularly about the work which is less than natural.
  13. transplantedphil The other side of the coin....... You've hit on something......and it's a problem in the industry-particularly when starting out. All a doctor has to do is go to the local library, read up on the subject, and start doing transplants. Here you have several problems, (is the material outdated, is it correct? etc), and what follows is truly terrifying...... I saw this first hand. Doctor educated himself and started doing work. looked like rows. A year later, when the patient arrived for his post op, the doctor said, "hmmm, I could have done this, this and this to make it look better." The next patient came in and he applied what he learned. A year later that patient came in......It took 7 years for him to truly become a master at his craft. And, in the meantime, he had to deal with a number of patients that had less than natural work. It's always been my opinion a doctor should not be allowed to practice despite him reading a book on the subject. A fellowship should also be required. (The doctors in the industry should be more than happy to guide them in the right direction as everyone in the industry suffers when things go wrong). Now...some do's and don'ts of the patient: Read a transplant manual? Doubt is going to happen and should not be necessary. Educate yourself...Totally agree. Research the surgeon, review his work and photos. How many procedures does the clinic do per week? A doctor that does 1 or 2 per week is just not enough to get the experience needed. Schedule several consultations with different doctors and compare notes. Be aware of current techniques and don't settle on an outdated one. Don't stop medical therapy during the process.
  14. The head is very vascular. It is constant. The reason why you want to keep the area clean is to avoid infections. If bacteria crawls into the recipient sites, you are just looking for trouble.
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