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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

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

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  1. The most common, hereditary. Physical or emotional shock can have an effect. Not sure if this is a medical condition but it is contributory. Telogen effluvium is typically temporary. Chemotherapy Hormonal changes, some of which you've outlined already, Alopecia areata, Scalp infections like ringworm, Trichotillomania, Many medications which I can gladly list if you want me to, Hair treatments which can lead to traction alopecia, or hot oil which results in scarring, Lupus, Significant weight loss, Smoking, Auto immune diseases, some of which have already been outlined. Anemia, Seborrheic dermatitis, I'm sure there's a lot more.....
  2. The first 3 days are critical. Most, for the sake of conservatism, will tell you 7-10 days. Walking after a procedure is fine. 7-10 days for light cardio and no restrictions after 14 days. I doubt if what you did caused an issue. With regards to pain, did the doctor send you with pain pills? I am certain he did. Perhaps you took more than what was prescribed and you ran out early. You can always call and see if they can prescribe a few more. But, it seems, you are back to normal. If this persists, make an appointment to see him again. Getting sharp stabbing pains that come and go is normal. You'll get them once in a while and eventually go away.
  3. Some years ago I had a conversation with a doctor about this same subject. There was something about being in the water for prolonged periods of time that would cause an issue....but I can't remember exactly what that was. Perhaps a doctor can jump in and given an opinion. As long as you do not submerge your head, you should be OK....And wear sunscreen and a cap to avoid burning your scalp.
  4. Most believe 3 months....The most critical are the first 7-10 days due to the crusts. If you burn, you will freckle permanently. So, stay out of the sun until you scrub them off. You can then do sun-block and a cap, (which you should be doing anyways).
  5. Guys, are you all surgeons? I understand the concept of trying to help the "research-less" but discussing the minutia is going to accomplish little. And, I am certain, the patient is not going to discuss this with the doctor during the consultation. "Oh Doctor, make sure you do horizontal, vertical, lateral slits. C'mon. And these, by the way, are not slits. These are apertures, which is a puncture with whatever instrument the doctor is comfortable using. Now-a-days it typically looks like a pen. And, while the doctor is doing the work, (which goes very fast), he is mimicking the native hair. That is, he is tilting the instrument so when the transplants come in, they grow in the same angle and direction of the native hair. Thus, apertures are rarely vertical. I think it is important, however, where the apertures are done. Let me give you an example. Say you are going to do a 5 follicle transplant. Draw 5 dots on a piece of peper..... one right beside the other. These dots are not working together and the patient is going to end up with a diffused result. But, you were to place 3 dots in the back and two in the front, now you would create a shingling effect...which would lead to the illusion of more density. This should be part of the jargon. Ethical doctors, who have spent years developing their craft make adjustments as they review results during post op visits. It is truly amazing the density some can achieve and I think it is directly linked to this same subject.
  6. If you'v e never taken meds, I would encourage you to consider them for a year and see what they do. You can then make a decision if you should continue them. The benefit of doing any type of procedure is to have more hair, regardless of what type of procedure you choose to move forward with - or in what order. You are actually relying o the doctor to discuss your options at that particular moment. SMP will give the illusion of having more hair It will help take away the "see-through" effect by taking away the contrast between dark hair and light scalp. Sp, if you're blnd, this would not help much. If you have black hair. consider it. Buzzing down does not apply to what we're discussing.....but you do have that option, particularly if you decide to move forward with SMP.
  7. I wasn't referring to that.....It was more about the way you answered. Very similar...particularly the 3 days and the "critical." Good choice of words.
  8. No.....The first three days are critical. Most will say 7 days just for the sake of conservatism. in 7-10 days there are pretty much no restrictions. If you smoke, yes-that could have an impact on hair loss. But being touched by a smoker is not an issue other than to put up with the stink.
  9. I don't think so. As long as you have elasticity it should be OK. The fact you had FUE might have an impact on numbers harvested but, if it was done properly, this number would be negligible. With regards to the rep you spoke with....If you hadn't had an FUE - there would still be some stretching of the skin anyway! What does that mean? That you can't have a 2nd procedure? I think they better get a new rep pronto!
  10. Why should it be a problem? As long as you have elasticity.....Your give should be about 10% less than the previous time. So perhaps 1800? It will probably look 5% more dense than what you currently have. So, is it worth all the money you're going to spend not to have fullness? Are you on meds? Have you considered SMP? Think long and hard. Consider it is normal to be thinner in the crown. Everyone has a "dusting" there.
  11. A button-down shirt is a great idea..that way you don't have to pull anything over the grafted area. Bring a neck pillow. This will come in handy particularly on the airplane. I would wait at least 7 days before wearing a piece. And, if you haven't already, have any tape removed from the piece and add clips. Nice heavy socks may be a good idea. OR rooms are typically kept cold...they will likely have blankets but your feet will freeze. Are you on a particular diet? If not, don't worry about it. Have your phone and your charger with you. You may want to have the staff take photos throughout the day. This will help you remember....You'll be under local and will forget most of what you're told.
  12. Looking at your crown, and I am sure it bothers you....it seems there is a lot of miniaturized hair that still has not left the building. You are also demarcating down considerably. My first suggestion would be to try medical therapy, (Propecia, Rogaine, Laser). Do as many of these modalities as you can and give them a year. I would also have the doctor do a PRP treatment at the time of the procedure. This will help bring results in sooner and help reverse the miniaturization. Because of how you seem to be losing in the donor, I would be more inclined to have the doctor look at the area above the ears and not so much in the center area. Depending on the doctor's plan, you can then decide where to put the grafts. If it was me, I would reinforce the current hairline, bring down the forelock area so you end up with a bell-shape curve - but keeping the temporal areas as they are. This would leave you with an age appropriate hairline. I would also have the doctor blend the grafts to the area behind the forelock where you also seem to be thinning considerably. Once you heal from the procedure, you may consider SMP for the crown. This would help minimize the contrast between the dark hair and the light scalp. A year later, depending on how effective medical therapy is, you can then consider a 2nd procedure. (What area you attack next will depend on the results of procedure 1. You may have to do the frontal area again.....It would be interesting to learn how much density the doctor can accomplish in a single procedure. Have the doctor show you photos of previous work so you can estimate). Once you are happy with the front, and confirming the effectiveness of the meds, you can then start crown work.
  13. If you don't like it, change it....Forelock seems strong but I gather the temporal areas are causing some distress. I can understand having a bell-shaped curve hairline. Given it is such a prominent area, I would think off hand, at least two procedures unless you can find a doctor that can mimic the density you're enjoying elsewhere. Taking into account your entire family seems to be enjoying the same pattern, it is likely you will as well....but before I put my foot in my mouth, it would behoove you to talk to a doctor about medical therapy. If you've lost, you will continue losing. So get to it. Have a couple of consultations and get informed. I would then research and look at plenty of photos, particularly of those similar to your own case. Your seem to be enjoying a mature hairline so designing a "continuation of the hairline" should not be a big deal with someone with experience. Just make sure they blunt and not slope down to avoid looking somewhat feminine. It is difficult to tell from the photos if you are experiencing any thinning elsewhere....
  14. I once worked with a doctor who used this technique on every patient. Said this really had little to do with the the scar itself. It did help guide the hair in a certain direction so it would help hide the scar. Not a bad idea to incorporate this to camouflage.
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