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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)
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    Norwood V
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    I'm here for support

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  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
  • 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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  1. There are a couple of reasons why a patient may do FUE. One, they wear the hair very short and do not want to have a scar showing. Others feel FUT is somewhat barbaric and want to move forward with the latest in technology. Whatever the reason, - the assumption and expectation is the doctor will be capable of accomplishing the job showing not only a great result, but with no visible scars. And, with time, we've found a .9mm or smaller will allow for this type result. So, if you are in need of a camouflaging agent to covers cars. the assumption then is the doctor used a punch far bigger tha
  2. OK, if you've made up your mind, nothing left to do. So you'll be getting the effect of the med on a day or two and nothing on the rest. Great plan. You read it somewhere......Perhaps a milkman created the post. Also a great plan. If you are going to experience side effects, you'll know within the first two weeks. If you don't experience any, you never will. Visit with professionals/doctors and then decide.
  3. I think it is important to recognize there are two types of loss. The type you see and they type you don't see. What you see is shedding. The follicle gets tired of producing hair and it takes a vacation. This dormant period typically lasts 3-4 months. The hair then returns. This will happen randomly to all the hair in your head. Hair loss is different Under a bright light look at the hair in your temporal areas. Notice the strands. Some will be thicker than others. This is called miniaturization. Eventually the hair is so fine you can't hardly see it and seems not to grow very
  4. Go to the derm and have them scope you. Typically SD is most prevalent in the donor. And, if you do have some kind of condition, they can prescribe some type of steroid to help you. Is this something you've always had? Are you itching all the time? Or just happened all of the sudden? The photos of the scopes show mostly "thicker strands" and little to no miniaturization - but again we are doing this by observation. And, by looking at your photo, it seems you have little to no loss. Perhaps you are experiencing a shedding phase? Have you noticed any hair in the tub, pillow, etc? T
  5. A couple of things come to mind. It typically takes a good year to confirm what the meds with do. Changing to Dut and using the med for 40 days will accomplish nothing. So the first thing I would do is have the doctor scope you. Take the med for a year and scope again. There is a reason why the medication is prescribed for daily use. Not sure what benefit you are getting by taking in such intervals. Perhaps adding another modality would not be a bad idea. (Rogaine, PRP, Laser).
  6. The point of looking at the donor is not the fact it is thick and full. We need to confirm you are not dipping. If your pattern is, in fact, progressing, this could have an implication as to how to approach your case. If Propecia is causing issues, PRP, Laser and Rogaine may be in order. Depending on your goals, anything you can save and enhance would help.
  7. On any given procedure, the "technique" for a lack of a better word, is to sit up. You can get a neck pillow, (travel pillow), and some pillows to support your back. Sleeping flat or on your side, regardless of how many procedures you do, can lead to wide scarring, particularly towards the ends of the scar.
  8. Sweat is OK. You do have to prevent sun burn right after the procedure to avoid freckling permanently. Depending on the post op instructions given by the clinic, use sun block and a cap once you have scrubbed off, (You should be doing that anyway). Have the clinic show you how to put the cap so you avoid damaging anything. (Set in front and let it drop in back without touching anything). The reason for the cap is so you don't touch anything while sleeping. It can also help with the sun issue. If the cap bothers you, ask they put a light dressing - which would also do the trick.
  9. The required 7-10 days, (at that time) to get the sutures removed and to scrub off. I recall the vibrator. A waste of time but at least they were trying to do something to distract the patient.
  10. Is this before, during and after? The local going in is painful. There are some techniques they use to distract you but it still hurts. I think they now use a relaxer and that could help. I recall they forgot to numb a certain area and the doctor proceeded unaware of this small detail. It hurt like hell. This was promptly corrected and the procedure went on. Slept the rest of the time. Soreness but no pain after the procedure. Removing sutures was uncomfortable. Procedure 2 hurt more than the first, local wise. Rest of procedures, including FUE were easier. LIttl
  11. My concern is not so much the grafts. They're in there and will always be, and, like others have already pointed out, it is just too early. At this time you should be able to distinguish nothing, (unless there was PRP involved at the time of the procedure). Give it at least another 15 weeks and then at a year to reassess. My concern has to do with the placement of the grafts. You have a large diffused pattern. If the grafts were placed diffusely throughout, you'll end up seeing no visual change a year from now. Mind you, you'll never be empty as the grafts will be there, but they'll
  12. You are tightly shaven and it's difficult to see if there are miniaturized hairs. Also, please photo the entire head, including the donor. Hopefully you are not dipping. If so, you may have some transplant options. Two things..... If you do have many miniaturized hairs, given how young you seem to be, I would try the meds. (Propecia, Rogaine, Laser and PRP) and give it a year. Based on the results you can decide if you should continue the regimen. If you see no results or it's insignificant, there's your answer. Have you consulted with a professional? Have them scope you. Perh
  13. Native hair in the donor does get in the way and makes the day a lot longer for the clinical staff. Shaving is preferred. I do think, however, the staff should separate the grafts in clusters depending on where they came from. For example, FU from behind the ear should be placed in one dish while follicles originating from the middle of the donor should be placed in another. This would ultimately help the patient achieve naturalness. This is as far as the donor is concerned. As far as the recipient area is concerned. I disagree. If damage is going to happen, it will happen under the sk
  14. A couple of things come to mind. We are not doctors and perhaps we should wait for a doctor's participation. In laymen terms, I can think of a few things to contribute. First magnification. This allows the doctor to truly see where best to make the recipient sites and minimize "damaging" native hair. There are two other points, but these are far more interesting. First is the angle and direction of the native hair. In my view this would allow for the most natural looking set of hair. By making the recipient site matching the angle of the native hair, hopefully, the grafted hair will ju
  15. First, you need to stop worrying. This may be causing some of the issue. You've always had black hair. To offset some of the contrast, you would need to color to a lighter color hair, and I think people will know something is up. I think a better way to camouflage is to use toppik or any other agent that can help you darken the scalp. These "fibers" will adhere to the hair itself as well and thicken them up. Try that for a few weeks. The key is not to put a lot. Just enough to accomplish the effect. Eventually and to have something a bit more permanent, I would consider SMP. T
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