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  1. good questions. Wasn't very scientific technique, just kind of rubbed the skin in my donor area, and said there's enough laxity. Two doctors have said that. Didn't ask them about their experience with multiple FUT surgeries and repairs. I really suck at consultations, I don't ask the right questions. Could really use some help on that.
  2. Thank you for the replies. I've heard it's best to max out strip before going to FUE, but I'm hesitant because the last strip procedure was a little rough, and just trying to understand the risks that would come with another strip procedure. What are the potential risks of another strip? Anything I should be considering? Or if the Dr. says he can safely do it, just trust in that?
  3. I'm a repair patient who needs more surgery and I'm trying to figure out what to do. My question has to do with choosing between FUE or FUT. I've had four strip procedures, about 5,500 grafts have been taken. I assumed I was done with strip procedures but saw a doctor this week who says I healed well and some laxity has returned, and he thinks he could get another strip. I'm not sure to trust this as it seems like I've had so much skin already taken from my scalp. When and how do you know enough is enough? Any guidance would be much appreciated.
  4. Thank you home1212. That must be a great feeling to feel comfortable with your hair after living with a bad HT. I've been living with this for 20 years and want more than anything to be done with it. Going to see Dr. Umar in a week, hoping for a miracle.
  5. I'm trying to figure out where I should go from here. Had my first transplant at 18 or 19 years old. I had an accident when I was 11 that left me with a significant scar on my scalp that always bothered me. One night I saw an infomercial for hair transplants and thought maybe they could transplant hair into the scar. I had a consultation and the Dr. and he said he could do it. I understood nothing about hair transplants and had no idea what I was getting into. The first procedure was around 700 grafts. The doctor not only transplanted into the scar but also transplanted into the temple area's and created a new hairline to help cover the scar. The results were not good, the first person to see me with my hat off said, "God, gave you a wierd hairline." I was devastated and went back to the doctor to see what could be done. He said we just need to fill it in with more hair. I was desperate and so I did it. I ended up doing 3 procedures with this doctor from the the age of 19-22. I honestly though it was going to be one procedure. After the third procedure grew in I finally knew it was only getting worse. I didn't know it but every procedure was making the situation worse. I was no longer concerned about the scar but now my new hairline. There were odd angled hairs, pitting, multiple hair grafts, it looked like doll hair. I posted my story on a website and was told to go see some other doctors, to get their opinions on my situation. I went to Hasson and Wong and also Shapiro. They said it was criminal what was done to me, and all the doctors thought my best bet was to cut the entire hairline out with a resection, and then come back in and create a new hairline to cover the scar from the resection. This path terrified me. Then I was told that we could possibly use FUE to remove the hairs from the hairline. I choose the FUE route, which in retrospect was a mistake. I've been through 3 FUE procedures to remove the hairline, and just last year I had another FUT procedure to help soften and bolster the hairline. So where I'm at now. I've lost a lot of hair, a Norwood five for sure, maybe a 6 or 7. There are still hairs from the old hairline that need to be removed, still have some pitting, and multiple hair grafts that I'd like to get rid of, my crown is mostly bald, I have no more laxity, so strip procedures are done. I have some donor left if I go the FUE route, been estimated somewhere between 3,000 to 4,000 available. So what I've been thinking is I have two paths to choose from. More transplants till I use up my donor, and pray the Proscar allows me to keep what I have, or I could shave it all off, get SMP into the scar, and hope I could get comfortable with it. I've visited a few doctors and SMP practioners and I get different opinions. I'm really uncertain what to do. I get concerned that if I keep losing hair I simply wont have enough donor to keep up with the hairloss. The shaving scares me because of the strip scar, and pitting I have in hairline, that would be exposed if I shave. So I'm just trying to figure what I should do and hoping to find some feedback. I'm working on getting some good photos.