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  1. Yeah - the USD thing did not go unnoticed. I was a little surprised by this, but they explicitly stated that all prices were in USD. They are clearly seizing on the strong USD by pricing everything in USD instead of CAD. Those sneaky Canadians. Can't say I blame them - although I was hoping to take advantage of the favorable exchange rate.
  2. Yeah - the post-op recovery is my main concern as well. I would love to hear from someone who has had both FUT and FUE to get an idea of how they would rate the post-op pain/recovery of the 2 procedures.
  3. This is the type of insight I was looking for - I didn't know this. All extremely helpful.
  4. I mean absolutely no offense by this . . . but there is no way in hell I am getting a medical procedure done in India. I am going with H&W because I think they are the best in North America for the type of work I need done. Of course, whether they are "the best" is debatable, like all discussions on this board, but I'm definitely looking for the best clinic to do the work, and not necessarily the cheapest.
  5. I know there are a ton of threads debating FUT vs. FUE, and they have been very helpful. But I was hoping to get some specific feedback on my situation. My current plan is to schedule an FUT procedure with Hasson & Wong (Dr. Hasson, specifically). I am choosing FUT over FUE solely due to the cost savings, but I am having second thoughts about whether I'm making a smart decision by opting for the more invasive FUT procedure simply to save money. Here is my situation: Basic Profile: Frontal hair loss and thinning hairline. H&W has suggested 3,000 grafts to restore hairline and densely pack thinning frontal and temple areas. Both FUT and FUE options are available. Scarring from FUT is not an issue or consideration for me due to an existing scar on the back of my head that prevents me from keeping my hair very short (scar is from old injury - not a prior transplant). I have plenty of donor hair to accommodate current and future transplant needs, so that's not an issue or consideration here either. The results of FUT and FUE will be roughly the same for me (this is what H&W has told me). Based on similar H&W case studies and prior results, I believe I will get good results with either method, and if anything, may get slightly better results with FUT, at least based on my personal assessment of similar H&W case studies and their past published case results. Cost Difference: FUE = $23,000 USD; FUT =$13,000 USD. So we're talking about a $10,000 USD cost savings by going with FUT. My Quandary: Is submitting to a more invasive FUT procedure worth saving $10,000? I feel like $10,000 is a lot of money to save by opting for FUT, but is it stupid to go the FUT route just to save money? Am I being ridiculous? I'm not as big of a pussy as I sound like, but I certainly don't want to be in a lot of post-op pain or discomfort that I could have avoided by shelling out an extra $10,000. Is there anyone who has had both types of procedures that could weigh in on their post-op experience? Any major differences in post-op pain/discomfort? Any other issues that I should consider that aren't addressed above? Basically, am I being an idiot for going the FUT route just to save money? $10,000 isn't going to make or break me, but it's still a lot of money no matter how you slice it. Any thoughts are appreciated.
  6. Makes more sense with this added context. When I read the earlier post it sounded like doctors were hiring freelancers to come onto forums and wreak havoc. Sounded like easy money. Was considering a career change.
  7. I wasn't aware this was a paid gig. How exactly does one go about getting one of these paid shill gigs? Asking for a friend.
  8. Yeah - this definitely all makes sense. I'm probably going to go the FUT route this first time for the reasons you state. But I'm still a little wheezy about the more invasive nature of the procedure. I never really considered FUT until I started seeing some of the results from guys like Hasson. I always figured I would go the easier FUE route, so I am definitely having to adjust my mindset and get comfortable with something that's a little more invasive than originally planned.
  9. Yeah - it appears I may be following your same path. Based on some of the feedback I'm getting here, and after hearing more about AfterMath's incredible experience with Hasson, it seems like Hasson is probably the better play. I have a consult on the books with H&W for next week, so I am eager to see what they have to say. Now all I have to decide is whether to go FUT or FUE.
  10. Look, no matter which way you slice it, this is a very gray industry and the due diligence process is tough. Not only does everyone have an opinion, but you have to parse which opinions are real and legitimate, and which are being pushed by shills or other folks with a vested interest (or other tangible bias). The international aspect of this industry only further complicates the decision making process. Digging through it all is hardly a science. You just have to make a judgment call based on the weight of the evidence, as you see it.
  11. You have any pictures you care to post? I am a little curious as to how SMP turns out. Did you do SMP only, or is this a follow-up to a hair transplant?
  12. Erdogan is the Ryan Seacrest of the hair transplant world. Hardest working man in show business!