After much delay, my apologies, here is my story, finally.
I had a disappointing hair transplant with Dr. Baubac of Alvi Armani a couple of years ago. I am going to keep this short and simple.
Stats: NW2-3, allegedly 2,500 FUE grafts at Beverly Hills office.
(Dislcaimer: I am not an expert and the following are just my personal opinions)
Price was somewhat negotiable
Procedure and experience was comfortable
Poor hair angulation of hair that did yield
Patchy, overharvested donor area
Scalp fibrosis in transplant area, resulting in raised scalp
Nobody from patient care or Alvi Armani contacted me post op!
A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) was suddenly provided to me on the morning of my surgery. Who would back out this close to a surgery if they didn't like what was in the NDA, especially if they travelled from out of town? Seems unfair to me.
1. Poor yield
Two years post op.
2. Uneven hairline
I can't believe this would happen. The new hairline was initially felt-marked in (as is standard practice with all HT surgeons), seemingly quickly. I noticed the assymetry immediately post op and told the nurse. She dismissed it as being due to swelling. Well, after all the swelling had gone down, the assymetry remained. In the following photo, I put in a line to show the uneven temples. However, the assymetry begins before the temples. This was taken a few days post op. The assymetry is more noticeable in real life and especially at certain angles.
3. Poor angulation
It's difficult at times to style the hairline, as it seems the angulation is all over the place and the cowlick that I had was not transplanted out, which is what Hasson and Wong say is the norm for a good transplant. As a side note, there is one transplant that has four or five hairs coming out of one hole and is noticeable close up. Very unnatural looking.
The following photo is taken in the morning (obvious bed head), but I can't find a better photo that shows the bad angulation. I'll see about taking a macro photo.
4. Patchy, overharvested areas of donor area
With a number 2 or 3 buzz, the donor area reveals patches that you can see in certain lighting/angle situations. Even at the time of the surgery, I felt the harvesting was rather quickly done.
PHOTOS TO COME
5. Scalp fibrosis in transplant area, resulting in raised scalp
Not sure if other transplantees know what I am talking about here, but it's like there is this raised, slightly hardened tissue in the transplant area that actually raises the scalp. It's lumpy, probably due to deep tissue scarring or something.
PHOTOS TO COME (However, it may be difficult ot show this)
6. Nobody from patient care or Alvi Armani contacted me post op!
What more needs to be said?
7. A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) was suddenly provided to me on the morning of my surgery. Who would back out this close to a surgery if they didn't like what was in the NDA, especially if they travelled from out of town? Seems unfair to me.
Some highlights from the surprise Armani NDA.
I asked Dr. Baubac for a refund and they refused. Instead, they offered to do the transplant again (at no cost to me), to which I declined.
Baubac biz card that I received while at his office: