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  1. Not to my awareness. My recession has always been very gradual, since I was 21. By the way, the photo in point #3 is about one year-post op. Here's another one (about 22 months post op). At no time after the transplant was the hairline on the left side defined. It was always thin, just as it was before the transplant. Definition is a little better on the right side. To me, the before and after difference overall is marginal. The biggest difference is the $18,000 void in my wallet!
  2. I'm not getting a scalp reduction. I was just speaking objectively. As I said, I have little faith in hair surgeons. Don't know if I will even bother getting this poor result fixed. If it's only 1,000 grafts that I needed to fix it, I might consider it, but what kind of yield will there be in a scarred scalp?
  3. I am not sure if technically "scalp reduction" is what the term is for what this particular surgeon suggested, but it seemed that way. Either way, the suggestion was to remove the scarred scalp area.
  4. Yes, it does seem drastic. It seems to me a decent result could be achieved by transplanting in and around the poor yield, but I am no expert. This might be what Armani had in mind when they offered to do a free transplant, but there is no way I would ever go to them again, free or not.
  5. The NDA agreement—thanks for reminding me. I am going to add that to the bad list.
  6. Who is Joe T? I went to a renowed HT surgeon (someone I should have went to from the beginning) not long ago and he recommended doing a scalp reduction (to eliminate the scarred transplanted area), so that he could transplant on to a fresh scalp. Of course, this is very costly and would have used up nearly all my remaining donor hairs. Told him I would think about it but I doubt I will do it. I don't have faith in HT anymore, nor do I want to dish out thousands of dollars again.
  7. Cost was roughly $18,000 USD. Preop: And here is 10-days post op, as you requested:
  8. 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) The good: Price was somewhat negotiable Procedure and experience was comfortable The bad: Poor yield Uneven hairline 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. Conclusion: 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:
  9. OK, wasn't aware of that. Regardless, results are the bottom line and I didn't get them. Also, the harvesting was not great. There were patches of overharvested areas rather than evenly spread harvesting. I am not sure what the standard is, but this is what I got.
  10. As I said on the H&W thread, Baubac did the harvesting and holes for the transplants but had two very young latino clinicians doing the actual placement of the grafts. Why would he do what if the results are bad? I don't seem to understand your question.
  11. I am in closer proximity to H&W but I chose Armani instead, because I got baited in by the promise of youthful hairlines and the prestige of being in Hollywood. Big mistake.
  12. It suggests there aren't many and/or that those with positive results don't want to talk about it and want to keep private lives.
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