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  1. Hi LaserCap, appreciate your input. A few questions: 1) What do you mean by the front being "pattern appropriate"? Do you mean having a balding crown but full front is normal? I assumed receding hairline was more common. 2) I can't find many cases like mine perusing the transplant subforum Do you know of any noteworthy ones? Looks like Melvin's is similar. Wow Melvin, this gives me hope since your previous diffuse thinning looks like mine. I watched your Youtube video and have a few questions: 1) Why did you choose the midscalp for your first procedure? (1,800 grafts put in my midscalp in a diffuse pattern) 2) Your next procedure of 2,120 grafts were for your hairline. When did you do your crown, and how many grafts? Was that with Diep too?
  2. Hi all, I've been quoted within 2000 - 3000 grafts for many surgeons, but I have concerns about coverage for diffuse thinners. Going through the forums I haven't seen many examples of what this would look like on diffuse thinners, only receders. I've had consultations with these surgeons: IN PERSON: Diep (2,250 - 3,500), Pak/Rassman (2000 - 2500), Dauer (1500), Abrahamian (2700 - 2800) ONLINE: Vories (3000 grafts) , Konior (wants to see in person), H&W (rejected due to low donor density) , Rahal (rejected due to low donor density), Erdogan (rejected due to low donor density), Rosanelli (rejected due to low donor density)
  3. Wondering if anyone has heard of these guys. All the big American SMP names seem to be in LA or NYC, no one in the Bay Area. https://scalpsociety.com/
  4. Update after speaking with 3 doctors: Rassman: Dr. Rassman asked me to take photos of my donor area using a microscope, based on these instructions: https://newhair.com/baldingblog/how-to-quantify-your-donor-area-hair-supply/ . During our call, he noted that I have "Thick donor hair, many triplets, and 20% better donor area than other Asians he's worked on". Will be meeting him in person to clarify, as this goes against what many other doctors have said... Diep: Saw Dr. Diep again as I am local. I asked him about Rassman's comments, and he noted that while the back of my head is strong, my sides are weak (at least visually, I can confirm). He quoted 2000 - 2500 grafts FUE, but I have misgivings about this number being worth the surgery, given that other Diep FUE patients at that graft amount had frontal hairline recession rather than the large diffuse thinning I have: Konior: Dr. Konior neither approved or rejected me, and I asked for an in person consultation. He has a $400 consultation fee which I find odd considering no other doctor has had such a fee. I don't know if its worth the $400 to see him, especially since I have to fly to Chicago.
  5. Got in contact with Dr. Konior. He has a $400 in person consultation fee which seems extremely high to me.
  6. I appreciate that guys. @gillenator the problem with wearing it longer is, the density difference between the sides and top become much more apparent at longer lengths. I could probably live with the buzz, though I'd want to add SMP.
  7. So buzzed my head down to see what I would look like... not a fan. Gonna be awhile before I can use Toppik again haha. Still slowly getting evals from different docs.
  8. Thank you for sharing. Dr. Konior recommended an in-person evaluation rather than just flat out rejecting me which was heartening. After looking at your weak donor area and your great results, I was also thinking - if Dr. Konior can do it why can't all these other doctors? Why do they choose to reject instead of requesting an in-person consultation?
  9. Wow big improvement. Thanks Nick for sharing on my thread, this is inspring.
  10. So everyone, got H&W and Konior's responses to my pics and looks like there's no hope for me... not only am I in the percentage of men who have MPB, I am in the percentage of men who can't even have a HT. Feeling real down right now. Does anyone know of any threads where the poster is in my position? Just so I could get their perspectives on what to do. H&W Konior
  11. I see. Would a dermatologist perform this? I've gone to two HT surgeon consultations and I don't believe they did anything like this (for the donor area).
  12. I'm mainly concerned that being on the Big 3 has not even halted my hair loss, let alone given me any gains. I see. Thank you for the context. Thanks for the recs. I'm in NorCal but in SoCal often enough, I can make a visit to them. Hi Melvin, I also personally know people that have gone to Diep and don't doubt his skill. However it was concerning to me that after two rejections from Erdogan and Rosanelli, that Diep was willing to perform an operation on me. During the consultation when I pointed out that those two doctors said my donor area was too weak, he deflected my question with a negative statement about HT surgeons in Turkey. I did not push further at that point.
  13. An observation: I read about this forum poster and his SEVEN HT surgeries. This is frightening to me because: He is a handsome man and would pull off a buzzed/bald look easily He is married and in his 40s - why is he still seeking more hair? All the responders in the thread were encouraging of his seventh transplant I mean no negativity to him with this observation. It's just making me think - do I really want to be taking Fin, applying Minox everyday, paying for HTs for the next 20 years? (I'm 26). I hate that I'm losing my hair, but I'm struggling on how much energy I want to devote into this...