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  1. Hattingen told me the best thing would be to shave my head to see how I look like. If I wanted to shave my head and get away with it I would have done it already. About Feriduni, I've already said I don't like his results, sorry. And he doesn't come cheap.
  2. Which means transplanted hairs are not immune from AGA, as many surgeons claims.
  3. I became hypogonadal thanks to it and I'm on hormone replacement therapy for the rest of my life. It's not just about the side effect, it's about the long term issues the drug causes. Many men don't understand the importance of androgens for overall well being, it's not just about sex issues. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4064044/ Also, if you stop it after 18 months as you're doing, you will go back to square one soon.
  4. Still need to convince them to do the surgery without finasteride though.
  5. Hey, I'm waiting for a quote from Freitas still. I've also contacted Pekiner and waiting for his reply. The results he posted on the Italian forum are solid. But, as I said, all the top surgeons wants me on finasteride, so I'm telling them I would rather have a second surgery than taking finasteride anymore. So at the moment I'm waiting for Ferreira, Vila, Freitas and Pekiner thoughts on having the surgery without taking finasteride. Dr. Michalis Georgiu gave me a good discount as well and he's willing to go on without me taking finasteride, but I don't like his results.
  6. This is one of the bad surgeries of Feriduni I would say: https://bellicapelli.forumfree.it/m/?t=65008601&st=150 Crown didn't regrow much and the donor seems depleted.
  7. I'm glad there are still surgeons like that. I don't know what other evidences they need to see to get convinced of the dangers of 5ar inhibitors drugs. But as I said before, I checked his work on the Italian forum and I'm not a big fan. He's way too conservative and also a bit expensive. I would spend those money only for Couto. But I take my hat off in front of doctors brave enough to warn against the danger of a castrating drug.
  8. Update - Dr. Vila said I would need 1800-2000 grafts, which is the number I was expecting since the beginning. Problem is that she wants me on finasteride before and after the surgery and she wants me to go to Madrid for a face to face consultation. Dr. Ferreira sent me a thorough examination of my case and he's been the best so far. Unfortunately he wants me on finasteride as well, starting from 6 months before the surgery. I replied to him saying I would rather do a second surgery later on, than taking that junk. Dr. Michalis Georgiu quoted me for 2000-2500 grafts, and he didn't mention any necessity for me to be on drugs. Unfortunately I don't like his results. I tried to push back with both Vila and Ferreira about finasteride and I'll see what they say. If they can't do without, I will have to look somewhere else. In general, I'm fed up with this attitude of pushing patients to use finasteride, but I guess they just want to be sure not to have an unsuccessful case in their portfolio.
  9. Update - HLC gave me an estimate of 2000-2500 grafts for the hairline and 1000-1400 for the crown. This is definitely the worst plan of all the clinics contacted until now and makes absolutely no sense to me. Filling my temples with 2500 grafts it's a serious overkill. Dr. Ximena Vila assistant told me the first available date for a consultation is October and the surgery roughly 8 months after. It's almost the same waiting list Couto gave me.
  10. The first one has results a The first one is at 10 months and a half for the hairline, and 7.5 a half for the vertex. So I don't know where you saw 2 months and a half. The other one is 2 surgeries if I'm not wrong and years after the surgery. I was getting that result I would have been quite pissed off.
  11. https://bellicapelli.forumfree.it/m/?t=75575118 https://bellicapelli.forumfree.it/m/?t=70210123
  12. There are a couple of results from HLCin the Italian forum that are suboptimal to say the least: https://bellicapelli.forumfree.it/m/?f=2415055
  13. I've sent them pictures to understand their opinion. I saw a crown reconstruction on their website which was pretty good. Hoping to hear back early next week from Ferreira and Vila. I'm curious about shock loss as you mentioned it. Do the hairs regrow after 3 months?
  14. Who's the surgeon at HLC by the way? How is the procedure? All done by doctors or tech?
  15. This is Keser's representative message: "You will not experience shock loss with dr keser but this is also because he will not implant too close to existing thin hair. Therefore the final result will not look dense and volumed. Another clinic may offer you a dense packing in the crown but you may experience shock loss and loose most of the existing thin hair so the final result will not be good either." A full crown is main reason for a transplant, so Keser seems not to be able to provide that. Crowns reconstructions are more complicated apparently and many surgeons are not experienced with that. I'm waiting for Dr. Freitas opinion as well, his work looks brilliant.
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