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Everything posted by BeHappy

  1. You look like a NW6 maybe headed towards NW7, but it's hard to see how much hair you would have growing in the middle if you weren't using a hair piece. I would think that someowhere in the 6000 to 8000 range seems about right if you are a NW6. You have too much hair loss to get full density like you can with a hair piece. You are going to have some thin spots. You need to decide if you can accept thinner hair than with a hair piece, but have it be real hair that's growing on your head without the hassles you mentioned that come with a hair piece OR do you want the thick, dense coverage that a hair piece can give you. If you do decide to go for a hair transplant I would do this if I were you. Get the frontal 2/3rds done and leave the crown alone for now. When it fully grows in after a year, then you will have some choices that will be easier to make now that you have some real hair such as: 1. Get the crown transplanted with maybe a bit of touch-up to some thin spots in the front. 2. If you still feel the front is much too thin for you then leave the crown empty and use a hair piece just for the crown and continue to fill in the frontal 2/3rds with a hair transplant.
  2. I think too many people don't understand the size of the area to be covered. Frontal hair loss usually looks like a lot larger area to transplant than it actually is. If you have a 10cm wide x 7cm deep frontal area that is bald you will look like a bald man from the front, but that is only 70 square centimeters. Sure you can do several sessions to get 4550 grafts into that area and have 65 grafts per square cm and look like you have totally full density if you hair shafts are thick. The fact is though that you don't have any more hair on your head. You simply moved some from one area, decreasing the density there, to put it into another area and increase the density to that area. So, yes if you have a small enough area to cover you can possibly get what may be considered full density as long as your individual hair shafts are on the thicker side. If that's the case then consider yourself very lucky to only have a small area to cover.
  3. True & Dorin in NY do not shave the recipient area. There are several others as well.
  4. If you keep the donor area in an area under your chin then you won't have to worry much about any scars because even if there are some dot scars they will not be seen by anyone unless they really look for them close up. If you don't scar then you can do a second session and spread out the donor area a little wider. Doing it this way will make you much less worried about any possible scarring. I've had more than 2300 grafts taken from my beard and more than 2200 from my chest.
  5. Dr. Feller in New York used to do small afternoon FUE procedures of up to a few hundred grafts in what he called lunch time FUE. Dr. Feller doesn't practice much (if at all) anymore, but you may try contacting Dr Bloxham there from Feller and Bloxham and ask if they still do small FUE procedures. I think Dr Lindsey also does some small FUE scar repairs, so you may try contacting him as well. I see you're in California, but unfortunately both I just mentioned are on the east coast. I don't specifically know who does small FUEs on the west coast.
  6. This may be true if the last transplant was done less than a year ago, but after that I can't see how it can be an issue. How is your beard area? If you are able to grow a decent beard then you can try taking a few hundred FUE grafts from under your chin and placing them into the scar.
  7. The difference between the top surgeons is usually their artistry and philosophy of hair transplants and hairline design. One may like to do more aggressive, low hairlines and another may usually do higher hairlines. One may like to create new temple points and another may prefer to leave the temple points alone unless they are very receded. One may prefer to go for more density and another may prefer to give you a bit lower density in order to conserve more for the future, etc, etc. Let's assume you have done a lot of research and picked out 3 to 5 top surgeons who all have great reviews and lots of good before and after photos and video, but you can't pin it down to the one you should go with. What I will tell you is to get an idea of what type of hairline you want and try to pick the one who usually performs transplants to the closest that you are thinking you want for yourself. Be honest with yourself. It's great to look at Brad Pitt and say "I want that type of hair", but after many years of seeing guys go through hair transplants I think most men are really looking to get back to what they once had (or at least somewhat close to it) even if they think some other guys hair looks awesome, they won't necessarily like it on themselves if they get their hair transplant that way because when they look in the mirror they don't look like the younger version of themselves that they remember. This is not always the case, but I believe it usually is. So, if you had a straight hairline when you were younger (or even still have, but higher and thinner), you will probably want to consider a Dr who does straighter hairlines. If you always had a widows peak then you will probably not be so happy with that straight hairline and perhaps you should go with a Dr who does a more M shaped hairline. If you never had thick, forward protruding temple points then you should probably not get that done. I think you get the idea. I've seen enough guys who had a hair transplant which looks good to most observers, but the patient is very unhappy with it and this is usually the reason. Sure it looks great, but they don't recognize themselves anymore and that can be a real issue even if the hair transplant was successful in all other ways.
  8. Some men go from full head of hair to complete NW 7 bald in less than 10 years. Other men take 20 years just to go from NW 3 to NW 4. There's also the fact that people get hair transplants at different points in their hair loss journey. Some will get it done when they are NW 3 and others will get it done when they reach NW 6 and many are somewhere in between those, so there's just no way to give an average of how long before needing another one.
  9. Around the 2 to 3 week mark is when the shedding started on me, so it should start very soon. Yep.
  10. Going to a salon that does it is the best way to get started. Then after a few times going to them and letting them do all the work you will begin to get the confidence and knowledge to be able to do it yourself.
  11. I don't know what hair growth issues you had that made you want to cut your hair so short in the first place, but if there's no real problem there than simply letting your hair grow for the next month or two should allow the CVG issues to resolve itself as far as it being visible.
  12. Is it shock loss or is it donor area depletion from FUE. There's an obvious difference. If it's shock loss then I think you should wait a least a few more months before doing anything to see if it improves further. It's basically on the same growth cycle as the transplanted hair, so at 6 months you may still have some improvement coming.
  13. If it started about a month after you dyed your hair then it could be a reaction to the hair dye. Don't dye your hair any more and also don't tie it in a bun or pulled back. See if there's any improvement over the next few months. You can also go to a dermatologist, but my experience with dermatologists checking for hair loss hasn't been the best. He looked at me, pulled a few strands of hair and told me my hair was not falling out and I'm fine and charged me for it. I was totally bald a year or two later.
  14. Some years back I think someone posted on here the worst shock loss I ever saw. If I remember correctly almost the entire top and back of his head hair was totally gone from shock loss. It eventually all grew back in. I'm pretty sure it was posted on this forum.
  15. Hmmm... My new testosterone increasing plan is to hang around lots of hot looking young women every day. I think this is a plan I can stick to 😀
  16. How often you can or should use it depends on your hair type. When I was younger my hair was so oily that after just two or three hours after shampooing my hair my scalp and hair would be so extremely oily again. Nizoral was the only shampoo I found that actually kept my head from getting too greasy for more than a few hours, so I used it every day for years and that worked for me as far as the greasy/oily/gunkiness. As I got older my scalp was no longer as greasy/oily/gunky as it was when I was younger and I eventually stopped using Nizoral as I could see it was becoming too harsh to use daily by then.
  17. I totally understand your situation. I've been there for many years. I hid inside the house and hardly ever went out. Eventually I finally started getting out and I never wear a hat anywhere now partly because I don't want to get back to the feeling that I need it to hide under and partly because I feel like if I do find someone who likes me then I'd soon have to take off my hat and show here how bad it is.... and I've had enough of them run away (literally) when they actually see me. I decided I'd rather have them know up front. It still bothers me a lot and it's still hard to go out and I admit I still avoid it and I avoid being around people. I spend a lot more time out at night when it's dark then I do during the day. People think that because I go to work every day in a suit and have to meet many people that I'm OK with how I look, but that is not true at all. I haven't used a sick day at work in about 15 years, but other than being lucky that I haven't gotten very sick over the years, the reason is I'm too afraid that if I start making it OK for myself to not go to work then I will fall right back into the trap of hiding from the world again. To answer your question of is there hope for you, I'd say you can try a small session of beard hair into the worst area of donor depletion and see if that works. If it does then you can do a further session to finish the rest. I'd start very small first to see how it goes. Good luck to you.
  18. I was shaving daily since around age 14 and I am still gaining more beard hair at age 52.
  19. This looks very good. I hope you are able to post the final results after the second procedure later.
  20. I agree. For anyone in the USA looking to go to another country to get low cost FUE you might want to check out Carolina Hair Surgery first especially if it's within a few hours drive of you because the cost of a plane ticket to somewhere else may be more than the difference in price.
  21. I would pick either of these over the previous three you mentioned. However I know Dr Lindsey prefers to do FUT over FUE, although he does do some smaller FUE cases.
  22. After I posted I noticed you did mention the third place in Maryland, so I looked that one up too. This place is actually the worst to me simply because they try to give you all kind of nonsense about how FUT and even FUE are outdated and their new HUE technique is much better than either FUT or FUE. However when you keep reading and if you know enough about the hair transplant process you will know that they are doing FUT even though they just said it's better than FUT. Basically they are able to take longer and wider strips (so they say) than other FUT clinics are doing. In my opinion this is going to mean that you will have a wider scar as you will surely have scar stretching if they try to exceed reasonable strip widths. They then tell you that you should be more concerned about how much tissue was moved and not about how much coverage or density you will get. That is a big red flag to me that you will not be getting much coverage or density... which then also makes me wonder if they are really taking longer and wider strips than other places or if they are just so incompetent that even their FUT grafts don't grow well. My advice: STAY AWAY FROM HERE.
  23. I checked the websites of the two places you mentioned Capri Hair Restoration uses the Neograft machine. I personally would not go there. Clinics that use Neograft and Artas machines generally give you a lower quality hair transplant as compared to other clinics. Maxim Hair Restoration - Hard to believe, but according to their own website they are still doing mini grafts in their FUT procedures. It's hard to believe they are doing it and even harder to believe they advertise it. From their web site - FUT - 2 to 4,000 Grafts per session Mini Grafting (3 to 5 follicles per graft) and Micro Grafting (1 to 2 hair follicles per graft). If that is what they are doing with FUT, I have no faith at all in their FUE techniques.