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About Bill - Managing Publisher

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    Managing Publisher
  • Birthday 01/21/1977

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Country
    United States
  • State
    PA

Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
    Thinning on Top only (Genetic Baldness)
    Thinning or Bald Spot in the Crown/Vertex
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    10 years +
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood VI
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain Existing Hair
    Maintain and Regrow Hair
    I'm here for support

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
    Yes
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Victor Hasson
  • Other hair restoration physicians
    Dr. Robert True, Dr. Theodore Katz
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)
    Rogaine Foam

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  1. Bill - Managing Publisher

    scratching recipient 6 weeks post op

    Literalno, I understand what you are saying and are concerned about however, at five or six weeks, you are not going to damage the grass underneath the scale. Yes, the tissue deep underneath the scalp is still healing however, you would literally have to dig through the surface of the scalp to get to the follicle in order to cause any damage to it at that point. I understand that you are concerned because technician/representative was rough with yourself putting concealer on and taking it off, but this would not be enough to cause damage to the gracts. Best wishes, Bill
  2. Bill - Managing Publisher

    Avoid Jumping To Conclusions

    I’ve seen several dozen times before. Literally, almost every time a patient posts progress pictures showing any kind of concerns or what appears to be less than optimal results, forum members jump to conclusions Making statements that a particular “results” is sub par and that’s a particular surgeon should be removed from recommendation, etc. Meanwhile, a particular patient is only 4, 5, 6 or 7 months out from surgery. It is pretty common knowledge that it takes up to 12 to 18 months for a hair transplant to grow and mature. Moreover, everybody grows at different rates. But because many patients are fast growers and see a lot of growth in the early months, forum members often jump to conclusions that everybody must follow the same path. God for bid some patients only start experiencing signs of nominal to moderate growth six months after surgery because, those patients must be doomed and the doctor must be dismissed. But this kind of misinformation only serve to create chaos and unnecessary panic in the patient since in many cases, these patients end up being late bloomers and obtaining optimal results within 12 to 18 months - just like they are supposed to. But for whatever reason, this kind of miss information and panic has been going on for over 10 years and even veteran forum members fall into this false dogma that hurts both the patient and the physician who performed the procedure. So as reminder I would like to explain that the final hair transplant result is not seen for 12 to 18 months and everybody grows at different rates. Sure, some patients may see a lot of growth at four months while other patients may barely see new signs of growth at six months. This is very common and can and does happen all the time. I do understand however, we are for all members are coming from. We have to ask ourselves questions like: At what point do we begin to worry that a particular result is subpar? If the patient doesn’t experience Any signs of real growth at 6 months, is it a failure? What about 8 months? What about 10 months? The above are valid questions and while there is no concrete answer, it’s normal for members to panic when these types of situations occur. But speculating that a slow grower is a no bro are only serves to cause damage to both the patient and surgeons. Thus, regardless of our intuition, it’s always best to wait it out and give a hair transplant procedure a chance to fully mature before evaluating the success or failure of the procedure. I know it’s hard, but it’s necessary. So in my opinion, let’s try not to jump to conclusions and remain positive that if a four member has gone to a top-notch surgeon recommended by this community, that they will likely have an excellent results when the hair transplant matures. In the event it’s a failure, we should trust that the surgeon will do everything he or she can to make things right. And the publishers and moderators of this community, with your help will be sure to hold physicians accountable to provide patients with the best after care to resolve their concerns. Thoughts? Bill
  3. OK let’s start with the obvious that unfortunately doesn’t seem to be too obvious to everybody. Six months is far from the result and while some patients experience a lot of growth that six months, some patients are only just beginning to see signs of new growth around 5 to 6 months. This is hardly cost for future at this stage and I think people really need to reserve judgment until at least 12 months. Moreover, the first set of photos definitely make the hairline looks worse than it really is as the second set of photos, styled seem to show a much better look. That said, clearly more is expected and the truth is it six months, we should certainly seem more growth So I encourage people not to panic and jump to conclusions which is way too typical on this discussion forum happens almost every time somebody post their concerns. Honestly, people really need to start learning and understanding that everybody grows at different rates and sometimes, it takes at least 8 to 10 months to really even start seeing anything close to the final outcome. So let’s wait and see what things look like in another six months before anybody jumps to conclusions. Best wishes, Bill
  4. Kraistoff, Looks like you’re going to experience a homerun result. The postoperative photos show densely packed drafts and so I trust wants everything grows in, you’ll be exceptionally happy with the outcome. The first couple months are the hardest as you will experience hair shedding but after 3 to 5 months, you’ll start to experience new signs of growth until things grow and fully mature up to a year to 18 months. I look forward to following your progress. Best wishes, Bill
  5. Bill - Managing Publisher

    Are dr Diep’s results real?

    Well I definitely would not call what you’re seeing “results“. Six months and one week is still pretty early on and given what your hair looks like at the moment, I expect you will see a lot more growth and thickening to come over the next 6 to 12 months. So I encourage you to share your progress over the next couple months and hang in there. Best wishes, Bill
  6. Dr. Yaman, Very nice result as always. I assume when you are referring to a new technique, you’re referring to the use of your new implanter device that we’ve recently written about at https://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/news/article.asp?CopyID=2235? Because not all of our members are aware of your new device, I do suggest being more specific with the community when you say “new technique“. Or in the future, you can even just link to this news article when you share a post so that anyone who wants to know more about your new tool, they can click on the link for more information. By the way, do you have any photo showing this patient donor area or crown? Keep up the great work Best wishes, Bill
  7. Well it just goes to show, no matter how thick somebody’s hair is, they are still potentially susceptible to male pattern baldness. It’s just the way it works. I had pretty thick hair growing up as well and I always loved being able to grow it long and frankly, the girls loved playing with it and that was fine by me LOL. Now, I restored enough hair where I can actually grow my hair long again and have actually been doing that just for fun. But yes, it does appear that John Travolta could use some help with concealers and how to wear his hair in such a way that doesn’t show thinning/baldness. Best wishes, Bill
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    September is Alopecia Areata Awareness Month

    Melvin, thank you for taking the time to write this article and share it on our discussion for him to get members participating and sharing their opinions. In my opinion, this particular form of alopecia is more rare than androgenetic alopecia however, it’s definitely something that many individuals (both men and women) have to live with. Sometimes, alopecia areata reverses itself with minimal treatment but sometimes it’s permanent. Thankfully, hair transplant surgery candy and option for this condition as well. Best wishes, Bill
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    Top/Best FUE Surgeon in North America

    Legend, you’re absolutely right. Real self has some value but it can be deceiving. Frankly, unless you read very carefully on what each item next to each surgeon means, you may be led to believe that a particular surgeon Is top notch when in reality, they are just participating more. And you are right, usually the physician doesn’t do any of the writing. It’s just an administrator. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that hair transplant surgery is a team effort. But, writing articles or having an assistant write articles on your behalf doesn’t mean that you were an excellent hair transplant surgeon. In fact, it has nothing to do with it. I’ve never perform surgery in my life however, I bet that I’ve written more educational and informational articles and content than many surgeons and clinics combined. With almost 20,000 posts on this discussion forum and hundreds of articles written by me, I guess I would be an outstanding real self hair transplant surgeon 🙂 Bill
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    Top/Best FUE Surgeon in North America

    I want to chime in here briefly about real self. While the website appears to be quite popular, surgeons listed on their website are not recommended based on any set of standards. Yes, there are so called preferred surgeons and they use certain terminology that would lead you to believe that they’ve met some kind of standard. But the reality is, the only real standard is that they participate by answering questions. If they answer a certain number of questions, they are status is moved up and they appear to be considered preferred or whatever language they use. Additionally, surgeons who advertise with real self and pay our prominently featured and advertised in the side bar area but it still doesn’t mean they’ve met any set of standards. Nobody there, despite Real Self’s large staff actually takes the time to prescreen doctors and list them based on any kind of qualification. That type of service is really only performed by our community and possibly one other that has their own set of standards (not publicly listed like ours). Dr. Diep has a long history of producing outstanding results. Yes, every physician, no matter how good they are will have cases of poor growth, complications and less than ideal results. That’s not because they had an off day or did anything wrong necessarily, although that’s not impossible, but simply because hair transplant surgery is not 100% guarantee. It is still a surgical procedure where a multitude of variables will impact the final result. That said, there are times where something a particular hair restoration surgeon does is questionable and we need to investigate. That is certainly something we do and if we find that a particular recommended surgeon is no longer producing results on par with our demanding standards, their recommendation is discontinued. That’s not true with real self. Real self will likely go on listing a doctor as long as they are paying and participating. In fact, many doctors don’t even participate but are still listed simply because they created themselves a basic profile. But more specifically, while a few patients have reported concerns about their procedure and results with Dr. Diep, do understand that overall his results have been top notch and several of those patients have not verified them selves and disappeared. When a patient does that, there’s a very good chance that they are not genuine and in fact are simply trying to discredit a good surgeons name. They are often competitors or even patients who were denied surgery because they weren’t a good candidate for it. But we still have faith that Dr. Diep is doing top-notch work and producing excellent results. Best wishes, Bill
  11. Dr. Arocha, I appreciate you posting and sharing what you can given that you haven’t received the necessary permissions to be specific. However, you can clearly see that 2 haired follicular units appear to have been placed in the front row of the hairline in this case. Now, the only possibility here is that he had some natural hair in front of these two haired follicular units but somehow, they were lost after surgery. I’m guessing however, that even if there were some natural hair is in front of the two haired graft, that it would have been appropriate to place some transplanted single hairs in the front since any natural hair remaining could have been lost. @newpatient99, Please contact your surgeon and give him the necessary permission he needs to provide the details of your case here on this forum. Since the community has concerns, as to why, we would all like to read an exclamation about your case. Best wishes, Bill
  12. Bill - Managing Publisher

    My Result With Dr. Resul Yamen

    I saw an email come in with a post asking why Dr. Yaman Has not provided an exclamation yet publicly but I can’t seem to find the post. That said, I do want you all to know that I have spoken with the surgeon about this case and he did provide me with a detailed explanation. I could copy and paste it here however, he said he was going to provide the explanation himself over the next couple of days so I figured it would be better coming directly from him then simply having me copy and paste what he sent. So please standby as the surgeon will be responding with an explanation. Best wishes, Bill
  13. Bill - Managing Publisher

    1036 graft FUE with Dr HASSON

    Spidey, I personally admire the guys that can shave their head after they’ve lost a good amount of hair and not care about it anymore. But for me, I hated the way I looked with a shaved head. That’s true whether or not I had a hairline. I just don’t have the type of head that looks good shape. So for me, no matter how much hair I lost, hair transplant surgery seemed like the right solution for me and now, I’m so glad that I didn’t. That said, if you can get away with shaving your head and moving on, then that would be probably the best thing to do. But only you can decide whether or not you are happy with the way you look and feel with a shaved head. You could always sport that look for a while and later down the road, if you decide that you want hair again, you could always consider surgery then. But once you undergo hair transplant surgery, shaving your head completely usually isn’t feasible because some kind of scarring will show. Best wishes, Bill
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    5.5 months. Not what I expected

    Rongy, Every time I see posts that start with titles like this, I just want to change it to add… But it’s only been 5.5 months. You do understand that some people don’t even experience signs of new growth until about now right? I understand that you are nervous and waiting and it’s not easy. But I do understand that it takes up to a year to 18 months for a hair transplant to grow and fully mature. If you’ve undergone FUE, this process sometimes takes even longer. So try hard not to stress, because stress and anticipation and negative thinking can impact the result. Best wishes, Bill
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    FUT is more popular than FUE

    Squidward, What do you have against capitalism anyway? Is it wrong to make good money and provide a valuable service? Hair transplant surgery is a very delicate procedure that requires a great deal of skills, experience and talent. If the surgeon trains for many years after getting his or her medical degree and wants to devote his life to helping men and women feel better about themselves and make a good living at the same time, why begrudge them? I certainly don’t. I don’t know what you do for a living or how much you make, but I bet your bottom dollar that you would love to make more. I’m sure if your boss offered you a raise from $40,000 a year to $100,000 year, you wouldn’t turn it down. Or are you telling me that you would Let’s not forget either that hair transplant surgery Is an elective procedure and not everybody can afford it. Sure, it would be nice for it to be more affordable so that everybody could undergo the procedure however, most things of value In life aren’t cheap. And frankly, if a surgeon was to go to medical school and then train for years to become a hair transplant surgeon, I’m sure that wouldn’t be interested in the vocation if they were only making $40,000 a year. Let’s face it, you can hardly survive on your own making that money today. So what exactly is your motive here? First, you start filing discrediting strip surgery and now it seems like you have a problem with hair transplant surgery in general and surgeons making money doing it. Perhaps you would be willing to divulge you do for a living and how much you make and then we can tell you that you deserve to make a mint less than what you make now. best regards, Bill
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