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  1. Dear forum members, As many of you know, we gather as much information as possible about a physician, their staff, technique and track record before they are even considered for recommendation on the Hair Transplant Network. Part of our review process involves getting input from patients and the members of this forum community. To learn more about this review process, click here. Thus, we'd like your input on the potential recommendation of Dr. Emrah Cinik of Istanbul, Turkey. At this time, Dr. Cinik is being considered for recommendation only, not the Coalition. To see our demanding standards for recommendation, click here. Dr. Emrah Cinik has over 15 years of experience and performs state of the art FUE hair transplant surgery exclusively at his clinic in Istanbul Turkey. He has vast experience and uses all the latest techniques and tools, providing his patients with the very best results. He operates on only 2 or 3 patients daily depending on the size and has over 22 experienced staff members, the newest of which possesses 6 years of experience. Dr. Cinik specializes in FUE, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), Mesotherapy, Eyebrow Restoration and Scar Repair. He has the experience and staff to perform densely packed sessions of ultra refined follicular unit grafting exceeding 4000 grafts when appropriate for the patient. He uses cutting instruments as small as .6mm to minimize trauma to the scalp and can densely pack up to 80 to 100 FU/cm2 when appropriate for the patient. He maes a combination of parallel (saggital) and perpendicular (lateral/coronal) incisions, depending on the patient, mimicking the natural direction of hair growth. During FUE, Dr. Emrah Cinik uses both a manual and a motorized extraction tool called Marathon with a punch ranging in size from 0.5mm to 1.1mm depending on the size of the graft (1 to 3 hairs). Grafts are further trimmed under microscopes as necessary and are stored in an ATP saline solution between the extraction and implantation process for less than an hour to minimize dehydration of the follicular units. Dr. Emrah Cinik and his staff use steel pincers to carefully implant follicular units into tiny recipient sites as small as 0.6mm. Dr. Cinik’s experienced technicians also employ the DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) method. It is similar to FUE in that the extraction process is the same however, the implantation process is different. With the DHI method, hair follicles are inserted into a pen implantation device (Dr. Cinik’s staff uses the Choi Implanter) after extraction. Then, with a single "punch", the recipient incision is made and the follicle is implanted into the recipient site. Normally, anywhere from 2-6 Choi implanters are used concurrently during a procedure, and the device comes in a variety of needle sizes to fit single, double, and triple follicular unit grafts. Dr. Cinik believes that the DHI method should only be used for those with minimal hair loss and in patients under 40. He typically uses the DHI method when dense packing high numbers in a small area. Note that the surgeon does not perform the actual surgery but does oversee and supervise the entire procedure. Dr. Cinik has a background in aesthetics and cosmetics and is a member of the ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery). Given Dr. Cinik’s training and experience in performing both state of the art FUE and DHI and providing only the best results, in my opinion, he should be considered for recommendation. In recent weeks, Dr. Cinik has presented several examples of his procedure and recent results on this forum. Dr. Cinik’s recent patient and surgical photos can be found below: 3500 Grafts - FUE - Dr. Cinik 4500 Grafts - FUE - Dr. Cinik 2500 Grafts - DHI - Dr. Cinik 4000 Grafts - FUE - Dr. Cinik 6100 Grafts - FUE 2 Sessions - Dr. Cinik 3600 Grafts - FUE - Dr. Cinik 3000 Grafts - FUE - Dr. Cinik https://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/topic/50151-3500-scheduled-with-dr-cinik-1212/?tab=comments#comment-463171 - patient posted experience with photos from beginning to end https://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/topic/52555-3500-grafts-dr-cinik-6th-november-2018/?tab=comments#comment-486343 - patient posted experience with photos including postoperative photos, results not in yet. https://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/topic/52115-dr-cinik-4300-grafts-results-progress - patient posted experience, postoperative photos and progress https://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/topic/52116-dr-cinik-june-2018/?tab=comments#comment-481551 - patient shares seven months progress photos https://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/topic/52116-dr-cinik-june-2018/?tab=comments#comment-481551 - patient shares experience, progress and results using scalp, body, chest and beard hair You can find additional examples of his work by visiting the “Results Posted by Leading Hair Transplant Clinics” forum and by using the “search” feature. I welcome input and comments from forum members regarding his potential recommendation. To view our standards for recommendation, click here. Onwards and Upwards, Bill
  2. Raker, youre behavior is atrocious and you’ve refused to listen to Melvin’s warnings. It’s time for you to go. Bill
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    Can Shampooing Your Hair After A Hair Transplant Affect Growth

    Personally, it took me approximately 10 to 14 days to get back to my normal showering routine. Now, it was probably by day five or six that I was able to remove most of the scabs but I was still very cautious when shampooing the top of my scalp and the donor area. But I know that every surgeon provides slightly different postoperative instructions. Some doctors suggest you don’t even begin working on his gab removal until one week to 10 days after surgery. So I’m curious what other people have to say. Best, Bill
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    Potential Recommendation of Dr. Emrah Cinik of Istanbul, Turkey

    @Mick50, Read my latest post. Bill
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    Does Creatine Cause Hair Loss

    I took creatine for about a month. I remember I was already in the process of losing my hair so I have researched whether not creatine can cause hair loss and was happy to read that it didn’t. Of course, I was hoping that it did because since I was losing my hair around the same time, I could’ve blamed it on creatine and just stopped it. But since that wasn’t the case, I kept losing my hair due to male pattern baldness. Thanks for sharing Melvin. Bill
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    HIMS for Hair Loss

    Surprisingly, and as much as I’m on social media, I’ve never heard of this until recently. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure why this particular company/website is necessary when you can just ask your primary care physician for a prescription for both of these medications. But I suppose anybody a little bit too insecure to speak face-to-face with their doctor can use this company to obtain generic versions of this medication. Of course, there have been some reports about generic finasteride and whether or not they are in active ingredients are affecting its potency. I don’t know much about Viagra let alone it’s generic however, hopefully all the medication is legit. Bill
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    Potential Recommendation of Dr. Emrah Cinik of Istanbul, Turkey

    Everyone, I appreciate everyone’s honest opinions regarding the potential recommendation of Dr. Cinic. At the end of the day, our high standards is what keeps this community and our recommendations credible and different from any other community. In addition to this discussion, we’ve been discussing the issue about surgeon involvement and the “no surgeon“ option and whether or not this practice should be accepted. As I’ve posted above, there are clearly some varying opinions about this within the patient community and many surgeons who are well respected have some concerns about this as well. Therefore, I think it’s important that we err on the side of caution for now and hold off proceeding with this doctors recommendation until we further discuss the issue and make a final conclusion on whether or not we should allow this practice to go on with recommended surgeons. So for now, we are going to hold off on this potential recommendation and we will discuss it at a future time Best wishes, Bill
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    Potential Recommendation of Dr. Emrah Cinik of Istanbul, Turkey

    @Raphael84, Thanks for posting and sharing your opinion. I happen to agree and ultimately, hair transplant surgery has always been a team effort. Surgeon involvement is a hot topic of debate not just with patients but also with leading hair transplant surgeons including many recommended by our community. The question of how much surgeon involvement should be required to meet our standards has come up lately and do something that we are still wrestling with. For example, I personally like the surgeon to be involved in the procedure at least to some degree. But honestly, when I was a newbie, I thought the surgeon performed the entire procedure while the technicians assisted only. I had no idea that the surgeon believe the room for so long while technicians what do the vast majority of the procedure. This made me very uncomfortable until I saw that my results grew in and then everything was fine. I soon learned that this was standard practice and became accustomed to it. The problem is, there are many black hat clinics who are doing highly unethical and possibly illegal things and surgeons recommended by our community are fighting against this - and rightfully so. This community has joined the fight and offered to host any content they would like to provide regarding these deceptive marketing and clinical practices. But, I think that in wrestling with these black hat clinics and deceptive practices, some may have gone a bit too far. Somehow, surgeons who allow their technicians to do the vast majority of the procedure or even all of it have been lumped in with these unethical clinics which just doesn’t seem right to me. To me, a black hat clinic is defined as * A surgeon or clinic who delegate patients to other surgeons or staff members that weren’t discussed or selected * A surgeon or clinic who engages in deceptive marketing practices * A surgeon or clinic who doesn’t provide all of the necessary information to the patient so that they can’t make an informed decision - in other words, the clinic isn’t transparent * A surgeon who claims they are hands-on but actually isn’t. * A surgeon who sits in the office the entire time answering emails without doing any or minimal supervision while their technicians do all the work But I don’t believe that Dr. Cinik or the clinic engages in any of the above practices. As a result, I feel confident considering the surgeon for potential recommendation. Best wishes, Bill
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    Potential Recommendation of Dr. Emrah Cinik of Istanbul, Turkey

    @VicTNYC, I do understand your concerns. The way I look at it is, the clinic offers three packages and out of the three packages, the surgeon is directly involved by performing a part of only one of the procedures. Because of this, this is the only procedure/package that we are considering for recommendation. For discussion purposes however, I am still honestly wrestling with whether or not how involved a surgeon is during the procedure should be a determining factor in recommendation. Let’s consider the below. Typical Surgeon Involvement is 10% 95% of the surgeons we recommend only engage in and are hands-on in about 10% to 15% of the procedure. Typically, this includes the donor harvesting portion and creating recipient incisions. While these are crucial parts of the procedure, so is the implantation process, the dissection process during FUSS and insertation into pen implanters if this tool is being used, etc. frankly, most surgeons only pop in the room once every couple hours during the implantation process. If a single technician is off their game on a particular day, the entire result will become messed up. How Much Does Surgeon Involvement Really Matter? So if results matter the most, which I think we can all agree they do, does it really matter if the surgeon performs none of the procedure versus 10% of the procedure? Frankly, what difference would it really make? If the technicians don’t do their job, the whole procedure fails whether or not a surgeon does 10% or 0%. When Surgeon Involvement Really Becomes a Problem Now, it would be different if the surgeon sat in the office for the entire procedure and literally did nothing and didn’t supervise/oversee the entire procedure. It would also be a problem if the surgeon was working with in experienced technicians or delegated all of his patients to another unknown surgeon and wasn’t ultimately responsible for the end result. Dr. Cinik Oversees All Aspects Of All 3 Packages In this case, Dr. Cinic does oversees/supervise all three procedure types/packages and during one package/procedure, he performs 5% to 10% of it himself. Clearly this is not enough to affect the total outcome of the results one way or another. The Feel Good Factor What really matters the most about surgeon involvement, is the “feel good“ factor. Surgeon involvement ( unless they are entirely hands-on for 100% of the procedure) really doesn’t impact the end result much. What it does, is make the patient feel good. Conclusion While I believe a certain level of surgeon involvement matters, at the end of the day, I genuinely believe that the end result matters most as long as - * The surgeon/clinic is transparent * The surgeon/clinic follows the laws of the land related to surgery * The surgeon/clinic provides their patients with enough information to make an informed decision * The surgeon is overseeing/supervising the entire procedure. Then, the rest is left up to the patient. Nobody is forcing any patient to go to any surgeon we recommends however, we believe that each surgeon we do recommend should meet our high standards and ultimately, the results driven.
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    Potential Recommendation of Dr. Emrah Cinik of Istanbul, Turkey

    I want to make another comment about technicians performing the entire procedure. While I am not personally too keen on this and would not personally ever choose to undergo a procedure where the doctor wasn’t at least performing part of the procedure, we have to understand that the laws are different in turkey then they are in America. What they are doing an offering is perfectly legitimate and legal in Turkey. We don’t have to like it, but we don’t have the right to criticize them as unethical for doing what is perfectly acceptable in that area. However, when we recommend a surgeon, that’s exactly what we are doing. Therefore, while we are not saying anything one way or another about the package where the doctor isn’t involved, our recommendation is to select the surgeon for surgery. Wass, while the clinic and they offered DHI and the surgeon does supervise, I removed DHI from the services the surgeon offers. Now this is a tricky one to some degree because the surgeon is still overseeing the entire procedure. So he is still ultimately responsible for the DHI results. But since he is not hands-on for the DHI technique, I don’t feel right claiming that he performs this procedure. Now, let’s be clear. Hair transplant surgery has always been a team effort and even in America, top surgeons are only involved in a small part of the procedure and simply supervise and oversee the rest. If you all recall, it wasn’t too long ago that we were all having a debate about whether or not we’d ever go to a surgeon Who wasn’t hands-on for the entire procedure. I remember personally being shocked when my first hair transplant surgeon disappeared and I was left with technicians working on my scalp. It made me very nervous because I didn’t do enough research ahead of time and wasn’t aware that this is how it worked. But there are some surgeons who are involved from A to Z and this often makes people more comfortable. I know it would’ve made me more comfortable. However, I ended up with excellent results and even though each surgeon wasn’t directly involved and hands on in more than 10% of the procedure, I am very happy with my results. Now, we could sit here and criticize the reality that during the implantation process, even top surgeons in America and Canada only pop in once every couple hours during implantation. So much could go wrong during this part of the procedure but the doctor has trained the technicians to do state of the art work and therefore must trust that the technicians are doing their job and on the ball that day. After all, if they are not, the responsibility falls back on the surgeon and makes him or her look bad. Even during the package where Dr. Cinik isn’t involved which includes the DHI technique, he is still ultimately responsible for the end result and any poor growth or problems will fall back on him because ultimately, he is overseeing the procedure and has trained the technicians. So do we say that the doctor also performs DHI or do we leave it off his list because he is not directly performing any part of the actual procedure? As I already said, I’m on the fence about this and I think there could be a case for it either way. But for now, I’ve taken it off because I was informed by the clinic that the surgeon doesn’t work hands-on in this procedure. I also think it’s silly to suggest that we shouldn’t recommend a surgeon who provides options and different packages. No matter which package a patient uses, the end goal is a successful procedure and result. In fact, I haven’t seen one poor result or bad experience written by any of his patients on this or other forums. As I said in a previous post, we can debate policy and procedure and decide for ourselves whether or not we would personally have surgery with a surgeon or clinic that is minimally involved. But that’s the beauty of choice and informed consent. Also remember that just because we recommend a particular surgeon, doesn’t mean that anybody has to choose them. The bottom line is, is the surgeon and his staff producing excellent results on par with our commanding standards for recommendation? I would personally have to give a resounding “yes“. So if we approve this doctor for recommendation, the recommendation profile will be very transparent just as the clinic has been with me regarding the packages and procedures they offer and surgeon involvement. Individuals can then choose for themselves whether or not they want to select the surgeon based on the information. So in my opinion, while the discussion above is interesting and certainly relevant, I don’t think the fact that they provide options should preclude Dr. Cinic from being approved for recommendation, especially considering they are following all the laws of turkey and everything we’ve seen from the clinic and his patients have been top notch. Now, a few members mentioned that they aren’t biggest fan of his hairline’s and that his work isn’t ultra refined. I personally disagree. Not selecting a surgeon is as much subjective as it is objective. Many members and patients of his are thrilled with their hairlines, crown work and donor areas after surgery and when the results grow in. Other members have commented saying that they weren’t of the biggest fan. This appears to be a bit of a subjective debate and that’s totally fine. However, given all we’ve seen, I do genuinely believe that he should be approved for recommendation. Best wishes, Bill
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    Potential Recommendation of Dr. Emrah Cinik of Istanbul, Turkey

    Guys, I also want to say that while I understand there are some concerns about policies and procedures, there are a multitude of Dr. Cinik’s’s patience sharing their experiences, postoperative photos, progress photos and results on this forum. All of them are very happy with their experiences and results. I encourage those who really want to know exactly what goes on at the clinic, step-by-step and during the procedure to view these experiences. I posted a couple above and on the original post a few minutes ago. You can also use the search feature to see what others are saying. Best, Bill
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    Potential Recommendation of Dr. Emrah Cinik of Istanbul, Turkey

    Guys, As I’m sure you know, there’s a lot to learn and presents when considering a surgeon for potential recommendation. I have to say that the Clinic has been very upfront with me regarding all of their policies and procedures. When I first presented this topic, I was under the impression that the doctor also performed DHI but after posting, the Clinic corrected me and let me know that it’s only technicians performed the DHI procedure however, Dr. Cinic Does oversee and supervise the entire procedure. I understand that there are some policies and procedures that are different in turkey then other places. Some of these policies and procedures may make it a bit uneasy for prospective patients to undergo surgery there. This is their right and choice. However, the clinic and the doctor are both very transparent about what they offer, when they offer it, who is doing the procedure, which packages provide which services, etc. this is a far cry different from those clinics that mask and hide Blackhat techniques and delegate patients to another clinic with an experienced technicians or even another surgeon, etc. If Dr. Cinic is chosen for surgery, he will be involved in the actual procedure by creating the recipient incisions. He will also supervise and oversee the rest of the procedure while his experienced technicians work hard hands-on. I have made the corrections to the original post so I hope everyone can now see the accurate information as it’s been presented. Best wishes, Bill
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    Potential Recommendation of Dr. Emrah Cinik of Istanbul, Turkey

    Guys, I want to chime in here and share some patient posted experiences and results for you to look at as well. There are dozens more about this is just a few of them. I will also address some of the posted concerns above shortly. https://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/topic/50151-3500-scheduled-with-dr-cinik-1212/?tab=comments#comment-463171 - patient posted experience with photos from beginning to end https://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/topic/52555-3500-grafts-dr-cinik-6th-november-2018/?tab=comments#comment-486343 - patient posted experience with photos including postoperative photos, results not in yet. https://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/topic/52115-dr-cinik-4300-grafts-results-progress - patient posted experience, postoperative photos and progress https://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/topic/52116-dr-cinik-june-2018/?tab=comments#comment-481551 - patient shares seven months progress photos https://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/topic/52116-dr-cinik-june-2018/?tab=comments#comment-481551 - patient shares experience, progress and results using scalp, body, chest and beard hair
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    Potential Recommendation of Dr. Emrah Cinik of Istanbul, Turkey

    @SOW, What you’re asking doesn’t make sense. Again, we recommend surgeons, not entire clinics. And I never said that a recommendation doesn’t count if the doctor is only partly involved during the procedure. Now if a doctor is not involved in the procedure at all nor does he supervise and sits in his office doing nothing, we would not approve him for a recommendation. Regarding Dr. Cinik, we are considering him for potential recommendation which means that if he is approved, and a member chooses him for surgery, then we expect him to be involved to the degree he is usually involved which is to oversee/supervise the entire procedure and make recipient incisions. He is also supervising donor extractions and implantation. Now if somebody chooses another package so to speak where the doctor is not involved in the actual hands-on operation, then this is their prerogative. But this is the equivalent of choosing another surgeon that we have not approved for a recommendation. That doesn’t mean that they won’t obtain top-notch results as the doctor is still overseeing the entire procedure. However, our recommendation is for surgeons and when we recommend surgeons, we always recommend whatever procedure where they are directly involved. I should also mention that clinic is very transparent about what they offer. The patient has the option to choose a package where the doctor is more directly involved or where they are a little less directly involved. There apparently is a price break when he is not directly involved however, he still oversees the entire procedure and his expert staff is still working on the patient as diligently as if he were directly operating. Therefore, because they are transparent and honest, I am not hesitant to recommend this surgeon nor do I have a problem with the clinic. As I’m sure you’re aware, hair transplant surgery is a team effort however, there is always a lead surgeon in charge of the procedure and ultimately responsible for the end result. Even in America during FUSS (Strip surgery) procedures, most surgeons are only hands on and directly involved during a portion of the procedure. This includes harvesting the donor strip and making a recipient incisions. Dissecting follicular units under microscopes and implanting carafes takes up about 85% to 90% of the procedure. The technicians are largely responsible for this large part of the procedure and doctors typically only enter the room a couple times during these many hours. If we were to stop including surgeons just because they only operate hands-on during a portion of the procedure, we would have to revise our list and recommend only a handful of those doctors. In fact, as much as my surgeons did a great job on my procedure, They could not be recommended because they only operated during a portion of the procedure while their technicians did the rest. At the end of the day, we do expect surgeons recommended by this community to be hands on in at least a portion of the procedure and oversee/supervise the entire procedure. It is also the surgeons job responsibility to train technicians, nurses and other doctors operating during the procedure to do the kind of top-notch work that the surgeon expects from them. So while hair transplant surgery is a team effort, it all comes back to the operating/supervising physician. I hope this helps. Bill
  15. Of all the recent advances within the field of medical hair restoration, one that seems to garner the most attention from both hair loss patients and hair transplant surgeons is follicular unit extraction (FUE). Thus, it’s no surprise that this popular procedure garners a lot more attention and discussion at each year’s ISHRS scientific meeting. View the “Highlights of the 2011 ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) Scientific Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska” for what leading physicians are saying about FUE and other hot topic hair loss related issues. But why is follicular unit extraction hair transplant surgery so popular? Will state of the art FUE hair transplants ever replace today’s “gold standard” follicular unit transplantation (FUT) procedures? Or can follicular unit extraction (FUE) and FUT hair transplant surgery peacefully co-exist? Whether it’s the less invasive nature, lack of the linear scar associated with the traditional follicular unit hair transplant (FUT) procedure, or potentially faster healing time, demand and popularity of FUE has increased greatly over the last several years. While most hair restoration experts believe that FUE has been traditionally overhyped or oversold to eager patients, it’s become evident that FUE is here to stay. The lasting power of follicular unit extraction seems to stem from both patient demand and the dedication of talented hair restoration experts who continue perfecting the procedure, researching new extraction mechanisms, and creating new, more precise FUE tools. By evaluating these dedicated physicians, refined methods, and unique follicular unit extraction devices, we invite you to learn more about “The Evolution of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), Physicians and its Tools” and why the procedure continues increasing in popularity and demand each day. To discuss the evolution of FUE with other hair loss sufferers and leading hair restoration physicians, you are encouraged to share your thoughts on this forum by creating your own topic or providing your input on others. Best wishes, Bill
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    Potential Recommendation of Dr. Emrah Cinik of Istanbul, Turkey

    Mick, The keyword here is “offers“. They are being very transparent about what they do and what they offer.. As long as the clinic is being honest and giving the patient a choice, then I don’t personally see any problems with it considering they are still following the law of the land and are legitimate. Blackhat clinics would simply delegate patients to other clinics or possess no surgeon involvement regardless of whether you choose the surgeon or not. In other words, you wouldn’t have a choice. Remember also that we recommend hair transplant surgeons, not entire clinics. Therefore, when we are recommending Dr. Cinic, you are recommending that you go to him. If a patient was to choose to bypass the surgeon and then go to the clinic to get work done without the doctor, that is not our recommendation. Now, that doesn’t mean we’re saying it’s a problem, but our recommendation is specifically for the surgeon and anyone who chooses him for surgery will get the doctor. That’s the important part in my opinion. best wishes, Bill
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    Why is a HT "the illusion of density"

    I know others have already offered their feedback but allow me to offer my input on this as well. Hair transplant surgery is referred to as the illusion of density because there is simply not enough donor hair available to re-create true density in most cases. Hair transplant surgery is about supply and demand. The overall scalp with a full head of hair possesses approximately 100,000 hair follicles or 50,000 follicular unit grafts. Approximately 25,000 grafts make up true density on the entire top of the scalp. But nobody has that many grafts available in their donor area for transplanting. If you are really lucky and one of the fortunate, you might have close to 10,000 or 12,000 grafts available. That means if you placed all you’re available donor hair on top of the scalp in an evenly distributed fashion, you would have approximately 40 to 45% true density. However, most hair transplant surgeons will place more follicular units in the front than in the back in order to make it appear more natural. Now regarding the illusion of density, most hair loss suffering men and women don’t even notice any visible signs of hair loss until they’ve lost about 50% of their original density. That means, a surgeon doesn’t have to re-create true density for an individual to appear like they have a full head of hair. They only need to re-create about 50%. This is referred to as the illusion of density because it looks and appears as dense as if it were true density. Now where the illusion begins to fail is when you begin taking photos under harsh lighting or even standing under harsh lighting such as a bathroom or other fluorescent lights such as an office, etc. Your hair will also appear a bit thinner when it’s wet if you only have re-created 50% or less density. Since nobody has enough donor hair to restore hair to a completely bald head, surgeons re-create what’s referred to as an illusion of density by restoring 50% of an individual’s original density or true density to the most vital areas and a bit less density to areas that aren’t as vital such as the crown. Does this make sense? Best wishes, Bill
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    Concealing A Hair Transplant After Surgery

    Thankfully, I was able to wear a hat at work so I was able to conceal my hair transplant quite effectively. However, wearing a hat for 8 hours can be a bit uncomfortable and thus, I would take it off from time to time even during the healing phase. So I know some people were able to guess that I’ve had something done. But at that point I really didn’t care. Best wishes, Bill
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    Can donor area regenerate new follicles?

    unless CIT now refers to something else or in addition to what it did originally, CIT is just another synonym for FUE but provided by a specific doctor. The letter “C” stands for The doctors last name and the rest stands for “isolation technique”. After all, FUE has also been known as FIT for follicular isolation technique. Again, unless CIT also means something else, there is no evidence or reason to suggest that a particular doctor’s last name associated with how he performs FUE can we generate follicles in the donor area. So, this whole idea doesn’t make any sense. By the way, the reason why I haven’t mentioned the doctors last name is because due to legal concerns and that the advice of our attorney, we no longer host any post that reference this doctor. This goes way back and has to do with how old this doctor conducted himself on the forum many years ago. And now the fact that “CIT“ is claiming to “potentially”regenerate hair follicles seems like another weird and bizarre claim… Or like I said, unless CIT now refers to something else also. Best wishes, Bill
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    Dr. Lindsey said Dr. Charles lost his license

    I am also not real thrilled that Dr. Lindsey was brought into this topic. We will be sending him an email as well to make sure that he wasn’t just quoted out of context. Again, let’s not assume the worst and let’s actually work to find out the facts before jumping to conclusions. Bill
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    Dr. Lindsey said Dr. Charles lost his license

    Let’s not jump to conclusions. Last time somebody accused a doctor of losing their license, it was simply a matter of not renewing the license in a timely manner. We will investigate this but in the meantime, I am locking this topic so that people don’t unfairly malign a good doctor’s name. We will get to the bottom of it and find out. Thanks for letting us know. Onwards, Bill
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    3 Mistakes That Every Hair Loss Sufferer Makes

    I think at first everybody is in denial. I know that I was but quickly I started using Rogaine. Although foolishly and this was where my mistake came in… I stopped using Rogaine and started using all kinds of ridiculous products that made false promises. And I lost a lot more hair. By the time I tried using Rogaine again, it was two and a lost too much hair. I finally got on probation but by that time I had lost pretty much all my hair and I found out later that propecia really wasn’t doing anything for me. It might have helped had I started using it early on but it certainly wasn’t restoring any hair.
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    Why Follicular Unit Extraction Has Become Increasingly Popular

    @arussell, OK, I completely misunderstood. I think because the initial text was large, I assumed that you were sharing your point of you and then when I saw the text below it in small print that seem to contradict it, I was just confused altogether. I thought maybe that was your forum signature but the information placed there just wasn’t updated. But thanks for clarifying your stance, I think what you’re saying makes perfect sense. I do believe FUE is ideal under some circumstances and I agree that it is not superior to FUSS in the results it produces. My opinion, the only real benefit to FUE is the lack of linear scar associated with the procedure and the fact that healing time is reduced. Best wishes, Bill
  24. Members of this community are encouraged to share their experiences good or bad regardless of whether or not the doctors recommend it or not. It is not necessarily bad to mention the doctors name if you have concerns. The differences however, that if you have genuine concerns and wish to discuss them publicly, you have to allow your physician to share their side of the story. This is part of keeping a fair and balanced forum. In order to do that, you may have to privately identify yourself to your surgeon and provide them with the necessary permission to share other side of the story in writing. This is so clinics can stay in compliance with HIPAA laws. Ultimately, it’s simple. When you share a positive result, you’re not potentially hurting someone’s reputation. But when you share a concern or less than optimal results, a surgeons reputation is on the line. Now, the great thing about this community is that we allow this because physicians are held accountable for their work and results. But on the other hand, it’s not a free-for-all for members to unfairly malign surgeon. At the end of the day, both surgeons and patients are held accountable for their results and posts. Read more by visiting our fair forum policy best wishes, Bill
  25. I don’t see any issues with this topic either. A member displayed an illustration of members asking what he use to create illustration. I see no problems with this question and frankly, I would like to know as well. Best wishes, Bill