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  1. I think a post-surgery mild depression is not uncommon. Part of it might be due to the dormant phase, and seeing the grafted follicles go away. As far as timing, and how long the hairs stick around for before the temporary dormant phase, it's different for different guys. You might even find that later surgeries for you, are a little bit different from this one as far as timing goes. There is no hard and fast rule of thumb. Average times? I dunno. Maybe roughly 2 weeks of hair post surgery, then the dormant phase for 10 weeks (?). Then the hair begins to emerge again and grow normally
  2. Re: where to put the hair. You can't have it all, so you are going to have to prioritize. I would re-think your desire to lower the hairline, especially if you will have to settle for a bald or almost bare crown... a low hairline and a bald crown don't really go together, as well as a higher hairline would. In my opinion your goal should be total realism. A hair transplant will not make you a "Norwood Zero" (pre-hairloss appearance)... you're not going to get "all" your hair back. So think about replicating a pattern of mild hair loss as seen "in the wild", that looks good to you now (and will
  3. Full restoration is not a realistic goal for a hair transplant. It is absolutely crucial that you have a realistic idea of what the limitations of hair transplants are, BEFORE agreeing to any surgery. That is the only way to make an informed decision. Too many guys assume a full restoration is possible whn they sign up for surgery, and are sorely disappointed when they find out (later) that they will not be able to accomplish what they hoped to accomplish with hair transplants. In many cases, the supply (donor supply) will not meet the eventual demand (total area of hair loss). By then, though
  4. I've seen a different pic from the front, showing his hairloss, that looked unstaged (this one looks staged to me). He wears a 'piece, like a lot of actors in Hollywood do.
  5. Some recession is considered normal when you become a mature adult, even in guys who have no male pattern baldness whatsoever. As Robert said, get an appointment with a good dermatologist (they specialize in skin and hair). Take a look at a product called Revivogen, it is supposed to be a topical DHT blocker. (I'm not saying definitely buy it, I'm saying take a look at it... do a Google search. Decide for yourself if you think it looks legit, or bogus). Revivogen should be safe to use at your age. It's not going to be as effective as Propecia, however as Robert explained, you are too
  6. I don't know about the specific doctor but I have been reading these forums for years and I have heard nothing but complaints about PAI in general (Pierre Amelotte International) There is even a fellow who recently started a website Hair Transplant Lawsuits to document his problems (and lawsuit) with a PAI franchise in Minnesota. I'm going to take a wild guess and say that you can do a lot better if you do some research and look into other doctors. My advice is do some deep research and pick a doctor who seems to be one of the best in the world, and then get on a plane and see him
  7. Typical response when the clinic has failed to deliver: they say the solution is that you should spend even more money. In my opinion, MHR is the worst of all the big "McTransplant" franchises, and what is truly disturbing is that they seem to be expanding.
  8. Once a day is better than nothing, if you are going to use it. It's a committment to stay on it, so don't just start using Minoxidil (Roaine, etc) on a whim. Any treatment can trigger a shed when you start it (or end it) so be sure that you really want to be on Minoxidil and are prepared to give it a good run, so that any potential sheds are outweighed by some results. Speaking of results, one fellow said he tried it for a month and it didn't work... a month is not long enough time. You should try using it for a year or so, before you decide it doesn't work. Again, don't get on Minoxid
  9. My experience is that body hair results in less yield than head hair. Head hair averages someting like 2.5 follicles per graft. Body hair averages closer to 1 follicle per graft. This is what is referred to as "density" (true density the way doctors refer to it). The more follicles you average per "Follicular grouping" (a.k.a. the true FU graft as this website explains it), the higher your donor density. (Everyone's folliclar "units" are about the same distance apart in the donor area. Some people mistakenly think density is a factor of distance, in the donor area... it's really the number of
  10. Has the Propecia been working? How old are you?
  11. It's totally worth it to travel to see the best. Spend an extra 300 dollars on a flight, and an extra 200 dollars on hotel (a drop in the bucket in the overall expenses). It's totally worth it. If you were getting a heart transplant, you would want that surgeon to be "THE heart surgeon"... NOT the local doc who happens to be the most convenient location-wise. This transplant is going to have to look good for the rest of your life, so don't settle for "pretty good". I have never had a transplant with Dr Ziering. But he was formerly the #2 guy at Medical Hair Restoration, a big chain of
  12. 15,000 is closest to the correct answer. The problem is that most guys have about 6,500 to 8 thousand grafts available via the strip method. I am not aware of any patient in history who has had 15,000 grafts performed, and I don't know of any Norwood 6 patient who has accomplished this with transplants: That doesn't mean you can't get a satisfactory result, but the idea that donor resources will not be a problem is totally unrealistic for the high Norwood patients.
  13. A lot of your answer will depend on your own personal situation... Do you have fair skin? Are you grafting into a big hairless area? Are you healthy and a fast healer? Do you have hair you can comb over the areas that get grafted? Heres another issue: It can take a few weeks to have the grafts go dormant. After the scabs fall off around day 10 (more or less) you have a bunch of stubble on your head. The stubble sticks around for a few weeks or maybe more. Then your grafted hair goes into a dormant stage... the grafted hair falls out, and then it seems like nothing is happening for about 3
  14. Oh Really???? Please do share which OTHER doctors let their techs create the recipient sites? Do spill the beans!!! Patients should know exactly which doctors hand over the reigns and let someone else design the graft patterns and placement. Deciding the angle, direction and patterns of where the grafts are placed is probably the single most important part of the surgery, so lets have full disclosure. Which other doctors let a Tech make the recipient sites, besides Brad and Bobby Limmer??? I TRIED to be diplomatic in this post by using language like "I believe..." and "My understanding
  15. Banning website owners and moderators from the meeting is just shooting themselves in the foot. It's 2005 and the internet isn't going away, it's only going to get bigger and more important. The patients know that sharing information equals progress, and better results. Maybe some of the older doctors are afraid of changes, or their surgical approach can't withstand a little scrutiny and discussion. They fear an "educated consumer". So what does that tell you about those doctors?
  16. I just looked up who the doctors are, using their credentials. It turns out one of the doctors is a 'good guy' (Dr X, the first one) while the other doctor is a bad guy (Dr Y). Even though Dr Y is the "bad guy" it turns out that Dr Y actually has a longer list of credentials than the other doc. I originally wrote this so long ago, that even I couldn't recall which doctors I was referencing. The point remains the same though.
  17. Excellent point. There's another level to this though, as well. If I buy a watch from a guy in an alley, and it turns out that it wasn't a real Rolex, well then I have to consider the source. But if I get a hair transplant based on the clinic's promise that the doctor does "state of the art" work and that my transplant will be "undetectable" and look like a "full head of hair" (as MHR says) but if that's not actually what they do, then I wasn't misled by some guy in a dark alley, I was misled by a licensed physician. A situation like that is totally unforgivable. I think the doctor
  18. The issue is whether or not Bradley Limmer makes the recipient sites himself or not. If he does then I apologize. If he doesn't then I don't apologize. The doctor should do as much of the procedure as possible, including placing grafts. The doctor should most certainly be the one creating the recipient sites (the "artistry" part of a hair transplant). That doesn't happen at some clinics. I may be confusing what Bobby and Bradley Limmer do (with each other), if that is the case then I apologize profusely. More clarification is needed.
  19. The thick black horizontal line going across the center represents "no change" in total hair count. The goal is to never go below the horizontal line (that means you are losing hair). If you go above the horizontal line, that means you have more hair than when you started (regrowth!) As for the other lines, Green means the guy was using Propecia. Black lines (besides the horizontal one) means the guy was using a placebo. Any lines that stay above the middle thick horizontal black line means that the guy had more hair than when he started. Any lines that dip below the middle means the g
  20. You can use Minoxidil once a day and still get a lot of the benefits from it. You could try backing off to once a day if it's becoming a huge hassle. Maybe use it only at night? You could also try putting it on in the morning, leaving it on for an hour, then rinsing it out before work (plus using it at night). I agree that topicals are kind of a hassle, and guys should not always include them in the beginning unless really necessary. I would also try to back off gradually if you think you want to quit. I would probably not stop it cold if you didn't have to. Maybe go down to once a day for
  21. Hard to say, but some guys do seem to report periodic shedding... yearly sheds, that kind of thing (seasonal). It can be a re-ocurring battle for some guys. I could only guess if that's your situation, but it seems reasonable to guess that it;s either a shed or you're building up a tolerance to the meds. I would hang on for another few weeks and see if it subsides. Have you recently gone from 2% to 5% Minoxidil, or switched brands maybe? Any changes to your regimine (adding a new treatment), or even lifestyle (big diet maybe?) Those kinds of changes can sometimes trigger a shed if you'
  22. Nothing is going to grow at one month. After surgery the grafts seem like they may be growing for a couple days or even weeks. Usually they fall out, and then you go into a 3 month dormant phase, where it seems like nothing is happening. You're probably in the dormant phase now. Did your doctor explain this to you already?
  23. Go with what the dermatolgist said. They specialize in skin and hair. Your regular doctor means well, but he is not a specialist. The dermatologist is right that specialized shampoos don't help with hair loss. They will help you normalize your scalp condition though. Then it comes down to who to believe about the laser comb. I don't think there are any unbiased clinical tests showing it works. However if you have a few hundred bucks you can blow, knock yourself out. Look on Ebay, if you are willing to buy a used one from somebody who tried it. Other than that I agree with what Robe
  24. FUE is when the tiny individual FU grafts are moved one by one, instead of removing a donor strip and dissecting it into grafts. Don't confuse it with the big plug approach from years ago. The doctors are targeting each "follicular bundle" and try to remove the smallest amount of tissue as possible. They are using tiny tools and it is a slower process compared to a regular transplant Other than the harvesting method it is fairly identical to the process described on the home page herem (look for it: "Best Hair Transplant"). You should learn about "Follicular Units" first, why excess ti
  25. maybe you can contact the clinic and ask who makes the recipient sites in Dr Limmer's clinic? I was told that Dr Limmer leaves that to his staff. If that has changed then please correct me. However I am just a patient, I am not running a website that keeps track of what every individual doctor does. I certainly don't want to mislead anybody. However if Dr Limmer is not creating the recipient sites or is only creating some recipient sites, then it's fair to mention that, and let people decide if it matters to them or not. It's fair to want to understand your doctor's philosophy. I was rela
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