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  1. (UPDATE: Photos are here! See in the replies below) Hi everyone, I know there have been others who have sung Dr. Gabel’s praises, but I feel it’s important I share my experience as well for anyone doing their own research. Here are some general notes for Dr. Gabel, followed by a detailed breakdown of my surgeries: He is an elite master surgeon. I've been thrilled with my results, and it's tough to imagine how it could have gone better. He has the flexibility to plan a procedure that is the best for the individual patient. For me, as a young person with more hair loss ahead of me, that meant fewer grafts and evaluating how my hair loss proceeds. All this in spite of the fact that that means less $$ for him. I get great results that look and feel good now, and I've still got lots of grafts "in the bank" in my donor area, depending on how my hair loss proceeds as I age. Even after 2 FUE's, I've still got thousands of grafts left in my donor area because I took this approach from the get go. His staff are well trained, confident in their jobs, kind, and knowledgeable. Between my two FUE procedures, which were 14 months apart, I counted 1 person of turnover, out of a team of six working on me the day of surgery. Overall, he has a philosophy of doing what’s best for the patient, not what makes the procedure the most expensive. He makes his money not from juicing clients, but from building a well-earned sterling reputation, by providing stellar results. Guy is in it for the right reasons, and makes his money for the right reasons, by giving clients great results. Originally, this post had pretty detailed price information. Upon reflection, I decided that wasn't a fair approach to prospective patients or Dr. Gabel. So I've removed the price breakdowns. Every patient and procedure is different and I don't want to set a flat standard -- surgery is complicated. I'd just say his prices are standard. My FUE's were pretty straightforward, but other's may have complicating factors that require the surgeon to adjust the price. You can DM me if you want more price info, but I'll still probably just tell you to ask him. I will say that when I originally reached out to Dr. Gabel, I asked him for his price per graft (even though I now realize this is not a good way to shop for a HT surgeon, you should focus on quality first). He was very prompt and transparent in answering me. So if you want that info, just send him an email and ask him yourself. Everyone values money differently, and if you want the cheapest option, he's not the guy for you. But if you want one of the absolute best surgeons around and the highest possible chance of getting the results you want, start a conversation with him. If patients want a little more price info, just shoot him an email. I didn't have any surprises; it was actually less than I thought it would be. He performed 100% of the incisions in the donor area, 100% of the lidocaine (pain meds) administration, 100% of the incisions in the recipient area (making holes to put the grafts in), and most of the actual graft placements. He placed all of the grafts on the outline of the hairline (to ensure we get the shape right), and then split the filling in of grafts with a single trained assistant. My healing/recovery was easy. In case people get hung up on a doctor not placing 100% of the grafts, I'd encourage them to get over that. Here’s my overall view on it. Based now on the experience of 2 surgeries, I believe the gold standard of care is NOT that the surgeon place 100% of the grafts themselves. It's not necessary, probably not even common among the best surgeons, and honestly, if a surgeon tried to do 100% of everything during a multi-hour surgery, I'd start to worry about mental fatigue and making a mistake. Giving some work to a single trained assistant frees them up to focus on the things that matter most. I believe the gold standard is the surgeon placing a substantial portion, and staying present in the room and observing/supervising placement of grafts. I had the same assistant helping with placement in both FUE's, 14 months apart. It was just one person, and always supervised. So again, if anyone’s hung up on that, I’d encourage them to get over it, SO LONG AS the doctor is in the room watching what’s going on. As far as I could tell, Dr. Gabel still did 100% of the incisions (donor and recipient sites), 100% of the extractions from the donor area, 100% of the pain meds, 100% of the planning and designing of where the hair is going to go, 100% of the placement for the outline, and maybe 50% of the placements overall, working side by side with his assistant. So in short, Dr. Gabel is following what I'd view as the gold standard on this subject. His facilities are very clean, his staff is very professional and enjoy what they do. Great space, good vibes. This post won't have pics for a day or so. Be patient, they're on their way. All follow up appointments are included in the price, and they will get you in for extra visits if needed. Anecdotally, he's good at answering emails and really willing to spend time communicating with patients. Photos -- you get lots and lots and lots of pictures to document everything. He uses a secure hosting service that's HIPAA compliant and has strong privacy protections, and I got access to all 400 of my photos on request. Today I'm on Day 6 after my 2nd FUE, and I've needed to use zero pain meds. I had 500mg Tylenol day of, 500mg Tylenol night of, and literally have taken NOTHING for pain since then. It's been a cakewalk recovering. Okay, with that out of the way, here are the details of my two procedures. I. Gathering research and early meds My family has hair loss. We just do. I probably noticed hair loss by my early twenties. I tried finasteride and rogaine. I don’t have the discipline to stick with the rogaine (I’m still working on flossing!), and I experienced mild side effects from finasteride. So those were out for me. I’d been doing research for a little while, and made the decision that I wanted to move forward with FUE. In the beginning of 2020 I happened to be in East Asia on an unrelated trip, and started intently doing research on the Turkey option. Not because I thought it was the best option, but because I was already pretty close to there geographically, and I might as well vet that option, and possibly make a detour to get it done, before taking the long journey home to Oregon. While still in Asia, I emailed two surgeons in the Northwest USA area, and heard back from Dr. Gabel. I made the decision to not do the Turkey option, and do a consult with Dr. Gabel. Who knows, maybe I would have gotten lucky in Turkey with a good surgeon. I’m sure some people do. But it’s the wrong thing to roll the dice on, and it’s worth paying U.S. prices for a good surgeon. II. Procedure 1 (May 2020, 1400-1700 FUE w/ PRP applied to hairline, I can’t remember the exact graft count and will edit when I look it up) My consult with Dr. Gabel was great. He’s obviously experienced, knowledgeable, and has well-developed views on the best approaches to hair transplant surgery. My hair loss had always bothered me more in my crown than my receding hair line, so I’d prioritized that for surgery. He explained to me that, to put it simply, it would look ridiculous to go crown first, and tackling the hairline first was the way to go. I don’t know if that’s the case for every patient, so don’t take that the wrong way if you did things differently. That was his view for my individual case and I agreed. So we made a plan, I put down a deposit, and waited until my procedure date. On my procedure date (May 2020), I arrived at 6:30 in the morning and the rest of the day moved like clockwork. Every single moment of the day, I was in someone’s care from his staff. First I finished up my paperwork, spoke with a team member to do an overview of the day, and had my hair shaved down. Then Dr. Gabel came in, looked at my scalp, drew my new hairline, and discussed it with me. I would definitely say he drew my hairline in a conservative direction, which is absolutely the way to go. First, it looks more natural. Second, it requires fewer grafts and leaves options open for future FUE. Third, I’m in my early thirties, and less surgery means allowing my natural hair loss to proceed without creating a weird mishmash or gap between donor hair and natural hair. Fourth, when all is said and done and the hair is grown out, it doesn’t look conservative, it looks like I have a full head of hair. It’s worth repeating: this conservative direction means less money for Dr. Gabel, better results for me, and a better shot at future procedures if needed. Ethical doc right there. We went into the operating room, and got started. He administered all of the lidocaine throughout the day. He numbed my head, and started making incisions for donor grafts. I would say extraction is the more tedious/painful part of the process. My advice to people considering getting a procedure is BE VOCAL with the team about what you can and can’t feel. It’s very important that you be pretty darn numb. It’ll make the day go easier. So if I felt pokes or pinches, I’d say “pain” and they’d get that spot numb (of course, Dr. Gabel numbs the whole area as best he can at the beginning). Pretty simple. I never felt a pain greater than a 4 out of 10, and the vast majority of what I felt was a 1/10 or 2/10, so for those spooked by pain, don’t worry about it. Just be vocal! So we got the grafts extracted, his team began sorting and processing them, and I took lunch for 20 minutes. After lunch, we started placing grafts. Once again, Dr. Gabel administered all of the numbing agent. He began placing grafts, along with an assistant. So two people placing grafts at the same time, at least some of the time. We finished the placement of grafts, I did the PRP (see below), I went into a post-op room, got some wrapping on my head and a hat on, and got sent home. Something I like about his whole work-flow (and boy, he REALLY has his work-flow all thought out to a T) -- the patient goes home day 0 with almost no instructions to need to remember. You go home, keep hands off your head, sleep carefully depending on the surgery area, and come home the next day for a follow up. That’s it, very simple. Just focus on resting. Day 1 post-op, I went in and had my bandages removed, hair washed, polysporin applied to the donor area, and had a chance to thoroughly go through the post-op instructions, which take the patient to about day 14. Also, Dr. Gabel’s assistant spent a few minutes reviewing my grafts and pushing a few in if they didn’t look securely placed. She did this to maybe 4-5 grafts, very minimal. I got a general antibiotic taken 2x a day, instructions to deal with crusting, neosporin, how to shower, chucks to put on pillows to keep my pillows from getting ointment on them, a business card with Dr. Gabel’s email. I love being able to email Dr. Gabel directly, and how attentive he is to answer questions as they arise throughout recovery. Day 3-4 was when I had my “lumpy face” stuff happen. For those who don’t know, the head is draining a lot of fluid, including lidocaine, and these funny pouches can appear on your faces. It’s natural, normal, harmless, but man it looks really funny. So bear that in mind in case you have a keynote speech scheduled 3 days post-op :-D. Day 7 I soaked my head in the tub and got the initial crusting off. From here, my memory is light on details, but I went through a normal recovery. Shedding, ugly duckling, regrowth. I’m looking for pics and will add later. III. PRP We also did PRP (platelet rich plasma). This was something I opted for myself. It was NOT something Dr. Gabel ever pushed on me, or even brought up. I brought it up, he explained it to me from his point of view (his point of view is that it helps recovery and growth for sure, but it’s hard to know exactly how much), and we agreed to add it to the surgery. I’d already seen enough literature to convince me that it helps. It’s hard to determine exactly how much it helps, because there’s ONE THING healing and regrowing post-op. Hard to separate natural healing with the boosted healing from PRP. For the PRP we drew 120 cc’s of blood, and after being spun in the centrifuge, it was injected into my recipient area AFTER grafts were placed (in other words, it was administered at the very end of the procedure). I personally feel it made a huge difference in my tissue recovery and hair growth. I wouldn’t say it’s required, but I do think it speeds up your recovery. I’d guess as a rule of thumb that it makes recovery and regrowth go maybe 25-40% faster. IV. Procedure 2 (September 2021, FUE applied to crown, 1599 grafts, PRP administered after implantation) My graft breakdown was: 1-hair: 125 - 7.8% 2-hair: 947 - 59.2% 3-hair: 504 - 31.5% 4-hair: 23 - 1.4% This time I came in to discuss where we should go next. There’s thinning behind my hairline, until we get to my crown which is basically totally bald. He felt we should tackle the crown and blend into the area behind the hairline, and I agreed. Excited to finally tackle the crown! Now, an important disclaimer he gave to me, and any person doing research should understand the same. Providing full coverage to the crown requires a MASSIVE amount of grafts. It’s a huge mountain to climb. Anyone thinking they can get total coverage on the crown from a single surgery should disabuse themselves of that notion. I guess you can shoot for the monster surgeries, but it’s gonna take a ton of grafts, and even people who have “full heads of hair” often have a visible crown. So be realistic about your goal. I definitely appreciated the straight talk from Dr. Gabel. So proceeding with the conservative approach Dr. Gabel and I have been following, we shot for a 1600 graft goal. This procedure was unbelievably easy. I took zero meds other than the local anesthesia and 500mg of Tylenol. I have a strong personal dislike of narcotics, and I made it through this one without needing anything. Surgery #1, I took a single small dose of diazepam (valium) which felt great, but surgery #2 it was totally unnecessary. After surgery #2 I made it through and very comfortably drove myself home with nothing but Tylenol and lunch in my system (only 10 minutes away). Dr. Gabel offered me some pain medication for home care, and I declined. It's been a day and Tylenol is more than enough for me! (Note: normally the home meds includes Tylenol and ibuprofen alternating. Because I had PRP, you want the inflammatory response, so no ibuprofen for me. The more you know!) UPDATE: It's now day 6, and I've still needed zero pain meds post-op. Not even Tylenol. I just haven't had pain. Nuts. Couple quick disclaimers: Disclaimer #1: Everyone deals with pain meds differently. Talk to your doctor, don’t view my no-meds-experience as “the right way”. Just an indication they were doing their work carefully, things went well, and I responded well. Disclaimer #2: DO NOT INSIST ON OR PLAN ON DRIVING YOURSELF HOME ON SURGERY DAY. It is against medical advice, it is absolutely not okay if you’ve had a benzo like valium, or a narcotic, and I very happily signed waivers explaining that this was my individual choice and that I would under no circumstances take action against Dr. Gabel if I ran over a mailbox or Fluffy the Dog. It was clearly safe in my case because I was totally sober, the procedure generally went well anyway, and it's a short drive home. *****!!! BE SAFE !!!***** Okay, back to the procedure. Not much else to report about it, it’s a repeat of my first one. We met up, finalized paperwork, shaved, drew the recipient and donor areas, extracted, took lunch, implanted, did PRP, went home. This procedure finished probably 2 hours faster than the first one, and they definitely were still taking their time being methodical. So procedure 1, I probably left around 6 p.m., and procedure 2 I left at about 4 p.m.. A great experience. I turned to Dr. Gabel and twice told him “even if I TRIED to find a way today could have gone better, I can’t think of anything.” A perfect procedure. Excited to see how my results come in. V. Final thoughts In my view, I would bet that Dr. Gabel is DEFINITELY a top 5 hair surgeon in the U.S.. He’s probably top 3. Perhaps he’s the best! Who knows. I just know he is in an elite category of hair surgeons in the world. His results are excellent, he has a great team that I’m sure he’s taken great pride in training well, and they themselves take great pride in doing their jobs well. If you go, you’ll have the entire facility to yourself all day, with a big team totally focused on giving you a successful procedure. His costs are reasonable, his quality of care and results are outstanding. I didn’t realize how lucky I was to live so close and be able to reach him by car! I’ve read so many stories online of people driving or flying 100’s or 1000’s of miles to be able to reach this man. If you’re still thinking about procedure vs. no procedure, I can’t answer that for you. But if you think you MIGHT, get a consultation with him. If it makes sense for you logistically, and you’re already convinced that you’re going to have some kind of work done, and it makes sense for you to travel to Portland, let me save you time and say that Dr. Gabel is one of the best options you’ll ever find. I'll get pics added onto here when I can, and I'll answer a few questions as they arise, but I've got a busy work schedule and don't expect being on here loads of time. Hope this extensive writeup is helpful to you!
  2. Hi I wanted to write a review for my wonderful surgeon Dr. Gabel who I had my transplant with a few weeks ago: Dr. Gabel and his staff are put simply the best in the world. I met with or had online consults with around 8 of the best hair transplant surgeons in the world over two plus years. I did extensive research and for so many hours I couldn't even guess. If I had to it would be over 20 hours reading articles and reviews and patient journeys online. Then I met with Dr. Gabel and I knew he was the surgeon I wanted. This wasn't just a simple trip however. I had to travel a great distance at great cost, navigate a pandemic, move from city to city in my country avoiding lockdowns just so I could make my flight and then drive many hours up the East Coast just to simply be there in his office. All while trying to avoid COVID and the Delta outbreak. To put it mildly this was the most logistically difficult trip of my life. And it was also worth it. That alone should be enough to convince you as to how great a surgeon he is. From the moment I walked into his office I was made to feel welcome. I was treated with kindness and patience and everyone at the Gabel Centre went above and beyond to help guide me through the best possible treatment plan. My scalp was examined thoroughly and a great number of photos were taken through each stage of the journey. I've never seen such meticulous attention to detail before. Surgery day was easy and went extremely well. Dr. Gabel and his team also regularly got me back in during the early stages for hair washes which in my opinion is critical since it can be very stressful washing your own grafts without fear of damaging them. Dr. Gabel and his team went above and beyond for me especially since I made such a difficult journey to get there. The things they did for me would not have been done anywhere else. I know other clinics would have said they didn't have the time. Dr. Gabel understood that I might not be able to return for years and years. So he made time and that act of kindness will turn a good hair transplant into an excellent one. I barely bled after surgery, scabbed very little and wasn't very red. Dr. Gabel is a master and his team of lovely technicians and reception staff are absolutely wonderful. I plan on having another surgery years down the track and I will without a doubt be making the journey all the way back to Portland to see him. I can't wait to see the final result in 12 months and am excited to finally feel like myself again. If you are looking for the best let me save you the years of research it took me - go book a consult with Dr. Gabel I would include photos and more information but I want to keep this private for obvious reasons. If you have any questions please DM me. I probably won't check this account often but when I do I will reply. Thanks
  3. Hello there folks - long time lurker in this forum. I finally decided to go in for my procedure this week. I chose Dr. Scott Alexander in Phoneix for my procedure. I had consulted with a few other doctors as well, and all of them gave me pretty much the same recommendations (except one): 1. Dr. Blake Bloxham - 2500 - 3000 FUT 2. Dr. Jae Pak - 2000 - 2500 FUT 3. Dr. Sahar Nadimi(Konior) - 2500 - 3000 FUT 4. Dr. Shaver (Bernstein) - 2500 FUT 5. Dr. Hasson - 5000 FUE 6. Dr. Alexaner 3000+FUT I also tried contacting Dr. Gabel a couple of times, but didn't get a response. I decided to go in with Dr. Alexander because of his excellent results that look extremely natural. Also, he was closer to me than the others (I live in NorCal) I am not going to bore you all with the details of my history - but just a quick background - Norwood 5A, Age 28 and been on Fin for past 1.5 years. I initially had a FaceTime consult with Dr. Alexander where he examined my hair and answered any questions I had. He recommended a 3000+ FUT as a first procedure to address the hairline and frontal scalp. And another 3000+ FUT after a year for the crown area. I booked a procedure date with him for Sept 10th. Since he had not physically seen me before, I was asked to come in the day before my procedure. He examined my donor and drew the hairline he thought would look good. I liked the design. I was out in about 20 minutes. The next day I was asked to be in the clinic at 7.30 AM. I was kinda nervous in the beginning. I had to sign some paperwork and they offered me a Xanax (which I refused). I then went in to meet Dr. Alexander. He started by drawing the hairline again. A few changes and we were ready to start. I was numbed at the back and he started to cut out the strip. This took about an hour. I was told I have thick skin. LOL (turns out my Mom was right all these years) Dr. Alexander then started stitching me up. He uses two layers of stitches. This procedure took about 1.5 hours. In the meantime, his techs started dissecting the strip in the next room. I was also asked for my choice of lunch. Next, I was numbed up in the front. Dr. then started making the incisions into which he would place the grafts. He told me he wanted to concentrate and not to talk to him. I selected a movie, and let him do his work. This took about 2-3 hours. I then had a quick lunch and went back into the procedure room. The techs then started placin the grafts into my head. Dr. Alexander only came in to numb me up when needed. The techs took turns working on me (about 4 of them in total, 2 of them planting hairs at one time). This took about 3.5 hours. I finally finished around 5.40 PM. A couple of tips for others looking to have a HT soon: 1. Eat well the morning of your procedure. I usually do not eat breakfast. But since this was a big day, I had a light breakfast (I couldnt eat well because I'm not used to it and I was nervous). Even though you are sitting the whole day, you get exhausted. Also its good to eat well as you will be medicated. So make sure you have a good breakfast. 2. A neck pillow is a lifesaver for the first few nights after the procedure. It prevents your implanted area from rubbing against the bed/pillow and gives you good neck support. Below are pre-op photos: Hairline design: After Incisions before graft implants (during lunch): Immediately post Op: Day 1 Post OP after rinsing the area: Donor area (not the best pic): Day 2 post Op: That's all for now. Will keep this thread updated as often as possible.
  4. Hi I wanted to write a review for my wonderful surgeon Dr. Gabel who I had my transplant with a few weeks ago: Dr. Gabel and his staff are put simply the best in the world. I met with or had online consults with around 8 of the best hair transplant surgeons in the world over two plus years. I did extensive research and for so many hours I couldn't even guess. If I had to it would be over 20 hours reading articles and reviews and patient journeys online. Then I met with Dr. Gabel and I knew he was the surgeon I wanted. This wasn't just a simple trip however. I had to travel a great distance at great cost, navigate a pandemic, move from city to city in my country avoiding lockdowns just so I could make my flight and then drive many hours up the East Coast just to simply be there in his office. All while trying to avoid COVID and the Delta outbreak. To put it mildly this was the most logistically difficult trip of my life. And it was also worth it. That alone should be enough to convince you as to how great a surgeon he is. From the moment I walked into his office I was made to feel welcome. I was treated with kindness and patience and everyone at the Gabel Centre went above and beyond to help guide me through the best possible treatment plan. My scalp was examined thoroughly and a great number of photos were taken through each stage of the journey. I've never seen such meticulous attention to detail before. Surgery day was easy and went extremely well. Dr. Gabel and his team also regularly got me back in during the early stages for hair washes which in my opinion is critical since it can be very stressful washing your own grafts without fear of damaging them. Dr. Gabel and his team went above and beyond for me especially since I made such a difficult journey to get there. The things they did for me would not have been done anywhere else. I know other clinics would have said they didn't have the time. Dr. Gabel understood that I might not be able to return for years and years. So he made time and that act of kindness will turn a good hair transplant into an excellent one. I barely bled after surgery, scabbed very little and wasn't very red. Dr. Gabel is a master and his team of lovely technicians and reception staff are absolutely wonderful. I plan on having another surgery years down the track and I will without a doubt be making the journey all the way back to Portland to see him. I can't wait to see the final result in 12 months and am excited to finally feel like myself again. If you are looking for the best let me save you the years of research it took me - go book a consult with Dr. Gabel
  5. Hi all, I have a deposit with Dr. Konior but I am close to a year out. I am closer to Dr. Gabel geographically which makes driving possible and follow ups easier. I also like Dr. Gabel and his approach and the sense of personal attention. (I am sure that is true of Konior as well but being a year out there has not been much interaction other than securing the date). From research I know both are great and Gabel trained under Konior but wanted to just get the thoughts of others on this forum. Money is no issue for such a critical procedure nor is travel if it makes a difference on quality but I am not sure it does at this point. It would be nice to get started without waiting a year. I am between a norwood 3 and 4 with thinner hair overall so naturalness is my top priority. Both surgeons say they can get about 3000 in my first session and will focus on reestablishing my hairline and then subsequent sessions will focus on crown etc. Would value any feedback from this group. Thanks!
  6. Hi all. Thoughts on my case below here? I've been on Fin for ~6 years now, and everything is holding well. In a position financially and both age-wise where I am considering getting a HT. I've been present on HRN for years. Advice to younger guys: Wait a bit and see how you react to meds. Also don't let this affect your self confidence. Many of my friends have gone bald over the years while I've held. My main focus points are to improve my hairline and temple regions. I'm thinking anywhere between 2-3K grafts will do the trick. Surgeons on my short list are Hasson, Konior, Rahal, and Gabel. I tend to keep my hair shorter, but open to growing it out a bit more if necessary for FUT scar. Thoughts on procedures/surgeons?
  7. Let me start by saying Dr Gabel is COMMITTED to his practice. He is 110% involved from the initial email to the follow ups.I did very extensive research before going to Dr Gabel. I almost travelled to Turkey to have this procedure done, and I am so so soo glad I decided to go with Dr Gabel.Some people are lucky traveling abroad and risking in clinics that may not have the best medical standards, but I decided not to take that chance in order to save some money.The best part is Dr Gabel WILL do the whole procedure and WILL be present from start to end. 99.9% of other Doctors will just do one part of the procedure and dissapear, NOT Dr Gabel.I am 10 months post op and still feel the baby hairs growing.Thanks a lot Dr Gabel!
  8. You have some great surgeons on your list. I think Dr. Gabel was trained by Dr. Konior. I would also consult with Dr. Bloxham. He's been putting out consistently amazing results: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC--zjdaJBprxvp9qO3HQbog Feel free to reach out anytime
  9. Dense looking donor area Stable on fin for a good number of years Still got a lot of hair left Like to keep things short on the sides On that basis I don't think you need an FUT scar at this stage. Yeah, Gabel very capable as well.
  10. Thanks! Konior is world class. Steep price for FUE but I get it...thoughts on Gabel? Also why FUE over FUT?
  11. Hello everyone, Around seven years ago I had a 4,100 grafts FUT procedure with Dr. Rahal, in which he mostly worked on the front/mid scalp. Overall, I was very satisfied with the hairline he created, and the obtained results. However, during these years -most likely- I have lost the remaining native hair I had by that time, and hence overall density, so lately my hair had a more thin appearance. For that reason, after thinking about it, I tried to schedule a new appointment with Dr. Rahal. Due to COVID restrictions it wasn't easy, so I started to make a new Dr. research. I contacted Dr. Konior, Dr. Saphiro, and Dr. Gabel, among some others. After consideration, and based on the personal approach and confidence during this process, I scheduled the surgery with Dr. Gabel. It was carried out past Monday/Tuesday so, here, I want to share my recent experience with Dr. Gabel and his team. Many on this site have already said positive things in other posts about him and I don't want to repeat, however, now that I had my own personal experience, I can tell you all the positive things you can hear/read about him are true. It exceeded my expectations. I am not just saying that my experience with Dr. Rahal wasn't good (indeed, it was good), but the level of care and detail that I experienced with Dr. Gabel through all the procedure (and following days) was truly remarkable. The surgery was divided in two days: first day 2,435 grafts FUT lasted around 12 hours, and second day 1,066 grafts FUE lasted around 10 hours. Here is te final graft count: Day 1- FUT (2,435 grafts) to reinforce front-mid scalp and gain density 1-hair 444 (18.2%) 2-hair 1,296 (53.2%) 3-hair 539 (22.1%) 4-hair 156 (16.4%) Day 2- FUE (1,066 grafts) to gain density in the crown 1-hair 94 (8.8%) 2-hair 537 (50.4%) 3-hair 379 (35.6%) 4-hair 56 (5.3%) Special mention as well to his staff; from the desk to the surgery room. All perform their duties smoothly, always in synchronization, skillful, friendly, and nice, which makes everything easier. At the technical level, Dr. Gabel was very meticulous in every aspect of the surgery, he has the confidence that puts a patient right at ease, and I felt very comfortable through out. Dr. Gabel performed all the extractions and created all the slits both days. He and his technician placed the grafts both days as well. After all was complete, Dr Gabel did a final walkthrough, moving things around, perfecting the work, that was followed during next 3 days I stayed in Oregon. I did not wrote a review from my previous HT but this time had to do it. If you are thinking about getting a hair transplant, my opinion is: talk to different doctors, and take advantage of the valuable information you can get from the internet. If finally decided to move on with Dr. Gabel, I am pretty sure you won't regret. I'm on my 4th day of post op: 5 first pics are pre op, 4 last pics post op. I will try to keep you guys updated. Best I thought I
  12. Hello everyone, I want to thank the organizers for the information provided on this site ! After 27 years of hair-loss, it has helped me with my decision. My other reason for posting is to provide information to others as I had gotten myself. Special thanks to Mark (This site member - Skeeter) for sharing his personal story. Here are a several people & sources that helped me choose Dr Gabel for my procedure: 1) Dr Konior, Chicago Hair Institue - Dr Konior introduced me to Dr Gabel 2) Mark (Skeeter) - Blog: "Fue with Dr Gabel" 3) Dan, His experience with Dr Gabel: https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=171239891&page=1 4) Chris, His experience with Dr Gabel: http://www.hairlossfromsteroids.com/ About my experience with Dr Gabel: Many on this site have already said positive things in other posts & I don't want to repeat, however, now that I had my personal experience, I can tell you he is by far the best HT doctor there is. He has the confidence that puts a patient right at ease, he is passionate, totally enjoys what he does, & his results speak for them selves.. I had several consultations with Dr Gabel, one online & the other in person. For the one in person, Dr Gabel was nice enough to came in to the office on a Saturday to see me. On the day of the surgery, I came in & did not know what to expect. However, what I found was that I did not have to, Dr Gabel & his crew already had everything covered.. The surgery lasted 12 hours. Dr Gabel was very meticulous in every aspect of the surgery. He is an artist & I felt very comfortable through out. Number of Total Grafts: 2010 1-Hair = 177 2-Hair = 773 3-Hair = 829 4-Hair = 231 About my experience with Dr Gabel's team: His staff are top notch & all perform their duties as a finely tuned machine, always in sync, extremely skillful, friendly, & nice. From the lady greeting me in the front, to all the assistants that help with pre & post surgery. If you are thinking about getting a HT, Dr Gabel is the real deal. I'm on my 1st day of post op, currently sitting at the hotel, healing, resting & figured I post my experience. I will be providing pictures in a couple of weeks. Thank you kelmf01 Before: One day post op: Status Update 11-22/2018 Day 8 Post OP, I had a bit of an issue with scabs, I misread the DAY 7/8 care instructions. (Was not soaking/washing properly). Dr Gabel & Eileen came in Thanksgiving day to see me & fix me up !!!!!
  13. Hey folks! Pics are on their way. I got the approval and process started to get all the pics from Dr. Gabel soon, hopefully tonight (it's gonna be......a lot). So they're on their way, and they'll be as clear as it gets! Just a little while longer.
  14. @yego I see the weakness on right side that you are talking about. You wear your hair long so it’s easy to camouflage. Still, if I had a HT to improve that part of the hairline I would not be satisfied with the result either. Maybe a small touch up on the right side, but only if you have a long term plan and are thinking ahead and can spare the grafts. How many grafts did you have in your first procedure? What was the yield? Did they mention how many you have in reserve? Can you share before/after pics from the first surgery? You are young so you need to manage your donor carefully as everyone says. If you do decide to go through with it and you are in Seattle and you want FUT then it does not make sense to take a 10 hour flight to Europe for a small FUT procedure when Hasson and Wong are a 2-3 hour drive north and only charge $5/$3 per graft for FUT. Or you can drive a couple hours south and see Gabel in the Portland, OR area who also does excellent FUT at reasonable prices. And if H&W or Gabel tell you to wait then you should listen!
  15. H&W or Gabel ? Consult with both 👍🏽 So many options in the areas you mentioned. Normally we would say consider travel, but not with such decent Drs within reach. Could you show the scar ? Thanks 🙏
  16. I wanted to share the incredible experience I had with Dr. Gabel and his team. Getting a hair transplant was very nerve-wracking because I was afraid of making a mistake. I did a lot of research and consulted with a handful of other doctors. It was important for me to find a doctor that I was confident in doing the procedure but most importantly a doctor that I trusted. After my first consultation with Dr. Gabel, I knew he was the right doctor and I trusted his judgement. I had a lot of questions around all aspects of the procedure; Building natural looking hairline, hair density, FUT vs. FUE, scarring, what to expect appearance wise after procedure, timelines for re-growth, operation details (Pain?, meds, etc). Nothing felt like a bad question and every answer I received was honest, with a well educated recommendation when needed. I couldn't be happier with Dr. Gabel and his team! Dr. Gabel was very transparent with his expectations on what he could accomplish, he was also patient with all of my questions/concerns, and he guided me where I needed to ensure I got my HT done correctly. I can easily say Dr. Gabel is a true expert and someone to trust to get things done correctly....his team and him definitely lived up to my expectations and even exceeded it! Not having hair has been a very personal thing for me and something I have dreamed of fixing for sometime. I am so glad I finally decided to made the decision to get it done!
  17. Over 2000 my scalp laxity was a bit tighter. Also something I learned - I wondered if scalp laxity exercises were of any use but Dr Gabel said that after a while the laxity will return to baseline. So it will eventually put more tension on the FUT scar. I'm lucky I didn't do it. Anyway something to think about for those who were looking into it before a HT like I was.
  18. Hello! I am 4 weeks post-procedure and I wanted to post some photos and a little about my great experience with Dr. Gabel. Excellent consultation, friendly and helpful staff, lots of patience. Just as many others have noted. After a fair amount of research I chose him for his good communication and design work, his FUT experience, and his reputation for good results and dense packing in the front. My goal was to bring my hairline forward a bit and fill in the sides/corners which have receded a lot over time. I am 51 and have been receding steadily for about 25 years. Never tried any oral medication or topical treatments. He confirmed that my hair is indeed quite fine (small diameter), but with decent donor density. I think the design phase in the morning took longer than usual, and I appreciate that he was patient during that process. A few things to note that may be helpful to others: Apparently local anesthetic wears off quickly for me, and it seems I need more than most people. Also, I was pretty out of it from the narcotics and my communication wasn't great at first. I was slow to let them know that I was starting to feel pricks as the local wore off, and did not always give them warning when I moved my head. Remember that during surgery, communication is key! During the procedure, the doctor told me that my grafts were quite large and splayed - and that I would NOT have been a good candidate for FUE. Presumably because there would have been a high transection rate with FUE, i.e. it would be difficult to extract grafts without damaging them due to their size. I had never heard of this before (someone having extra large grafts). I was pretty set on FUT during my research, but there were a few times when I thought maybe I would go with FUE. Glad I didn't. When I started applying Polysporin to the recipient area a few days after surgery, I used too much. Plus it seemed to pool together and coagulate, maybe from sleeping upright. You can still see some of it mixed in with my scabs in the "1 week" photo. It took a LOT of spraying to get it to dissolve. So, go easy on that stuff! Shedding has happened quickly. I think I may have actually started shedding in under one week. You can see that at 4 weeks, most hairs have been shed. Seems my ugly duckling phase happened sooner than it does for most people (from what I read on these forums), but maybe that means the growth process will start sooner too? Hoping that's the case! Anyway, hopefully this post will be helpful to someone. I will post more pics after I have had some new growth. Looking forward to it!
  19. Ninja edit: I remembered the graft count incorrectly, it was actually 2325 grafts, not 2125. Hi everyone, I had my procedure with Dr. Gabel on July 29th, 2020. So, not quite 7 months, but close enough. 28 y/o male. You might remember my original post. I asked Melvin to archive it. Posting this one as a quick review to get the word out about Dr. Gabel. I'm not on his payroll or anything, and he didn't request a review. I'm doing it as a happy patient. Just do yourself a favor and have a consultation with him. He's low-key one of the most experienced, talented, and ethical surgeons in the country. He learned from Dr. Konior, who is the best surgeon in the world. He doesn't promote himself as much because he personally responds to every consultation request and email, and is involved in all aspects of the surgery. That's including extraction and graft placement. He's a busy guy. 2325 Grafts, FUT, ~2.5 hairs/graft on average. Graft breakdown was 212 singles, 955 doubles, 870 triples, and 288 quads. Taking 1 mg oral Finasteride daily, no side effects. Was using Minoxidil foam twice daily, but recently switched to once a day about a month and a half ago, because it's expensive. Hair loss is mostly stabilized, assuming I don't suffer greatly from cutting back on Minoxidil. When I derma-needled, I noticed way faster growth and fullness. It's not something I see myself maintaining though, so I stopped. I may start again to see if it is as effective as I remember. Here's what I consider to be my baseline. I've always had a relatively high hairline. This was taken in 2014: Here's a month pre-op, stabilized on medication for 2 years: Another angle, taken at Dr. Gabel's office on the day of surgery: Here is immediate post op: Some pictures taken in the first ten days: Here is my ugly duckling phase: Here are some photos taken today. Just had a haircut yesterday: Here's the donor in different lighting, #2 guard on the nape faded into a #3: Very happy with the result, and I think I still have some maturing to go. Hope you enjoyed! I'll do an update in a few months if any changes occur.
  20. Hi everyone, Long time creeper across the net just getting around to posting. Been an up and down ride for the last few years dealing with hair loss, snake oils, meds, and ultimately pulled the trigger on FUE at approx 3,000 grafts with Dr. Gabel out of Oregon state. Figured I could share some of my "progress" and what led up to the surgery. Ill try to detail most of this to the point for scanning purposes and if theres any questions just feel free to ask or reach out. This may get long but Id rather type it all out now without having to come back multiple times to add what I missed/forgot. I am currently 31 years old and 3 months post FUE. Started noticing marginal thinning in my crown at approx 27/28 years old (bordering birthday time period). I brushed it off as stress while working overseas (mil), and a possible hormonal reaction (supplements) and let it go for about 6 months until I noticed that my crown was becoming more transparent weekly. My room mate had been experiencing hairloss and I saw that he was using Rogaine so I tried it out for a few months and hated how irritated my scalp got with liquid (yes I now know the foam is a better route, too late) so I discontinued it and had went through back door routes of jumping on Dutasteride without consulting a doctor first. I discovered Toppik and just figured my body would normalize and my hair would eventually come back until I started doing my due diligence/ homework. One of the original supplements used had a straight conversion to DHT inside the body and had lit a wild fire for MPB for me even though NO ONE in my family had a real history of major hair loss.. OOF, I was pissed at myself. The first Doc that I originally sat with requesting FUE run down and prices told me I hadn't experienced enough loss yet and it was too early (he was a straight shooter and wasn’t trying to sell me on anything.. Besides a laser cap lol ((yes I know they work but the money used for that could be money used for FUE was my initial mentality)). As time went on I stuck with the meds and using concealers to keep my (then) long hair looking thick. I got sick of it all.. Sick of the daily hair routine and not being able to just jump out of bed and go, or going for a damn swim without wondering if the crap in my hair was going to wash out. I got sick of the meds making me feel sluggish, lethargic, and having tiny baby loads for sperm production (no libido issues just the fore mentioned). I weened myself down and off the duta and increase natural supps (biotins etc etc), and watched my hair thin more and more and just took the clippers to my head accepting that this is nature and I am a man. This was around 29/30 years old. Fast forward; I'm now financially savvy enough to afford FUE, I'm in a happy place mentally/physically/spiritually, and I'm ok with aging and not worrying so hard about what I look like and my ego. I started growing my hair back out just to see the round about area I was sitting at and sure it doesn’t look great but I saw all hope wasn’t lost and HONESTLY, I got sick of shaving my damn head (some people look great with it, it just isnt for me). Having freewill and the ability to make a choice about how I would like to live/look without boundaries is pretty nice. I did some research, got in touch with Dr. Gabel out of Oregon (better reviews and geographically desirable for where I live) and did a consultation. He understood my concern with ingested/ oral medication and having side effects and had me start a topical Fina/minox (82F), briefly talked about surgeries, and to come back in a few months and see how I feel on the meds and if I wanted to pursue the FUE. I was seeing some results from the 82F thickening and even bringing back some of my front hair line (super thin before/ that transparent look) after 4+ months and revisited Dr. Gabel and discussed an FUE gameplan. I still had a pronounced hairline even though it was thinner than Texas grass in the summer so no lowering was wanted on my end, just density. I still work overseas so I didn’t want to do multiple visits/ surgeries and agreed to do a 2 day operation basically hitting 1500/1500 front hairline and crown with the middle getting the bulk of the front and back stretched over it for overall top density. The doc provided me with plenty of material, references, websites, and emails back and forth leading up to the date to make sure I was ready, presented all the facts, and had a realistic expectation of whats to come and what to expect. Day 1 of surgery: I arrived approx 6 am to the office. Pre-op pictures taken, and road map drawn on my head for gameplan. Walked me through the office and different stations so I knew exactly what to expect for the next 2 days and introduced me to his awesome staff that were extremely friendly, offered me anything to help comfort (drinks snacks etc), and even just chatted with me to keep it a loose environment and not just a medical procedure. They offered me some meds for the pain, got me in the chair, shot me up with lidocaine, and began extracting from my donor area. Lunch time came around and they wrapped my noggin up and let me grub down on the lunch provided for approx 30 min so we could get back to it ASAP. Back in the chair, another pain med, and alotttttttt of Lidocaine and they started with the crown moving into the middle region. Not a lot to note besides they had plenty of music and movie selections. (YES Dr. Gabel did perform the extractions and implanting the follicles himself along with his power crew/ staff backing him up during the procedure). We finished the day up, wrapped my head accordingly, provided me pain meds, a special ATP spray solution to help my head in healing, and other supplies I might need in the following nights/weeks. No questions or concerns were left un-answered. Day 1 ended approx 6pm. Day 2: Same showtime at about 6 am, same meds, and back into the chair for extraction (all generally the same as Day 1). Lunch time, and then back into the chair for implanting the follicles. Day 2 was a little higher on the sensitivity scale in terms of "pain" but it still wasn’t unbearable (reminded me of getting a larger tattoo and having to sit all day). They loaded me with more lido and kept cracking on the front hairline into the midscalp. I don't have the paper in front of me but I believe we finished with about 2,982 grafts done (I even got a small reimbursement for the few grafts we didn’t hit since I paid for 3,000 which I didn’t expect at all so that was nice). Day 2 also ended approx 6pm. Since I was local to the area Dr. Gabel had me come in the following day for a head wash and examination followed by several other visits and washes up to about a week or so post-op. I had one more visit before I had to leave the country for work and he was satisfied with what he covered and my healing so far. My next check up will be around the 6 month post-op mark. We have kept in touch via email and I told him that I would do a thorough and honest review and document what I went through if he was ok with me being open about anything I liked/ didn’t like over public forums like this and he obviously didn’t seem to have a problem with it. *Pictures to follow this post granted its easy to upload from my Iphone or ill have to transfer the photos to my computer so bare with me. ((**note, I am extremely active and have a high/fast metabolism, lidocaine and many other meds run through me extremely fast so I was forced to use an abnormal amount of lidocaine to keep me sitting comfortably, this isn't normal for others so don't mind my swollen ass head pics coming after this post. It has always been like this for me since my teenage years**)) I hope this helps and covers some of the stuff I had questions on while going down the same research road. Cheers
  21. Hello all, I finally bit the bullet. To give everyone a rundown I’m 39 years old this year. I live out of Austin, TX but I’m from closer to the Houston area. I started thinning when I was 18 and I tried everything to slow down the process, admittedly without a lot of knowledge back then. This was 1998 and I didn’t know much about propecia or minoxidil. I tried shampoos and all kinds of gimmicks. I did try propecia and minoxidil liquid but because I didn’t know enough about it and didn’t see immediate results I just stopped and got on with my life. It all started in my crown and then over the course of a decade marched its way forward toward my hairline. While my crown was very noticeably thin my hairline and frontal third stayed noticeably strong until my mid to semi late 20’s. At 24 I went and had my first consultation at a Bosley clinic in Houston and the whole experience made me feel uneasy. The doctor wasn’t really concerned with my crown which is where all the thinning was happening and wanted to lower my hairline which was still a teenage hairline. It was less than four fingers down on my forehead and still really thick. Ah, how I miss that wall of hair... lol. I politely passed but they called me every single day for two years straight trying to get me to come in for the transplant. They wanted to charge me 20K to lower my hairline and sprinkle some grafts in the crown. Knowing what I know now I think back about how they didn’t even bother to mention propecia to help slow loss. Bullet. Dodged. I got married in 2010 which ended really badly very soon after and my hair really started to go after that. Around 2012 I went to Dr Brad Limmer and got on Propecia/biotin/minoxidil foam to slow things down. Sadly he passed away the next year almost to the day of my consultation with him. I’m an actor and I was staying in Houston with a friend in 2014 while filming a movie in Louisiana when someone mentioned Dr. Arocha. I scheduled a consultation and we immediately got on very well. I loved his attitude, how much knowledge he wanted to share, that he was very honest about what we could achieve. I was traveling a lot though and it just wasn’t the right time to pull the trigger. While I traveled around the states for jobs I would schedule consultations with other doctors. I spoke with Feller and Bloxham, Gabel, Hasson and Wong, and others-some through email, FaceTime, in person. Ultimately it came down to me feeling the most comfortable with Arocha although Gabel was pretty close. I’m a diffused thinner and if my father and maternal grandfather are any indication I’m going to end up a 6 on the Norwood’s scale. I was going to go ahead with the procedure last year but my wife (I got married again in 2017) and I found out we were pregnant with twins so I decided to wait until things settled down with them. Side note: I did not stop taking finasteride when we found out we were pregnant and our babies our beautiful and healthy and at the time of this post almost 6 months old. The Big Day! I got to Arocha’s office a little after 7:30 am (traffic in Houston sucks) I signed the paperwork. We took some preop pics. Dr Arocha designed the hairline basically within my existing one. The plan was to work through the existing hairline, fill in the temple corner recession, and bulk up the frontal forelock. We discussed what we would do next year, reassess the front or go ahead and work on the crown. Everybody was really nice. I was visibly nervous and my blood pressure was a little high due to my being a little antsy. The Valium quickly helped out with that. When they were injecting the numbing solution into the back of my scalp I noticed I started shaking and feeling queasy so I spoke up immediately. They turned me over and raised my legs and put ice on my chest. I almost immediately felt better. Dr Arocha was there and cracked a joke about how I was his first patient of the day but probably his 7000th patient altogether so there was really nothing to worry about. TBH I wasn’t nervous about his ability to help me as much as I was just nervous about this giant step I was taking. After this procedure there was no going back. I turned back over when I was ready and they took the strip out. They kept complementing me on how good my donor was however I never got a number from them. I asked but they were just like, “don’t worry, it’s really really good.” I believe I heard say as they were looking at it that it looked like 80 to 90. Dr Arocha started to make the incisions and we talked for awhile before I dozed off and the next thing I know is I’m waking up to salmon kabobs, a killer salad, and potato and black bean soup. I eat up and then I go back to the chair where the techs start to insert the grafts. We chat for quite awhile. Dr Arocha was there for quite a bit of it as he would interject in our conversations. Every once in a while he would remind them about this or that concerning my grafts. I dozed off again and when I woke up we were basically done. They informed me that while I was out they put PRP all over my head. They went over cleaning instructions and we took some post op pics. My wife came in to pick me up and everyone came out to meet our twins. After that we were off and back to Austin. The ride back was pretty rough. There was a lot of pressure in my head and I got a pretty bad headache. Even with the pain pills. It didn’t even last the entire three hour drive though. I’m attaching some pics. Some preop through day two. I don’t have any pics with the design yet. I’m going to speak to Arocha’s office and see if I can get my hands on the hairline design.
  22. Hello everyone, I'm back in the game for a quick procedure this time - I'll be doing a scar revision with Dr. Gabel on this Thursday (Oct 17th). All of my results have been great so far, but after three FUT procedures totaling around ~4,500 grafts, my incision scar had gradually become larger and larger, and now that I have coverage over the majority of my scalp and will just use some small-to-medium FUE procedures for any further necessary touch-ups, I just want to get my incision scar reduced down to where it was after my first HT (it was basically invisible at a #3 Guard haircut). First pic is from 2011 - about a year after my first FUT in late 2010, at about a #3 Guard buzz... Pic below is after my third HT, with roughly a #6 Guard buzz - it can be hidden, but is still quite visible under bright lights due to the very light skin color underneath and the relatively sparse "curtain" of hair covering it - and on top of that I have to cut my hair myself because no stylist seems to be able to figure out the concept of how to properly mask it with longer hair above and shorter hair below without giving me a total botch-job or exposing the scar. Also, the longer #5 or #6 Guard buzz kind of chafes against military standards - it's not technically out of regulations, but everyone constantly thinks I need a haircut And Below you can see the incision scar revealed... I want to point out that Dr. Gabel is a pro with his subtle trichophytic enclosures (as per the first pic, and the second procedure wasn't even bad at all either) and the increasing scar size was not an error, but a calculated temporary sacrifice; the size of the scar is really due to multiple incisions and a bit of stretching, and due to the fact that since I'd already done two FUT's before the third one, my scalp skin was already pulled fairly tight at that point - meaning that Dr. Gabel didn't want to cut out the entire scar while also taking another ~1,300 graft strip out simultaneously - it would have been too large of an incision at that point with my scalp laxity. So we settled on only removing about half of the scar tissue that time around - as you can see in the picture below from HT #3 in late 2016 (the blue marker line is right through the middle of the scar), compounding upon the current scar with the understanding that I would need to come back in a year or three for a scar revision. So basically we're going to do a strip-FUT procedure - but with no hair removed from the site - only the old scar tissue, and the doc says he plans to use staples this time in addition to the regular methods, in order to ensure there's no stretching so the scar heals as narrow and invisible as possible. After a year or so, I may return for some SMP or small FUE into the scar if necessary, but if it turns out like my first incision scar and I can easily hide it completely in broad daylight with a #3 Guard buzz then I think I'll be fine! I fly out to Oregon tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. It should also be noted for anyone considering Dr. Gabel that he has relocated to a township called Tigard which is only ~20 minutes from the Portland PDX airport (as opposed to being in Hillsboro nearly an hour away), so a quick Uber will get you there much faster and cheaper than before (which was a pleasant surprise). I'll keep you guys updated as progress is made!
  23. If it makes a differences, I am looking to do 1600-2000 grafts, FUT. I say 1600-2000 because that's what the several HT surgeons I have consulted with gave, I understand that these surgeons will give different estimates. Btw, glad this site exists, I had consulted around in my local area, and wasn't quite satisfied with my local options. I had a 1500 grafts surgery about a decade ago, and looking fill in areas that have lost density + my hairline needs to be fixed a little from my last transplant. I am slightly leaning towards coverage over density, though from what I can tell, all of them have a pretty good understanding of this balance. From what I've been reading, Gabel is a little newer though by now is well established/experienced. Other than that, as far as I could find, other differences I could find don't seem to matter too much too but: Konior seems to do most of the work himself as opposed to techs. Hassan or Wong seem to be more reliant on techs, though their techs are very experienced (~10 years). Hassan seems to do more hair transplants than Wong due to more reviews being produced by him. These don't seem to tip the needle for me. I'm thinking hair transplants take several hours. Techs aide in preserving the surgeons much needed focus for optimal results, especially for tasks that are repeated a few thousand times. If a surgeon needs more rest to recharge and put more focus into fewer patients, they should do it. One of the questions I have is, why is Ron Shapiro so touted here, but not his associate Paul Shapiro or David Josephitis? Paul Shapiro doesn't even seem to be on the coalition. Anyways, it seems that I can't go wrong, but I have to pick one. Good dilemma to have, thanks to this website. Edit: I may have to expand my list, due to border crossing issues, wait times, etc. Any recommendations? Pref those who are great at detail, hairlines, repair, though again, that seems to be most of them. Great stuff. I am looking to do ~2000 grafts. My previous HT is a little messed up in the corners, so I guess I fall into the 'repair' category. Do you any other recommendations for surgeons whose strengths fall under 'detail' and 'repair' category. I am ok if they are not (yet) in the coalition if they have great praise on here (like Dr Nadimi ). After looking at this post, and doing some more research, I would say Konior is likely my top choice. But It looks like I may not be able to get in due to his wait list. His associate Dr Nadimi seems more available, though she doesn't seem to be a coalition member. From the posts here it really looks like she has a great rep. I saw in one of the testimonial that during one procedure, she had to step out and take care of a different patient. It seems that a lot of up-and-coming HTSs try to pack a lot of work in to make a name for themselves. But younger people tend to have more energy so not necessarily a bad thing. She might be a future coalition member, and so if there is a discount compared to Konior it may be great value HT, though it seems that if you study under a coalition member, that's not necessarily guaranteed, ie Rasman/Pak. In case the others have very long wait times like Konior, I decided to expand my list. From my research, I added: Bernardino Arocha: His assistant posts results here regularly. I don't hear these epic praises for him like with the others. But seems like a solid choice. Timothy Carman: He seems to be a high demand area for HTs; San Diego. So I'm not sure where there is so little talk about him. He is close to where I am, so I would love to consider him. Haber, M.D.: Another coalition member. Like Timothy, not much buzz on here about him.
  24. Hi, all. I haven’t posted here much since my last procedure in 2015, but happy to share an update with everyone about my latest surgery. As background, I had my first transplant with Dr. Robert Niedbalski in June 2012. I was a NW 2-3, and he transplanted 1,450 grafts via strip to form a lower, but still recessed, hairline. I wanted a flat hairline, so I had a subsequent procedure with Dr. Rahal in October 2015, when he transplanted 2,200 grafts, again via strip. The hairline design was great, but the right side grew in a little sparse. Nothing awful, and I could’ve gone without addressing it, but I wanted to go back to the well for a fuller hairline. I just turned 36, BTW. I've been on Avodart and Propecia for six years and essentially no longer lose hair--my loss is fully halted. I use Rogaine but discontinued before surgery per instructions. Links to thread about my earlier procedures are here: https://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/blog/home-page.asp?WebID=2858 So, last week I drove from Seattle down to Portland for a third procedure--this time with Steve Gable. I’ve known Dr. Gabel for about five years and have really looked forward to working with him. He’s a precise, thoughtful guy, and I knew he’d be a great choice to refine my results. I left Seattle at 3am to check in at Dr. G’s clinic at 6:30. His clinic just moved to a brand-new facility, and it’s gorgeous--two ORs, a lovely lobby, and overall just a great, clean, attractive space. We sat down and discussed hairline approach, and agreed that we weren’t going to lower the hairline. I didn’t need it, and lowering it even a few millimeters would mean that I’d need to get in again to spruce up the density, and I wanted to be done. (My hair is still very dense and I want the hairline to match, so I don’t want to get stuck in a loop of chasing density in an ever-lower hairline.) We agreed 1,000 more grafts across the hairline--and concentrated in the right side--would do the trick. The procedure was very smooth. Strip excision took about 30-45 minutes and I didn’t feel any pain. Dr. G excised part of my prior scar, which ran from just inside left ear to above my right ear. He didn’t need to run all the way from end-to-end on the scar. He closed the strip with staples, which I hadn’t had before; he thought they’d do a better job at holding the tension and has had good luck with them recently. Once the wound was closed, he did the incisions--nothing eventful, and nothing painful. I didn’t bother to watch TV, but just spent the time chatting with Dr. G and his techs. If you haven’t met him, he’s a really personable, chatty guy, which was engaging during surgery. I had a Valium before surgery but didn’t feel it much, which was fine; I’m not the anxious type and was perfectly relaxed during surgery. I seemed more comfortable than my previous surgeries, but that’s probably due in part to the fact that it was fewer grafts so the sit was shorter. When we got to placing grafts, I’d estimate that Dr. G placed about 50%. He places grafts in all his procedures, and I was his only patient that day, so there wasn’t any need for him to pop out and attend to someone else. If you haven’t gone through a transplant before, it’s really disconcerting when you feel like a surgeon disengages from the procedure once the incisions are made and just turns everything over to the techs. Dr. G was omnipresent and was in the room for virtually the whole procedure. That’s not the norm. Of my three procedures, this was the smoothest and easiest. That’s no knock on Niedbalski or Rahal, but a huge compliment to Dr. G and his staff. The post-op materials were first-rate and included a calendar specialized for my surgery date so I didn’t have to count post-surgery days. That’s a nice touch that I hadn’t seen before. The recipient area was also very clean--virtually no blood or scabbing. They carefully washed it the next day and showed me how to shampoo. Great post-op hand-holding all the way, and Dr. G responded to an email same-day later in the week. Pictures are below, and obviously there’s not much to report in terms of growth. My scabs are falling off, but the recipient area is hardly noticeable because although it was shaved, I’m combing my hair forward. Hard to cover up the staples, but they’ll be out in another week. I’m definitely experiencing a lot of tightness in my donor area given that it’s been excised three times, so I’m trying especially hard to keep my head tipped back to keep tension off the scar. I’m a little concerned about a widened scar given that it’s my third strip, but I’ll keep everyone posted as that progresses. Please fire away with questions/comments; I’ll be checking in every day. Thanks! When reviewing pics, please keep in mind that the after pictures are both immediately post-op and then the next day; my hair is wet in both. Remember that the transplanted area contained both native hair AND previously transplanted hair, so the density will be much, much higher than the number of grafts you can see.
  25. I received 1800 graft FUE transplant from a well known Dr Gabel in the US in mid December 2018. I'm writing to provide my 2.5 year post transplant update. I've had some minor growth since then but its definitely much less than anticipated. There is still a large bald area that I need to comb over and use Toppik on. When I mentioned my concern for the lack of growth around the 8 month mark, I was told to be patient and keep waiting as most transplants don't show the full results until at least 1.5 years. Well, it has been 2.5+ years and I think its safe to say that this will be the full extent of my growth. I never received my 1 year check up from Gabel even way before this whole Covid situation. I know Gabel is highly regarded on these forums and I will probably get flamed for posting this but this is just my experience and my results. There seems to be a lot of positive results from Gabel, however, I am not one of the lucky ones. Would I have spent all of this money if I knew that this would be the result? Not sure. Flights, hotel, unpaid time off work, 3-5% fee for using credit card. This was a large cost for me for minimal gain. The price was also increased from the quote I received a year prior which is understandable since prices change the more popular a Dr gets, however that hurt as well. Before in outside sunlight: ~5 days ~10 days: ~2-3 weeks: ~8 months: 2.5 years: I really wish I could have written a glowing positive review with positive success, but as you can see, my results are lacking. I believe Gabel and his team did provide quality customer service and made me feel at ease during the whole operation and hope anyone that decides to go with him will receive better results.
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