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  1. 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.
  2. Hi Guys. I am a new member. I was about to go ahead with my hair transplant with Dr Matt Huebner untill i found this website. Can anyone who had a hair transplant with him share your experience and pictures. Some one did mentioned in one off the past that Dr Huebner does not do Fut Instead he does mini graft surgery. Any prove ? Plus i came across Dr Feller & Bloxham. Why are they better then Huebner. Would really appreciate your feedback. Thanks C
  3. I thought Dr. Alan Feller was recommended on here? I don't see him on the list. I've heard great things about him. Is Dr. Rahal the only recommended doctor in Toronto? It's a huge city, so I would have thought there'd be more great options
  4. Hi all! On may 16th I had the blessing of being operated on by Dr.Bloxham Dealing with two procedures in which the density was very poor had me very hurt and felt like I lost hope. Dr. Bloxham was very understanding and in a genuine matter made it seem like he was on a mission to help me! This is my third procedure I will document my journey to help others! Dont lose hope. I'm really hoping 1216 grafts is enough for that very dense front and decent sides that I have been trying to get Overall as a young guy these procedures took a huge toll on me financially, since I've been basically on my own since I was 18 and have very little relationship with family. I'm hoping this is the last speed bump and I can move forward confidently. Pictures: 1st - no procedures 2nd - no procedures 3rd - Final result FIRST procedure (temples were still extremely weak just didn't have a pic of that side so it's looks decent but it's not) 4th - 7-8 months result of SECOND procedure 5th 7-8 months SECOND procedure temples 6th - day of surgery Third Procedure 7th - day of surgery Third Procedure
  5. Oh that's interesting. It used to be free when Dr. Feller was the only Dr. there. That was a while back though. I had a consultation with him about 10 years ago. I wonder if the fact that a lot of people are getting multiple consultations is causing some places to have to charge now since they may be doing many more consultations that don't result in the person having their surgery with them. Hmmm....
  6. Today's case is an example of a nice little hairline repair procedure. The patient in the video had "1,500 grafts" (a big emphasis on the quotation marks there) at an outside clinic years earlier. He had great hair elsewhere and just wanted to fix some slight hairline recession. The clinic used follicular unit grafting, but simply did not go dense enough in the frontal band/hairline. The result was less than impressive, but the patient assumed this is all he could achieve and lived with it. Years later he did some research and realized that, maybe, what he had was not standard of care and decided to seek out another procedure. He presented to our clinic excited at the prospect of improvement, but somewhat skeptical that what we did here was different. Because of this, a conservative approach using 1,200 grafts was undertaken. The hairline was not lowered or adjusted, just addressed using dense packing. He did well and was thrilled with the results. Several years later after realizing what can be achieved with a hair transplant, he came down with a little bit of the "hair greed" and decided he wanted to flatten the hairline a little bit and really get that perfect density in the front. We used another 1,200 grafts to perfect it. He came back 3 years later to show us the results. Here are a few "teaser" comparison pictures. I only share a few because I really encourage everyone to watch the detailed comb-through video. Remember that there is only so much you can get from still photographs. Ask clinics you are considering to show you comb-through video! I wanted to state that we probably would not have recommended using so much donor in just the hairline IF the patient had any other signs of hair loss elsewhere. But because of his age, family history, and the fact that we (both Dr. Feller and myself) had seen him over a period of around 7 years with no noticeable change, we felt comfortable accommodating his request. I also wanted to thank this patient for allowing us to use his full face. And here is the video: Thank you for viewing. Look forward to the discussion. Dr. Blake Bloxham Feller & Bloxham Medical, PC www.fellermedical.com
  7. Hi Everyone, Today's presentation is a nice little FUE hairline case. The patient is a gentleman in his late 30's with otherwise excellent hair aside from some classic hairline thinning. He was set on FUE and initially wanted to go very aggressive in the front. After reviewing everything, we decided the most natural, strategic approach was to start a little more conservative. So, we did a 1,500 graft case to rebuild his hairline. I removed all the grafts manually using a 0.9mm Feller Medical Punch (a punch Dr. Feller patented many years ago). Extraction went very well. I saw the patient back 12 months later, and both he and I were very pleased with the results. Since he grew well with the FUE and the back seemed to heal up nicely, we decided to do a little more and close in the corners a bit. I will update with the results of this second procedure in the future. Here are a few "teaser" comparison shots with both dry and wet hair. As usual, I include only a few of these because I encourage all researching patients to watch the result video, which features both educational content and a much more detailed "comb-through" of the results. And here is the video: Thank you for reviewing. Look forward to the upcoming discussion. Dr. Blake Bloxham Feller & Bloxham Medical www.fellermedical.com
  8. I have heard them described as "snowflakes;" I have heard them described as individualized "works" like paintings; regardless of how they are described, one thing is for certain: hairlines are not a "one size fits all" type of situation. All patients are different. Things like hair characteristics, facial structure/head shape, level of loss, and projected future loss all come into play when designing a hairline. Some situations call for a lighter, more broken-up and irregular "transition" hairline; in other situations, patients may benefit more from a stronger, denser, more symmetric hairline. No two hairline should be alike and a doctor should customize the design for each particular patient. And remember, just because a hairline looks good on another patient does not mean it is the right one for you. Today's case is an example of a specific hairline created for a specific patient. The patient is a male with darker, coarser hair, and seemingly more limited and stable loss for his age. He requested a strong, dense frontal hairline (he was happy with the corners), and I thought this made sense for him. In his situation, a more striking, strong, less irregular hairline made sense for him. I performed a hairline rebuild, a dense frontal band pack, and also a little bit of fill behind it using 2,400 grafts removed via the FUT technique. He returned at 6 and 12 months, and was very pleased with the direction we took for the hairline. Here are a few "teaser" shots of his 12 month results from the video: And here is his 12 month comb-through video, which features much more detail and also a look at his FUT incision line at 12 months: And here is his 6 month video for comparison: So I hope this helps explain that hairlines are not a "one size fits all" approach, and you must visit a clinic which will spend time creating a specific hairline for you and you alone. Make sure to see lots of examples of different hairlines from any clinics you are considering, and speak with the doctor about their hairline philosophy. Look forward to the discussion, Dr. Blake Bloxham Feller & Bloxham Medical, PC http://www.fellermedical.com
  9. While I didn't create an account on this forum over the last couple of years it was invaluable in my research process and I want to pay it forward, especially since I seem to be seeing fewer patient posts with recent dates, at least for Dr. Cooley. Thus I will try to be thorough here in describing my process. Apologies in advance for the length of the post and the variability of the quality of the photos. I know they aren't the best. I am still only a few days/weeks out and will update this with before photos and after photos from the clinic and exact graft count(s) when I get them and try not to disappear throughout the process. My Past Situation I had an ill-advised FUT procedure when I was 21 to address temple recession. I wasn't on meds, it was premature, and I went to a cheap chop shop. CLASSIC, young guy being really stupid. :sigh The procedure (unknown # of grafts) involved putting grafts on the temples and unfortunately also some around the front of my hairline. It did very little cosmetically unless you count triggering massive loss of existing hair (most of which did grow back in fairness). The only saving grace here is that we were talking about a fairly minor temple area and because of my light hair/skin contrast I've been able to get away with a forward brush hairstyle that hid really poor work. Oh and it wasn't big plugs and the scar wasn't horrendous and avoided being in any disastrous region(s) thankfully. No matter what you do STAY AWAY from Samson Hair Restoration in Los Angeles regardless of what doctor they currently have cycled in. Why now Now, 11 years later at 32 with some additional thinning and some recession the previous work was becoming harder to cover, especially when swimming or my hair was wet. Plus, I just wanted it fixed to open up different hairstyles and to get ahead of managing what I believe will be future loss. Almost a gradual "replace" strategy I guess. In terms of meds, I had been on finasteride w/ no side effects for 4 years but then went off for 5+ years (don't really know why). I went back on 6+ months ahead in prep for a procedure and plan to stick with it this time. Not on finasteride or any other shampoos etc at the moment. Picking the surgeon In terms of research this time around I did a lot more homework using this forum as the basis for creating a smaller list of doctors. Ultimately I narrowed my list and research to consults with Lindsay, Bernstein, Cooley, Bloxham, and Nadimi. I felt these were really great doctors that didn't necessarily require a flight based on my East Coast USA location (I was intrigued by Rahal, Hasson/Wong/Kronior and some of the other staple of well regarded doctors as well but with only so much time felt good with my short list). I did not consider India/Turkey etc., not because I don't believe quality results can't be achieved there, but because I didn't want to take the risk and conduct an extra level of due diligence with respect to many of the practices and I was willing to pay $ for that peace of mind. Notes on my Consults During my consult with Dr. Lindsay I felt like he just didn't think I needed a procedure yet. He cited 1200 grafts and it was all relatively cursory. So not a fit for me Dr. Bernstein was a good consult (worth the cost) where I learned a bit and I felt comfortable with him and his work, but ultimately I wasn't blown away by the results I've seen from him either on his website or on this and other forums My consult with Bloxham was really terrific and I got a great feeling from him. He was ultimately my #2 but I did not choose him mostly because he is just relatively newer with fewer posted results. And right or wrong, some of the (rare/older) negative comments about customer service/interactions from Feller put me off. I did NOT have any of this sense from Dr. Bloxham and have never met Feller but the posts are there nonetheless. I will also say, they need to upgrade their facility. Not the medical side hopefully, but the rest of the place was old and run down feeling. Dr. Nadimi was also great (via Skype) and matter of fact but I got the sense she did more FUE than FUT. Similar to Bloxham there are just fewer patient accounts out there that I could find, but based on what I've seen and this consult I was very comfortable and impressed with her Why Cooley Ultimately, I went with the only doctor I didn't meet/ have a convo with directly in Dr. Cooley. I appreciated the consult with Lollie and a deeper understanding of their procedures and liked what I heard about use of Acell, how he preserved grafts out of body, his hands on approach, the tenure of his techs, and so on. But most importantly Cooley's track record of consistent results and patient experiences tipped me over (including one detailed repair write-up by a Blonde haired individual, of which there are relatively few results). I also literally did not find a single negative review (of outcomes) for Cooley in all my research and I valued that apparent consistency. Procedure - Why FUT I knew I wanted FUT as I (a) already had a scar I felt could be improved, (b) wanted to maximize future grafts and survivability, and (c) wanted to minimize recovery time. I am lucky enough to have a lot of Donor and existing hair that can be used to hide a procedure. Pre-Procedure and Day of All things posted about Cooley experiences were true for me. I followed pre-op instructions for scalp laxity. I think this helped as I could feel the sides definitely loosen up, and while the back still felt tight Cooley said it was great and helped with suturing (+ sutures out at 2 weeks vs. 3 weeks). The hotel they set you up in is excellent, easy, convenient and they already know why you are there and what you need. Shuttle drivers, check-in staff, and others there were helpful and discrete and the breakfast and gym is open early enough for day of eating and a last workout. On the day of the operation we met at 7am, had a calm and not rushed discussion where any other questions I had were answered, and re-affirmed my choice of 2500 FUT + PRP/Acell. In terms of hairline we were on the same page to opt for a conservative/mature hairline though Cooley jumped straight to the need for work on the temples which he said he does not always do. This process of agreeing on this was FAST as a lot of it was bridging existing hair and the past work plus a little bit of pulling temples out/down. In terms of PRP, Cooley was candid that for me he didn't know if PRP would make much of a difference as he didn't see a ton of minituraization but (a) I'm paranoid and think there is more than there is/I have very fine hair already, and (b) I am hopeful that it will help somewhat with avoiding shock loss or speeding up recovery. I know there's no real scientific evidence to back that up, but I was willing to spend the $ on the chance it helps. I will say that to make sure you get what you need before surgery begins you should 100% come prepared with your questions. For example in my consult with Bloxham he indicated that my past FUT scar had a small area branching into the danger zone for donor and advised forking the scar near my ear. I really did NOT want to do this, so asked Cooley about it. He decided to implant 10-15 hairs in the end of the old scar as part of the procedure and end the new scar in a safer location. I do not think we would have ultimately done this if I had not asked. H/T to Bloxham for noticing it in a really thorough, caring consult. I also asked about a few grafts poorly placed in the front of my forehead below the 7CM mark we agreed to for the new hairline. He said if I was OK With it that he would remove those with electrolysis which I agreed to and am relieved about as they were definitely not natural looking. Overall, it was a good conversation. I, like most others, felt comfortable and cared for by Dr. Cooley and all of his other wonderful team members. I do think the clinic could get better about having all their pre and post op documentation organized and sent in a big PDF but that's super minor overall and has nothing to do with the in-person interactions I had. One other area that I felt could be improved is in discussing recovery times. The clinic (not Cooley himself) were fairly aggressive in terms of discussing post HT recovery periods and timeline (no redness 5 days, not visible procedure at 8 days etc). It's not that they are totally off, it's just that they are definitely giving the aggressive, "best-case" scenario in my opinion and shaded this as an absolute vs. discussing the potential ranges of recovery times based on patient characteristics. Still thus far in my case it has proven to not be too far off the mark so far (devil's always in the details though isn't it). Procedure itself From the Cooley consult we moved into the procedure. Numbing/valium etc was painless. Unlike others I don't think I really went fully under for the ENTIRE duration of the procedure, I even heard a nice little "ripping" type sound on removal, but no pain whatsoever. By 11:30 the donor was removed, there were 5-6 technicians on the microscopes, I had had PRP and he had done the few electrolysis removals needed. I stopped for lunch and then we carried on. Cooley performed all of the donor incisions, with Brandi hovering nearby, and was present for probably 90% of the graft placement. I know for sure he was doing all the immediate hairline grafts. I believe he left for a little over an hour in the middle of the procedure (basically the length of a movie), but I'm not 100% on whether he popped his head in a few times during that time or not. While he was not actively working on my head Brandi was performing graft placement and I believe Amy also worked on placing grafts. Cooley returned and was essentially there the rest of the day long after many of the other techs had left post dissecting the grafts (easily 4-5+ more hours). It was clear he reviewed and had ample time to change, correct, or ensure any grafts not placed with him in the room were to his liking. Like others have mentioned it was clear throughout the day that this was a well-oiled machine, with team members that had worked together for years (decades even). Everyone was friendly and taking a dedicated and personalized approach to the operation, and I couldn't imagine going somewhere with a doctor doing multiple ops in a day. Throughout the process Brandi was constantly checking Cooley and making sure anything "controversial" about his approach was discussed (a few graft placements here and there, reminders about how many grafts were left etc). All of this was reassuring. I am sure the reverse also happened. Ultimately for the 2,500 graft procedure Cooley was able to get over 3,000 grafts (I will get exact counts later) and we did not finish the day until a bit after 7pm, meaning I was there for nearly 12 hours. This extra time and attention, plus the grafts that were not something I had to pay extra for, all speak to his long-running record of caring about his patients and working tirelessly to get results. I am obviously grateful for this. Post Op - Healing, Pain, and Experience (Week 1) Donor got painful at the end of the day during the operation so I was numbed up again before I went home. I was obviously a bit red and beat up but it wasn't as bad as I was expecting and they had already done a pretty good job cleaning a lot of the blood off. Plus I was wearing Saran wrap + a hat so able to avoid any weird looks. On night 1 I took some Tylenol but nothing stronger--which is good because I didn't get the prescriptions until day-of for stronger meds. Cooley's post-op care uses an ATP spray + saran wrap to increase moisture and prevent any graft damage and antibiotic ointment on the donor scar. You basically spray every hour you are awake and wake up and spray every 2 hours for the first 2 nights along with taking some preventative Prednisone for swelling. I followed the instructions religiously here and I think it really helped calm redness and speed healing. On night 2 I was falling back asleep pretty quickly so it didn't feel too onerous to keep getting up. For sure it kept the itchiness to a real minimum in the first 6 days. I went back the next morning for a post-op clean and got the all good from Dr. Cooley. During this cleaning Amy took time to answer any questions I had about the next week of care and was patient with what I am sure are the same questions everyone asks. In terms of the documentation they gave me to follow, I actually think it could have been a bit more detailed. It wasn't that it was bad, but I felt like an "FAQ" or just more exhaustive detail would have helped. For example, I asked about caffeine / alcohol / ibuprofen which were not listed (Cooley says moderate amounts of both are fine), and it doesn't give you much about how to sleep (when can you sleep sidweays on the grafts) and so on. To give you a sense of how smooth this was, I drove almost 7 hours home the very next day, which was completely fine and painless. Overall I found the post-op regimen easy to follow, the spray and saran wrap seemingly very effective even if I did probably use it too quickly/aggressively to try to get it through the native hair as I ran out a day or two earlier than I think the clinic expects. One curious thing with post-op care from the clinic is that it seems that Cooley's overall instructions,are more aggressive than many other docs (like the timeline to shampoo (next day) and return to regular shampooing (7 days) . I'm sure this is because Cooley is confident in the healing/quality of the grafts and incisions etc and has refined his approach over time but it does make me just a little nervous when looking at the instructions online from so many other places that are much more conservative. But he's my doc and I'm in his hands and so far so good. On night 3 I slept poorly but not really due to pain, I think I just missed exercise. On night 4 and 5 I had more pain when putting the back of my head on pillows (I slept elevated with an inflatable travel pillow partially inflated these nights to help with any potential swelling) and I did take a valium one night and the other pain killer + tylenol combo prescribed drug the fifth night. It almost felt like the donor was a little more stretched these two nights with whatever position I could find that didnt have too much pressure. If this continues I'll call the office to make sure it's normal. Some posters here have mentioned this as the return of nerve sensation but I'm not sure. Otherwise I have had some very very minor swelling which made me break out some ice on my forehead and eye area a couple of times and take ibuprofen periodically as well. It was never uncomfortable or especially noticeable to anyone else however. Last point, I am using the Hair Shake protein. I don't really think it'll do much but I've used protein powder a lot anyway so I don't mind and if it helps at all with speed of growth or minimization of shock-loss, then it's worth a couple months of it for me. I am not planning on using it long term and no one at the Cooley office actually mentioned it directly despite having it stocked there and having it listed as an optional part of the post-op procedure. Post Op Appearance - First Week The scar in the back is perhaps slightly visible with wet hair (first 3-4 days) but completely hidden with normal dry hair. As mentioned it wasn't giving me much trouble the first 3-4 days, although of course everything felt really "tight" there. At night or with pressure on it day 5-6 it actually has felt a bit worse and I've taken some of the prescribed meds just to make sure I get decent enough sleep. We will see of course on final healing and appearance, it is early days. Redness in the recipient has subsided each day, and now at day 6 is not bad at all. It's probably worse in the pictures than in real life. I am fairly pale skinned but had a deep tan going which some say can help. There is definitely scabbing, it is super mild/light and looks like when I return to regular shampooing and rub the grafts a bit it will easily flake off and be gone within the 7-10 day timeframe that they gave. In any case, it's really mild and not that noticeable. I have used their given shampoo and started leaving the conditioner in a bit longer which I think has helped. I have a couple spots of dried blood left but overall it's pretty clean and I haven't noticed anything remotely like grafts falling out. Really, not even many/any hairs yet. The kicker here for me is that I 100% had to hide from the world during this time because I was (a) spraying every hour and (b) couldn't style my existing hair for fear of touching/disloding existing grafts. So you could see the grafts taking hold and small stubbly hair, plus weird caked native hair that was a bit long already awkwardly plastered to my scalp. So all in all, a real lovely mess. Now had I managed this aggressively with a blow dryer on cool or if I was more comfortable touching and styling my scalp in this period I am sure I could have made it look better but I didn't want to take any risks. On Day 6 I did a bit of finger styling and with my existing hair I can make it look decent (see 1 of the pictures). Decent is not invisible however. The temples are harder to disguise and any close inspection things are definitely still visible so I feel I am very much still in hat land. To be fair, my wife says it's pretty hard to tell unless you get up close and personal already. We will see if my extended family at Day 11 notices anything. Summary of first week So far the difference from my first procedure has been remarkable. Basically instead of an immediate "oh shit what have I done" I felt more like a "I'm already looking better than I expected 12 hours later. and everything is going exactly like they said" It's nice to already feel like I made the right choice. The recovery seems to be text book according to their expectations, but I most certainly don't want to be out and about without a hat yet as it would be noticeable. The things I am worried about are (a) appearance at 10 days and masking it, (b) avoiding shock-loss as no work was done in the middle of the frontal third, and (c) continued management of the donor scar pain. All the rest is of course the standard, hurry up and wait, concerns about linear scar etc that we all have but if I can avoid shock loss I feel comfortable looking like I did for 6+ more months. I hope this is helpful and of course any feedback on the pics and actual quality of the work is welcome as well. Again, apologies on the photo quality I will get better ones from clinic later. I will try to post periodically as I hate the posts where people disappear but I also intend to try to live my life and not obsess over the progress over the next few months.
  10. Hi Folks, Long time lurker; My very first post here with the intent to share and contribute based on my upcoming surgery in India with Darling buds and most importantly “ My results “ in the next few months. I feel morally obligated to contribute at least something back to this community that offers : A worldwide network of HT experts, reputed Senior members sharing invaluable info, Top rated HT surgeons positioning their point of views and most importantly "real patients sharing real stories". Background Male in mid-thirties from Canada; NW 3 - Less/More. Past 6 years were dark and depressing. Living in a fool’s paradise; using Toppik daily assuming everything’s fine but somewhere at a deeper level; it continuously bothered me. Finally in 2019; I made the big decision to get a HT. This website is the main reason as to why I was able to solidify on my research, move ahead with a concrete decision and was able to find one of the best doctor (just being positive here) as per my checklist/strict criteria. Special thanks to the Creator of this website – Kudos to the brain that kicked off this humanitarian initiative as it continues to educate millions of potential patients like myself. Why Darling Buds India (I guess they changed the name to 5 Rivers Hospital ) This piece takes forever to decide especially for someone like me who spends gazillions of hours on the Internet/YouTube/Forums. I was always skeptical about giving my Head to someone to be operated; so consulted with many Canadian, American, European, Indian and Turkish clinics. Many reputed names like Dr. Rahal ( Known as the hairline king from Canada), Dr Acar ( Cosmedica Turkey), Dr. Erdogan ( Turkey), Aestimed ( Turkey), LA Hair ( USA), Qunomedical ( Belgium & German clinics), Dr. Cinik ( Turkey) and the list goes on……………………………………………. but None fitted my checklist in it's entirety reflecting 8 Key deciding factors that was prepared after extensive research for years 🙄 : 1. Max cost under 10,000 CAD ( 7500 USD ) for 3500-4000 Grafts to be able to achieve maximum density in my case. YES, I decided to find the best treatment within this range. IMHO, paying this much should suffice in getting you a world class, still affordable HT in today’s age with advanced Technologies, Globalization, the power of internet and competitive market. It's costing me around 9000 CAD ( including some expensive flight tickets) with Dr. Bhatti which seems adequate for the reputation he has or rather a steal ( not sure - will tell later) If budget wasn’t a constraint, I would’ve booked Dr. Rahal ( Canada ) who is local to me OR Dr. Baubac ( Alvi Armani USA) more importantly to save myself from the hassle of flying 20 hours one way, then drive to a different city, book a hotel for a week, apply for a visa, Take few weeks of vacation from work etc. Dr Rahal charges 8 CAD per FUE, most other clinics would cost the same in N. America for FUE Treatment. It’s costing me around 2.40 CAD with Dr. Bhatti ( includes all international/ Local flights, Visa, Hotel, Food, Cab etc.). If you compare Dr Bhatti's fee with his peers who fall in the same reputed arena of global doctors, I think most would sign this off as a great offering for hair loss patients globally. Eugenix quoted around 4 CAD per graft but it was for DHI method. They produced some great results lately and they are the inventors of DHI which is now adapted globally; goes to show that they are researchers also - very impressive. As of 2019, I think Dr. Bhatti and Eugenix should be compared as top players if India is the selected destination for your HT Journey ( My comparison below) I almost finalized Eugenix over Dr. Bhatti but then based on my research, took a U Turn : Eugenix positive aspects: 1. Biggest is DHI - OUT/IN grafts within minutes. Definitely better method as compared to Traditional FUE . I could only find positives so far, no negatives on DHI. It's hard to logically beat DHI method with traditional FUE; so no doctor should even try it IMO. I wish Dr Bhatti would offer DHI to his patients by now ☹ 2. Clinics are located in major cities like Delhi and Mumbai. No need to drive / fly again from major airport all the way to Chandigarh. Eugenix Negative aspects: 1. Some patients mentioned that they were taken for a ride. Eugenix Docs prey on foreign nationals; after or during mid surgery – Dr. Bansal asked for 500 more grafts payment as required and payment must be done during the middle of the operation ( insane); also no breakdown/reasoning was provided in the end. On the contrary, Darling buds has returned some fee to few patients to their surprise which is a classy act of ethical business in my opinion (hard to find) 2. Eugenix costs are almost double than Darling buds( quite expensive for many) but anyways DHI is more costlier than traditional FUE globally and if results are better with more graft survival rate, most patients wouldn't mind paying more. 3. Eugenix is run in a satellite office format, more than one location and hard to get a hold of prime doctors - Dr. Sethi and Dr. Bansal where as Dr. Bhatti provides a peace of mind with one location, one clinic, one doctor who is also the owner of that entire facility with 15 good staff members well trained under him in a peaceful non polluted city near a hill station. #3 was a critical factor in my decision to go with Dr. Bhatti In short, I would’ve loved DHI for best results but I settled with FUE for now Note: Out of thousands, This site recommends ONLY 2 surgeons from Turkey, 7 surgeons from India and 1 from Canada ( I was surprised to see only Dr. Rahal in the list, yes Hasson is there but they're again advocates of FUT ), so HRN really helped me short list 10 surgeons before making the final call 2. ONLY FUE for ME – My heart said a Big “No“ to a linear scar; doesn’t matter if some Doctors persuade you with somewhat genuine reasoning's to avoid FUE such as : FUE provides Less density, FUT offers more grafts and saves Donor area as untouched for future sessions, FUE is a blind process etc. Dr. Feller and Dr. Soni ( Medispa India) seems like the two biggest advocates of FUT over FUE and I agree with some of their explanations as it sounds logical. Dr. Soni really pushed me to sign up with FUT and said his scar technique is different. Promised that he will close it in a way where almost no scarring is visible . It was tough buying into that argument, additionally recent negative reviews about him and I finally decided to brush him aside at that point. 3. Doctor MUST perform the operation (No technicians) – I could only find someone as reputed as Dr. Bhatti who performs 80% of the procedures that includes Hair trimming (to feel your hair ), Anesthesia, FUE Extractions with motorized punch and Incisions. In Turkey where I was almost sold at one point, all operations are run by Technicians. Not a Plastic surgeon, no educational background/ competency level ( it's scary as they're known as the butchers of HT industry) I wish Dr. Bhatti would implant the grafts too ( not his nurses) for extra cost but I guess it will be a tedious job for a busy surgeon to sit for another 4 hours or so ....... Am I asking for too much 4. World class facility matching North American standards : with Heart rate monitoring, proper blood tests, blood pressure check up, spotless , Face coverings during entire operation and sterile environment. 5. Super microscopes and Magnifiers is a must ( Most Turkish clinics operate with naked eyes, when I asked they tried to sell me bull *&**** ) This is extremely important during all 4 phases of operation : Extraction – To make sure proper gaps are left in between grafts in the donor area and get the right angle before using the punch. Sorting – To count how many pure singles, doubles, triples and quads ( if any ) are collected. Incisions – To ensure least collateral damage, magnifier will show 6 x scalp surface so during incisions, holes are made at the right angle, depth and only on bald scalp areas ( not where you've some fine hairs). This should also minimize some shock loss in the post op phase. Implantation - Imperative to only use pure singles / baby soft hairs in the very first few rows of hairline and Temples. If by mistake, they implant doubles – it will give a pluggy look and I would rate that transplant as 50% failed right then and there. If during implant, nurses grab a multi - haired graft, at least microscopes will allow them to revisit to find a pure single graft and then insert it in the right spot. Joe Tillman's video is quite helpful : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeQ4ZvEHb7Y 6. Doctor should have a solid reputation on major forums, hair restoration network, should be well read, traveled, have some global exposure, recommended by Bald-truth, Spex and many other HT mentors like Joe Tillman. Dr. Bhatti checks all those boxes. Yes – there are some mixed opinions about him (and every other Top HT surgeon out there) but perfection is impossible to achieve; so I decided to just look at the bigger picture and go for it. 7. Detailed info, pre op care, post op care, regular contacts and supporting your patients in their hours of greatest needs is of utmost importance. Its well know that Dr. Bhatti, Shera ( his rep) , California would contact their ex. Patients regarding some concerns, would stand by them and not disappear. This was impressive. 8. Patient advisor should be genuine, honest and straightforward – So far, Shera has been awesome, friendly and taking care of all my minor/ major concerns. Always reachable, quick responses and a real time patient who has experienced the same Doctor few years ago first hand. In the long run, it helps to have a contact like him for small chats if need be. I will continue to share my Journey with Darling buds and also, highlight If any red flags are there. So far, I’m just one naive internet researcher in this field who talks based on theories and hypothetical situations, I don’t have any practical experiences yet. Assuming I've made a good decision by choosing this clinic (over others) and trying to keep a positive mindset hoping I will be in good hands is the only thing I can do now. One Sr. Member said it wisely – “For Dr. Bhatti and his staff ( or other clinics) 18th March will be just another day with another patient like thousands came before and will come after, but for a patient who’s been researching on this constantly day/night, it’s a big life event and 18th is one of the most important day of his life after which either he could regain his lost confidence or could loose it forever “ After all, handing off your head to someone for the entire day isn’t one easy decision I’ve seen members here supporting each other against doctors if results aren’t satisfactory. That speaks volumes and the main reason as to why I joined here to gain support from my so called “Anonymous hair restoration family” Dr. Bhatti's hairlines were talked about – not too dense? Any suggestions? Should I revisit this with him ? I don't want a sparse hairline but Not sure if this was an old issue (one -off) Also, I’ve not met Dr Bhatti for any F2F consulting yet or a video consultation, plan is to meet him a day before my procedure. So far, Shera is my driving force. I’m hoping for a life changing experience (like many others), regain my lost confidence and I always say “ Hope “ is something that brings us to these Doctor’s doorsteps. Yes finance and reviews are important aspects but we all hope to be treated in the best possible way during our special treatment day. A little daunting for me to fly all the way, get operated in a surgical room, holes in my head but I’m collecting all the courage in this world to get this done. Shera is helping like one true Samaritan If some of you are able to read this completely, my apologies for such a long note but this is the only forum where I am able to write everything anonymously and vent out if need be. My Journey to be continued……………………………………………………………………………………............................................
  11. I don’t know much about the medical field as I am not a doctor but Dr Lindsey is a plastic surgeon with a FACS board certification that trained under dr feller. Dr. Diep is a graduate from some Caribbean medical school that trained under dr rassman at nu hair clinic. Does that give any insight? You tell me btw r u Indian? U said you were consulting with eugenix correct? I’d be curious to see what they recommend
  12. If you live in Canada why not consider Dr. Rahal, H&W, Feller and Bloxham aren’t that far either. Given that you will likely progress to a norwood 6 you may want to maximize grafts by going strip first. The price of strip is comparable to FUE.
  13. Nice work Dr. Bloxham. Looks very good. Wow....Dr. Feller may be $10 per graft? He produces very nice results but It still amazes me the disparity of costs per graft from excellent surgeons on this network. I’m used to $4-5 per graft with every graft extracted and inserted by the surgeon. I’m not trying to be critical because I’m a free-market capitalist. So...good luck to those surgeons charging quite a bit per graft. Glad we have a wide range of surgeons to pick from on this site.
  14. Do you use the "stick and place" technique when performing fue cases? Also do you charge the same as Dr. Feller for FUE, which is if I recall correctly something like 10 dollars per graft. Also, what is the best way to contact you? I admire your work!
  15. While planning a procedure, patients frequently ask if we can "close the corners." What they mean by this is whether or not is is appropriate and possible to close in the angles in the fronto-temporal corners and rebuild some of the temple region. Working in these regions often results in a very aesthetically pleasing result. A frontal rebuild including these regions is a little more aggressive and often recreates a nice balance. And while a lot of patients request work in these areas, it is important to note that it is not for everyone. It takes a specific hair loss pattern, hair type, and the right clinic to pull this off. Those with thick, coarse donor hair (even the singles), a stark contrast between the hair and skin color, and those with advanced or uncertain hair loss should likely not transplant in these areas. As tempting as it may be, it may not look correct and grafts may be better used elsewhere. In the right patient, however, the results can be great. The patient in today's case is a male in his early 40's with moderate frontal thinning but somewhat significant thinning in the "corner" regions. He really wanted to address these areas, and based on his hair loss pattern, history, and hair/skin type, I thought he would be a good candidate for him. We utilized 2,500 grafts to densely rebuild the superior portions of both temple triangles, the anterior portion of the parietal "humps" (the vertical portion running from the temporal triangles to the fronto-temporal corners), close the frontal temporal-corners, and pack the entire frontal band. The patient returned only 6 months later and was very pleased with the results (as were we). The decision to "close the corners" was a good one for him, and I believe we achieved the desired balance in the frontal region by closing in and rebuilding these areas. Here are a few select "teaser" images showcasing the result (both wet and dry). Attached are more before and after comparisons (both wet and dry), and below is the detailed comb-through video. As usual, I highly recommend that all patients watch the video. Video is the most honest way to display a transplant result, and it is what you as a prospective patient should look for. Look forward to the discussion. Dr. Blake Bloxham Feller & Bloxham Medical, PC www.fellermedical.com
  16. On March 18, 2019 I had a 2000+ graft FUT procedure with Dr. Bloxham in Great Neck Long Island NY. Even though I'm only 4.5 months out, I'm already very pleased with the results. And I'm aware this isn't even the final result yet. So I wanted to share my before/after pics for those who may be considering getting a procedure in the future with the hopes my story/results might help. Quick back story: I had two small procedures in the early 2000s as my hairline was beginning to recede. The hair transplant company that did the procedures is now defunct. The results were sub-par but, if styled a certain way, I thought I could sort of get away with not looking so bald (sort of a comb over effect. But I probably wasn't fooling anyone, haha). Over the years, my hairline continued to recede pretty far back. So in 2016 I decided to have another procedure. I'd prefer not to name the doctor publicly as, although there was some improvement, the results weren't so great and I don't want to smear anyone's name or business. But if you're considering getting a hair transplant and would like to know, feel free to PM me. Or if you have questions in general or would like to talk regarding my HT experience, reach out to me at jamesnyt10@gmail.com. So at that point I had three procedures and still had sparsely transplanted hairs. I just assumed that maybe my physiology just didn’t allow most of the grafts to survive. But in 2019 I begrudgingly decided to give it one more chance with a new doctor. I researched several surgeons and decided to go with Dr. Bloxham at Feller & Bloxham. Not only was I impressed from seeing all the results and info on their YouTube channel, but in addition, his customer service from the very beginning was truly outstanding. So we had a consultation (actually a few) and he recommended a roughly 2000 graft FUT procedure. As I mentioned, I had it done on March 18, I'm now 4.5 month out and the results have been exactly what I had hoped. I included before and after pics and will post updates every so often. But even though I'm only 4.5 month out, I'm already very satisfied with the results. For the first time in my adult life, I don't appear to be balding, thinning, or have sparsely transplanted hairs. My story is a testament to the fact that results can truly vary depending on the surgeon. I included before/after pics.
  17. I have been corresponding with dr bloxham by email. I was surprised with how fast I got responses from him. Great guy and i am very appreciative that he took the time to reply. Through email, we agreed on 1500 grafts using mfue I believe it is called. So instead of having a huge fut strip scar, I'd have 4 to 6 small 2 cm donor areas in different spots in my head. I am just curious to hear from others who have chosen dr. Bloxham before I book a appt. I started losing my hair since my mid 20s. Started using minoxidil at 26 and finasteride at 32. I am 41 now with pretty much only hairline issues. Just wanted to make this post and hear from others who have had this procedure done or who have used dr. Bloxham. He is my top choice to do this now that feller seems to no longer do it. He did a ht on a guy I met who had it done 10 years ago and it turned out very well. Anyways..hope to hear responses so I can book the appt. I dont think I ever had to make a harder decision in my life. It is a lot if money and scars can prevent a shaved head if I am one of the unlucky ones who doesnt have a result.
  18. The patient in today's case is a young man in his 20's who initially presented to us with a pretty reasonable request: he wanted to grow his hair long again. He did not want his hairline lowered, he did not want his corners rebuilt, he just wanted to get away from constantly shaving his head like he had been doing since his hair loss became "bad." When the patient first noticed his hair loss, he tried to keep his normal, long hair healthy by taking Propecia. Unfortunately, he suffered side effects and had to stop. As his hair continued to "miniaturize" it grew shorter and shorter, and he eventually resorted to simply "buzzing" his head -- something he was not a fan of. He came to us restore the ability to grow his hair long. He reported always having a "higher" hairline, and he wanted to keep this. We used the remnants of his existing hairline -- starting behind these to take advantage of their irregular and soft nature -- to rebuild the hairline and pack back through the mid-scalp. He was okay to not address the crown/vertex at this point because he believed it was still strong enough to grow longer and blend with the transplants. We saw him again a year later and he was very pleased to have achieved his goal. Because we started as an FUT he still has plenty of donor left to address the crown in the future (which he likely will want to do), and he can always go a little more "aggressive" in the front once the top is completely stabilized -- though I will admit that I really like the longevity of a conservative front. Here are a few "teaser" images from the video. I only include these because I really encourage patients, especially young patients, to watch the detailed comb-through video. "Teaser" Images: HD Video: Look forward to the discussion. Dr. Blake Bloxham Feller & Bloxham Medical, PC www.fellermedical.com
  19. Greetings all, I've been a lurker of these forums and other related forums for a while now, and I would like to share my hair transplant experience/results by Dr. Bloxham of Feller & Bloxham who performed a FUT of 2500 grafts on me back in July of 2017. I e-mailed him a few days back thanking him for the amazing results and apologizing for taking such a while to get back to him (Told him he could interpret that as a good sign given that I was enjoying life with my new head of hair!). I couldn't be happier with my result! I hope this post helps someone out! All photos below are taken with dry hair (with the exception of the immediate post op photo) , no product in them whatsoever (only styled with my hands or a comb). I also got on Finasteride 1mg daily for the first time roughly 2 weeks post-op and have been on it since. Some basic info about me: currently 26, was 25 when I received the transplant. Multiple instances of hair loss on my fathers side (including my father), none on my mothers side. Hair loss was most prominent on my temples (Left temple being the worst). It's hard to say when I first started experiencing hair loss but if I had to take an educated and conservative guess it would be in my early 20s (20-22). During the procedure: Head was shaved down, got numbed up. Dr. Bloxham performed the slits and kept me alert with good conversation, genuinely enjoyed talking to him. 3-4 technicians performed the graft installations - they were great as well and thoroughly enjoyed talking to them. Post-op: I slept upright at a 30-45 degree angle for a about a week and lightly rinsed my hair/grafts with shampoo & water mixture in a cup which formed suds. I let my hair air dry afterwards, didn't use a towel until 2 weeks in really (and even then I would be gentle with it). Nothing else for my post-op routine. Photos: Pre-Op: Immediately Post-op: Roughly 1 year post-op (August 2nd, 2018) August 14, 2018 (Shorter hair, after a haircut) January 2019 March 24, 2019 March 31, 2019
  20. Hi Everyone, Today I wanted to share another 2,500 graft FUT case. The patient is a Spanish male in his late 30's with pretty advanced and diffuse hair loss. He has been on finasteride for 5 years but continued to see a steady progression of loss. He came to us with the goal of densely rebuilding the frontal half of the scalp and strategically working into the mid-scalp. He plans to do another procedure to address the back up the road, but the front was the priority and he believed he could "manage" the back much better with transplants in the middle and front (and I think the way he is styling his hair as viewed in the "top down" shot shows that this worked quite well). We tackled this using 2,500 grafts via the FUT technique; he came back for a follow-up 12 months later and was very pleased with the results -- as were we. Below are some before and after comparisons and a video. As usual, I recommend that everyone watch the detailed video which features comb-through (wet and dry) footage of the result and his incision line (strip scar) at 12 months post-op. Look forward to the discussion. Dr. Blake Bloxham Feller & Bloxham Medical, PC
  21. Hi Phil, I always try to make the time -- though I will admit that I am falling behind on answering private messages, and I do apologize to anyone waiting for a reply! I truly like being a clinic that can offer patients both FUT and FUE. And not just in name only. While I think I have made my reputation with FUT and I am a very vocal proponent of it, I perform FUE every single week. We have an OR specifically for FUE; we have a staff cross-trained specifically for FUE (who have been assisting in the FUE process since 2002); and I feel very blessed to have learned manual FUE from my partner, Dr. Feller, who was one of the first three to perform the procedure in North America (the others being Dr. C in Atlanta and Dr. Jones in Canada) and someone who has multiple patients and publications in early FUE development. So, long story short, I think we do have the ability to recommend and offer patients both. I do not think there is a strict, binary decision as to when a patient is a candidate for FUT versus FUE. From a strict mathematical and scientific standpoint, I absolutely do believe there are instances where one should be utilized to the exclusion of another. And in these situations, it will absolutely be my recommendation to use one versus the other. In the real world, however, patients have different long-term goals, different lifestyles, and sometimes what may be the best technique on paper is not the best one in practice. So I do my best to come up with plans and approaches using both methods when patients request it or ask for one above the other. When they simply ask for my opinion, I try to always be objective as described above. Here are some generalizations about when I think you should do one above the other or who is a good candidate for FUT over FUE: Start with FUT: -Young patients with uncertain futures and all but guaranteed progression -People with advanced hair loss -People with limited donor (as long as the limitation is not the density; in patients with very low densities, I actually usually recommend conservative FUE) -Patients who need critical hairline work and cannot risk yield (print models, film actors, etc) - Patients who are likely to want to do more surgeries up the road -Patients with hair types that I do not believe will do well with FUE: very fine, light hair (fragile follicles), certain ethnic groups, etc -Patients with a lot of laxity or very "stretchy" or "mushy" skin -- which I believe will either deform or distort and just not let us accurately score the grafts -Patients who want to do the most possible in a single sitting Start with FUE: -Patients with obviously stable loss only requiring a small amount -Patients who must keep the sides very short (certain military guys; certain actors with crazy film/studio contracts; etc); however, you cannot undersell the scarring to these individuals because it is not a scar-less procedure -Patients with very tight scalps or very low density where the "scarring to graft number" ratio is just not good enough with FUT (IE: taking a 30+cm strip and only getting out 1,200 grafts because the scalp is so tight and the strip was thin or the density was so low) - Patients happy with their prior strip scar who just need a little more work -Patients with prior strips who cannot undergo any more -Patients requiring less than 1,500 grafts (which I now still split up into two days as I like doing everything manual and staying very involved with FUE procedures) - Patients who are not 100% ready to commit to transplants but want to "test the waters" a bit first (again, we need to be careful not to oversell anything to these patients) Surely I am forgetting a few here, and this list is not all inclusive; however, good generalizations. In patients who are not concerned with the scar or want to get as much as possible (the majority of patients) or just want to go with what I recommend, FUT is typically a great starting point. I also offer a "modified" approach to FUT where I break up the strip into smaller 2cm pieces, which are somewhat staggered and broken up. It allows patients to go a little shorter on the sides and the scarring, if it is seen, looks more like trauma than a telltale surgical scar, so it gives people a little more wiggle room up the road. I have probably shared a few of these cases on here before, and I will share more in the future.
  22. Today I wanted to present what is likely our most common and most "classic" case: the 2,500 graft -- or 2,600 graft in this instance -- FUT case. While we see patients with all types of hair loss, it seems like the most common are males with advanced -- or advancing -- hair loss, and we typically say they will likely want to do two procedures over time: a 2,500-ish graft FUT mega-session now for the hairline, frontal scalp and transition into the mid-scalp; and another 2,500-ish graft FUT mega-session later to finish the mid-scalp and address the crown. Doing two large FUTs tends to, in my opinion, provide good coverage from "front to back" and leave patients in the best situation for the long-term. They should have a good incision line scar and plenty of grafts left for more potential work (done via FUT or FUE) if needed. So here is one of those "classic cases:" Male physician in his late 20's headed to a NW V-VI pattern; we recommended two planned FUT procedures of approximately 2,500 grafts a piece; he did the first (hairline, frontal scalp, and mid-scalp transition) in winter of 2017, and the second (finished the mid-scalp and crown) in winter of 2018. Here are a few comparison pictures of his 10 month results from the first procedure. As usual, I highly encourage all to watch the video. Video is the ULTIMATE way to present a hair transplant result. This video includes the result, detailed comb-through (HD), and footage of the incision line (FUT scar). Photos: Video: Thank you for reading and commenting. Dr. Blake Bloxham Feller & Bloxham Medical, PC (www.fellermedical.com)
  23. So, I had a procedure w/Dr. Feller in 2004 (my 1st large strip procedure of 2,250 grafts). Any really good doctor should leave a very small FUT scar on a virgin or near virgin scalp. It's only 2.5K grafts. It's when you are going for the 5K or 7.5K total of grafts where it gets tricky ('cause of less laxity). Regardless, very nice 1st surgery. Patient has very good hair characteristics and great donor and fairly limited hair loss overall compared to NW5 or NW6. Still, if this was to be his 1st and last transplant he should have gone FUE because then he can shave down much lower if he desires in the back. I don't know his hairloss history or if he is going to do his crown or vertex though?
  24. It is simply a fact that FUT is still more popular than FUE...by far. In the Tom Hanks movie Apollo 13 Jim Lovell's wife asks why her husband's flight to the moon was not being televised live. The answer that was offered was that NASA "made going to the moon seem like a trip to Pittsburgh ". The same goes for FUT. The success and popularity of FUT has been so well established and proven over the past 20 years that it is taken for granted. There is no excitement in viewing the results of an FUT patient because we have already seen, literally, thousands of them online. Sure, there are variations from doctor to doctor, but by and large the results are predictably good. FUE SEEMS like the "next step", but it has been around for 14 years and it's safe to say that it has failed to launch. What has happened is that the pool of wishful thinkers and uninformed patients has grown and there has been no shortage of clinics willing to service these patients. So the number of patients has grown and thus the number of results online. But if you compare the ratio of successful to unsuccessful procedures FUT wins hands down. And this is for predictable reasons. FUE suffers from three detrimental forces that no doctor, clinic, or innovator has yet to overcome: Compression, Torsion, and Traction. You can add Skeletonization to that list as well. FUT does not suffer from these forces. This illusion of popularity is sparked by the interest of a FEW posters on websites like this one. But it is the very nature of this interest that betrays the weakness of FUE. We are all captivated by the man who walks along a tightrope a hundred stories off the ground. "Will he fall?" Same thing with FUE, but in this case it's "will it grow?" And if it grows "will it be as good as strip"? For all the distortion surrounding FUE one line has not been crossed, and that's the claim that FUE actually grows better than Strip surgery. Thankfully, that hasn't happened...yet. The best FUE can claim is that it grows AS WELL AS STRIP. So why not just get strip?! I'm in the business 20 years and that's what I did. You think I would pick an inferior procedure? Vehement FUE supporters, all of them lay non-doctors, say that FUE has improved over the past 14 years. This is simply NOT TRUE. It is wishful thinking. Nothing about the procedure has changed except for the hype and the number of clinics offering it because patients engage in either wishful thinking or are simply uninformed. NOT A SINGLE FUE DOCTOR HAS COME ONLINE ANYWHERE THAT HAS MADE A CLAIM THAT THEY USE NEW TECHNOLOGY. Only lay, non doctor, unaccountable FUE chest beaters who post anonymously have made this claim. Recently a poster on here made such a claim and I offered to host a three way call between him, me, and the doctor he said made the claim- and then post the call online. He did not take me up on the offer. Instead he made a limp-wristed attack on me and then disappeared. Nothing has changed in the world of FUE. A punch is used to score around a graft causing torsional damage. The graft is then grasped with a forceps causing compression damage, and then finally it is literally RIPPED out of the scalp causing traction damage. Sure, there are new machines to assist in taking out the grafts, but they either cause more damage doing it, or they only mimic (poorly) what an experienced FUE practitioner can do. I won't even go into the ridiculous extra costs these "technologies" involve. FUE has it's place, and in some cases it even has a place in megasessions. But I state without reserve that ANY time you see an FUE result, no matter how good or bad it looks, that same patient would have looked BETTER if he had a strip procedure. Furthermore his prospects for future surgery would be better and his donor area could be used more efficiently. FUE is the "have your cake and eat it to" procedure. And in some cases this may be the case. Such as in the hands of very dedicated and very experienced physician practitioners who carefully screen their patients. However, just scanning this website's chat forums alone I have seen more negative postings from patients who actually underwent FUE than I do positive ones, and precious few posts that involve actual FUE results from patients themselves. What you really see are posts by enthusiastic hopeful patients right after FUE surgery but no actual results posted- even years later. What happened to these FUE patients? While the same thing does happen with FUT from time to time, FUT already enjoys thousands of online megasession before/after photos, whereas FUE hasn't even made it to more than a hundred to two hundred yet...and that's after 14 years! If every doctor who performed a hair transplant surgery tomorrow were to check in on this forum and tell us what HT surgery they performed on that particular day you would find 99.9% would be FUT, not FUE. But you would not know that by reading forums because FUT is old news and unexciting. How many before/after pictures of a 2500 graft case can you look at before you become bored? And it is this very reality that demonstrates the reliability and strength of this procedure. FUE has it's place, but NOT first place, and it never will. Dr. Alan Feller
  25. All individuals experience hair loss differently. We frequently see patients with small changes or confined areas of thinning who almost feel guilty coming in to see a hair transplant doctor because their friends, partners, and family continually tell them that the hair loss is "nothing" and they should just "forget about it and move on." However, it is a big deal to these patients and the psychological stress and distraction from the hair loss often prevents them from focusing on bigger, better things. The patient in today's presentation falls into this category; he is a male who, most outsiders would probably agree, had quite "good hair" in general. I do not think the average person on the street would ever think he was thinning. However, he came from a long family of males with "perfect" hair, and, although his hair was still "good," his hair was simply not as "good" as it used to be. He had some pretty classic thinning throughout the entire frontal band, and really just wanted to thicken it. Long story short: despite the minimal amount of hair loss he had, this was bothering him and he was ready to take care of it. I discussed the reality of the situation with him thoroughly and I did believe he could "beef up" that area, and I also felt confident that it was unlikely (though not certain) he would progress to advanced hair loss. Regardless, we decided to start him off as an FUT to hedge our bets and leave his donor in good shape in case he did need a significant amount in the future. We ended up utilizing 2,100 grafts to place his hairline back where it originally was (frontal hairline only, no temporal hairline work needed) and densely pack the frontal band. He visited us 6 months later, and I was very pleased to see that the worry and distraction his hair loss caused him had vanished. Here are a few "comparison" shots of his case. Below is a detailed comb-through video which includes footage of his incision line. I highly recommend all interested patients watch the video. Remember, hair loss is about identity; if you feel off, distracted, or stressed by any changes in the scalp, it is okay to see a hair restoration doctor and discuss your options. There is nothing wrong with taking care of this, despite how some may make you feel. Thanks for reading and watching. Dr. Blake Bloxham Feller & Bloxham Medical, PC
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