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Hi all, I'm a long time reader who finally had a HT on 3/27/2017 with Dr. Alexander in Phoenix Arizona. I'm 26 and noticed my hair loss about a year ago. I've had a pronounced MPB hairline since late high school/early college and knew I was going to go bald one day, but never so early. A year ago it started to get bad and I spent (i.e. wasted) a long time stressing about whether I should just embrace being bald or try to do something about it. At the beginning of the year I finally decided to do something about it and got on propecia. I spent a few weeks pouring over this and other forums trying to find the best method/doctor and finally selected Dr. Alexander. I reached out to Spex and got a quick and thorough response about what I should be prepared for and what the he and Dr. Alexander thought they could do for me. I scheduled an over the phone consultation (via facetime) with the doctor and talked about what I was hoping for and what he could do in more depth and followed up making my appointment with his office assistant Nicole. When it came time to actually get the procedure done I was outrageously nervous. The few people I had mentioned my surgery to all seemed to have a horror story of someone they knew (who went to bosley or something similar) or immediately thought of Tobias Funke's HT from Arrested Development (which, spoilers, didn't go well). As soon as I entered the office at 0730 the staff was warm and confident about what they were doing which put me at ease. The rest of the day is a familiar story: the doctor and I discussed the HT and drew (and redrew) the proposed hairline, they numbed my scalp, the doctor removed the strip from the back of my head and sewed me up, the doctor cut all the incisions in my head, lunch, assistants inserted follicles (just under 3300 of them!) in the incisions. I don't remember exactly, but I think we were done around 7:30 at night. All considered, I'm very pleased with the experience. Spex and Nicole were helpful coordinating pre-surgery activities. The doctor himself is a very nice, easy going, and professional guy. His staff is equally as easy to talk to and accommodating. They even have an enormous amount of experience as HT assistants (I think 2 of them had over 10 years of experience in the field each!). For a procedure that requires you to sit down for the entirety of a day, being able to talk easily and laugh with the people working on your head is an enormous benefit. Also, they'll put you up in an insanely nice hotel while you're in town. They even called the next few days after the HT once I got home (I'm from AL) and made sure everything was going well. I really appreciated this, as the third day after the procedure I had an incredible headache and Dr. Alexander was able to contact my local pharmacy and able to get me a few more pain pills which took care the head pain immediately. Right now I'm a week out from the HT and had my stitches removed today. The scar itself is incredibly hard to find. I'm about to resume Rogaine (5%) and start Nizoral (2%), have started taking Biotin and MSM (3000 mg of each daily) in addition to the propecia, and am awaiting a laser cap the doctor recommended/provided to arrive in the mail. I've attached the pictures of before/after the procedure, and will be posting monthly updates as I can. Bottom line: I loved the experience with Dr. Alexander, looking forward to having this hair grow in over the next year.
I wanted to post a review of my recent experience receiving 1700 FUE grafts from Dr. Alexander in Phoenix, AZ. I have been battling MPB for about ten years. I have quite successfully staved off loss on my crown with .5mgs of Dutasteride daily. However, the medication did little to stop loss around my temples (though I'm sure it slowed it down). Finally, I decided to get my temples fixed. I did some research and came across Dr. Alexander of Biltmore Surgical Hair Restoration in Phoenix, AZ. He came highly recommended on other forums (and this one too, no doubt. However I was not a member of this forum at the time). I was extremely pleased with Dr. Alexander and his staff. They were all incredibly professional, competent and diligent. I was nervous to get the procedure done, but after five minutes in their office I felt I had made the right choice. His office only performs transplants on one patient per day, so that they can dedicate all of their resources and attention to that patient. Because I typically wear my hair with a close cut, Dr. Alexander recommended I opt for the FUE procedure using his ARTAS grafting machine. The procedure took all day. He and his staff worked tirelessly hour after hour. I am still less than a week out from the transplant, so it is far too soon to see the results. But I can tell that they achieved and extremely dense result. I will continue with my Dutasteride regimen and *hopefully* will not need another procedure in the future. However, if I do, I am definitely going to return to Dr. Alexander. Included are a few immediate pre and post op photos.
After doing years of research, I decided to take the plunge and get a hair transplant. I started receding in 1999 when I was only 19 years old. It bothered me, but I knew I should wait until I was older to get one, as the receding would be much more pronounced. At 34, my hair loss has remained the same for the last 5 or 6 years and I've been left with what I consider a badly receding hairline. I researched all of the doctors, and out of everyone, I was most impressed with the frontal hairlines that Dr. Alexander does. They are strong, well-defined, yet natural-looking. After researching his credentials and viewing his results, I was very confident that he's the surgeon I was looking for. I met Dr. Alexander at a consultation about a month ago. He was very thorough. He answered every question I had and even brought up some aspects I hadn't considered. He has a great personality. Sitting there talking to him was just as if I were talking with an old friend. I could definitely sense that he cares about the comfort of his patients just as much as their results. He drew in a hairline at the consultation and handed me a mirror. It was literally the perfect hairline that I had envisioned. Needless to say, I was very pleased. I booked the surgery and anxiously waited. His staff were very professional and thorough as well. They coordinated the medications and went over everything in great detail. I felt very at ease. The day of the surgery, I showed up at 7:30am. Dr. Alexander was there with a smile on his face. He's much more of a morning person than me, which is a good thing. We went back to his office and went over everything again. The procedure was to be 2,000 grafts. He drew in the hairline, and re-confirmed that it was up to my liking, which it was. We then proceeded to the surgery room. The chair was quite comfortable. I sat there while he numbed me up. He's very skilled with the needle, as I've had flu shots that hurt 10-times worse. When he made sure I was completely numb, he began extracting the strip. I didn't feel a thing. His execution was perfect. He took the strip out and stitched me up with the utmost precision. Based on research, I thought I'd have a really tight feeling in my scalp, but as I sit here typing this, I can safely say I do not. He was really checking the flexibility of my scalp so I'm sure he took the results into account when selecting the width in which to cut. Throughout the process, I found myself just talking with Dr. Alexander like we were old friends. Again, he's just a really nice guy and his personality puts you at ease. After he finished stitching me up, he began making the holes for the grafts. I've ready people say "it hurt", "they could feel pressure" etc. Not with me. He numbed me up very well, and was very precise in his movements. I didn't really feel anything, and before I knew it, he was done. I then realized that the "worst" of the transplant was over, and there was no pain or drama whatsoever. It was easy. I was in pretty high spirits and asked if I could take a pic with Dr. Alexander. He happily obliged. After that, I got a lunch break. They let me pick from the menu at Duck and Decanter. Never tried it before, but it's a new favorite spot. The smoked turkey on sourdough was amazing! And no, it was not added to my bill. After lunch I got back in the chair. Dr. Alexander oversaw the transplanting of grafts. The technicians assisting were highly skilled. One had about a decade of experience, which was obvious from her fluid movements. They were done before I knew it. Dr. Alexander did a final inspection to make sure each graft was perfectly placed. He told me that they ended up doing 2,200 grafts. We had settled on 2000 when I paid. He felt the extra 200 would just make it that much more perfect. He didn't add it to my bill, which showed me that he truly cares about the results and the patient much more than the money. He is a perfectionist, and it definitely shows through in his skillset as well as his business management. After my surgery he went over the postoperative care in detail. I was already given an instructional sheet but he wanted to make sure I knew exactly what I was doing. Let me just say that I am so impressed with my experience. He's a great guy and his staff are super friendly. They also have a great movie selection! From a pain perspective, nothing hurt during the procedure. The numbing had a tiny stinging sensation, but other than that, it was pain-free. I took a Tylenol 3 that night and had a little pain at the incision scar, but the next morning, it had greatly dissipated. I took a few regular Tylenol in the AM and that's about all I've needed. Going into day two after the surgery, the incision doesn't hurt and there's no pain in the graft area. I can't wait for my hair to grow in. Dr. Alexander is amazing, and I know this hairline is going to look phenomenal. I'll post pics as it grows in. My hair is a little thinner, so it may take more time to show. We'll see. Either way, I've been receded since 1999, I can wait As the results come in, I'd be happy to meet with or speak to anyone considering Dr. Alexander. He was my #1 pick and remains so.