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To be honest I am not sure when I really started to lose my hair. It was more of a woke up one day and thought "What the hell happened?" At any rate, around 40 or I met with a doctor in Beverly Hills and he gave me some idea of what the procedure would be like and what to expect. He did not recommend any drugs to prevent future hair loss though. I also didn't even think to ask. I, of course, did not go through with the surgery at that time. Instead I waited a couple of more years and eventually stumbled across this site. My process for this procedure was to talk to a few different doctors and then make a decision on if I was really going to do this and if so pick the appropriate doctor. Over the course of about 6 months I met with a handful of doctors. The first person I met with when I was 40 in Beverly Hills was Marc Dauer. He was a nice guy and gave me a lot of insight as to what the procedure would be like and what I could expect. Fast forward a couple of years and I ended up meeting with Micheal Meskin in Newport Beach, Daniel McGrath in Austin, TX, Hasson & Wong in Canada, and finally Scott Alexander in Phoenix, Az. All the doctors I met with were very professional and all of them were very open about what to expect for the procedure and what the healing process would be like. All the doctors, except Hasson & Wong, thought they could get about 2,500 grafts and maybe up to 3,000 if I was lucky. H & W said they could get 5,000. Maybe they could have. I don't know, but since their number was so much larger than other doctors it made me skeptical. Also, after a couple of weeks of communication and working through the specifics H &W just stopped responding. Ultimately, I ended up choosing Dr. Scott Alexander at the Biltmore Surgical Hair Restoration. All the doctors I spoke to varied in price from $3.50 - $5.00 per graft. Price, while important, wasn't a factor that would have prevented me from picking the doctor I wanted. In the end I chose Dr. Alexander because he had a ton of great reviews on this site. I had my surgery completed on Aug 2. Attached are the before and after surgery pics. I included other pics since it has been 2 weeks now and I am just getting around to posting this review. The surgery started around 730am and ended around 6pm. The office brought in lunch and I watched movies while Dr. Alexander and his staff worked away. The surgery was a success since the estimate was around 2,500 grafts. Instead we got 3,590 grafts (614 singles, 2006 doubles, and 970 multi hairs)! This allowed them to fill in a much larger area than expected. Prior to surgery I had started Finasteride and using a shampoo/conditioner called Ultrax. I figured if I am going to spend this type of money then I better work at protecting it. I wanted to be on Finesteride for about 6 weeks before the surgery. I wanted to make sure I would be side effect free before completing the surgery. When the surgery was complete I went back to the hotel ordered some food and took a pain killer. I was glad I took the pain killer because when the numbing agent wore off my scalp it hurt pretty badly. Although, the pain killer put me to sleep pretty quickly. I flew back to LA the next morning. I really didn't have any pain after the surgery. The donor area and my scalp were tender, but they didn't hurt. I removed my stitches on Aug 9, 7 days after surgery. The doctor that removed them thought the scar looked nice and that the work done on the top looked very good at that point as well. All the scabs on the top of my head had healed within 10 days. Right now the top and some parts of the donor area are still a little tender, but healing. It has been 16 days as of today and I did get a haircut. I needed to clean up my neck and around my ears. The stylist commented on how good the scar looked and that it looked healed at this point. I have been living in a hat when I am in public and will continue to do so until the top grows out to a length I can style it. I have been very open with clients, coworkers, friends, etc about the procedure. Interestingly enough most of the guys have been considering doing something about their hair loss and the women are intrigued. Sorry for the poor pics. I am taking the photos on my own so all the angles and things are hard to get. If anyone has any questions let me know. I will continue to post as the hair starts to grow in. Right now I am starting to get a tiny bit of shedding. I am guessing this will continue and all the transplanted hair will fall out over the next week or so.
Just had an FUT HT on 7/26/19 with Dr Scott Alexander in Phoenix, AZ. I'm 46 years old and after MUCH research, almost 2 years worth, I decided Dr Alexander would be the perfect doctor to perform my HT. From the very first consultation with Dr A I felt very comfortable and NEVER pressured. His staff from day one were always very warm and made me feel at ease. They let me take this at my own pace and were always very open and willing to answer my questions along the way. I had my wife along in the 2nd consultation, almost a year later, she also felt extremely comfortable with Dr Alexander and his staff, so I decided the time was right to move forward. Their front office is warm yet private and the surgical area is what you would expect it to be, very clean, organized and sterile. The surgery itself went down like clockwork. From all of my research it was everything I expected almost to the letter with no surprises. I'd have to say that from process, comfort level, professionalism, and expertise of Dr Alexander and his team I'd give them an A+. Now results...Only time will tell but I feel great about the surgery and will be posting photos and updates as things progress.... One other mention of credit needs to be given. I have to thank Spex for helping me through this entire process up to the surgery and now beyond. He has answered all my questions (hundreds) and has been nothing short of a freaking hero to all the ppl, including me, that are flipping out about losing their hair and not knowing what to do. Thanks, Spex Pics coming soon...
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.