Yeah, I'm torn here. As a guy who is 3 weeks post-op with a similar loss pattern but an even more burned-out crown my expectations are something a little denser than this, but not the full restoration of my 20 year-old self.
Expectations are a lot of this. I see people with more hair calling themselves botched while someone with less hair but different expectations might be thrilled. Me, I know that I've been a successful guy with women and professionally in spite of having my entire crown balder than the OP since my mid-20s. Simply not having a yarmulke of skin up there will represent the best I've been in over a decade.
From experience of a guy who balded massively and very young in my crown but not my hairline I will say people (women) don't sweat your crown as much as your hairline. There's been the odd date where I think a girl was surprised to see a huge crop circle in my head after I looked like a NW3 or so in my photos, but in most cases it seemed to matter more to me than them. It matters even less if you happen to be exceptionally tall as I am.
I do agree that the doc's after photos are kinda misleading. We're not comparing like to like here by not showing that top shot.
I disagree with the OP that it wasn't worth doing, or that people are going to think it's a botch. OP does look a lot better and more full on top. It's not an A+ result, that's for sure, but it would be passable to me. Propecia and 2x a day minox also might help over time.
I am at 6 months now and my hairline has really come through rather thick now. However, I've noticed that the hairs transplanted behind my hairline seem to be coming in slower. Do hair transplant results usually come in a front-to-back fashion?
This is quite a remarkable newspaper article regarding a Australian patient who received 100% compensation after his hair "100% Guarantee" ...failed. Clinic held accountable in India for "gross deficiency and negligence". This is interesting.
He's not even the best in Turkey. I'm sorry to hear about your bad experiences man, do you have a thread detailing your journey? I've never been this angry and disappointed over something in my life, the pictures really don't do it justice. It looks beyond awful in natural light and I really am left with no choice but to conceal my hairline.
I have received some response from other clinics at least but the consensus based on the pictures I sent is that due to the scare tissue in my recipient there is a likelihood I will never get good results. I already knew this but hearing a professional say it and calling me a repair job due to the multitude of issues is too depressing, I'm glad they are honest and ethical though. I will have to get my recipient scar tissue examined under magnification, but the clinic is half way around the world so looking at options in the EU for now, at least to examine the scar tissue to see if a second surgery would be inadvisable
I don't know if I would really consider this a terrible result
His crown was enormous and nearly slick bald. He has lot a ton in the middle there also
His crown looks way less bald after the surgery and you're not going to go from a NW6 to a NW3 with 1 transplant anyways