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FUE by Dr.Rashid Rashid - Worst Mistake Ever!


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I am a young female who had a small bald spot at my hairline due to a childhood accident. I went to Dr. Rashid in Houston and he suggested 100 grafts to cover the area.

 

I had the FUE performed two days ago and I feel like I made the worst mistake of my life going to this doctor.

 

First, the area to be shaved was supposed to be small, this was only for 100 grafts. Instead, he shaved an area of nearly 3 inches by 5 inches. I have long hair, which is layered and I cannot cover the area with my hair up or down now. Looking at it makes me completely devastated and I have not been to work since the procedure. Yes, I realize this will grow back, but it will take several years to return to what it once was.

 

Second, I paid for 100 grafts, and I do not think I got more than 50. Any comments would be appreciated.

 

I don't even care about the bald spot I had initially or what it will look like. I feel like this Dr pretty much butchered the back of my head for no reason and I have no idea how I can fix the mess he made.

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Hi there, I'm sorry to hear that you are not happy with your experience. I've never heard our doctors name before so I can't comment on him.

In my honest opinion the work doesn't look that refined, the grafts seem pretty spaced out for that size of area covered.

Unfortunately you need to wait now and see how things work out, it will be several months before you can properly assess if it was a success or not

Try and keep calm which I accept is easier said than done

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The donor area(rear of your head) looks fine. Given that only 100 grafts were extracted from a large area, the cosmetic scarring should be very minimal and un-noticeable when your hair grows out.

 

The recipient area does not look good though. The slits look quite large, erratically spaced out and quite far apart. Wait and see how it grows. If need be, it can be easily remedied.

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Book an appointment with one of these Doctors:

 

Hair Transplant Clinics in Texas

 

The one good thing is you (hopefully) won't have spent too much money on "100" grafts and it should be easily repairable. These Docs above should be able to tell you if the work is likely to pass muster.

4,312 FUT grafts (7,676 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - August 2013

1,145 FUE grafts (3,152 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - August 2018

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Don't overreact. It's been only two days since the procedure. There always has to be a balance - to cover the area you had problems with, you had to shave your donor area. That's how it goes. Wait a few weeks for redness to fade and several months to grow new hair in recipient area. Shawed hair in donor area will grow in and fade in rest of the hair in just a couple of weeks. Wear a hat when you get out. Like I said, it's all about compromise. Be good ! :)

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Thanks for your replies everyone.

 

Does it look like there were 100 grafts placed? It doesn't seem like it...will the fact that the donor area is not very "refined" and that the grafts are very spaced out affect whether or not the transplanted hair will actually grow? Or will it just look horrible when it does start to grow?

 

Cloudy - Unfortunately I have a professional job, so wearing a hat is not an option. I knew I would have to have a portion of my head shaved, but that area should have been much, much smaller (and not so uneven).

 

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Thanks for your replies everyone.

 

Does it look like there were 100 grafts placed? It doesn't seem like it...will the fact that the donor area is not very "refined" and that the grafts are very spaced out affect whether or not the transplanted hair will actually grow? Or will it just look horrible when it does start to grow?

 

Cloudy - Unfortunately I have a professional job, so wearing a hat is not an option. I knew I would have to have a portion of my head shaved, but that area should have been much, much smaller (and not so uneven).

 

:(

 

Unfortunately not even a doctor will be able to determine the outcome of your procedure for several months. The best thing to do now is be patient and let nature take its course.

It may turn out ok, and like said previously by other members if you need a little touch up it won't take a lot to remedy the problem.

Hair Transplant Dr Feller Oct 2011

 

Hair Transplant Dr Lorenzo June 2014

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The good news is three fold: your hair can be repaired, that ridiculously large donor shave for 100 grafts will regrow, and you only had 100 grafts done with a hack doctor.

 

The bad news is you will likely need another session, because this guy did hairline work, and if it turns out to be subpar, it will be noticeable.

 

So you are going to have to be patient while you research repair options (I'd start looking into this now and get out in front of it) and while you wait for your hair in back to grow out.

 

I would look into a hair vitamin regimen like MSM and maybe even Niacin (low dosage on that, too much can raise your blood pressure FAST) and you need to do your homework on FUE, unlike strip surgery, there is a wide disparity amongst the best doctors in their FUE ability (unlike strip, where the differences are far less, in both techniques and results among recommended, vetted physicians on this forum)

 

Also, for your large donor area, you might be able to hide that with a concealer, I suggest your order some Dermmatch and try that on the donor area, it might work with hair over it.

Be patient, do your research, and don't ever lose hope, you'll get thru this!

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That looks terrible man. You received good advice above. This doctor should not be performing transplants.

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By the way, I only counted in the 60's that I could see. It also looks like you have some larger grafts there. Man, really sorry to see this. Do your research and move forward.

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Thanks for your responses Wylie and Spanker

 

Does the recipient area really look that bad? I am going to go see another doctor in Houston but I really do not think I want to go through this procedure again. What can I expect to happen in the recipient area? Right now it feels like hard hairs that stick straight up, they do not move or bend at all.

 

I also filed a complaint against Dr Rashid and the Mosaic Clinic in Houston.

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You wont find it much consolation, but you've been very lucky on the relatively small scale of your mistake compared to lots of others on here. You haven't had 3000 grafts and an entire frontal zone messed up with a huge scar at the back...........plus it's not so bad on the financial side of things.

 

It's never good to have done a lack of research, but you're in a great position now to move forward and get things sorted out.

 

I hope these poor doctors get shut down.

 2,000 grafts FUT Dr. Feller, July 27th 2012. 23 years old at the time. Excellent result. Need crown sorted eventually but concealer works well for now.

Propecia and minoxidil since 2010. Fine for 8 years - bad sides after switching to Aindeem in 2018.

Switched to topical fin/minox combo from Minoxidil Max in October 2020, along with dermarolling 1x a week.

Wrote a book for newbies called Beating Hair Loss, available on Amazon

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Thanks for your responses Wylie and Spanker

 

Does the recipient area really look that bad? I am going to go see another doctor in Houston but I really do not think I want to go through this procedure again. What can I expect to happen in the recipient area? Right now it feels like hard hairs that stick straight up, they do not move or bend at all.

 

I also filed a complaint against Dr Rashid and the Mosaic Clinic in Houston.

 

It is too early to tell what to expect. Hopefully the angulation of your grafts is correct, and you can add a few grafts to increase the density and be done for good with your hair. Any shaving of the donor area can get done far more inconspicuously in the future. And however many grafts you will need should be relatively few. In the next few weeks those hairs in front will shed and you'll be waiting then for the growth that is forthcoming.

 

In my opinion, the premier FUE repair doctor in the world is Dr. Umar in LA. I have had extensive repair work done with exceptional results. Your repair is tiny by comparison, but it is in a high visibility area. I think for now your best option is to disguise the donor area and be patient while you shed. It may be 6-8 months before you know for sure what work you need to do.

 

And remember this: Not all FUE doctors are created equal. You need to do your homework. I'm not sure there is even an FUE specialist in Texas you can rely on, but I might be wrong. Choose wisely this time.

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So...It has now been 5 months since the procedure. The recipient area looks absolutely horrible. The doctor placed grafts with 2 and 3 hair follicles at the very front of my hairline - the result is very unnatural and looks a lot like small hair plugs. Also, because they are erratically placed and spaced so far apart, it looks even more bizarre. My hair line now consists of natural (normal looking) hair, huge gaps, and groups of mini hair plugs.

 

While I was having the procedure done, the doctor specifically stated that it is important to only place grafts with one hair follicle in the front. Ugh.

 

I am not sure what to do at this point.

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Consult with recommended doctors on here.

 2,000 grafts FUT Dr. Feller, July 27th 2012. 23 years old at the time. Excellent result. Need crown sorted eventually but concealer works well for now.

Propecia and minoxidil since 2010. Fine for 8 years - bad sides after switching to Aindeem in 2018.

Switched to topical fin/minox combo from Minoxidil Max in October 2020, along with dermarolling 1x a week.

Wrote a book for newbies called Beating Hair Loss, available on Amazon

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