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I did the hair transplant procedure with Dr. Melvin Mayer of MHR about 7 years ago and my hair presentation is in dismal shape. Now I can't even shave my head to cut my losses because I have a huge scar across the back of my head, with one side that I believe still has stitching inside and bulges out like a dense knot.

 

I am upset about this because given the consultations at MHR you would think that even if your hair is not fully restored, it would at least appear to be. I title this post false advertising because I was told that even though my hair would still be thin, it would appear as if I have uniform natural hair. But as you can tell from my recent profile photo, it is no such thing.

 

In all fairness to Dr. Mayer the transplants that were placed look great and natural, not patchy. But the scar in the back of my head gives me a Frankenstein monster look, and the shortest I can cut my hair is to a 5 on a razor (when I was informed at the pre-consultation that because of the great elasticity of my skin I could cut my hair to a level 2). And if light is shining on the back of my head (like in photos) it doesn't matter how long my hair is from the back, it shows.

 

In my follow up consultation Dr. Mayer and the entire office was complimenting me about how great my hair looks when I wasn't convinced $6,000 later. So that is what makes me feel that this is quite a scam.

 

I know I don't have a solution unfortunately but if anybody is thinking about doing this surgery, especially with Dr. Mayer feel free to contact me and I will advise you the best I can.

 

Good luck and be smart

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7 years later is long time. Transplantation is about maintenance once you go that route, very few people are going to be happy after they lose more hair. Are you considering additional surgery? Are you on propecia?

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I haven't lost more hair thankfully but it's just been a struggle to always keep the hair on the sides and back short enough to match the thin-ness of the hair on top of my head. I haven't taken propecia because I don't like to take hormones even at that low level so I'm exploring surgery options to see if someone can come complete the hair restoration job and fix the thick scar that Dr. Meyer left. But I know financially it will be costly so I'm just looking into it at this point.

 

Can you elaborate what you mean by maintenance? do you mean taking propecia and using Rogaine on a regular basis? Propecia is about preventing hair loss with minimal re-growth of hair and as Rogaine only nourishes blood supply I don't see them as a viable or sustainable solutions for me. Again, I haven't lost any more hair thankfully, but I am very uncomfortable in this position where my hair looks faded and stringy and now I can't shave my head or even cut it short because I have a prominent scar across the back of my head

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You need a repair specialist. If money is an issue, Turkey is your destination. Doganay, Erdogan, Keser.

 

Cases like this are why doing research before surgery is so important. Anyone who reads this forum for more than a week will come away knowing that MHR is a disgrace and that getting a transplant at 22 can have disastrous results.

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Hi trapped, thanks for sharing your experience. It's interesting to read that your transplanted hair still looks good. This would imply that hair transplants are theoretically long-term solutions for certain people. I have been wondering about this since I read it suggested (perhaps erroneously) elsewhere that there are few people who have had long-lasting beneficial effects of an ht. I think it would be very useful if the veterans on this forum could please confirm or discredit this statement by telling us the long-term effects of their HTs. Apologies if this subject has already been covered ( I couldn't find it in the archives)

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I did my research to the best of my ability at the time but I agree that I was young, naive, and overly eager then as I lost my hair since the age of 19. The disaster wasn't that I did this at 22, as my hair loss/growth hasn't changed since then. The disaster was the care that I received. And fyi, MHR is now with Bosley which indicates that this deceitful nature is most likely practiced by not just MHR, but many others in the business.

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Stickwithme, no prob and glad to help. The implanted hair looks great. I have a natural looking hairline, no one can tell by looking at the hair that it's implanted, and I have not experienced noticeable hair loss since. What I would say to be careful about is the skill of the surgeon in minimizing the size of your scar at the back of your head, for me that is the only obvious indication that I've done this procedure.

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Hi trapped, thanks for sharing your experience. It's interesting to read that your transplanted hair still looks good. This would imply that hair transplants are theoretically long-term solutions for certain people. I have been wondering about this since I read it suggested (perhaps erroneously) elsewhere that there are few people who have had long-lasting beneficial effects of an ht. I think it would be very useful if the veterans on this forum could please confirm or discredit this statement by telling us the long-term effects of their HTs. Apologies if this subject has already been covered ( I couldn't find it in the archives)

 

I've commented on this in another thread, but since you're asking, I had an HT 9 years ago and the transplanted hair is still there.

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