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EMAN’S HT Journey: 5.5-years after HT with Dr. Rahal


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A little background for those that do not know me:

 

I had been losing my hair since college and once in my 30's I decided I needed to do something about it. At this time, I was a solid NW 4 and going to a NW 5.

 

Self confidence was never a big issue, I never really hid under a hat, but at the same time I didn’t like how I looked in the mirror and especially being in pictures. The bald jokes were getting old. I tried shaving my head, but my head is large and it did not look good.

 

I researched HTs for a couple of years. Spoke to a ton of people on this forum. I sent my pictures to several different clincs, spoke with several docs, and met with patients.

 

The decision to take the plunge was still a difficult one. Is it too vain? Does it cost too much? Should I be using my money for something more important? Am I going to the right doctor? Will it look natural? Once I answered all those questions in my bald head, I was secure in my decision—Dr. Rahal.

 

Today:

 

It has been 5.5-years—I cannot believe it. Dr. Rahal planted 4278 grafts in the front half of my head including temple points. To this day, it looks great! My goal was a one and done procedure and feel I got one. Now should my crown go, I would return to Dr. Rahal in a heartbeat.

 

Please don’t think I am gentle with my head of hair. I swim (pools, oceans, lakes), ride a motorcycle, play basketball, workout, wear wool winter caps, go out in the sun, vigorously dry my hair, and use regular shampoo. And through everything, my hair still looks great. The only thing I think about is how I am going to style it everyday and how I want to cut it next. I like what I see in the mirror and pictures.

 

The only issue in the beginning was the coloring of my transplanted hair—it was darker. But over time, it matured and now matches the native hair. No sign of the scar either!

 

My hair is not something that I worry about anymore--which it great! Thank you to this community, thank you Dr. Rahal and Staff.

 

Please ask me any questions and I will be sure to answer you.

 

Here are some pre-HT pics, and current pics from this summer to now (in the bright sun, in the water and with it long).

 

Plus, some original threads:

http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/152544-emans-hair-transplant-dr-rahal.html

 

http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/136253-emans-8-month-update-i-have-full-head-hair.html

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My initial HT thread:

done and done!! Check it out...

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Great documentation. Great result. Thanks for sharing. Fun read. Looks like you have plenty of donor hair left. Ever been tempted to go for another? Not sure what you'd do - maybe add density. Lower the hairline? Save for later, if needed?

3,425 FUT grafts with Dr Raymond Konior - Nov 2013

1,600 FUE grafts with Dr Raymond Konior - Dec 2018

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Wow! Congratulations on the huge transformations! Thank you for sharing.

"Doc" Blake Bloxham - formerly "Future_HT_Doc"

 

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All opinions are my own and my advice does not constitute as medical advice. All medical questions and concerns should be addressed by a personal physician.

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Thanks for the responses!

 

I cannot believe it has been over five years and my hair still looks great--time flies!?

 

Have there been thoughts of going back in: maybe to add some density someday, but thoughts have always been to save the donor for a rainy day. Lowering the hairline is not something I am interested in and feel that Dr. Rahal chose an ideal hairline that fits my face.

 

I feel my case shows that going to the right doc, with the right strategy, can result in a lasting result that someone would be really happy with. To this day, I feel that going in for my HT was one of the better decisions I have made!

My initial HT thread:

done and done!! Check it out...

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Your hair looks great. Sometimes I wish my hairline were that high, but I was in my 30's and didn't want to wait any longer for nice hair, So I probably used about 1k grafts that I could have saved in the frontal portion of my hair had I waited. Oh well.

 

Congrats on the sweet look.

 

Are you on meds?

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Lowering the hairline is not something I am interested in and feel that Dr. Rahal chose an ideal hairline that fits my face.

 

It's a great look for you.

 

To this day, I feel that going in for my HT was one of the better decisions I have made!

 

I enjoyed reading your story and seeing how enthusiastic you were throughout. Inspiring. While you're in that 0-12 month period, it's definitely a shared experience. Once it's over, a lot of people fade into the sunset. Good experience or not. You'll come across their stories from time to time and wonder what happened to them. So it's nice that you came back and shared.

3,425 FUT grafts with Dr Raymond Konior - Nov 2013

1,600 FUE grafts with Dr Raymond Konior - Dec 2018

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I completely understand wanting a lower hairline. Luckily I realized my limited donor supply, the size of my head and the future needs with being a higher NW level--plus Dr. Rahal was very diligent in his placement of my hairline due to those factors.

 

In your case Spanker, I think your result looks great and in the future Dr. Konior and you can work on your HT strategy that will assist in increasing your density. In terms of taking meds, I was taking Proscar for the first 2.5-years. I have not taken any meds in the last 3-years and feel that I have maintained density.

 

Since21- It's good to be back. Like you said, in the first year one is super involved in this community and then with great results you kind of fade away into life. I have always wanted to give back to this community. I figured it's been long enough since I posted pics and an update and wanted to show that HTs really do last over time.

My initial HT thread:

done and done!! Check it out...

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Eman,

 

Great to see you again! Thanks for coming back to update us. Yours was one of my favorite cases to follow. Glad to see that things are still looking great for you. Enjoy!

David - Former Forum Co-Moderator and Editorial Assistant

 

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Welcome back E. Hair is looking good bro!

I am the owner/operator of AHEAD INK a Scalp Micropigmentation Company in the New York area. AHEAD INK is a Milena Lardi trained clinic and uses Beauty Medical Tricopigmentation equipment and products exclusively.

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Very nice result.Thanks for returning. Im only 3 months post op, hard to imagine 5 years.

1st HT 1973 FUT's with Dr.Robert Mcclellan 6/28/2007

*unfortunately I have no info on hair count on my 1st surgery ..

 

2nd HT 3026 FUT's with Dr. Bernadino Arocha 1/9/2014

 

1's - 797

2's - 3700

3's - 246

5634 hairs

 

http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/attachment.php?attachmentid=54945&d=1389315686

3026 FUTs 1 day HT#2 post op frontal picture

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