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FUE with Konior (1995 grafts)


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Hi all.

 

The purpose of this post is to briefly relay my positive FUE experience with Dr. Konior (1995 grafts back in February). I’ve included a few pics- 3 pre-op and a 1-week post op.

 

Four months out, and hair is growing – will try to post more as things progress…

 

First – I want to THANK YOU all for the informative discussions on this forum. The mere existence of a community with such an esoteric knowledge of hair and hair loss was a welcome surprise to me.

 

For me, this whole follicular fixation is fairly new. I suppose my hairline was always (slowly) receding and thinning, but I didn’t even think about hair loss until I was 30. However, the last few years (currently 41), I began to look markedly less like me. Sure, post-35 will do that – but it was mostly the hair. I wanted to change it.

 

Living in Chicago, it was a no-brainer to choose Dr. Konior.

 

After a series of consultations (w/ both Tom and Dr. Konior himself), we agreed to focus on the hairline and frontal & mid-scalp density.

 

Here are the main takeaways:

 

1) The effusive praise given to Dr. Konior and his staff is entirely deserved. Dr. Konior answers all your questions in as much detail as you need. His avid interest in hair as both an art and science is unmistakable. He and Tom respond to e-mails promptly and thoroughly.

 

2) Dr. Konior does lots of FUE these days – at least as much as FUT, I believe – and it seems (so far) that he gets similarly clean and polished results.

 

3) Dr. Konior is a direct, no-nonsense guy. He won’t sugarcoat things, bullshit you, or offer you more than he can give.

 

4) The procedure itself was relatively painless – but quite lengthy. The injections stung, but the most difficult part (for me) was lying face-down, completely still, for a fairly long period of time. It’s more than a little overwhelming when you consider that the outcome of the surgery depends, at least in part, on YOUR ability to remain motionless. Once I flipped onto my back for the actual grafting, it was easy; I even slept a bit.

 

5) Not much pain the first few days. However, things got quite painful on days 3-6. This may not be the norm (Dr. K said as much), but it bears mentioning, since ANY pain is contrary to the “walk in the park” narratives surrounding FUE. I couldn’t sleep for a few nights due to pain in the donor area and neck. When I finally tried to recline on day 5, the mere contact of my head with the pillow led to a mix of shooting pains, tingles, and a fiery itching/burning sensation.

Don’t get me wrong – I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was bearable. But I was not expecting to use so much of the Vicodin that was prescribed.

 

I mean, ultimately, no one should be surprised. 2000 holes in one’s head ought to hurt at least a little, right?

 

6) My post-op experience has been relatively smooth otherwise. Hairline looked great immediately post-op and for two weeks after, redness notwithstanding. After some expected shedding (which I barely noticed, since I wore a wool hat to work most days), the hair started growing again circa 3 months. Currently @ the 4-month mark, and things are looking promising. I'll try and post more current pics soon...

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Congratulations on your ht.

 

The work looks good. Looking forward to see how this progresses.

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Had the same thing with the pain post-op and it freaked me out at first, too. Went completely away, though, within 1-2 weeks. I believe it might be more normal than reported. I think it's exasperated by the lying down on the back of the head and the pressure on that area of nerve endings. I felt it was more from the numbing shots (since I think those are bigger needles) than the actual FUE holes (I also had to be re-numbed a ways through). Would love to see some pics, though.....I am about a month behind you in terms of my FUE with Dr.K....and I know people have been really wanting to see FUE results from him.

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I love hearing about positive experiences and am looking forward to seeing your results. You're off to a great start it seems - and were in great hands, no doubt. Congrats.

I am a patient advocate for Dr. Parsa Mohebi in Los Angeles, CA. My views/opinions are my own and don't necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Mohebi and his staff.

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FUE surgery by Dr. Mohebi on 7/31/14
2,001 grafts - Ones: 607; Twos: 925; Threes: 413; Fours: 56

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Yeahwrite,

 

Had some questions if you don't mind answering.

 

Did Dr. K use a motor assisted extraction tool or was it completely manually operated? What punch sizes were used?

 

Was Dr. K open to not doing a full shave?

 

Thank you

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Yeahwrite,

 

Had some questions if you don't mind answering.

 

Did Dr. K use a motor assisted extraction tool or was it completely manually operated? What punch sizes were used?

 

Was Dr. K open to not doing a full shave?

 

Thank you

 

Good questions.

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Hi all.

 

I readily acknowledge that these pics aren't the best, but they will give you a sense of the growth in the last couple of months...

 

The first two pics are at the 4-month mark, taken under a fairly bright light. I'd already had a couple haircuts at that point (it grew very fast).

 

The next one is taken today, at 5 months + a week. The right side is growing much faster than the left, for whatever reason. My loss was more pronounced on the left, so perhaps it's a genetic thing.

 

I will try and post more pics, but the photos are uploading a bit wonky right now (they are rotated when I post them, but they don't look like that on my computer).

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Yeahwrite,

 

Had some questions if you don't mind answering.

 

Did Dr. K use a motor assisted extraction tool or was it completely manually operated? What punch sizes were used?

 

Was Dr. K open to not doing a full shave?

 

Thank you

 

 

Not sure on tools/punch sizes, but I could probably find out that info.

 

Dr. K strongly recommended (more or less "required") a full shave for FUE. I had planned on shaving, anyway - this was never a point of concern for me, since I just wore a wool hat to work for a couple months. Incidentally, I preferred my shaven head with the new hairline to the subsequent couple of post-op months : )

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OK - here are a few more new pics (this time aligned correctly).

 

The hairline grew consistently during months 3 & 4. The last few weeks, I'm noticing more thickness, which is what I really wanted. I saw no reason to be overly aggressive in dropping the hairline; I'd just grown tired of avoiding overhead lights.

 

Already very happy with the outcome - esp. when compared directly to those pics from last July (see first post).

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Really great progress there. Such a huge improvement already.

I am a patient advocate for Dr. Parsa Mohebi in Los Angeles, CA. My views/opinions are my own and don't necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Mohebi and his staff.

Check out my hair loss website for photos

FUE surgery by Dr. Mohebi on 7/31/14
2,001 grafts - Ones: 607; Twos: 925; Threes: 413; Fours: 56

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Impressive how thick it got between months 4 and 5. It looks really good! Very excited to see since I'm at 3.5!

1,792 graft FUE with Dr. James Harris (Denver, Colorado) on April 2-3, 2015

313 graft FUE with Dr. James Harris (Denver, Colorado) on May 3, 2016 to make it perfect!!!

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