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6 Months Post Op - 1900 FUE Grafts from Dr Rahal

 

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I struggled with hair loss for a few years, beginning in my early twenties. My hairline slowly started to recede towards the dreaded “M” pattern and then I noticed that my crown was starting to thin and became particularly noticeable under bright light. I didn’t seek out any sort of treatment until I was almost 27 because I didn’t know that there was anything I could do to prevent further hair loss. I researched a bit online and came across different web forums that all seem to echo that I should be on the “Big 3”. The “Big 3” were minoxidil, finasteride and ketoconazole shampoo. I started with minoxidil foam (5%) and Nizoral shampoo that contained 2% ketoconazole for about six months.

There was a noticeable improvement around the four month mark and I was kind of shocked by how much my hair grew back and thickened. After six months, I decided to get a prescription for finasteride to try to prevent hair loss in the future… I wish I had never touched the stuff. The side effects that I got from taking finasteride affected more than just my hormonal system and lowering my DHT levels and I decided that I wasn’t going to continue taking it even though I knew the inevitable would continue to happen if I didn’t. It was a little over a year later that I decided to look up hair transplant doctors and the different types of procedures offered.

After reading different reviews online and seeing patients “Before and After” photos, I found myself most impressed with Dr Rahal’s results and consistent track record, most notably regarding his hairline restoration procedures. I scheduled a consultation with Chad in Toronto which lasted about 45 minutes. Chad explained the different types of procedures (FUT strip and FUE) and also gave me an estimate with how many grafts my procedure might require to get the desired result.

I ended up booking my FUE procedure with Dr Rahal based on the fact that he’s among the best in his field and that he’s particularly skilled with hairline restoration which is what I was looking for. It also didn’t hurt that he has an excellent track record. Some people online even claim that his work must be a scam because the results are so consistent. A hair transplant is something that you want to have done properly the first time; because of the limited availability of grafts that can be transplanted as well as the extra cost if you have to have your procedure done over again.

 

The alternative was to have an FUT procedure was not an option for me because I considered it a bit too invasive. I was comfortable with the FUE method, even though it was more expensive, I felt it was the better choice for me. I wanted a quick recovery, no scar and to be comfortable going in to the procedure.

The atmosphere at the RAHAL clinic in Ottawa, where I had my procedure done, is very comforting and caring. Each of the staff ensures that you’re relaxed and you're not rushed at all. I wasn’t at all nervous going in to the procedure, in fact, I felt more relieved that I was actually going forward with this.

Overall, the surgery was quite painless. I did have some minor swelling that subsided in about two days, but this is due to me sitting up in bed after the procedure and working on my laptop while tilting my head down towards the keyboard for hours the morning after my surgery. Ideally, you want to keep your head straight or lay down to avoid any swelling.

The recovery was much easier than I expected; I had my procedure on a Tuesday morning and was back at work (office job) Thursday morning. You do have to sleep on a 45-degree angle for the first five nights after your surgery, but you get used to this pretty quickly. I didn't experience any serious pain, not even a mild headache so the pain medication that the clinic provided wasn't necessary for me.

The photos included are the 6 month results from my FUE procedure with Dr. Rahal. In all, I had 1931 grafts via FUE (719 were 1 hair grafts, 1127 were 2 hair grafts, 84 were 3 hair grafts, 1 was a 4 hair graft. In total with 1931 grafts, 3229 hairs were planted. I've also attached my pre-op photos and my post-op photo the day after the surgery.

In addition to the FUE procedure I also had PRP treatment during the surgery. I'd highly recommend opting for PRP treatment to anyone who's having a hair transplant done. I believe PRP vastly reduced my healing time and the difference it's made to my hair in areas that I didn't have FUE done is amazing. In the attached photos, I've only had one PRP treatment and that was during the surgery. I do intend to continue having PRP done once every 6-12 months.

 

So far I'm very happy with the results. I do notice fine, blonde hair starting to grow along the hairline so I know my six month photos don't yet show the full result. I'll post back more later.

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JP-

 

Wow, knockout result at 6 months. Rahal nailed it and your hair looks absolutely amazing! Wishing you continued success on your next 6 months of growth, and I'm looking forward to seeing your photos at the year mark!

 

All the best!

 

Mike

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4737 FUT with Dr. Rahal on 11/16/2012

 

Daily regimen: 1/4 Proscar (1.25 mg Finasteride), Rogaine Foam (twice daily), 1000 mcg Biotin, 1 combo Vitamin D/Calcium/Magnesium, 1500 mg Glocosamine, 750 mg MSM, 1200 mg Fish Oil, 2000 mg Vitamin C, Super B-Complex, 400 I.U Vitamin E.

 

I am not a medical professional. All views and opinions expressed in this forum are of my own.

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Great Job by Dr.Rahal as always!

You still have 6 more months left! Lot of thickness and some re growth on your way.

Kindly do keep us updated!!

Excited to see your results when you hit 12 month mark!!!

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In the office two days later? Were you upfront about the procedure or did no one say anything?

 

 

Ya, my office is small (only a few people) and I was upfront about the procedure.

 

 

 

Attached is a pic of me driving home from Ottawa the next day (tape across my forehead to prevent any swelling coming into my face haha). I removed my headrest from my seat, leaned back and used a travel pillow around my neck as it was more comfortable that way. The other is of the grafts about two weeks after the procedure that outlines my new hairline.

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congrats on your HT procedure and success with Rahal - he's a great surgeon and he's assembled a great team

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Results are great. How much did this procedure cost you?

 

 

I believe Rahal charges around $6-7 per FUE graft, but you would have to contact his team for pricing because honestly I can't remember how much it was exactly.

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Fantastic results! Love the hairline! You must be over the moon for 6 months! Congrats!

Thanks - I checked out your post on your procedure as well - WOW, major improvement and you're only half way there!

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On 7/2/2018 at 1:03 PM, mattj said:

Phenomenal! Great early growth and very nice haircut to go with it. 

Thanks Matt! I'm looking forward to what 12 months looks like :)

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Fantastic result, great hairline design and density you must be thrilled. Please keep us updated on your progress happy growing.

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Thanks for the feedback guys.  If anyone out there has any questions about having a procedure done or hair loss treatments then please don't hesitate to reach out!

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Great result. I went to Rahal also and our hairlines came out very similar and completely natural

Congrats on having the courage to do it

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On 7/26/2018 at 11:02 AM, Smnd44 said:

Great result. I went to Rahal also and our hairlines came out very similar and completely natural

Congrats on having the courage to do it

Thanks!  I was slightly nervous prior to the procedure, but once I got there and saw how professional the Rahal team is that all disappeared and I was relieved that I was finally going through with it!

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Jp,

 Congratulations on your obviously good decision to get a hair transplant with Dr. Rahal.   Your six month progress pictures look outstanding. I’ve always been very impressed by his results, especially his hairlines. I trust you’ll be very happy especially as it continues to grow and thicken in the next several months. 

Best wishes,

Bill

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I am the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Hair Loss Learning Center, the Hair Loss Q&A Blog and this Hair Loss Forum. I am also a 4 time hair transplant patient. View my patient hair loss website to view my entire hair restoration journey with photos.

Remember, true beauty radiates from within, not from the skin.

I am not a medical professional and my words should not be taken as medical advice. All opinions and views shared are my own.

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22 hours ago, Bill - Managing Publisher said:

Jp,

 Congratulations on your obviously good decision to get a hair transplant with Dr. Rahal.   Your six month progress pictures look outstanding. I’ve always been very impressed by his results, especially his hairlines. I trust you’ll be very happy especially as it continues to grow and thicken in the next several months. 

Best wishes,

Bill

Thanks Bill!

I checked out the link in your profile and even after 4 procedures, your hair looks so natural and I'd say your procedures are undetectable.  No one would be the wiser! ?

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On 7/30/2018 at 8:20 PM, jp1989 said:

Thanks Bill!

I checked out the link in your profile and even after 4 procedures, your hair looks so natural and I'd say your procedures are undetectable.  No one would be the wiser! ?

Jp,

 Thank you for your encouragement and complements. I appreciate that.   Welcome to the real hair club for men ?

Best wishes,

Bill


I am the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Hair Loss Learning Center, the Hair Loss Q&A Blog and this Hair Loss Forum. I am also a 4 time hair transplant patient. View my patient hair loss website to view my entire hair restoration journey with photos.

Remember, true beauty radiates from within, not from the skin.

I am not a medical professional and my words should not be taken as medical advice. All opinions and views shared are my own.

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first off, wow this is an amazing result!

is this price in USD or Canadian Dollars?

On 6/23/2018 at 10:32 AM, jp1989 said:

 

 

I believe Rahal charges around $6-7 per FUE graft, but you would have to contact his team for pricing because honestly I can't remember how much it was exactly.

 

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Rahal just recently quoted me $6 a FUE graft for the first 2500 and $4.25 a graft for any grafts over the 2500 and that includes all future grafts and yes this definitely is in Canadian dollars as they stressed the point that the USD to CAN exchange right now will save me some serious dollars 

 

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