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Hey all,

 

I had an FUE procedure yesterday with Dr Gabel in Oregon, I just wanted to touch base with everyone and let the community know how much I appreciate all of the information I have found on this site. I chose Dr Gabel because of the positive reviews and comments I found regarding him and his work that are posted here.

 

Everything I read about him is true, he is a very talented and ethical doctor and did a beautiful job for me. I found him to be very honest, personable and very safety conscious. I always felt that he had my best interest in mind at all times. He is a doctor first and not a salesman, this is very refreshing. I was very well cared for and I am so happy with the work.

 

His team that works with him, is exactly that...a team, they are all wonderful, kind, very personable and fun! One can tell that they are highly trained by how smoothly they interact with one another. All in all it was a great experience.

 

My procedure was a 2000 graft FUE that ended up finishing at 2132 grafts. The graft quality was amazing and I had many 5 and 6 hair follicles which is unusual for an FUE procedure. Dr Gabel really takes his time to "learn" your hair and skin characteristics and once he has it down he goes to town. I have a large amount of grafts still in reserve in fact Dr Gabel didn't even have to harvest the left quadrant of my head as he got enough from the right and rear quadrants to get my 2132 grafts.

 

So I still have according to him "a ton" of grafts in the bank. I really liked how technical he is and detail oriented, he seems to truly care about the outcome. I have an amazing densely packed hairline that is better than what I was born with.

 

One of the best traits of this doctor is that he places a large amount of the grafts himself. He designed the hairline and once he and I were in agreement and happy with it, he built it by packing follicles close together creating a very smooth transition into my existing hair and did a beautiful job.

 

I have before and after pictures that Dr Gabel took and I will post them when they are available to me, which will be probably tomorrow.

 

Thats it for now, I'm in my hotel resting. Pictures hopefully sometime tomorrow!

 

Skeeter

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Rest well bro .. glad u had a good experience..

Keep us updated on ur progress .

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Always important to go to a doctor with a proven track record with both FUT and FUE, let's you know they are experienced in all the right ways and don't operate as a proverbial hammer that thinks everything is a nail.

 

Dr. Gabel did FUT on me and I've seen his FUE work and am equally confident in his abilities, particularly because he's been so ethical about how he goes about it, he has always shunned the robot craze (he's a gentleman about it but I'm not, I think any practice still using one is a red flag).

 

I look forward to seeing your pics, and I'm confident in a year or so you'll be a happy camper with your hair restoration.

 

Keep us all posted on the journey.


Hair loss patient and transplant veteran. Once a Norwood 3A.

Received 2,700 grafts with coalition doctor on 8/13/2010

Received 2,380 grafts with Dr. Steven Gabel on 9/30/2011

Received 1,820 grafts with Dr. Steven Gabel on 7/28/2016

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Looking forward to the pictures, keep us updated on your progress.


I do not provide medical advice, recommendations, all responses are my opinion.

Melvin- Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q&A Blog.

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Hey all,

Here are a few photos exactly to the day, one week out from my FUE with Dr Gabel. The work is really clean. I just did the first crust removal tonight per his instructions and they are already 99% gone head is a bit sore still but everything is going great. He did an amazing job for me. Ok I hope the pic's post right!

 

2132 total grafts

1 hair 319

2 hair 654

3 hair 1050

4 hair 109

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Well upside down sucks, don't know how to not have that happen perhaps a moderator can flip

Them?

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I was wondering about this ,, is it better to extract just one side n leave the other side for future extractions since there be no scarring tissue there for later .. but won’t it make one side less dense than the other when ur hair grows out ?

Or is it better to plan it out and harvest on both sides to have the extractions evenly distributed ? I’m wondering about this , so I can tell my surgeon what I prefer ..

please advise ..

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In answer to your question...I think only the doctor doing the graft removal can answer this. I think a lot of these types of decisions are made "in progress" after the doctor has evaluated the hair, graft quality donor density, scalp etc. I don't think there is a hard and fast rule, it really comes down to doctor skill, opinion and technique. Will one side be less dense? Of course, will it be noticeable I was told it would not be, so I have to trust my doctors opinion. But again, it's a judgement call made by the doctor I chose to trust to help me. That's why you had better be smart about who you choose to work on you.

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Here is a picture of my hair 10 days after a 2132 graft FUE procedure with Dr Gabel

in Portland. All crusting is gone and the grafts are growing. I'm preparing for the "Ugly Ducking" stage to begin. I'm pretty happy, Dr Gabel's work is really clean and neat and everything has gone very well so far.

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Happy growing, please keep us all posted. So far so good.


Hair loss patient and transplant veteran. Once a Norwood 3A.

Received 2,700 grafts with coalition doctor on 8/13/2010

Received 2,380 grafts with Dr. Steven Gabel on 9/30/2011

Received 1,820 grafts with Dr. Steven Gabel on 7/28/2016

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Always great to see another Dr. Gabel veteran :) I won't spend time further expounding on the excellence of his work and crew since you've largely already covered that area (and his results and track record speaks volumes for itself to anyone who has eyeballs), but suffice it to say you're in for some awesome times ahead! Congrats on what looks to be a real home run, and keep us updated since we all love hair porn!

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Here are a few updated pictures, 1 month from the date of surgery

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Definitely have shed all the grafts and in the ugly duckling stage!

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This is the most difficult time as a patient, because you saw how the transplant could look and then all the grafts have shed, but don't worry time will fly and those grafts will come back even stronger. I hope you keep us updated with your progress.

Warmest regards- Melvin


I do not provide medical advice, recommendations, all responses are my opinion.

Melvin- Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q&A Blog.

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Thank you Melvin for the encouragement! It’s crazy how things change so quickly.

I had Dr Gabel take a look and he said everything was great and on track. How long before any growth will begin? I know it’s different for each person so I’m asking in generalities. 

Thanks again...

 

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All things considered, you've healed really nicely so far and the redness looks minimal, just protect that head with a hat outside and keep us posted.

The fun part lies ahead, your patience will be rewarded.

Edited by Speegs

Hair loss patient and transplant veteran. Once a Norwood 3A.

Received 2,700 grafts with coalition doctor on 8/13/2010

Received 2,380 grafts with Dr. Steven Gabel on 9/30/2011

Received 1,820 grafts with Dr. Steven Gabel on 7/28/2016

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Thanks Speegs, I feel like I have healed pretty well. Dr Gabel did a really clean job for me,  I think that has a lot to do with the minimal redness. I was sore on the back of my head for  a few weeks but that’s mostly gone now. My recipient is still really numb but should start to recover soon.

 

Now it’s just a waiting game!

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On 7/18/2018 at 11:41 PM, Skeeter said:

Thanks Speegs, I feel like I have healed pretty well. Dr Gabel did a really clean job for me,  I think that has a lot to do with the minimal redness. I was sore on the back of my head for  a few weeks but that’s mostly gone now. My recipient is still really numb but should start to recover soon.

 

Now it’s just a waiting game!

Yeah, it's hard not to brag on Gabel a little for the clean and precise graft placement he does, it definitely accelerates the healing process and let's your body get to work growing those grafts.

The numbness is a trip as the body begins to heal, regenerating those nerve endings is a wild feeling, we are a marvel physiologically speaking, our healing mechanisms are spectacular.

 

Keep us all posted on progress in the coming months.

 


Hair loss patient and transplant veteran. Once a Norwood 3A.

Received 2,700 grafts with coalition doctor on 8/13/2010

Received 2,380 grafts with Dr. Steven Gabel on 9/30/2011

Received 1,820 grafts with Dr. Steven Gabel on 7/28/2016

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7 weeks out from Surgery with Dr Gabel.

All is going well, no problems at all. These pics are right after a haircut. The blade used was a number 2. I asked the barber if he could see any of the FUE scars and he said he could not see one! 

Dr Gabel does really nice clean work!

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Pretty stellar, nothing you see here would lead anyone to ever suspect someone is two months out from a surgical procedure to their scalp.

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Hair loss patient and transplant veteran. Once a Norwood 3A.

Received 2,700 grafts with coalition doctor on 8/13/2010

Received 2,380 grafts with Dr. Steven Gabel on 9/30/2011

Received 1,820 grafts with Dr. Steven Gabel on 7/28/2016

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Fantastic Skeeter, I have to agree with your barber, I can not see any scars at all. Excellent even distribution of extractions. Now the fun begins, keep us updated on your progress.

Warm regards-Melvin


I do not provide medical advice, recommendations, all responses are my opinion.

Melvin- Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q&A Blog.

Follow our Social Media Instagram @htrestoration FacebookPintrest, Linkedin and YouTube.

 

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Hey all, 

Here are Abfew pics three months out from FUE with Dr Gabel. All is well and growth has started. I have some product in the hair in these pics, the outline of the hairline is becoming visible.

Definitely seeing growth...

 

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Now's the fun part, gradual growth, you're hitting the very beginning phase that will last until next summer.


Hair loss patient and transplant veteran. Once a Norwood 3A.

Received 2,700 grafts with coalition doctor on 8/13/2010

Received 2,380 grafts with Dr. Steven Gabel on 9/30/2011

Received 1,820 grafts with Dr. Steven Gabel on 7/28/2016

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