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I am 24 years old, and have been thinning from the age of 20. I have done countless hours of research and have tried every known remedy to man (natural and unnatural) to slow down my hair loss: (LLLT, Minoxidil, Finasteride, Saw Palmetto, Biotin, Hair/Skin/Nails pills, Omega 3's, DHT blocking Shampoos, Dermal Rolling, Diet changes, Snake oil products and all sorts of other oils.) Of course when nothing worked, similar to many men before me, I looked into surgery as an option and spent countless hours researching Dr.'s looking for FUE/Strip, scars, hairline, density, and the most natural looking results. I narrowed it down to three surgeons:

I've met Dr. Katona (Restore), Dr. Keller (North Shore Hair Translplant), and finally Dr. Panine with Chicago Hair Transplant Clinic. Each gave me a consultation regarding my situation and explained what I could come to expect. Considering my line of work as a Nurse, I know my Dr. "types." I can tell when a surgeon is all marketing gimmicks or treats their patients like a conveyor belt, and charges more for less results (Restore). Or whether their living in the past, not up to date on more modern/advanced procedures, biased in opinion, stubborn on their own methods (Dr. Keller). Or if they are actually open to their patients INDIVIDUAL situations, goals, and presented with the best options to accomplish them.

Dr. Panine was the obvious choice. The choice was as simple as his decades of experience, track record of great results, willingness to update his approach with the times, his Individualistic nature towards his patients, willingness to answer any questions you have, his price point, and of course his artistic ability (which is a HUGE factor that many surgeons lack). I can't explain how happy I am that I made that decision because it's safe to say that surgery was a breeze, his surgical assistants were cute, and I was kept comfortable and relaxed throughout the entire procedure, and there is virtually no scarring. I'm so thankful to Stuart for his support and communication, as he was my go to man when I needed anything or any information regarding pre and post op expectations, and when to come in for followups. But most importantly the thing we are all eagerly looking to get out of our hair transplants...

RESULTS. And Dr. Panine Delivered!

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves:

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And stay tuned for my 1 year Post Op results!

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Thank you very much!

Yes, a 0.7mm bore punch size and I believe 3.0mm depth was used. Going smaller (0.6mm) could decrease scarring but increases your chances of transection of the hair follicle while lower the follicular survival rate. On the other hand, going larger (1.0mm) can leave larger scars and can transect surrounding follicles as well, but can have a greater yield in follicular survival. I think that 0.7mm bore size is the best of both worlds, with very little scarring, and a small margin of transected hair follicles, and as you can see from my results, a great yield as well!

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Density looks good man, although, in all honesty, the zig-zag of the graft placement in the hairline just looks a little pluggy, especially when a persons hair style is showing off the hairline. I don’t understand why doctors choose to do this, there’s no reason for it it almost always just gives the appearance of toy doll hair, isn’t the reason for FUE to get away for the old pluggy look of techniques of old?? ....but a touch-up of adding single-hair grafts between the gaps can resolve this.

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BBAD-BROS Thanks for posting your result, your hair is looking excellent for only 7 months. The density is good and IMO your hairline looks extremely natural. Being only 7 months it will continue to improve over the next several months. VicTNCY the main reason people are doing FUE procedures is to get away from having a linear scar on the back of the scalp.

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I am employed as the patient coordinator and office manager for Chicago Hair Transplant Clinic. Feel free to ask me any questions.

 

Dr. Panine is a member of the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians

 

I am not a medical professional and my opinions should not be interperted as medical advice

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VicTNYC,

Stay tuned. I’ll be posting pictures after a full year to see how everything settles in with the texture, length, naturalness, and density. Let me know then if you still think the results look pluggy then.

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30 minutes ago, Stuart01 said:

BBAD-BROS Thanks for posting your result, your hair is looking excellent for only 7 months. The density is good and IMO your hairline looks extremely natural. Being only 7 months it will continue to improve over the next several months. VicTNCY the main reason people are doing FUE procedures is to get away from having a linear scar on the back of the scalp.

I understand that, but, my criticism was with the creating a zigzag hairline with the grafts, to me it just looks unnatural. Although, like I mentioned the density looks good and with time probably great.

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10 minutes ago, BADB-BROS said:

VicTNYC,

Stay tuned. I’ll be posting pictures after a full year to see how everything settles in with the texture, length, naturalness, and density. Let me know then if you still think the results look pluggy or doll like then.

Fair enough, I hope your full result turns out great!

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Looking good BADB-BROS!  Your hair is looking really good, and it isn’t even done filling in yet! Congratulations on taking the plunge! What’s your maintenance regimen?  Finasteride? Curious as to what the donor area was like in case that the doc felt you might need future transplants? 

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21 minutes ago, vinzaf19 said:

Looking good BADB-BROS!  Your hair is looking really good, and it isn’t even done filling in yet! Congratulations on taking the plunge! What’s your maintenance regimen?  Finasteride? Curious as to what the donor area was like in case that the doc felt you might need future transplants? 

I appreciate that! 

I still take Finasteride along with a Men's daily supplement + Omega 3's, hair skin and nails supplement every day, and Minoxidil with a dermal roller every other day. I use whatever left over medicated shampoos I have left, only because I bought in bulk, although I don't believe they help. And I use Coconut oil, Vitamin E, and Castor oil about once a week to help improve texture of my hair. 

I was in the 95th percentile for my donor region density prior to surgery. That being said, my donor site is still very thick with no notable density loss. I would imagine being able to do at least 2 more surgeries with no issues.

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Thanks Brother,

My shedding phase started 1 month after my surgery, lasted approximately 1 month, and growth started the third month. Not going to lie, I was very scared when this phase started, but as soon as the new hair started coming in it was all worth it.  

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