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Could you all recommend a doctor near Columbus, OH that's got proven results?

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Hey everyone. Long-time member here. I think my first post was over a decade ago. I've still held off from getting an HT. Although I'm not sure if I can hold off much longer. I'll turn 40 next year and I think it may finally be time.

That said, could you all recommend a surgeon that's "somewhat" near Columbus, OH? I want someone that other forum members have used a lot and they have a proven track record. I don't want a surgeon that only has before/after photos on their website, as we all know those can easily be made to look better than reality.

I'm willing to drive a distance (or fly in extreme cases I suppose) for a doctor that is 100% proven and isn't going to make me look like Dr Frankenstein.

Is there a "no-brainer" surgeon that is essentially guaranteed to deliver. Cost is not an issue for me.

Thanks for your help! You guys are amazing.

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Dr. Konior is in Chicago which is not too bad of a drive from Columbus OH. He would be my pick. He has a great track record.

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Thanks Triple7. Have you had an HT? And may I ask why you would choose Dr. Konior? Does he have patient pictures here on the forum? Thanks!

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If Dr. Konior is relatively near to you, I'd say it's a no-brainier from the results I've seen. Your only problem might be waiting time as I believe he's often booked up for up to a year.


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Never base your decision off location, go by results. You’ve been given some good names, but I would use this forum as a resource and look for the patient results you like the best.


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Melvin, absolutely... But if you have Doctor A who is equal to Doctor B but lives 12 hours closer, I'll choose Doctor A in a heart beat. That's what I'm trying to get right now as a good starting point.

Do you guys know if Dr. Konior does FUE just as well as FUT? I'm leaning more towards FUE, primarily because I don't want that giant strip and I want far less recovery time. I know I know... from what I've heard, FUT gets you better results (long-term), but I didn't know with the improved technology nowadays if FUE compares well and if Dr. Konior does that really well?

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How many grafts do you need?  Dr K is unlikely to do more than the low 2000s in a single day but maybe 3000 over 2 days.  You're looking at top dollar for that, perhaps over $20,000 and over a year's wait.  Worth paying for the peace of mind.

His proteges Nadimi and Gabel have a similar attention to detail and worth considering.  Cooley and any of the 3 doctors at Shapiro Medical Group also worth a look.

And yes, he does do FUE equally well.  I saw the grafts he took.  I'm about a week past 3 months and already the FUE is growing and looks like I have concealer in my hair.

1 hour ago, notsosure said:

Do you guys know if Dr. Konior does FUE just as well as FUT? I'm leaning more towards FUE, primarily because I don't want that giant strip and I want far less recovery time. I know I know... from what I've heard, FUT gets you better results (long-term), but I didn't know with the improved technology nowadays if FUE compares well and if Dr. Konior does that really well?

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4,312 FUT grafts (7,676 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - August 2013

1,145 FUE grafts (3,152 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - August 2018

My HT results thread from 1st procedure.

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1978Matt. Got it. That's all super helpful to know. $20k is doable. I'd pay more if that could get me in sooner than a year out. Wonder if he'd take that into consideration? As for the number of grafts, I honestly have no idea. I still have have, but receding in temples quite a lot and starting in the middle as well. And overall thinning compared to the "good old days". Did you go in for a consultation prior to scheduling with Dr. Konior or you just showed up on the day before surgery and away you went?

I just read through most of your HT results thread and it sounded very encouraging. The strip definitely scares me though. I think I'd much rather have a bunch of tiny scars on the back of my head than a big strip cut out. Seeing that you just had a FUE done, would you say that the recovery is similar or MUCH easier/faster?

Really appreciate you taking the time here, Matt.

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I did see him back in early 2013 prior to booking.  In those days his wait time was only 4 months.  With good quality photos or skype you probably dont need to see him in person.

It is night and day easier but I don't regret FUT at all.  I wouldn't still have 3000+ grafts in the bank had I not done it.  If you're never going to need more than 4-5000 grafts you're probably ok with FUE but only with certain doctors I already mentioned.

FUT will take about 6 months to recover. FUE a month at most.

3 minutes ago, notsosure said:

1978Matt. Got it. That's all super helpful to know. $20k is doable. I'd pay more if that could get me in sooner than a year out. Wonder if he'd take that into consideration? As for the number of grafts, I honestly have no idea. I still have have, but receding in temples quite a lot and starting in the middle as well. And overall thinning compared to the "good old days". Did you go in for a consultation prior to scheduling with Dr. Konior or you just showed up on the day before surgery and away you went?

I just read through most of your HT results thread and it sounded very encouraging. The strip definitely scares me though. I think I'd much rather have a bunch of tiny scars on the back of my head than a big strip cut out. Seeing that you just had a FUE done, would you say that the recovery is similar or MUCH easier/faster?

Really appreciate you taking the time here, Matt.

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4,312 FUT grafts (7,676 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - August 2013

1,145 FUE grafts (3,152 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - August 2018

My HT results thread from 1st procedure.

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Sorry for the delay notsosure and yes, I have had 2 transplants. I had a small one when I was younger several years ago and just got another 2000 FUT from Dr. Konior about a year and a half ago. I needed to add density/temple points and fix a weak hairline. I did a lot of research before I pulled the trigger the 2nd time and I was most impressed and very comfortable with Dr. Konior after going in for a consultation with him and having him exam my case. I have also seen & heard good things on his partner Dr. Nadimi, Dr. Gabel in Oregon, and Dr. Cooley in NC. 

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Thanks Triple7. I can't lie. A 1 month recovery time for FUE sounds a heck of a lot better than 6 months with FUT. Based on your experience, do you think if I booked a consult with Dr. Konier, he would be able to let me know if a FUE would get me through until I'm old and gray or if it would put me in a bad position when I'm an old man (i.e. needing another HT and not having enough donor hair left to do a decent job)? Obviously the ideal scenario would be 1 FUE... in and out. 1 month recovery. Done... but something's telling me those expectations aren't realistic. Thanks.

1978Matt, any thoughts on the above since you've also gone with Konier? Thanks.

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It’s hard to judge without pictures but if you are serious about getting it done, I would go talk to Dr. Konior and have him assess you. He will tell you his professional opinion which I would trust. Also, my FUT did not take that long to recover. I was back at work without a hat a couple months after the surgery without any questions from anyone. You just have to leave your hair a little longer in the back to cover...maybe 1.5” or so to be safe.

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2 hours ago, notsosure said:

Got it. Thanks everyone. Last question. Is this Dr Konior's practice? I want to make sure I'm calling the right place. Thanks 🙂

https://www.chicagohairinstitute.com/

Yeah that is it.


4,312 FUT grafts (7,676 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - August 2013

1,145 FUE grafts (3,152 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - August 2018

My HT results thread from 1st procedure.

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On 1/16/2019 at 11:17 AM, notsosure said:

Got it. Thanks everyone. Last question. Is this Dr Konior's practice? I want to make sure I'm calling the right place. Thanks 🙂

https://www.chicagohairinstitute.com/

Good luck. Please let us know how it goes and consider posting some photos to pay it forward and help the forum. 

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