Personally, I think the scar tissue thing is overblown in general and especially in your case. Million of patients get a second surgery / touch up with good results, why should it be an issue in your case? I believe this new clinic (Which one?) only wants to lower your expectations.
I'm only 2 1/2 weeks post-op so I don't feel compelled at all to post a review or an outcome yet, but I wanted to leave one note here for guys debating FUE and FUT.
I was nervous as heck about the FUT scar but went for it for superior donor availability and survivability. I don't know what the future may hold, or how my crown/hairline will wind up but so far the FUT scar issue has been like a kitten wrapped in blankets of candy for me.
At 10 days I had my staples out. At 11 days I got a haircut on just the back and sides to prepare for my "ugly duckling" vacation. The journey of many hats
Prior to FUT I had my donor area cut to a #4 guard as typical, and had grown out for about 3-4 weeks. Even just a couple days post-op and with staples in this was enough for 95% coverage.
Told my stylist exactly where my strip scar was and what I had done. She faded my sides and the nape of my neck, leaving it as-is around my strip scar. Almost no show even relatively early and with almost no regrowth around the scar yet. I'm sure things will continue to improve.
I may still have 99 problems with this but a scar ain't one.
Yeah, I'm torn here. As a guy who is 3 weeks post-op with a similar loss pattern but an even more burned-out crown my expectations are something a little denser than this, but not the full restoration of my 20 year-old self.
Expectations are a lot of this. I see people with more hair calling themselves botched while someone with less hair but different expectations might be thrilled. Me, I know that I've been a successful guy with women and professionally in spite of having my entire crown balder than the OP since my mid-20s. Simply not having a yarmulke of skin up there will represent the best I've been in over a decade.
From experience of a guy who balded massively and very young in my crown but not my hairline I will say people (women) don't sweat your crown as much as your hairline. There's been the odd date where I think a girl was surprised to see a huge crop circle in my head after I looked like a NW3 or so in my photos, but in most cases it seemed to matter more to me than them. It matters even less if you happen to be exceptionally tall as I am.
I do agree that the doc's after photos are kinda misleading. We're not comparing like to like here by not showing that top shot.
I disagree with the OP that it wasn't worth doing, or that people are going to think it's a botch. OP does look a lot better and more full on top. It's not an A+ result, that's for sure, but it would be passable to me. Propecia and 2x a day minox also might help over time.
I am at 6 months now and my hairline has really come through rather thick now. However, I've noticed that the hairs transplanted behind my hairline seem to be coming in slower. Do hair transplant results usually come in a front-to-back fashion?