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I'm looking for a clinic in the northeast or mid-atlantic region that can provide SMP for a thickening effect in my donor area. 

 

I had a FUT procedure back in 2012 and a FUE procedure in 2015. I have naturally fine hair but lately I feel my donor looks thinner especially because I'm trying to have shorter sides and back and longer top. 

I reached out to AHEAD Ink and they said they do not provide thickening service on long hair which confused me because their website says otherwise. Either way, I was hoping the forum can provide some recs.

Pics attached. Thanks!

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1st Procedure, Oct. 2012 - 1,704 grafts FUT w/Dr. True

2nd Procedure, Sept. 2015 - 2500 grafts FUE w/Dr. Vories

 

FUE Progress - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/180966-my-experience-w-dr-vories-2-500-grafts.html

FUE 1 year result - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/184716-1-year-results-2-500-grafts-w-dr-vories.html

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Not yet. Honestly the SMP industry scares me with all the botched results I've seen so trying to get some personal recs before simply Google searching. 

1st Procedure, Oct. 2012 - 1,704 grafts FUT w/Dr. True

2nd Procedure, Sept. 2015 - 2500 grafts FUE w/Dr. Vories

 

FUE Progress - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/180966-my-experience-w-dr-vories-2-500-grafts.html

FUE 1 year result - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/184716-1-year-results-2-500-grafts-w-dr-vories.html

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8 minutes ago, follically challenged said:

Interesting. I too would have thought long hair made no difference with regards to SMP... did you reach out to any others..?

This was the response from the clinic btw:

 

Sorry, yes I did at one time but do not any longer, my website is need of an update. This particular procedure is too physically taxing on me and my machine. 

1st Procedure, Oct. 2012 - 1,704 grafts FUT w/Dr. True

2nd Procedure, Sept. 2015 - 2500 grafts FUE w/Dr. Vories

 

FUE Progress - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/180966-my-experience-w-dr-vories-2-500-grafts.html

FUE 1 year result - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/184716-1-year-results-2-500-grafts-w-dr-vories.html

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I know @EvoXOhiorecently had SMP done as a thickening effect. I think he went to Hair Ink Chicago. You might want to reach out to him- his results look excellent!

Also, @Gatsbyhas SMP and seems to know quite a bit about it.

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2 hours ago, Domino said:

Can you buzz your sides to get the smp done, then let your hair grow back out?

I thought about this too. But if I did grow my hair out, wouldn't the smp be too light to make any noticeable difference? I'm thinking the thickening effect requires more ink than it would to mimick a shaved look. 

1st Procedure, Oct. 2012 - 1,704 grafts FUT w/Dr. True

2nd Procedure, Sept. 2015 - 2500 grafts FUE w/Dr. Vories

 

FUE Progress - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/180966-my-experience-w-dr-vories-2-500-grafts.html

FUE 1 year result - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/184716-1-year-results-2-500-grafts-w-dr-vories.html

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2 hours ago, SLA said:

I know @EvoXOhiorecently had SMP done as a thickening effect. I think he went to Hair Ink Chicago. You might want to reach out to him- his results look excellent!

Also, @Gatsbyhas SMP and seems to know quite a bit about it.

Yeah check out my thread: 

 

 

you can see my before pics, pics after one session, and pics after two sessions. I also posted a video of my results after the two sessions. 

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I’m just looking at your photos and looks like what 1-1.5 month of length of hair. It doesn’t seem your losing too much by shaving to have the procedure. 

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@hairlosscpa how does your hair look shorter?

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1 hour ago, EvoXOhio said:

Yeah check out my thread: 

 

 

you can see my before pics, pics after one session, and pics after two sessions. I also posted a video of my results after the two sessions. 

That looks awesome man! I live in Jersey and really don't want to travel much for SMP if I can find a reputable clinic here. If it were a HT it would be a different story.

1st Procedure, Oct. 2012 - 1,704 grafts FUT w/Dr. True

2nd Procedure, Sept. 2015 - 2500 grafts FUE w/Dr. Vories

 

FUE Progress - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/180966-my-experience-w-dr-vories-2-500-grafts.html

FUE 1 year result - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/184716-1-year-results-2-500-grafts-w-dr-vories.html

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10 minutes ago, Melvin- Moderator said:

@hairlosscpa how does your hair look shorter?

Hard to say since I really don't go shorter than this...but there are noticeable gaps when a little shorter than this and it's not evenly spread. The pics I attached are a week and half after my haircut. 

1st Procedure, Oct. 2012 - 1,704 grafts FUT w/Dr. True

2nd Procedure, Sept. 2015 - 2500 grafts FUE w/Dr. Vories

 

FUE Progress - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/180966-my-experience-w-dr-vories-2-500-grafts.html

FUE 1 year result - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/184716-1-year-results-2-500-grafts-w-dr-vories.html

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1 hour ago, Domino said:

I’m just looking at your photos and looks like what 1-1.5 month of length of hair. It doesn’t seem your losing too much by shaving to have the procedure. 

This is what confuses me though. I need to follow up with the clinic to see if they would do the thickening if I shaved my back and sides. Not preferred but I don't have a problem doing it. 

1st Procedure, Oct. 2012 - 1,704 grafts FUT w/Dr. True

2nd Procedure, Sept. 2015 - 2500 grafts FUE w/Dr. Vories

 

FUE Progress - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/180966-my-experience-w-dr-vories-2-500-grafts.html

FUE 1 year result - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/184716-1-year-results-2-500-grafts-w-dr-vories.html

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20 minutes ago, hairlosscpa said:

Hard to say since I really don't go shorter than this...but there are noticeable gaps when a little shorter than this and it's not evenly spread. The pics I attached are a week and half after my haircut. 

It looks thin, but at that length I’m not sure smp will help. You need to shave down short for smp illusion to work.

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27 minutes ago, hairlosscpa said:

That looks awesome man! I live in Jersey and really don't want to travel much for SMP if I can find a reputable clinic here. If it were a HT it would be a different story.

The place I went to (Hairline Ink) also has a facility in New York, but not sure how far away from it you are. 

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7 minutes ago, Melvin- Moderator said:

It looks thin, but at that length I’m not sure smp will help. You need to shave down short for smp illusion to work.

There are lots of examples (myself included) where SMP density treatments add the illusion of hair even if your hair isn’t shaved. The place I went to has examples from people of various hair lengths. The key is not hair length, but rather making sure you have enough hair density in the area to get the illusion. You need to have enough hair so that you’re just filling in small gaps. Meaning a fully bald crown you can’t do anything about, but thin areas like I have and the OP has would work. 

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58 minutes ago, Melvin- Moderator said:

It looks thin, but at that length I’m not sure smp will help. You need to shave down short for smp illusion to work.

Not sure I agree. See the thread below. Thanks for taking the time to respond though. 

2 hours ago, EvoXOhio said:

Yeah check out my thread: 

 

 

you can see my before pics, pics after one session, and pics after two sessions. I also posted a video of my results after the two sessions. 

 

1st Procedure, Oct. 2012 - 1,704 grafts FUT w/Dr. True

2nd Procedure, Sept. 2015 - 2500 grafts FUE w/Dr. Vories

 

FUE Progress - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/180966-my-experience-w-dr-vories-2-500-grafts.html

FUE 1 year result - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/184716-1-year-results-2-500-grafts-w-dr-vories.html

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53 minutes ago, EvoXOhio said:

The place I went to (Hairline Ink) also has a facility in New York, but not sure how far away from it you are. 

Dude the NYC location is a block away from my office. Thanks!!

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1st Procedure, Oct. 2012 - 1,704 grafts FUT w/Dr. True

2nd Procedure, Sept. 2015 - 2500 grafts FUE w/Dr. Vories

 

FUE Progress - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/180966-my-experience-w-dr-vories-2-500-grafts.html

FUE 1 year result - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/184716-1-year-results-2-500-grafts-w-dr-vories.html

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Good luck.... 

I live in NJ too, and I went to ahead Inc once for the consult, and then when I wanted to book a couple months later, he said he stop doing smp for thickening effect because of mixed results.  

I went to a couple places in NY for consults, but I never pulled the trigger because I never trusted any of them.  I always asked to see how results look in person, and the only one I saw in person was Jonathan Gerow, and his looked terrible.   And his shop is the most expensive in the city.   

I hope you keep us updated....   👍

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2 hours ago, Etownone said:

Good luck.... 

I live in NJ too, and I went to ahead Inc once for the consult, and then when I wanted to book a couple months later, he said he stop doing smp for thickening effect because of mixed results.  

I went to a couple places in NY for consults, but I never pulled the trigger because I never trusted any of them.  I always asked to see how results look in person, and the only one I saw in person was Jonathan Gerow, and his looked terrible.   And his shop is the most expensive in the city.   

I hope you keep us updated....   👍

Thanks for sharing your experience. Did you consult with Hairline Ink in NYC?

1st Procedure, Oct. 2012 - 1,704 grafts FUT w/Dr. True

2nd Procedure, Sept. 2015 - 2500 grafts FUE w/Dr. Vories

 

FUE Progress - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/180966-my-experience-w-dr-vories-2-500-grafts.html

FUE 1 year result - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/184716-1-year-results-2-500-grafts-w-dr-vories.html

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21 hours ago, hairlosscpa said:

Dude the NYC location is a block away from my office. Thanks!!

That’s awesome, I hope you share your experience here. Im curious to see how it looks.

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1 hour ago, hairlosscpa said:

Thanks for sharing your experience. Did you consult with Hairline Ink in NYC?

I don't remember the other office.  

I went to ahead Inc nj.   And 2 locations in NY.   One of Jonathan Gerow, and I can't rember the other one...   It was all white offices.   Very expensive too. 

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  • 3 weeks later...

All, just an update, I have my first session of SMP booked for this Thursday, 7/29. Will keep you posted and will share pics. My 2nd session is slated for next Friday, 8/6. Wish me luck!

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1st Procedure, Oct. 2012 - 1,704 grafts FUT w/Dr. True

2nd Procedure, Sept. 2015 - 2500 grafts FUE w/Dr. Vories

 

FUE Progress - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/180966-my-experience-w-dr-vories-2-500-grafts.html

FUE 1 year result - http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/184716-1-year-results-2-500-grafts-w-dr-vories.html

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