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2756 FUE Dr. Ron Shapiro and David Josephitis (SMG)


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Hi everyone,

This forum has been a tremendous help!

On 8/10 I had 2756 FUE grafts done by SMG. As @hybonix and other recent reviews have stated, this is a first class clinic! Dr. Shapiro, Jo and the team are fantastic and I had all the confidence in the world with them. 
I was pretty torn between going with Dr. Wong or SMG and also starting with FUE first with my advanced balding pattern. I actually flew out to Minneapolis on my own dime to consult with Dr. Jo in person and felt really good about Fue and SMG after this meeting!

The breakdown is 2756 grafts totaling 5529 hairs. 1’s-601, 2’s-1537, 3’s-618.

I will be starting the topical Finasteride/Minox combo from Farmacia Parariti in one month. I’ve struggled with minor sides so I’m hopeful this works well.

Things seem to be healing very well 10 days post op!

The only real concern I have at this point is regarding the hairline. I love the shape and height but it turned out to make a slight lowest point over my right eye. Looks a little off but I definitely won’t judge anything until it’s grown out. I may end up loving it and think it looks even more natural that way. Time will tell!

 

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Dude, this work is so f**** clean!!! Wow, I love it. The hairline I think is perfect. Asymmetry is the goal and they did the exact same thing with me. One side was a little lower or "off-centered" which worried me as well:

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I can tell you that it brings a natural element to the transplant and is not the same bogus straight hairlines you see in the wild. It is healing very well and I am excited for your next updates. For now, pretend like you never got a transplant and live a normal life as it makes time go by fast. Around Month 3 or 4 is when you start to see it sprout, so we got some time before things blossom. Congratulations and happy growing! 😎

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You have killer donor characteristics, this is gonna be a home run no question.  Enjoy the ride!

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Dr. G: 1,000 grafts (FUT) 2008

Dr. Paul Shapiro: 2,348 grafts (FUT) 2009 ~ 1,999 grafts (FUT) 2011 ~ 300 grafts (Scar Reduction) 2013

Dr. Konior: 771 grafts (FUT) 2015 ~ 558 grafts (FUT) 2017 ~ 1,124 grafts (FUE) 2020

My Hair Transplant Journey with Shapiro Medical Group

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1 minute ago, Style22 said:

I’m 38. Gonna try to hold off on crown as long as possible. Starting this combo Finasteride/Minoxidil combo. My goals would be to hold off on the crown until it got too bad.

Good plan 👌

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Can’t believe I missed this thread, everything looks clean as we expect from SMG happy growing 👏🏼

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One month update. Most of hair has shed. Few that have remained and grown some. Recipient still a little red but seems to be improved.

 

The one concern right now where I seem to be lagging is around the donor! It’s absolutely riddled with Ingrown hairs. I counted over 20. The donor is also still patchy and has some pinkness. Combing over all the recent SMG fue patients I have not seen anyone having the ingrown hairs all over the donor. I will say I e-mailed SMG and Dr. Joe is always so quick and straight forward in his responses! I really appreciate that. He said it’s likely from transection or slight transection. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned around this. But just stay positive and keep fingers crossed!

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On 9/12/2021 at 5:20 PM, Style22 said:

The one concern right now where I seem to be lagging is around the donor! It’s absolutely riddled with Ingrown hairs. I counted over 20. The donor is also still patchy and has some pinkness. Combing over all the recent SMG fue patients I have not seen anyone having the ingrown hairs all over the donor. I will say I e-mailed SMG and Dr. Joe is always so quick and straight forward in his responses! I really appreciate that. He said it’s likely from transection or slight transection. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned around this. But just stay positive and keep fingers crossed!

@Melvin- Moderator@aaron1234Can you comment on this? With your years of experience, I am curious if you can shed any light on the subject. The patchiness will resolve itself and I myself had patches as well. It will even out and the next haircut will help as well.

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I had ingrown hairs post-fue as well, but maybe not this bad.  Just put warm compresses on them and that will help settle them down.  Try not to pick at them.  The patchiness is shock loss, so just give it a few months and it'll grow back.  You're in the middle of the ugly duckling stage so hang in there.  

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Dr. G: 1,000 grafts (FUT) 2008

Dr. Paul Shapiro: 2,348 grafts (FUT) 2009 ~ 1,999 grafts (FUT) 2011 ~ 300 grafts (Scar Reduction) 2013

Dr. Konior: 771 grafts (FUT) 2015 ~ 558 grafts (FUT) 2017 ~ 1,124 grafts (FUE) 2020

My Hair Transplant Journey with Shapiro Medical Group

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Two month update. Donor has improved a little bit. Still patchy. Specifically behind the ears. Ingrown hairs have calmed down a lot in the Donor! Damn this period sucks haha. Just rocking it and living life like you guys said!

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Donor definitely looking better. I wonder if the patchiness is more an illusion of the skin being a different color in that area since it's healing rather than actual shock loss. In 2 months you're gonna be shocked at how different you'll look. Hang in there!

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43 minutes ago, PluggedIn said:

Donor definitely looking better. I wonder if the patchiness is more an illusion of the skin being a different color in that area since it's healing rather than actual shock loss. In 2 months you're gonna be shocked at how different you'll look. Hang in there!

You make a great point on the skin color! Still healing… Very good point 

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Hey @Style22I'm planning on going to SMG for my own FUE HT so I'm glad I caught this thread and will be able to follow your month-to-month updates! So far your progress looks great and your donor area looks incredible! Doesn't look like it's been touched at all.

That being said, I'm curious about one thing. Was it your choice to completely shave your head for the operation or was this something SMG wanted?

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11 hours ago, Balding Bad said:

Hey @Style22I'm planning on going to SMG for my own FUE HT so I'm glad I caught this thread and will be able to follow your month-to-month updates! So far your progress looks great and your donor area looks incredible! Doesn't look like it's been touched at all.

That being said, I'm curious about one thing. Was it your choice to completely shave your head for the operation or was this something SMG wanted?

Dr. Ron suggested full shave and I agreed with that. I expected a full shave with my level of hair loss.

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