Hair transplant patient

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About

Devastating during my early 20's. A fate that seemed worse than death at the time as far as the social scene was concerned. Researched lots of regional clinics and docs at the time but there was no Internet and the technology in the HT business 20 years ago certainly isn't what it is today. As a result, my first 3 procedures where with a typical "hair mill" that left me with less than optimal growth, pitting, cobblestoning and significant scaring in the donor area. It wasn't until the third procedure that I really started to take notice since at the time I still had a lot of native hair due to my age. As I started losing more of it, the poor quality became evident and I knew I had to fnd a better surgeon. The last two procedures at Cleveland Hair Clinic were not good. Who knows how musch hair evenactually grew from those procedures - half if I was lucky.
I had a couple procedures with Dr. Gallagher out of Center City Philly who had a very good reputation as a Top Doc for this area. The results were a definite improvement and he revised my scars soem as well. Still, I knew i could do better.
About 6 years ago I discovered this website, which lead me to Dr. Katz who was local and had very decent reviews at the time. He has since retired. I was very satisfied with my results from him and just under went a small FUE procedure with Dr. True in NY. Because of my very limited donor size at this point, we had to just focus on hairline and temples. I would like to use him again for some additional scar revsions work down the line and maybe a small FUE procedure (donor hair permitting).
  


My Surgical Treatments to Date

Dec. 1993 - 140 grafts plus 40 singles with Dr. Tsai of Cleveland Hair Clinic
May 1995 - 250 grafts with Dr. McVaughn of Cleavland Hair Clinic
Dec. 1996 - 350 grafts with Dr. McVaughn of Cleveland Hair Clinic

Dec. 1998 - 600 grafts with Dr. Gallagher
Dec. 2002 - 600 grafts with Dr. Gallagher
May 2008 - 1500 grafts (300 singles, 500 1 & 2's, 700 2 & 3's) with Dr. Katz 
Nov. 15, 2012 - 580 FUE grafts with Dr. True (mainly 1 & 2's) along hairline and temples only

My Non Surgical Treatments

Propecia every other day

Bald Class

Bald class 5

Norwood stage 5

Occurs when the connecting bridge of hair disappears leaving a single large bald area on the front and top of the scalp. The hair on the sides of the scalp remains relatively high.

Devastating during my 20's. A fate that seemed worse than death at the time. I had a very youthful appearance and felt my hair loss was just making me look older than I was comfortable with. I brushed hair forward and wore a hat backwards for about 8 years as a cover-up. This worked well for me in the social scene unless of course I had to remove my hat (which I hated). Not as big of a deal in now that I'm in my 30's. I don't mind a thinning look, as long as it is natural and I'm not completely bald.  

My last 3 hair transplants (from 1998-2008).
Just had FUE in Nov 2012
Propecia

Two of my first 3 small sessions with Cleveland Hair Clinic were horrible.
Two sessions with Dr, Gallagher were a big improvement.
Had one session with Dr. Katz in May 2008, which I feel turned out to be the most natural. Still need a little more density in some spots up front and back towards crown but donor area is very limited at this point.
Hoping that the small FUE I recently had will continue to add a natural look to y existing hairline and re-build temples.

A hair transplant with a top doctor.

Regained my self-confidence over the years and don't spend so much time thinking about my appearance as it relates to my hair. It used to be all consuming when I was younger.
A natural thinning look doesn't bother me at 40 yrs old. and I can style my hair back to cover up the crown which is mostly bald. There's not enough donor hair to address that entire area.   

Research, research, research. It's not the old days of pre-Internet. There is no excuse not to find a top doctor these days. Don't rush since the results (good or bad) are permanent. Cheap is expensive in the end, so wait until you have the money saved to see on of the top quality docs listed on the HT Network site.

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My Latest journal entries

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Bald class: 5
Procedure 1

A couple more pre op pics

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Procedure 1

FUE 580 grafts with Dr. True Nov. 15, 2012 First FUE I've ever had based on very limited donor area. Had it performed by Dr. True in NY Small procedure - 580 grafts, but hoping it will add some refinement to hairline and density to temples. 

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Bald class: 5
Procedure 1

Pictures of Top Got a couple requests for pics of the top, so here's a few.

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Bald class: 5
Procedure 1

26 Months Later Over two years since procedure. It actually took about 20 months to see final results grown into same length as surrounding hair in the mid and crown areas.  

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Bald class: 5
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26 Months Another front picture

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Bald class: 5
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16 Months 2 more pics

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Bald class: 5
Procedure 1

16 Months Post Surgery From prior experience I've learned to wait 18 months until the evlauating the "final" results from a HT. At least this has been the case with the previous 2 procedures. I can still notice some more thickening over the last 3 months. 

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Bald class: 5
Procedure 1

11 Months Post Surgery Coming along nicely however, I know from last time it took a good 18 months for the full results to be seen. Probably due to numerous prior surgeries, the first few not being too good of quality 14 years ago.

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11 months Back View

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11 Days Post

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10 Weeks Post Surgery Just got back from vac. at the beach - applied plenty of sunblock to the hairline so not to burn. The waiting really is the worst part once you get past the first couple days after hair transplant surgery. I almost forgot since it's been close to 6 years since last hair transplant. Hopefully growth from the temp. shock loss and the transplant starts in another month or two. Hard not to get anxious.

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Bald class: 5
Procedure 1

1 day Post Surgery