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H Rahal, MD

coalition member Elite Coalition Member
Hair transplant patient

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About

Decided to create this blog as this site has been essential in my decision making process to undergo a hair transplant. I did about 2 years worth of research to get to this point, and never would have discovered Dr. Rahal without this site. Pretty sure I've read every Dr. Rahal blog entry on this site at least 2 or 3 times over since! I would like to give back to this community in some way, so I figure this blog would be a good way and maybe help someone else out make a wise educated decision.


My Surgical Treatments to Date

FUT with Dr. Rahal on June 27 2012 - 4546 Grafts.
1 Unit - 829
2 Unit - 2633
3 Unit - 1088
4 Unit - 1
TOTAL = 4546
Total Hairs = 9358 over 76 CM sqaured area focused on the front 2/3rds.
Strip size = 41.92 CM Sqaured

My Non Surgical Treatments

Bald Class

Bald class 4A

Norwood stage 4A

In stage 4A, a person will not experience a bald spot on the back of their head, but they will instead lose the dips in their hairline and have a deeper “U” shape when viewed from above.

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My Latest journal entries

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Bald class: 4A
Procedure 1

Post Op DAY 1 Immediate Post Op after bandages were taken off. Had some serious swelling in the forehead, which is totally normal. It actually went away in a day or two.

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Bald class: 4A
Procedure 1

Post Op DAY 3 Wanted to add Day 3 pics as a lot of the redness and swelling is gone. I was very lucky and had almost no scabbing or bleeding on the rec. area. It did not get any worst than this, so I know I was lucky. Vitimin E oil is applied, hence the sticky look...

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Bald class: 4A
Procedure 1

Post Op WEEK 1 Week 1 in the books. As you can see, very little scabbing as I did not bleed that much during the surgery, and no valleys developed. Mike in the clinic mentioned I was lucky, and not to expect it to get it any worse.

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Bald class: 4A
Procedure 1

Pre Op DAY 0 The big day finally arrived. I was not nervous at all the several months heading into the surgery - I had done my research, and knew I had made the right decision. Just as a quick aside for those interested in Dr. Rahal, he is a very in-demand Doctor, so make sure you manage your expectations with scheduling - I waited about 4 months from the day of my consult to the actual surgery. I was ready to go the very next day of my consuly, so keep this in mind. In my mind, world-quality means WAITING for world-quality. I slept great the night before, no issues, but it wasn't until the morning that I began to feel a tad un-easy. Was I making the right decision? Was it worth it? How would I look 1 month from now? 2 Months? Will anyone at work notice? What if it doesn't work? Every step I took towards Dr. Rahal's clinic raised another question and the nerves started to shake. Very odd. Lucky for me, I was at Brookline, so it was only 2 blocks of nervousness. :) I arrived at the clinic before 8 AM as instructed. The first thing that struck me was how professional the lobby was - it looked (and even smelled, haha) like a dentist's office. Great decor, and very professional. The lobby has a locked window cabinet with some products, such as Toppik, I looked at it as if it was a casket - really looking forward to NOT using this stuff after this. I was greeted and instructed to sign some forms. Some of these forms were the same as the forms I had already signed and filled out for my online consult, but I filled them out regardless. This can be intimiadating, as the forms can be a bit scary - nothing life threatening, more just about managing expectations of what you'll get out of the process, and your normal waivers and managing your expectations of what you'll get. Once the forms were signed, I met Dr. Rahal for an in-person consult. I had an online consult with a rep in February 2012 and a recommendation for 4500 grafts focusing on the forntal 2/3rds of my scalp. I was okay with this back in February after my online consult, but a few months later, I got in touch with my rep and advised I wish to change that, as I wanted to have my crown addressed as well in one swoop and just do a max surgery - get as many grafts as possible and go as back on my head as possible. He mentioned Dr. Rahal and I will discuss this prior to surgery. We discussed it, and Dr. Rahal suggested I do not address the crown right now due to my age and his desire to frame my face better with density and most importantly, manage my future donar grafts for when I am older. He did a very good job at managing my expectations, I really wanted to moon and more, and he brought me back into reality. :)  He said he'll get as many grafts as possible based on the donor size he wished to extract. I'll be honest, I was a little dissapointed at the time, it wasn't what I was expecting, but once he explained it to me, I put my trust in him to do what it best - based on my research, I knew he was making a recommendation what was best for me and managing my expectations which may have been over the top going into this meeting. Below are some pre-op shots with the plan of action courtesy of Dr. Rahal. I'll add some more text shortly and rotate the pics, sorry about that..