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Hi PB,

 

Just curious, I followed your journey through your great Dr F transformation a few years ago. And thanks for the excellent write up and work you and Spex plus every one else have done giving us great info.

 

Afraid I'm one of the people who didn't contribute, just read, floating about in the background, probably not the only one.

 

Anyway, question is, are still glad you did it?

 

I've just been tussling with the idea of a HT now for what seems like a lifetime. Thought as I got a bit older (40) I wouldn't care so much about hair, but I still do.

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Anyway, question is, are still glad you did it?

 

I've just been tussling with the idea of a HT now for what seems like a lifetime. Thought as I got a bit older (40) I wouldn't care so much about hair, but I still do.

 

Good grief, no! Total waste of time and money. Who needs hair at 40+ when you can wear a flat cap :rolleyes: ? It’s not as though you even go anywhere after 40 anyway. I just sit in my rocking chair with my furry green slippers complaining about the weather and the youth of today and their binge drinking. Not a day goes by without me looking in the mirror and cursing Feller for giving me my youthful looks and flowing locks of golden hair back :P

 

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Lol, thanks PB, silly question I guess.

 

I'd be on the plane tomorrow if it wasn't for the for the downtime, that is THE sticking point, I'd never get away with telling people at work I took a little sunburn to the bonce.

 

Hopefully one day though, and not too far away.

 

Cheers

 

:)

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Funny that you asked really... I emailed Spex last week about having a final FUE session. I only have about 500 donor grafts left that I had been saving in case I lost more native hair. I don't seem to have lost any more native hair for years so I was thinking it would be fairly safe to get all that's left put into my crown.

 

I'll be 50 in a few weeks time and I would still hate to be bald. I don't think I'll ever not care about my hair.

 

Has your hair loss stabilized? How long ago did you start losing it? One good thing about being over 40 is that you aren't likely to have any aggressive hair loss, so it's easier to plan ahead if you're having a HT.

 

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It's great your hairloss has stabilized. I know you don't believe in or take the meds.

 

I remember when you had your first HT done, must be what 5 years ago now I was shedding badly, and thinking well I can't have this done because I don't know where it's going.

 

Anyway things seem to have stabilized for me for the past few years, I've been on Finasteride almost 10 years now, whether I'd be okay without it, who knows, but I'm not going to quit now and take the chance.

 

The loss started for me at about 23. I remember you saying it changed your personality, bingo, same here.

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Yep, it will be 5 years in November since my first HT, my last one was two years ago. Got my ears and eyelids done last year. In the process of having a couple of tooth implants at the moment, so my final FUE might have to wait until next year as my teeth are costing a fortune :angry: (the tooth implants aren't vanity, they are a necessity - I don't fancy having false teeth, it would be similar to wearing a wig, err.. "hair system").

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where did you get your ears done? im thinking of getting mine done, ive done a bit of research and stumbled upon dr mercks stitch method, it kinda sounds to good to be true though.

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where did you get your ears done? im thinking of getting mine done, ive done a bit of research and stumbled upon dr mercks stitch method, it kinda sounds to good to be true though.

 

I had my ears done by Dr Lindsey (Dr Feller's buddy) in Virginia (near Washington D.C.). Be careful - otoplasty isn't as straight forward as you might think - in fact it's just the same as with HTs. There is another clinic in Virginia that specialises in UK butcher repairs. There is all sorts that can go wrong in the hands of a butcher. And repair isn't always possible, you have to get it right first time. Dr Lindsey trimmed a bit off the concha (the bowl part) of my ears and then re-attached them. That way there's no way they can spring back out (and no scars at all). Oh, and it's f**king painful :D the slight discomfort of a HT is nothing in comparison. The pain only lasts for about 24 hours though. Don't get it done in the UK - I researched it a lot before I went through with it and there are even more UK otoplasty horror stories that there are UK HT disasters. I've come to the conclusion that the UK isn't the place to have any type of surgery.

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omg, talking about grafts sticking up - I had HT couple of weeks ago and now notice the new hairs are growing in different directions, especially round the front. Is this normal ??! Will they grow straighter when they shed / regrow?

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Spitfire, i have met you a few times now and nothing appears to be sticking up in your crown. As we discussed you possibly need to bulk it if you really really wanted to to add some density as you have more lost some native hair in the last couple of years (as you are unable to take the meds) - Growing hair out allows hair to lay flatter especially with your hair charateristic.

 

Badhairdo, Your grafts or should i say hair shafts bare no reflection now(especially) in appearance to how they will look in 12 months time. You need to sit back and wait rather than panic. ;) The shafts will be freeing up and moving out of their FU which is embedded in your scalp at the appropriate direction/angle/position.

 

 

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omg, talking about grafts sticking up - I had HT couple of weeks ago and now notice the new hairs are growing in different directions, especially round the front. Is this normal ??! Will they grow straighter when they shed / regrow?

Nothing is really growing after two weeks. The grafts are just shedding and snapping off and appear to be "growing" in different directions. Don't worry about it, you have 4 or 5 months to wait just to see things start. All the stubble looks great immediately post op, but it doesn't stay that way. Look at it this way, you're starting to shed grafts and that's progress - one step closer to having new hair.

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PB,i had crown work done like yourself.Do you find your transplanted hairs stick up still?

Hi Spitfire, I keep my hair at about one and a half inches in length and at that length they don't stick up. If I were to buzz my hair down crew cut style they would probably stick up like my native hair does if buzzed down. HT hair can be a bit course to start with, so that may be the reason it appears to be sticking up. All my transplanted hair grows in the same direction as the native hair does and I honestly can't tell where the transplanted hair and native hair meet.

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i too wouldnt be able to tell what is ht hair and what is native, it all goes in the same direction.

 

also to get the best results from any hair transplant its better to have your hair longer rather than buzzed/crew cut style, its the layering effect that gives the illusion of density.

 

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i too wouldnt be able to tell what is ht hair and what is native, it all goes in the same direction.

 

also to get the best results from any hair transplant its better to have your hair longer rather than buzzed/crew cut style, its the layering effect that gives the illusion of density.

 

yes it makes sense. I had single hairs placed in front of native mostly double hairs, but they are spaced similar to the native ones. Will this not make them look thinner as they grow out, since 2's will give issusion of greater density??

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Doubles on the hairline are a big no-no :o Only butchers place multiple hair follicles on the hairline, as can be seen from BadhairUK's butchering from the infamous Nobel Clinic. Dr Feller places only singles into the hairline and the first cm is more densely packed than further back. You can usually see this in immediate post op pics of front third patients; the hairline area is redder due to the higher density.

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omg, talking about grafts sticking up - I had HT couple of weeks ago and now notice the new hairs are growing in different directions, especially round the front. Is this normal ??! Will they grow straighter when they shed / regrow?

 

Hi Guys, :rolleyes: in my case it took at least as year for the hair to look normal,

a few cuts and shedding and then things looked really natural, if you went to one of the top docs

youv'e got nothing to worry about :) just give it time, you can't start scrutinising a few weeks or even months after a ht it takes time and a hell of a lot of Patience B)

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Hi zip-it :) Long time no see! How's your hair doing? Any further loss of your native hair?

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Hi zip-it :) Long time no see! How's your hair doing? Any further loss of your native hair?

 

Hi PB nice to hear from you, :) My hairs not good, and yes i seem to have lost more,

the biggest worry is that it seems to have thinned out all over, and the temple points

above the ears have receded further back :( even the hairdresser commented on it.

I would have thought i would need at least another 3000 + and dont think i have anywhere

near that left, still really pleased with my ht though, that hair looks good and strong :)

I changed from dut to propecia due to the side effects, so i might switch back to dut

and see if that improves things. BTW whats happened to the forum, seems really quiet?

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Great to see you back Zip!! The forum has become less active for a while now - there is a continual regisrataion issue for some reason so many new guys can't get on which doesn't help.I know Bill does his best to help sort. Wish more guys would continue to post :)

 

Glad to hear the HT is holding up - must be 4 years now since your HG repair. If you want we can try hook up and i can relay your situ to the doc if you like mate to get his opinion - just let me know. I bet you have got close to 3000 still availabe if i remember correctly. Bell me anytime :)

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Hi Spex, Nice to hear from you :)yep 4 years thats Unbelievable :blink:

Shame about the forum this place was a real life line for me, and many others.

Yes it would be good to meet up soon, if thats ok.

I think i need more of youre expert advice :)

 

 

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Hi mate - feel free to call me - i am in London on the 19th and 20th but fully booked up - however i can defo find time to see you bud B)

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Hi PB nice to hear from you, :) My hairs not good, and yes i seem to have lost more, the biggest worry is that it seems to have thinned out all over, and the temple points above the ears have receded further back :(

 

Sorry to hear you've continued to lose hair :( I've kept well away from those meds after what Minox did to me. Fortunately my hair loss seems to have stabilized. When I was on holiday last week, I scrutinized men’s hair and saw quite a lot of old blokes with severe hair loss, just tufts of sparse hair here and there in an almost non-existent horse-shoe. I don't know if those guys could have been that bald at a younger age or not - maybe some guys just continue to lose hair all through their lives. The extreme baldies appeared to be ones from Southern Europe though - Italians, Maltese, Greeks etc. - they all seem to be bald.

 

Maybe you should come off the meds to find out how much hair you have left that will stay there without meds before having another HT? You could be in trouble if you have hair that is dependant on dut transplanted :huh: Just my non-professional thoughts...

 

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Maybe you should come off the meds to find out how much hair you have left that will stay there without meds before having another HT? You could be in trouble if you have hair that is dependant on dut transplanted :huh: Just my non-professional thoughts...

 

Hi PB, Yes you've hit the nail on the head, this is what im worried about :unsure:

If i can keep what ive got then i would be happy even if it means staying on the meds

for the rest of my life. My biggest worry is ive got no hair on the temples in front of

my ears if know what i mean, i am still pleased with my ht it looks natural a bit like a diffused thinner.

thanks for taking the time to reply.

 

 

Spex, I can't make london this month, work commitments :angry:

i will give you a ring and send some pics if thats ok.

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Yeah, I know what you mean about the receding temporal hairline. Dr Feller can re-build temporal points and they don't usually need that many grafts. Fortunately my temporal points haven't thinned or receded but they have gone grey :blink: I met a patient that had temporal work done in NY.

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Here is a recent "5 years after" pic. The before pic was from a holiday snap taken when I was on holiday and it was that photo that made me decide to go for a HT. I knew I had lost hair, but that photo shows how bald I was and really depressed me. I was recently in Malta celebrating my 50th birthday and the "after pic" is from my holiday pics. I didn't really expect to be alive at 50, never mind have hair! :blink:

 

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Thanks Mr T, Spitfire :)

 

Great work PB,do you have any other photos? crown ect? :D

 

I don't have any recent pics of my crown, but will take one. I only had enough donor to get a scatering of hair over my crown as the thin area is large, so my crown is a bit thin - as you can see from my signature, I only had a little over 500 grafts into my crown; which is just a piss in the ocean really :( Dr Lindsey put 600 into a bald patch on the outer area of my crown, more on the side of my head really. He put 100 grafts in my scar to test how they would grow. The grafts in my scar didn't really grow very well, only about 40%. The bald patch on the side of my head grew out great though.

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