My second hair transplant surgery. Where to go? Which doctor to choose?

shookwun

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What is your problem? I mean really. I am no expert on hairloss, neither are you. I am certain you know a hell of a lot more than me, no doubt. But I doubt you know nearly as much as Dr. Feriduni or any other top-notch doctor out there. I appreciate your advice, but stop putting me down. I am only trying my best to correct my first and only mistake, hopefully. I doubt Dr. Feriduni and his team would have accepted my case, if they deemed it hopeless or something they could not do anything about. I am not asking for some crazy new, fancy hairline. A mature and appropriate hairline that will stay appropriate even 10 or 20 years from now. I want to take a conservative approach to the problem, and use as few new donor hairs as possible.

I still have thousands upon thousands of coarse, thick and dark body donor hair, from head to toes, literally. I'm a very hairy person. Something I think of as disgusting, but maybe just maybe it will help me in this case. My first hair transplant was a mistake beyond all stupidity. I was a moron for doing that. But I don't see how going for a repair could make things any worse than they already are. If possible, I will use no new donor hair from the back, and just move my hairline up a lot with the use of the badly and wrongly implanted grafts. I have about a thousand of those. But do you really suggest I ought laser of the hairs, let those healthy, strong and dark hairs go to waste just like that, and wait it out until I turn 25... another 3 and a half years of my life, only to end up with less grafts? By the way, didn't you get a hair transplant at 24? I know you were a Norwood 5, so your hairloss is much more advanced than mine. I see how it could benefit me in some ways, but in other ways not. I don't mean to be rude to you or cause any offense, but just because I don't choose the path you consider the best, doesn't mean I am destined for a bad outcome. Just because I choose not to listen to you, does not mean things won't go well for me this time around.

Summa summarum: Nothing is decided as of yet. Upon consultation, Dr. Feriduni may turn me down and tell me to wait, or he may not. But via online consultation, he gave it a green light. Can't know for certain before he gets to examine me close up vis-a-vis. We actually started losing out hair around the same age. It's hell, I know. I curse my genes and I curse myself for it. It is unbearable, especially at such a young and tender age. Sometimes I feel I belong in the circus. I hate looking at myself in the mirror. If I only could look and feel "normal" again. Nothing fancy, just normal. To feel normal again, after having been butchered by a mad "doctor". I am only trying to correct my first mistake, by going to an expert this time around. And by doing that, I believe he will tell me the honest truth and not push anything on me with no hidden agenda. I have learned from my first mistake. Had I not learnt, I probably would have gone back to the same mad doctor and had a second hair transplant, like many others have before me.

PS: I was only referring to a minoxidil-based product (Recrea Forte, 5% Minoxidil solution).

I started with propecia at a young age, so that is a huge plus too.

I wish you all the best.

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I, earlier, wrote I wanted to do some work on my temples to add more hairs and make them more pronounced. I see there is no point in this now. It's not important.


 

Mapleman

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Hey, i live in Norway as well, and i easily got a prescription for Avodart (0.5 mg Dutasteride)
But i guess it differs from doctor to doctor, my doctor was very understanding and told me that it was allright since i hadn't experienced any sides at all from finasteride.
 

TheMirrorOfDreams

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I am contemplating not to have another hair transplant, for now...

I am contemplating not to have another hair transplant, this year at least. If I grow my hair out long enough, I can still get away with appearing to have a full (but thinning) head of hair. Also, my financial situation is a fickle girl.
I am considering to switch up from Finasteride to Dutasteride. Any recommendations on where I can get a hold of this online? I don't want to use a toupee or hair fiber, or anything like that, but instead use some volumizer, to see if that will work at all. I know that I have enough quality body hair to fill even a Norwood 5-6 (possibly even 7) in. The best thing would be to mix the body hair with the scalp hair. Contacting Dr. Sunasi Umar perchance, somewhere down the road. I might actually postpone my next hair transplant repair for another 1-3 years, depending on how much hair I lose from now on and out. Hopefully my hair will look at least decent after growing it out to a certain length. This is going to be hard, but I don't want to make another mistake by exhausting my donor supply yet again, and only for a small region of my scalp.

What do you guys think about this? Does it sound reasonable, or ought I get it fixed now?
 

Wolf Pack

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I haven't read it all but seems you had a poor transplant at the front? I would for sure repair this if the grafts were angled incorrectly. Can't they re implant and repair the front without taking any more hairs from the donor area? Or at least take a minimal amount.
 

TheMirrorOfDreams

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I haven't read it all but seems you had a poor transplant at the front? I would for sure repair this if the grafts were angled incorrectly. Can't they re implant and repair the front without taking any more hairs from the donor area? Or at least take a minimal amount.
Yes, they can. Although I am having some financial troubles too. The grafts were angled incorrectly and hairline placed too far down. I think if I grow my hair out long enough, it might look aesthetically acceptable. Also switching to Dutasteride might help the thinning hairs on my scalp, if I'm lucky. I'm in a real pickle, and it's all my fault. I've really done goofed :/ The hair on top of my head when wet, looks quite thin, but when dry and styled a certain way, it can actually look fairly decent. Waiting another one or two years will be difficult, but it will also give me some time to resonate and to make sure I do the right thing next time around. What I did was utterly stupid, and now I must repent for it.
 

Wolf Pack

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Yes, they can. Although I am having some financial troubles too. The grafts were angled incorrectly and hairline placed too far down. I think if I grow my hair out long enough, it might look aesthetically acceptable. Also switching to Dutasteride might help the thinning hairs on my scalp, if I'm lucky. I'm in a real pickle, and it's all my fault. I've really done goofed :/ The hair on top of my head when wet, looks quite thin, but when dry and styled a certain way, it can actually look fairly decent. Waiting another one or two years will be difficult, but it will also give me some time to resonate and to make sure I do the right thing next time around. What I did was utterly stupid, and now I must repent for it.

You've learned a harsh lesson but all is not lost. You can still have a fullish head of hair it seems. Choosing a surgeon that is on the approved coalition list, was a first good move by you. I know you can grow it long and cover it, but you shouldn't have to do this for the rest of your life. Repairing that botch job should the top of your list followed by maintaining the rest of your hair. Start saving up or something and find the cheapest surgeon abroad that's on the approved list. Look at before and after pictures of their previous patients too.

You need to think how much future loss you will get although it can be difficult to predict at a young age, how many grafts do you have in total available (usually 6 to 8k on average). Dutasteride is stronger and regrows a little more than finasteride. Worth a shot, Minoxidil is the best for regrowth. If you're losing ground on finasteride, get on dutasteride.

Make a long term plan with a good surgeon. I don't think they will fill your crown if it's thinning until you lose ground in the middle area, otherwise the transplant may look weird later in life. It's always front to back in terms of graft. This way if you are left with a thinning crown it looks natural rather than a thick front and crown and sparse middle.

Good luck.
 

TheMirrorOfDreams

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I have now canceled my hair restoration surgery with Dr. Feriduni in Belgium. My financial situation was never that good, and I had to resort to taking up a loan, which I now regret, hence I canceled it.
I will try and grow my hair out, it should look decent enough. I'll post some pictures when it has gained some length.
 
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