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thehatman
02-15-2016, 05:10 AM
I Know everyone on this forum care about their hair allot, and allot of you have taken action by getting a HT.

I want to hear your story what changed after your HT?

DAVE52
02-15-2016, 01:24 PM
Didn't want to go back for more HT's so I decided to buzz it because my scar's not that bad. End of story I don't stress about it anymore

HTsoon
02-15-2016, 01:37 PM
Have regained a lot of confidence, I hardly wear hats anymore, I shaved my head a year before getting surgery so I knew I wanted hair, will be going for my third procedure this year.

jamesst11
02-15-2016, 03:20 PM
destroyed most of my life... have lived in anxiety, fear and depression for two straight years and have destroyed every relationship I have been in. Still have trouble seeing my family and friends and I don't go out to bars or restaurants anymore. Was filled with paralyzing anxiety and fear on my Birthday, my Nephews Birthday, Easter and Christmas. ***Lesson to all those not to get a hair transplant when the time isn't right and they haven't stabilized their loss.***

VictimOfDHT
02-15-2016, 08:38 PM
Been living like a recluse with no social life whatsoever for the past decade and half and always wearing a cap. 6 HTs and close to 5000 grafts later and I have less hair now than I started with when I had my first HT. Apparently for some of us even a hair transplant isn't a fix as for some unknown god damn reason the transplanted hair falls out. So now I'm f*cked more than I have ever been.

Can't shave and can't get more HTs and I'm living in constant fear and anxiety -to say nothing about depression- not knowing how bad the scars are on my head (still not visible as they're still covered by hair) and what I'd do if I lose all the transplanted hair.

My HT is looking more and more like a social death sentence.

jamesst11
02-15-2016, 10:30 PM
Been living like a recluse with no social life whatsoever for the past decade and half and always wearing a cap. 6 HTs and close to 5000 grafts later and I have less hair now than I started with when I had my first HT. Apparently for some of us even a hair transplant isn't a fix as for some unknown god damn reason the transplanted hair falls out. So now I'm f*cked more than I have ever been.

Can't shave and can't get more HTs and I'm living in constant fear and anxiety -to say nothing about depression- not knowing how bad the scars are on my head (still not visible as they're still covered by hair) and what I'd do if I lose all the transplanted hair.

My HT is looking more and more like a social death sentence.

Man, I have heard your story and I feel for you. I am having so much trouble coping with just one. I don't know how you do it... whether or not you're a recluse, you are still brave as f*ck for surviving man, remember that. Most people wouldn't in your scenario... Have you ever thought about joining one of those hair system places? Where you go in and they do it all for you? I know that's probably a stupid question, but I know in my scenario it would relieve my anxiety and allow me to function in public. F*ck people... F*ck what they think..Women get breast jobs, botox, face lifts and wear insane amounts of makeup. I would love to get to the point where I could lock down a solid hair system plan and just become so confident with it that I could just say, "it's not my hair, it's a piece"... People would probably think, wow it looks incredible and then 10 minutes later forget you're wearing it. Also, 99% of people that see you, you wouldn't have to tell.

thehatman
02-16-2016, 03:05 AM
wow those are some horrible storys! feel real sorry for you guys.
Agree with Jamesst11 Try a piece and get out of your house, life is short!

ejj
02-16-2016, 03:29 AM
Agree with the above. Wasted so much of my life with this. The only way to proceed is a small fue session to the frontal forelock. It keeps your options open going forward.
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VictimOfDHT
02-16-2016, 03:54 AM
Man, I have heard your story and I feel for you. I am having so much trouble coping with just one. I don't know how you do it... whether or not you're a recluse, you are still brave as f*ck for surviving man, remember that. Most people wouldn't in your scenario... Have you ever thought about joining one of those hair system places? Where you go in and they do it all for you? I know that's probably a stupid question, but I know in my scenario it would relieve my anxiety and allow me to function in public. F*ck people... F*ck what they think..Women get breast jobs, botox, face lifts and wear insane amounts of makeup. I would love to get to the point where I could lock down a solid hair system plan and just become so confident with it that I could just say, "it's not my hair, it's a piece"... People would probably think, wow it looks incredible and then 10 minutes later forget you're wearing it. Also, 99% of people that see you, you wouldn't have to tell.

Thanks, jamesst. I wish I were brave. I would've waited for my hair loss to get worse then shaved it off. Going bald however was something I could never imagine or face.

I would never get a hair piece. Nothing will match my hair. Besides, the expense is too much for me. Thanks to my problem I barely work enough to just cover my expenses. And the maintenance....

The one thing I'm seriously considering and will probably be forced to do if I keep losing hair is to tattoo my head, and I don't mean that stupid scalp pigmentation but actual tattoos, like some bikers have. It's not me but what else can I do?

Just saw a guy yesterday on a tv program (Vanity Insanity) who's had his head disfigured after so many botched HTs and repair jobs (totalling $80,000) and he wears a hat 24/7 and his wish was to be able to go out without a god damn hat. He regrets getting HTs.

Fu*k life. There's no limit to how cruel it can be to some of us.

JSmyth
02-16-2016, 02:17 PM
Could you guys comment a bit on your hair transplant history. What pattern and age you were at when you first had an ht.

I have been considering one but reading stories like these is certainly good information. I am really sorry to hear about your bad experiences. Hair loss is such a terrible affliction.

VictimOfDHT
02-16-2016, 06:20 PM
I hardly had any hair loss when I started. Maybe I had a few hairs missing in the corners of my temples. I don't think I would've been classified as someone with hair loss back then (in my 20s'). But that's how scared I was of being bald that I started way too early.

My advice to anyone considering an HT is to DO A TEST HT if possible. I mean like get a very small HT and to monitor the transplanted hairs and see if they take or not. One thing HT doctors will NOT tell you is that for some people the hairs will NOT take root and will end up falling out PERMANENTLY. There's nothing worse than getting a big HT and leaving all kinds of scars in the back of your head and in the transplanted area and also to waste several 1000 dollars only to find out that your transplanted hair isn't going to grow out. You WILL be disfigured in more ways than one and you can kiss whatever you had of social life -no matter how little it was- before the HT good bye because your disfigurement after a failed HT will KILL your social life completely.

I'm sure most doctors will probably refuse to do small HTs to test the results. I wouldn't mind paying $1500 for even as few as 200 grafts as a test. I THINK ALL HT DOCTORS SHOULD DO THIS. HT's are NOT guaranteed to always work despite what we're told.

jamesst11
02-16-2016, 07:26 PM
I hardly had any hair loss when I started. Maybe I had a few hairs missing in the corners of my temples. I don't think I would've been classified as someone with hair loss back then (in my 20s'). But that's how scared I was of being bald that I started way too early.

My advice to anyone considering an HT is to DO A TEST HT if possible. I mean like get a very small HT and to monitor the transplanted hairs and see if they take or not. One thing HT doctors will NOT tell you is that for some people the hairs will NOT take root and will end up falling out PERMANENTLY. There's nothing worse than getting a big HT and leaving all kinds of scars in the back of your head and in the transplanted area and also to waste several 1000 dollars only to find out that your transplanted hair isn't going to grow out. You WILL be disfigured in more ways than one and you can kiss whatever you had of social life -no matter how little it was- before the HT good bye because your disfigurement after a failed HT will KILL your social life completely.

I'm sure most doctors will probably refuse to do small HTs to test the results. I wouldn't mind paying $1500 for even as few as 200 grafts as a test. I THINK ALL HT DOCTORS SHOULD DO THIS. HT's are NOT guaranteed to always work despite what we're told.

I am sure you've considered every option, so don't mind me sounding stupid - but have you considered getting FUE's into the scars, or SMP? The transplanted hairs may work at the back of your head, no?

jamesst11
02-16-2016, 07:28 PM
I think, since my hair is going quick, I am going to get like 300 FUE grafted into my scar. then I am just going bald and enjoying my f*cking summer and traveling.

HTsoon
02-16-2016, 08:30 PM
a lot of these horror stories are a big reason why I chose FUE, if I ever go norwood 7 and don't have enough donor hair to cover the gap, I will shave my head and never look back, I think the older you are the less traumatic it is, for example Joe Rogan, he had a few strip surgeries in the 90's when he was in his 20's, he has since shaved his head now that he's in his 40's and there is less social stigma regarding his baldness, the problem is when you're going bald at 22, that really is a sad scenario because people just feel sorry for you rather than accept that you are getting older.

djbfxtrader
02-17-2016, 07:55 AM
Why is this? What age were you when you got a hair transplant and how has it had a negative effect? very sorry to hear this, I suffer from increased anxiety as I have major loss and am considering HT , I avoid any special occasions, going etc and its becoming worse by the day

djbfxtrader
02-17-2016, 07:56 AM
I think, since my hair is going quick, I am going to get like 300 FUE grafted into my scar. then I am just going bald and enjoying my f*cking summer and traveling.

Why is this? What age were you when you got a hair transplant and how has it had a negative effect? very sorry to hear this, I suffer from increased anxiety as I have major loss and am considering HT , I avoid any special occasions, going etc and its becoming worse by the day

Sean
02-18-2016, 01:23 AM
Life after?

Well in still waiting to enjoy life...
Had surgery, then repair, nd now need another repair.

Pretty tragic, but trying to be patient, but hoping the doc turns it around soon and makes sure its taken care of soon.

This war vet has been trying to be happy but this is hittin big. donor halo, hairline, temporal, density concerns from the start of surgery to repair surgery till now. Lot of time, effort, finances invested, hope, etc etc,

Lets see what happens. No one deserves going through these things but what matters is if the doc delivers and makes sure if the patient is 100% happy and taken care of in the end.

Got a fade haircut, nd the last thing i need is some stylists to ask about the halo in my donor and that my hair is see through up front and etc. etc., and advice on vitamins that may help (which they do not sell) or use of rogaine(which i already use and they do not sell). Especially after going through so much.

So, lets see how situation is actually handled and how the doc delivers. Im trying to hope for the best.

pkipling
02-18-2016, 10:31 PM
My confidence is better, my stress level is significantly lower, it takes me much less time to fix/style my hair, and I have a lot more options when it comes to hairstyles these days. Also, I wear hats a lot less often - and only when I want to for style purposes or when I just really don't feel like fixing my hair because I'm lazy. :)

Before my HT, it would take me sometimes a good 20 minutes (even longer if I put too much product in it and had to wash it and start over) to get my hair styled "just right" so that my receding hairline wasn't showing. I also had to keep it at just the right length so as to be able to successfully conceal, which meant many frequent trips to the barber.

I hate to hear of so many negative experiences with hair transplants. I can't even imagine how difficult that must be.

I am a patient advocate for Dr. Parsa Mohebi in Los Angeles, CA. My opinions/comments are my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Mohebi and his staff.

asianguy
02-18-2016, 11:09 PM
destroyed most of my life... have lived in anxiety, fear and depression for two straight years and have destroyed every relationship I have been in. Still have trouble seeing my family and friends and I don't go out to bars or restaurants anymore. Was filled with paralyzing anxiety and fear on my Birthday, my Nephews Birthday, Easter and Christmas. ***Lesson to all those not to get a hair transplant when the time isn't right and they haven't stabilized their loss.***

Same here

thehatman
02-19-2016, 04:37 AM
Thats grate to hear...Good for you man!!

HTsoon
02-19-2016, 07:05 AM
Before my HT, it would take me sometimes a good 20 minutes (even longer if I put too much product in it and had to wash it and start over) to get my hair styled [/I]

Dude this is me now, I hate when I put to much wax in my hair and I have to wash it all out and reapply minoxidil and let it dry its the worst.

brocktherock
02-19-2016, 12:43 PM
Im 4 months post op with 3134 FUT grafts in the front hairline and deep in the temples. One thing I knew of but didn't fully grasp is how long it takes to see any results. In the past two weeks I just started to be able to walk around without a hat on with concealer. My scalp was red then pink until about a week ago. Overall Im already very satisfied with the procedure and haven't been on here nearly as much, I feel like Im starting to have my life back. Im still in my 20s and some would say that's too young but I would say if you can stabilize the loss with medication and your loss isn't too severe then you can have a good experience. I also went to Dr. Rahal who definitely lives up to the hype. Be honest with yourself though, sometimes a HT won't fix the problem. I waited 3.5 years to decide if it was the right decision. Do not make a permanent choice based on emotions, use your brain.

monty3001
02-20-2016, 11:56 AM
Been living like a recluse with no social life whatsoever for the past decade and half and always wearing a cap. 6 HTs and close to 5000 grafts later and I have less hair now than I started with when I had my first HT. Apparently for some of us even a hair transplant isn't a fix as for some unknown god damn reason the transplanted hair falls out. So now I'm f*cked more than I have ever been.

Can't shave and can't get more HTs and I'm living in constant fear and anxiety -to say nothing about depression- not knowing how bad the scars are on my head (still not visible as they're still covered by hair) and what I'd do if I lose all the transplanted hair.

My HT is looking more and more like a social death sentence.

Tragic story!

I'm 6 1/2 month into my first hair transplant and though I'm concerned massively about density it has given me styling options and it was just temples and first cm of hair line. I'm nearly 38 but started balding heavily at 23 and jumped on dutasteride. This totally ****ed me up sexually but I can still function in that department and it STOPPED hair loss, permanently it seems. have some minor crown thinning and no progression of hair line loss since stopping 5 years ago or so.

Dude, I've worn a sliver of an hair piece before. Just a horse shoe sized piece that I used to apply to my forehead and temples. The match and texture was damn perfect but what a nightmare to fit oneself and the worry of it detaching cos it was so small. Have you got enough grafts to build a hair line perimeter. Cos this is the major issue with pieces. The lace rising and showing at the edge and dirt and mainenance. You could get an awesome peice from toplace or northwest lace for $200 ish that sits behind your grafted hair line and fit it yourself easy with tape. You only ever need glue (which is a collosal bitch BTW) for the hair line really which yours will be grafted, not a piece, so you wont need glue. It's a myth that they come off or whatever. Honestly, that could be your answer. I'm gonna do it if I can't keep my crown cos my donor density is poor.

My advice to you is to build a nice natural hair line with transplants and put a piece behind it. Speak to Eric from North West Lace. He's a great guy and really helpful. The only issue with that scenario is you need to buy 2 or 3 so you can rotate them to give illusion of hair growth and clean them as you rotate and they can be hot to wear.

Good luck.

YouOnlyLiveOnce
02-22-2016, 11:05 PM
What I would submit to you- You're probably not gonna get the positive replies you wanna hear. Most guys that have a successful transplant forget about the forums and move on with life. The guys who stick around are usually unhappy for one reason or another.

Personally, it flipped my life around 180 in the positive. I had a transplant 6 years at age of 26. My hair hairline was weak, I wasn't proactive with meds, I became reluctant to go out and enjoy life and I was becoming a shell of my former self. I took the plunge, hopped on meds and I can say with confidence, that it was one of the best choices I've ever made.

pre-op at 26

http://i41.tinypic.com/9r7hv7.jpg

Below is less than a month ago. Obviously when comparing the 2, one it at at its worst and the other is at its best. That said, there's no way, no how, that I could I could pull of my current style with my previous hair. I can't tell you how many compliments I've gotten on how 'cool' my hair is, or people asking me what product I use, or how I style it. At first it was hard to accept these compliment. Mentally, my hair was still a huge weakness, so I didn't like any focus or attention being put there. Slowly I've learned to accept the compliment for what it is.

http://i.imgur.com/Gl4sMiV.jpg


Then this is what I feel is a result of meds. I don't think I've lost much, if any since I've started FIN. The progression was was 100% clear from 22-26. I got on meds as soon as I had the transplant and as far as I can tell, no noticeable movement.

http://i.imgur.com/7AbQvxG.jpg

thehatman
02-23-2016, 03:51 AM
Holy cow!! you look like a new person,,you must feel grate!! GOOD FOR YOU DUDE.
YOLO how many FU did you get?

pkipling
02-24-2016, 01:55 PM
Dude this is me now, I hate when I put to much wax in my hair and I have to wash it all out and reapply minoxidil and let it dry its the worst.

Yep. And I'm still guilty of this from time to time - but for no other reason than sometimes, I just don't know how to fix my hair and keep adding product trying to get it right until I have to scratch it all and start over. Haha. I need a live-in stylist...

I am a patient advocate for Dr. Parsa Mohebi in Los Angeles, CA. My opinions/comments are my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Mohebi and his staff.

blohan
02-25-2016, 07:43 PM
destroyed most of my life... have lived in anxiety, fear and depression for two straight years and have destroyed every relationship I have been in. Still have trouble seeing my family and friends and I don't go out to bars or restaurants anymore. Was filled with paralyzing anxiety and fear on my Birthday, my Nephews Birthday, Easter and Christmas. ***Lesson to all those not to get a hair transplant when the time isn't right and they haven't stabilized their loss.***

omg what happenedĄ?

YouOnlyLiveOnce
02-25-2016, 09:05 PM
Holy cow!! you look like a new person,,you must feel grate!! GOOD FOR YOU DUDE.
YOLO how many FU did you get?

Thanks man, I appreciate it.

I had 2920ish ( did it in 2010 so its hard to remember exact number).

CaliD
02-25-2016, 10:20 PM
Thanks man, I appreciate it.

I had 2920ish ( did it in 2010 so its hard to remember exact number).

Thank you for posting your positive outcome. I thought I was one of the only guys that visits here that's actually happy. I'm still in my 8th month post op (about 4,000 fue grafts) so my posts won't hold as much water as someone who did it more than 18 months ago. My hair is a bit shaggy right now but I'm putting off my next haircut til I'm well into my 9th month so I can actually get a stylish cut. Your hair looks freaking awesome dude. Congrats.

ukcali
05-30-2016, 01:22 AM
I had my transplant about 2 1/2 years ago. It's changed my life.

I was very depressed before about my hair loss and would spend huge amounts of time focus sing on it (and coming on here and reading everything I could). I started by taking propecia (after thinking long and hard about it), which made a big difference. It has thickened my hair and stopped the loss getting any worse.

I then had my transplant and now I am at a point where I hardly think about it anymore. That's the most liberating thing. It's not that I'm 100% happy with my hair, I'm not, but I'm at a point now where I just don't think about it much. Ideally I would really like a lower hairline, some more grafts to thicken it a bit but if I'm being honest none of this is necessary. I once read one here that hair transplants are like having money, it doesn't matter how much you've got, you'll always want more.

Overall - it's honestly changed my life. I'm at a point now that i never thought I would be.

blohan
05-30-2016, 01:24 AM
I had my transplant about 2 1/2 years ago. It's changed my life.

I was very depressed before about my hair loss and would spend huge amounts of time focus sing on it (and coming on here and reading everything I could). I started by taking propecia (after thinking long and hard about it), which made a big difference. It has thickened my hair and stopped the loss getting any worse.

I then had my transplant and now I am at a point where I hardly think about it anymore. That's the most liberating thing. It's not that I'm 100% happy with my hair, I'm not, but I'm at a point now where I just don't think about it much. Ideally I would really like a lower hairline, some more grafts to thicken it a bit but if I'm being honest none of this is necessary. I once read one here that hair transplants are like having money, it doesn't matter how much you've got, you'll always want more.

Overall - it's honestly changed my life. I'm at a point now that i never thought I would be.

Are you still on propecia?

ukcali
05-30-2016, 01:26 AM
Youonlyliveone - wow what an amazing result. Glad you're so happy!

I agree with what he said, a lot of people who have successful transplants move on and stop frequenting these forums as much (I know I have. I could count in one hand the amount of times I've been on here since I've had mine, whereas I used to be on here daily). The key to successful surgery is being well informed. Read EVERYTHING you can find. Stabilise your hair loss & find a good surgeon.

pidda
07-26-2016, 01:04 PM
Before my hair transplant I didn't have suicidal thoughts every day but now after my hair transplant i have suicidal thoughts everyday

thehatman
07-27-2016, 07:16 AM
Before my hair transplant I didn't have suicidal thoughts every day but now after my hair transplant i have suicidal thoughts everyday

explain why?

coolhairstyle002
08-05-2016, 02:40 PM
Could you guys comment a bit on your hair transplant history. What pattern and age you were at when you first had an ht.

I have been considering one but reading stories like these is certainly good information. I am really sorry to hear about your bad experiences. Hair loss is such a terrible affliction.

I'm Asian. My hair was thinning--[Norwood 3]--as far back as I could remember when I was 16 or 18. I combed my hair forward to cover up the thinning areas. NEVER combed back or slicked back. First attempt to deal with it ever was with Propecia in my early 20s. Went off it (for a little while), and I didn't remember why; maybe because it was inconvenient for me financially at the time. And went on Minoxidil and have been on ever since.

In June 2010, I had my first hair transplant (HT1) on the temples and a bit bordering the frontal and sides. And looking fine a year or two after, I did wish it could be a bit denser, but I was kind of satisfied at the time. (I was back on Minoxidil 2 weeks after the transplant--to help keep my existing hair and to help transplanted hair grow faster.) And back on Finasteride (generic Propecia) as well.

June 2014, I had my 2nd hair transplant (HT2), because I realized that I wasn't satisfied. *By this time, I was paying attention to my brother who had no HT, and he said he wouldn't ever. He was thinning on the temples and also the crown (Norwood 3V). Interestingly, my crown was full and dense--it must have been because of the Finasteride for sure.

June 2016, decidedly I had my 3rd and "last" hair transplant (HT3). By this time, it was for vanity reason and I had just started a YouTube channel [not about my HT experiences] where people could see my whole face and hair. YouTube people and it's community are ruthless and full of trolls--mean comments are rampant. "Last" because I know that the spaces between the hairs are too close for more HT...I think. That is, I don't think I can get any denser. You can examine my pictures I posted. *And I have had enough knowledge and based on my research for over 6 years, I think I'm done.

However, who knows, may be I could have some other alternative to HT or do more HT in the future. Again, I don't think I could get any denser. However, with the medicine & Minoxidil and proper nutrition and supplements, I have noticed my hair is fuller and thinker than ever.

*In a couple of months, I will post pictures of my hair styled and cut since I just had my 3rd HT. (Dated June 2016.)

rappy
08-05-2016, 03:18 PM
Reading this thread breaks my heart however i can see the light in it also.

This thread really proves how few really bad outcomes we have, just like other surgeries. Something i've learned from doctors is that all surgeries are risky. I would think we'd have way more bad stories.

I would guess that if someone got a transplant and was happy with it, we wouldn't see this person on the forums anymore. Who wants to hang out at a forum like this.

I read a lot of transplant stories (before and after pictures...) at this and other forums and many look really good.
Why those who had bad transplants doesn't recommend one even though they've seen some really good transplants is something i don't understand.

coolhairstyle002
08-05-2016, 05:27 PM
Reading this thread breaks my heart however i can see the light in it also.

I would guess that if someone got a transplant and was happy with it, we wouldn't see this person on the forums anymore. Who wants to hang out at a forum like this.



I think you guessed right. I just got back on these forums lately, the last time I was here was in 2010. Since then, I've had two more HT. I was happy with my 1st (so I thought), and I didn't think back. It's a personal privacy thing to most, I assume. Some of us, I would say most of us, are embarrassed to share something that we rather keep to ourselves. Coping with the shame we feel about losing hair isn't pleasant, believing we are unattractive and so forth. In our minds, according to psychologists, it's a disorder comparable to body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) syndrome. Indeed, it's not plesant. Now I'm on my 3rd and back on these forums seeking more support and info and sharing info about HT.