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    Hello everyone!

    Just want to say first that I truly appreciate this website and all that I've learned. This will be my first public post where I'll finally share my story, hair transplant results with Dr. Rahal, and hopefully you all can give me some honest reviews/recommendations. Two things before I get started. I don't have the best quality pictures nor very many of them and I apologize.

    I'm 39 years old now and live in Missouri - United States. I started receding at 16 years old. Almost had a HT with Bosley in my early 20's but thank God I wrecked my car and then couldn't afford it. Going to Bosley would've been the worst decision ever. I took Propecia/Finasteride off and on in my 20's and early 30's which really helped. And then I stopped the medicine when I was around 32 because I knew at some point in the near future my fiancee and I would be trying to do In-Vitro Fertilization. Less than a year after I stopped Finasteride I had lost a lot more hair and it was driving me crazy. I was about to get married and I knew it was time to get a hair transplant asap.

    After all the research I had done up until this point I was 100% sold on Dr. Rahal. My goal was to create a new hairline that was dense and natural looking and I felt that Dr. Rahal was the surgeon I needed. I ended up having a FUT with Dr. Rahal in October, 2013. Based on my hair loss at that time, Dr. Rahal recommended 4000 grafts by FUT. Once the procedure was finished I only ended up with 2949 grafts based on my laxity and donor density.

    Four to five months after my FUT with Rahal I was feeling optimistic because more new hairs were starting to sprout. I was also given the okay from Rahal's team to use Toppik if I wanted. I had never used any hair fibers in the past and this was a complete game changer for me. Even though at 6 months my results were see through and not dense, with the help of Toppik, I was able to create an illusion of a full head of hair.

    A year after my FUT with Rahal I took pictures and emailed them to Rahalís team. I expressed that I felt my growth was not what I imagined it would be and that Iíd like to hear Dr. Rahalís opinion of my results. I didnít make a big deal about it to Rahalís team. Rahalís team responded and said they covered an area of over 81cm with 2949 grafts, which is an average of 36 graft/cm squared. They also said at that density we expect to see some see though and visibility of the scalp. I was also advised that when Dr. Rahal reviewed my file that my grafts were fragile and my skin was tough to create popping. Dr. Rahal advised the fix would be to do another procedure/add more grafts and bring the density closer to 50 grafts/cm squared which would give a better illusion of density. Dr. Rahal also offered me 300 free grafts if I scheduled another hair transplant.

    By the way, I financed the hair transplant with Rahal thorough my own bank in Missouri on a 5 year loan. So a year after my HT when I knew I needed another HT in order to add more density and getting a better result, I knew I simply couldnít afford anytime soon. So I let it go and went on with my life using Toppik every day and making the most out of the hairs I had.

    Also, Iím absolutely not blaming Rahal for my result. I think he is an amazing surgeon and I consider him to be very ethical. Even though I didnít get a homerun result which I know now is not always the case, the result I got with the combination of Toppik changed my life and appearance in a very positive way. Iíve always known Iíve had thin hair, but I didnít realize until lately that different hair characteristics play a very important role in the final result or the illusion of density. I also think itís very likely that the reason I didnít get a home run is because my hair being very fine, not many triples and no quads, not able to get as many grafts needed to cover my area needed, possible below average growth, and no finasteride.

    Here I am now, five years since I had my FUT with Rahal. I havenít taken Finasteride in 7 years or so and Iíve lost so much more hair. I still use Toppik almost every day, except for the days I wear my hat. Iím tired of using toppik and spending so much time fixing my hair and stressing over it. Itís exhausting and depressing to say the least. Iíve considered shaving my head and also considered getting a hair replacement system. My gut tells me I wouldnít be happy with either of those two options. Since I was successful at IVF and had a healthy child, hopefully very soon Iíll get back on Propecia or Finasteride which I know will help.

    What I really want and think I need is another hair transplant. In a perfect world Iíd love to get one mega session and be done. Reality tells me I might not be the best candidate for that nor does that happen every time. So I want to be realistic. Iím not sure if I should go the FUT route again or if I should try FUE? Even though my hair characteristics are not amazing, if I were to get another FUT or FUE who would you guys recommend? Obviously I have a lot of area to cover and Iíd love to cover as much area as possible in one session. Thank you all so much for reading this and sharing your opinions!
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    I would go to Dr BISANGA or Dr Cole. I think they have teamed up .
    Get on advodart of finesteride. Keep us posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclean View Post
    I would go to Dr BISANGA or Dr Cole. I think they have teamed up .
    Get on advodart of finesteride. Keep us posted.
    Thanks so much for your feedback! I think those doctors are very good and respected. May I ask why you recommend them? Is it because youíve had a HT with one of them or because you think they would be the best for my situation? Thank you!

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    I have had a consultation with Bisanga and after years of research decided on him for FUE. After the consultation he told me i wasn't a candidate for FUE so i haven't pursued it since. Check out Topcat repair video and you can google his story:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHZA-cuctcE
    Dr. Cole is also very good with repair but i have never been to him.

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    Hi guys - I just wanted to let everyone know after all the research and consultations, Iíve made my final decision for a FUT with Dr. Muresanu at Hattingen Hair Clinic in Switzerland on November 15th, 2019! I canít begin to explain how confident and excited I am with this decision! I will be making a separate post before too long so I can share more details, share my progress once I have the hair transplant, and chat about my more recent experiences with dermarolling, minoxidil, and soon to be finasteride. Thanks so much for all your support!

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