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    Default Are my expectations unrealistic? 1 year post-op results (2000 graft FUT) - So Cal

    Hi everyone, this is my first post here. I'm really not sure how I should move forward. I finally had a transplant procedure June 14, 2019. I had 2000 grafts (FUT - strip method).

    Prior to my procedure, I had met with at least 4 doctors (in person) and at least 2 others via email/facetime. I first noticed hair loss at age 30, and started talking to doctors when I was 31-32; I had my procedure when I was 34. During this time, my hairline was certainly thinning, but I could easily style my hair to completely hide it. My goal was just to get my hairline back. Most doctors agreed on 1000 to 2000 grafts, and their costs were $5 to $10k.

    I finally chose a doctor in Orange County, California, not because of cost, but because I had read good reviews on various forums, and had the best experience when talking with him.

    In April (10 months after surgery) I expressed concern about my results, but the doctor just said to wait until month 12. Now that I am at the 12 month mark, the doctor is telling me that I need another procedure for density. The only option offered at this point is a 'discount' if I go with another procedure.

    Unfortunately, this procedure was a MAJOR expense for me. While I know I will keep losing hair and need additional procedures in the future, I was at least expecting a solid hairline that I wouldn't have to hide.

    Since this all began, I switched phones (from apple to android), so I'm having a hard time finding before pictures. Honestly, based on how I combed my hair, nobody would have suspected any hair loss. I assumed that 2000 grafts was more than enough to get my hairline back to a 'new normal'.

    Thoughts? I'm afraid to reveal the doctor's name yet.. They have responded to my concerns, but apparently I had different expectations for my outcome.

    Thank you in advance!

    The pictures attached here are from after the surgery, followed by April 2020, and then June 2020.
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    From my POV it looks good! I do not think you had a bad outcome at all.

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