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    Default Recommend treatment / Doc? (with pics)

    Heya everybody! I am 25....hairloss started around 18...this is where im at now (see pics below)...Im pretty new to all this hairloss stuff but decided that its time to fix the problem. I went and saw Dr. Paul McAndrews in Los Angeles...he quoted me 1800 grafts @ $9 a graft = 16k O.O....slightly over my price range.

    can anybody recommend me a good doctor either in Los Angeles or St. Louis (i spend half the year in St louis) that doesnt charge so much (it is my understanding that typically the price is 4-5$ a graft?)?

    Or any other solutuions for my type of hairloss

    Any help, suggestions, opinions greatly appretiated












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    Hey Stolli
    What specific procedure were you given a quote for? Are you looking to have a FUE or FUT procedure? Hasson and Wong in Vancouver are considered to be two of the better docs in the industry and I believe charge $5 a graft for the first 2000 and $3 a graft thereafter. If time permits, it would be worth going out there for a consultation.
    Are you currently on a Finasteride regimen?

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    I -think- it was FUE but im not 100% certian - I have just recently started taking Fin + rogain ...I am currently in law school and cant really take the time to travel to vancouver its really gotta be either in california or st. louis:/

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    If you're not prepared to travel yet, then you're not prepared for surgery. Location should not limit you. This is a decision that you will live with for the rest of your life.

    My advice: slow down, research, and adjust your priorities. Location should be near the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stolli View Post
    I -think- it was FUE but im not 100% certian - I have just recently started taking Fin + rogain ...I am currently in law school and cant really take the time to travel to vancouver its really gotta be either in california or st. louis:/
    I want to emphasize how important it is for you to be patient, do research, and really know the pros and cons of not only getting a hair transplant, but also among the different procedures. I had my first procedure (FUE) done about 4 years ago at the age of 24. I wasn't very educated on the industry, the procedure, the doctors. Sadly enough, and all too common, the whole process turned out to be a very bad experience for me. It left me with a hole in my wallet, a procedure that yielded only about 25% growth, and neglect from a very selfish and unethical doctor. I am now considering going FUT for my second procedure and only as of recent have started taking finasteride as it was never recommended, let alone even mentioned to me by my doctor 4 years ago. You are taking a step in the right direction by being on a fin and rogaine regimen. With your scale of hairloss and the fact that you are considering a hair transplant, it is very important that you give fin a try. I can't really recommend a specific doctor to you in the area but I can tell you that it's very much worth getting a few opinions. Get a general idea of donor density, what each doctor recommends as far as the hair line goes, and of course dealing with your future hairloss and non transplanted areas. Although price is a huge factor in all of this, don't let it be the most important when it comes to such a permanent and visibly lifelong procedure. Use this forum to your advantage and do as much research as you can before you make a concrete decision.

    Good Luck

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    Hi Stolli,

    You have a lot of loss. Depending on what your expectations are, it could take more than a few large sessions to get you where you want to be. It would be in your best interest to spend the next couple of years treating it with the two FDA approved medications to make sure you can arrest further loss and possibly grow some of what you've lost back.

    If you haven't already done so, it would be a good idea to change out your regular shampoo and conditioner for sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. It would also be a good idea to wash your hair with Nizoral A-D shampoo once or twice per week, but not more often than that.

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    Thanks for the replys guys! I am still doing research and plan to be well versed in all of this prior to surgery. Although i know location should not constrict me...i dont have a choice in this matter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stolli View Post
    I am still doing research and plan to be well versed in all of this prior to surgery.
    I'm glad to hear that. Make sure you learn how to tell the difference between BS and actual legitimate information. There is a lot of BS to fight through, especially on the internet. You are doing the right thing by postponing surgery until you are completely comfortable with your decision.

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    are there any particular resources you would recommend to learn more?

    Also, i ran into "the coalition of independent hair restoration physicians" on the hair transplant network. Are these all reliable doctors? Is this a credible source for good recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stolli View Post
    are there any particular resources you would recommend to learn more?

    Also, i ran into "the coalition of independent hair restoration physicians" on the hair transplant network. Are these all reliable doctors? Is this a credible source for good recommendations?
    I had a very bad experience on the hair transplant network. Basically itís a hair transplant sales site and they sell hair loss products also. Since it purely a sales site you should not trust the posters on there. Most of them are shills or they work for the site. There job is to generate leads for these doctors, so telling you not to have surgery or to wait is not well received on that site. You will see a lot of IAHRS members who advertise on that site so many of the doctors are good, but if they are not in the IAHRS you should stay clear!. There have been reports that when you join youíll get PMs trying to sell you surgery if you ask certain questions so be careful. That is an extremely unethical website so listen to the people here with experience and do your own leg work.

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