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    Quote Originally Posted by win200 View Post
    .... but I'm not clear on what type of outcomes they're getting that leave them unhappy.
    Density not what they had expected / hoped for. People expecting the same density as when they were a teenager

    Hairline too low , too high , not natural looking....looks like an obvious HT

    Scar is bigger than expected ( or bigger than they were told it was going to be ) such that if they are not happy with the whole HT thing they can't buzz it down because now they have this really big happy face scar on the back of their head

    When further hairloss occurs which unless they can handle it means they need to back for another HT to fill in what they've lost since the first HT . This most probably will happen since hairloss continues as we age

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAVE52 View Post
    Density not what they had expected / hoped for. People expecting the same density as when they were a teenager

    Hairline too low , too high , not natural looking....looks like an obvious HT

    Scar is bigger than expected ( or bigger than they were told it was going to be ) such that if they are not happy with the whole HT thing they can't buzz it down because now they have this really big happy face scar on the back of their head

    When further hairloss occurs which unless they can handle it means they need to back for another HT to fill in what they've lost since the first HT . This most probably will happen since hairloss continues as we age
    It seems like many of these things aren't "botched" in the sense that the surgeon screwed up, but unrealistic expectations on the patient's part that weren't met--i.e., the scar, full density, etc. Most of my worries are about shock loss (ending up worse off than when I started, or triggering a huge persistent shed) or many/most of the grafts never growing.

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    Several people make some really good points here. FlightTL and Aim4hair specifically really make some good points. FlightTL is right when he quotes Spencer in saying that "once you're cut, you're cut". As much as I despise hair loss, I don't want to be a prisoner to having to worry about covering up a scar on the back of my head for the rest of my life. I mean, if an FUT transplant were to guarantee me a full head of hair, I would be more willing to deal with the scar. But a person cannot be guaranteed anything close to a full head of hair with FUT; it's just not mathematically possible with regards to the amount of donor hair a doctor can extract and the amount of hair needed to give a balding person a full head of hair. Aim4hair, you're totally right that some people call FUT a "gold standard". I personally think that's an absolute joke. How can some one call FUT a "gold standard" when it only appeals to a small fraction of the hair loss population (maybe 5-10% of hair loss sufferers get FUT transplants) and possesses such limitations and drawbacks, such as the inability to create anything close to a full head of hair and the permanent scarring. We really need much better options that appeal to the majority of the hair loss population and do not possess the limitations of FUT.

    I do not blame Spencer for not getting a hair transplant at all. It's really a wonder and almost a miracle that he saved so much hair throughout the years, especially when he says that he first noticed hair loss, there was really nothing available. His hair really does look great and I don't think it would be worth it for him to undergo the expense, trials, and tribulations to go through a hair transplant just to maybe address a small bald/balding area on the back of his head. Plus, his girlfriend (wife?) seems to be very cool with his hair the way it is now. Anyway, I think he created the IAHRS not so much to advocate that people should get hair transplant, but more to promote safety within the industry. He probably saw people getting butchered and disfigured left and right by unethical hair transplant doctors and he wanted to create a reputable organization of doctors that he knew would not screw people over and intentionally disfigure them. It seems to me that his message was never: "I want to encourage you to get a hair transplant with an IAHRS doctor". Instead, his message seems to be: "If you have your heart set on getting a hair transplant, here is a list of doctors (IAHRS) who are ethical and will not butcher or disfigure you".

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