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Yes, there are problems with hair transplants...


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I did extensive research before undergoing hair transplant surgery in Los Angeles.  
Unfortunately, I only heard what I wanted to hear prior to this hair transplant nightmare.

 

Before transplants

1 year later

follicular unit transplants

Before 800 hair transplants

1 year later. Not only did the transplants not grow, they damaged my existing hair.

Note:  My transplants were done using 1 - 4 hair mini & micro grafts and not the plug grafts used in the early years of hair transplantation.


Baldness and hair loss are devastating for everyone.  If you have ever considered hair transplantation surgery, or undergone a hair transplant procedure than this website is for you.  Mini-grafts, micro-grafts, and mega-sessions promise natural hairlines that will last a lifetime.   From the photo's above you can see the result hair transplant surgeons don't tell you about.   Hair transplants have become a top choice for men suffering from hair loss, receding hairlines, thinning crowns, and male pattern baldness.  The truth about transplants may surprise you.  I urge you to read this page carefully before considering hair transplants.

 

I have created this information page for all men experiencing hair loss who may be 
considering hair transplantation as a remedy. I have had extensive experience with hair transplants and I have developed this website to share what I have learned. 

This account of my experience is absolutely accurate and I have not been paid by any company or individual to bias this report. 

My Profile 

I began to lose my hair at the age of 21. My receding hairline was the first sign of the male pattern baldness I had inherited. My hair began to thin on top of my head as my hairline continued to recede. I was frustrated at the thought of losing my hair, looking older than I was, being less attractive to women, and annoyed by thinning hair jokes. 

I visited a dermatologist and received a prescription for minoxidil (now known as rogaine). Two years of using rogaine yielded no noticeable growth of new hair and my existing hair continued to fall out. Now at 23 years old, I decided to give hair transplants a try. After all, the before and after pictures in the transplant advertisements showed incredible results were common. 

I consulted with a doctor in Santa Monica, CA and he was excited about what he could do for me. He wanted to start with 200, 4 millimeter hair plug graft. I was nervous about the size of these grafts (roughly the size of a pencil's eraser) and so he agreed to split them in half. Essentially each split graft contained 7-8 hairs. I didn't see any growth for about 8 months. The growth from the grafts began to appear but was so insignificant that I was still not satisfied (people still joked about my lack of  hair, etc...). I decided to find a doctor who could deliver the type of results in the advertisements.  I  approached a second hair transplant surgeon in Torrance, CA.  This doctor had published extensive literature about hair transplants and is often published in the Hair Transplant forum, an industry newsletter on the topic of baldness and hair transplant procedures. 

The doctor completed 4 transplant sessions, about 200 grafts per session, over the course of one year. The grafts began to grow about 6 months after my last transplant session. The transplants did not give me anywhere near the density that I had expected (I would still get a severe sunburn on my head without a hat on).  The doctor seemed satisfied with the outcome... but I was not.  

The 3rd and Final doctor... and the unfortunate reality of hair transplants

Now at 25 years old I was still battling hair loss and had spent $6,000 on hair transplants that had not lived up to the sales pitch. A Los Angeles based hair transplant clinic began advertising the "mega-session" for hair transplant clients. Also know as "follicular units".  The idea of doing 800 or more grafts at one time, and using finer grafts to reduce detectability sounded great. The before and after photos in their ads were very impressive... almost to good to be true ...as I eventually found out.

I paid $4,800 for 800 mini-grafts (roughly 3-4 hairs per mini-graft). I had the procedure done in the Beverly Hills office of this doctor's clinic in November of 1994 and three months after the procedure all of my previous transplants began to fall out! How could this be? I was told to be patient... they will grow back. One year after this hair transplant clinics procedure the old grafts (that had previously grown in) were not growing back and the new grafts that the doctor had transplanted were not producing acceptable grow (by his own admission). The hairs that did grow from the procedure were cosmetically insignificant. 

The doctor agreed that the results were not acceptable but he did offer me a new transplant session free of charge. The second transplant session of approximately 750 grafts knocked out the few hair transplants that were growing, ...due to shock I was told. The second session of transplants again produced very little growth at all. 

I contacted the doctor and requested an explanation... he didn't have one. I then requested my $4,800 be refunded. He said that was not possible but suggested maybe they would give me another transplant session on them. But inspection of the donor area at the back of my head left too little hair for any additional hair grafts. Today I have extensive scarring on the back of my head which is difficult to cover up because the remaining hair has been severely thinned by grafting. Keep in mind I am now 32 years old and was considered a perfect candidate for this procedure based on the "thickness" and "density" of my donor area which is now bare.

I would suggest to anyone considering hair transplantation to give this serious thought. Very rarely does an individual experience the type of results shown in the before and after promotions. I feel that my experience with hair transplants, unfortunately, is more common than any hair transplant surgeon would like to admit. 

Hair loss makes men insecure which in turn makes them vulnerable. In my opinion, these hair transplant factories are opportunists and they are experts at selling the illusion of a youthful appearance through a full head of hair. 

California Law

The law in California states that doctors can not guarantee outcomes or results. 

On the day of the hair transplant, prior to the procedure, patients are given a form to read and sign that states that the procedure is not guaranteed and that you understand this.  I find it a little suspicious that this document is handed to the patient on the day of the surgery.  At this point, the patient has taken time off of work, they have paid for the procedure, they are nervous and anxious, and they have been given a couple of valium.  I, myself, was in no condition to read or understand this document on the day of surgery.  Had it been presented to me a week before the operation perhaps I would have had a chance to review it properly. 

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