Guys, I do not have any regrets that I had strip surgery with Dr. Armani last year. After all, for the first pass, my result was great and the procedure was cheap. But now that Dr. Armani offers FUE, I don’t think I’d ever have strip surgery again. Dr. Armani was always my number one choice of doctors, and it’s great that he now does FUE (and may get rid of strip completely). The recovery is so much smoother and there is less pain and trauma during surgery itself. If you feel anxious, ask them to give you Valium or a sedative. When you’re lightly sedated, you feel like you’re sleeping at home while having FUE surgery. I can’t say the same about strip surgery–in which your head feels like a balloon throughout the procedure due to the constant freezing.
Also a word of advice for the young (and this is my personal opinion), I feel that you’re never too young to get a transplant (esp. in your early to mid 20s). Just make sure you have your hairloss under control and are taking Propecia or Proscar. I made a mistake when I first started balding at age 18 and believed in all the advertisements on TV for things like Avacor. When Avacor didn’t work, I didn’t think anything would. Hence, I went and got a hair system and glued that thing on my head for around 3 years (until I got on Propecia and then went to Armani a year or so later). Make sure you immmediately get on a drug like Propecia or Proscar and then evaluate your situation a year later. If your hairloss has stabilized, then you can proceed with a HT. You will likely need to play catch up, but that’s the other beauty about FUE. Playing catch up isn’t as nerve wrecking as it would have been had strip been the only hair transplant option. Also, always pick a doctor that suits your needs the best.