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#1

I have been researching these forums for about two years now starting with hair loss help forum, then this, and now I have been checking out hair transplant network. I want some minor fue work to close my temples from nw 2-2.5ish to a nw 1sh. I have decent fam history w/no meds and can’t decide which doc to pull the trigger. Feller seems reputable, umar seems talanted affordable and armani both sara and alvi show awesome results but are somewhat worrisome seeing how some of the other forums have had problems with them. I wonder why this forum doesn’t embrace shapiro, feller and some of the other docs here and vice versa on htnetwork. They have never even brought up sara and she has A+ results. why are these sites so separate from each other?


#2

» I have been researching these forums for about two years now starting with
» hair loss help forum, then this, and now I have been checking out hair
» transplant network. I want some minor fue work to close my temples from nw
» 2-2.5ish to a nw 1sh. I have decent fam history w/no meds and can’t decide
» which doc to pull the trigger. Feller seems reputable, umar seems talanted
» affordable and armani both sara and alvi show awesome results but are
» somewhat worrisome seeing how some of the other forums have had problems
» with them. I wonder why this forum doesn’t embrace shapiro, feller and some
» of the other docs here and vice versa on htnetwork. They have never even
» brought up sara and she has A+ results. why are these sites so separate
» from each other?
I guess their are many factors. Website owners make money from advertising so I guess will tend to be biased towards the people paying them. I guess patients will hang out on forum sites they have more incommon with, fuller patients will hang out where he is more prominently known and advertised etc.
Also I guess clinic reps will be more prominent on some sites more than others. Pat205 for example provided me with lots of info and answered alot of my questions here when I was reasearching getting work done.
I think all the Docs on your narrowed down list are good, so its a matter of personal preference, fue or strip and or body hair etc


#3

I think if you read this forum and a few other you mentioned you can quickly see there are a handful of surgeons out there that stand above the rest. Once you have that list narrowed down it’s time to focus on your top three and start studying each of those doctors results. That’s how I decided upon Dr. Armani.


#4

» I have been researching these forums for about two years now starting with
» hair loss help forum, then this, and now I have been checking out hair
» transplant network. I want some minor fue work to close my temples from nw
» 2-2.5ish to a nw 1sh. I have decent fam history w/no meds and can’t decide
» which doc to pull the trigger. Feller seems reputable, umar seems talanted
» affordable and armani both sara and alvi show awesome results but are
» somewhat worrisome seeing how some of the other forums have had problems
» with them. I wonder why this forum doesn’t embrace shapiro, feller and some
» of the other docs here and vice versa on htnetwork. They have never even
» brought up sara and she has A+ results. why are these sites so separate
» from each other?

I guess it’s because this forum is more of a FUE forum than the others you mentioned, Feller and Shapiro are not well known for FUE.


#5

» I have been researching these forums for about two years now starting with
» hair loss help forum, then this, and now I have been checking out hair
» transplant network. I want some minor fue work to close my temples from nw
» 2-2.5ish to a nw 1sh. I have decent fam history w/no meds and can’t decide
» which doc to pull the trigger. Feller seems reputable, umar seems talanted
» affordable and armani both sara and alvi show awesome results but are
» somewhat worrisome seeing how some of the other forums have had problems
» with them. I wonder why this forum doesn’t embrace shapiro, feller and some
» of the other docs here and vice versa on htnetwork. They have never even
» brought up sara and she has A+ results. why are these sites so separate
» from each other?

Jbbrease

I would suggest that you do lots of research before you choose your doctor. Don’t just rely on the “awesome results” posted on the forums. Send private messages to patients of the doctor you are thining about. Talk to as many posters as you can from all the forums.

I think you have identified some key worrying issues. How come some doctors are not welcome on some forums? Why are some patients silenced when they speak out? How come some forums only seem to mention certain doctors?

I made a mistake with my choice of doctor. I wish I had spent more time speaking with patients and with HT veterans. I wish I had consulted many forums and not just one forum. I wish that I hadn’t been persuaded by the “awesome results” posted on certain forums.

If you have any questions please feel free to PM me.

All the best with your choice.

SR


#6

Whatever you decide to do just make sure that you don’t do strip. Strip is a life sentence.


#7

Armani does the best temple closures and hairline designs hands-down.

» I have been researching these forums for about two years now starting with
» hair loss help forum, then this, and now I have been checking out hair
» transplant network. I want some minor fue work to close my temples from nw
» 2-2.5ish to a nw 1sh. I have decent fam history w/no meds and can’t decide
» which doc to pull the trigger. Feller seems reputable, umar seems talanted
» affordable and armani both sara and alvi show awesome results but are
» somewhat worrisome seeing how some of the other forums have had problems
» with them. I wonder why this forum doesn’t embrace shapiro, feller and some
» of the other docs here and vice versa on htnetwork. They have never even
» brought up sara and she has A+ results. why are these sites so separate
» from each other?


#8

» Armani does the best temple closures and hairline designs hands-down.
»
It is no good designing a beautiful hairline if the grafts don’t grow.


#9

What is the general consensus here on hair transplant network?


#10

I read this thread the other day and I was going to answer, but I waited to see what others said.

I have to be honest, I feel 100% comfortable here. I like posting and reading this board for the most part. It is helpful that Dr. Shapiro does fantastic work and has done so for 15+ years–he is well known and regardless of what forum I frequent, myself and SMG are always well received. I feel that way on every one of the 6-7 forums I post-on/read.

I could spend time posting more of our strip results, but we have hundreds of them scattered all over the internet for over 8 years.

However, I get email after email about our FUE work, so once I get grown out results, I will most certainly share them with this forum, where I know they will be well received and commented on with respect. I have said before, we are building our patient base and we will begin to have continuous results to share with this forum and others.

I think what people forget and need to be reminded of is that more people are getting hair transplants these days than ever before–another shocker is that most HT patients are still in their 30’s and 40’s as opposed to their 20’s.

You couldn’t tell me anything in my early to mid 20’s–knew everything. Also had another common problem of believing what I wanted to hear and rejecting anything that didn’t fit with what I wanted. Add a few years and a family and those things change…they change rather drastically. Something to consider.

There is no “right” way, but there is a wrong way…and the wrong way is when we tip the balance of wants over needs, without taking into consideration future loss. This means some patients are candidates for a certain approach and some patients are not— it is an individual science, with general axioms or guidelines that have served the industry well over time.

With that said, Dr. Shapiro does do higher density work and lower hairlines–but only on patients that fit his criteria. We like it when patients come in who have no family history of loss, above average donor density, limited loss, no miniaturization in the donor, and want to lower a hairline with some density. It is always nice to tell a patient, Yes, we can do that.

Unfortunately, there are those who we have to reign in a bit…just to make sure…and even still those we must try to educate and turn away.

I want to say that this is not an exact science and over time, the pendulum that seems to swing too far right or left, has most times found it’s way more back toward the middle. All I personally ask is that patients do actual research before making a decision…which includes meeting patients in person. If you do that, a difficult decision will be somewhat easier.

I look forward to sharing our results with this forum in the coming months.

Take Care,
Jason


#11

» I read this thread the other day and I was going to answer, but I waited to
» see what others said.
»
» I have to be honest, I feel 100% comfortable here. I like posting and
» reading this board for the most part. It is helpful that Dr. Shapiro does
» fantastic work and has done so for 15+ years–he is well known and
» regardless of what forum I frequent, myself and SMG are always well
» received. I feel that way on every one of the 6-7 forums I post-on/read.
»
» I could spend time posting more of our strip results, but we have hundreds
» of them scattered all over the internet for over 8 years.
»
» However, I get email after email about our FUE work, so once I get grown
» out results, I will most certainly share them with this forum, where I know
» they will be well received and commented on with respect. I have said
» before, we are building our patient base and we will begin to have
» continuous results to share with this forum and others.
»
» I think what people forget and need to be reminded of is that more people
» are getting hair transplants these days than ever before–another shocker
» is that most HT patients are still in their 30’s and 40’s as opposed to
» their 20’s.
»
» You couldn’t tell me anything in my early to mid 20’s–knew everything.
» Also had another common problem of believing what I wanted to hear and
» rejecting anything that didn’t fit with what I wanted. Add a few years and
» a family and those things change…they change rather drastically.
» Something to consider.
»
» There is no “right” way, but there is a wrong way…and the wrong way is
» when we tip the balance of wants over needs, without taking into
» consideration future loss. This means some patients are candidates for a
» certain approach and some patients are not— it is an individual science,
» with general axioms or guidelines that have served the industry well over
» time.
»
» With that said, Dr. Shapiro does do higher density work and lower
» hairlines–but only on patients that fit his criteria. We like it when
» patients come in who have no family history of loss, above average donor
» density, limited loss, no miniaturization in the donor, and want to lower a
» hairline with some density. It is always nice to tell a patient, Yes, we
» can do that.
»
» Unfortunately, there are those who we have to reign in a bit…just to
» make sure…and even still those we must try to educate and turn away.
»
» I want to say that this is not an exact science and over time, the
» pendulum that seems to swing too far right or left, has most times found
» it’s way more back toward the middle. All I personally ask is that patients
» do actual research before making a decision…which includes meeting
» patients in person. If you do that, a difficult decision will be somewhat
» easier.
»
» I look forward to sharing our results with this forum in the coming
» months.
»
» Take Care,
» Jason

jason, what is considered dense packing according to dr. shapiro?