MaC83Bald Class: Email Me My first hair restoration surgery was in 2007 with a clinic called The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists. I recieved 1500 grafts, mostly in the hairline, with a small amount going into the crown. My most recent procedure was with Dr. Rahal, where I recieved 2468 grafts entirely into the hairline. The total amount of hair was 5207, comprised of 379 ones, 1439 twos, and 650 threes.
Proscar: 1.25mg/daily since 06/10.
Rogaine Foam: Since 11/10
My Hair Loss StoryEver since I can remember, I've always been somewhat obsessive about my hair. At around the age of 21 I started to notice temporal thinning and naturally this caused concern. For the next two years, I lazily looked into my options, and somehow came across a hair restoration clinic just blocks from where I was living at the time. The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists is the name of the clinic, and a very ambitious name at that. I did very little research prior to surgery in '07, and in general was disconnected with the entire process. My first procedure left me with very poor density, over sized incisions, and a scar that had stretched to 8mm wide in some spots. I was never made aware of options such as Propecia and/or Minoxidil during consultation with the non-medical representative of the clinic. Patient after care was non existent, and needless to say, my own lack of due-diligence, and the subsequent outcome was regrettable.
My second procedure took place on November 5th, 2010 with Dr. Rahal, and was a much more positive experience, to say the least. I had two consultations in Toronto with Dr. Rahal before making the decision to have him perform my second procedure. I expressed to him all of my concerns, after having my first surgery turn out such negative results. He addressed them all, was very thorough about what I can expect going forward, and most importantly displayed genuine care and interest in what I had to say. The treatment that I recieved during surgery and now in post-op have been exceptional. Dr. Rahal and his entire staff are consummate professionals, who clearly have a vested interest in the satisfaction of their clients.
How has my hair loss affected me?
My hair loss has affected me significantly, actually to an extent that I never would have imagined. The most common issues I deal with are a loss of confidence and self-esteem, anxiety, and to a certain extent, depression. I would say that these feelings had been elevated in the four months leading up to my most recent surgery, as I was experiencing a massive shed due to finasteride.
My general advice and suggestions.
My advice to anyone considering hair restoration is to do your research. You'll notice that throughout this site there is no shortage of people who preach doing plenty of research, and there is a very valid reason for that. Make sure that you have a very good understanding of the potential extent of your hairloss, especially for you guys in your early 20's. Explore your options, don't rush into a decision to have surgery without understanding the risks involved. Should you choose to go forward with hair restoration surgery, select a reputable surgeon who is involved in all aspects of the process, from consultation to post-op follow ups. Meet with one or more of your prospective surgeon's former patients, so that you can see results personally. Photos can sometimes be decieving. Most importantly, above all else, be realistic about what you can expect.