Joshua - AKA - Beating HairlossBald Class: In 2008: 1100 grafts with Dr. McClellon at the Hair Club
In 2012: 2544 grafts with Dr. Parsa Mohebi at US Hair Restoration
In 2013: 1858 grafts with Dr. Parsa Mohebi at US Hair Restoration
Planned for 2014: 1400 grafts with Dr. Parsa Mohebi at US Hair Restoration
My Hair Loss StoryHere's my whole journey through three hair transplants and a fourth to come. First transplant: 2008 I started experiencing a receding hairline in my early twenties, just as I was beginning a career as an actor, so my appearance was important to protect. In 2008 I had my first hair transplant with the Hair Club, getting 1100 grafts. I don't have pictures from that. My surgeon, Dr. McClellon, did a very good job. Unfortunately, the clerical side of the Hair Club was run very poorly. They would do things like tell me to drive across town to come to a post-op appointment, then once I got there, they remembered that the doctor wasn't even there to see me. Annoying things like that. But the hair transplant lasted me for a while. Second transplant: 2012 Four years later, I accepted the fact that my hair had continued to recede. I found myself no longer able to gel my hair upwards in the front, the deterioration of the hairline was too prominent. And the sides of the hairline went really far back. If I used the hair from the front to cover the sides, the front was exposed. If I used the hair on the sides and combed it to cover the front, the hair loss on the sides was exposed. I was getting to the point where there was no way to hide it. I even tried a buzzcut for a while, which made the loss in the front less noticeable, but it was still clear that the sides of the hairline went too far backwards in the corners. I had also lost hair from my eyebrows, and they were looking raggedy. I considered going back to the Hair Club, but the doctor in my area had only been doing hair transplants for two years, and that's who they wanted to assign me to. I researched several doctors, and found that Dr. Parsa Mohebi at US Hair Restoration gave the best price of any doctor who came highly recommended for his surgical skills. When I met him, I was relieved that he was a doctor who not only could perform my surgery, but who could use his expertise to help me design exactly how my new hairline and eyebrows should be. That was really valuable for me, for him to bring his medical oppinion in helping me make an informed decision about what would look natural. In September of 2012, I received 2,244 grafts. I paid for 2,200 and in the spur of the moment he gave me 44 for free rather than waste any hair from my strip. I was actually more nervous going into my second surgery, as it was a bigger procedure and they were also going to be working on my eyebrows which are so much a part of my face. But the staff really went all out in making me feel comfortable, I felt like king for a day because they played whatever movies I wanted to watch, fed me a really good meal, and brought me ice cream right there in my surgical chair. And when I wanted more ice cream, his staff brought more and said, "This is your day." You can see why I like them. My biggest fear afterwards was that the scar in the back would show (it would now be a much larger scar due to a much larger number of grafts) but the scar turned out to be perfectly hidden under my hair. By the time 8 months had passed, I was a new man, able to gel my hair up in the front like I hadn't been able to in a couple of years! People kept complimenting me on my hair, and the compliments continued for months anytime I saw someone I hadn't seen in a while. Everyone was telling me how young I looked, which is exactly what an actor wants to hear! Third transplant: 2013 The awesome 2012 transplant had allowed me to grow my hair out and wear it up, but I could still notice that there were spots where my scalp was showing through the front of the hairline. As an actor, I really want perfection. Also, I had never had any grafts transplanted into my temples, yet my temples had experienced recession, so I returned to Dr. Parsa Mohebi, requesting that we reinforce the hairline, reinforce the eyebrows, and create new temples for me. (Temples are the hair on the sides of the forehead that run between the hairline and the sideburns.) In September 2013, I got 1858 grafts from Dr. Parsa Mohebi at US Hair Restoration. While I had been nervous leading up to my transplant the previous year, this time I was excited, because I knew it was my day to relax and be completely pampered and taken care of. One day without any cares in the world – kind of like being a kid again. So once again I spent the whole day relaxing in a comfortable chair, watching movies of my choosing on a big screen TV, being served beef kabobs and ice cream sundaes while the doctor and his staff worked on me. Several months later, the results were clearly successful. I had new temples that came so much farther in towards my face (which is what you want with temples). And my eyebrow no longer had a small missing patch. My brows were finally perfect. See, I don’t have some unrealistic expectation of perfection, I can admit when we’ve finally reached it. My fourth transplant: 2014 This year, 2014, I was sad to realize that my goal of a solid hairline with no scalp showing through had not yet been reached. With my hair long and styled just right, it looks perfect. But when I got a shorter haircut for the summer, I saw that if light shines directly above me (such as in a bathroom, elevator, or outside in midday), you can see scalp through my hairline. My temples also show scalp between the hairs. I went back to Dr. Parsa Mohebi at US Hair Restoration and asked for a fourth hair transplant. He found this funny and told me I didn’t need it. But I showed him pictures of the way the hairline looks when it’s directly underneath light, and because I am an actor and this affects my career, he agreed. Upon examination, he told me the sad news that I had experience more hair loss. If you’ve never had a hair transplant before, rest assured that the transplanted hairs are permanent. But I had experienced the loss of more of my original hairs. I’m so glad I got proactive with the big transplants in 2012 and 2013, otherwise I would be one of those guys who have obviously been “losing their hair.” But instead, no one suspects I’ve been secretly fighting and winning the battle against hair loss. I’ve scheduled my fourth hair transplant with Dr. Mohebi, with 1400 grafts as the intended amount. He explained to me that he does not usually give someone so many grafts all at the front of the hairline. Many patients need to hold on because they may need to use some of their donor hairs farther back on the head as their hairline continues to recede. But Dr. Mohebi says he'll make an exception for me because of two reasons 1) I am an actor who plays teenage roles, so it is essential for me to have the really youthful hairline for my career. Not just to look handsome, but to specifically look like a teenager. And 2) I have no microscopic evidence of losing hair on the top or crown of my head. Thankfully, that isn't my hairloss pattern, so we don't need to conserve donor hairs for those areas in the future. So because of these two reasons, he has agreed to the transplant I've asked for. I’m posting some pictures here, you can let me know if you think I’m being overly picky and should give it a rest, or if I should go ahead for a fourth hair transplant.
How has my hair loss affected me?
Caused stress and threatened to hold me back in my career.
What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?
Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?
What hair loss treatments would I recommend?
I would recommend strip surgery.
How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?
In every way possible. Made me look young and attractive, gave me more confidence, and helped my career.
My general advice and suggestions.
It's worth the money. Go for it. And strip surgery is much more affordable than FUE. Don't be afraid of the scar. My hair has covered the scar completely, and I'd much rather have a hidden scar and great hair, than no scar and a receded hairline. I would recommend Dr. Parsa Mohebi at US Hair Restoration. He's great at helping to plan a natural looking hairline, and his staff gives you a really enjoyable experience on the day of surgery.