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#1 smfxxy

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 09:59 PM

I’ve wanted to post on here for a long time. I’ll try and
sum up my story for all of you. Here we go:


The Backstory


I started losing my hair when I was 16 (1999). I was a

sophomore in high school. I used Rogaine almost immediately and it worked
really well for a few years. By the time I was 20 my hair loss was much more
noticeable and I began to look into other options. Needless to say losing my
hair at such a young age was less than fun. I held out until I was 23 (2006) to
get a hair transplant. I got a hair transplant from Dr. K.D. Siporin in Los
Angeles (I’m originally from Ventura, CA). At first it was pretty good. I
wouldn’t say it ever looked great but there was a brief window of time where I
was somewhat comfortable with it. You all know the story from here. More hair
feel out, I wanted to shave my head however there was a big scar on the back of
my head. I was able to shave it down to about a #6 without it showing through.
This is when I began to look into scar repair, cover up and improvement


Scar Wars….In the beginning


In 2009 I began looking into ways to improve my scar. The first

option I came across was getting grafts into the scar itself. In my desperate
naiveté this seemed like a great option. I didn’t come across any SMP options
until a few years later. In 2010 I got grafts into my strip scar from a hair
transplant doctor in Hillsboro Oregon. I don’t remember his name however he was
very nice but it struck me that he was bald and providing suckers, I mean,
patients with hair transplants. Anyway, I got a 1.5 inch portion of my scar and
surrounding hair removed and then grafts into my scar. I’m not sure why I
thought this would be a fix all but I was desperate. This eventually came out
ok but left me with a worse scar on the right side of my head. My original scar
is actually really thin.


HIS Episode I


I stumbled across HIS in 2011. It seemed like a miracle. It

was exactly what I was looking for. I had my Skype consultation and set up two
treatments in LA for May of 2012. I was very nervous and excited. I shaved my
head for the first time since 2004 before the treatment and once again was
reminded of what lay beneath. I made the trip to LA from Ventura (I’ve lived in
Portland, Ore since 2008 but had to go to the LA clinic because at the time that
was the only west coast HIS clinic). The practitioner at the LA clinic at the
time was named XXXX. He immediately rubbed me the wrong way and came across
arrogant, disinterested and unprofessional. To sum it up I had two treatments
with him and saw literally zero improvement. To make matters worse the refused
to provide me with a follow up appointment after my second treatment. Rest
assured, he no longer works for HIS.


The Quest Continues


After my LA treatment disappointing disillusionment I

returned to Portland and got a new game plan together. I had found out about
micro-needling and began to do so regularly on the scar. It worked fairly
quickly and began to show improvement in color and texture. However, at this
time I had my hair grown out to a #6. I did get pretty crafty at blending in
the hair to cover the scar. So I’d shave my head down to a #4 or #3 and use a
blended #5 or #6 around the scar. All the while I kept my eye on HIS. They
opened a Seattle clinic in 2013 and I was one of the first people to get a
consultation. Between work and life (I had a major health issue in 2013) it
took me until 2014 to schedule my next treatments with HIS. Which takes us to
the next phase of this phuckin’ journey….


HIS Episode II


I scheduled 3 treatments for April/May 2014 in Seattle. My

practitioner was XXXX (don’t remember his last name). He was really nice,
welcoming and understanding of the whole thing. I remember him saying “We both
have the same goal, for this treatment to look great.” That was very reassuring.
I told him about my previous experience with HIS and apologized on behalf of
HIS. The treatments went well for the most part. XXXX went a bit too dark
because the first time around in LA the treatments had been too light and he
was nervous that it would lighten up too much. After things settled with these
three treatments the scar did look pretty good. The texture was still a bit
rough which cause a lot of inability to camouflage the scar.  I began looking into Fraxel treatments to
smooth and lighten things a bit.


Fraxel Rock


OHSU Surgical Dermatology offers fraxel treatments for $50 a

session. This was a great find because they are located in Portland. I got
three treatments over the summer and fall of 2014. Initially I was worried that
this would disrupt the SMP. I searched the HIS forum and found a few people
that stated that they had gotten fraxel done afterwards and been ok. I decided
to take the leap. I can’t emphasize enough how much fraxel helps scars. It’s
almost immediate. Fraxel smooths out the scar, improves color and tightens up
the skin within the scar. If you are going to get SMP get Fraxel done
beforehand. Not because it messes up the SMP but because it’s a better way to
go. I really wish that HIS would have recommended me to during my Seattle
consultation in 2013. Ideally, HIS should offer this treatment in house. They
would be able to better serve so many clients and make more money.


HIS Episode III...return of the fraxel


Dave at the Seattle clinic did my touch up SMP in Oct. 2014.

I had another fraxel treatment done in Dec 2014. All in all it was looking
pretty great. It was still a bit dark and the right side where I got the FUE
scar was still rough. I continued my crusade and with the help of XXXX got
another touch up in April 2015 (which unfortunately wasn’t done by XXXX because
he no longer works for HIS). Since then I’ve had two more fraxel treatments and
I have another one coming up in soon. I’m thinking about getting another SMP
treatment as well. All in all I’m very happy with how it looks. The scar looks
way better than it ever has and I’m still in the process of improving it.


Conclusion


Fuck hair transplants. Scars are hard to camouflage and they

will look different in different lights. If you have a scar, especially a
raised or marbled scar, get fraxel. HIS is a good company and offers a great
service but don’t expect miracles. Be sure to advocate heavily for yourself and
your needs. It’s easy to get depressed and anxious over all this stuff and I
don’t have an answer for anyone experiencing those feelings. All I can do is
relate and sympathize.  It’s been a long,
touch road for me and I’m still on it. HIS, SMP and fraxel have helped
immensely but the only thing that will truly help you deal with it is yourself.


Good Luck

 

The Pics are all recent. They are all taken in different lights. Sunlight w/ flash. Night time w/ flash. Inside under office lighting w/ no flash. I can post more too if y'all want. I'm the fucking Ansel Adams of back of the head pics. 

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#2 fedebold

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 02:10 AM

This is great! Congratulation you are just fine!

The only thing is that i can see a very little difference between colors in the first pic, why is that?



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Posted 05 January 2016 - 04:56 PM

It's the lighting and use of a a flash. Scars are temperamental and show differently in different lights. That first pic is at night with a flash on the camera. It seems to reflect the difference more. 


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#4 bidnessboi

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Posted 05 January 2016 - 06:14 PM

Amazing Smfxxy. I went to Dr. Ken Sipporin too. I used MHR back in the day who I guess he was affiliated with. I was 23 and about as insecure as can be. I have been told he did a decent job on my scar. Considering only 450 hairs, shouldn't have been too bad I guess....

 

Yours look great. I am absolutely going to get fraxel based on your advice. I am even wondering if I shouldn't get some FUE into my scar.



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Posted 05 January 2016 - 08:07 PM

@bidnessboi -

 

I encourage you not to get FUE into the scar. I think that between fraxel and SMP you'll come out fine. Dr. Siporin does a great job with scars but a bad job with the actual transplants. He actually didn't do any of the transplanted hairs on my HT. He had his assistants do all of it. He also took hair from a donor site that was affected by male pattern baldness already (my scar is high on my head). Yes, he was "not only the president but also a client" in terms of having had a HT (several) as well. His scar was fuckin' nasty actually, he showed me during my consultation, but he did a really bad job with my HT. Overall, I advice against any type of HT. Stick with fraxel and SMP. You can't fight nature only camouflage it. 



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Posted 07 January 2016 - 09:46 PM

Right, exactly. He wasn't there for the implanting. They are all deep and black and look like doll hairs. I would almost be better off having them removed. The consult I did with HIS said it would be a bit hard to mask.

 

Haven't really confronted any of this because to be honest, my hair has looked great until this past few months where I am seeing a lot of shedding.

 

The mistakes of youth. Cover up and be happy is the only real option.






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