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Hello friends, I have a scar due to a hair transplant that I made 7 years ago. This scar affects me a lot. I have read in the posts that the laser fraxel can help me to flatten and smooth the scar before moving to SMP. Anyone who can share with me please your comments if you think the laser fraxel can help me? Thank you!
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.
Hi Folks, I've been reading HIS hair forums off and on for over a year now. Like most people within the HT forum I am not completely happy with the HT work that was carried out. I've never jumped into anything regarding my scalp and try to do as much research as possible when considering any treatment. I was bald at 24 and have had 3 HT's which has resulted in a wider scar than normal (probably 10mm+), my scar was also quite red and never matched the surrounding skin colour like a lot of the scars on this forum. The coverage I got from my HT's was ok at the start but now the crown area has since started to go bald or at least more see through. I, like a lot of people on here wish I knew then what I know now. My last HT was in 2011 and here is a pic of how bad the scar was: My hair is long enough to cover my scar at the back and no-one ever notices it. But, since starting to go bald around my crown area I have wanted it concealed so I can have my hair short. I attended HIS hair clinic at the start of 2013 in Birmingham and what I got was an honest consultation. Whereas I imagine most people in this industry are happy to take your money and leave you to deal with the consequences, HIS in Birmingham explained that I was probably in the 10% of people that can't have SMP due to the scar colour, texture and width. Their priority is your how your head will look, they want what's best for you and of course they have an excellent reputation so I felt sure that they were correct in telling me that I can't have SMP. Needless to say I was disappointed but appreciated the honesty. I decided to try and have my scar revised non surgically and looked into what could be done. Deciding on Fraxel I found it hard to find anybody willing to do this treatment on a scar on the scalp. I eventually found an excellent cosmetic surgeon and had the Fraxel:Duel done once. Fraxel, as explained to me by the plastic surgeon, is primarily to smooth the skin/scar/acne etc., a reduction in redness may or may not occur but usually does. To reduce the redness the surgeon recommended IPL treatment, of which I then had 3 sessions. The combined result has smoothed my scar and reduced the redness to the point where it is much more like the surrounding skin (sorry for the poor photo): So thats my story, I am now at the stage where I would like to have another consultation with HIS in Birmingham and to find out if I can be helped Any advice etc would be welcomed... Thanks!
Hello all. I had some hair transplants when I was in my early 20s (biggest mistake of my life) and I'm 45 now. I wore a hairpiece and a baseball cap for way too long, and after meeting with Matt (NYC), I will be getting SMP. The problem is, the hair transplants have really damaged my head. I got quite a few laser hair removal sessions done to get rid of the pluggy HT growth, and while this was very effective, I could still use a couple of more sessions. The bigger problem is the cobblestoning or ridges the HT created on top of my head. To remedy this, I was told Fraxel would be my best bet. So, after spending a few thousand dollars on Fraxel, the cobblestoning/ridges remain. I'm now searching for a real solution to this problem. I just want a smooth top of my head, so I can finally get SMP done and get on with my life. I believe I may have found the solution. There's a Dr. Epstein who works out of NYC and FLA and he does something called "Endoscopic Ridge Reduction". I have a consultation with him at the end of this month, and I'm excited to hear what he has to say. The person I spoke with on the phone said I could see a 90% improvement from this technique, but it will come at a cost (from $5 thousand to $12 thousand). My question is, has anyone else heard of this technique? If so, is it effective? Is it worth the high cost? Are there any other doctors who do something similar for a lower price? Any information would be appreciated! I want a LIFE! -William