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FredtheBelgian's FUE - 2000 grafts with Dr. De Reys - 24 Years Old NW5 from DPA - Hair Transplant Patients - Hair Transplant section - Hairloss Experiences Hair Loss Forum  Rating:  Rating
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 Posted: Fri Mar 27th, 2015 02:33 pm
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Thanks topcat!

That's what I actually do, in fact I grew it out a little just for the update pictures so we can at least see something.

Otherwise I keep my hair to 5 mm on top and 0,5 on the sides.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 28th, 2015 01:07 am
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Your hair looks great comparing to your before pictures.Your donor appears to be in decent shape, how many grafts do you have left?You gave a lot of thought and research into your transplant which has paid dividends.Good job.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 28th, 2015 08:46 am
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Dr. De Reys said 1500 grafts left, but I'm sure I can get another 2000 grafts for my second hair transplant.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 28th, 2015 09:57 am
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Looking good Fred, I can see why you`re happy. I agree with Topccat the short buzzed look really suits you.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 28th, 2015 01:29 pm
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Looks really good! Though the hair is quite fine, you don't even look like a balding guy anymore (I guess that's the point!). Due to a bad accident abroad recently, I was looking at UK only clinics, but maybe Belgium is the place and worthwhile. My hair type is similar to yours and I would be very happy to experience a similar transformation.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 30th, 2015 10:22 am
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Looks Great mate and you should be able to get another 2000 grafts if you want them donor looks good , I also agree the Buzz cut suits you but hey its nice to have a choice . thanks for posting and I like many on this forum are over the moon for you 


Take care I care 



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Looks very Good IMO. You should get a nice look when it all grows in.



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 Posted: Fri May 22nd, 2015 03:25 pm
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1 year update

The pictures







All your comments are welcome :).

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Fred

I hope you are pleased with your results. Great photos by the way, the natural light is probably the harshest way of scrutinising final results.
It frames the face well and obviously you can add nore grafts later if you so wish.
Your hair length is perfect for the amount of grafts you have had placed and the buzzed look suits you.



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Dear Fred 

Thank you for your update looking good friend , I agree you do suit that buzz look you just have the face for it , really good to see the hairline and design you took , would be nice to put a before picture in as well you have come a long way and I for one am wrapped for you , what is the next plan of attack your donor looks good .

Have a great weekend and Congratulations you deserve it 


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 Posted: Sat May 23rd, 2015 11:56 am
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Looks good Fred.

I think with your hairloss pattern and young age you made the right decision with the design. You can always add more density later if you want.

How is your crown I seem to remember you said it might be thinning out?

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 Posted: Sat May 23rd, 2015 08:57 pm
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Fred you truly are fortunate, you picked one of only a handful of doctors that has been performing FUE for quite a long time while also advising in an ethical manner. It is very easy to be deceived when using the forums alone and many simply don't understand that it is very often one big game and they fall into the trap.

Your result looks great and many very young guys might not understand that as those playing the game lead them down the wrong path. During your research on the forums you seemed not to care too much about what you posted or the questions that you asked. That is exactly the attitude one must have when dealing with the majority that are working in this business. It's okay to be offensive if one's goal is to protect themselves.

During your progress I have seen decimated donor areas along with hairlines that looked odd because the transplanted hairs did not match the surrounding hairs posted to the forums...................you are not one of those guys..........congrats.
Fred it's also important to say that even I thought at times you were too combative in your postings while researching but more so because I thought maybe you were going down the wrong road at times and didn't seem to want to listen. But you did exactly what every prospective patient should do and that is not being afraid to question what you were being told. Be a prick if you have to and walk away if that is the case, but don't cave in out of desperation. Learn to pick up on the cheerleading as it’s not always in one’s interest. You see nobody can tell you not to go to a specific doctor as they can easily be sued. So the best we can do is try our best to help lead you in the right direction and keep our fingers crossed that you make the right decision...............you made the right decision.

Other patients and most especially repair patients ask me knowing what I know now would I ever consider a hair transplant. My response is that a shaved head is much more in vogue now then it was during the hair era of the 70's-80's.........many don't get that. Hair was huge back then but not as much now most especially with sports like MMA becoming so popular. Having hair while one is grappling is a negative so that works to the advantage of many guys.

"Yeah I shave my head...........I'm a fighter...........you got a problem with that" whole different ball game in my opinion.

So shaving the head is certainly now a good option. Other than that I would have done exactly what you did.........exactly. I often point out your thread to others on the forum because it's so important. It's a realistic goal for someone with your amount of hair loss. Only difference for me is maybe I would have been able to add more hair as my donor might have more to offer. Even with that 4000 fue seems to be an ethical limit so it has to be arranged in a way that makes it all work. I would have just left my crown balding as framing the face as in your result is what is important and I would have shaved it close to the scalp.

The top of the head probably has around 20,000 follicular units most guys don't get that it can never be fully restored as it's a mathematical impossibility. So arranging that donor in an ethical way does not include 4000 grafts into a hairline. In that respect you are probably fortunate as you were in a position where the donor had to be used ethically. Many doctors out there simply don't care what happens long term once they have your money.

You picked a great doctor. There were only a handful going back 10 years ago that stuck it out using small hand punches while many on the forums were being misled. They were told that strip was the gold standard. Many of those guys you will see in the repair section.

Now that the jig is up their new game is tattooing heads and offering fue that is substandard in my opinion. They will say what they have to say no different than before. Anyone choosing to have a hair transplant.............look for fue doctors that have been around 10+ years and have a very large body of work and understand the limits of hair transplantation while considering your long term plan.

Much of this is a big game and you have to be able to read between the lines otherwise the procedure could be devastating.

Fred even in a worse case scenario if you were to lose some of that transplanted hair out of the small chance that some of it was not dht resistant long term or if your donor area thinned 20 years from now...........................you would still look normal............you are way ahead of the game.

You also have the advantage of not being able to take hair loss pills. I think a lot of these guys give up some masculinity taking that medication long term. Many of them seem to take on a soft puffy look which is my opinion is certainly not worth it. Again it works to your advantage in my opinion.
 
Your case and the information is very important for other guys still trying to figure this out so I am posting this twice.



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Hi Fred, it's looking great at one year. The time seems to have flown by since you were deciding on what approach to take.Keeping your hair at that length looks good, it gives the appearance of you sporting a buzzed look which many young guys choose.I'm pleased you're happy and it all turned out do well for you.
All the best.

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 Posted: Wed May 27th, 2015 09:23 pm
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Looks good dude, i think that thats the perfect hairline shape for you and it's made a nice improvement. I like Dr De Reys's work. I also agree when everyone else said the buzzed look really suits you. Thanks for keeping us all updated, we appreciate it;)



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I agree with Topcat mate, great result that is future proof, congrats!

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Checking in on your progress Fred.  What a difference it makes to your appearance.  It has given you your youthful looks back.  What are your friends and family saying about it?

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Looking good Fred.

I agree the style seems to suit you. And it's low-maintenance as well.



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Hi Fred.  I've just read through your entire thread, congratulations on achieving your goal.  Your appearance is much better with hair.  I'm in a similar position to what you were in, may I ask have you continued to loose more native hair?  This is a concern of mine for obvious reasons.

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TonyBald wrote: Hi Fred.  I've just read through your entire thread, congratulations on achieving your goal.  Your appearance is much better with hair.  I'm in a similar position to what you were in, may I ask have you continued to loose more native hair?  This is a concern of mine for obvious reasons.


Thank you.
And yes, my native hair at the crown is in a very bad shape.
I will have to get a second hair transplant to fix that at a point.

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Thanks Fred.  How many grafts do you envisage you will require to cover the crown?

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