“If I Could Have a Perfect Hairline, Why Not Have It?”

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He wanted hair. He wanted the best. He wanted follicular unit extraction. Toronto native ‘Omar’ wanted Rahal.

We asked 'Omar' to rate his
Rahal experience...
Patient:'Omar'
Procedure: Rahal FUE™
Rating:
Date: 2014-08-07
How much hair does someone have to lose before it hurts their sense of self enough to consider a hair transplant? It varies from person to person. Some people might say ‘Omar’s’ loss was minor, but it was bad enough for him. And that’s all that matters. When he was ready, he wanted the least invasive procedure possible, and that meant follicular unit extraction. Toronto to Ottawa wasn’t much of a drive to get the best.

Put all that together, and it’s no wonder ‘Omar’ chose Rahal.

“If I Could Have A Perfect Hairline, Why Not Have It?”

Before and after photo of follicular unit extraction on Toronto patient ‘Omar’

‘Omar’ before and just six months after his Rahal FUE™, showing his temples full and thick. At only six months, he still has plenty of growth left to look forward to!

I’m a perfectionist. It’s just my personality. In my work and at school, I always want the best grades. I’m like that with my hair. I wanted a perfect hairline. A lot of people don’t have the courage to go through a transplant but I wanted it so badly I was willing to do it.

Everyone’s experienced having some defect they’re not happy with. Hair loss was bothering me and I didn’t want to feel depressed each time I looked in the mirror. I didn’t want this problem taking my energy; I didn’t want to spend my time worrying about my hair. I figured there’s help out there, why not go and get it? If I could have a perfect hairline, why not have it? Sure, it’s expensive but I work hard, I can make it happen, and I can pay for it.

At 18, He Already Needed A Hair Loss Specialist

How did hair loss affect ‘Omar’? When you start losing your hair young, it affects you every way it can. Even in his teens, ‘Omar’ knew he needed the help of prescription medication or a hair transplant doc… or both.

“My sensitivity may sound ridiculous to some people, but I wanted to get my hair back.”

Hair loss was affecting my confidence and my ego. It was always on my mind. I’m so sensitive about these things that it really upset me. This sensitivity may sound ridiculous to some people but I wanted to get my hair back. Today, I’m really happy with my hairline. Every time I look in the mirror I don’t have to worry. My mind is off my hair. I can concentrate on other things like my career and living life!

I’m 28 years old, I’m single, and I’m a full-time graduate student at the University of Michigan where I’m completing my PhD. I also work for the university as a teaching assistant.

I’m very active and especially busy right now wrapping up my studies. I go to the gym for weight training four or five times a week. I do the things everyone my age does, I meet with friends, and travel one or two times a year.

I first noticed I was losing hair at about 18 or 19. It didn’t look that bad at the time, but I saw that it was getting thinner than when I was younger. That was a big, big change because I always had super-thick, curly hair and suddenly it became thinner and finer on the top of my head—not at the front, not at the hairline. Nobody made any comments but I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist. If there’s a little bit of a problem, I tend to notice before anyone else does.

I started using Rogaine and was more or less happy with it. I was busy with other aspects of my life and my hair didn’t bother me much at that point. Then, when I was 25, I became more concerned. I started noticing more hair loss at the front; at the temples. I wasn’t very pleased about that.
I started taking a pill, Propecia, My hair loss declined after a few months but it didn’t make a huge difference. I figured halting further loss was the best I could do, and that this drug was the only solution to my hair loss problem.

Why Did He Choose Rahal as His Hair Transplant Clinic? Results, Results, Results.

Toronto to Ottawa isn’t that far of a drive, and when he was choosing the hair loss specialist that would fix his receding hairline, he cared about one thing: The end results. Dr. Rahal’s results spoke for themselves.

“Medication can stop hair loss but can’t restore it. Your only chance is a hair transplant. That’s the only way.”

My turning point came when I decided I wanted to repair the damage rather than just stopping further loss. Medications can stop hair loss but can’t restore it, can’t give you perfect hair. To restore hair, your only chance is a hair transplant. That’s the only way.

I looked online for hair replacement surgeons. As I was checking out different doctors and results, I came across Dr. Rahal. I looked at the results he’d achieved with his patients and it was obvious he was good at what he did.

Why follicular unit extraction? “I Didn’t Want To Be Cut”

‘Omar’ had a little problem that needed a big fix. He was looking for artistry, not overkill. Dr. Rahal’s FUE technique made too much sense over strip surgery. This was about precision, not volume.

One thing was very important to me: I didn’t want to be cut. I didn’t want to do traditional FUT where they remove a strip of scalp from your head. I felt my problem was minor and FUT seemed too intrusive. I looked into Dr. Rahal’s follicular unit extraction method where he removes one follicle at a time and transplants them one-by-one. I felt the results of FUT and FUE were very comparable, and FUE was less invasive.

If I’d had more extreme hair loss, maybe I’d have gone with FUT. You get more grafts when you remove a strip of scalp. But for me, FUE was the best choice because I had minor hair loss and I wanted an undetectable procedure. It was important not to have a scar.

Dr. Rahal’s pricing was very good compared to what I’d read on forums. Prices and services—it was a good package overall. That’s why I booked an appointment with him. I went and met him. He’s very nice.

The Procedure: “Simpler Than I Imagined”

‘Omar’ wanted a little more as the session went on. The hallmark of a good hair loss doctor is flexibility and the inability to get flustered. His patient had chosen him for his artistry, and if ‘Omar’ wanted a little more flair, Dr. Rahal was happy to accommodate him.

“Now I have the best head of hair in my life, even better than when I was in my 20s.”

Everything in my procedure went smoothly and was better and more comfortable than I imagined it would be. I knew it was not invasive; that it would be relatively simple. His people were very nice. That shaved the areas they needed to work with. Dr. Rahal removed hair grafts one-by-one for a couple of hours. It went by fast. He was impressed by the quality of the grafts because of the elasticity of my skin. He assured me he was getting good quality grafts.

After he extracted the grafts, they made small incisions in my temple areas to place the grafts. Implanting took longer than extracting, maybe four or five hours. I was chatting with Dr. Rahal and his technicians through the procedure and I asked him to do more than my temple points. I felt doing a little more would blend the transplanted hair in better. He accommodated my wishes and did maybe 100 more grafts.

Everything went well. The first night was a bit uncomfortable but that was to be expected. It was sensitive where grafts were put in, but not where they were removed. You might think extraction is painful but it isn’t. The extraction site healed in a week or so; incision points took three or four weeks to heal fully.

I had a week of mild discomfort and took about a week off work. There was some swelling and I was pretty much out of commission during that time. After that, I was pretty much back to normal, I just had to be careful.

“Best Head of Hair In My Life”

‘Omar’s lowdown on the procedure was to the point. His hair was the best it had ever been. His procedure was a complete success. And most importantly, ‘Omar’ was happy.

Three years after my surgery, I have the best head of hair I’ve had in my life, even better than when I was in my 20’s. It looks better and even feels better now—even the texture is better. All the hairs Dr. Rahal transplanted are in there and growing. I have no complaints. If I ever need to, I’ll go back for more. but for now, thankfully, everything’s OK.

World’s Leading Hair Loss Doctor? ‘Omar’ Thinks So.

‘Omar’ explains why he chose the best: He needed somebody whose results would change his life. The competitive edge Dr. Rahal gives his practice turned a smart choice into a no-brainer.

In my personal experience, Dr. Rahal is one of three, four top surgeons in the world. He’s a real standout. His pricing was very, very competitive. That’s another edge Dr. Rahal has. He gives you a very good price, and he gives you excellent customer service. He’s just there to work with you. He even gave me a discount. His work is definitely up there. Maybe only a few doctors in the world could do what he does, and they charge twice as much! For any person who wants a hair transplant, he’d be the first choice.

“Dr. Rahal is one of three top surgeons in the world… he’s a real standout.”

It was worth the price because it has changed my life. But even if I’d paid $20,000 or $30,000 it would have been worth it. I don’t have that constant nagging annoyance of feeling bad about my hair. Today I’m more confident: More confident with my hair, no longer thinking people will think I’m losing my hair. Now I don’t even care about my hair—it’s not on my mind.

If someone’s hair loss is bothering them, costing them time, and making them feel bad about themselves, they should really consider hair transplantation. It worked for me, it could work for them. Dr. Rahal is a great doctor and as people research surgeons, they should consider him. I have nothing bad to say about him or his services. My experience has been outstanding. I’m very happy with my dealings with Dr. Rahal. He’s a really nice surgeon, he gave me a great deal, and the post-op follow-up was excellent. Three years after my procedure, it’s all going great.

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About Chad Cooper

Chad Cooper is a Senior Patient Advisor at Rahal. He has been consulting and advising patients on hair loss for over 6 years. Educating our patients on what is right for them in combating their hair loss continues to be his top priority. He is a huge film buff, sports fan and has always been passionate about Personal Development, Health and Fitness.

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