“With A Baby on the Way, I Didn’t Want Hair-Growth Chemicals in Our Home”

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Toronto financial professional ‘Greg’ discusses his reasons for getting an FUT procedure with Rahal.

His hair loss was affecting his job performance and he wanted to solve it… without chemicals. That meant hair transplants. 

Before and after hair transplant - Toronto professional 'Greg's Rahal FUT result

Before & after his hair transplant—Toronto professional ‘Greg’s Rahal FUT result

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Patient:'Greg'
Procedure: Rahal FUT
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Date: 2014-09-29

I’m 38 years old and work in the financial sector in Toronto. I’m married; my wife and I have a baby girl. Dr. Rahal did my hair transplant surgery about 10 months ago.

Like everybody else, I want to look good, but I was losing my hair fast. Over a period of about 10 years, I gradually lost hair in my temple area. Then, early last year, my hair loss really accelerated and I began to thin rapidly between the temples.

“Stress can really speed up hair loss”

‘Greg’ traced his hair loss back to stress. A career. A child. A family. All of that meant that sooner or later, he’d be turning to a hair transplant clinic so that he’d look his age instead of a decade older.

“At 38, I didn’t want to look like I was 48.”

Between my job and our new child, I have a lot of stress and I think it aggravated my hair loss situation. If you’re genetically predisposed to losing your hair, and you have a lot of stress, it can really speed up the loss.

I’m not vain but, at 38, I didn’t want to look like I was 48. There was no denying it: Hair loss made me look 10 years older and it started to concern me at my job. I work with customers and want to look experienced, but I don’t want to look old. I was getting depressed and losing self-confidence.

My wife was pregnant and I didn’t want hair growth chems around a baby

What made ‘Greg’ seek out a hair transplant doctor was the fact that Propecia isn’t recommended if you’re a woman who’s pregnant, or who can become pregnant. With ‘Greg’s wife expecting, ‘Greg’ wanted to do not only what was best for himself, but for his family.

“My wife was pregnant and I didn’t want to have Propecia in our home with a baby on the way.”

I tried drugs including Rogaine and Propecia and I really started having a lot of anxiety, a lot of fears about everything in general. I went online and learned one of Propecia’s side effects can be anxiety. Maybe my anxiety was coincidental but it was enough to make me say, “forget it.”

What’s more is that my wife was pregnant and I didn’t want to have chemicals in our home with a baby on the way. Hair growth chemicals change your body’s chemistry, and I didn’t want that around my pregnant wife.

My biggest concern before surgery was I didn’t want anybody to know I’d had a hair transplant. I didn’t want people to think of me as being vain. Fortunately, I was able to take three weeks off work and stayed home after surgery while things healed.

What made him choose Rahal as his hair transplant clinic? “Dr. Rahal’s one of only 4 or 5 top hair transplant doctors in the world.”

For ‘Greg’, choosing Dr. Rahal was the only solution. Dr. Rahal’s excellent reputation and cool confidence were the major draws. As a fellow Canadian in Ontario, that put ‘Greg’ only hours away from Dr. Rahal, and the convenience was the clincher.

“Dr. Rahal’s one of four or five doctors in the world who have excellent reputations.”

It was easy for me to decide to go to Dr. Rahal. Researching online, he’s one of only four or five doctors in the world who have excellent reputations. Dr. Rahal’s done thousands of these surgeries and I haven’t read about even one person having an issue with his work.

I saw some before and after pictures of his patients on his website and I read his patients’ stories. I liked that he was close by in Canada. I met Dr. Rahal and he’s a nice guy. He was totally upfront with me about my situation: He told me I’d probably have to have surgery again in the future because of my ongoing hair loss. He’s a confident guy with a bit of a calm swagger about him, and that’s something you want in a doctor you have work on you!

Dr. Rahal removed a strip of scalp from the back of my head to harvest hair follicles, then transplanted them into the front where my hair had thinned. I had let my hair grow long before surgery, so I was able to hide the surgery site right away by combing and styling my hair over it. Today, I’m 10 months post-op and I have a full head of hair. Nobody knows I’ve had a hair transplant. They say, “Something’s different about you,” but nobody knows I had surgery.

“I’d easily spend that much just on entertainment”

To ‘Greg’, it’s money well spent. For him, the quality of life he’d get from investing in a hair transplant meant more than dropping dollars on restaurants and entertainment. So how does a financial professional summarize all that? “It’s the best investment I’ve ever made.”

“It’s the best investment I’ve ever made.”

This surgery cost me $10,000 but it’s easy to justify that expense: You can easily spend that much on entertainment and dining at restaurants. And my hair transplant will last me the rest of my life. This is the best investment I’ve ever made. I don’t worry about my hair any more, or worry what others think of it. I don’t look in the mirror and wonder, “How am I going to fix this?”

My advice for others? If you’re thinking about it, just do it. Borrow the money if you need to. Hair transplantation is the only viable solution. Chemicals just postpone the day you’ll have a hair transplant. Dr. Rahal’s great and his team is very professional. It’s a very well-run organization.

Whenever I see someone on the street who’s losing their hair, I want to go up to them and say, “Look, get a hair transplant.” I’m that much of a believer. With today’s hair transplant techniques, nobody can tell you’ve had it done. My hair looks great and nobody knows.

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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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