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Capri Clinic (Hair Transplant)

posted by cal, 08.08.2012, 05:50

Thank you for making specific complaints about a specific clinic. (But "the tri-state area" does not help narrow down the location on a worldwide forum like this.)

Unfortunately your story is all too familiar to anyone who knows the HT industry. I'm tempted to call it "textbook." This is a very unethical industry as a whole and a lot more patients come away dissatisfied than satisfied. There are some doctors/clinics that focus on delivering the best work possible without telling lies to get business but they are in the minority.

To put it bluntly, your chances for recovering the money you've spent are pretty tiny. The results of cosmetic surgery are "in the eye of the beholder" and can never be guaranteed. Dishonest clinics hide behind this principle to justify even the most egregious cases of failed results. The clinic you went to probably over-promises to all their patients to get them into the chair that first time and turns out dissatisfied patients all day long. Lots of guys have fought dishonest clinics for their money back and they don't win. The best you are likely to get would be a discount on future work by them, which is likely to do you more harm than good.

From listening to your story, it sounds like you are now basically trapped into getting more HT procedures. It's a common problem. You can't undo the scar and you can't look good with the work you have, so the only direction you can go is forward with more HT work to cover it. The clinic that did these first two rounds of butchery on your scalp shouldn't get any more of your business but there are better options out there.

The good news is that you probably didn't get the best possible HT work for your condition, which means there is the possibility of getting better-quality repair work done by the right clinic. It won't undo the damage but you can probably reduce the severity of it. The scar may be able to be revised (basically recut and closed more cleanly this time) and/or some hairs can be implanted into the scar to reduce the obviousness of it. The survival rate of hairs inserted into scar tissue is inconsistent but there have been some good results with this.

You also can also probably still get more HT work into the balding areas. Guys with major baldness cannot recover their gorgeous heads of hair they once had just because there isn't enough donor hair in relation to the size of the area that needs to be covered. But if you can live with recessed temple areas in front and somewhat thinned coverage on "bald spot" area in back, then the center front hairline & mid-top can usually be covered in a natural way that at least frames your face again and gives you enough hair density not to look unnatural. I'm sure at this stage of the game you are more concerned with looking natural than anything else, even if it's not the look you wanted when you got the first HT.

Finally, there is FUE transplant work. This is a different method of removing the donor hair from the back of your head, basically doing it with a tiny hole-saw to pull 1-4 hairs at a time. Instead of one huge strip of skin, they drill several hundred or a couple thousand tiny holes in the back to do it. The upside of this for your case (where you already have a big strip-scar) is that you can harvest donor grafts from your head without doing more strip removals. And you can pick hairs from other areas of your head besides the scar area. This gives the option of using thinner-shafted neck hairs to soften your hairline for example. FUE generally allows you to get a bit more donor hair in total before your lifetime supply is gone

Here is what I would look into - see if a top notch clinic can do one more big strip surgery, close it better to reduce the size of the scar, and dump whatever grafts they get in the process into the balding areas. Give it a year to heal up and see how the scar ends up looking. Then go back for some more FUE work to improve your balding areas and maybe sprinkle some grafts into the scar depending on how it ends up.

Finding good clinics is a whole other topic. But you can start by learning more about the HT process and don't put all your trust in any one single source (including this website/forums). Be prepared to travel ANYWHERE it takes to get good work - there just aren't enough good clinics to be picky about the distance. If you get HT work done then the price of the travel should be a small part of it and many clinics even offer travel discounts.

Good luck. You aren't the first guy to be in this exact position. The is light at the end of the tunnel, although it will take a few years and many thousands of dollars to get there.

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