I have had 4 hair transplants (three strips and one FUE) sum totaling north of 10k grafts over the last 10 years. I was also on Propecia. I was pretty happy with my hair post HT #3, however I always had the jitters in public. Due to a temporary health issue I had to stop Propecia because it significant diminished ability to recollect memories while on the medication and I decided to stay off completely. Fast forward to today and I again was not happy with my hair. I have always hated the balding look; I want either a shaved head with no hair, or hair. Due to the strip scar shaving my head was no longer an option. I have been wearing a hat 90% of the time when going out of the house for the past 3 years.
I had seen pictures of SMP and did some casual research a couple of years back. However, in January, I decided to go forward with SMP. I live in San Diego so I visited two clinics, a non-medical place and then Dr. Pak at New Hair in Los Angeles and both a few miles from each.
I visited the non-medical place and spoke with practitioner there, a very nice guy who actually sold me on the procedure (he had it done himself). He did remind me more of a tattoo artist than a medical professional. He instructed me that there would be two 4 hour sessions to achieve good results and also gave me a price.
I also saw Dr. Pak, who was also very pleasant, but wasn’t necessarily positively on SMP. He answered my questions, showed me some results, and told me that it would take 2 to 3 sessions to achieve good results. Unlike the first place, Dr. Pak’s sessions took 6-8 hours each.
I was really leaning toward the non-medical place because of the years they have been in the business. However, I decided to go with Dr. Pak (even though he was more expensive) because of two reasons: (1) it was a medical office (vs a nice tattoo parlor) and (2) I have the option of anesthesia.
I shaved my head a few days in advance and one of my daughters commented that I looked like I was wearing a bald cap (even with 10,000 grafts placed there over many years). Honestly, I was really shocked by the width of my scar.