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Posted 10/2/2012 10:40:17 PM
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My hair loss story began when I was 22 years old. While I never had incredibly thick hair nor did I hold it as my best feature watching my hair begin to recede was disheartening nonetheless. My father lost his hair in his mid-twenties as well and I felt doomed for a similar fate. I started buying Nioxin and Rogain and did all that I could to hold off the hair loss but nothing seemed to be working. At this point I realized a hair restoration procedure would be the only solution for my situation. So at 24 years old I began to do my research. I looked into FUE and Strip procedures and researched doctors. I even had a consultation with Bosley and before I decided to do the procedure I Googled “Bosley Reviews” and I was horrified. Review after review was horrible, people who were not just upset with the procedure and the results but some who were actually filing suit. At this point I came to the conclusion that the only thing worse than going bald at 24 would be to have a horrible botched surgery and live with scars all over my head. I did some more research and scrutinized the results on the websites and I was less and less satisfied with what I found. Hairlines looked fake or wispy and temples were ignored; I came to believe that hair transplants were only for people with a bald spot on the back of their head where the biggest issue was the swirl that it had. Since I had recession from the front back and along my temples I gave up and started cutting my hair shorter and shorter as my hair continued to thin.
Then the bald jokes began to start. I began to start to make them myself and laugh them off in a light hearted fashion but you can’t help be wish you weren’t the center of those jokes. Since the end of High School I have lost nearly 40 pounds and am in the best shape of my life but when I see people I haven’t seen in a long time I don’t have any of the confidence I feel I should. And when they make a comment like “Oh, I didn’t recognize you” I knew it had as much or more to do with my hair loss than my weight loss. I started to avoid running into people I hadn’t seen in a long time despite that I have been able to do a ton of world travel and have lost a bunch of weight because I didn’t want them to talk about or comment on my hair loss. Meeting new people was becoming less and less enjoyable and I hated the fact that people thought I was at least 5 years older than what I was.
In early 2012 I was offered a new position that would move me to London for several years. I wanted to have that confidence back. I wanted to be able to meet tons of new people and clients and WOMEN without any of the reservations that I had acquired over the previous few years. I began to look at restoration again. I knew celebrities had their hair done but the problem with that is they are so secretive about it that there is no way for you to find the doctor that they used. But I began my quest again and came across Alvi Armani. The results looked amazing. All of them. There was attention to detail on the temples, the hairlines were incredible. It couldn’t be true. I began to find reviews and the only complaint was that a few people thought hairlines were too low or that the hair was too dense. Too dense?! I hated most every other doctor’s results simply because they didn’t make any attempt to give the hair density again. The other thing that the Alvi Armani team is great at is their discussion with the client regarding what they want. So if you are in your 50’s and don’t want your hairline to be quite as low as someone who is in their 30’s you don’t have to. Have that discussion with the doctors.

Getting in touch with Alvi Armani

After spending large amounts of time looking through the Alvi Armani website, reviewing testimonials, looking through photos and reading discussion boards I decided that I would get in touch with the clinic. I sent an inquiry into the site and received a response back from Eric who was an Alvi Armani patient himself. Eric was fantastic to work with; he was very honest with all of my questions and was quick to provide information on his personal results as well as direct me to several other patients who had procedures and hair loss similar to mine. Eric requested that I send in several photos (front, back, sides and top) so that he and the doctor could get a good look at my current hair loss and determine the approach that would be best for me. He provided me with several other patient’s photos so I knew exactly what types of photos they wanted from me. Eric became my main contact throughout this entire procedure and was enormously helpful from arranging my phone consultation with the doctor, scheduling my appointment, helping to arrange my financing and even providing me with information and assistance about hotels near the office and when to schedule my flights. At no point did I feel like I was on my own; Eric’s willingness to assist me in every step of the way made a tremendous impact in helping to ease any worries I might have. Throughout the process there are a lot of moving parts but instead of being sent around to 5 or 6 different people for each step of the process I had one person who I could contact, someone who became familiar with me and my situation. This was a huge benefit and convenience and a huge factor that separated Alvi Armani from the others.

The Consultation with Dr. Baubac

My research had made Alvi Armani the clinic I was leaning towards using to have my procedure, but there was still a very big piece that needed to be addressed; the consultation. I wanted to make sure the doctor that would be performing my procedure could understand what I was looking for and could provide me with some more details regarding the specific procedure. Through Eric, I scheduled my consultation with Dr. Baubac. Scheduling the consultation with the doctor is another huge factor that sets Alvi Armani apart from a lot of other clinics. Most clinics use consultations as sales pitches and are done by the sales people of the clinic but with Dr. Baubac it was a very candid discussion about my history with hair loss and what his thoughts were regarding my unique situation, and all of this was much more valuable since Dr. Baubac would himself be performing my procedure.
During my consultation we talked about other methods that I had tried previously, what my goals and concerns were regarding this procedure and what I should expect with my results. Dr. Baubac is incredibly well read in the sciences surrounding hair loss and we discussed the transition from FUT to FUE transplants and discussed the most recent studies in the industry and what his thoughts were regarding the future of hair restoration. During my consultation with Dr. Baubac I had the impression that he was there to make sure that this procedure was right for me; I wasn’t another number in a high volume low quality clinic, rather the doctor wanted to make sure that this procedure was going to be a positive experience for me. Actually having the ability to speak with the doctor at this stage of the process was a huge advantage and helped to eliminate all of the fears that I had going into the procedure.
After my consultation Dr. Baubac got back to me with his initial suggestion for the number of grafts I would be getting and how the distribution would go. I became excited. I got in touch with the clinic with a challenging request, to have the procedure in the next two months so that I would have the initial growth and healing completed prior to moving to London at the end of the year. I was ecstatic with the amount of effort Eric and the team at the clinic went through to get me scheduled in time, Dr. Baubac does not have a ton of openings in his schedule so for the team to fit me in so quickly was fantastic. I have begun looking in the mirror with less frustration, rather I would look in the mirror, picture my new hairline and think how many more days I would deal with my hair loss. That is the long story which I am sure many of you can relate to, which has brought me to this point; my procedure is 10 days away. I will keep you updated.
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Posted 10/15/2012 8:14:53 PM
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I promised a follow up and here it is!
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Posted 10/15/2012 8:16:47 PM
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I promised a follow up and here it is!

The Procedure:

I arrived at the Alvi Armani clinic in Beverly Hills and was greeted by a very friendly staff and a very nice and discreet clinic. After completing some paperwork I was taken into another room for my initial photos and changed into my robes. After I was changed I met with Dr. Baubac and Dr. R___ and we went over what we were planning to do with the graft distribution and some of the other details of the procedure. Then we went into the procedure room and began getting ready for the extraction stage. This is when I was first introduced the rest of the Alvi Armani team. The entire team was amazing and were looking to provide me with any assistance or any comfort I desired throughout the day. I can’t say enough about how friendly and considerate they were, the entire experience was fantastic and all of the staff played a significant role in that.

Before the extractions began I was given some numbing agents which made the entire process completely painless. The entire extraction took a couple of hours but seemed like it went really quickly. Once the extractions were complete we still had some time before lunch so Dr. Baubac began on working through the incisions. The incisions are where the Dr. punches the holes for where the transplants will eventually be placed. After this had been completed we took a break for lunch, which was also incredibly good (I recommend the Chipotle Chicken Wrap!). After lunch we put on a movie and the team came in and began loading the transplants. This last step of the procedure took a few more hours but will vary for every case depending on who many grafts are being done.

After the procedure was done we took some after pictures and washed off the donor area. Dr. Baubac and I talked about about the success of the procedure and to give me some my instructions for the first night. I will be honest, my head was a bit sore the first night and that coupled with the sleeping position of having to sleep in an upright position made falling asleep quite difficult. In order to protect the new grafts and reduce swelling you must sleep in an upright position (like sleeping in a Lazy-Boy) and I am already excited to lay down and sleep normally again. My donor area was throbbing a bit as a tried to fall asleep and I took one of the pain killers that Dr. Baubac had included in my take home package. Eventually I drifted off and was able to stay in the upright position the entire night.

The next morning I had some breakfast and took my prescribed medication for after the meal and made my way down to the clinic for another post-op cleaning and check-up. This visit was short and sweet - although given how pleasant the staff is I wouldn’t have cared if it took a couple of hours. In this morning session we reviewed the spray and medication schedule as well as some of the other questions I had such as how long before I can return to a fitness regimen (28 days or so) and how long will it take for scabbing to deplete. After that they arranged for a cab to take me back to my hotel and it was off to the airport.

Going into this procedure I did copious amounts of research, looked into a variety of clinics and scoured over results photos before deciding on Alvi Armani and Dr. Baubac Hayatdavoudi. I was excited about my procedure but given my personal situation I kept very conservative expectations. After the procedure I was absolutely thrilled with the results, we were able to cover more area while also providing some more density based on the way my hairline naturally flowed and the shape of my head. Over the next couple of weeks my head will heal and scabbing will slowly disappear and after the first month most (or all) of my transplanted hair will fall out, and I am oddly excited about that. I know the new transplant will have to go through the normal hair cycle and when they come back the second time those are the ones that will be there for good. My biggest concern was having the procedure go badly, not meet my hopes or expectations or be an unpleasant experience; after all, this isn’t a small expense. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience, a better team of doctors or better results. There are a lot of good HT doctors, but there are none as exceptional as the Alvi Armani team. I look forward to updating you all as the the weeks and months progress.

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Posted 5/15/2015 5:45:40 AM
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Well its amazing to hear that you have a great successful story I would like to follow you as well....
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Posted 5/28/2015 2:17:03 AM
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Well is absolutely stunning ! Excellent work during the hair transplant surgery it looks pretty good to give nice results ...
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