Hair Transplant and Stem Cell (PRP) Hair Therapy - Orlando, FL

I am a 35 year old male and have been taking...

I am a 35 year old male and have been taking propecia for about 7 years. Back in my 20's when I started, I had been told to look into "hair plugs". At that point in my life, I was not ready and as I have gotten older and while propecia has helped, my hair thinning is definitely starting to show.

I recently started my research to into hair transplant. I was referred to Dr. Pizarro and after an initial consultation it was recommended that I have 2,000 grafts to the front and top/crown of my head. My hair isnt falling out like it was, but you can see it is starting to really recede.

I was also very interested in this new Stem Cell Hair Therapy where they spin your blood down to the stem cells and then inject into your scalp. I was also told that doing this when you do the grafts is like adding fertilizer to grass seed when planting.

So as I continue my research I have been in contact with Dr. Pizarro, have picked a date and am looking forward to getting this started. I feel there is a lot I can control in life, and hair loss is not one of those things..without a little help from an elective surgeon.

Surgery Scheduled - Nov 21st

After sitting on this for a few months and doing more research as well as the most recent research on hair transplant and stem cell treatment, I have decided to move forward with the grafts and stem cell procedures. Scheduled for the 21st of November with Dr. Pizarro. Will be a week after I do a 168 mile bike ride from Miami to Key West and a week before Turkey Day.

Surgery Rescheduled - Dec 5th - Day 1

So yesterday I had my surgery and my experience with Dr. Pizarro completely exceeded my expectations. I had 1,786 grafts (not plugs) put into the front part of my head, with the direction that I did not want to change my hair line. This was more to invest in protecting the hair from the front to the crown. I also had PRP (stem cell) injections not only with the grafts, but also at the whole crown of the head.

The toughest part, as expected was the removal of the donor area in the back of the head. Dr. Pizarro and team did an outstanding job, not only in comforting me, but also in the stitches (as far as I can see today). I did not realize the cut would literally go from ear to ear around my head. But, this was needed based on the number of grafts.

All in all, yesterday was pleasant, and after almost 8 hours, I was extremely satisfied and grateful for the whole team. I could not believe that it took 3 people to individually take each hair follicle from the donor strip to be implanted in my head. This made me at ease knowing the level of detail which was being invested in my hair transplant.

Getting home, I was doing OK, however in about 2 hours or around 9PM I was in pretty large amounts of pain. I think I waited to long to take the Vicodin and Valium Once taken, and crawled into bed, I felt good..woke up at 4AM to take another Vicodin, and as I lay here on the couch on day 2, I am feeling already better. Sleeping was a bit tough so my advice is to take a towl and roll it up and put it around your next like a pillow to take the pressure off the donor area.

Next step is to keep the area a little moist for 48 hours, and then use a special shampoo. DO NOT TOUCH THE GRAFTS I keep being told :) This will be the most difficult as I was already have restless syndrome :)

48 hours until I can wash my hair with a special shampoo. More updates to come then.

Day 2 and recovery is progressing

Today I went to have my hair washed at Dr. Pizarro's in order for me to look presentable for a skype interview I had scheduled. The swelling is minimal and the pain, even still there, hasnt been so bad on night 2. You can see in the pics how it is progressing.

Day 5 - Shampooing both Grafts and Donor Area

Survived the weekend of shopping, christmas decorating and watching movies with the family. I thought I would hate having to wash my grafts and especially the donor area with the shampoo and conditioner provided, but thanks to the help of my amazing partner, it wasn't bad at all. Keeping the donor area clean will limit the scabs that may appear next week when the stitches come out.

My level of discomfort is now pretty minimal and only limited to after I lay on my back for the whole night, or if I go move than 6-8 hours without a Vicodin. I have started wanting to scratch a lot, but have refrained. I find it most comfortable to rub my neck line for relief.

Eager to get the stitches out next week, for all the graft scabs to fall out, and for me to be able to actually put some product in my hair! LOL

Began using the laser comb as well, 3 times a week. Feels like something out of the future that should be saving lives and protecting me against enemy drones. :)

Day 10 - Itching Like Crazy, healing very well

So at Day 10 my donor area has been itching like crazy. It's all I can do to keep my hands off of it so that I do not pull out the stitches myself! :) All in all tho, things are progressing nice and I am sure when I go in 4 days to have the stitches removed I will get rave reviews on how I have taken care of the graft site.

Couple of new pics to show how well the scar will be hidden as well as the scabbing of the grafts and now falling out (which is normal) as things start to grow over the next 3-6 months.

Day 13 - Sutures removed, amazed at how well I am doing!

Today was finally the day to have my sutures removed. I have to admit, I woke up dreading it since I have never had more than 5-10 sutures removed before, and this cut for the donor area went all the way from ear to ear. The removal was very painless quite honestly. A few hair pulls, and a couple of scabs that were ready to come off. I added pictures of the suture area and you can see that after just 2 weeks, the healing looks great and the scar area will be thin.

Scaring is my #1 concern so I am going to start putting fresh aloe right from the plant on the scar daily. My body tends to scar very easy so I am told this is the best thing for it. It also will help with the itching I described above which of course is the body healing.

I got home and let the graft and donor area soak in conditioner for an hour and then was finally able to take a full shower, with full blast water, and what a great feeling it was. As the saying goes, "so fresh and so clean." I then used a really soft brush to brush through my hair which over the next few days will have the rest of the scabs gone.

So the best news. My graft area is already growing hair! I had no "shock loss" which is when other hair falls out when implants are put in (which eventually regrows). Also, the grafts that were put it which typically scab up and fall out, and then take about 3 months to show hair, are still showing. I was told this was mainly due to my younger age as well as my health. I like the idea that all the hard work will remain and I can just continue to watch it grow. It's kinda like one of those Chia Pets we all had at one time and would just check daily to see its progress.

I couldn't be happier. The few days of uncomfortableness post-surgery and finding it hard to sleep in some positions, we well worth it. I must admit, I have the unique situation where I am home most of the day so it made it easy. I would recommend taking a long weekend, say Thursday till Tuesday if you were to have this procedure so that you can have rest and time to heal.

Next update will be in a few days to see how the scabs come off and when I finally get a hair cut.

2 Months Post Op

So I am passing the 2 month mark and things are looking really good. None of the grafts have fallen out which I hear is normal. I can rub my fingers through and still feel them. The scar is completely hidden and I have been able to cut the side of my head using a 2 or 3 guard. There is still a bit visible on the right side of my head, but I scabbed more there so I assume over time that will go away. I have been using the laser comb and also putting Vitamin E serum on my scar like clock work.

Things have really gone well. I cant wait for another 4 months to really see the difference. I haven't taken any new pictures but will do and upload some soon.

4 Months Passed

It's been awhile since I have updated my progress. After 4 months, my hair is still about the same as it was before, which actually I hear is a good thing. I have little to no shock loss, and the grafts are growing. I know it can take up to 12 months+, so I am being patient.
Dr. Marina Pizarro

So far my experience has been great..I am just starting my research and what I have learned from Dr. Pizarro and her team has really helped. On the day of my procedure my expectations were totally exceeded. Dr. P and her team were amazing. They took really good care of me and since I was there for 8 hours, really comforted me and made good conversation to take my mind off things. I couldn't be happier with my experience.

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Hi Sean, Edward, thanks for your posts. They are quite encouraging. I am 38 and have been trying to make a decision for the last 2 years about having a HT. I have along the way decided that if/when I do, it'll be an FUE, I can't risk the strip method. My major worry though is the post-op medication. I am deeply concerned about the use of Finasteride, one of whose major side effects is ED. What were you guys given? Is PRP any better? Kindly advise. Dennis
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well, edward, I am in the process of making a decision. one thing i have made up my mind on is to settle for an FUE, nothing less. Question is: What post-op medication are you given and what are the side effects? I am worried about the use of Finasteride, one of whose side effects is ED. Kindly advise me on this. Dennis - Uganda
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Thanks for sharing pictures above. After pictures would be very helpful.
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Visited with Dr. Pizarro. Shes been doing this a long time but am not sure what decision to make. Read a lot of bad reviews about her. Told her during our appointment and she gave lame excuses about them. Wanted to know what your results are. You wrote nice things about your experience, but I'm more interested in the results. Please let me know how your new hair is coming along.
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Thanks for reaching out. I am still pleased with the results, about 7 months later. The donor scar is non existent and I keep the back of my head short (about a 2 guard). The scaring potential was my biggest fear since I scar super easy so this part totally exceeded my expectations. As far as the grafts go, they are mixed throughout the top of my head...I didn't have her change my hair line, so they seem to be finally slowly growing in. I know it can take 12 months and I am impatient. My only mistake has been not using the laser comb as much as possible which I hear isn't good so I have really been trying to do it 2 times weekly. A friend of mine who runs a restoration clinic and specializes in female hair loss told me she relys on the laser and raves about it. So all in all I am very pleased. Yes there are a lot of negative reviews and in my opinion you have to take them and then go with your gut. I feel most will post a bad review before the will post a great one. You might get a 2nd opinion too. Hope this helps. Good luck!
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Hi Sean. It has been about 8 months now since you did your hair surgery. Do you have pictures of results thus far? Thanks.
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You look great, glad the procedure went so smoothly for you!
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hey man, i am in the process of making a decision, is there a way you can contact me i have a few questions about DR. Pizzarro.
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Just realized you reached out to me..did you get any info or feedback that you were looking for?
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Sutures out today. Check out the pics above. Could not be happier with the result and how much better it feels to have them out. No more "Franken Head" as my partner and I coined it. :)
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Been progressing amazingly with the healing 10 days later. Ready to get my stitches removed in 3 days!
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can you show pics Edward?
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I have uploaded pics from day 1 above.
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I wouldn't get an HT in my opinion. You are seriously risking shock loss. Did your doc tell you about shock loss? IF you do get an HT make sure it is IAHRS approves doc. These really are the best IMO. But I don't think you need an HT but rather better treatments. I got no results with fin but switched to dutasteride and got great results. There are other treatments available. I would try these before cutting up your head. Did your doc recommend strip or FUE? Surgery is a last resort!
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Yes, they are both IAHRS and gave me the FUE as I wanted individual hairs implanted.
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You're right! Stem cell isn't really necessary but you better have a hair transplant and constant hair treatment. Well, I had mine done in cosmetic surgery Philippines but I don't think I will ever have a stem cell therapy. I think you should consider other alternatives than paying for this procedure.
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You may not think it is necessary, but many people have had fantastic results. I wasn't quite ready for a full surgery and wanted to see what this would do. The first thing I noticed was less and less hair falling out in the shower! So I personally feel that it does work to stabilize the existing hair. The growth of the dormant hair is coming through nicely now. I had this done in August of 2012. I realize that this is still a very new procedure, but I was looking for a more holistic way to go to re-grow my hair.
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Sean, Hit the brakes dude!!! You are less than 3 weeks away from making the same big mistakes I made. 4 years ago I was living in the Clearwater area and visited Dr. Markou and his "assistant" John Satino. I was scared to do hair surgery so they convinced me to spend $1200 on this PRP stuff. A year later...I had less hair and out the money. These people are scammers. I then went to Dr. Pizarro in her Tampa office and explained what I had been through and she told me inher own words "that PRP thing is not need a hair transplant." I spent $6000 trusting her opinion and a year later....not a damn change. Got taken for a second time. I have been considering another hair surgery but this time with a good honest doctor and started doing research and came cross this link appointing Dr. Pizarro as the Medical Director of a company called BioStem, which was headed by the same John Satino and specialized in PRP!!! The scammers aligned!!!! ( Just so happens that same company got busted by the Feds for creating a Shell company and ripping off investors ( She then immediately took off anything to do with the BioStem name off her website and now only mentions PRP. Look at her website and you'll see they don't even promise you anything with PRP results. (Read statement after FAQs) Run the other way still have time. Just trying to help you avoid what I went through with these scammers.
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Dear Former Employee of Pizarro Hair Restoration now current employee of Dr. Barusco and TEMPUS Hair, aka WestCoastDude and TampaGuy is this really the best use of your time? As the Patient Coordinator, I know I spend my work day answering questions, new patient inquiries and helping hundreds of patients regain their confidence through hair restoration, how do you even find the time for this nonsense? It would be one thing if you were actually trying to help people on this blog with real reviews, but you use it for your own petty vengeance. I personally have had PRP and am very pleased with the results. I would be happy to refer you to to several patients (most of them in the medical field) who sing the praises of both Dr. Pizarro and this therapy. If you would like to make an appointment for platelet rich plasma injections, let me know, I will try my best to work you in. In regards to the Biostem issue, you are exactly right. It is public knowledge that she stepped down as Director. She did not want to be associated with individuals that were scamming the public. Get back to work and get over the fact that you two are no longer "friends" nor an employee of Pizarro Hair Restoration. It's a shame that you feel the need slander her and her practice. To new patients reading this, we apologize in advance for this and other posts that are being made under aliases. We are currently taking legal action to prevent this individual from misinforming patients as this is not the intention of the Real Self forum. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. We would be happy to openly discuss any of our many hair restorative services. Warm Regards, Melanie Shaginaw Pizarro Hair Restoration
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What is wrong with you people at Pizarro's? I know the person that wrote as TampaGuy. Are you people mad?? Have you all lost your minds?? The review is more then legitimate and you should be ashamed of yourself trying to cover tracks for a morally corrupt doctor that only cares about money. How much are YOU Melanie Shaginaw getting paid to write this nonsense to deflect blame? Excuses, excuses, excuses!! I have seen enough complaints on these sites to dismiss Pizarro as an expert and she certainly isn't a surgeon, isn't board certified in anything and if you look up her medical degree she is trained as a pediatrician. People do your home work and use a board certified surgeon not someone who claims to have performed over 50,000 surgeries and isn't even a surgeon!! Also if you look at all the bad reviews over the years Pizarro always blames an ex-employee. It isn't slander if it's the TRUTH and blaming others for your failures, inadequacies and botched hair transplants is shameless!
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Hello Tampa42!!! Good to hear from you again. I would love for to you to come in and discuss this with me personally. Unlike you, I am stating the facts about this doctor and it is certainly your own opinion to say I am deflecting blame and making excuses. You should consider your own words about honesty, slander, and truth and accountability. Yes, you are completely right, Dr. Pizarro calls herself a surgeon, because she is just that. She is licensed in medicine and surgery. She has performed for over 20+ years in this capacity. Although all medical doctors are licensed in medicine and surgery, not all of them practice surgery. She does, every day. The claim of over 50,000 surgeries is wrong though, it's closer to 100,000 completed surgeries. I think she was just being modest. Please email us privately so we can reconcile your issues. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Melanie Shaginaw Director of Operations Pizarro Hair Restoration
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I have had an amazing experience and results with the healing process and both treatments. I have nothing but good to say about my process with Pizarro and her team.
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Im 40 yo, I start loosing mi hair since I was 21 yo, at 27 yo start using propecia, until now, but at 36 yo, I start using minoxidil foam that sells cotsco, and it really improved a lot in the crown area I recomend it very much, Now Im 39 yo, and last week i had my hair implant surgery was 4,350 implants, I payed only 3,500 and was 8,100usd total. I go with a Doctor in Monterrey Nuevo Leon Mexico, and I think is the best from all I went, I was in Bosley, in Hairclub, Savant, and a lot others, and this one I recomend 100%
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