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A 2-day hair transplant.
Here's the graft, hair breakdown:
1's: 297
2's: 1186
3's: 1382
4's: 999
Total 3864

Averaging 2.8 hairs/graft and totaling almost 11000 hairs.

I had originally hoped for 4500 grafts, but with the high hair count just out of 3864, Dr. Keene felt that I got the coverage I needed.
Incidentally, today my wife found an old drivers license of mine where the pic was taken in 1999 when I was sporting a buzz cut (of course I had a full head of hair then), and my hairline from yesterdays surgery almost exactly matches that one! I was delighted to see that.
I am still a bit swollen from the surgery and dazed from the medications. I will post some pics as soon as possible.

Non-Surgical Treatments:

Finastaride.

My Hair Loss Story

I started noticing hair loss in my mid twenties (around 2001-2002), and was unfortunately in a prolonged state of denial :)When hair loss became more apparent around 27, I tried a products such as revivogen off and on. I think revivogen did help retain existing hair to an extent.At about 29 I completely stopped using any medication and was nearing NW5 at about 32.Concealers got me by when absolutely required, but I wore a hat most of the time.
My hair, or lack thereof did not bother my wife one bit. But she completely supported me when I started investigating the HT route.I next found this forum, read up enough to be convinced that this is an HT is a safe and viable option.
About a month later, here I am with a hair transplant done. (Yes, I am that impulsive, but I did exercise due diligence before taking the pluge. I went through as many pictures and blogs that I could find, and after selecting my surgeon, I managed to convince her operate on me as early as possible)

How has my hair loss affected me?

I almost always wore a hat, and resorted to concealers on those occasions when I couldn't wear a hat.

Nobody that I really cared about was bothered with my hair loss in anyway. I just think I look much better with hair :)

What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?

I think revivogen (whenever I used it, did help slow down hair loss. Too bad I was too laid-back with my regimen)

Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?

I went through a 2 day hair transplant this week (10/2 - 10/3/07).
I hope to retain my existing native hair with the finasteride regimen I am on now and am eagerly awaiting the transplanted hairs to grow.

Things look promising thus far. Stay tuned.

What hair loss treatments would I recommend?

Here are my recommendations:

1) If you are just starting to notice hair loss, go see a doctor and get on some medication if you care enough about it. Prevention would be the best cure (well, if it works for you).

2) If I looked good with a shaved head, I would definitely go that route. I tried it for a while. Nope. Didn't work. But it might work for you.

3) A hair transplant IS A SURGERY, and risks are an inherent part of any surgery. If you choose to get it, make sure you understand all the risks involved. Exercise due diligence, do you research, set your expectations right and definitely make sure that you and your surgeon are on the same page.

How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?

I'm just out of surgery, so it's too early to tell.
But I can tell without a doubt that it will be a big confidence booster for me.
On the social front, I look forward to all those little yet welcome changes which can bring so much more pleasure - such as being out on the lake on a speed boat with friends; a nice pool party etc.

Career-wise, if anything, this should be helpful.

Realize that even the best hair restoration surgery in the world will only change your appearance. What you do with your resulting newfound confidence is entirely up to you.

That said, I do intend to kick-ass :)

My general advice and suggestions.

Hair transplant or not, you are the one that has to figure out how you want to deal with your hairloss.

If your hair loss bothers you enough, here are my recommendations repeated once again:

1) If you are just starting to notice hair loss, go see a doctor and get on some medication if you care enough about it. Prevention would be the best cure (well, if it works for you).

2) If I looked good with a shaved head, I would definitely go that route. I tried it for a while. Nope. Didn't work. But give it a try. It might work for you.

3) A hair transplant IS A SURGERY, and risks are an inherent part of any surgery. If you choose to get it, make sure you understand all the risks involved. Exercise due diligence, do you research, set your expectations right and definitely make sure that you and your surgeon are on the same page.