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17 Feb 2009: 3,200 FUs by strip, Feller Clinic.
Proscar 1.25mg daily, MSM 3,000mg, Cod Liver Oil, Revita shampoo daily (and Nizoral twice a month), lots of exercise!
My Hair Loss Story
I am from the UK. I began to recede noticeably at my temples in my late 20s and more obviously so by my mid-30s. By my late 30s, I had progressed to the situation where I had an ‘island’ of hair at the front of my head and scalp around it. It had become a defining feature of my physical appearance: if I had not seen a friend for a while, I noticed their eyes drift upwards to the top of my head (and I knew what they were thinking); it occasionally became the means by which my children distinguished me from the parents of their friends (i.e. I was the “bald one”). I had known it was coming. There has been male pattern baldness on both sides of my family, always receding from the temples. I joked about it at first, because I had been absolutely convinced I would be fine when it happened – after all, it was hardly going to take me by surprise. However, when at last it had reached the point where I was balder than I was hairier, I was surprised with the big change to my appearance and with how it made me feel. I tried option 1: the buzzcut, starting at #4 and then gradually down to #1. It didn’t suit me. Next, I tried option 2: the meds. In my case, this was something I bought in Boots (the name of which I can no longer remember) for about six months, then Regaine (minoxidil) for about 18 months. I can’t honestly say one way or another whether it made any difference. It might have slowed the rate of shedding, but I had nothing to compare it to. (I only started taking Propecia recently.) Eventually, I began to research HT procedures and, after some false starts, discovered the forum. It made all the difference. This forum is like a pure democracy. Everyone can speak and everyone has a voice. Reputations are built or destroyed by consensus. Results are posted and clearly show the advantages and disadvantages of surgery. I loved the idea that Doctors themselves participated on the forum and were willing to be publicly tested by their results. After two years of further research, going through bursts of activity, I decided to go with Dr Alan Feller of Queens, New York, and had my procedure on 17 February 2009. I have posted elsewhere my thoughts on the procedure: I have nothing but praise for the clinic. I hope these pictures allow you to make your own mind up about what you want to do.
How has my hair loss affected me?
The usual ways: confidence, self-esteem, etc
What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?
Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?
My general advice and suggestions.
Research. And then research some more.