Age: 48 | Bald Class: Email Me
1 Surgery May 4th, 2010 with Dr. Pathomvanich
Total number of grafts:1 Hair Grafts = 462
2 Hair Grafts = 2,395
3 Hair Grafts = 687
Total Hairs 7,313
Propecia for 5 yearsThe Dr. also told me after the surgery to start on Minoxidil to for the crown and back 3/rd of the top of my head....
Update I have been applying Rogaine since day 20 of surgery. Its really oily. I don't know how people used Rogaine for years with the greasy look. I ordered the Rogaine foam which isn't supposed to be as oily. I think I'll use the foam in the day at work, if it indeed is not oily, and I'll use the normal Rogaine liquid at night - should save me some cash on buying nothing but the foam...which costs a bit more.
Update: I have been using Rogaine Foam not the liquid and its good. 100 times better than using the nasty oil. It's like hair product almost.
My Hair Loss Story
I probably thought I was going bald at 21 but I was delusional and had thick hair, just a high hairline. My hair thinning really started bothering me around 29. Writing this before surgery, I would kill for the hair I had even then. I think my hair reached what I would consider "every day bad" when I was 32. Every day bad is when every time you look in the mirror you hate your hair loss. Some guys can pull off the bald look and if I was one of them, I would happily accept going bald.
It has been mainly my front hairline thinning out. For years I have wore a Caesar cut because that was about my only styling option. I look like I could kill someone with my head shaved, so that's not the best look, especially because I am in sales where you don't want to look like a killer ;-)
I have a small balding spot on my crown but honestly it never bothered me because out of sight is out of mind. * I started using Rogaine 4 weeks after my transplant with Dr. Path.
I never took Propecia regularly until 32 due to financial reasons. If I could go back, I'd definitely take Propecia and Rogaine to keep my hair and find the cash!
I never dreamed I'd get a hair transplant. I always imagine "plugs" or just bad hair transplants that are 100% obvious. I think that's because that's all people see. They don't know when they see a good or normal transplant because they can look so natural now - for the right candidate. I decided to do this because, I think I'm a good candidate. I am not bald, just balding. It I was much balder, I might not have done this. I think 3,500 grafts will make a dramatic difference if it all goes right. If I could have my hairline from 5-6 years ago, I'd be happy. * After having had the surgery, if my results are good but in the future I need another surgery to shore everything up, I would do so based on my experience so far - THE DOCTOR YOU CHOOSE IS KEY! (yes I was shouting).
Balding has definitely affected my life. I use to be much more confident. There's nothing like looking in the mirror and being reminded every single day. At least women with small breasts can wear a padded / water bra - NO WAY am I ever going to wear a wig or "hair system" = way more obvious.
After a lot of research I found Dr. Damkerng Pathomvanich in Bangkok. Since it's in Bangkok it cost at least 1/3rd less or perhaps even cheaper minimum and the accommodations were definitely cheaper than if I did it at home in the US or here in Oz where I live. I didn't chose Dr. Path for cost though...I could have afforded a more expensive Doctor. I chose him based on feedback and I figured now was also a good time because a) I have enough hair to cover most of the surgery area ) b) I work from home 3-4 days a week and can avoid some major face to face contact for a few weeks. It seemed in all the photos and journals the first 3 weeks is the worst in terms of the post surgery look.
It'll take 7-9 months to see the change and a 12-14 months for the total result but now I have something to look forward to.... that and losing some weight!
UPDATE: I am past the 10 month mark and 100% happy. Do I have a super thick head of hair? No. Does my hair look much, much better. Yes. I don't think anyone would look at me and think, "he's going bald." Now I just have a mature receding hairline appropriate for a man my age. Dr. Path was EXCELLENT with his scar work. Try and find the scar in my 10 month pictures where I have it cut short.
How has my hair loss affected me?
See my front page entry.
What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?
Propecia helped slow or halt the loss. Hopefully the transplant will add back a decent amount of hair since I am balding but not bald.
Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?
So far I am happy....its just the long wait! It'll be probably 7-8 months to see decent change then 12 months for the total change.
What hair loss treatments would I recommend?
Propecia to stop loss or help with it. Hair Surgery if you are a good candidate and find a good Dr.
How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?
It hasn't yet but it has given me hope. I am only in the first week.
My general advice and suggestions.
If you use a Dr. in Bangkok, and you are from another country, tell your local Dr. what you are doing and ask for stronger pain killers to take with you to Bangkok for post surgery. Make sure this is legal first! If you have a low pain tolerance. They only prescribe Tylenol with codeine after the surgery but its the weak pills like over the counter in Australia - I know a lot of American's are like what? Yes they have Tylenol with Codeine over the counter in Oz but its weak compared to US prescription codeine which is 2 x's to 4 x's stronger in dose.
My pain was pretty bad the first night when the shots wore off. The Dr. said they don't have Vicodin etc in Bangkok so he sent me to the hospital to get some morphine pills. It sounded scary but helped a lot and after 3 days the pain is minimal. Some people won't be bothered by the pain as much.
If you use Dr. Path stay at the Abloom Serviced Apartments. They are maybe a half mile from his clinic.
If you do the surgery at Dr. Path's clinic vs the Hospital, you save 15%. Its worth it and the clinic is suitable.