Kelly - AKA - Happy-Camper
Age: 71 | Bald Class: Email Me
Hair Transplant Surgery: 1-29-06, single session, with Dr. Steven Gabel of the Northwest Surgical Hair Restoration clinic in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Total Grafts: 2008
Single Hair Follicles: 563
Two Hair Follicles: 1026
Three Hair Follicles: 295
Four Hair Follicles: 124
My Hair Loss Story
I've had a classic 'widow's peak' ever since I can remember. Due to heredity, the hair on each side of the peak began to erode beginning in my mid-thirties and into my forties. By age 50 I had what could only be described as a receded hairline, worse even than my mother's (and hers is pretty bad). This was extremely distressing and finally became unacceptable...I was consumed with anxiety and embarrassment because of that awful hairline!
I began researching hair loss treatments and settled for hair transplant technology. The missing hair was long gone so it seemed pointless to try those 'lotions and potions'. As a resident of the Pacific Northwest I found Dr. Steven Gabel in Hillsboro, Oregon at the Northwest Surgical Hair Restoration clinic. We met for a consultation where I learned firsthand how he could return my hairline back to normal. Needless to say I was thrilled!
And Dr. Gabel delivered as promised! I am very pleased with his aeshetics as well as his technique and skill. I now have a normal hairline and I no longer have the slightest hesitation to venture outside on a windy day without a hat or scarf. Life is now so much more enjoyable, I feel free and uninhibited. For me, just to have that sense of completeness again was sooooo worth the price.
How has my hair loss affected me?
As I watched my hair diminish I became more and more distraught. Anxiety crept inexorably into my daily life until, before I knew it, my hair loss was controlling my outdoors activities and my social life. I was acutely aware of my 'abnormal' hairline and was embarrassed to reveal it, and would take every precaution to avoid so doing.
In fact, not to put too fine a point on it, my hair loss began to rule my life. I dreaded appointments at the hair dresser's, and I became extremely self-concious, limiting my activities to those where I could be relatively certain that my hair would not be disturbed. Needless to say, I had become a prisoner to my hairline.
What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?
By the time I learned of minoxidil my hair was already gone, so its use was not an option. I have never, therefore, tried any hair treatments.
Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?
Am I happy? No...I'm absolutely ecstatic with my hair transplant surgery results. I now have a normal hairline again and can live my life unencumbered by self-conscious behavior and the restrictions that it imposed. I just can't begin to describe the tremendous relief and boost to self-confidence that it has bestowed.
Without a doubt this has been the best gift I have ever given myself...ever! It's so wonderful to be me again!
What hair loss treatments would I recommend?
I can say, unequivocally, that hair transplants can salvage anyone's self-esteem and self-confidence. If chemical or medical treatments are not effective, or not effective enough, then I would highly recommend - no, I would urge! - hair transplants as the viable option.
How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?
Without a doubt, the significance of hair restoration surgery has been to not only restore my hairline but to restore my self-confidence and enhance my self-image. Whereas before I lived in a constant state of anxiety about exposing my abnormal and odd-looking hairline, I now have not a care in the world about it. I feel as though a great burden has been lifted from my life. Let the wind blow, I no longer care! I am free to run my hands through my hair any time I wish, regardless of who sees me. I can swim without trepidation, my hat budget is now zero, and I have rediscovered the joys of hair styling. Can you even imagine the freedom of that? If you can, then you have a sense of the wonder I am feeling with my new hairline! I feel joyfully uninhibited again.
My general advice and suggestions.
If you are experiencing the anxiety of hair loss, by all means consult with a hair specialist to discuss all available options. Do as much research as you can. Then make your choice(s) based on your needs. For me it was a no-brainer, but your needs are unique to you. However, if medications or chemical applications are providing limited or unacceptable results, and if you have sufficient hair to warrant transplant surgery, then that is your answer. It really is the only viable option to living without a wig (or hairpiece, for you men).