Nick - AKA - Nick153452
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Hair transplant 5-22-2013 with Dr. Paul Shapiro at Shapiro Medical Group
Total grafts transplanted: 3222; 536 singles, 1651 doubles, 961 triples, 74 quadruples.
Total hairs transplanted: 7017
1.25 mg finasteride daily
rogaine foam 2x daily
My Hair Loss Story
My hair-loss journey seems a little out of place for me, but here it goes.
When my cousin was attending cosmetology school during my senior year in high school, she called me up to ask if I would like to volunteer as a her human cadaver for her hair cut exam at school. at this point in my life, I had fairly decent, thick brown hair. I didn't worship my hair, I didn't think much about it at all actually, so I gladly volunteered.
After my cousin finished my styling, her instructor came over to evaluate. Now, I don't really recall too much of the detail of the conversation or the evaluation at all. The only thing I can even remember is her mutter the words, "it looks like your hair is starting to recede." It was precisely this combination of words that was eventually to set the stage for my downward-spiraling self-confidence and an issue that continues to occupy much of my life even to this day.
At first it was hard to believe that such an event could even be possible, brushing it aside as, "This can't be possible, my brothers aren't balding at all and my dad is only slightly balding at 50." However, as years passed, my inevitable doom continued to knock on my door, reminding me to wake up and smell the roses. At the beginning of my freshman year at college, my hair-loss had already exceeded that of my father's, my self-confidence was drowning to the point where I started making jokes about my own hair loss as a coping mechanism. This self-destructive behavior continued for the next few years until, in 2010 I decided to take the issue into my own hands. I joined the hair restoration network, did a lot of reading, and sought out world-renowned surgeons that could help me restore my life. To much of my surprised I landed upon a nice little jewel in Minnesota called Shapiro Medical Group. I figured that I had nothing to lose in a free consultation, so I booked a meeting with Matt Zupan. I was informed that I wasn't really an ideal candidate due to my young age (21 at the time) and that I should wait a few years at the minimum to see how my hairloss develops on finasteride and minoxidil. I was on these medications for a couple of years, but I didn't feel as though I was benefiting at all from them, so I eventually stopped, buzzed my hair, and tried to live like that. However, I have a fairly odd-shaped head, so the look didn't suit me well. Nevertheless, I continued to buzz my hair for a couple of years, as it was my best option.
Fast forward to April 2013, my senior year of college, graduating with a biomedical science degree, hoping to go to a medical school or a PhD program in the coming years. I was preoccupied with how much I had sacrificed by going university, financially speaking, and realized, "I need to do something for me". That little epiphany up a quick email to Matt Zupan at Shapiro, and I booked a HT to be taken place May 22, 2013 with Paul Shapiro. That's where I currently am, in limbo, awaiting my little friends to regrow in the following months.
I am extremely excited, nervous, anxious, every emotion you could think about. However, the experience itself has changed much about me, and I regret nothing.
How has my hair loss affected me?
It has essentially ruined my self esteem. I am so preoccupied as to how I believe I am perceived by others, that I don't take the time to live.
What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?
It's too early to say, but I believe that the hair transplant will be the most beneficial.
Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?
What hair loss treatments would I recommend?
Anything and everything that can keep you from losing your hair.
How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?
My general advice and suggestions.
Don't let money, distance, or advertising dictate who you are going to have your hair transplant with. Do your research, and get it right the first time.