Age: 39 | Bald Class: Email Me
I had my first HT yesterday (7/5/10) by Dr. Damkerng Pathomvanich in Bangkok.
Total grafts: 3631
1 hair: 379
2 haris: 2905
3 hairs: 347
total hairs: 7230
I used 1.25mg generic finasteride and topical minoxidil for 3 months prior to my HT.
After the HT, I used 1.25 mg generic finasteride, nizoram shampoo, and oral minoxidil 5mg daily. At 6 weeks I began using oral and topical minoxidil.
My Hair Loss Story
19 years old is when my good ol' genetics kicked in. It has been a steady painful road of hair loss since then. I watched my bald spot grow bigger, and hair thin more and more each year. I found Toppik concealer in my mid 20's which I thought was a god send. However, with more hair loss, it meant I was using more concealer, to the point where I lost so much hair it began to look artificial. My choice was to stop using concealer and show the world the extent of my hair loss or to continue using it knowing that it would be obvious to some people. I chose the latter. Like many, my confidence plummeted. Outside of work, I would always wear a hat. And because of the concealer, I hardly ever went swimming, and would be terrified whenever it rained. I avoided sunlight often. Whenever I would talk to people at work, I would make sure the room was as dimly lit as possible so they couldn't see my hair. Finally at the age of 29 I found a way, after years of planning, to afford the time and money to get a transplant.
How has my hair loss affected me?
took away all my confidence. I hated going out with new people. I consider myself a naturally social person, but my baldness gave me so much social anxiety. I hated the feeling when I would be talking to someone and I would catch their eyes slowly drifting up to my hairline. And because I became dependent on concealer I found I had to limit my activities quite a bit.
What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?
toppik worked well to cosmetically cover up the balding areas.
Propecia and minoxidil have worked really well
Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?
I am happy with my experience. Too early to tell if I'm happy with my results
What hair loss treatments would I recommend?
halloween masks, decapitation, being a hare krishna, or becoming a muslim woman so you have an excuse to wear a hijab/veil
How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?
So far it's given me an excuse to travel to SE Asia. It has also changed my bank account a bit. Will update once the results start creeping in.
My general advice and suggestions.
I don't know how to give any advice regarding HT as I am just starting my journey. But using the hair restoration network gave me a sense of solidarity. I was able to see other people articulately give voice to the insecurities I have been feeling for so long. It made me feel like I wasn't alone, and that there is hope. Most importantly every now and then someone will put things into perspective and you realize that there are so many other things worse than losing hair. A positive attitude goes a long way.