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Bald Class: Bald Class 4 Email Me

June 14, 2011, first session.

Strip size: 1.5cm width x 27.5 cm length. Vitrase was used in the donor before excision to increase laxity. ACell wound strips were used in the donor closure and ACell fine particles for the graft follicles

3048 Grafts = 6447 Hairs Total

1’s – 633
2’s – 1545
3’s – 756

4’s – 114 

Non-Surgical Treatments:

Rogaine Foam for many years

Fin 1.25 mg daily since Feb 11 

My Hair Loss Story

I have been losing hair since my 30s.  Have used Rogaine for years.  At first, had significant thickening in the crown area, however over time the effect diminished.  However, I believe it is why I had so much native hair left before my transplant.  I started using Fin in Feb. 11 after deciding to have a transplant.  I am a very youthful 53 year old and wanted a much fuller head of hair.

How has my hair loss affected me?

Made me feel older and less confident in my appearance.  I am very youthful for my age and wanted to do something about this for myself!

What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?

Rogaine worked very well for the first few years.  Then effects diminished, but maintained a lot of my existing hair. Just started Fin in Feb. 11.  Optimistic it will work well for me.  Zero side effects. 

Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?

Just had my transplant on June 14, 2011.  Could not be happier with my experience with Dr. Ron Shapiro and his staff.  Optimistic the results will exceed my expectations.  Will update as I grow! Dr. Ron Shapiro and the entire staff at SMG are fantastic.  They made me feel like I was the most important patient they had, answered all of my questions and made sure I had a comfortable experience.  It was a very long day but I actually had fun getting to know the people who were working on me.  Everyone obviously likes working there which says a lot.  Dr. Ron makes sure you understand every step of the way and makes sure that he answers all of your questions and that you are comfortable with everything that is going to happen.  He is very involved throughout the day.  His brother Paul stopped in a couple of times as well.  I could not be happier with my experience there.  I am at day 4 and recovery is going great.  I will update after I begin to grow with photos and additional comments.  Thanks to everyone at SMG for making me feel special and for making me feel so comfortable.

What hair loss treatments would I recommend?

Rogaine.  Probably Fin, but will update over time (I have just been taking it for 4 months).  Surgery.

How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?

Will let you know after I grow, but I already feel great that I had it done!  

My general advice and suggestions.

Research, research, research.  Find a top notch surgeon that meets your comfort level. Understand what you can realistically achieve.  Personally, I am very happy with my choice.