Transplant Procedure Info
Procedure 2 Rating: Excellent
2100 Grafts by Dr. Bloxham
Mike - AKA - tradermike67Age: 50 | Bald Class: Email Me Dr Theodore Katz
1800 FU 12/1/2008
Propecia and Rogaine 5%. I've since stopped after my 1st HT, saving the expense for a more permanent solution (HT #2) rather than a lifetime of those meds and the cost along with them.
My Hair Loss StoryI always had very thick hair. At about mid 20's, saw a picture of myself and could not deny hair loss any longer. It started to thin rapidly in the temples. At the time, I really didn't know what to do. I was aware that transplants existed but.... Within a couple of years, I found my way to a Ferrari hair center in South Jersey to explore some options. Ended up with a toupee that was not conducive to my lifestyle. Glue, clips, movement, cost of maintenance, plus I could not get used to the feeling of it on my head. This lasted a short time (about 6 months)before I finally stopped wearing it altogether. From that point, hair loss just got worse thru the rest of my 20's.
How has my hair loss affected me?
What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?
Using Propecia and Rogaine over a couple years I went from just about a 6 on NW scale to 5V. There was some success there, but that was as good as it was going to get. Also for the ongoing expense, versus just saving up and doing another transplant which I'm currently in the process of doing.
Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?
Yes. Most of my gains were made in the first 8 months, as you can see by the photo's. By 12 to 15 months, that was as good as it got. I'm definitely happy and plan to do another HT shortly. I had planned on having the 2nd done by now, but life sometimes gets in the way of our plans.
What hair loss treatments would I recommend?
Propecia and Rogaine, (use the generic 5% for the same results a lot cheaper) if you don't have a lot of hair loss yet. But at a point, if you're really going to get a real result, you need to do the HT. That's what makes the difference. Besides, when you stop taking those meds, you lose whatever you kept. Or at least I did.
How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?
I definitely feel better about the way I look and I'm sure that must affect how I act. Being bald sucks. I know some people can deal with it, and I admire those people that can just accept it. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them.
My general advice and suggestions.
I did a pretty good amount of research over the last 5 years before undergoing Transplant surgery. If you're considering this, become informed and learn all about it so you know you're making the best decision for yourself. At the end of the day, it's a leap of faith. It's funny now after the fact to find peoples photo's with my hair type, amount of loss, and compare my own to theirs. I see a number of similar results by different doctors. From my research, there are a lot of good doctors out there that perform this procedure. Visit however many you need to, ask your questions, discuss your concerns and use your head (no pun intended).