CrownofGloryAge: 50 | Bald Class: Email Me 2513 graphs to the Crown on November 18, 2008 by Dr. Rahal.
Rogain (to start this week-end) as per Dr. Rahal's instructions.
My Hair Loss StoryWhen I was 20 my girlfriend pointed out that I was thinning on the Crown after I took off my motorcycle helmet. Wow! That sucked since I was just starting to get my acne problem under control. Another one of life's cruel jokes! I went to see a derm who said that I had dandruff and put me on Nizoral and drops (tricomin?). He said the thinning was 5% due to dandruff and 95% due to MPB. Once the dandruff was under control, I went on Rogaine. I just kept praying that I would keep my hair until 30 (still don't know why I had 30 in mind but probably thought I would be married by then so who cares about attracting females after that, right?). I spent my entire 20's in school and had no real money until I got my professional designation at the age of 29. It was then (10 years ago) that I consulted a hair resto clinic. The doc said that one session would fix the thinning Crown completely but put me on Proscar (this was November 1998) to see how I faired. I took it for a few years but stopped the Rogaine and the loss stabilized. Then I got married, gained 45 pounds and stopped the Proscar. In May 2007, I decided to get it together physically and worked off all the fat and started back on the Proscar. Last summer I went for another consult with the same clinic. They suggested 1000 graphs in the Crown and gave me some Toppik to try. Toppik worked like a charm and completely concealed the Crown thinning. But, in retrospect, I was hair greedy and decided to go ahead with surgery. I got a consult with PAI, who employed agressive sales techniques, with which I was unimpressed. I then got a consult with Dr. Rahal who said I was on the cusp of being able to get surgery from him. He was the only clinic of the three that even bothered to warn me about shock loss, stating that I would likely loss some native hair in the Crown but the transplant would compensate for this and then some - and, of course, the transplanted hairs would be permanent. He agreed to do a 2300 graph session and I went for it (thinking that if I was going to go through the ordeal of surgery, I might as well get as much hair as possible out of it). Also, I did not trust the other two clinics which whom I had consulted. In retrospect, I might have waited a few years for more fall-out. On the other hand, I am relatively old now (will be forty next month) so I may have just not bothered if I had waited.
How has my hair loss affected me?
Some anxiety, especially when I was in my 20's trying to make out with the babes.
What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?
Proscar and Rogain
Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?
Dr. Rahal is a first class person. Too early to tell what the result will be.
What hair loss treatments would I recommend?
Proscar and Rogain as soon as thinning is noticed. Don't rush into surgery but I can fully understand all of the anxiety hair loss creates for a young man in his 20s involved in the mating game. I was there and it was not fun.
How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?
My general advice and suggestions.
Think positive. There are lots of options these days. In my grandfather's day there was no rogain, Proscar or surgery. I doubt good hairpieces were even available.