Transplant Procedure Info
Procedure 2 Rating: Excellent
1511 Grafts by Dr. Rahal
EVBald Class: Email Me 11/25/09 - 2350 grafts with Dr. Rahal
Rogaine (5% - first used liquid and now use foam)
T Gel and Nizoral shampoos
Hairmax lasercomb (don't think it did anything)
My Hair Loss StoryIf I'm being honest with myself, I believe I began to notice hair loss during my senior year of college. I had quite long hair then and halfway during senior year, we had to unclog the drain of our bathroom due to a HUGE stuffing of long dark hair. At the time, I think I blamed my roommate's girlfriend but, truth is, it was probably mine. I didn't pay much attention to it for the next few years until, about halfway through my twenties, I began to notice temple recession. Then at my job a few years later, I got my first little jab about my temple recession from a co-worker. It bothered me enough to begin doing some research. I consulted with Bosley (we all know how that goes) and then found my way to one of this site's pre-eminent NY transplant doctors who, at that time, told me I hadn't lost enough hair and it was too soon to consider a transplant. He introduced me to toppik which was a tremendous friend to me for the next few years. In addition, I was taking Propecia and using Rogaine twice daily which seemed to help maintain the hair I had.Fast forward about 5 years and I had thinned out quite a bit more in the temples and even back a bit further, as well as having basically lost my once prized widow's peak. Also had very slight thinning in crown which takes about 1-2 shakes of toppik to disappear from sight and which wasn't anywhere near thin enough to consider a procedure. I began doing more research and met and/or online consulted with numerous coalition and HTN-approved Dr.'s. My Achilles heel was my hairline and that's the thing that needed the attention so I decided on Dr. Rahal. Long trip to Ottawa from NY, however, I thought his work with hairlines was the best, bar none, and he was my guy. It's now about 20 hours post my first tranplant and, despite my looking a bit like a Star Trek character gone wrong, I know I made the right decision.
How has my hair loss affected me?
It was something that, once I got past my denial of going through hair loss, I was never happy with about myself and, even though concealers made me look pretty great and disguised most of my hair loss, having to use them bothered me. I missed my 21-year-old head of hair and wanted it back.
What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?
Propecia and Rogaine controlled and slowed the process considerably
Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?
Only been 20 hours but so far, so good. Dr. Rahal and his team are GREAT people! I can't recommend him enough and I'm quite glad I chose him and his staff for this procedure. Being a guy going through a hair transplant is quite a surreal experience...you know that none of your friends are doing the same thing that day...but Dr. Rahal and his staff are compassionate, friendly, quality people who make you feel comfortable and put you at ease.
What hair loss treatments would I recommend?
Whatever works for you
My general advice and suggestions.
Be diligent in your research and trust your gut. And most importantly, try not to let your hair loss control you. If you feel like it's something that you want to change about yourself, there are quality options out there so be proactive.