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youngsuccess

youngsuccess

Age: 36 | Bald Class: Bald Class 2 Email Me

I booked my first procedure after a brief consultation with a local plastic surgeon who is no longer performing hair transplantation. I was 24. To his credit, he wasn't overly enthusiastic about the idea of operating on me.
I was admonished about the dangers of rushing into surgical hair restoration at a relatively young age, and he explained that he often was forced to turn down 18 year olds who weren't mature enough to understand the future implications or the long-term commitment involved. But I used my brilliant persuasive skills to convince him otherwise: "Well, 24 isn't 18."
I stressed the fact that I had started taking Propecia (finasteride) as a precautionary measure, and we began to discuss the emotional toll my mature hairline had taken on me.  A more experienced surgeon probably wouldn't have wavered, but this guy eventually bought my argument and we scheduled the session, which would involve approximately 500 grafts to lower the hairline about a half centimeter.
In retrospect, it was an equally poor judgment call on my part. I believe in taking personal responsibility to some degree, especially since I knowingly countered his (and my own) logical reasoning by making an emotional appeal.
I eventually underwent another session that was performed by a surgeon who is not affiliated with our site. Although no further harm was done, the results didn't quite meet my expectations. Approximately 700 grafts, strip.


My main repair procedure was handled by Dr. Dorin of the Coalition. The primary purpose of this surgery was to stabilize and refine the hairline. 800 grafts, strip.
I would definitely consider returning to True & Dorin Medical Group in the future. At this point in time, I'm looking into FUE touch-up options with Dr. Feller.

Non-Surgical Treatments:

Propecia (finasteride): 4 and 1/2 years and counting.

Rogaine Foam: Several months, but discontinued application after reasoning that my minor crown loss didn't warrant both finasteride and minoxidil usage.

My Hair Loss Story

I began noticing changes in my hair at the tender
age of 20. I hadn't experienced any kind of profound loss; the hairline
was simply "maturing". This is a term used to describe a natural
process that isn't necessarily associated with Male Pattern Baldness.
The juvenile hairline simply transforms into the adult male's. In rare
cases, some men will retain a linear, juvenile hairline throughout their entire
lives (Ronald Regan, Bill Clinton), but typically some temporal
recession will occur, often between the ages of 18-30.
Since then, I've observed some miniaturization above the "whirl" region in the crown, where I've always had a pretty prominent cowlick. I can't say that it's been cosmetically significant, and believe that my daily use of Propecia has been beneficial.

How has my hair loss affected me?

Hair was always a way for me to express myself. So even though I initially only experienced relatively minor recession, it still seemed catastrophic at the time. I went through the universal process of over analyzing everything I was doing, seeking some kind of everyday explanation for the changes I saw. Too much junk food? Not enough sleep? Excessive hat wearing?

Once I started conducting actual research, I began to accept the reality of my situation: I had simply experienced natural hair loss.  

What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?

1. Propecia (finasteride).

2. Hair Transplantation. 

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

It's been a learning experience. Had I stuck with the Coalition surgeons, I don't think I would have encountered any problems. I still have some lingering concerns due to my original work, mainly the double-hair grafts that were placed on the hairline. My repair procedure thankfully corrected the bulk of the issues that needed to be addressed, and I'm now able to comfortably style my hair very quickly. Even though it's been a slightly bumpy road, I'm ultimately happy with my decision.

What hair loss treatments would I recommend?

1. Propecia (finasteride), preferably obtained through a legit prescription. Splitting generic finasteride tablets (Proscar) is also much more economical.

2. Rogaine Foam. This wasn't exactly for me, but I've seen some impressive results in those who don't mind the daily application. It's widely suggested that using finasteride and minoxidil together produces a synergistic effect.  

2. Hair transplantation, provided the right surgeon is chosen. 

How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?

I think in many ways my experiences have nurtured me into a point of maturity that I otherwise might not have reached yet.

My general advice and suggestions.

The emphasis on independent research really can't be overstated. The modern hair transplant technique has evolved to the point where it can mimic nature seamlessley. But that also means achieving excellence in hair transplantation is quite frankly what most people would consider standard: normal, natural looking hair. So if you recieve treatment that is anything less than the absolute best, you may potentially run into problems. The entire purpose of our community is to empower the patient so that doesn't happen.