Roy - AKA - roytom
Age: 35 | Bald Class: Email Me
One Session, 2583 total grafts. 683 one hair grafts and 1900 2+ grafts.
Finasteride, Minoxodil, Revita, Nizoral
My Hair Loss Story
When I was younger, I never worried about losing my hair because it was always so thick. I always assumed that I would end up like my oldest brother, who still looks like he did when he was a teenager. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. I started thinning in my late teens. In fact, a comparison of the photo from my original driver's license (16 yrs old) to my freshman college ID (18 yrs old) shows that my front hairline was already receding. By the time I turned 21, I had lost even more hair, but this didn't concern me. I knew my hairline would recede as I got older, but I figured that it would stop eventually.
It wasn't until a few years later that a different brother of mine began commenting on how thin my hair had gotten. I brushed off his comments and said he was crazy. My hair looked great, and besides, I had a lot more hair than he did at my age! But after awhile, I began to look at my head from different angles. I was shocked to find that I could easily see my scalp when looking from the top. That's when I got serious about taking care of my hair.
I began taking Finasteride to try and slow the hair loss process and try to regrow some that I had lost. I also began using different shampoos and experimenting with Minoxodil. My older brother who had warned my about my hair loss (and who had receded even further than I had) found an excellent transplant surgeon, Dr. Scott Alexander, and decided to receive grafts. After seeing his amazing results, I decided to do the same.
Even though I was only 26, I decided to have the procedure done as a form of "preventative maintenance." I knew that if I waited, I would probably lose more hair, and then my original hairline would have to be entirely reconstructed. If I did it right away I could work with what I still had, and the results would end up more natural.
How has my hair loss affected me?
It was tough being so young and already having to worry about losing my hair. Once it's gone, there's no getting it back! Or so it seemed. In some ways, the worst part was that I wasn't "bald" yet. What I mean by that is that I still had enough hair to get by, but I knew that if I didn't do something, most of it would be gone within a few years. That's stressful.
What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?
Transplants blew every other treatment away.
Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?
Absolutely! I just looked at some pictures from a year ago and was blown away! You get used to looking at yourself in the mirror...so I had completely forgotten how much more hair I have now than before the procedure.
My experience with Dr. Alexander and his staff couldn't have been any better. I felt like they took care of me every second along the way and really cared about doing a great job.
What hair loss treatments would I recommend?
Definitely the transplants and the Finasteride or Propecia.
How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?
So much of the worry is gone. I know that my hair looks great and I don't have to worry about looking ten years older than I really am. I also don't have to check my hair in the mirror nine times a day to see if it's gotten any thinner!!
My general advice and suggestions.
Stop waffling and take action! Dr. Alexander is a fantastic surgeon and gets results. Once you make that appointment your life will never be the same.