Age: 36 | Bald Class: Email Me
Surgery date October 19, 2010
Strip surgery performed by DR. Scott Alexander
Total Grafts = 2897
Singles = 614
Doubles = 2256
Triple + = 27
Propecia, Proscar, Nanogen
My Hair Loss Story
I began losing my hair at age 20. By age 22 I contemplated the idea of hair transplant surgery. Luckily I waited. I didn't really have a hair loss pattern, but it most closely resembled the receding temples. I had two spots where it thinned out to pretty much complete baldness. That's where it started and then just thinned out all over the frontal portion. My hairline was still pretty decent but I was very thin behind there.
I started propecia and used it for a few years and saw some regrowth as well as stopped extra loss. I even tried rogaine (hated the time it took to use it) and other things. Ultimately I got comfortable with where I was, I used Nanogen to conceal the loss and while it bothered me, I was able to ignore it for the most part.
I then stopped taking propecia cause the cost was so high, and shortly after saw dramatic loss. about one and a half years after stopping propecia I was very depressed about how much loss I had suffered. At this point I began to look into transplants again. I met with a bosley consultant and felt like I needed to research more. In my research I didn't feel comfortable with what I found, so I looked to see if there were individual local clinics where I lived. i found one and seemed pleased with what he said. He was willing to do it (I went there when I was 22 and they said I was too young thankfully) he seemed cheaper than bosley and said I needed a little less than bosley recommended. Well I wanted to find out more about that clinic and any recommendations. I couldn't find anything so I just did more searching on the internet.
That's when I found the hair loss forum. I read a lot and studied to find out more about the procedure and what is desired, as well as what makes a good surgeon and successful procedure. I looked up a few of the recommended surgeons (even though none of them were local) and scheduled online consultations. I learned even more and got to ask questions and get answers. I was able to make an informed decision at that point.
For me I decided it didn't matter the cost (within reason) if I wanted to have results I was happy with. It had to be a high quality surgeon with many great results. I narrowed it down to some surgeons I felt really good about and felt that I made the best choice for me in going with Dr Scott Alexander.
How has my hair loss affected me?
It affected me greatly. It prevented me from doing a lot of the things I would have liked to do. I used concealer product to hide the loss, which helped give me confidence again. But, as my loss got worse I felt older than I really was. I lived underneath a ball cap and did a good job of hiding the hair loss. It finally got to the point that I didn't want to live that way anymore.
What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?
Propecia helped, don't stop it once you're using it.
I think ultimately the Transplant will be most satisfying (just happened)
Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?
Only a few days out, but I wanted to share my experience and give back.
What hair loss treatments would I recommend?
Propecia to stop and possibly regrow
Nanogen to conceal
Transplant to regrow
How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?
We will see
My general advice and suggestions.
Study it out, and make sure you're making a choice that will make you happy. Don't let your emotions push you into a decision. Find a talented, qualified surgeon. Decide if you can live with going bald or shaving your head, if not.... Seriously think about transplants and then go forward.