RecessionAge: 51 | Bald Class: Email Me I'm due to have my first surgery with Dr. Pathomvanich in early December 2010 and am now counting down the days. I had personal consultations with Dr. Collins in Dublin and Dr. Path in Bangkok. Both doctors told me that I have good donor quality and quantity and assured me that I am a very good candidate for surgery. Dr. Path estimated that I will require between 2500 and 2800 grafts to restore my hairline and temples.
I have been taking Finsteride since December 2009 and I have not noticed any further deterioration in the crown area in the last year.
My Hair Loss StoryI have always had a high forehead and my hairline has been receding slowly since my twenties. In the last five years, the front of my hairline has begun to thin quite noticeably and there has been some thinning on the crown.
How has my hair loss affected me?
I guess that I'm somewhat luckier than some of my fellow hair loss sufferers in that my loss has been quite gradual and I managed to get through most of my twenties before the thinning at my hairline began to become very noticeable. Having said that, I'm now seriously running out of any passable version of a hairline and I'm staring down the barrel of a big transformation in my appearance unless I do something about it. I avoid having my photograph taken if at all possible and I hate seeing pics of myself, particularly those taken with a flash as they make me look like I've got no hairline at all. My close friends have told me that I don't need surgery but my family are fully behind me if that's what I want to do.
What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?
I've been taking Finesteride for a year now and it seems to have stabilised the minimal loss that I've had on my crown. I'm not sure that it's done anything to protect my hairline but I'm hoping that most of those hairs will have been fortified sufficiently to survive the trauma of the surgery.