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Old 11-29-2017, 11:39 PM
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Hey guys, here is a quick summary of my hair situation . About 3 years ago my nice thick hair started to go quickly after I stopped using rogain and it never came back.. I am 30 now and going to get married in 11 months . I have been on finasteride for the past 6 months without any changes which I guess itís what itís meant for but I was hoping for a bit more of a change with the drug. I am now considering a transplant and want to get some insight/opinions before I go see a surgeon .

Expectations on density in the front
Total hairs/grafts needed estimates
Cost in Texas?
Fue or fut for my hair type.

I almost hope I would of started balding evenly but it is mostly concentrated on my left side. The sides are supppper thick since birth. here are some pics or before the curse and now .. feel free to comment/ insult
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Old 11-30-2017, 01:26 AM
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Welcome to the forum.

Finasteride is your best defence against further progressive loss so you’ve done exactly the right thing in staying on it. Keep on it too as it will be working!


You could expect to get very good density in the frontal 1/3 with a good artistic proficient surgeon. Dr Scott Alexander is local to you in Phoenix and one of the very best in the business. Review his work as an example of what you could achieve. Couple of video examples to help and also a link to various other here too : Dr. Scott Alexander Results Use these results to help guide you in terms of your own goals and possible numbers you need to achieve it and via which method best suits you.




Realistically you are looking at 2500/3000 FU’s to address the frontal region and average cost via FUT is $4 a FU as an industry standard price. You potentially have option to address via FUE but due to numbers you might want to consider both techniques on their own.merit to decide which one best suits you and your own goal.

Approx FUE costs are around $8 - some clinics charge more - some slightly less.


I hope this helps!

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Old 11-30-2017, 12:12 PM
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You've not shared any photos of your donor region so it is difficult to say what is possible for you, in the short term and the long term. The donor area determines everything because if you don't have enough donor hair to accomplish your goals then you shouldn't even try.

I agree with Spex that about 2500 to 3000 grafts would be a solid estimate to keep in mind but then you do have to figure out if you prefer to have a strip procedure (FUT) or an FUE procedure. Given that you have a shaved head now, and I assume you've got a military background based on your username and like a buzz cut, FUE may be the better option, but this is between you and your doctor. In addition to your surgical option for the frontal zone there is also the option of PRP with ACell for the mid-scalp and crown as this has been shown to help above and beyond what Rogaine and finasteride can accomplish.

Since you are in Texas, it is only logical to consider Dr. Arocha. He's based in Houston but routinely conducts consultations in Dallas and Austin and is starting to travel to San Antonio as well. You should contact our office for a no obligation consultation. 713-526-4247.
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Old 12-01-2017, 03:36 AM
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Thanks for the replies , Iíll look into Dr. Arocha. Here is picture of the back .. the sides are much much thicker.
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Old 12-01-2017, 05:10 PM
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It will be interesting to see what your available donor density is.
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:13 AM
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I'm glad you posted a shot of your donor. I think you possibly have some thinning in that area and the density is below average.

With 11 months to go before your wedding, I question whether it's a good idea to go ahead with a procedure at this time.
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Old 12-04-2017, 03:33 PM
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Good news, you look good with a shaved head, god gave you a nice shaped cranium
Further good news, if you stay on finasteride there's a good chance you don't lose any more hair.
Even more good news, your hair loss pattern looks like it could benefit cosmetically from a restoration procedure (depending upon your donor availability).

I live in Texas too, had not dissimilar hair loss to your own, went out of state for my procedures, so don't let geography be the final factor as it is worth it to travel.

I flew from Austin to Portland twice and my only regret is that I didn't go for all 3 of mine.

Feel free to PM me as a fellow Texan in your age range about any questions you have in your hair loss journey, I get what you're going through.
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:29 PM
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All positive news!...
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Old 12-06-2017, 07:10 PM
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Totally agree that aesthetically you can pull off the buzz cut really well, so at the very least there's that to be thankful for. You also seem to be a good candidate for a hair transplant should you decide to go that route... My biggest concern is what Matt mentioned in that you're wedding is just 11 months away, so it doesn't allow you much time to do some solid research, pick a surgeon, wait however long you need to wait for an appointment, and then let all the hair grow back in. It's a long process that from start to finish can take quite a bit longer than 11 months.
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Old 12-07-2017, 02:27 AM
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TexasSoldier, research well. Be very careful. This procedure isn’t as straightforward as you may think. Lots of factors. Last thing you want is to be a repair patient or worse at any time, especially photo time. I haven’t had proper photos with family for quite some time now. Do not even attend gatherings or events. Everything is just at a pause. I do not know if you are in the military, as your username indicates, but I was and would urge great caution. Wish you the best in whatever you decide.
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