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  2. @Chris bam Be careful in Turkey! You have a very delicate case. I wish you all the best. Did you consult with any other clinics? How old are you? You have an NW 6 - 7 pattern with retrograde alopecia. As stated, you may lose some of your current native hair due to shock loss. You have a limited donor safe zone. What are your long term expectations? Please do not lower your hairline. I dont know your clinic, but Turkish clinics have are known for telling you whatever you want to hear, and offering a low and straight hairline. With a mature hairline, 4000 grafts should touch your mid scalp, somewhere around above the centre of your ears. You will lose your remaining native hair on top, and you explain that you will need a second transplant. But if you have 4000 grafts in your first procedure, depending on your density, you may already be maxed out and be very restricted in regards to further scalp grafts. Please be careful! Do your due diligence!
  3. @GGPR Considering the extensive amount of hair loss you have experienced, one of the main and most influential factors if considering hair restoration surgery is the density and follicular groupings of your donor area. If you have loss in your lower crown, and if you have experienced any retrograde alopecia (thinning from the nape of the neck upwards)? If no to both, you will therefore have a larger safe donor zone to potentially use. Again, donor density will still be hugely influential in regards to what could potentially be achieved. If yes to both, then your safe donor zone will therefore be quite limited and the amount of grafts that can be safely harvested will be restricted. If you would like to share photos of your donor area and current crown pattern, that would be useful. Considering your age and the fact that you are not using any hair loss preventative medicine, the hair that you have retained on top will most likely be lost in the not too distant future, and your lateral humps and lower crown could further regress. This is something that must be taken into account if moving forward with a procedure. Also, without medication moving forward and again considering your age, your may already have miniaturised hairs in your donor area, which would affect your candidacy. I hope that Im not misunderstood or that you dont think that I sound harsh, but its very important that you educate yourself on all factors of surgery and what could realistically be achieved considering your starting point. Selecting the right surgeon will be essential. Have you considered SMP?
  4. Thank you guys also my hair got thinner after 22 months. But then it thickened up, it actually goes through shedding cycles every 5 months or so. It’s weird but always ends up getting thicker to an acceptable level. recently though I’ve been lifting weights 4 times a week, running 6 times a week and eating in a lower calorie style to build muscle and lose fat. So it must just be a phase. im on finasteride 2 days, then avodart the third... rinse and repeat. however I want to get my density more so when I go through my typical shed cycles it doesn’t make a big difference to me. Just worried about wasting grafts. I don’t have any crown balding, and I’m 35 years old been on meds since I was 22 years old.
  5. I think I’m pretty close to booking a date with Eugenix for a hair transplant. Figuring out work and when it would be best to go get the transplant. My job requires me to interact with a lot of people and do presentations at least once a week. Looking to understand how many days off of work I will need to take off so it does not look obvious or unnatural when I return. The other thing that I was hoping members here could help me with is hair styles after a successful transplant. I keep my hair quite short and intend to keep it that way even after the transplant, after the transplanted hair have full grown. I’ve not seen transplant results with patients having a short haircut. Can anyone point me to examples of this. I want to know if t would look unnatural or different when compared to the original hair. Tagging @Melvin-Moderator @paddyirishman @Zoomster @HLPToronto here.
  6. Is it fair to say though that doing an FUE first doesn't mean you can never do an FUT in the future? Just that your strip will be missing some grafts from the prior FUE?
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  8. His hair lines are top notch! I see other great HTs doctors BUT they give a hair with temples many of them, it's less my taste, Maras brought back my hair line of age 16
  9. Looks great Craig! Your donor area in the photo looks fantastic almost like you never had any grafts take let alone 5,015 of them!
  10. Yea some grafts did not survive. Wasn’t a bad first procedure but just not what I was expecting
  11. Hey man, Firstly, I think you pull off the shaved head look really well and have a good shaped head and it looks good....I would say grow a good beard and rock that look but I totally understand wanting your hair back. I think it important to let your hair grow out a few inches in order for you and any ht doc to asses your exact current hair situation and how advanced the loss has been, then I would look at the Patient posted results on this forum for similar Norwood cases to yours then have a friend or family member take many clear photos from all angles and send them to surgeons for opinions and if possible go to any reputable HT surgeons in your area for an in person consultation. I would suggest you give microneedling a try and get back on the medication as the combination could surprise you with some results, as I, had used Minoxidil on and off for 15 years and barely saw any results until I combined it with microneedling...and an HT, and I would say I was close to a NW 5 before anything. Also, take your time doing plenty of research, you want to get it right the 1st time.
  12. Where on the east coast ? I think the first step is letting your hair grow and getting an in person consult with a very good doctor to determine what your options are.
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  14. Thanks for the feedback guys, right now fin is not an option as the wife and I will be trying for a baby soon. I hope around 4000 is enough for hairline up to midscalp. It all seems overwhelming and to be honest i can’t picture myself with a good head of hair again for some reason. But I’m booked for Turkey in 3 weeks so I’m hoping for the best.
  15. Hey guys, I'm 25, I started losing my hair around 22. I took finasteride and applied liquid minoxidil for a year but didn't see a noticeable slowing of my hair loss. I stopped taking finasteride and shaved my head around 23. Now that I've tried baldness for 2+ years and actually have some money, I'm considering HT and I could really use your help. Here's me Oct 2017 right before I shaved. Here's the present: And here's a month or so ago when I grew my hair out for a week to get a sense of the current pattern: It's hard to get a sense with a shaved head, but I'm guessing I'm NW6, at the time of shaving maybe NW5. I see many successful results here, but they seem to mainly be for those that are addressing a receding hairline or temples, not a full Costanza landing strip. Do I have any hope whatsoever? And how do I start finding the doc that can get me the best result? I'm pretty frugal in general but I don't want to cheap out on this. I'm willing to pay what will get me a result I'm happy with. I'm US East Coast but willing to travel if, like I said, it gets me the best result.
  16. Month 9 + 8 days : Positive. I can wear my hear without nanogon (hair fibres) when styles forward ONLY. Top and mid is filled in a lot but my hair is quite long. I will get a cut soon and see if I can still wear my hair without nanogon when styled forward. Negative. Hairline is very spare. Within Nanogon and Vo5 putty I can JUST ABOUT style the front of my hair up.... but close up you can see gaps still. Please Note : I do not part my hair, its just for demonstration so you can see the difference compared to the start. Dr Lupanzula said he could fix this but I need to wait until month 12. Maybe 500-700 grafts?
  17. Month 9 + 8 days : Positive. I can wear my hear without nanogon (hair fibres) when styles forward ONLY. Top and mid is filled in a lot but my hair is quite long. I will get a cut soon and see if I can still wear my hair without nanogon when styled forward. Negative. Hairline is very spare. Within Nanogon and Vo5 putty I can JUST ABOUT style the front of my hair up.... but close up you can see gaps still. Please Note : I do not part my hair, its just for demonstration so you can see the difference compared to the start. Dr Lupanzula said he could fix this but I need to wait until month 12. Maybe 500-700 grafts?
  18. It's fine. Go back to work as you please. After 2 weeks things should be relatively normal. Yes it might be a bit tender still but if the grafts were going to set they did in the first few days.
  19. @Chris bam most doctors will tell you to get on finasteride to regain density in the crown. You need to rebuild the hairline which is something that not every doctor can make look natural and then cover your midscalp and crown. I would say you will need at least 4000 grafts and your native hairs might suffer from shock loss due to transplanted hairs being implanted in the same area so a good surgeon will be crucial for you to achieve a good result. I strongly urge you to chose a Doctor that performs the whole surgery and has several patients posting great natural hairlines achieved by said Doctor.
  20. If you are looking to add density 'throughout', I would say 4000 grafts. You have a NW7 pattern with much thinning throughout the crown area. That would suck up a lot of grafts. I would focus on re-building the hairline and adding density through the mid-scalp. That would require less grafts. Also, if you went on fin or dut, you could save your crown or grow some back.
  21. @Singhair83 Turkey is the world capital of botched hair transplant and Hair of Istambul is your typical turkish hairmill operating several patients per day using underpaid technicians. If you want good results at a affordable price then do yourself a favor and go to Dr. Demirsoy (1.25€/graft). He does surgery on just 1 patient per day so he will be totally dedicated to achieving the best possible results for you. This is not like buying a car you can replace after a few years this is a permanent surgery and your donor area is limited so every graft is precious.
  22. Dr. Maras still has the best hairlines in the business. I just cant wrap my head around why other surgeons don't emulate his technique smh.
  23. I agree with @Portugal25 , you most likely will regret going to Cinik, and giving him 2500e is the same as burning them if you don't like the result. Much less likely to regret going to Demirsoy.
  24. How did it look different? Do you mean not all the grafts kept on growing hair after shedding, or?
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