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About multiplier

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Basic Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Country
    United States
  • State
    VA

Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Thinning Hair Loss All over the Scalp
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    In the last 10 years
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood V
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain Existing Hair
    Maintain and Regrow Hair
    Considering Surgical Hair Restoration

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
    Yes
  • Other hair restoration physicians
    Kurgis
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)
    Rogaine Extra Strength for Men
    Toppik

Hair Loss Story

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  1. I bought a comb way back in around 2002, used it for a couple years and really saw no benefit. I haven't been as in the loop with hairloss stuff in awhile but I now see they're selling helmets. But...I thought the jury was already in that these home remedy laser devices didn't work? Is this just more of the same?
  2. Yeah, hard to know. It was a known and respected doctor who just warned it wasn't a great long term move. But I also don't know of any true controlled study that shows growth will reverse if scar tissue builds up from needling...?
  3. I'm wondering if you "cycle" it — do it 1x/week for 3 months, then take a month off, then cycle again — would be less harmful.
  4. I've been doing it every few nights, but it's expensive and I'm wary as some claim side effects. No idea whether to expect results.
  5. I was speaking with a HT doctor who said about people who are microneedling: "Any type of chronic wounding will build up a lot of scar tissue overtime. These guys are likely seeing a temporary benefit, but I think they will actually accelerate and even worsen their hair loss in the long term." Anyone heard this?
  6. Sounds like I'm gonna take the plunge with a Dermapen after seeing folks' results. Happy to report back or compare notes if anyone's interested.
  7. Have actually done SMP here in NY for scars and the results are good. But I think it'd be weird if patches were SMP and patches were obviously #1 bladed hair.
  8. Wow, I'd only ever read that 1x/week is all anyone had done safely. What I ordered in 2015 on Amazon and have been using since is called: "3-In-1 Kit Derma Roller by Diva d'or - Titanium Micro Needle Roller - 180/600/1200 Needles - Best Skin DermaRoller for Body and Face - 0.5/1.0/1.5mm N"
  9. I've had 5 transplants starting since around 2001. Have a look at my blog/history if you're curious. Basically bc of persistent sides, I had to quit finasteride in the summer of 2015. 4 years later, I keep my hair very short and give the impression of someone with short hair who is balding at the crown. But, my worse case scenario is coming true which is that the horseshoe shape is starting to define itself and I'm now losing hair on the sides of the crown. Which means that in a few years, the transplanted area will detach from the sides altogether and I will be f*cked. Other than removing the transplants in some miraculous surgery, I don't know what else to do and am feeling very depressed. Depressed enough, I might just go back on finasteride (though I apply topical fin 3/4x week and have no idea if it helps). First I'll attach a photo from 2015, though obviously the lighting is very very different and I still had some native hair mixed within the transplants. Then I'll attach 2 photos from today that show the loss starting around the sides. My current regime: topical finasteride 3-4x/week, dermaroller 1x/week, 5% Rogaine 2x/day. Are there any other inside tips for small gains or regrowth I could try around the crown or any new developments in this world since I've been out of touch with the hair regrowth game for 5-6 years? Thank you guys.
  10. That first MHR surgery I got created a much larger scar than was necessary for that amount and done by an inferior doctor/company. So once that damage was done, it was harder for subsequent doctors to do larger sessions all at once, as it was explained to me by Dr Shapiro.
  11. Sorry for the delay, I've been out of town. Here are a couple photos. My donor density was never great and keeping my hair short was always the idea. Another note is that I quit finasteride due to side effects in 2015 so I have continued to lose in the crown. A couple months ago I did start topical finasteride though and have continued with Rogaine. I guess my main issue is that the hair on top sometimes goes bird's nest-y when I try to comb it. And it sticks straight up (but at differing angles) and is coarse whereas the hair around sides and back is very very fine and straight and flat. Just trying to soften the effect in the front, if possible. I'm currently cutting my own hair with clippers: #2 in back and sides, #3 on top.
  12. Well, it's been a couple years and they still seem like they go unnaturally in different directions.
  13. I've received a few transplants in the last 5 years and while it's done a relatively good job filling in the balding areas, to my eye there is no mistaking that the transplanted hair on top looks different than the hair on the sides. Currently I'm cutting my own hair with clippers: #2 on sides and back, #3 on top. I got SMP tattooing from Matt Iulo at Scalp Micro and it's done a great job allowing me to keep my hair short. But, still - the transplanted hair on top is unmistakably coarse, twisty and wiry. I'm trying to figure out how to soften the appearance. I've thought of dying my hair silver like some hipsters do nowadays But I think my hair would have to be longer for that. Same with straightening it - a hairdresser told me it would have to be at least 2" and that's not an option. I'm wondering if anyone here has succeeded in using softeners or conditioners or any other kind of procedure to help things look more natural. Thanks.
  14. I just made a consultation appointment with Vinci here in New York. I would also like feedback about them.
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