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AB2000

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About AB2000

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Country
    United States
  • State
    MI

Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Thinning Hair Loss All over the Scalp
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
    Thinning or Bald Spot in the Crown/Vertex
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    10 years +
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood V
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain and Regrow Hair
    Considering Surgical Hair Restoration

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
    Yes
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Sanusi Umar
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Generic Minoxidil 5% for Men

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  1. In your case it looks like you would not need to apply much fiber to cover the crown area.
  2. Caught this online interview from about 5 years back. Back in the day when he had more gigs it was evident that Michael Keaton was starting to lose his hair. More recently he's been getting mainstream roles again and his hairline is different. Looking at the vid I think he might have had a modest HT. The giveaway is the lack of recipient hair in the area between the transplanted hair up top and the existing receding hairline.
  3. I found that Dermatch stays on better than hair fibers overnight. But with either there is residue that winds up on the pillowcase, so choosing the right color helps.
  4. What I didn't realize about baldness before I understood it was happening to me was the extent of thinning that will occur even before a bald spot will open up. Back then I figured hair loss was local to that area and the surrounding hair was strong and dense. I can see it much more readily now when someone younger has coverage but is starting to lose their hair.
  5. If you haven't touched your beard donor and have the money think about doing some FUE there to up your graft count to the crown. For the most part your frontal hair appears natural and only those of us in the HT world would notice it right away.
  6. Melvin - I edited my typo. This was just Toppik fibers, not Dermatch.
  7. Here are a few pictures I took after adding Toppik to my thin areas on the crown and temples. I wanted to see what I could achieve by only spending a couple of minutes, instead of laboring for a long time to get it just right. If I had the Toppik bottle attachment with me that sprays the power I think it would have been easier to hit the temple area and front of the hairline better. As it was I did what I saw on a youtube video once: turned the bottle upside down, pressed it against my head and rubbed it around over the hair, instead of sprinkling. This actually works well. For the recent results without the concealer, I posted them on the previous page, towards the bottom of the posts on that tab.
  8. I suggest you get a price through a consultation. While I imagine the price is the same for everyone I don't know for sure, which is why I recommend this. What I will say is that in the four years of visits the price per graft that I paid went up a dollar, both head and body, so the price today might not what someone reading this some years down the line would pay. What I like is that the rate for scalp and beard grafts are the same, though the body ones cost more, since those take more time and care to extract, from what I saw. I think in some other clinics the beard donors cost more relative to head. What I pay for by going to a place with experience and tools for BHT is a better survival rate. Umar takes on patients with botched HT's which need body hair to salvage, and through his work over the years came up with a tool to specifically extract body hairs better. Going into this back in 2014 I looked around and inquired with hair doctors in Turkey and India, which would have cost less. I was flat out denied with a clinic in Turkey as I was not "a good candidate." Bhatti in India has posted great results but wanted to go small on beard FUE to start out with and I didn't want to make multiple trips that far. All in all I am happy with the results for what I paid for as hair loss was bothering me, and I wanted to get this hairstyle back after 15 years.
  9. 1Year, 9 Months Post Op 3rd HT: At this point in my recovery from the last main HT, the results are complete. I actually felt some hairs still coming out through pimples in my crown area two months ago in December; I am told by the clinic that grafts can take longer when placed there. Going on one year and two months now, I have not cut my hair and have been growing it; I wanted to see how it would turn out. All in all I'd say it has gone well, considering how far I've had to come along. While I will not sport a head of dense hair, the FUE option, while thinning out the scalp and beard donor, allowed for coverage. Between my beard (4,000) and chest (2,000) I would like to have another 6,000 grafts added to the crown and mid-scalp for more coverage and thickness, covering the obvious low density gaps. You can also check my previous post on my 4th HT where I had arm hair put into my nape area for lower hairline coverage. At this point, I could stop and just start adding Toppik or Dermatch to create the more full hair illusion. I spent a couple of years in that trap, though, and would prefer not to return; completing this process with a last HT and doing away with concealers and Rogaine is my goal. It might take me a couple of years to save up before I can do the next big surgery, so I might try using these concealer products once in awhile for fun, and sharing those results. After my transplantations are done I would like to try temporary SMP to shade my scalp and add a further illusion of density. The hair was mostly dry in these, but still a little damp:
  10. 4nd HT: Time for a couple of updates. Just over two months ago I returned for another hair transplant, this time a small one. Though I still hope to address density issues in the recipient areas up top, this one was a 500 graft procedure to move body hairs in my nape area. Since I am a higher Norwood I have thinning and balding going on from the bottom up, as well. The consequence is that even if I can get realistic coverage in the crown and frontal areas there is the oddness of the hairline on the back of my head not extending down. I'd rather have it look like hair can grow out the the lower part of the back of my head. Going into this surgery I had some sparse coverage between the neck and the hairline, but not a lot. Also I couldn't afford to use scalp or beard donor for this lower priority area, so I thought I'd ask if the clinic would give this a shot. If the yield of body hairs is not too great then I am not put out a lot with only 500 grafts from my arms. And if it does work out good, then I can return to have more BHT done in this area down the line. Also, I am not concerned with the appearance of the arm hairs in this area as I plan to keep this part trimmed low. The purpose is to create the appearance of coverage. Donor hair from my legs were not deemed adequate, but I had a strong supply on my arms. about 1/3 of the grafts were taken from a lower arm, rest from up top near the shoulders. This is from the same day of the surgery. The shape of the recipient area is somewhat rectangular: Two weeks later, healing up: Lastly, one month later:
  11. Please refrain from posting in my topics. I do not wish to communicate with you, Sean.
  12. Update of my progress. 1 Year, 5 Month Post Op 3rd HT - Dry Hair:
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