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1978matt last won the day on June 21

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About 1978matt

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    United Kingdom
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Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Thinning on Top only (Genetic Baldness)
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    In the last 10 years
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood IV A
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain Existing Hair
    Maintain and Regrow Hair

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Raymond Konior
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)
    Generic Minoxidil 5% for Men
    Nizoral Shampoo

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  1. Late 50s is optimistic since 50% of men over 50 have some noticable hair loss. I think you might be ok until at least mid 40s, but purely a guess.
  2. That sounds like my hair. Very difficult to style without products. Sides are fine. The crown looks like a natural whorl. I can't see any obvious signs of thinning. Again, because of straight hair you will have a spot there that looks thin, but it isn't really balding. You could be right about the hairline just maturing slightly.
  3. No your hair is fine, even the bit on the side you are concerned about. Asians tend to have lower density straight hair which when short and viewed at a particular angle can look thin, even though it is not balding. I'm not asian but have asian like hair, and have the same issue. My hair is straight and rigid and will not lie flat. If it did lie flat it would have a layering effect and look more dense. Your hairline might be receding very slowly but it hard to say. I don't think you have much to worry about but if the thought really bothers you then consider taking Propecia...or just monitor it every 6 months.
  4. That's marketing spin. FUT was studied in the early 90s as to graft survival and was found to still be very good even after 6-8 hours out of the body. That was even before more novel holding solutions were developed which likely increase it further. Myself and the others are thinking more in terms of your lifetime number of grafts available. I have had around 8000 hairs from strip and 5000 from FUE. I can noticeably see my donor density has decreased from the FUE. I'm not convinced I could have got 13000 hairs from FUE alone, without seriously compromoising the donor area. As things stand, I still probably have another 3000 or so left in the bank. Perhaps even more if i went FUT again, then a small FUE.
  5. I'm not sure of the protocols but I think you take it in addition to finasteride. 0.5mg DUT once or twice a week or something. There are two GPs here you can ask about it: Aston Kutcher took it for a few years but I think gave up when he was trying for a kid. There's an interview on youtube where he discusses it. It looks like you're on the Belgravia Centre medications list by the looks of it. A bit pricey and there may be cheaper ways to obtain Fin and Min. Azelaic Acid is good for dermaitis as I've used it on my nose area with great results. Not sure if it is really useful for hairloss unless you have/had scalp dermitis issues.
  6. Who in the family is bald and how advanced are they? Did they lose a lot early on and end up NW7? You can see in the before photos the DHT affected area is really quite big, and as you state, Fin effectiveness may decline over the years. I would try to wait at least two years but no harm in those 2 years actually visiting some doctors for a long term plan. You could look at adding in Dutasteride.
  7. If you live long enough the chances are the donor will fade. Maybe not 100% but the good thing is it will be somewhat uniform and by that time your hair will probably be grey (less contrast). Joe Biden being a typical example. It has actually made his micro/mini graft work look more natural.
  8. The one on the left is higher than the other, but looks about right. My hair is a coarse as it gets and my first HT was FUT. The doc just needs his techs to sort the finest hairs from the thicker ones and use these up front. It can be done but takes time. The same goes for FUE if the doc can extract enough of the finer looking hair strands, the chances are there will be enough smaller calibre hairs.
  9. You're probably on your way to NW3 if nothing else. Most people on here would do anything for hair like that. Depending on the level of annoyance your hair causes, I'd suggest just putting aside somme money for when you really need a HT. That is unless there is some other benefit to better hair, eg you're an actor and it would boost career.
  10. Nice one Mick. Good that guys like yourself still stress the importance of at least trying to maintain your hair through medication. Without conversations with yourself and a couple of others in 2012 I might not have even tried!
  11. Ball is good and jana shafer (spelling) is his lead technician who learnt her craft with Ron Shapiro. Met her once along with David Anderson, another of the good guys in the industry.
  12. Yeah I think I would go with more of a dip in the centre which gives less of a flatter hairline. Easy for me to say though, as I don't know what level of baldness you could reach in the future. Sometimes you have to accept a flatter and higher hairline if theres a risk of running out of donor. Anyway a lot to think about with the doc on your surgery day.
  13. Looks better. You might want to consider if the central portion can be dropped a little, but it is hard to say without seeing a side on photo. Ideally you want the line to cross the point where your forhead transitions from vertical to horizontal. That will give an optimal illusion of a 'low' hairline.
  14. "Donor density 80+" well it could be 100 for all we know. It certainly looks dense. The patient has a slightly egg shaped head which is advantageous since the bald area to be treated will be smaller. The lighting where these videos are taken is always favourable. I havent checked for a while but there wasn't more than about 100 couto results posted like this over the last 10 years. If he's doing at least 250 a year then these are the top 5% result. A good reality check is when walking around, observe the donor areas of people in their 50s, 60s, 70s...
  15. A line midway between existing and proposed would be better. What you have drawn would be abnormally low and could look weird, or like a hairpiece if done badly.