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About NoTakeBacks

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    United States
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Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    In the last 5 years
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood III A
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain and Regrow Hair
    Considering Surgical Hair Restoration

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Alan Feller
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)
    Generic Minoxidil 5% for Men
    Revita Shampoo
  1. Never a dull moment on the ol' forums! Stopped on and ran face first into a bunch of this guy's threads...surreal. Hope he finds peace of mind in the end.
  2. This is nothing short of amazing. It literally LOOKS like natural density, and that's the name of the game. Even wet it's excellent. Might have been a long road, but you definitely made it now!
  3. Thanks guys appreciate it! Oh boy, this is going to be a bit rambling and long....So here's the thing about competing with yourself: it sucks. After the first procedure, I loved and owned the hairline design as my own. Dr. Feller knocked it out of the park. If it wasn't over 5 fingers high, I wouldn't have considered a second operation. At all. Not his fault, that's mine. Genetics and hair greed. Always had a high-forehead so it put me at a higher risk of looking really "highbrow" () with any recession. I didn't want to go aggressive the first op; wanted to see how well my hair stabilized and how everything worked out. So I waited to address that with the second op. What I'm really comparing is my/Dr, Feller's hairline 18 month post op from the first procedure, to my current result. I openly admitted to Dr. Feller that I'm extremely tough, but (at least I feel) fair. The thing is... as of right now I think it's just a bit too "perfect" for my taste. Too ordered and slightly lacking density in the center. The first one had a bit more macro-irregularities. Warranted I do have 4-8 more months to let it mature, that's why I said not yet, Maybe after full maturation with the hairs being silkier and hopefully some more hairs going from vellus to something more robust, the density and look will meet my exacting standards. The trouble is Dr. Feller let it slip with the first procedure, and I know what he's capable of. Anytime someone shows me their potential, I hold them to it. As I said, I want to keep it real, and it'd be a disservice if I didn't express my feelings for anyone else to see whom is preparing to go through a HT. Hopefully they can learn about expectations. Especially for those that are even MORE OCD and perfectionist than myself. Could very well have been the perfect storm of hair cycle, seasonal, stress and medicinal shed. As long as it continues on the upswing I'm happy.
  4. Hey all, It's that time again! I said I probably wouldn't post an update for 2 months didn't I? Well, today marks my 10 month anniversary, and boy what a difference two months make. First, let me tell you: shedding is no joke. I had to stop Minoxidil for roughly 3 weeks to rule out any contraindications for a blood test, and boy did I shed. So much that I was scared witless. Actually, I could think of a few choicer terms and words, but I'll keep it civil. Either way, everything turned out fine and I was able to resume Minoxidil application. So unless I'm held at gunpoint (or a doctors chart), that is not happening again. Now on to the stuff people really care about. Because of my shedding scare, and my concerns with the hairline being a lazy laggard, I stopped by Dr. Feller and Bloxham to have everything checked. The good news is my frontal third recovered/is recovering and...well I'll let the pics tell the reset for now: Just a reminder of where I came from. This is a pre-op from my FIRST procedure. Things I Learned: 1) I seriously need to trim my "beard." 2) No. Seriously. What the hell is going on there? 3) Hair looks a lot better than it did. 4) I do have tons more vellus hairs popping in! So there's still hope for it to soften a bit. I'm not gonna lie, while I'm not 100% satisfied with the hairline just yet (mostly the forelock and design), I do feel a lot more relieved. I can at least style it a bit and look pretty decent, which is a lot more than I could say circa 2.5 years ago. For that, Dr. Feller has my sincere thanks. Just gotta keep it real and see what it's like in another 4 months. Then I'll decide what, if at all, I'll do with that pesky forelock. :cool: I'll keep y'all updated with my usual type pictures in the coming months.
  5. Ha! I like the cut of this gentleman's jib. Work looked real clean, like the design and subtle temple closure. I agree with Spanker and that's why I like the design. It's a deceivingly conservative end result, with the best part of it being how well it frames his face without going overly aggressive. Also the naturalness of the forelock area and subtle macro irregularities are great. It's not overly dense but looks totally natural. It's tough when you have to recreate everything from scratch with us "A" pattern diffuse patients. I'm one of them, I know!
  6. 3rd! Love it. Hell this made me laugh more than some of those click-baity "comedy" sites.
  7. Since no one has replied yet: Yes, liquid Rogaine uses propylene glycol as a delivery agent. I would definitely check with your dermatologist or physician about it's use with psoriasis. While you're at it, you can look into the foam version which is usually far less irritating and lacks the propylene glycol. Ask their opinion on that as well. I don't have psoriasis, but even for me the liquid does dry me up a bit. After applying I immediately wash my hands and forehead/face. It's messy, but is cheap and gets the job done.
  8. An in person consultation can't be beat. If you are serious about going through with a transplant at any point in the future it'd be best to do it. Even if it requires you to go in late, leave early, or take the day off from work, it'll be worth it. We're talking about planning a future for your body. The one you have to live with the rest of your life. Blowing PTO or taking a single day off on something that important shouldn't be a big deal (especially if you are truly serious). I personally spent a year doing online research and driving hours to have multiple in person consultations before making a decision. As for the docs, this is my opinion so take it for what it's worth (not much lol). Konior is great, and I've also seen some solid work from Panine and Keller. Any would be great for a consultation, though I'd check to see if they offer free consultations before pulling the trigger. The consensus is that Konior seems to be a stand-up guy who is super passionate about his art and would probably give you a great game plan. I don't know enough about either of the other docs regarding their personality, but multiple perspectives can't hurt! If you're not willing to drive out somewhere to have an in person consult at this stage, I'd simply do some more research on the forums and at the very least get an online consult. You can then go to your GP to get some basic advice and an Rx for Propecia. As for topicals, you can buy 5% Minoxidil/Rogaine OTC/online for your regimen. Stay on a strict regimen for 6 months to 1 year and reevaluate your situation. At that point you should know if you are ready to get serious about a HT. Best!
  9. Agreed. This is a killer result. He's a lucky guy to have such excellent hair characteristics.
  10. Looks like a pretty dense result, so that's good! The only thing I would question is the hairline design regarding the regularity and symmetry of the macro "irregularities".
  11. Agreed, this is nothing short of amazing. Enjoy that result and keep up with the topical meds, you'll want to hold onto a result this great:D
  12. Wow, very well planned and presented. Love the hairline result and he has killer natural temple points. Is he also on Minoxidil? Might help, especially in the crown area.
  13. Thanks guys, I'm keeping it together (for the most part). Torn, today would be my 9 month anniversary. I'm pretty deep, but not 10 months out. I have yet to make any final decision, and committed myself to wait till winter. I want to have my hair fully stabilized to best make an informed decision. I'll also have Dr. F take a look at it then. I've waited this long, I can last 3 more months give or take. Do I want to wait more? Of course not! But it's for the best. Don't worry Joe, I'm a big boy and can handle what others say. However, I'm going to hold my tongue and say let's wait another 3 months to compare apples to apples.