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  1. Since this is a hair loss website, I should add that I decided not to take the hair loss medications that I was prescribed. The hair loss just kind of tapered off of it's own over the period of a year. I know this is not the experience for many people, so I feel very fortunate.
  2. Hey Cosmo, thanks for asking. Since my last post, my hair stopped thinning out. So, as long as I don't cut my hair too short the CVG isn't visible. I'm lucky that it doesn't dip too low in the back, so I'm able to hide it easily without having to get into too much detail with the person cutting my hair. I think eventually I'll get the surgery, but it looks like I have the option to hold off as long as my hair doesn't thin out. From what I remember the cost estimates for corrective surgery hover around 5-7 thousand dollars. Most doctors have never heard of this condition, much less done thi
  3. Thanks for all of your responses. It has been several months since my last post. In the mean time I have grown my hair longer, and that has worked out well. However, the CVG is getting more difficult to hide as my hair thins and I am once again considering surgery. I have looked at several before and after pictures, the results vary, but those with less serious CVG seem to have good results. I think I would be a good candidate. My furrows are fairly straight and symmetrical and they are only on the top of my head. I'm reaching out to plastic surgeons in my area for a consultation. Dr
  4. I saw another dermatologist, this one was much more compassionate. He knew about CVG from text books and had even seen some cases. My hair is continuing to thin at a rate that is alarming. I have grown my hair longer to cover up the thinning areas as a temporary solution. I asked the doctor whether CVG causes the thinning- he was very honest and simply said that he doesn't know, and that right now there isn't enough information about it. He is getting me started on Rogaine. I'm not ready to start Propecia, but in a couple of months I will reconsider. He gave me a prescription for a steroi
  5. Since there isn't a lot of information about CVG, I figured I would add an update. My hair loss has continued over the past few months. I am assuming that I will be bald within a few years. If I do go bald I will look into getting a scalp reduction (for CVG, not for the hair loss) to even things out. I have seen some before and after pictures that look promising. I wouldn't mind loosing my hair as long as my scalp looks normal. Surgery will leave a scar, but I could live with that, especially if it heals up well and isn't too obvious. Either way I am going to have to wait to see how things pan
  6. I saw a HT doctor. He didn't seem to think that he was seeing anything out of the ordinary. When I mentioned CVG, he seemed skeptical and asked me who diagnosed me. Here is the diagnosis from the HT doctor: You don't have CVG. It's within the normal range and if you did loose all your hair you probably wouldn't even notice it. The unevenness has nothing to do with you hair loss. You have Male Pattern Baldness. The appearance of rows is from the skin being stretched over the raised areas. A scalp reduction would be unnecessary and would leave you with a scar. Concentrate instead on k
  7. Thanks badbeat. I had not heard of toppik. I like to wear my hair short, so I think this could be a really good solution. Thanks spanker, I plan on talking to my doctor to see if she can suggest someone. I also agree that if you have something rare it is good to let someone study it. For others, I found a good link comparing hair thickening options: Toppik versus Caboki vs Nanogen vs Dermmatch
  8. Wow, thank you so much for all of your input. My hope is that the thinning won't get worse. You mentioned restricted blood flow in the CVG area having some link to MPB, that sounds like a pretty good theory to me. If you come across any new articles, I would love to read them. I will post more as more story develops, including if it doesn't- as it might give relief to others. I have also noticed that a lot of the people who have CVG have some hispanic or black heritage. I'm part Mexican myself. I'm including two new pics, one to show what it looks like from the top, and another from the si
  9. Hi, I am looking for advice from other people who also have Cutis Verticis Gyrata, or doctors who have experience with Cutis Verticis Gyrata. For everyone else, you are welcome to be supportive, but what I am really looking for is first hand experience. Thanks. Here is some basic information: I have mild Cutis Verticis Gyrata. It is on the top of my head, not on the sides. I have 8 ridges. The ridges are symmetrical (left to right). Information related to the thinning: The hair is thinner on the ridges. I want to be really clear about this. There are literally less follicl
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