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About TimeForAction

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    Male
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    United States
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    NY

Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Thinning Hair Loss All over the Scalp
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    10 years +
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood V A
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain and Regrow Hair
    Considering Surgical Hair Restoration

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
    No
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)
    Rogaine Foam

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  1. Yes Payam, my hair is very coarse which Dr. K mentioned on my initial consult a couple years ago. He didn't use nape hair as far as I know. The density is still early days, as my hair continues to improve and I will post the next update at 6 months.
  2. Everything is going fine and growth is coming in as expected. I will update with pics in the next couple weeks.
  3. No I really didn't do anything other than saline spray every few hours through the day. The clinic did some cleaning the first few days of the donor, but it was nothing exciting, they said there was not much to clean anywhere. On my day 5 pics that I posted, this was before any water had run over the top of my scalp, as I had just returned home. I am now post op a month, Nothing too exciting to report (obviously). I would say I lost 75-80 percent of hairs, as expected. Look forward to month 3 and beyond...
  4. POD 17 Everything going per normal, some shedding has begun, except one difference I noted compared to last procedure: Probably the postop part that made me most gross out on my first procedure- were all the tiny scabs that would come off in the donor area which I applied the trip antibiotic cream for the first 7 days. Last time, Dr. K extracted manually. In the end the donor was great regardless, and I was able to buzz right down to 0a guard (see previous thread) without any sign so clearly Dr. K did a great job manually. However this time, there have been ZERO scabs to come off my donor area. This has shocked me. In this procedure, Dr. K used a tool to extract the donor (which he mentioned was from belgium- see 1978matt thread about his comments on belgian clinic). It appears this tool gives incredibly clean extraction given my absolute complete absence of donor scabs! Totally shocked by this, hopefully this tool gives great extraction and subsequent growth. In addition, I have not noted any donor shock loss at all, which I did have some minor last time.
  5. posted this in another thread, will add here for my experience with fin: When I first noticed some hair loss at age 23, I got on finasteride from 1999-2007. I forgot about my hair by 2000. I took it like a daily vitamin. Everything was great. I foolishly stopped in late 2007 because I tricked myself into believing that i really did not have hair loss issues. Things were that good. I stupidly was in denial at 12 months after stopping and noticing thinner hair- I only wish I had resumed finasteride at that time. Instead I waited for almost 2 years to resume finasteride in 2009, due to pure horror and shock, after my mom mentioned something. My hair was ravaged. I went from thick hair all over to a diffuse NW 4/5 in need of a transplant. Like the company tells you, stopping finasteride will result in your hair loss returning to where it should be very quickly for your given age. Since back on finasteride in 2009, my hair loss once again halted, immediately. I have undergone 2 procedures with Dr. Konior since 2017. But even now, if there was once decision in my life that i know I will always regret, it was stopping finasteride. If i had not stopped finasteride in 2007, I would not even know these forums existed. It has cost me a decade of my life obsessing about my hair. I will never go off finasteride ever again, and can accept the small and infrequent risks it carries.
  6. Yes I can vouch for it. When I first noticed some hair loss at age 23, I got on finasteride from 1999-2007. I forgot about my hair by 2000. I took it like a daily vitamin. Everything was great. I foolishly stopped in late 2007 because I tricked myself into believing that i really did not have hair loss issues. Things were that good. I stupidly was in denial at 12 months after stopping and noticing thinner hair- I only wish I had resumed finasteride at that time. Instead I waited for almost 2 years to resume finasteride in 2009, due to pure horror and shock, after my mom mentioned something. My hair was ravaged. I went from thick hair all over to a diffuse NW 4/5 in need of a transplant. Like the company tells you, stopping finasteride will result in your hair loss returning to where it should be very quickly for your given age. Since back on finasteride, my hair loss has once again halted, immediately. I have undergone 2 procedures with Dr. Konior. But even now, if there was once decision in my life that i know I will always regret, it was stopping finasteride. If i had not stopped finasteride in 2007, I would not even know these forums existed. It has cost me a decade of my life obsessing about my hair. I will never go off finasteride ever again, and can accept the small risks it carries.
  7. Thank you everyone for the positive feedback. And thanks to all those who talked about the hair loss 'journey', I really cannot thank you enough- its not a one and done sprint for most of us. So glad I understood that before i made some wrong decisions. Regarding wait time with Dr. Konior, yes it is still about a year, even with a second procedure. OF COURSE I wanted to schedule another procedure right away- I even asked! But he told me to wait 6 months before deciding. Looking back I think its optimal to give it at as long as possible between procedures, as for myself it made me feel much better about the donor having some time to recover more than anything else. Dr. K was able to move me up from April 2019 to January 2019, so it ended up being 9 months wait for me after we decided on a second procedure-, and about 16 months total after my first procedure.
  8. Previous thread on first procedure with Dr. K with sole goal to rebuild the frontal zone: Second procedure on January 23, 2019, approx 1200 grafts: -400 in the front to lower hairline and address left temporal recession -200 feathered behind and through mid scalp -600 on crown which were multiple hair grafts. Doc spent a lot of time this time around laying out the days plan, drew a lot of lines and took a lot of photos since we were 'refining' and not 'rebuilding' the front - eventually came up with the idea of a subtle widows peak to address my desire to lower the hairline + address left temporal recession with minimal graft usage. Needless to say, I was thrilled with the plan, it looks absolutely fantastic in the mirror, and now my fingers are crossed for good health and growth moving forward. Fully expect there will be a 3rd procedure down the road given my extensive crown loss (see prior thread), although everyone at the clinic seemed more optimistic and to said give it time. I am postop day 5 here are some pics- as expected the work is clean, negligible discomfort if any, minimal redness and i have been out and about doing stuff- pretty much nobody would really be able to tell at a quick glance that I just had a surgical procedure, except for the fading marker lines on my head!
  9. Probably up until around 7-8 months, but most of the growth was early within 5-6 months.
  10. Here is a picture I took in early Jan 2019, about 16 months after my initial approx 1500 graft procedure, that's the comparison picture from before my procedure. Keep in my mind I keep my hair buzzed to #2 on top and #0a on the sides due to my crown loss. You can compare to earlier photos in this thread. The only thing I noticed after month 9 or 10 was a change in the quality of the hair. I went for a second procedure with Dr. Konior on Jan 23 last Wednesday.
  11. Hi Bismarck I suppose I should have clarified- we didn't talk about density at all (although I am very familiar with it from reading forums). I refrained from bringing up density....rather I asked Dr. Konior for a hairline and a natural result , trusting his expert judgement. Given my significant crown loss, I think I have managed. to achieve that. If I stopped now, it would be a satisfactory result based on the 2 things I asked for. But of course hair greed sets in. I would consider increasing density in future procedures, but only after addressing some temple and crown loss first. Those are just my feelings on the matter, I know everyone has their own opinion.
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