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About TakingThePlunge

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Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
    Thinning or Bald Spot in the Crown/Vertex
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    10 years +
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain and Regrow Hair

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Tejinder Bhatti
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)
    Rogaine Foam
    Nizoral Shampoo

Hair Loss Story

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  1. TakingThePlunge

    Bidding You All a Fond Farewell as Moderator

    Thanks for the very kind words guys! I've enjoyed my time as moderator and plan to be back contributing from a new account soon. Just want to take a break for a while. All the best!
  2. Just wanted to take a moment to notify the community that I've decided to resign as forum moderator and assistant publisher of HTN after 7 and a half great years. This move was not one that I took lightly. It's been a long time coming and I felt the time was finally right to step away and explore other avenues. On parting, I'd like to express my gratitude to Pat and Bill, not only for taking a chance on me all those years ago, but for their continued support, kindness and generosity even as I expressed a desire to leave. One of the things I've found toughest about this job is facing the occasional suspicion and criticism from members (and I don't blame them for being cautious) who doubt your motives or sincerity. If you guys could see the passion and dedication to patient advocacy that goes on behind the scenes and is the heart of this community, I think you'd really be impressed. I know that when I first come here, I found the environment to be the friendliest and most educational and this is a testament not only to administrators but also to the phenomenal group of regulars that contribute every day. I'm not leaving entirely. I'll be here off and on to share my knowledge and experience but this account will be retired. I will eventually create a new one. Thanks to all of you that make this the best hair loss community on the Web! It's been a pleasure serving you.
  3. TakingThePlunge

    Transplant Story with Dr. Bhatti

    Thanks for taking the time to share your experience! Dr. Bhatti does excellent work. Please do share some pics with us.
  4. TakingThePlunge

    Michael Vories, MD FUE 2000 Grafts

    Really sharp looking result! He must be thrilled.
  5. TakingThePlunge

    Finasteride prior to Fue?

    Most hair transplant surgeons recommend that prospective patients start medical treatment with Propecia (finasteride) at least a year prior to restoration surgery. This is often just a suggestion and not a requirement for surgery. Because the grafts harvested from the permanent zone are immune to the effects of DHT, there is no need for drugs to aid in the success of their growth. The purpose of starting finasteride 12 months before surgery is to slow the progression of hair loss in balding areas of the scalp and potentially regrow hair. The may result in fewer grafts required to meet the patient's hair restoration goals.
  6. TakingThePlunge

    2400-3k FUE with Dr. Bisanga

    Congratulations! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience and I look forward to reading more about your procedure.
  7. Amazing transformation in only 9 months! Nice, conservative plan. He must be extremely happy.
  8. Not a problem. This post has now been moved to the correct section.
  9. Great work Dr. Bernstein! These ARTAS cases are really impressive. Donor looks very clean. Excellent plan for this gentleman.
  10. TakingThePlunge

    3300 FUT Dr. Gabel 11/9/2017

    Congratulations! Dr. Gabel has a stellar rep. I'm sure you'll be thrilled with the outcome. Waiting is the hardest part. Be patient. Great things are on the horizon.
  11. Agreed! Dr. Devroye flies under the radar many time. He's a brilliant researcher and inventor as well as a skilled surgeon. Also a very nice guy.
  12. Last month, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) held its annual scientific meeting in Prague. Each year, awards are bestowed on a small group of deserving hair restoration professionals. This year, one such honor, the prestigious Platinum Follicle went to Coalition member Dr. Jean Devroye of Brussels, Belgium. For more on Dr. Devroye and the Platinum Follicle Award see the article, Coalition Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr. Jean Devroye Awarded 2017 ISHRS Platinum Follicle Award on our Hair Loss Q&A Blog. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Devroye.
  13. Really exceptional work Dr. Beehner! The design suits her.