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About mikeyhwk

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Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Thinning Hair Loss All over the Scalp
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    In the last 5 years
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood II A
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Considering Surgical Hair Restoration

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)
    Rogaine Extra Strength for Men

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  1. Great result already. Congrats. If I could ask a question, did the dr give you any indication as to your total donor supply and can we see your donor now.
  2. Hey Jean, I don't have a dedicated thread, I value my privacy but I've shared my pictures with a few posters who have asked and if you'd like to see my evolution i'd be happy to show you a few pics, just pm me. Going into my first op the docs had me down as a 3v but I'm a diffuse loss patient so while loss wasn't hugely evident outside the 3v pattern, we know our hair and i could tell density was down thru the midscalp as well. That loss just wasn't showing thru like the 3v pattern that had emerged. I was projected to be a nw 4 without meds. My first op was hairline with Dr Bisanga, and that w
  3. oops I forgot to answer the where am I getting my third op done, same place I got my 2nd op. With Dr Lorenzo in Madrid
  4. I'm not sure where you got that H&W hairlines weren't aggressive, Dr Hassons hairline work is immaculate and as long as your donor can handle your current level of loss and going forward he can deliver a hairline as aggressive as any doc I've seen in the industry. I think Diep has built a reputation for hairlines as he tends to draw younger patients like HT which I believe is in part due to HT, he did absolutely fantastic work on HT that many young patients wanted similar. The legend of Dr Diep hairline whisperer was largely built in HTs first thread lol but he's backed it up with similar
  5. I hear ya, the procedure itself is not fun, it's not that it's painful for a long period just the shaving down and going thru it and then going thru the regrowth period and the will it yield well won't it, it's just a lot of hassle to keep putting yourself thru. Turkey is probably among your best bang for the buck in terms of value, you can get some good work for cheap but you can also be royally screwed, it is really the wild west out there, there is little rules and regulation and very little honor among thieves. We've seen it on this forum but it's present on others too that clinics se
  6. My apologies Wayne, I made a bad assumption you were talking just a normal pony tail which tends to be on the looser side, most don't tie to the tightness that is necessary for traction alopecia so my mind didn't even go there but as the others brought up correctly, it is possible if you tie it tight enough on a consistent basis. Sorry for the incorrect info.
  7. Well that is disappointing to hear about hdc as based on the work I had seen I thought for the price they were a solid choice but that they didn't do what you wanted and agreed upon and the standards not good, that is very disappointing. Unfortunately even after a couple cases sometimes goals aren't met, I've had 2 world class docs and I'm still heading in for a third procedure. I am happy now and the third is more just a luxury as I have lots of grafts available and I got hair greed but I couldn't say it's perfect now, still some minor fixes and that I think is just the reality of transplants
  8. I spend a lot of time on the spanish forums and that is a name I have not seen make the rounds much at all. Every once in a while somebody will mention it to find out info but its hard to come by patients. That is not to say he is not good or bad just an unknown. which unfortunately may as well be bad as going into op 3 your margin for error has to be low. HDC does very nice work, why are you not looking at them any longer? is it strictly price? I know you don't want to fly as well and I get the hassle there but if you're looking to save money and not go to Turkey you don't have a lot of opti
  9. Dr Lorenzos techs go thru an insanely rigorous training process. One of the pen loader techs told me she trained for 6 months just on loading the pen before she got to be a part of an op team, she said she was just loading cotton into a pen over and over for 6 months lol and they're literally just loading the pen for Dr Lorenzo...if you're doing anything that touches the patient which is just extraction with Dr L as he implants himself, the process is longer... Grace has been with Dr Lorenzo since he was in England, years, she was first a pen loader as that's the first level but she has moved
  10. 1. I'm a diffuse thinner with good results. Ive gotten to know many others as I've mentioned on here that I'm a diffuse thinner and they've reached out to me and kept in touch after their ops. There are lots of successful cases of diffuse users but before we go any further you need to clarify what type of diffuse patient you are as there is a patient who is ideal as a diffuse patient and one who is not. If you are a diffuse unpatterned patient then you are diffusing from all over your scalp donor included and that unfortunately makes you not a good candidate for transplant surgery. If you ar
  11. The carriers are mainly the same and the base ingredient is minox so there should be very little difference other than percentage and other throw in ingredients. Some like to hype up that their brand has other hair loss fighting products but minox is the one that has the testing and approval behind it so if you find it's working for you, just pick another topical minox and go with it, shouldn't be any drop off in performance.
  12. While the other 2 are right about topical minox being approved and safer than the oral, I have heard from a couple members about oral minox being far more effective in terms of results. I can only speak to the topical thru personal experience and I found it useless and a nuisance. There was a doctor Dr Path in Thailand, who I'm not sure is still approved here or not, that used to recommend oral minox to his patients. Under a drs supervision you can get it approved for off label use, much in the same way dutasteride gets scripted for hair loss while technically not approved for that. I would o
  13. Congrats Melvin, htsoon, ive always found you to be objective honest and you've added a lot to this forum witg your own experiences. You'll be a great fit for the team running the forum.
  14. bingo. I don't know how many guys have written me asking if they should get their deposits back or cancel their ops with excellent docs cause this advisors scared them into thinking their hairlines are going to be all multi hair grafts. He's found a talking point and he's exploiting it... there is some degree of truth to what he says which I guess frees his conscience of thinking he's acting in a self serving manner.
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