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SkinMan1981

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About SkinMan1981

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Basic Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Country
    United States
  • State
    AZ

Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Thinning Hair Loss All over the Scalp
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
    Thinning on Top only (Genetic Baldness)
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    In the last 10 years
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain Existing Hair
    Maintain and Regrow Hair
    Considering Surgical Hair Restoration
    Considering Non-Surgical Treatments

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
    Yes
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Scott Alexander
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)
    Nizoral Shampoo

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  1. @LonelyGraftyes! The graft sites were created using a custom made 0.7mm punch
  2. @Melvin-Moderatorthank you! I definitely got what I asked for! I joked with Dr. A when I went in for my last follow up if he thought I would ask for a 4th surgery. Haha. I think I am happy for now! I do have some other pics in between surgeries. I will have to just dig deep in my files and find them.
  3. Hi all! I wanted to share my hair transplant results with you all. I am a 38 year old guy who started experiencing hair thinning around the age of 24. Around this time I started to buzz my head short in an effort to keep the thinning less "obvious" when my hair was longer. I decided to take charge of the hair loss in 2014 and explored the available options. I began finasteride (1mg daily) and bought a 82 diode laser cap. This definitely helped to stabilize the loss. About a year in I also added 5% minoxidil, once a day at night. In 2016 I decided to "step it up" a bit and explored the surgical options. That is when I met Dr. Scott Alexander in Phoenix, AZ. (I live in Phoenix). Immediately meeting him and his staff, I felt at ease. He was kind, smart, and really helped me navigate the the options I had so I felt comfortable. I decided an HT was exactly what I wanted. My loss was MOSTLY focused in the hairline as you can see in my before picture. Knowing I wanted to be able to style my hair in many ways, including going short on the sides, I decided an FUE was better than an FUT for me. On June 13th, 2016 I made the jump and had my first FUE session. We harvested 2010 FUE grafts and loaded them in the front (about 200 were put in my crown in lightly sparse areas). After my 1 year mark, I had a dramatically different head of hair. I was happy. BUT I am a perfectionist and wanted more. I really wanted density. Going into this, I knew I would likely need more than one session with FUE. I mentally prepared for that. On January 8th, 2018, I had my second FUE session with Dr. A and he put in an additional 684 FUE grafts. One year later, I was 85-90% where I wanted to be. I wanted to boost density and tighten up the temporal regions. So, on January 17th, 2019, I had my 3rd (and final) FUE session where we implanted 837 FUE grafts. One year later and I am a happy camper. The before pic was in 2016 before the first surgery, and the after pic was last month. I needed a haircut, clearly ;-). I continue to use the Finasteride (I added 0.5mg dutasteride once a week based on an australian study), 5% minoxidil at night, Nutrafol supplement, 3000mg MSM, my LLLT cap 3x a week. My hair grows so fast now! If you are looking to get a transplant, I cannot recommend Dr. Alexander enough! He is a class act and a skilled surgeon. He also connected me to Spencer (Spex) who answered a lot of questions for me along the way. I was never without support! The decision to go on this journey is a personal one and needs to be well thought out. I am beyond happy with my results and give two enthusiastic thumbs up for Dr. Scott Alexander.
  4. Hi all! I just wanted to share my experience. I am a 34 year old male living in Phoenix, AZ. I started thinning (patterned diffuse) around the age of 24. My biggest insecurity has been my hair, as I had big, thick curly hair growing up. About 7 years ago, I just decided to start buzzing my head to make maintenance easy and mitigate signs of thinning. A #1 on the top, and #.5 on the side has been my hair style since then. I started on Finasteride 1mg about 3 years ago. This has definitely stabilized my hair loss, and potentially even regrew hair. I am my biggest critic and think the hair loss is much worse than it actually is. But aren't we all that way? Nevertheless, I decided I was finally ready to restore my hair and an HT was the natural next step. I did some research and found Dr. Scott Alexander came highly regarded. His consultant Spex (familiar to this forum) was a great help as well. Low and behold, Dr. Alexander was just a few blocks from my home. (My other option was a well known Canadian duo). This was a big step for me. Other than the Finasteride, I had never fully dealt with the reality of my hair loss. Needless to say, I was very nervous at my consult with Dr. Alexander. But, he and his staff made me feel at ease right away. I stepped into his office, sat down and he began to examine me. While yes, I have a diffuse pattern on the top, when I came into the office I had let my hair grow out for about 10 days. (Normally buzzing every 4-5 days). The doc noticed that my hairline and temples needed strengthening and that a few hundred grafts in the crown area would fill in the minor patch of loss. Overall, he said my hair looked strong and that when I grow it out it would fill in nicely. Surely he was wrong! Why that made me nervous was because I have not seen my hair grown out in 7+ years...I had forgotten what the rest of it looked like aside from the hairline when grown out. He was confident that strengthening and adding density in the hairline, plus a bit in the crown...would give me my desired outcome. He is the trained medical professional, and I trusted him right away. I put my deposit down, and my surgery was scheduled. Yesterday, the 13th, was the big day. He had planned on a 1700 Graft FUE for all my coverage. I chose FUE cause I had been wearing my hair short, but also when I grow my hair out for the first time in 7 years, I want to be able to style it in many ways, including a fade. I have wanted that since my early twenties! I got in early, the staff was so kind. The donor area was prepped, the Doc numbed me all over and then he began making the recipient sites. He took his time and he is a true artist! All I said was "give me the hairline of my dreams". After the sites were made, we went into the ROBOT room! All my grafts were extracted by the Artas machine with precision. The team was all in there throughout this process. I needed a few more lidocaine injections here and there, but really no pain. After all the grafts were extracted, we took a break and I ate the lunch they brought in. After lunch, I proceeded into the chair, and the staff started implanting the grafts. About 1500 into the frontal hairline and temples, and about 200+ into the little crown patch. Almost near the end, he told me they were actually able to get a total of 2000 grafts, and that he would disperse them throughout the rest of the scalp to fill in any spots. Thanks, doc! He made more sites and the girls added the grafts. About 6:30pm and I am all done! They bandaged me up, put a bandana on, gave me my post-op instructions and meds and I was on my way. I am truly looking forward to my results. I do not have any pictures (the doc took them), and I also am trying to remain somewhat anonymous as I am in front of the camera often for my job. I hope everyone can respect that. But my main goal by joining and starting this thread was to explain my HIGHLY POSITIVE experience with Dr. Scott Alexander of Phoenix. I was in great hands with him and his staff, and he is a true artist. If anyone in the Phoenix area, or anyone across the globe, is looking for a top notch HT physician, please consider this doctor. I am super happy with my decision. And I promise it's not the Vicodin he gave me yesterday. haha! Thank you all for listening. Here is to great hair! Best, D
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