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About hanginginthewire

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Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
    Thinning on Top only (Genetic Baldness)
    Thinning or Bald Spot in the Crown/Vertex
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    In the last 10 years
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood IV
  • 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?
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)

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  1. What Norwood pattern were you?
  2. It is very personal, yes. The thing is one can’t make that personal decision when there are so many unknowns. Its truly baffling to me that someone could say my hair “looks great.” The main thing I want to know is can a NW5/6 get decent coverage with let’s say 3 FUEs? Consistently? I often wonder who exactly transplants are for. There are 7 Norwood’s, #1 doesn’t need one, #2 is a mature hairline, and anything beyond #4 seems to be dicey. So I guess it is for Norwood 3 only? I thought this forum was pretty pro-transplant?
  3. My hair is actually slightly wavy. I think it has an okay thickness. With regard to trust I just mean that one can’t know if the doctor is giving the go ahead on surgery because they think they can truly help you or because they see an opportunity to make money. What types of procedures have you had jjsrader?
  4. I’m so confused, lol. Anytime I post pics people tend to say “it’s not that bad” whereas I don’t see how much worse it could get. Yes there’s hair there, but it’s a diffused rat’s nest. Ive had a couple consults, but I don’t know who to trust. Everything you read online is so contradictory, and results seem to be very hit or miss. It just makes me feel very lost and down on myself.
  5. Nope, I haven’t had any work done. I shaved my head to see if I liked the look, not for a transplant. The last two are with grown out hair. The frontal third looks fucked. Midscalp and crown look okay for now, but, as you can see when it’s buzzed down - the pattern of diffusion is definitely hairline to crown. So, if I improved the frontal third with, say, 2000ish grafts, aren’t I gonna be in a risky position as the loss continues and my donor is depleting and my retrograde possibly climbing up? Despite the Propecia, if I tug slightly on the hairs on my temples - several very weak, miniaturized/dying hairs slip right out. On my crown and midscalp, the hairs easily pull out too, but look a little stronger / less minaturized.
  6. I am 39 years old. Began receeding and diffusing in my early 20s. Stupidly, I thought my hair was only “thinning” with age (an adult) and I did not make the connection of MPB. I had never heard of diffuse thinning. I have tried to accept hair loss over the last few years but find I cannot. I did not envision dealing with this as my father retained a good amount of hair throughout his life. Uncles were NW 5/6s however. I know I still have a fair amount of hair for my age, but I am extremely unhappy with it currently. I have taken generic Propecia for at least a year and a half - I don’t really feel like I respond to it though. Pull tests in my diffused area still pull very easily, if indeed Propecia halted my hair loss, I assume this would not be the case? I have no qualms with transplant surgery in theory but I fear the emerging pattern is going to be too far gone to achieve a cosmetically worth it result. Or that a initial procedure may look good briefly, but that I will be left chasing the loss with more and more surgery. Again, I know others have suffered much worse loss at a younger age, and I’m very sorry for that. Still and all, this has been a very difficult problem for me. Here are some pics (apologies for poor quality). Please let me know what options I may have. I really want to find a solution to this and I feel there has to be a way. My hair when grown out is fairly thick and has a slight to medium wave to it. Some of these pics are under strong bathroom light with wet hair. The last pic shows some retrograde (which I definitely have) in my nape. Does the presence of retrograde rule out FUE? Rule out transplant altogether? I want to reiterate that though you may see a good amount of hair when it’s grown out, it is sickly, diffusing, miniaturizing hair. The camera may not pick it up fully. My crown does not dip TOO far so I’m not sure if I’m full blown NW6 or if I can squeak by as a 5A. Im grateful for this community and welcome constructive help.