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About djohnson

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    Male
  • Country
    United States
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    NY

Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    In the last 5 years

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
    No
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Nizoral Shampoo

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  1. You're right, "problem" is the wrong word. I guess what I'm wondering if anyone has seen Erdogan higher, more recessed, "mature" hairlines, or he strictly does lower/straighter more youthful ones. (Or whether that's something you can do at your discretion when you arrive.)
  2. I'm planning to get an FUE, and have always loved the density Erdogan routinely achieves. (It also doesn’t hurt that it’s affordable.) But some people routinely complain about too low/straight unnatural hairlines. It seems to me this is an issue that could be solved in the drawing of the hairline before the process. Does he ever do more mature/recessed hairlines? Can you request this during the consultation, or is the shape of a hairline more a surgeon-by-surgeon preference? Thanks.
  3. I’ve noticed an increasing number of surgeons offer FUE where they don’t shave the recipient area. But I don’t see many peopling using this option. Particularly on hairline work, it seems like an easy way to disguise the surgery for the first few months as grafts start to grow, and only slightly more expensive in some cases. Why don’t more people do it? I’ve heard the explanation that it causes shock loss, but I imagine that would occur regardless of shaving or not. And the remaining hair would still serve the same purpose. Thoughts?
  4. djohnson

    Best Hairline Doctor

    I sometimes wear my hair much shorter, so I'd like to be able to preserve that option. I also seem to have a large amount of potential donor supply, and the surgeons I've spoken to say they can still get essentially the same outcome at the hairline with FUE vs FUT. Do you disagree?
  5. djohnson

    Best Hairline Doctor

    What are your opinions on hairlines from Shapiro Medical Group? On the par with the aforementioned? I feel like they are more known for FUT than FUE, but hairline work looks nice.
  6. djohnson

    Best Hairline Doctor

    Thanks, Melvin. Yes, I intend on meeting with all of those NYC doctors. I guess my question was looking for people's subjective opinions of the best, most artistically rendered hairlines. Dr. Feriduni in Belgium, or Hasson & Wong in Vancouver, for example. I'd be willing to travel if it might result in a more natural-looking outcome.
  7. Thoughts on the doctors who make the most consistently natural-looking hairlines? Particularly for straight, fine blond hair. I live in NYC, but am willing to travel if need be. (Here is my current hairline below.) I want to get fairly conservative FUE, basically reinforcing the forelock and filling in the recesses a small bit. I met with Dr Carlos Welsey, who quoted me 1600 graft FUE. I’m thinking I’ll need a bit closer to 2000, honestly. But I would like to go with the best doctor for my current situation. Thoughts?
  8. How do I find a doctor with such a specialty? I live in NYC. I'm not sure how to search for that specific kind of physician. Thanks.
  9. I started taking finasteride at the beginning of the year. Before I did, I got a baseline test of many of my different hormone levels (everything was in the normal range). I initially took 1mg and noted fairly immediate sexual side effects. I then lowered it, and stared taking 1/4 of a pill every other day (so basically, 0.125mg). I noticed some occasional sides, but nothing too dramatic. After 3 months, I got my DHT level checked and started taking 1/4 pill every day (0.25mg) and noticed some increased side effects. I just got my test results back, my DHT level went from 63 ng/dL before finasteride to 12 ng/dL while taking 1/4 eod: 0.125mg. Approximately 80% drop. My question is, is that an effective drop in DHT, enough to result in the cessation of hair loss? And if so, should I drop back down 0.125mg, or go off of it until the sides are gone before starting back up at just 0.125mg? Thanks.
  10. I started taking finasteride at the beginning of the year. Before I did, I got a baseline test of many of my different hormone levels (everything was in the normal range). I initially took 1mg and noted fairly immediate sexual side effects. I then lowered it, and stared taking 1/4 of a pill every other day (so basically, 0.125mg). I noticed some occasional sides, but nothing too dramatic. After 3 months, I got my DHT level checked and started taking 1/4 pill every day (0.25mg) and noticed some increased side effects. I just got my test results back, my DHT level went from 63 ng/dL before finasteride to 12 ng/dL while taking 1/4 eod: 0.125mg. My question is, is that an effective drop in DHT, enough to result in the cessation of hair loss? And if so, should I drop back down 0.125mg, or go off of it until the sides are gone before starting back up at just 0.125mg? Thanks.
  11. I'm planning to start Finasteride / Propecia for the first time, and am concerned with some of the side effects we've all heard about. So I'm going to test my baseline levels of a few things before I start to compare afterward. I'm testing for: Total testosterone SBHG Free-testostrone Estrogen (E2) DHT PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) Does anyone know if I need to fast before these tests? Or prepare in any particular way? My doctor seems to be indulging my by sending the prescription and hasn't given any particular directives. Thanks a lot!
  12. Here's another question I haven't gotten clarity on regarding Finasteride / Propecia: I was always told that if you went on it for, say 5 years, and went off, you would immediately begin shedding to the point you would naturally be if you didn't take anything for those 5 years. But I've been hearing people say that you'd actually be exactly where you were 5 years before and just continue the recession as that earlier state. Is one of these assessments true? Or is it something different?
  13. Yes, it's Dr Wesley. I did do research and have been impressed with his professionalism and the results I've seen. I also understand he's on the high side of price, but I'm sure you can sense my apprehension, so I'm committed to getting the best possible procedure I can find. That said, price aside, why do you consider those international surgeons better? How best can I compare their outcomes? Thanks.
  14. I’ve been a long-time reader and researcher of this and other forums. I have an FUE session schedule in two weeks and I’m feeling absolute terror about it. The vast majority of the time I’ve been seriously considering it (2+ years) I want to do it, so I can’t tell if it’s cold feet or genuine concerns. Any honest feedback would be greatly helpful. Info -I’m 32 (with a couple thin-haired uncles but nobody up to my grandparents is fully bald) -I’m scheduled for a 1600 graft FUE session with a well-respected surgeon in NYC. I trust his expertise and that he’ll do a good job. -I've attached the proposed outline. I’m considering requesting something even more conservative, not extending it much at all, just thickening and reinforcing it for the coming years. -One issue is that I can’t take Propecia on a long-term basis, due some medical concerns. I realize I may need another FUE session a few years down the line. Pros -Potential of a really stable, comfortable hairline for a long time. -I already paid $5k deposit (but a small price to pay for avoiding a bad thing, if thats the case) Cons -Shock loss will leave my hair in an instantly worse condition. -The progressive recession of native hair will look bad/artificial or worse. (Note: I haven’t noticed thinning of the crown, but if I do lose the top, I’d be comfortable with a bald crown and stable hairline.) Given how conservative I’m planning this, with the highest density possible, is it a foolish to think a single Propecia-free transplant will improve my hairline? I’ll post more images below, dry and wet. Many many thanks.
  15. I'm sorry to hear about you results, harryforreal. I'm curious to know more about your situation, and if you think the lack of meds was the most serious factor in your unsatisfactory results. How many grafts did you get? And was it just at the hairline, or all over? Thanks a lot.
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