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About hardofhairing6

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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?
    In the last 10 years
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood IV
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain Existing 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)
    Generic Minoxidil 5% for Men
    Nizoral Shampoo

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  1. Thanks for the video and responses! Any other first-person testimonies/pics would be great, but I've done a lot of my own research and am leaning in this direction (SMP), especially since I'm young and have been wearing a high and tight style for years.
  2. This is fantastic advice. It's extremely important to do research and to feel comfortable with your choice, but it's also easy to fall victim to decision paralysis and do nothing, searching in vain for a "perfect" surgeon who doesn't exist. Every doctor you see on this forum will have people who like them and people who don't. Ultimately, you're the only person who can decide which one is right for you. Best of luck finding your match!
  3. Next week I’m getting my first-ever hair transplant surgery (FUE of 2,500 grafts) for my frontal hairline and midscalp. I’m 28 y/o and have used fin for 1.5-2 years, minoxidil for 5 years. As for my crown, I know that I should avoid surgery there or only add a small number of grafts to allow for a subtle change in density. I’m young and need to maintain my donor supply. At this point, I’m 90% sure that I am going to go with SMP as a strategy to approach crown density (no grafts), but I wanted to crowdsource expertise/experiences to be sure. My thinking: Why SMP may work: SMP will look fuller than a mere ~500 grafts in the crown It won’t affect my (somewhat small) donor supply It is temporary, leaving the possibility of a clean bald spot if I want it later in life (I still like the idea of FUE in front, even though it’s permanent, to frame my face) It suits my pattern of thinning, which covers a large area but isn’t exactly “bald” yet. (When I use Caboki, the thinning is usually imperceptible.) It suits my hair style, which is usually a “high and tight" look (sides/back shaved down to a zero guard) that would blend well with the “stubble” of SMP in my crown My only hesitations at this point: It would look weird up close / when my hair is wet Illusion of density isn’t as pronounced as I’m expecting It would require frequent touch-ups since I use Minoxidil, which I hear wears down the pigment (even with all that time and money, however, a touchup every 6 months seems way better than Caboki every day) My goal here is not perfection, but rather a cosmetic improvement that would fool a casual observer, allow me to stop using Caboki, and stop me from being afraid of people seeing my hair wet. Are these expectations even realistic? Has anyone here tried SMP only on their crown as a "filler"? Thanks for your help! Pics of my crown are below. (Also included a pic from the front so you can see what I mean by high and tight.)
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