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Hair Loss Overview

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    Norwood V A

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
    Yes
  • Other hair restoration physicians
    Dr Resul Yaman
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Generic Minoxidil 5% for Men
    Avodart/Dutasteride
    Nizoral Shampoo
    Revita Shampoo

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  1. I used your phrase 'many leprous dog phase' the other day 😄 Looks like the redness has nearly gone and you can look forwards to things starting to come through in the next couple of months
  2. Considering you're supposed to be in the ugly duckling stage, that's amazing growth. You must be well pleased
  3. Any update SJDownunder?
  4. ViciousKeepLeftSign

    4070 grafts with Dr Resul Yaman | 18th Feb 2019

    One month Donor area is still a bit sensitive and with 4 bits where follicles have become inflamed and prone to being seriously itchy..which I'm trying to avoid. Still looks scraggy, but I'm sure that will grow out. The recipient area is still red and most of the feeling has come back. I've obviously been shedding, as can be seen from the pictures, though haven't particularly noticed any hair drop. Medication regime is much the same. I've changed the shampoo back to my normal nizoral (2 days) and Rivita for the other days. Not sure when I'll update again. Disappointed where things are with the concerns about the density then subsequent shedding and doing the photos isn't terribly helpful. Pictures:
  5. Is there any sign that the beard has been used for donor hair? Any bumps or anything in the skin? Hopefully thing will be getting massively better soon 😃
  6. ViciousKeepLeftSign

    4070 grafts with Dr Resul Yaman | 18th Feb 2019

    Three weeks in and things are much the same. Donor is prone to itching and looks scraggy Recipient area is still red. I've noticed a few hairs drop, but nothing major. The 'band' of pre-existing hair is showing itself again. Not convinced that its not going to be a bad result, but obviously I have many months to go. Not worth taking pictures. Restarting exercise this week and going to buzz to a zero guard at the end of the week so hopefully it looks less scraggy for work. May go and talk to the pharmacist / GP if the itching doesn't improve.
  7. ViciousKeepLeftSign

    4070 grafts with Dr Resul Yaman | 18th Feb 2019

    Two weeks in: Donor area is still a little sore, but then, seemingly for no reason, gets some major itching going on (which I'm obviously trying to avoid). Still very noticeable..was hoping that it would be unredded by the time I get back to work in two weeks, but this may not happen. As you can see, recipient area is still quite red, though it has died down and some patches are less red than others. I've had a tiny bit of shedding, but that fun is obviously waiting until later. I've included a 'detail' pic that I did with it dark and with flash. Obviously it's incredibly early days, but I am a bit concerned about density compared to other similar dated pics I've seen. Regime Dutasteride 0.5mg OD Estradiol 150mcg transdermal patch Biotin 10mg OD Minoxidil BD Mix of castor/coconut/emu/vitamin e oil - 3x per week Multivit/Fish Oil and Garlic supplements Shampooing with the provided shampoo still and then will switch to baby shampoo until things have calmed down on me bonce. Pictures (edit: Tidied photos up a bit, using superflash's method)
  8. It's still quite early on..particularly given that it's a crown transplant, though I'm with @VicTNYC with regards to Minox use. You've stopped it now so unless you fancy being tied to Minox for the rest of your life, you may as well leave it. Give it much much more time.
  9. ViciousKeepLeftSign

    4070 grafts with Dr Resul Yaman | 18th Feb 2019

    Thank you @VicTNYC First week is done. Weirdly, yesterday I had quite a lot of scabs on my head still, but today woke up and I'm nearly clear of them - I did use the lotion provided by the clinic for a bit longer yesterday, so it may have been that. It was not a terribly good sight on my linen! Noted 5+ hairs that were short, some with scabs attached (and on the previous day too). Slightly concerned as I shouldn't be shedding quite yet, but they didn't appear to be grafts that had detached (no blood, no bulb) Pain-wise - it's a bit sore on my donor area, but that seems to have nearly healed. It's not a terrible pain and more if I touch it. No pain on the recipient area..aside from being a bit more sensitive, it feels pretty normal. Swelling stopped from day 5, though still have some skin bruising from that. As you can see, there's a lot of reddness - not terribly fussed as it just looks like I've had some micro-pigmentation done in a weird pattern and groovy colour. Current medications Estradiol 150mcg transdermal patch (increased 50mcg) Dutasteride 0.5mg OD Biotin 10mg OD Fish oil, Multivitamin/mineral and garlic supplements Also from today spreading a mix of various oils on my head (both donor and recipient areas) - emu, castor, coconut and vit e oil mix. Will do so every couple of days. Probably does bugger all, but it feels nice and I have tons left. Finished the steroid and antibiotic given by the clinic now I'll restart minoxidil next week along with Ketoconazole shampoo.
  10. ViciousKeepLeftSign

    4070 grafts with Dr Resul Yaman | 18th Feb 2019

    Pictures after the transplant: Pictures immediately pre-op:
  11. Hello all, Felt it would be useful for me to recount my hair restoration experience, given that I have just returned from a FUE transplant in Turkey. Preamble Things are a little confused by the fact that (a) I've been using pharmaceutical methods to try and mend my hair and (b) I'm trans and on meds that also affect hair growth. If you just want to see photos of before and after the operation, then just skip to the next post. I've also put 3570-4070 grafts in the title, because the the number of total grafts done (4070) doesn't match up if you add all the singles/doubles/multiples. I suspect this is just a typo and hopefully will be able to correct it at some point. History Since 2016, when I finally decided to do something about the trans thing as it was becoming hideous, I've been on quite a few meds. First up hormone inhibitors - Finasteride 1mg OD from late 2016 to mid 2017, then Dutasteride 0.5mg OD from mid 2017 to date. I also used Spironolactone 50mg OD for about 5 months in the middle of 2018 and Ketoconazole 2% Shampoo from late 2016 to date. Supplements - I've taken a multivitamin/mineral everyday since late 2016 to date, Biotin 10mg OD since late 2016 to date and an Omega Fish Oil supplement since mid 2017 to date. I also tried Taurine 0.5g OD for about 6months in 2017 (don't ask why..and no it doesn't do anything). I've been on Minoxidil 5% since Jan 2017 to date and have been on and off Dermarolling with a 1.5mm needle since mid-late 2017. I'm really irregular with the dermarolling - partly because I worry that it may cause problems WRT scarring, but mainly because it just bloody hurts. Lastly I used Estradiol (varying doses) from late 2017 to mid 2018 and again from December 2018 to date. Although I'm obviously using Estradiol because I'm trans and it makes me better, there is some research that suggests that it does help with hair loss (increasing anagen time IRRC). It also works against Testosterone. Yes, I rattle when I walk now. PSA: It goes without saying that Spironolactone and Estradiol are both serious HRT medications. Unless you have issues relating to your gender (or you're a woman and under medical supervision), men should not be taking these. Very few men really appreciate growing boobs, female fat redistribution, reduced body hair etc etc. Spiro may give you this and Estradiol will definitely do so. Dutasteride is also pretty heavy and pretty much wipes out all the DHT in your body. Although DHT may be the enemy of scalp hair, it's does have its uses! Thanks to all this From late 2016 to now, I went from pretty much a Norwood 6 to somewhere nearer a Norwood 5 variant. I'm not one for keeping photos of myself (go figure) but you can see the change here. I presumably will get the pre-photos from the clinic at some point, but I was pretty much at the first picture when went to get the hair transplant. It goes without saying that unless your hairloss is relatively recent, pills and potions will only do so much and sometimes it's a case of getting as much back as possible before you take a surgical route. Surgery I was initially going to have a hair transplant in early-mid 2018, but thanks to various issues, I had to put it off. I quite early on chose Dr Resul Yaman in Istanbul, Turkey. It was tempting to go with cheaper options (as Turkey is easy to get to and seems to be the best value when it comes to hair transplant surgery), but I was quite impressed by various videos and timelines and the price, whilst not the cheapest was manageable with my means. I also found that they were very easy to communicate with compared to other clinics - this is mostly due to the fact that a guy called Fikret handles communication with English-speaking clients and he is very friendly and helpful. As I am very lazy, I also appreciated the fact that they sorted out pretty much everything on the trip apart from the flight. I arrived in Istanbul late on the 17th Feb and they picked me up from the airport and took me to the hotel - a nice, businessy type hotel, but with a number of people there staying who clearly had been having surgeons prodding at their scalps. The surrounding area is obviously in heavy development, but that was very much of an aside as you're expected to be (a) not there for long and (b) not exerting yourself at all. The I'm not sure if I got it mixed up, but I was expecting to have the assessment on the 18th then to have the operation on the 19th, but as it turned out, everything was done on the 18th - met up with Fikret at the clinic (who turned out not to be the wizened old grey-haired guy I'd imagined him to be) and he pretty much lead the whole thing and I was taken for bloods, then for assessment with Dr Yaman in quick succession. The clinic looked clean and modern and people seemed friendly, though it was difficult to be sure as my Turkish is non-existent. Fikret did all the interpreting and generally managed to look extremely busy whilst making sure you were attended to. I started to realise that things weren't going how I thought they would when I was taken to get my hair buzzed off and a short while after I was taken to a room where Dr Yaman jabbed my scalp so that the grafts could be placed. Dr Yaman obviously speaks little English, but he seemed pretty friendly during the assessment and seemed to get things done efficiently. The extraction and implantation was done by a few technicians. My memory is pretty fuzzy as I was off my tits on painkillers / anaesthetics, but I definitely remember at one point three people going for it on my head at once. The operation went on for somewhere around eight hours, though I wasn't really tracking time. Weirdly for me, I was in a right mood at the end, which I imagine was due to coming off all the delicious medications that they gave at the start. The blurb they gave me said: 4070 FUs had been transplanted Single 524 Double 2261 Multiple 785 This obviously doesn't add up. Generally, I was pretty impressed with the experience - Fikret's management seemed to go pretty smoothly, the assessment / operation was super-efficiently done, accommodation was nice, all the taxi-ing around was provided for and staff were friendly. The only major problem was one of my own doing and which Fikret was very sensible about. I am already planning to go back in November to get the crown done and my hairline made into something a bit more resembling a female hairline. Now for pictures..
  12. How did you find the experience there?
  13. It's a really good result, particularly given that both surgeries cost a fraction of what you'd pay elsewhere. I hope you're enjoying having your new hair =)
  14. ViciousKeepLeftSign

    Effects of Estrogen *alone* on hair regrowth

    Finasteride / Dutasteride work by greatly reducing the amount of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) in your body - basically DHT is a super strong version of Testosterone and binds with your scalp follicles to make it miniturise (and increase body / beard hair). Your body doesn't *need* DHT, but it has other functions in the body away from terrorising scalp hair. Taking out DHT (or reducing it considerably in the case of Finasteride), usually has the effect of stopping further loss and often regrowing some of it. It's why it's recommended by hair loss surgeons (else you'll just get hair loss around the transplant). Hope that helps.
  15. ViciousKeepLeftSign

    Effects of Estrogen *alone* on hair regrowth

    I am Trans..and I answered my own question, apparently Estradiol lengthens the anagen stage of hair growth (not too dissimilar to how Minoxidil works).
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