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About SprayPaint

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    United States
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Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
    Thinning on Top only (Genetic Baldness)
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    In the last 5 years
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood III A
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Considering Surgical Hair Restoration

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Victor Hasson
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)

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  1. Hey @Aftermath, congrats on some incredible results. Looks like your journey was well worth it. You must be thrilled. Ive asked this question of others, but seeing as how you style your hair I’m assuming you use some product for hold and styling... that said, did you ever experience any minor loss in the recipient area when shampooing in months 6+ following your HTs? I ask bc recently when shampooing, especially in the recipient area I notice 5-10 hairs in my hands per shower. Wondering if this is normal or experienced by anyone else? Not sure if after a HT whether the transplanted hair is “permanent” or whether typical shedding during a shower is still normal? I’m also backing off the stickier molding clays which I’m wondering if perhaps have something to do with it as well. Thanks.
  2. Looking good @CosmoKramer !! Congrats. Question: did you ever experience any minor loss in the recipient area when shampooing in months 6+ following your HT? I ask bc recently when shampooing, especially in the recipient area I notice 5-10 hairs in my hands per shower. Wondering if this is normal or experienced by anyone else? Not sure if after a HT whether the transplanted hair is “permanent” or whether typical shedding during a shower is still normal?
  3. Solid results! Good for you!! Still more to come, which makes it even better. Glad you’re happy with the decision and results. 👍
  4. I started the biotin about two months before the procedure. I only started the finestride about one month after the procedure though because of another med I was on and bc I couldn’t take the two simultaneously.
  5. @shookwon33 I’m on 1.25mg proscar (finestride) nightly, along with a biotin supplement. That’s been the regiment since month 2. I didn’t take fin month 1. Been shampooing daily with organic baby shampoos since procedure. Only recently started using grooming clay to style, but wash it out nightly. I’ve stayed away from all fillers/powders like topikk as was told it can clog pores during regrowth. @hairlossPA I don’t have a recent pic straight on of my donor area but can tell you there is absolutely no trace of the procedure. If you go backwards in this thread near the beginning you see a pic from only ten days post-op and you can already see little to no evidence of surgery. Over the past 5 months since then it’s only gotten even better. Donor area looks completely natural. When I get a chance to take a pic of the donor area I’ll send it your way, but really nothing to see there.
  6. I measured from the lowest point of the hairline (widow’s peak) to the highest point of my eyebrows. 2”. I didn’t really go in with expectations of measurements. He just drew a few options of what he thought would look good and we went with the lowest one (the thin black-dotted line, not the purple ones).
  7. ***Month 5 Pics*** Hey Fellas. Below are some photos from the 5 month mark. A few taken in the morning and then one after a haircut. No fillers or Toppik in any. I’m thrilled with the progress. This past month has definitely seen the most growth by far. My hair looks less dense and some weak spots are noticeable if I comb it the opposite way, against the grain, but hoping that’ll eventually get better as the hair continues to thicken. I've also included two “before” pics below from the morning of the surgery, which I frequently use to remind myself where I started. It really helps when I start to over analyze my new growth. It’s a huge change and I’m thrilled. Absolutely no regrets at this point. Let me know if any questions, and of course feedback welcome...
  8. @HLPToronto I would be super cautious to be putting anything on my scalp so soon after surgery. A natural shampoo, h2o, and fresh air were the only thing I let touch my hair and scalp for the first 4 months. Let the scalp recover and those little hairs start to grow without any junk in the way. Let nature take its course. Just my two cents.
  9. For those big hair fiber users out there, my surgeon mentioned that if using them, especially during the first year of regrowth, be sure to wash them out nightly. They’re so fine that they clog pores and can actually inhibit growth. Probably cause other issues as well if not washed out regularly. I was a huge user of Toppik and colored sprays (hence the screen name) prior to my HT. With 20 minutes of prep time I could do a great job concealing, but always felt the more I used the more I lost. Especially with the sprays. Maybe it was all in my head, but now I’m just being cautious going forward, and if I use anything I will be shampooing it out soon after.
  10. Looks really good with the haircut @CosmoKramer! Have you (or has anyone for that matter) found a good conditioner that really helps take some of the awkward kink out of the newly growing hair?
  11. Thanks @flyinghotnow Planning dates was a big part of the process for me and would recommend it to other guys as well. I knew I’d want as much time as possible before going back to the office, so purposely scheduled the HT just before Christmas knowing id just lay low during the holidays and that I’d have about 15 days before returning to work. Then with it being winter I could wear a ski cap the other 90% of the time and no one would think twice. Now with summer approaching I just look like I got a “really short cut for summer” and will continue to let it grow over the next few months. @Lennney I’m a big believer in keeping the whole head really short during the first several months of recovery. I first saw @Arminius take that approach and it never looked like he was “recovering” from anything, just a guy with really short hair that was slowly getting longer uniformly. It made sense and I’m glad I took that approach. People just assumed I shaved my head on a whim and now that it’s filling in they’re none the wiser and are just like “Ah, I see you’re over the shaved head look.” And I’m like, “yup.” Of course every guy has to decide what works for him, but for those trying to figure out how to navigate the ugly duckling phase, that would definitely be my advice.
  12. @Lennney good luck! Will be following your progress and hoping for the best for you.
  13. Everything you’re describing is quite normal. I’d refrain from putting a lot of stuff in your hair / on your scalp and just let the process work naturally. Your head looks almost identical to how mine did at that stage. (Your’s is probably even better.) it’s all part of the process and the process just takes time. If you’re really in a panic, you can also always email questions to Christine at DrHasson’s office. She usually responds within hours. Personally though, I think you look right on track. Good luck!
  14. 4 Months. Starting to really see some light at the end of the tunnel! The first four pics below are taken with and without flash, first thing in the morning. The final pics are taken later in the day following a haircut and combing the hair to the side instead of straight forward. The top front-right section of my head is still the weakest in terms of new growth, but considering that was also my baldest spot going into the procedure, I guess that makes sense. Not sure if all the hair that will eventually grow has already now sprouted?? But hoping, at a minimum, that the hair now there will continue to thicken over the next few months? Overall, however, very pleased so far with the direction things are heading. Some of you may also notice I changed the title of the thread to now include Dr Hasson’s name. I had initially not identified the surgeon (although I concede that the blue background was pretty much a giveaway). As pleased as I now am with how things are progressing, I thought it only fair to pay credit where credit is due. As I have said from the beginning, the surgeon and his team were incredible. Dr Hasson and his tech treated me with the respect and courtesy one would hope for. He was candid and honest with me about my expectations versus the reality of the situation - and as I sit here today, I’m so glad I listened to him. I have nothing but positive things to say about my time with his team in Vancouver. So far, I think it was definitely worth the trip!