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  1. First of all, if you aren't already on finasteride and minoxidil, get on it. Your scalp seems to be mostly contain miniaturized hair instead of completely dead follicles, so you stand a good chance of restoring their thickness. Secondly, only look at India and Thailand for hair transplants within Southeast Asia. That being said, I think most people here would agree that you're not an ideal candidate for a hair transplant. Your hair loss pattern is diffuse, which means that a hair transplant might do more harm than good because all that miniaturized hair that you currently have would be gone from shock loss from the surgery. Go visit one of the many dermatologists in the Orchard/Somerset area; Dr Tyng Tan seems to be a common choice for many. The cost of hair loss medication in Singapore can be prohibitive, so look at online pharmacists if you need to get them cheap. Go visit Dr Tan and find out what she has to say about your condition. I think she'll also agree that your condition would be best managed by finasteride and minoxidil. You actually stand a good chance on these 2, buddy.
  2. Mate, how long have you been on that pill? You mentioned having a shed on your own thread and it's known that minoxidil can cause a dreadful shed phase before it works its magic. Oral Minoxidil (brand name Loniten) is known to be a potent alternative to topical minoxidil. Users and anecdotal evidence from doctors have claimed that oral minoxidil is superior to topical in regrowing hair, but do not recommend it to majority of their patients because it has not been FDA approved. I'm bringing up this old thread so you can learn more about oral minoxidi Doctors who prescribe it usually advise their patients to take a maximum of 5mg as this stimulates hair growth while keeping the risk of side effects at a minimum. I myself am looking to give oral minoxidil 5mg a try soon.
  3. I'm actually running out of finasteride and the next batch of it that I'll be receiving from overseas will only be here 4 to 5 days after I've exhausted my current supply. Is it possible to temporarily go down to 0.5mg for a week or so and resume 1mg after. I have only been on fin for 1 month.
  4. Take it from a 24 year old who's just gone from a Norwood 2A to a Norwood 1 from a single hair transplant. I'll tell you about the things I've overlooked in my quest to restore my hairline: 1. I probably could have avoided getting the HT if I had got on finasteride and minoxidil. As mentioned, I was a norwood 2A then, which means I had a wispy forelock and very receded temples. I was so afraid of the shedding phase and having to remain on drugs for the rest of my life that I did not consider how effective they could have been for me. I probably would have completely regrown my forelock and a small part of my temples, making me a norwood 1.8 or 2. 7 months after my HT, I had results that I was happy with, but realised that there was a straight line of about an inch running across my head behind the transplanted area which contained mostly short and miniaturized hairs. Imagine my horror when I now had a full head of hair but was still receding from behind the transplants. Looking at pre-op photos, the hairs that got miniaturized mostly provided cosmetic coverage, but a more informed person would have been able to tell that they were not perfectly healthy terminal hairs, and so would be prone to shock loss. Shock loss I did get, and they came back thinner and weaker than before when they finally regrew. I am now on finasteride and soon, Minoxidil, in hopes of saving these miniaturized follicles. If I could restore them to terminal hairs, my transplant would then be considered an astounding success. Shock loss WILL happen to weak hairs around the recipient sites (even if these hairs still provide cosmetic coverage), and a good surgeon will make sure you are aware of this risk and plan your transplant accordingly. If I had gotten on fin and minox before the surgery, the hairs around my transplant would probably have been strong enough to resist the trauma of the surgery. 2. Waiting for the transplants to grow out was hellish for me. I am by nature a neurotic person, so the anxieties of waiting for my transplant to grow out, coupled with the fear of having people find out really did a number on my mental health. I had extremely bad depressive phases and anxiety attacks because I actually looked worse off than before the transplant due to shock loss. Consider how mentally resilient you are and make plans about how you are going to deal with others and yourself while waiting for the transplants to grow out. It is only around the 6th and 7th month when you will receive significant cosmetic coverage from your transplants. Having used to be a model, actor and college heartthrob was what made this journey so painful for me. Some people on this forum get by with honesty and vulnerability. It's up to how mentally resilient you think you are. 3. Hair transplant results will never look as good as when you still had hair. This is especially true for the hairline, which is immediately visible to everyone. Hair transplants are meant to give you a dense look, not actual density, so while it may look good in almost all social situations, it will actually feel different and less dense to the touch for you. Frontal hair loss is usually treated by dense packing at the hairline and then reducing density as the surgeon moves back to conserve your donor. This means that preservation of the hair behind the transplanted area is extremely critical to an aesthetically pleasing result. You do not want a wall of hair at the front with weak hair behind it (try and imagine looking at a skateboard ramp from the side. Flat and weak hair that gradually gives rise to a wall of hair). 4. Manage your expectations. I cannot emphasize the importance of this. I went into my HT believing that my results are going to be like Armani patients (the original Armani lol) and that I'll regain a semblance of my former glory. Thinking back, this was probably just wishful thinking on my part because I was still in shock over my hair loss, and I wanted to convince myself that this would be the easiest path to getting my hair (and all the things associated with my handsome looks) back. What I actually got was a result that nobody could tell was from a hair transplant, and which other surgeons whom I've met locally, call 'good work'. When I look in the mirror, I notice all the imperfections (differences in density between a natural hairline and a transplanted one, patches of lower density behind or around the hairline, how different lighting can affect the perception of density) but it seems like noone but me is bothered by this. Would I have gone ahead with my HT were I to have known all of these? Probably, but only because the area requiring transplantation would be a lot smaller and also because I could have stood a chance against shock loss. In other words, Greg, only consider a HT when you have exhausted all your options of medical treatment, and when you are aware of what a hair transplant will do, can do, and cannot do for you. All the best mate.
  5. Hey mate, Woah your tablet contains min? Exactly how much min is in there? You mentioned a strong cessation of recession; did you manage to thicken up the hair follicles that were miniaturized? I just saw your thread and will share my opinion there.
  6. This question probably doesn't deserve a thread on its own, but I feel it's pretty important for me and anyone else who wants to have their expectations managed when it comes to hair loss treatments. I've recently hopped onto Finasteride and pretty soon, Minoxidil. I see two words being thrown around quite often when people talk about them - regrowth and thickening. For example here is an excerpt from ForHims' website: "In one clinical study, 26% of men reported moderate to dense hair regrowth after using a 2% minoxidil topical treatment for 4 months. This shows that minoxidil does work if you’re patient and willing to use it consistently." My question is: is there any difference between what the two terms actually mean for patients? Personally, it seems like regrowth refers to the emergence of new hairs where previously there might have been none (visually or physically), while thickening refers to the fattening up of miniaturized follicles. I have a band of hair behind my transplants that has been miniaturized. They're not vellus yet but they're short, weak and don't offer any cosmetic coverage at all. As such, I'm hoping to hear whether these two terms mean the same, as it will be disheartening to know that the chances of thickening up these existing hairs are as slim as the chances of my personal assumption of what regrowth means. Thanks guys.
  7. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there research proving that lower doses of finasteride work just as well as 1mg? Congratulations on recovering some of your hair. Around when did you notice an improvement? Are you also on Minoxidil?
  8. Hey Greg, Are you also on minoxidil as well? You should probably speak to your doctor and find out if you should get on a higher dose of fin. What were your initial results with fin? Did you experience regrowth/thickening or did it only stop your MPB in its tracks?
  9. Thank you Dr Bloxham. You mentioned good responders so I assume there will be poor responders or non-responders. I'm wondering if you have ever in your career, seen cases where MPB actually accelerates when the patient gets on finasteride. Also, I'm wondering how finasteride actually causes regrowth for some patients as I understand that it only inhihits DHT and that minoxidil is the drug responsible for regrowth.
  10. I have started finasteride for 2 weeks and am wondering if it's okay to cut down to 0.5mg for cost-cutting measures. My main concerns are that the sudden reduction in dosage would result in adverse effects for my hair. Would appreciate if anyone could lend their input on this. Thanks
  11. Thank you for your reply, Dr Sethi and Dr Bansal. I understand that density often has to be limited due to the complications you mentioned. However, if the goal of achieving high density is split into 2 sessions, will these complications be avoidable? Also, are there any complications for a second hair transplant surgery that isn't widely known? Thank you.
  12. Hey guys, It's been 7 months after my op and I'm rather satisfied with my results. I now have a hairline that frames my face but still find myself getting disheartened when I critically examine the density in a mirror. From a social distance, I appear to have a full head of hair but up close and in a mirror, it appears gappy especially when I view it from the bottom up. I'm a perfectionist and I've also heard several times that a single procedure is unlikely to give you a very dense result. My question is; assuming you've had a densely packed result from the first procedure, how significant of an impact can a second procedure make when transplanting into the same area? I know native density is unrealistic because of donor availability, but for my age (23), I am really hoping for a result that is as dense as possible. Thanks
  13. Hey Jean, Did adding more density to the previously transplanted areas add any significant coverage? Kinda hard to tell if it's your new hairline or the increased density that's giving you a dense look.
  14. Dr Bhatti is a highly recommended doctor based in India.