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About LordBaldwin

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    FL

Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood III
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Considering Surgical Hair Restoration

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
    Yes
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Koray Erdogan
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Nizoral Shampoo
    Nioxin Shampoo

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  1. Thanks, Melvin. I'll look into setting up a page on the blog in the near future.
  2. Month 5 At this point, my hair looks good in soft/low lighting conditions. In direct light, it still looks a bit thin in front, but I know I have a lot of time left for improvement. Once again, I have attached pictures from a variety of angles and in different types of lighting. I've also included micro images that show that there's still quite a lot of hair that has yet to mature (i.e., lots of wispy, fine hair growing). I take this as a good sign, as I think I've mentioned before, given the fact that this indicates that the grafts survived and there's a lot of improvement likely to come just from maturation. Micro Images:
  3. Have you looked into Lupanzula at all? I think he does the entire operation himself...although, as others have mentioned, it might not matter. Hair restoration surgeons usually use techs because of the huge amount of labor required to manually remove and implant thousands of grafts.
  4. Month 4.5 Here are photos from my 4.5 month mark, from different angles and in different lighting conditions (as usual).
  5. I've made a couple of time lapses showing my progress over the past 4.5 months. Note that I do skip some days here and there.
  6. Kraistoff, try to keep in mind that progress looks a bit like an S curve -- to get a rough estimate of where you are, you have to multiply the percentage of hair popped with the percentage of hair matured. Maturation lags percentage popped by about 20%. Basically, I agree with what Melvin said. Yes, there are some people whose hair grows quickly and matures early compared to the average person, and those people see good density at 5 or 6 months, but I think it's a mistake for people on here to assume that everyone's results must follow the same trajectory (and that those fast growers are the model for what everyone should look like at the 5-7 month mark). The clinic says upfront that the most dramatic changes generally occur between months 6 and 12, so I think everyone needs to take a deep breath and chill.
  7. Yeah, I've been told by the clinic that the biggest changes usually occur around the 6 month mark (though the real "explosion" seems, from the posts I've seen on here, to start around month 5).
  8. 4 Months (Officially) Here are my photos from exactly 4 months.
  9. You know, for 7 months, this really doesn't look bad. The fact that you're still seeing "many newish hairs" is a very good sign. Personally, I think cutting hair short is a good way to go. I do this myself, as thin hair tends to look better when it's short (and I'd know because I'd been experiencing diffuse thinning since the beginning and had been struggling to find hairstyles that didn't look awful).
  10. Cool, so we know most of the grafts have grown. Now what I'd recommend is to take a similar image of a thicker part of the transplanted area (you can get a sense of scale by holding a ruler against it while you take the picture and then digitally drawing a circle or box of a specific dimension on the image); try to determine if the number of transplanted grafts per unit area is different between the thicker and thinner area, or if it's just a matter of the hair in the thinner area being finer (i.e., less mature). If it's the latter, you'll probably be ok.
  11. Hmm, alright. You might want to consider getting a digital microscope to get a better look. In any case, at 7 months, 70% of the hairs should have popped and 50% will have matured, so you might be only about 35% done and there's definitely hope for things to improve (it only seems to look a bit thin in certain areas in direct light). You don't look like an early grower, but you don't necessarily look like a slow grower either. If there are fine hairs in the thin areas, there's still good reason to be optimistic, as that would indicate that grafts survived but have yet to mature.
  12. Well, yes, that could be true. Both minoxidil and finasteride have that effect (causing initial shed but overall slowing or even slightly reducing loss), albeit by different mechanisms (finasteride by inhibiting DHT production in the body and minoxidil by unknown processes). The shed is usually the miniaturized hair. It probably wouldn't hurt you to use minox, though it, like finasteride, will only work as long as you're using it. Do you have small/fine hairs growing in the thin areas, or are the gaps bare?
  13. The same is true for finasteride, though. All it does it buy you time while you're on it and then all of that hair is ultimately lost.
  14. 4 Months (minus 4 days): Since I'll be traveling for a week starting on the day that would be exactly 4 months (this coming Wednesday), I thought I'd give an early preview of my (almost) 4 month results. For the purposes of precision, this is day 117. While the very front of the hairline is still a bit thin, I'm not even quite at 4 months yet, and things appear to be going very well; even over the two week period since my last update, there has been significant and noticeable improvement. The clock on my hair loss now looks like it has been turned back about 5 years, and I feel genuinely optimistic that I'm on track for a good to great result. On the micro level, I still see many new hairs popping up (as well as many fine, unpigmented hairs that have yet to mature) and density is beginning to look reasonably good, even in harsher lighting. Once again, I've included pictures in different lighting conditions and from different angles, as well as some of the microscopic images I alluded to above. Microscopic Images:
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