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LordBaldwin last won the day on October 12

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About LordBaldwin

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    United States
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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?
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Koray Erdogan
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Nizoral Shampoo
    Nioxin Shampoo

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  1. Thanks. Yeah, I actually think my progress isn't quite done yet. I've seen a bit more improvement in the front since my last update, and the area behind the hairline has filled in relatively nicely. There are more days now when I feel like it looks good (especially right after I get out of the shower and it dries). Also, the clinic told me, based on some pictures I sent them, that I should expect more thickening. It should be noted that that Hasson and Wong patient had 3462 grafts -- about 13% more than I had (3051), and in a smaller area.
  2. You look great, dude. Just out of curiosity, do you think you've seen any improvement since the 12 month mark?
  3. Thanks, bud. I kind of feel like it actually looks better in person than in pics...I'm not sure if it's because the camera increases contrast, or what. I was having a rough few weeks (for other reasons), which perhaps had negativity influenced my feelings about this. Yeah, when I look back at my pics from a year ago and remember how bad it was, I definitely feel relieved. There's no question that it's significantly better than it was then.
  4. I was counting individual hairs, scaling up by 9 (because the highlighted area was only 1/9th of a square cm), and then dividing by the average number of hairs per graft (so, to answer your question, yes). I realize that some of these hairs are coming from the same follicles. Also, yes, I think it's possible that a follicle, after experiencing shock, will not sprout as many hairs initially as were originally there. However, I think odds are fairly good that they'd eventually come out if the follicle survived.
  5. Thanks. I appreciate the positivity. I have to try not to let perfect become the enemy of the good.
  6. Month 11 (approximately) Here are my month 11 images, give or take a few days. The forelock area has thickened up reasonably nicely, but I still have mixed feelings about the density at the very front of the hairline. As I've said, I'm going to let things go until 18 months and see where I am at that point. I may need a small touch-up in front to get where I want to be. I've been thinking about it a bit; given the fact that progress is so slow, it's very easy to forget where you came from prior to surgery, so you never really feel the full impact of the improvement the way you would if you suddenly woke up one morning with month 11 or 12 results. Things are far better for me now than they were a year ago, but I still feel the obnoxious call of hair greed. I want to look the way I did before any thinning started, even though that may not be a reasonable expectation.
  7. Hey, sorry, I've been a bit distracted by other things lately. I'll try to post some pics this weekend.
  8. Thank you. I'm not in stats, per se, but I do work in STEM. Anyways, no, I'm not counting hairs as grafts. I counted hairs per 1/9th square cm, then multiplied my 9 (since the box shown is 1/9th of a square cm), then I divided by my average hairs per graft (2.44 hairs/graft). The result is the average number of grafts per square cm.
  9. 10 Months I think I've seen substantial improvement in density over the last month. Note that I have puffy, fine-caliber hair and I'm not taking finasteride. Also, for perspective, I've included images (at the top) that show me before my procedure. Before Procedure: Current, indoor, with indirect natural light: Indoors with indirect natural light and flash: Outdoors with direct natural light:
  10. Yup. If I'd been putting this information together entirely for others, I'd say I wasted my time, but honestly, my first goal was to put my own mind at ease. Better to do this, I think, than post on here constantly with no useful information, with my neuroticism and hand-wringing on full display.
  11. So, some of the feedback I've gotten lately got me thinking... I wanted to see what my yield and growth really look like, in reality, and without bias, so I took (as you might expect) an analytical approach. I took 22 photos of the transplanted area of my scalp with a digital microscope and overlaid a box 1/9th of a square cm over each one (see Figures 1 through 22 below). I then counted the hairs with roots inside the box (mature hairs tagged with yellow dots at the hair bases and immature hairs tagged with orange dots). I tried to place the boxes where I could clearly see hair bases, so as not to count hairs from outside the sample areas. I entered these values into a model that scaled them up by 9, estimated total follicular units per square centimeter, and compared against my expected targets for this point in time (see Charts 1 and 2 below). I know this seems like a lot of work -- possibly too much -- but it felt like a better use of my time and energy than sitting around handwringing. Plus, to be honest, I kind of enjoy it. Anyways, Chart 1 below shows how far along I should be, in general, based on normal hair transplant growth timelines. It also shows how many follicular units and hairs should be in each square centimeter based on that information. Chart 2 compares where I actually am in each sample area to where I should be at this time, then projects forward into the future. It would appear that graft survival is probably not my issue. There are some areas that are weaker than others, but on average, there are about 46 follicular units per square centimeter. If there were no native hairs, but a 90% yield rate for transplanted hairs, I'd be expecting 45 follicular units per square centimeter. If I assume that all the hair is transplanted, rather than native, this means that I have a 90% current yield rate and will have a 92% final expected yield rate at the end of 12 months. I think 46 follicular units per square centimeter would normally be enough to provide a dense appearance. On the other hand, while the number of popped hairs seems to be on track, maturation appears to be where things are lagging a bit for me. At this point in time, if I were a normal grower, 78% of the popped transplanted hairs should have been mature. However, across all the sample areas, only 65% were mature, on average. Dr. Koray's coverage formula, if I remember correctly, is [follicular units]*[number of hairs per follicular unit]*[hair caliber]; you need a coverage value of at least 5 for the hair to appear dense. In order to estimate my coverage values, I assumed my immature hair was half the caliber of the mature hair. Currently, about half of my sample areas meet the threshold of 5, but the average coverage value for the entire area is 5.1, which is passable (but barely). However, when I factor in the extra months of growth I have ahead of me (both extra popping and maturation), at least four more of the sample areas should flip to exceed the coverage value threshold of 5, and my average coverage value increases to at least 5.75. Note that I'm assuming at least 50% of the "immature" hairs I counted are actually miniaturized native hairs which will not thicken and grow; if I assume that all of these small, fine hairs are immature transplanted hairs, I could end up seeing an average ultimate coverage value of 6.31 with my current yield of 92%. In short, I think I still have good reason to be optimistic, in spite of what some people on here may believe. Not everyone is done developing at 9-10 months (in fact, most people aren't). Since I appear to be a "slow maturer," or at least slower than normal, I'm going to wait until around 18 months to make a final judgment. That gives me another 8.1 months of maturation from today. Chart 1 Chart 2 Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4 Figure 5 Figure 6 Figure 7 Figure 8 Figure 9 Figure 10 Figure 11 Figure 12 Figure 13 Figure 14 Figure 15 Figure 16 Figure 17 Figure 18 Figure 19 Figure 20 Figure 21 Figure 22
  12. It's based on a post by Doctor Bloxham. I'd have to dig it up, but it gives timing estimates for both pop rate and maturation rate. I used this to calculate percent coverage change over time.
  13. Thank you. Yeah, I've definitely noticed improvement since month 9.