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About Tao

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Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Thinning Hair Loss All over the Scalp
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    In the last 10 years
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood IV
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Maintain Existing Hair

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Raymond Konior
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime

Hair Loss Story

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  1. Dr. Konior does amazingly clean work. I'm scheduled for my third and hopefully last session with Dr. Konior in March. Doing another run at my crown (this time FUE) and a little shoring up of my part. You're lucky in that Dr. Konior didn't have to shave any of your non-donor area. Because he will be shoring up a few other areas, I don't think I'll be as lucky. But I feel extremely lucky to get one more procedure by Dr. Konior so I'll suck it up. Happy growing and Ill look forward to following your results.
  2. I'll add my total endorsement of Dr. Konior here. He really is meticulous, does much of the work himself, and his work is extremely neat and clean. I had two transplants done by him and went to work after 10 days each time and no one noticed anything. It was amazing. He didn't shave me down either time. And oh yeah, I got great results from his work. I think he really is one of the best.
  3. Yogo, You and I live parallel lives. I did two HTs with Dr. Konior as well and both were very stealth due to Dr. Konior's excellent work. You'll be very pleased, as I am! Cheers!
  4. Congrats Spanker, you chose well indeed! I found Dr. Konior's work incredibly clean and meticulous. After both my HTs, I went back to work very early and no one ever noticed a thing. It was pretty incredible. I've been thrilled with my HT's from him and I know you will be too. Looking forward to following your results.
  5. Yeah, as much as I hate to admit it, I have had a similar experience, Sunnycoastman. I was getting pretty damn bald and then I got most of my hair back with 2 HTs and the difference in how I'm perceived (let alone how I perceive myself) has been very noticeable. It is like a wierd social experiment where I've been on both sides. What's funny is that my friends' balding doesn't affect how I feel about them at all. When we bald, we think everyone is as obsessed about our hair as we are ourselves and that's just not the case.
  6. Good luck, Spanker! You'll be in great hands!
  7. Spanker, if you;re going to Dr. Konior, you will definitely be in good hands. I had two transplants from him and for sure it does not look like I've had any work done. Only people who look now are the ones who knew me when I was really going bald. And they're confused as hell. So much so that I often tell them because I don't really care anymore who knows.
  8. Wow, that is one great transformation! The little waviness of your hair helps our a lot. You look awesome, dude. Congrats!
  9. It's not the physical act of taking a pill everyday that bothers me. That's easy. I brush my teeth every morning, so popping a pill is not biggie. I just didn't like the idea of messing with my body's hormones just for vanity reasons. Plus, once you start, you're committed unless you want to lose everything you gained. I just didn't like it. So I opted against it. I did use Rogaine for several years and though it didn't really grow more hair, I believe it did buy me some time. I wasn't sure it was doing anything though so after awhile, I quit using it. And boy did my hair loss accelerate after that! I imagine it's the same with Propecia. Still, I can totally understand men using Propecia. We all weigh the risks and benefits in life and make the choice that we're comfortable with. Balding sucks, no doubt, and it has a huge negative impact on people. So for many, Propecia is surely worth the risks.
  10. Hi hdude46, Thanks for the compliment. Yeah, those pics are a little blurry as my camera isn't great. I can try again and post some current photos. Let's see, I'm almost two years out now from my second HT so I think it would indeed be helpful to post current pics. I'm basically unchanged from those 7 mos. photos and still very happy. Of course, I have hair greed and would love to have a little more density in the crown, but that is the black hole region and maybe no matter how many transplants I had, I'd never fully be satisfied. I just wanted some coverage over the glaring dome and I certainly got that. From straight on, I don't look like I'm balding at all. From a helicopter view, I look like a 45 year-old man with some thinning going on in back. Pretty much like most of my friends my age. I can live with that. If I came into a bunch of money, I'd consider a third procedure, but for now I've spent enough and have other financial priorities. Like I've said before, I accomplished what I set out to and the effect on my life has been nothing but positive. I'll try to get some updated pics up soon.
  11. the_bald_reality_2012, I hear ya. I can understand where you're coming from and the frustration you feel. I met with a few charlatans and I still feel dirty for even having talked with them. And yes, this HT stuff can be a slippery slope where one is constantly chasing something that is ultimately elusive. And yes, I agree that self esteem and acceptance should come from within and not stem from the amount of hair one has or the clothes one wears or the car one drives, etc. But it's not quite as black and white as you make it out to be. My experience with Dr. Konior was excellent. He was straight up with me about expectations and what could and could not be achieved and he was in the room almost the entire time for both of my procedures. Do I have the hair of a 20 year old now? Nope. But did my HTs meet my expectations? Nope. They far exceeded them in my case. And I have posted my pics and my experience below. For me, I definitely made the right choice and wouldn't change anything. I'd be OK with being bald as I'm in great physical shape, have a lot of friends and know that in the big picture, hair is really nothing. But I did my homework, had my expectations in line with reality and pulled the trigger and it worked out for me with very little fuss at all. Maybe I'm just one of the few lucky ones, but I don't think so. I've seen too many good results. That said, I've seen plenty of horror stories too and concede that if that had been my experience, then I'd probably be writing the same things you are. In any case, I think its good that all experiences - the good, the bad, and the ugly - are expressed here so people contemplating HTs get the full spectrum of this HT business. Then they can make up their own minds. So thanks for your input and thanks for being civil as well. Cheers.
  12. Time To Do Something, Sorry to hear about your journey. That has to be pretty rough, yet you seem to have enough self-esteem to deal with it - good! I totally agree with Jotronic and StaggerLee - for me, there certainly is a sweet spot regarding hair length. For me, short on the sides and longer on top (to a point) work really well for me. I cut my own hair with clippers so it's pretty easy for me to maintain that sweet spot without spending anything on haircuts. And I totally disagree with the guy who was disparaging hair transplants. I was NW4/5 and I had two transplants with Dr. Konior and the effect was dramatic and life-changing. My hair looks pretty damn thick when I'm inside but on windy days or under really really bright light, it's clear i don't have the hair of a 20 year old. But given where I came from, I'm extremely satisfied. I'm not super well off financial-wise and my HTs cost about what I'd pay for a nice new car (which I could use right now!), but I don't regret my decision one bit. I hope you can find your sweet spot and that things work out for you.
  13. The new style definitely makes a huge improvement. I'm not a HT doc for sure, but your donor hair doesn't look bad at all in those pics. I guess it's finer than it looks. Anyway, you look like someone who was maybe a Norwood 5 who had a HT and got pretty decent results. And you still have the $10k plus it would have cost! Not too bad a deal.
  14. Yeah, all that and more. Just wait until the grafts actually start growing. You'll have to force yourself to quit looking in the mirror and smiling. Congratulations!