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About Tao

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    Male

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?
    Yes
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Raymond Konior
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    None

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  1. I concur with aaron1234. Everyone's first HT is definitely a surreal experience. For my first HT, I couldn't really believe I was going through with it and each of my 3 HTs felt surreal. Was I really going to spend this much money on a surgical procedure for something that was not guaranteed? Looking back from where I am now though, I'm really glad I bit the bullet and did it. I took some control over something that was affecting my life negatively and I'm super happy about it now. If you've done your research and have reasonable expectations (read: you likely won't ever have super thick
  2. You appear to be starting where I started. I had three surgeries (2 FUT and a FUE) for a total of about 6,700 grafts over 11 years. It's possible I had better (e.g more and thicker caliber) donor hair but you'd need several consultations with good doctors to determine that. My head is looking pretty different these days.
  3. My doctor was Dr. Konior in Chicago. And yes, when I look at pics of where I started, its hard to believe. I see pictures of myself from 20 years ago and it really is quite shocking. I've so gotten use to having decent hair now that i've forgotten how far I've come. When I started on the HT route, really out of desperation, I wasn't convinced that it wasn't all a bit of hucksterism. Dr. Konior quickly dispelled me of that notion.
  4. Speaking for myself, looking back on my life I think I've generally spent way too much time trying to change the way I look to please or attract others instead of working on my personality and focusing on being a genuinely nice person that attracts others for that reason. The bald or balding men that I know mostly do the latter and are extremely popular and successful.
  5. My HTs definitely made me feel more confident which helped my dating life and for sure helped me professionally. More importantly, I like what I see staring back now when I look in the mirror. In a way though, I feel like I took the easy way out as looks are definitely not anywhere near as important as personality. I have bald friends who are amazingly confident and ass kickers in life.
  6. I have no concealers or fibers in in those pics. After my second surgery, I could at first just use a little dash and I would look like I had a thick full head of hair. As the years went on, I started having to use more and more. I run and swim and it was starting to get to be a hassle and that's what pushed me for my third procedure. Before this last procedure, my hair on top was a bit thicker and after being completely shaved down, it's taking awhile for that to come back. And definitely, if I'm in bright overhead lighting, you can see some thinness. That actually doesn't bother me. I
  7. All three of my surgeries were with Dr. Konior. No minox or propecia ever, for better or worse. Konior worked some magic with me, considering where I started:
  8. For what its worth, here is my crown journey. Just for reference, first pic is where I started before I had 3 transplants over 11 years. First pass was 2,900 graft FUT to restore hairline. 2nd pass a little over a year later was 2,400 graft FUT to shore up hairline and part and address the crown. In March of this year, I had a 1,600 graft FUE to address the crown black hole and shore up the part. Crowns take a lot of grafts to get good coverage and a lot depends on your hair and skin characteristics as well as the skill of the doctor, obviously. First pic is where I started from. Secon
  9. Yes, exactly. I think Melvin does a great job on this site informing people of what realistic goals and expectations are when it comes to HT. And that's important as HTs are a heavy investment of time, money and mental energy. People like Max don't bother me as I don't post here to get affirmation. I got my HTs for myself and so that's all I'm concerned about. But I think its really helpful to post honest experiences and results so others can see and learn about the various possible outcomes - both positive and maybe not so positive. I feel fortunate that my experiences were all positive
  10. Thanks Fluffhead (great name!). Yeah, I'm really happy with the way its all turned out. I think I'm done now. Funny about my back. I never really noticed it. I mostly run and bike but push some weights too so they apparently are doing something. Hope yer good!
  11. Thanks Voxman. Its all good here. I'm through the ugly ducklin phase and for sure like Melvin said, I'd be a full on Norwood 5 or 6 by now. Cheers!
  12. Yeah, thanks! Its all good. Maxmillian is either a troll or just completely clueless. I have essentially a full head of hair and the illusion of good density. Of course, I don't have my original density. That wouldn't be possible. Still have months of growth ahead but if it all stopped right now, I'm extremely happy, especially considering where I started many years back.
  13. Maximillian, you seem to be having a hard time understanding here. The pics you chose were 1 month after having my head shaved for my third surgery. That shouldn't be too difficult to grasp. Here's where I am four months out with the real growth just starting. Do you have any questions?
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