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  1. Posting my monthly progress here. I started using PROSCAR (to save some $$). I bought a pill cutter, and take around the 1.25MG on daily/once in two days basis. But I have only started taking the new med. Sometimes long hair is a bit annoying — itching, curly curly hair, which always denies to be combed properly lol..
  2. I'm mostly annoyed how my hair curls all the time, even after I groom it properly. Mostly this happens when my hair is wet or sweaty. For this reason alone I go for a short hair cut. Is this hair texture, hair curling due to balding or hair thinning? This looks so ugly and I hate this >.<
  3. Something inconsistent about hair growth over the recent months. I see my hair a bit "better" than photos from previous month. I also was not taking Fin or applying Minoxidil for the past 20+ days or so. Surprised how the hair looks almost as good as before, without any additional shedding. My hair was longer in the previous month, and shorter in this month. But it looks like the shorter hair (from this month) looks to give an illusion of more coverage compared to previous month.
  4. Wow, these results are mindblowing, @Abhinay Singh. Thanks for sharing this. Just wondering if the patient had his hair trimmed on the crown area as I can see some small hair around crown area, or is that the natural hairgrowth he has there.
  5. Hi @Dalveer, hope all is good with you. It should be your fifth month now, and I hope things show good progress in your side. Waiting for updates for my own reference and confidence
  6. Thanks for the photo update @paddyirishman. As always, a picture speaks more than the words. It will be great if few more hair loss patients can share their post-op scalp or beard area photos on a shaved, trimmed styles on this thread. This is something I look forward to know as a potential HT candidate.
  7. I believe it is available over the counter, without a prescription in any pharmacy, or based on your region it might be even available to purchase online. I do believe however that you'd take oral minoxidil only under an experienced doctor's advice.
  8. Thanks @tressful11. I was on Dutasteride for first three months, but didn't see much improvements compared to what I saw in 2 months of Finasteride, to which I switched on a doctor's recommendation. Haven't tried dermarolling yet, but have been thinking about it too.
  9. Okay, may I know how long you were on Fin or did you still continue or tried something else @tressful11?
  10. Actually yes, I only tried Propecia during 1 or 2 months, other months I was on generic Finasteride. By the way, I am taking 1mg Finasteride (daily once in the morning).
  11. I don't particularly understand Finasteride, because the most recent photo I took today shows my crown area to be a bit worser than the recent months before. Hmm, does it have to do with my dose, or the brand of Fin I use? I'm not really worried the Fin cannot help me cover my crown or progressive hairloss, I'm worried thinking if this would be the cast post HT, which would mean the medication might not help me in the long run by not helping me delay the progressive balding. Any thoughts, anyone?
  12. Sorry to see this @watterot, but I hope things get better. Perhaps in a year's time your transplanted hair would grow longer, and you'll be able to comb over. However this shouldn't stop you from doing another HT to coverup the patch, since the no. of grafts would be fewer compared to a mega session. I have been looking at clinics and doctors too. So far I'm only impressed by Dr. Suneet Soni's Medispa and Dr. Pratheep Sethi, Dr. Arika Bansal from Eugenix. The latters representatives are also polite, kind and faster to respond to all kinds of queries. Due to COVID-19 situation my HT plans have been postponed indefinitely though 😢
  13. Not sure why, but three months later the hair density has reduced at the crown area it seems. I am still continuing 1mg Finasteride and Biotin in the morning, and Minoxidil spray at night on the scalp. However I'm happy with the growth on the frontal part. Usually my hair wont grow longer like this to be abled to comb.
  14. Hi @Dalveer, thank you for posting the updates. I think it's still early to judge your final results, as it would take 10 months the least to show a complete progress if I am not mistaken. I can see the mark at 55 days of your update. Does the trichophytic closure helps hair grow through the stitches? I think the case with same with most Indian doctors, in terms of their full involvement in the surgery procedure. Look forward to your future updates too.
  15. Hi @Dalveer, I am not expert to talk about the process done, but I'll be waiting for more updates from you to see the progress. What was your baldness class, and do you happen to have any photos before transplant? I am also considering a transplant by end of this year. Dr. Suneet Soni told me I would need 4000 grafts. I am a bit skeptical about FUT scars and trichophytic closure, but I see he have some really good results with no scars visible at all after hair grows. All the best, and keep posting
  16. Wow 7000 should give you a dense cover I guess. What's your Norwood scale? And yes, there are multiple ways to camouflage FUT scars - by SMP or by body hair or FUE transplant on the FUT scars. I am a bit worried about scar stretching. This works differently on different skin type, patient, etc., I think. I have only seen one patient result so far on this forum, I think his name is @thappa. You will never know how scars would stretch on your scalp until it happens. It could happen in a year time, or while you grow older. Nevertheless FUT is a good option to get dense hair transplant. I really like @Dr. Suneet Soni transplants look on the frontal hairlines. They all look natural!! Also, the healing time is much higher right? 3 weeks or more as you get multiple stitches. I want to get the HT done as a "secret men's business", without anyone noticing that I did something on my head. I would take two weeks vacation from work, maybe topup with 1 week work-from-home and come back join office as nothing happened, haha!
  17. I have been in touch with Medispa as well, and had spoken to Dr. Soni over phone. I see he have good results too, but my worry is only about the permanent scar the surgery can leave, which may be visible if you cut your hair short. But I understand from his videos, and from other sources as well that a FUT is a good choice for the first transplant, maximum density, and grafts availability for future transplants as well. When have you planned to do your first surgery - this year?
  18. I consulted doctors in Malaysia by visiting their clinic, and did online consultation with doctors from India. I started taking Dutasteride and Minoxidil after consulting Dr. Ruban, but stopped those and started taking Finasteride on Dr. Arika's (from Eugenix) recommendations. I am most likely planning a HT with Eugenix in the coming months. So far Eugenix is the only clinic that seemed to care about the patient, responsive to all my questions and concerns as well. How is your situation now @kirkland?
  19. Here's a photo of myself - an update after almost 6 months of medication. The results are exquisite, in my opinion, and clinics who had quoted for 4000 grafts are now telling me to do a 2500-3000 grafts or 4000 grafts itself, but for a far better, thicker coverage.
  20. I just contacted Dr. Cinik on WhatsApp, and they told me €2090 premium package, but I saw an exclusive package for €2590 on their website as well. I think you might have been quoted either of this too, but there was some additional charges like tax, or hidden fees or something? Your results look great by the way. I want to get a HT done in a two weeks time, as part of a trip to a location - and be back to work as if nothing noticeable happened. It's just a personal choice that I don't want others to know I did a transplant. I am still contemplating on FUT and FUE, and some are suggesting me I am a good candidate for FUT now, and FUEs in the future. Do keep posting pictures
  21. I'm not looking at medications as a permanent solution for the hairloss. I want to observe two things: 1. Does the medication help strengthen the hair, and reduce hairloss (different medication work differently on different people) 2. Does this give me any side effects I believe these two are crucial, because medications are *supposedly* required to be taken for the rest of your life even after HT is done, to slower down, stop continued hairloss. I am doing this step now to see how medicines work for me, because I am anyways going to take this medication after the HT.
  22. In case anyone is following thread, here is my updates: I've postponed my initial thoughts for May 2020 HT to September or end of 2020 for two reasons, first is budget constraints, and second is with medications. I started taking finasteride 1mg everyday in the morning along with biotin. I want to do this for the next 6 months to see if I can see results (or face any sides). This would at least give me an idea what can be improved in my current "looks" and also what can be expected after a transplant. Shortly I will add an updated photo from all angles to see progress due to medications alone.
  23. @givemehair2019 your donor area looks thinner, and the scalp is visible, which unfortunately means a FUT procedure, even with a trichophytic closure, may still reveal the strip scar on your scalp. Have you tried any medications for hairloss like Finasteride, Dutasteride or Minoxidil? I am on Finasteride for 2-3 months now, and I started feeling my hair as dense and thicker. I'm trying Finasteride ✌️ to check if it works on me without giving sides. For your case I would highly recommend visiting a clinic first to get it examined by the doctors. Perhaps you can me on medications for sometime, and see the progress in an year time and get your transplant once you have slightly more denser hair.
  24. Yes, I too don't have a problem if the surgery goes wrong, or if I don't get the expected results. But I also don't want to be over harvested, with no more grafts for future HTs. That's why I was considering FUT first, then another FUT or FUEs in the future. I do feel I'll need many more transplants in the future - referring to how I inherited from my dad. Most of the "bad transplants" here are addressed differently by clinics. Some don't respond, some gets a response after a moderator intervenes. In this case I think Eugenix will be much reliable as they are quite active all the time in this forum. I cannot be very sure about Medispa because they mostly respond on good results
  25. I am not aware of Eugenix's new pricing. They told me their estimate by end of December and asked me to book before end of December. I have made a google sheet comparing prices. I could share it with you over PM. AKClinics was cheaper than Eugenix, but I wasn't really impressed with the results. Sure, Dr. Dua is a big name, but if you need to get it done with him the price is quite high. I had a one hour call with Dr. Dua. He is a very nice person and talked about the transplant facts. He was very patient and willing to answer all my questions. I got to talk to Dr. Soni over voice call, and it was a bit rushed. There are different answers from different doctors. Most doctors have asked me to stop Finasteride 10-15 days before HT, and strictly no other medicines 1 month prior to HT.