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  1. I wouldn't bother explaining. His looney deep-dive into your name says enough about how he analyses information lol. Your thread is a great help.
  2. This is a really great thread, and you've echoed my exact thoughts and worries - worries that I have almost daily. Topics like this are extremely useful, so thanks for posting. One thing to consider: if we are worried about longevity, as I am, I am going to opt for an extremely conservative hairline. Even if I have a 5-head, I'll be happy if I have hair
  3. Hey all, Potential can of worms here, and not something I necessarily subscribe to, but I was wondering what people think of the claims that Fin changed their face? I find it to be unfounded when looking at the literature, but people claim that finasteride changed their facial structure in the same way that transgender hormone therapy does (de-masculinisation). Do any doctors on here have any thoughts on this? Seeing as it targets DHT, and not testosterone itself, then it shouldn't be able to have a significant impact on bone structure, correct? Unless it can impact other aspec
  4. Hey all, I've been on finasteride and minoxidil for about 5 years now, and it definitely slowed my loss. I was probably nw2 when I started, and I've slowly crept up to nw3. Most of it has occurred recently. I know fin doesn't stop loss, it just slows it - so my question is: if I'm still slowly receding on fin, and it's noticable, is it worth getting a HT? My worry is that I'll keep receding quicker and quicker, and I won't be able to keep up with procedures/run out of donor. For reference I've just turned 30 with heavy balding on my dad's side, and not so much on my mums.
  5. Your fears are understandable, but it seems like you're in two minds. Which we all are, if we're honest. We want to not care about hair, but deep down we do. I've been on Fin for 5 years, and have had no sides. You've also got to remember that some people have been on Fin for 20+ years, and people who don't experience sides won't be on the net talking about it. They will be going about their day as normal.
  6. I don't see how this is a low-survival rate at all, seeing as he already stated the density and grafts per cm^2 - it seems bang on to me. I really think you're over analysing to an extreme extent.
  7. What a fantastic result, mate. It looks so natural. I guarantee no one you ever meet would take a second look. You've taken harsh photos, and showed them to a group of folk (us) that are most likely obsessed with how hair looks (I know I am) - so I wouldn't worry at all about density. People who aren't balding don't even take a second look at someone's hairline, and yours, even in harsh light, looks absolutely fantastic. Another home run by Dr. K.
  8. Hey all, Just wondering if any Aussies have had experience with these two surgeons? They are part of the Knudsen clinic, which is somewhat well-known in Aus. I know there is really no reputable surgeons in Australia, hence why we all go overseas, but I was watching their videos on YouTube (they have a hairloss info channel) - and got curious. I already have an appointment overseas, but I was considering visiting them to get a donor assessment. Their videos are actually a great source of info. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEynrVyBV6o - here's a link to some of
  9. Hello everyone, Apologies for the delayed response, I got stranded mid-COVID for work and have only just returned home, haha. Firstly, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone's kind words. This forum really is fantastic, I've always thought so, and your words of encouragement have actually made a massive difference in my anxiety. I really do appreciate it. In terms of my situation: I've been on Finasteride and Minoxidil for about 3-4 years so far, and I'll stay on them. I don't have any current photos, but I can get some soon. I was going to send Dr. K some updated pictures j
  10. He's a bit of a fraud/salesman in my eyes. He was always on here posting really helpful comments, and he'd always tell you to "reach out" if you ever needed guidance. Seemingly free of bias. I emailed him, kind of told him my story and that I was somewhat lost. He just tried to funnel me into his affiliate clinic and gave me the details of who to contact. Just a salesman, but made himself out to be a hairloss mentor of sorts
  11. Hi everyone, I'm scheduled to have surgery in a few months, but a couple of things have happened that have made me worried. My case for reference: 30 years old, NW3, on fin & minoxidil for 4 years so far. Extensive family history of balding (NW6+). Firstly, the meds seemingly halted my loss for many years, but now I've just started to lose ground more noticeably. My loss stabilised at the classic NW3 "M" shape, but now my frontal lock is shrinking slightly, and I'm losing an insane amount of hair in my hands. I know everyone sheds, but it's more than ever - and I've had no
  12. I've been wondering this a lot lately. We all know that in the case of a NW 6-7, there really isn't enough hair on the head to facilitate a transplant. If someone is hypothetically a NW 3-4, but their family has an extensive history of really high Norwoods, do the members here think it's advisable to have a HT? My thinking is this: if someone is likely to end up at that level, then a transplant is only a temporary fix, and they will (more likely) end up with not enough hair to facilitate more procedures. Or, they will end up having to shave, only with the additional scars f
  13. Hi everyone, I've got a surgery in about 3-4 months, with a top-notch doc who has a 1.5-2 year wait list - but I've noticed a worsening of my hair over the past few months. I've been on Fin and Minox for about 3 years, and since I started, it pretty much halted/slowed my loss. However, for the past couple of months, I've been experiencing excessive shedding, more than ever - and there are no psychological, physiological, or pharmacological changes that have occured that could account for the shed. I've also finally noticed more recession in my frontal region (NW3).
  14. I'm booked in with a top doc, it's going to cost a lot, and I mean, a lot. But I figure, a 10k difference is a bit of saving, sure, but I'd prefer to have a top notch doc perform it and have confidence in my decision.
  15. Hi Ergo, sorry to hear about your shock loss. If you would like, you can share some photos and have the members evaluate your best option? Also, have you spoken with the surgeon regarding the loss? All the best.
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