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  1. Don’t think so you just have asian hair which is usually thinner
  2. You’re definitely right if everyone who has AA will reach that point. My father is 64 and went as far as a NW4 pattern. His hair is generally thinner throughout now which is normal given his age, but we laugh that if he got a transplant now he’d look 20 years younger
  3. I know we all like to fall victim to clinics marketing their results on YouTube, especially that of dr. Couto, but if a result like this is possible with that many grafts, are we getting to a point where transplants are good enough to suffice for restoration? it seems to me that this guy will get complete coverage even if his loss continues. Is this rare? How far could someone expect their donor area to take them? i ask this of course because if hair transplants could give us all our coverage back, we likely wouldn’t ever medicate, even with less density. Are there a lot of cases where patients opt out of medication and just play their chances with donor management ?
  4. I could answer for H&W, yes they do have technicians who do the extractions. The doctor is involved in originally discussing the plan with you, I.e graft total, where to draw the hairline etc.. and then after his technicians are done creating extractions, the doctor comes back into the room to make incisions for where your grafts will go. After he’s done, another group Of techs will place the grafts in. this is a pretty consistent practice Among many of the top surgeons. Only a handful do the extractions themselves, dr. Diep is one that I know that does it. However, consulting with dr. Hasson, rahal, Bisanga and eugenix, they all have technicians who do the extractions. this isn’t a problem, if H&w are putting out consistent results, they have a good team behind them. If you’re choosing H&W, you’re going with one of the best in the world. as for everything else mentioned, someone else may be better equipped to answer. Whether you should do it now, depends on long term medication use & and family history to try to see where you’ll be headed down the road. A lot of the good FUE results I see here, guys could shave their hair down to as little as 0.5 and it’s hardly noticeable. Look up mike thurston on YouTube, he had an fue done and keeps his hair very short, so that could be an example of the expectations
  5. You wrote “in our experience” and “we” who are you writing on behalf of ?
  6. I’m in a very similar situation and was quoted 2,000-2,500 by doctors when I consulted online and in person. Did you take medication to maintain your hair to that level ?
  7. My father in his mid 30s, and my father now at 65. Receded to a Norwood 3 id say, with the M shaped hairline.. then stopped receding, just over time his hair has thinned slowly, which I’d say is quite normal given his age. But for the 30 years in between he didn’t lose much ground. Crown is thinner but still has enough hair in the mid, I even think if he cared enough, which he doesn’t, he would be able to recover most his hair with a transplant now
  8. Perhaps they'll get closer with DNA manipulation within 20 years, they're begun doing some other interesting things with it.
  9. In my case, do you believe there will be some level of predicting the loss and getting ahead of it? I ask because around the temples of course there are hairs that are just holding on but its been obvious to me for a few years that eventually they'll go. So if he transplanted right to the points where the hair is stronger, and replaces the weaker thin native hairs I believe it would create a cosmetic improvement. Is shock loss generally something someone should worry about if they haven't chosen a good surgeon, or is more a physiological thing ?
  10. Is there a correlation to how thick your beard is and your MPB?
  11. Thank you for all the suggestions
  12. Thanks for the reply. I consulted with Dr. Rahal in person, because thankfully he also operates in Toronto. All other doctors including H&W, Bisanga, Diep, eugenix and a couple of others I reached out to online and for the most part they all told me roughly the same thing and the general consensus was 2-2.5k grafts would suffice and the final count would be something we would agree on day of surgery. As for Dr. Rahal, he looked at my head briefly and estimated that he wouldn’t go more than 2,500 grafts. Maybe the pictures don’t depict it well but there is some further recession past the hairline, mainly in the temples. Anyway they all directed my attention to the possibility of further loss, but I’ve been told that my donor area is above average. (one of rahals consultants even estimated 8,400 grafts, but I honestly don’t know how he derives that number and won’t go off it until a surgeon tests, and measures it correctly, to tell me how much is in the bank) But you’re right, at this point I’m trying to weigh the potential for a cosmetic improvement with the conservation of my donor for the future. It’s a tricky business. May I ask how long you’ve been on meds and what dosage ? Has it worked to stabilize for you ? Any noticeable problems ? cheers
  13. Thank you so much for your input. Yeah I'm definitely going to continue minoxidil I don't have problems applying it and I hope that I continue to have a healthy relationship with finasteride. & yes I am grateful for the extent of my loss up until this point and I'm happy I discovered this forum to level my head and ground me. As for shock loss, I had this concern and brought it up with Dr. Rahal and he told me there is always potential for shock loss depending on the individual, do you think in my case the chances are heightened because he would have to insert some hairs around some of my native hairs? I've seen some cases on his website and youtube videos where he restores hairlines of patients in a similar situation, and my assumption has been he works around native hairs and transplants new ones to increase the density of the hair line. I imagine along the actual front, transplanted hairs would replace my native hairs, and he would work through some native hairs behind the temple points, does that sound about right? The photo I'm posting I took just now prior to this write up. I washed my hair this morning and when I shampoo (i usually use nizarol), my hair always looks fuller with more volume.@Melvin-Moderator I believe you once mentioned that you wash your hair more often as it gives you this effect as well? Do you have any other suggestions for the amount someone should be shampooing their hair, or other thickening techniques? Is this generally what dry shampoo is used for, because I bought a product but am pretty confused as to what purpose it really serves.
  14. Thank you guys for replying. Yeah I agree, I go through phases where it doesn’t bother me and then other times I’ll have episodes where the thinning in certain situations drives me nuts. The few times it’s bad seems to outweigh the many times it’s fine, Human nature innit.. When I wash my hair, and style it and use a little bit of toppik I’m fine with it, but at the same time these next couple of months are my best opportunity to get it done as I’ll transition to a new job in jan/feb and recovery won’t be a problem. & yes the main issue is the hairline. I tell myself if I go with a conservative hairline and fill it in I’ll be safeguarding myself for the future. Hopefully get a few more opinions on it but I do appreciate the feedback
  15. Hey everyone Wanted to get your opinions on my current situation as I am getting closer to making a decision on a hair transplant. Im 28 years old in a couple of months and started experiencing hair loss around 24/25. Have been using minox 2x a day and 1mg fin since the start of the year, but have reduced the dosage right now to .25mg as I recently starting feeling slight aches down there and its too early to attribute to meds but am testing to see if the lower dosage resolves the issue. Anyway, I've posted some pics below, (prob a few too many, bare with me), and am looking for my first surgery to restore my hair line and temple points were most of the recession has happened (some thinning in the crown, but not unbearable and will likely have to treat later in the future). Also included photos of my dad and his father, thats where I believe the genes came from because my mother's side has experience no hair loss whatsoever. My surgery will be in Canada, likely with Dr. Rahal and am also in conversation with H&W. Was quoted around 2,500 grafts to touch zones 1-4, but I'd like to know if you believe its the right time. The photo with the crown was taken wet under a harsh light.
  16. You have done a great job breaking this down for yourself and I commend you for being so mature at your age. I don't know enough about doctor's in Lebanon, but I am hoping you have chosen correctly for your needs and I hope it comes out well. This is a marathon not a sprint and it sounds like you're safeguarding for the future. Pretty large donor area as well, which is a positive for you moving forward. Best of luck and post your updates!
  17. You certainly wouldn’t look any worse at The 6 month mark and up then maybe your current situation, although I’m just making an assumption so I could be wrong. But you wouldn’t have much to worry about. Worry about the initial first month of recovery and then she grows as she grows, out of your control anyway
  18. This seemed to have happened to my dad, started receding at the hairline to about a norwood 3 in his late 20s/early 30s, then stabilized going into his 40s. Now at 64, he has that same hair line shape but his hair his thinned out a bit which is normal given his age now. That being said, def don't think this is true for everyone
  19. Why did you wait for your loss to progress? I believe some combination of fue and smp is the best hope to recover that area