Almost forgot to post some update pics. Few things I also want to mention.
1. I was given Minoxidil in a spray bottle from the clinic. The instructions were to use 3 sprays each morning and night. It lasted about two months. I am now using the costco brand in liquid form. For convenience I was pouring the costco brand into the spray bottle I was given at the clinic because I liked to spray it on instead of the dropper. However, about a month ago I realized that three to four sprays wasn't nearly close to the 1mg dose recommended by the costco brand. I figured this out by using the dropper that comes with the bottle. So I think I wasn't using enough prior. I'm using the required dosage but I wonder if I might experience some shedding now that I am using the proper amount? Or maybe I have conditioned my scalp with micro dosing and now since i am using 1 mg I won't shed as much? I do notice hairs on my hands when I shower or rub in the minoxidil. I didn't before. Nothing drastic, but there is some shedding.
2. I got a hair cut two weeks ago and the barber went ape shit. Cut it very short which was disappointing. Don't ever say, "Do what you think looks good" at a $12 hair cut place. I hadn't had a hair cut in 10 years and my friend that goes that gets very stylish cuts. There are many barbers there so I might have picked a bad one. I plan on going to one of those trendy hipster places next time to see what they can do. My hair grows slow so it might not be for a month or so...maybe longer.
3. Lastly I must preface that I am extremely happy. This is life changing. Now, this might sound ridiculous but I don't think the graft survival rate is in the high 90% like most clinics claim. When I closely inspect it seems there are gaps in the hairs which vary from my memory of when they were placed. They seemed so tight when I first had it done. Again, could be hair greed or my mind messing with me and I reiterate, I'm stoked. I tried taking a close up pic. I tell people I would have paid double for these results and I recommend this clinic to everyone that asks.
I'll keep updating but I think my growth has stabilized. I don't see new hairs coming in so I think this is the extend of the density I will achieve...which is fine by me if I can maintain it. Hoping the minoxidil will fill in the crown a bit.
Good point Shera, I have also pointed out in the past that if someone continuously keeps researching without ever pulling the trigger,I would put them into a group who actually aren't actually a candidate in the first place.
If you're in Houston, call Dr. Arocha for a consultation. I responded to your private message as well, but just to reiterate I would strongly recommend at least consulting with him since I can actually vouch for his PRP technique and his main office is right in your backyard.
In general it is 800-1100 per treatment and you need 3 in one year. If you book/pay for all three together it's 2400-3000.
Mcgrath (houston/austin) offers ACELL+ PRP for 5000/5500 that's only once per year.
Another doc (recommended on this forum) charges 3200 for one year without ACELL but they use "more" blood per treatment.
Anyway, seems expensive for a relatively simple procedure. The cost of PRP machine is less than 1000 LOL and it's applied by a non-doc/non-nurse.