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You and @CosmoKramer have some of the best non-surgical results on this site. Really is amazing. I remember when I first saw your head and thought dang this guy needs a lot of grafts. Now i'm like dang this guy doesn't need surgery lol.

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Obviously he is a real exception to the masses, still this is why surgery should always be the last option and not the first.


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Shifty, this is phenomenal.  Let it be known that i am no where to how natural you look at this point.  My scalps been hammered and impacted for so called restoration then so called repair which im still trying to get repair for.  I think meds if watched closely are the best options and clearly will save thousands of dollars and headaches later.  Wish i could turn back time but at the same time you have provided a very valuable documentation online and i am surprised no company has reached out to you to share your story.  I can see them trying to get you to write about your experience for top dollar.  

you did the smartest thing and saved yourself a lot of turmoil.  I am extremely happy for the way things are turning out for you and my god talk about natural.  And you have no bogus scar tissue or anything else unethical with the drama a HT can bring by some folks.  You can live with a healthy scalp free from defects.  

It is very unfortunate that folks may try to coverup or hide truths to what goes on in certain aspects of the industry.  If only some guys truly knew what goes on behind scenes and coverups and deceptions and etc.  

you are a real person without any motive to do what you do and you have shown this to help others.  Thanks for coming back and updating with pics and the more you update the more helpful seeing this has become.  

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14 hours ago, Melvin-Moderator said:

You and @CosmoKramer have some of the best non-surgical results on this site. Really is amazing. I remember when I first saw your head and thought dang this guy needs a lot of grafts. Now i'm like dang this guy doesn't need surgery lol.

Thanks @Melvin-Moderator...tho as you and many already know...so just for the Internet record, mine is the thanks to the combo of HT + Microneedling haha 😉

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On 10/8/2019 at 11:05 AM, Melvin-Moderator said:

You and @CosmoKramer have some of the best non-surgical results on this site. Really is amazing. I remember when I first saw your head and thought dang this guy needs a lot of grafts. Now i'm like dang this guy doesn't need surgery lol.

My mind set has completely changed as well not just my hair.

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20 hours ago, gillenator said:

Obviously he is a real exception to the masses, still this is why surgery should always be the last option and not the first.

In my opinion, not knowing obviously, I think people just aren't strict enough with the regimen. As an example I take everything I am doing with me on vacations. Maybe, if others documented like myself and really went hard they would see similar results. Its yet to be seen.

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13 hours ago, Sean said:

Shifty, this is phenomenal.  Let it be known that i am no where to how natural you look at this point.  My scalps been hammered and impacted for so called restoration then so called repair which im still trying to get repair for.  I think meds if watched closely are the best options and clearly will save thousands of dollars and headaches later.  Wish i could turn back time but at the same time you have provided a very valuable documentation online and i am surprised no company has reached out to you to share your story.  I can see them trying to get you to write about your experience for top dollar.  

you did the smartest thing and saved yourself a lot of turmoil.  I am extremely happy for the way things are turning out for you and my god talk about natural.  And you have no bogus scar tissue or anything else unethical with the drama a HT can bring by some folks.  You can live with a healthy scalp free from defects.  

It is very unfortunate that folks may try to coverup or hide truths to what goes on in certain aspects of the industry.  If only some guys truly knew what goes on behind scenes and coverups and deceptions and etc.  

you are a real person without any motive to do what you do and you have shown this to help others.  Thanks for coming back and updating with pics and the more you update the more helpful seeing this has become.  

I honestly started this with the intent that if it worked it would help others, and if it didn't no one would be the worse. So thank you for this.

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14 hours ago, Sean said:

Shifty, this is phenomenal.  Let it be known that i am no where to how natural you look at this point.  My scalps been hammered and impacted for so called restoration then so called repair which im still trying to get repair for.  I think meds if watched closely are the best options and clearly will save thousands of dollars and headaches later.  Wish i could turn back time but at the same time you have provided a very valuable documentation online and i am surprised no company has reached out to you to share your story.  I can see them trying to get you to write about your experience for top dollar.  

you did the smartest thing and saved yourself a lot of turmoil.  I am extremely happy for the way things are turning out for you and my god talk about natural.  And you have no bogus scar tissue or anything else unethical with the drama a HT can bring by some folks.  You can live with a healthy scalp free from defects.  

It is very unfortunate that folks may try to coverup or hide truths to what goes on in certain aspects of the industry.  If only some guys truly knew what goes on behind scenes and coverups and deceptions and etc.  

you are a real person without any motive to do what you do and you have shown this to help others.  Thanks for coming back and updating with pics and the more you update the more helpful seeing this has become.  

This post pretty much scares me off of having any work done. Might be best to just accept being bald.

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I have to agree with Shmiggy!!  I have been blessed with a stretch scar on the back of my head. My last procedure was about 8 years ago. Luckily, I have been able to improve the appearance somewhat. I will never be able to shave my head, or go as close as a number 4 clipper cut.

I had two additional surgeries to repair the mistakes from the original two procedures.. Unfortunately , the last surgery left me with a scar that can not be repaired.. I flew to Vancouver and Baltimore even visited some locals in Fl only to hear the same thing..." Don't touch it. You run the risk of making it worse".  I will not have another surgery.

Your story has inspired me. Thank you

 

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32 minutes ago, rodfl said:

I have to agree with Shmiggy!!  I have been blessed with a stretch scar on the back of my head. My last procedure was about 8 years ago. Luckily, I have been able to improve the appearance somewhat. I will never be able to shave my head, or go as close as a number 4 clipper cut.

I had two additional surgeries to repair the mistakes from the original two procedures.. Unfortunately , the last surgery left me with a scar that can not be repaired.. I flew to Vancouver and Baltimore even visited some locals in Fl only to hear the same thing..." Don't touch it. You run the risk of making it worse".  I will not have another surgery.

Your story has inspired me. Thank you

 

That sucks, have you looked into SMP?

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20 hours ago, Shifty said:

In my opinion, not knowing obviously, I think people just aren't strict enough with the regimen. As an example I take everything I am doing with me on vacations. Maybe, if others documented like myself and really went hard they would see similar results. Its yet to be seen.

This is so true.  Most folks give up 2-3 months into it thinking thats how long it takes.  I always tell them if your body can take the meds and adjust to them, try at least a year to see what’s coming.  Then i even know a guy that takes the pill one day then forgets 2 weeks and starts again.  I dont think anyone will have conclusive results like that.  It takes a lot of effort to do this and some folks think results are to be hd within a month or two.  
 

This documentation is really a very solid proof of what is achievable when things are done right.  Rare and valuable piece of information as so few folks who never had a surgery document in detail like this.  You are truly sincere and helping tons of folks out.  Thanks again for doing this and you've probably saved tons of folks.

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I agree with @gillenator hair transplants should be seen as a last resort. Everyone reading this, should try hair loss prevention medications first, before considering surgery, cause you may not even need surgery.


I do not provide medical advice, recommendations, all responses are my opinion.

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Melvin- Associate Publisher and Forum Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q&A Blog.

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19 hours ago, rodfl said:

I have to agree with Shmiggy!!  I have been blessed with a stretch scar on the back of my head. My last procedure was about 8 years ago. Luckily, I have been able to improve the appearance somewhat. I will never be able to shave my head, or go as close as a number 4 clipper cut.

I had two additional surgeries to repair the mistakes from the original two procedures.. Unfortunately , the last surgery left me with a scar that can not be repaired.. I flew to Vancouver and Baltimore even visited some locals in Fl only to hear the same thing..." Don't touch it. You run the risk of making it worse".  I will not have another surgery.

Your story has inspired me. Thank you

 

 

19 hours ago, Shifty said:

That sucks, have you looked into SMP?

NO. not sure what that is lol.. I don't want to be totally negative about HT"s.  I did get good coverage but the hairline is straight and not natural looking. I can do things to camouflage the appearance with hairstyle and fibers etcetera . What stresses me out most is wind, and water.  I'm very athletic and play a lot of sports so I'm self conscious and wear hats a lot. Try my best to avoid pool parties and water sports.  The scar on the back of my head is easy to conceal when my hair is dry so that sucks too.

The good news is my hair has responded really well to Laser light therapy. I've started growing blond vellus hairs in front of my transplanted hairline. After reading your blog I  I"ve started micro/minox/same shampoo/vitamins.. I have taken dutasteride for about ten years (That's what one of the Dr's in Vancouver recommended because it blocks both forms of DHT) It works really well for me.

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22 hours ago, rodfl said:

 

NO. not sure what that is lol.. I don't want to be totally negative about HT"s.  I did get good coverage but the hairline is straight and not natural looking. I can do things to camouflage the appearance with hairstyle and fibers etcetera . What stresses me out most is wind, and water.  I'm very athletic and play a lot of sports so I'm self conscious and wear hats a lot. Try my best to avoid pool parties and water sports.  The scar on the back of my head is easy to conceal when my hair is dry so that sucks too.

 

SMP - Scalp Micro Pigmentation. You can basically tattoo the scar to hide it.

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Just to show some contracts to my previous pictures. This is this morning right out of the shower and after using a hair dryer. **i did not place it, this is just how it falls

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2 hours ago, Shifty said:

SMP - Scalp Micro Pigmentation. You can basically tattoo the scar to hide it.

Yes. I tried that. Didn't work out for me. I have light hair so maybe the ink was too light..They tried twice

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