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Amazing...hope the new hair keeps coming Shifty!

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An inspiring thread Shifty. Congrats on your results thus far.

For what its worth, I agree that a good regime of hair care can virtually stop MPB in its tracks. I was receding quite sharply on both temple points by 18 years of age, now 48 and although I have had transplants for my hairline and temples, the crown is still intact and most people consider I have almost a full head of hair. Ionil T shampoo which is a coal tar type is what I have used for almost 30 years and worked brilliantly at rectifying a psoriasis type of condition which I think was exacerbating my hair loss at such a young age.

Your thread has resulted in me just ordering a 1.5mm derma roller for the first time - I have some weakness behind the transplanted front in my frontal third (particularly on one side) that hopefully I can thicken up. I will give this up to 6 months and if still not happy will likely try PRP. Reluctant to go for more transplants as I have had my own nightmare experience with shock loss although good/ethical doctors really should be able to minimize that risk.

Thanks for sharing your results with the forum, it truly is valuable information from a great responder to non surgical hair loss intervention.

Cheers.

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@Mikey1970 Glad my post helped! Also loo into getting the pen i  mentioned in this thread. While it still pulls hairs and hurts like hell, its not as bad as just the roller. God luck!!

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11 months 4 days ago. Still thickening and growing albeit not as much unfortunately.  I am at a point where a little Toppik goes a long way. So much so I was complimented on my hair recently.

 

What I have noticed recently which I noticed a few months back is, I see smaller hairs falling out more frequently and at the time it worried me but I now believe these are small hairs falling to make way for thicker strands.

I wish things were progressing as quickly as they did the first few months but they are still slowly progressing so I am not going to stop any time soon!

 

1) Left Temple, notice the small hairs starting to sprout.

2) Right Temple. hairs starting to thicken and grow. Not as much of a problem area because of how i comb my hair. Figures this would be the stronger side lol

3)  Front. This is harsh light, it actually doesn't look this bad in normal lighting. But, you can clearly see the new hairs all along the front continuing to grow and thicken. There was no hair here if you look at my previous posts in this thread.

4) The crown. I comb it in a way here to really show the weak points. When I look at my last post i see some improvement so Ill keep my fingers crossed this gets better even though its been a slow process.

5) just how my hair falls naturally. Ive never liked my hair to be honest, but losing it was way worse than anything i hated about it

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Your crown does not look too bad. It's a bit thin, but there's no complete bald area.

 

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That's the area where finasteride helps the most!


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4 hours ago, Shifty said:

11 months 4 days ago. Still thickening and growing albeit not as much unfortunately.  I am at a point where a little Toppik goes a long way. So much so I was complimented on my hair recently.

 

What I have noticed recently which I noticed a few months back is, I see smaller hairs falling out more frequently and at the time it worried me but I now believe these are small hairs falling to make way for thicker strands.

I wish things were progressing as quickly as they did the first few months but they are still slowly progressing so I am not going to stop any time soon!

 

1) Left Temple, notice the small hairs starting to sprout.

2) Right Temple. hairs starting to thicken and grow. Not as much of a problem area because of how i comb my hair. Figures this would be the stronger side lol

3)  Front. This is harsh light, it actually doesn't look this bad in normal lighting. But, you can clearly see the new hairs all along the front continuing to grow and thicken. There was no hair here if you look at my previous posts in this thread.

4) The crown. I comb it in a way here to really show the weak points. When I look at my last post i see some improvement so Ill keep my fingers crossed this gets better even though its been a slow process.

5) just how my hair falls naturally. Ive never liked my hair to be honest, but losing it was way worse than anything i hated about it

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Looks great buddy!

Yeah, I think the short new hairs shedding are making way for a new stronger thicker one ready to sprout as I’ve had some shed too.

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Honestly, these are superb results, it's amazing you've come this far without surgery. 

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21 minutes ago, Melvin-Moderator said:

Honestly, these are superb results, it's amazing you've come this far without surgery. 

I went from needing 5000 grafts to get OK coverage to say 1500 top and front to look like a stud lol Not that I already don't look lie a stud. 

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34 minutes ago, CosmoKramer said:

Looks great buddy!

Yeah, I think the short new hairs shedding are making way for a new stronger thicker one ready to sprout as I’ve had some shed too.

Embrace the shed! Let's start a movement! lol

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Never have I ever thought about taking a picture this close to my face let alone also with a mirror behind me.

 

If you haven't tried the big 3 together, and whatever else there is available to you, do so before seeking a hair transplant. This doesn't work for everyone from what I've read but you would be selling yourself and your pocket short if you didn't give it a go.

 

I have had a few people reach out to me thanking me for this thread, that makes me feel almost as good as the results themselves. So, I will continue posting updates. I am still seeing new hairs so I dont see myself stopping this anytime soon.

 

I also think I may eventually get a HT for my crown maybe the frontal if it stalls new growth as I am still using toppik for both.

 

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Im unaware of what the exact policy concerning swearing is on this forum, but if i get banned I think it is worth it.... HOLY FUCKING SHITBALLS your hair is amazing!!!! SERIOUSLY!

If these were just HT results people would be congratulating you, but the fact all of this was non surgical just demonstrates how much these results are truly amazing!

Seriously thanks for sharing these ... i can only imagine how many guys might read your thread, would give this a go and spare themselves the unnecessary risks and financial strains of undergoing surgery.

Awesome, fucking amazing and congrats😍

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1 hour ago, Shifty said:

Never have I ever thought about taking a picture this close to my face let alone also with a mirror behind me.

 

If you haven't tried the big 3 together, and whatever else there is available to you, do so before seeking a hair transplant. This doesn't work for everyone from what I've read but you would be selling yourself and your pocket short if you didn't give it a go.

 

I have had a few people reach out to me thanking me for this thread, that makes me feel almost as good as the results themselves. So, I will continue posting updates. I am still seeing new hairs so I dont see myself stopping this anytime soon.

 

I also think I may eventually get a HT for my crown maybe the frontal if it stalls new growth as I am still using toppik for both.

 

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Hmmm...is that really you Mr Bond..James Bond?!?! 😜

Looks absolutely amazing!

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Looks like you've managed to get some pretty good fullness in your hair style there. Perfect example of why non-surgical options should be seriously pursued prior to going under the knife.

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WOW !

Amazing results ! Congrats man... You really don’t need an HT at this point.

I would say that 80% of the results have been achieved thanks to the finasteride... It reduces drastically the amount of dihydrotestosterone in the body which in turn gives you your hair back BUT it is a very dangerous product. 

 

Derma rolling has been proven to be more effective than minoxidil in a double blinded study, definitely a good weapon in your arsenal as well.

Bravo !

 

 

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This is the best result I have seen on meds alone, usually with the level of hairloss you had it would advisable to get on meds to not lose any more hair or at least slow it down but your response is simply amazing. 

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Just thought I'd share my wet hair. We all know wet hair is the worst, so I figured I'd show you it at its worst. If you zoom on temple you still see hairs growing in. It just hasn't stopped albeit its not as drastic. I'm amazed.

Once I I hit it with some product...it looks amazing. So amazing that someone told me last Saturday at a wedding, after I told them my age, that they thought I was at most 32 LOL. It was a female, I asked if she was drunk she said she hadn't been drinking lol 

The worst part is dandruff from Rogaine, but that has gotten better. Been using Anti dandruff shampoo and Nizoral. 

 

That temple/corner spot below, had no hair at all when I started. 

 

Also, we are 1 week over 1 year on my regimen today. I started September 2018. Here to looking forward to September 2020! .

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On 6/23/2019 at 9:47 PM, Shifty said:

I use the Doctor Pen A6. I do not use minox and pen on the same nights as Mycroft stated, you increase chances of side effects. 

 

I am using 1-2 MM depending on the area Im using it on. 

Hey !

Gonna get a derma pen.

How do you use it in comparison to the derma roller please ?

In the study, people were rolling 10 times on different directions of the affected/thinning areas; How do you translate that on the derma pen since it doesnt roll.

 

Thanks !

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On 10/6/2019 at 9:48 AM, bensk said:

Hey !

Gonna get a derma pen.

How do you use it in comparison to the derma roller please ?

In the study, people were rolling 10 times on different directions of the affected/thinning areas; How do you translate that on the derma pen since it doesnt roll.

 

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small circles or straight lines. I would do the 10/10/10 wih the derma roller, i find the pen is more effective so you don't need to concentrate on any one area as much. I actually just started using the roller on the crown again because i find it easier.

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Slowly improving, really hoping these become thick like the rest. 

 

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Amazing results! How long has it taken the hairs in front to grow? Have you cut them at all?

I've had these blonde Vellus hair pop up. It seems they are not growing in length so much-- but appear to be getting thicker at the base.

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1 hour ago, rodfl said:

Amazing results! How long has it taken the hairs in front to grow? Have you cut them at all?

I've had these blonde Vellus hair pop up. It seems they are not growing in length so much-- but appear to be getting thicker at the base.

Thanks! I do not cut these, they are growing just slower. Those hairs you mentioned if you keep doing what our doing should turn into terminal. I think by summertime next year these hairs in the front  should be nice and thick. Even if they stay lie this, I guess its good for fibers. 

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