Before I started experiencing hair loss, my hair was coarse when dry and curly when wet. This made it hard to manage and I was never able to truly have a hairstyle. In my late teens, I noticed that my hair became less coarse and more straight, allowing me to better style it. Little did I know that this was the beginning of the end - my hair was beginning to thin out! I am fairly certain that this early onset of hair loss can be attributed
to several medications that I started on around the same time, which had
side effects of hair thinning and hair loss. Within my early 20s my hairline started creeping back. After speaking with my family phyician, I started on Propecia and attempted to hide my receeding hairline by combing it Caeser-style.
Being a full-time university student and unable to pay for the Propecia, I stopped taking it after a year and a half. I was about 23 at this time and felt that I would wait until my finiancial situation got better before I started again. I had also started looking into hair transplants as I felt that this would be the only option if I wanted my hair line back. Fortunately for me, my doctor changed up my prescription, and I was no longer taking the ones with hairloss side-effects. The hairloss started to slow down, as I noticed less hair in the shower and on my comb.
By 25, I had started to notice that my crown was starteing to thin out. It wasn't bad, but it was becoming more noticable. I read about Minoxidil during my research years ago, and since I was not losing hair on my crown, and there is no official claim by Rogaine that it helps the hairline, I had no reason to take it. But now that my crown was in the line of fire, i decided to give it a try. I also went to my family phyiscian and started on Propecia once again, this time determined to stick to it, no matter what the cost, as I wanted to keep my existing hair.
In January of 2013, I started on the Kirkland Signature brand of Minoxidil 5% solution. Along with the Propecia, I noticed that my hair had stopped falling for the most part, and that the existing hair had become more thick. I made a promise to myself that I would get a hair transplant this year and started saving up for it. I had a consultaion in June and the procedure done on December 11th.
My Surgical Treatments to Date
1 unit grafts: 736
2 unit grafts: 1818
3 unit grafts: 569
4 unit grafts: 21
Total grafts: 3144
Total hairs: 6163
Surgeon: Dr. Rahal
Norwood stage 3 Vertex
In terms of the receding hairline, stage 3 vertex balding is a less drastic version of stage 3.
However, people experiencing stage 3 vertex balding will also begin losing hair on the crown of their head. This often starts as one small bald spot.