Hair transplant patient

Sierra6

Sierra6

About

My hairloss story is by no means unique....or maybe it is! I started to lose my hair when I was 15 years of age. My crown started to grow thin and by the time I was 17, my temples had clearly receeded....so msuch so that even my friends parents pointed out! Not nice!
I started to use regain when I was 23 (it was only out on the market here for a year at that stage). There was no noticble results after 1 year. I then visited a hair loss clinic and started on the road to a full head of hair (or so I thought.....see below!).


My Surgical Treatments to Date

I underwent 3 strip procedures in the Ireland in 2001/2002 and out of the 1,800 grafts implanted, less than 10% grew. You can see my post op pictures....these are post the 2009 operations. The lack of growth was due in large to the poor after care advice I got in the Irish clinic (the consultant told me to scratch the scabs off after a few days....of course hair and all came out.....its almost funny looking back!!).
I went on Finesteride/Propecia after that for a year and a half......again no noticible results. I had about 1,000 (1,600 hairs) FUE grafts implanted in my front hairline (Ailsbury Clinic, Ireland) in June 2009 using FUE. The doctor told me however that the surgery had depleted my donor site completely. I then turned to the hope that is BHT.
After various e-mails and telephone covnersations and a hell of a lot of online research, I booked a 3 day session with Dr True in New York. The expectaion was to get approximately 3,000 grafts using a combination of both traditional donor hair and BHT. I found Dr True (and Dr Dorin) good to deal with. They were much more tuned in that any of the previous surgeons and I felt a lot more comfortable with them. While the experience was pleasent, we only managed to achieve circa 2,700 grafts. To be honest, I thought that they did their best with what they had (my body hair was not entirely suitable due to a previous course of laser hair removal, although my beard hair was). On the other hand, I thought they could have taken more BHT from the beard area. In hindsight, I think the balance was correct.

My Non Surgical Treatments

Propecia & Regain & Lazer Comb

Bald Class

Bald class 6

Norwood stage 6

The balding areas at the temples join with the balding area at the vertex. The band of hair across the top of the head is gone or sparse.

Badly!

Surgery only.

Not yet!

FUE or Strip...although there have been some good results with Finersteride/Propecia

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My Latest journal entries

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Sierra6
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

12 Month Post Op 1 12 Month Post Op

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Sierra6
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

Donor Sites 12 month post op Donor sites at 12 months...

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Sierra6
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

11 Month Post Op 2 Contd...

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Sierra6
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

11 Month Post Op Little change since last month.....

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Sierra6
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

10 Month Post Op At 10 months, hair is thickening a little....but still little happening in the middle of my head or the crown area......disappointing......

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Sierra6
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

8 Month Post Op Little Change since month 7.....

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Sierra6
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

9 Month Post Op Some new BHT is starting to shoot up in the crown / mid head area....hopefully its a sign of more to come.....

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Sierra6
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

7 Month Post Op Pictures from 7 months post op....

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Sierra6
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

5 Months Post Op Getting worried now....no results like I expected.....really hoping that I'm one of those 'slow-growers'!!! There's little sign of any of the BHT in the centre of my head and no sign of a single hair in the crown area from the 350 or so grafts implanted there in day 3 of my surgery.....I know its a very small number but I'm still so disappointed. Trying to be patient!

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Sierra6
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

6 Month Post Op Ok - Now I'm getting really worried. The results I have are not great. All of the hair I have is still very thin and in a horse shoe shape around the crown. There is litlte coverage in the centre of my head and still no sign of any of those hairs in my crown area.....I wonder if the doctors cutting the hairs "too short" may have meant that they were handled inappropriately and damaged??? Just cant figure out why there is nothing there yet!! Not even 1 new hair that I can see. On the positive side, some of the BHT is starrting to come through....but only torwards the mid head to crown area. See photo 6. Its bizzare that I still cant see more. Although, even around the area where it is starting to grow...I can see a few hairs just peeping through the skin. Hopefully I am a slow grower and the next 6 to 8 weeks will yield some good imprvements. Really hope the hair in the middle of my head and at the front thickens....its so transparent and very very pluggy!!! Still disappointed...but keeping the faith!!!

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Sierra6
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

2 months post op

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Sierra6
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

3 Months post op 3 Months post op....some early changes evident....especially in the front of the head. However, this is partly due to the results of the Ailsbury clinic procedure comming through......nothong happening in the centre of the park yet at all!!