I’ve been actively fighting hairloss for about 5 years. I’m a 40 yr old male. I’ve tried just about every topical out there (no exaggeration), including experimental peptides. I took Avodart for 2 years, with little success and sexual side effects. I’ve taken many natural internals. I feel like I’ve halted hairloss, and possibly had slight improvement, but I now feel that satisfactory results are not feasible without a transplant. I want to have realistic expectations, so I’m hoping to get advice from everyone here – especially from those who’ve had transplants with hairloss that is similar to mine (pics attached).
I now use AA (AloeVera/Avodart) topical, Nizoral 1% (2x/week), Revita, SpectralDNC, Fish oil, antioxidants and vitamins.
Dr Armani seems to be a favorite on the forums, but is he really worth more than 2x the other doctors? I really would need some convincing to pay the kind of money he’s asking. What doctors give top results without the “luxury” pricing model? I live in the US, but I will have to travel to another city regardless of who I chose. I don’t mind international travel (beyond US and Canada) unless I’ll be expected to go several times for multiple treatments, because then it becomes much more expensive than domestic travel.
From what I’ve seen of the pics posted here, the ones showing the best results are for guys who already have super thick hair and just need to get their hairline fixed up a little – otherwise they are not really thinning. For more extensive hairloss and thinning, the guys who have had several procedures seem to have the best results. Is it realistic for me to get significant density on the whole front portion of my head, with less recession and a lower hairline? Will the density at least match the back top portion of my head? Will it take multiple procedures to achieve this?
I saw a discussion here about white dots. I’ve had some moles (dark freckles) removed that went from pink, to even skin tone, to eventually white dots over time. The moles were larger in size than an FU, so that might be a factor, but do I risk having white dots or a white hairline that contrasts with my rose/flesh colored forehead?
In a lot of the pics posted, the patients are using gels or other hair products. Will the transplanted hair match the direction, tecture, and overall appearance of surrounding hair, or will I need to always use products so the transplanted hair “blends in”?
I am at a point in my career where I’m becoming much more visible in my industry and have great leadership opportunities available to me. I also spend time with collegues in the outdoors and water sports, so topical coverup products are not convenient. It’s important that I get results that don’t look like surgery, and I want the option to wear my hair very short on occasion. I know I want a lot, but I cannot afford to look fake or foolish as a result of the procedure.
I need a lot of advice, and thanks for any help you can give.