Hello my name is Haris and I am from Greece
I am 25 now and I started losing hair at 18, in my last year in high school
At first when I noticed it I got panicked, but my parents at that time assured me that it was something temporary due to exam anxiety and stress and that after exams it will stop and new hair will come out.
After of couple of months when the above of course did not happened I visited a dermatologist
He conscripted me with some topical solutions such as Lovillon Plus (if you know it) which practically didn’t do anything and some multivitamins as well.
A few months later I was still loosing hair more rapidly even as university student now (no exam anxiety anymore) so I visited another dermatologist (still until now my dermatologist) and he gave me Rogaine 5% at once and some sebum regulating shampoos because except from hair loss I had a lot of dandruff and an extremely oily scalp (in general I have a very oily skin)
Since then (summer of 2000) I pretty much did that with some 3-month breaks on minoxidil in order to try some other products such as dercos etc
Except from the first year of use of Rogaine my hair loss never really stopped
I was completely desperate and disappointed; I thought there was nothing I could do
I watched day by day myself going bald and that utterly destroyed my self esteem , my self confidence and my psychological well being!
Seven months ago I could not take any more I had reached almost NW 6
So I decided to do a hair transplant (April 2005)
So I did one
I paid almost 4000 euro but the transplant was great
A lot of hairs were transplanted to me successfully
My front part of the head was adequately filled (I think I would like your opinions from my photos)
Although due to my situation (almost NW6) full coverage of the bald area was out of the question!
Now I m in a turmoil
I don not know what to do
Despite of the transplant being great I am still not happy about my head’s appearance
As I see my scalp I believe that my hair loss pattern is leading me to NW 7
The above was confirmed few days ago by both my dermatologist and my surgeon who did my hair transplant
My derm strongly suggested propeccia at once while the surg told that propeccia side effects are very dangerous (he spoke about gyno, lifetime reduced sex drive, liver and/or kidneys cancer etc….) and I that I only should consider a second or even a third transplant
(Both doctors are now my friends so money is not an issue for them)
I have to note at this point that I stopped Rogaine for about 3 months before and 3 months after my hair transplant
So I am no the regimen you are looking for a about 3 months now
I can say that my hair look better in comparison with the previous years that I ve been using only Rogaine 5% and some strengthening shampoos.
My dandruff is almost gone, my scalp is less oily but hair loss is still happening (I try not to count hair for psychological reasons) and of course re growth is something I do not see anymore!
I do not know if my current regimen will be able to stop hair loss let alone cause some regrowth.
I also do not know if at my case even for finasteride is too late for regrowth
And also I am very afraid of the possible sides (I myself have red on the internet some pretty horrifying stories)
My goal is to stop if possible the hair loss and perhaps have some re growth
If regrowth is not possible at least stop hair loss so I can proceed in a second hair transplant in order to improve my heads appearance!
My current regimen is:
1x day 5% minoxidil diluted with follicare natural spray due to my large thinning area I must at least use 5ml
I consume like 60 ml of Rogaine every 15 days
1x day super hair energizer (ferm –T) I like this product although I do not think it does much
1x day folligen solution therapy spray
1x day Aloe Vera and B5, keratin spray
Follicare nutrition supplement 2 capsules every day
Foltene strengthening, extra mild and sebum regulating shampoo
At this point I am also considering:
Dr Lee’s 15% minoxidil and azelaic acid
And topical finasteride which I am really searching all there is about it.
Unfortunately I do not have yet any pics prior to my hair transplant
However in these pics you can see my current condition
And click on: my hair
Please excuse me for my poor english
Thank you in advance and any help and advice is really more than welcomed.
I am quite worried and in bad need of any good advice!!