Hi All -
Thanks for being such a supportive group.
I'm a 26 year old from the U.S.A. that has/had a receding hair line, though I've been taking close care of it for a number of years. I first noticed when I was 20. I have been on finasteride since I was 21 (2007) which is when I also started using Nizoral every several days. In 2009, I started using Nioxin's 3-step system, which is been using the Nioxin Follicle Booster and Rogaine both twice a day. I continue these regimens all into today, and I'm strongly considering a hair transplant from Bosley to get back what I had lost initially. Photo links are at the bottom.
I noticed about an inch of recession at first, but since 2009 the recession has slowed down or even stopped. (Same thing in the shower: years ago, there would be hair in my hands; now there is none at all.)
I do not have any visible loss anywhere else, either thinning or bald spot. I have a fraternal twin, who has a 2 inch bald spot, with noticeably much worse recession and thinning. I think that I've been the one taking of the above precautions is the big difference in loss between us. My dad has a thick head of hair, and only has had visible parts of a small bald spot now that he's 60. My 29 year old brother has no hair loss, so it's not totally in the family...just two of us.
I've been looking at options for hair transplants, particularly from Bosley, exclusively. On their hair loss scale I'm about a 2/2A. I estimate the cost for this would be somewhere around $6500, and I would be going for an FUT.
Before I would call them to arrange for their free consultation, I was hoping to get the opinion here first. I know you've advised for guys who are still in their mid 20s to not bother with this yet, because the recession in the hairline may not have stopped, but I've been vigilant though in keeping any further loss at bay. I also know there's a number of doctors' names floating around, although I'm not as quick to trust the private practice over the 'bigger brand', so to speak.
Any thoughts on either side of the fence will help, and I've got a number of pictures below. Thanks for your thoughts, and you can be as blunt as you want in responding - I'd like to see what you all think about going for the transplant. Images below from 2009, 2010, and 2012: