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    kc444's story (24/advanced diffuse) 4 month update

    MONTH 4 UPDATE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE

    Hello,
    I'm 24, going on 25. I wasn't going to post my story, but I think I owe it to this forum because these stories are what made me finally decide to go on treatments. I never went on anything consistently before this because I was afraid of fin's side effects and didn't feel it was worth trying anything else without fin. I started noticing shedding in the shower at 16-17 and it went downhill from there. I thought I would just accept losing all of my hair, but then I realized that it was getting really depressing waking up every day only to have less hair. I wish I started treating it sooner, but oh well.

    Treatments:
    1mg finasteride daily
    2mL/full cap of minoxidil (foam in the morning, liquid at night)
    Nizoral 1% every other day
    3000mcg Biotin (started a week ago)

    I put 2.5-3 months into the title because I started fin on 1/1/2012 and minoxidil on 1/16/2012. Since minoxidil typically shows its effects sooner, I assume that most of the effect that I've seen so far has been due to that. I began using Nizoral on 1/26/2012. I started taking Biotin because the new hairs growing in are mostly still about 1/5 of the length of my normal hair and I hope to grow it out long enough to get it cut again around this time next month so that they are equal length. I may add MSM soon. I think this will show an even greater improvement, so expect more pics in a month or so.

    As far as side effects... from fin, I thought that I was getting a bit of gyno, so I began taking .25mg of Arimidex every other day. I've always had a little bit of gyno from puberty. It may have been because I began eating more than usual and gaining weight, so I may go off of it soon to see how that works out because I started losing weight again. Pretty sure it was the fin though. My sex drive was bad before and it's still about the same. Arimidex may have helped a bit. Semen quality is fine.

    When I started, I could rub my hand across my head in certain spots and feel my smooth scalp. About a month ago, I realized that it was no longer smooth.. there was hair growing there. I also noticed a lot of new hairs coming in in the frontal region, which is the only area I can really inspect closely in the mirror. As you can see in the pictures, my hair line was not that bad relative to the diffuse thinning before I started, but there is a lot of new hair growing there, which is nice. Along the hair line is where its been most effective apparently, looking at the pictures.

    I tried to get pictures that are as representative as possible, hopefully in similar lighting and angles. Hair length should be the same. When I took them today, I wasn't expecting that much honestly, but I was pleasantly surprised and apparently didn't realize how bad it is was before. Both pictures were taken after a shower after towel drying my hair completely.

    And now.. the moment you've all been waiting for. Pictures on the left were taken right after started Propecia and the right, today. I didn't take any pictures of the vertex because I didn't want to look at it, but I don't think its any worse than the rest of my head.





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    Re: kc444's story (24/advanced diffuse) 2.5-3 month pics

    definite improvement.... you're a good responder to finasteride. Too bad that you didn't start treating it earlier...

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    Re: kc444's story (24/advanced diffuse) 2.5-3 month pics

    Still seeing improvements I think. It's hard to tell by looking in the mirror. One question. I've seen others talking talk about losing hair from their sideburn area (around the ears). I definitely have this. Has anyone noticed regrowth in this area on Propecia? Should I apply minoxidil to it?

    Also, part of the reason I didn't go on it earlier was because I'd always see people on other websites saying things like, "Propecia will only maintain the hair the have. You need a transplant to get more hair." I've since realized that they were just promoting HT doctors. It's a shame these sites exist.

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    Re: kc444's story (24/advanced diffuse) 2.5-3 month pics

    Well, the MSM/Biotin has been making my hair grow really quickly so I was going to wait until I got a haircut this week to post again, but I got bored today and the results are pretty astounding so far.

    Month 4 on fin, 3.5 on minoxidil





    No scalp showing by month 6?

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    Re: kc444's story (24/advanced diffuse) 4 month update

    Whoa man, that's definitely a success.

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    Re: kc444's story (24/advanced diffuse) 4 month update

    The minoxidil is working well for you.

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    Re: kc444's story (24/advanced diffuse) 4 month update

    Thanks for the support

    Here are some more post haircut pictures (god it looked terrible before)




    Overall, it's worked much better than I thought it would.

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    Re: kc444's story (24/advanced diffuse) 4 month update

    That's INCREDIBLE. Your photos give me much hope. Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: kc444's story (24/advanced diffuse) 4 month update

    damn. have you tried concealers like toppik? with a bit of that in you could probably look like a thick NW1 with no loss, especially with all of that good regrowth you have had
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    Re: kc444's story (24/advanced diffuse) 4 month update

    I've looked into it, but I think I'd be worried about missing a spot one day or running out, etc. We'll see where I'm at in a couple of months.

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