Has anyone here had a hair transplant?? Please Help
So here’s the thing guys, whenever there is something that needs an honest opinion on I will always check thunders because there is almost always an answer on here and I feel the comments are genuine. I can’t find anything on hair transplants though and as of lately this is something I have been seriously considering…Sorry for the long post, reading it back I sound like a bit of a case but if you have any input I would appreciate it.
So I’m still young- mid twenties- and I have been wearing my hair at length 1 (short buzz cut) for about 6 or 7 years now because I started losing my hair when I was in my late teens. When I started losing it I tried minoxidil which didn’t work very well for me and also propecia which gave me puffy nipples and didn’t really give me anything beneficial so I stopped taking it after about 8 months. Since then I have just been grinning and bearing it even though as the months go past I can see I am receding further and getting thinner. That’s the annoying thing, if I was just receding I could live with it, even if I was just thinning but kept my hairline I could live with that, but the combination of the two at such a young age is definitely affecting me mentally.
I would say I am a pretty healthy guy, fairly confident and outgoing but especially lately I can physically feel when my confidence drops. It will do it suddenly if I catch a glimpse of my reflection outside (where it is especially noticeable) and even if I see someone else with what I think “looks” like my hair I’ll start to lose confidence. It’s just frustrating because I know I am limiting myself and the things I do in my free time because I don’t really want to go outside or meet friends I haven’t seen for a while because I am self-conscious they will notice I am going bald. To be honest only a few of my friends mentioned it when I was starting to go bald and I can honestly say I haven’t talked to them since so it obviously affected me. I used to have good hair, and I used to just be able to brush off any comments that where made about me and just say they were jealous for other reasons but now I take anything they say to heart…
I’d happily shave it all off if I was one of those guys that was blessed with a normal shaped head lol because a lot of men actually look better bald but I am not one of them. I have tried and it looks weird.
At the moment I am still meeting new girls that like me, people still comment that I am fairly good looking or that I look young for my age (in a good way) and I know its shallow but these make me feel a little better about myself and also confirm that I’m not thinking about getting a hair transplant for other people, I am doing it for my wellbeing. Please don’t think me shallow, I wish more than anything I could cast my worries and insecurities about it to the wind but I’ve tried and I feel exhausted, it’s like I’m fighting or putting on an act every second I’m around other people.
To add yet more sob stories, for a while now it seems I have developed some kind of allergic reaction on my head. They call it seborrheic dermatitis and the general consensus is that it is an allergic reaction to something in the oil on the scalp. I generally have quite an oily scalp so it has gotten bad in the past. It is typed as an oily dandruff but it is more a build up of skin that won’t shed, goes oily and if you try to remove it it will take hairs and can leave the skin red. Lately I have been washing my hair with a new shampoo from a french brand (not sure if I am allowed to mention the name) everyday and it has helped control the itchiness and calm the serb down a little bit but its still present. The doctor has said flare ups can be caused by stress or anxiety and definitely during exam times it flared up and now that I am getting anxious about the state of my hair it has been flaring up. I feel getting a transplant would hopefully divert some of the oil from my scalp but also the fact that I had more hair would calm some anxieties, do you agree?
The final blow is that even my donor hair on my back and sides would not be thick enough to be worth the money so I would have to use some body hair as donor hair. The hair on my legs has forever been a downer for me but in this case it could be my saving grace as it is literally as thick as the hairs on my head and as I wear my hair short it would not matter that they will never grow as long as head hair normally does. I have researched this a little and am still in the early stages but there are a few good doctors out there who can take hair from the legs and put it on your head which is very weird, I know, but good news for me. Its lame but it gives me hope.
I know these procedures are expensive but I feel it is a physical investment in me that will benefit me greatly in all areas of life. I know its holding me back, I don’t want to put myself out there and this can change that. I believe that your health is much more important than wealth so if getting this procedure means I can’t get a car for a few more years I’m okay with that. Luckily I’m okay house wise at the moment because obviously this comes first but I would say everything else in life can be put on hold for this to happen.
What I need from you guys is any opinions you have or even better, experiences, good doctors etc. I have joined a hair transplant specific forum but like I said before, you guys always seem to have the best advice.
I have learnt that the UK is not the place to have the procedure done unfortunately but I would be happy to go to Europe. America would be ideal but I think the cost of flights and living would eat into my funds a lot….Im open though.
I look forward to hearing from you all!
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01/02/2014 - NBPEL 16.5cm / BPEL 18.5cm / BPFSL 20.3cm / Girth12.5cm - 10 minute pump, 20 jelqs, 5 minute pump 20 jelqs ~2.5-3hg 1 on 2 off.
01/09/2014 - NBPEL 16.5cm / BPEL 19cm / BPFSL 20.5cm / Girth12.7cm / BPELIP 19.2cm