Hanginginthewire wrote: ↑
4 months ago
Thanks. Yesterday I was having (no hyperbole) a straight up panic attack over my hair loss. Not knowing what to do, not knowing a way forward. It’s making me crazy.
With regard to FUE - what is it going to look like if you have to abandon ship and buzz/shave down anyway? I’m less concerned about white dots as I am about unusual patterns of hair (the mixture of native and transplanted hairs) looking extremely odd up top. Also I fear my retrograde makes transplanting impossible.
I’m just so lost dealing with this. It’s been kicking my ass in earnest for like three years now. To the point where - as I said - I had a legit panic attack yesterday. Full on. I don’t know who to trust though. I can’t even determine what my emerging Norwood is. I’ve noticed this seems to be a thing with advanced Norwoods - people will put 5-slash-6, cause it’s hard to say which it’s gonna be. Anyway yeah, what are some worse case scenarios of trying FUE - besides a depleted wallet?
I understand, I've been there, full-on panic attacks because I felt my future was going to be horrible. I was wrong through, even bald, you get used to it and it doesn't make your life hell on earth if you don't let it.
That said, if you have panic attacks over your hair loss, don't think for one second that you're going to ever be able to brush it off or get over it. I also knew this about myself. People would tell me "just become more confident, extroverted, be the life of the party and no one will care about your lack of hair!". Unfortunately, this wasn't never going to be me. I'd always be the quiet guy who had to rely on his appearance to make a good impression, no way I would be able to reinvent myself, no one can do that.
Worst case scenario, you buzz it down and it won't look like shit if you had your procedure done with a top surgeon who uses a 0.75mm punch (like De Reys). It sounds to me that it would not be the worst case scenario for you though, the worst case scenario seems to be doing nothing, or at this moment, planning to do nothing. You need a defined goal if you're going to get out of this mess, even if that just means making (online) appointments with top surgeons.
So at least you will know if you should truly give up on your hopes of getting a hair transplant. It's very unlikely though, even with the retrogade alopecia. It's not a disqualifying factor and I don't think that if you went to see Dr. Bisanga for example, he'd tell you that you're one of the worst cases of hair loss at a young age that he had ever seen. Yep, that's what I got
. I was also told that hair transplants would never work for me and that I should just shave my head and move on (which was already done).
Again, my hair transplants (especially the first one were a leap of faith), it wouldn't have been as fun and daring if there was no possibility for failure. I decided to go through with it because the alternative (remaining bald) would just never be acceptable for me.
Hanginginthewire wrote: ↑
4 months ago
@Admin I recall buckthorn being ADAMANT that diffuse thinners (which I am) should NOT get a hair transplant. That it will basically destroy your life. Thoughts? Obviously you don’t agree but why would he say this? Can it turn out THAT badly? Seems so for him.
Buckthorn's a bozo. Lol OK, let me refine (sorry buck, if you ever read this, you know I love you man :p). I don't know if you had noticed but buckthorn could be a bit overly dramatic sometimes, not to mention the moments he started losing his mind over a statement that was made. He was suffering from diffuse hair loss (just like me) and had a FUT with Dr. Joe Schmuck that left him scarred and with bad coverage.
I understand why he would lash out and pour out his resentment sometimes. But then again, it's your responsibility to go for a top surgeon and not to go for FUT, especially if you're a diffuse thinner. You want to use the latest technologies and to leave a way out (buzzing your hair) because you might need one someday.
I'd also say that you shouldn't confuse DPA (diffuse patterned alopecia) and DUPA (diffused unpatterned alopecia), the first category can get a hair transplant just fine, the second one is screwed. I've seen many DPA sufferers trying hard to convince themselves that they had DUPA, probably to get that death sentence so they could just keep whining forever. I know I felt this way, it's easy to think you have DUPA when you buzz your hair short.
Even De Reys got tricked to an extent, but now that he's seen my donor fully grown out (even after 4024 grafts extracted), he's like: "hey I can get 1000+ grafts for your crown if you want!".
Well, we'll see. Remember that getting into hair transplant is almost never a one-stop journey.