Hello. New guy here from the Buffalo, NY area (USA). Greetings to all and thanks for the honest and candid sharing of experiences by so many fellows. It really helps to read about other people going through the same things as I have. I am considering having the procedure done, hopefully in Toronto. It is by far the closest site to where I live.
One thing I have a question about, though. I have scarring on the back of my head from previous transplants but I keep my hair long enough to make them hard to see. Do you have to get your head shaved when you go for a consultation so they can see the scarring and determine how it might be helped with the SMP?
Years ago I used to have a very short buzz cut - before any transplant surgeries. My head wasn't shaved bald, but my hair was very short. I was kind of hoping I could do the same with the SMP, but it really sounds like shaving totally works best. I think the idea of shaving one's head completely can be a bit frightening to some of us at first, It is finally saying goodbye to the hair you have struggled to maintain your whole life. But sometimes drastic changes are the best.
Has anyone had success with having the top shaved down but letting the sides and back be a bit longer - buzzed but not shaved? Also I do find, in some of the after images, that the frontal hairline looks too straight to me. Maybe it is hard to judge by a photo alone. I would want a hairline that reflects my age and degree of receding. Something more subtle, I guess. Details such as this I am sure get ironed out before any work is done.
I turn 60 tomorrow. My hair has gotten gray, but not totally. I am ready to make a change. I am tired of fussing and worrying and feeling bad about my appearance.
I am not sure about the cost. I know it must vary depending on the individual and how many sessions are done, etc. But I am pretty sure it will be a lot less than the thousands and thousands I have spent over the years on HT surgeries, and none were long lasting or totally satisfactory.
Good luck to all out there who are also considering the procedure. I hope to make a decision in the coming weeks. Maybe as a late birthday present to myself !