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Hey guys. I haven't logged into this forum for a while now, since the HIS Tapatalk portal seems to have permanently quit working. A year has zipped by since my SMP treatment in Los Angeles. Yesterday, I underwent a post-treatment session wih Zang, to make a few 'style' enhancements. MY FIRST YEAR WITH SMP For the newbies, I'll recap... I'm 63, fair-skinned, once blonde, now 75% gray, and a Norwood 7. When I did SMP last year, I had already been bald for over 40 years. And for that reason, the initial treatment approach was intentionally conservative. But, a remarkable thing happened over the course of the last year (thanks to SMP)... my self-confidence grew by leaps and bounds. Consequently, I started taking much better care of myself. New clothes; regular workouts; better skin care; sun damage treatment; healthier diet... basically everything has had a long-overdue overhaul. ZANG REVISITED I am a Zangaholic. It was so good to see him again yesterday, a year later. We had pre-discussed my session goal of pushing the limits of my SMP beyond conservatism. We agreed to: • revise my hairline (more 'broken' and less 'widow's peak') • reduce my 'recession' at the temples • blend pigment further down the sides and back • increase pigment density and volume • use a darker pigment shade overall As we started yesterday's session, I wondered (to myself) whether I should be leaving well enough alone. But Zang's enthusiasm about our approach put my mind at ease. My first sessions had not seemed painful at all. But yesterday was the extreme opposite. I grit my teeth in silence, so as not to have my pain become the focus of the session. It helped a lot to chat about 'life' with Zang for three hours while he worked – anyone who has ever sat in his chair can attest to Zang's gift of entertaining dialogue. Surprisingly, there were no photos yesterday – neither before nor after. We took about 20 minutes to pencil in our planned changes. From that point on, it was a focused work session without pause, with a high degree of artistic finesse by Zang. It wasn't until Zang suddenly pronounced, "OK, we're done," that I finally got to see the outcome. My reaction was pure ecstasy – Zang had flawlessly achieved every goal that we had set forth, and the overall effect was even greater than I had hoped for or expected. Now, 24 hours later, the redness has already vanished. The hairline is brilliant – total perfection. The temples are much less receded now... with better sculpting and integration. Plus, I can already see that the overall effect of the darker and increased (area and density) pigmentation were extremely worthwhile changes. I'll give it 1-4 weeks to settle in before posting any pics. But I'm actually more excited about these results than for any prior session. My degree of hair loss and graying – coupled with uncertainty by both Zang and myself about how conservative of an approach we should take – made my original and follow-up situations far more challenging than the norm. SMP has dramatically improved the quality of my life, and my happiness. And I can tell that with the work we did yesterday, my appearance is going to get even better thanks to this latest work. I looked in the mirror this morning, and can now say that I feel that I look like the guy I was meant to be, finally. I'm blown away, once more, by the SMP process. And by Zang, who is one of the nicest and most dedicated guys I've ever met. His SMP talent knows no bounds.