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  1. Removal process for SMP

    Hi everyone, So I just got my first SMP session done a day ago, and the results are actually very good. I have diffuse thinning on top so it matches perfectly at a 1 guard. However, I am having second thoughts. I know, I know, the rollercoaster, but the truth is I feel like having it done was what was needed for me to accept the process of going bald. Anyways, I do plan on at least postponing my second session for now before making anymore decisions. And I also plan on speaking with my practitioner (His Hair) about my options. In the meantime, I had some questions for you guys since I’m sure I’m not the first one to have come to this conclusion: 1) What is the risk of existing hair loss or discoloration if I use laser removal? My practitioner said it was minimal but wondering what people’s experiences have been 2) How long do you have to wait in between getting the procedure to removal? Will it look “bad” in the process? 3) Are there any ways to speed up the fading process naturally in the meantime? For example exfoliating, sun exposure, retinoids, etc... Thanks for your time!
  2. Hello everyone. I'm 20 y/o and two months ago something triggered my hair to start rapidly diffuse thinning all across the top. I was banking on SMP being my cure for baldness, but after buzzing down with a zero guard I don't suit it at all. My hair is too light so under bright light I'll just look straight bald, my skin is too pale and my skull sticks out noticeably at the back. I just don't have the 'look' to pull this off. I don't want to go into work tomorrow because of how self conscious I currently feel with my hair like this. I'm really considering starting finasteride and minoxidil now. The side effects of both scare me but they seem like my only option. Figured I'd post here before committing to the above medications. Does anyone have any thoughts or recommendations in general that apply to my situation? Thanks in advance.
  3. Gents, I'm putting up this topic in the hope it will be helpful to a few others out there. I think SMP is still highly underrated as a technique for men with diffuse thinning who don't want to shave down. The vast majority of topics and photos here understandably cover men with shaved heads. But if you still have a reasonable amount of hair, SMP is also a great addition and/or alternative to concealers like Dermmatch or Toppik. My situation is I've been using concealers for over a decade now. They give me a good result, and while they do take up to 10 minutes to apply properly, it's simply part of my morning routine. I keep my hair @ 3" on top, @ 1.5" sides and back. My main reason for doing SMP was actually more about the sides and back than the top. Once your hair has thinned to a certain point, even SMP can't create the same sort of density illusion that concealers can. But I don't use concealers on the sides and back, and those areas are thin for me as well. I've done one FUE transplant to bolster my hairline, but I can't do nearly enough to fill out my entire top because I don't have enough donor hair. So while I was pretty happy with my overall look, the problem was as soon as I'd get sweaty from exercise, or took a nap and got some bed head, etc., my hair on the sides/back could look thin while the top would still look fine. So I've had SMP over my entire scalp and am very happy with the result. The outcome: The sides and back look much thicker. The difference isn't too obvious immediately after a shower, but it is later in the day after a work out, etc.SMP on top makes applying concealer easier. Like I said, I knew SMP wouldn't be enough to scrap concealer entirely given the look I want. But it makes application faster and easier because the concealer doesn't have to be applied as methodically.On the rare days when I don't apply concealer (e.g. a day for swimming in the ocean), the top does of course look better than before SMP.Hairline is improved with SMP. If you use Dermmatch, you know the hairline is the trickiest part. With SMP, I can stop Dermmatch 1/8" right before the hairline. The dots combine with my existing hair to create a good shadow/transition area.My opinion is the odds of a good SMP result are considerably greater with diffuse hair than with a shaved head. The dots simply aren't as obvious. It creates that density illusion, but the individual dots aren't visible unless you push the hair aside. Jonathan G. did the work in NYC. I see he's mentioned a lot here, so I'll just add my voice to the consensus. He's very professional, you can tell he cares about doing excellent work, and he's someone you can trust to guide your aesthetic decisions. His own SMP looks great too, so that should add to your confidence. I can't recommend him enough. Good luck to everyone. * I know everyone prefers to see photos, but I'm not planning to put any up. In any event, my after photos mostly look like 'a guy with hair'. I don't have good pix that show a clear before-and-after case. To really see what I'm talking about, I'd have needed some before shots under harsh lighting with wet hair.