28 Year Old with a Norwood 3
Let me first say how grateful I am to have found this knowledgable community. It has been very helpful in educating me on this affliction.
I'm 28 years old and am experiencing a receding hairline, Norwood 3 pattern. My hairline has always been naturally high, so when I started to lose my hair it didn't have to go very far before it became rather severe looking. It was around age 24-25 that I began to notice that my hair was thinning and receding in the frontal hairline and temples. It wasn't until the early part of 2009 that I completely accepted the fact that I was really experiencing male pattern baldness, and not just stress induced hair loss or an "adult hairline".
I recently went to visit IAHRS surgeon Dr. Robert Haber and was prescribed Propecia. Dr. Haber also recommended topical Rogaine but I have chosen to forgoe that option as it will not fit adequately fit into my lifestyle. He also noted that I was a very good candidate for a hair transplant. I have been on Finasteride for just over 30 days now with absolutely no side effects. I wish I had started taking this years ago and saved some of my hair.
I am very seriously considering a FUT hair transplant procedure. How long should I allow the Propecia to work before I go ahead and get a transplant? Waiting another year at this point just seems like more unnecessary suffering and time wasted. I want to get on with my life.
At this point i am just trying to figure out which surgeon suits me. I am considering the following: Haber, Hasson & Wong, Rahal, and Shapiro Medical Group.
Out of pure practicality and local convenience Robert Haber is my preferred choice but his lack of reputation troubles me. Dr. Haber's credentials are certainly impressive but as we all know, transplants are equally about artistic touch and vision as they are about technical execution and precision. Dr. Haber most likely has these qualities but his catalogue of work seems less available to the Hair Transplant Community. All of the other doctor's I have listed provide endless amounts of testimonials, and examples or their prior work.
My goal is to fill in my temple areas, add density to my forelock patch, and recontruct a natural hairline. I would also like to recreate some temple points where they have faded out. Can anyone approximate how many grafts it would take to accomplish this on a typical Norwood 3 with wavy brown hair?
Any and all comments, opinions, and advice of any kind will be greatly appreciated.