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    Quote Originally Posted by pkipling View Post
    If you saw a dermatologist in person and she said you weren't receding, then that should help calm your anxiety quite a bit - much more than anything any of us could say on here. If you want a second opinion, you could always have a "no strings attached" consultation with a top notch hair transplant surgeon and get their input. I am not saying you need a hair transplant, it's just that these surgeons deal with hair loss every single day and some can even do a miniaturization test to determine the state/health of your hair and see if there is indeed a thinning pattern going on.

    Based on the photos, I think your hair looks fine. I would tell you just to keep monitoring it, but it seems like you have somewhat of an obsessive personality (I can relate... believe me! ) so tread carefully with that or you'll just drive yourself crazy. I really think seeing someone who specializes in hair loss will really help ease your fears here.

    In the meantime, breathe. No matter what happens with your hair, you'll be fine. I promise. And if at some point you do experience significant hair loss, you can address it and look at different options on how to deal with it... All hope is not lost.
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    I would think so too. But on another website I was told that dermatologists aren't qualified to make that determination. Ah, the internet.

    I've toyed with the idea of setting up a consult with a hair treatment clinic, but I'm torn. Part of me thinks they'll laugh if I walk in there with a mostly full head of hair and tell me to leave. The other part wonders if they'll tell me that I need treatment regardless -- because at the end of the day, they are a business.

    But thank you, I appreciate your levelheaded response. I do have OCD tendencies. This just happens to be the flavor of the month (or year). The uncertainty is the hardest part. I analyze my hairline almost every time I look in the mirror. Some days I think I'm good, the other days I'm sure I'm receding. The mixed responses online don't help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willwork4pizza View Post
    I would think so too. But on another website I was told that dermatologists aren't qualified to make that determination. Ah, the internet.

    I've toyed with the idea of setting up a consult with a hair treatment clinic, but I'm torn. Part of me thinks they'll laugh if I walk in there with a mostly full head of hair and tell me to leave. The other part wonders if they'll tell me that I need treatment regardless -- because at the end of the day, they are a business.

    But thank you, I appreciate your levelheaded response. I do have OCD tendencies. This just happens to be the flavor of the month (or year). The uncertainty is the hardest part. I analyze my hairline almost every time I look in the mirror. Some days I think I'm good, the other days I'm sure I'm receding. The mixed responses online don't help.
    Honestly, a hair restoration specialist would be much more skilled in looking at your hair and determining any hair loss than a dermatologist, but that's not to say a dermatologist wouldn't know what they're talking about... They specialize in the skin, and if you go to a hair restoration surgeon you're dealing with someone who deals primarily with hair loss, so there's some value in that.

    If you're really concerned about it, you could set up a consultation with one who's reputable and trusted. Many of them even offer online/Skype consultations. As long as you're choosing someone with a great track record and who is highly respected in the community, they will neither laugh at you OR try to sell you something you don't need. If you want to speak with Dr. Mohebi let me know and I can help you set something up, or you can research and speak with any other reputable doctor... And again, I think this would be for your peace of mind more than anything else.



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    Quote Originally Posted by pkipling View Post
    Honestly, a hair restoration specialist would be much more skilled in looking at your hair and determining any hair loss than a dermatologist, but that's not to say a dermatologist wouldn't know what they're talking about... They specialize in the skin, and if you go to a hair restoration surgeon you're dealing with someone who deals primarily with hair loss, so there's some value in that.

    If you're really concerned about it, you could set up a consultation with one who's reputable and trusted. Many of them even offer online/Skype consultations. As long as you're choosing someone with a great track record and who is highly respected in the community, they will neither laugh at you OR try to sell you something you don't need. If you want to speak with Dr. Mohebi let me know and I can help you set something up, or you can research and speak with any other reputable doctor... And again, I think this would be for your peace of mind more than anything else.
    I had a consult with a HT doctor this week. He assured me that I was not receding/thinning/etc. and told me to check back in a year. It was a relief, especially after several people online told me that I was receding.

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    It's receding/receded a little bit. But, that doesn't mean it will keep going in that pattern though. Androgens eventually go down from age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willwork4pizza View Post
    I had a consult with a HT doctor this week. He assured me that I was not receding/thinning/etc. and told me to check back in a year. It was a relief, especially after several people online told me that I was receding.
    Awesome! Let that serve as your reassurance at least for the next year. You can trust his in person, professional analysis much more than you can trust any of ours here.


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