I'veâ€™ been lurking on this site so long it is high time to post. Especially since I am 3 weeks post op, have shockloss like crazy, and will be trolling the topper section for a new solution! Lol, such is life with hair loss.... First and foremost thanks to this site and to all who post. Wonderful, wonderful website. Yep, I had a hair transplant and have my fingers crossed. All I can do is wait and see and it may be a long and unpleasant road. What is certain is that I knew the risks (shockloss, poor result), I did my research the best I could and at the moment am at peace with my choice. Itâ€™s definitely a lot of time, money and stress, without a lot of success stories out there, so buyer beware. I guess I am just a risk taker. Or just very very vain lol. My case: Iâ€™m in my 30â€™s, thinning for 8 years or so, Androgenetic Alopecia by default (although no females in my family are thin). No hormone issues other than slightly elevated DHEAS. Am on Yasmins, Spironolactone, 5% minoxidil. The transplant docs I visited said that because only my crown and top were very thin, and the rest pretty normal (back and hairline), I was a very unique â€“ and good â€“ candidate. Out of about 8 of them, only one did not want to do it because he was concerned about permanent shockloss to all the miniaturized hair on top. (Now I am also concerned about this more than ever). Emotionally, I am in a good place. Financially - well, I have a decent line of credit lol. Research: Online, hands down the website hairtransplant network, its forums and bald truth talk tell you everything you need to know about the procedure and recommended doctors. There are some doctor-posted photos of female transplants, but its all men pretty much on the site. Female transplant stories as you can tell even from this site, are very scarce. Doctor Choice In person and through online consult I eventually found a location and doctor that came very highly recommended, I found trustworthy, and I also clicked with (i.e. not arrogant). For me, this was worth travelling anywhere within North America for. If it doesnâ€™t work, the last thing I want is to think â€œwhat if I went to someone with a REALLY great reputationâ€. I didnâ€™t want feel awkward about getting post-op advice or asking many questions. Same thing goes for price - I don't want to look back wondering if it didn't work because I tried to save some money. Personally, I also liked getting it done out of town so no here knows I did it. The procedure: The forums I mentioned have great medical and personal accounts describing it all. I got 2000 grafts, top and crown area. For my two cents, I am sure glad I took two weeks off. It's emotional to go through, your head feels weird, it's hard to sleep, you have buyers remorse, you might swell the first few days, you are constantly preoccupied, and self conscious. Post-op: Now at three weeks post op and I am getting the dreaded shockloss which most docs told me to brace for (women and diffuse thinners are a higher risk â€“ up to 50%). This is when your native hair falls out from the â€shockâ€ of the procedure. I can have shockloss continue for several more weeks, and it will take months to grow back because once it falls out it is in a resting phase for 3 months or so. Iâ€™m glad headbands are still so in â€“ Iâ€™ll be wearing them a while. I am using toppix too, which I like. And yep, I am going to look at toppers now. My scalp feels numb in places, which is expected for several months as well. Expectations So, its going to be a long road â€“ I wonder why the heck I did this when summer (long sunny days and nights outdoors OMG) is so close. I may look worse than ever for while! Really, for the next several months likely nothing will happen (grafts are in resting phase too) or worse thinning.I can see why some women disappear on this after getting it done. It will be so long before I have any definitive answers and it could be tough emotionally to revisit any â€œnon successâ€ by posting the next while. They say it can take 8 months before you see anything at all. So thatâ€™s it for now! Hopeful and realistic. Thanks again all.