I have a Class 3 balding pattern (just corner loss) and I went to a hair transplant doctor who offered to perform 2000 grafts in the front to address the balding area. It seemed to me that I was thinning outside of my frontal balding area. The doctor who offered me the surgery never looked at my hair under a microscope. I am a 24 year old male and I purchased a hand microscope as you suggested on Amazon. When I looked at my donor area, this is what I saw in different parts of the donor area. How would you interpret the hand microscope pictures I have attached here?
This is clearly Diffuse Unpatterned Alpopecia (DUPA) which I originally wrote about in 1997 (see here: https://baldingblog.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/mp-1997-evaluation.pdf). The view of your donor area shows very significant miniaturization of the donor area which means you are not a candidate for a hair transplant because it will fail. The hairs that get transplanted will look like these hairs and not have much bulk to them. The doctor who recommended 2000 grafts just wanted your money and probably never read about DUPA. You seem too smart for that doctor. The drug finasteride sometimes helps.