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After years.... finally made the decision to go ahead with a transplant via the strip method, just not sure which Doc to go with. Looking for opinions and experiences, Dr Anthony Mallura, Dr Feller Or True Dorin, LET ME HEAR IT!
Hi ,,im new to this site,,im an Irish guy from the south who had a hair transplant in September 2012 and am sitting back now examining the results daily ,,, ,,,,i had my transplant done in Wroclaw in Poland with Dr Marwan Saifi ,,i flew from Dublin direct to Wroclaw ,,took about two and a half hours ,,,stayed in Wroclaw about three days ,and enjoyed the whole experience ,,so ,,,
where do i start ,,,to begin ,,i will not post any photos today ,,but will in the next week or so ,,i am 35 years old ,,,have been in various stages of balding since i was about 22 ,,but over years it seemed to fall out faster and faster until i reached a Norwood 6 ,,maybe pushing 7 level !!! ,,,when i see guys with a shaved head i think it looks cool ,,,and have some " bald " friends who i think it really suits ,,,however ,,,some of us ,,have different kinds of faces and head shapes ,,,so i just never really thought i was " meant to be bald " ,,,do you know ??? ,,like ,,it just didnt suit my head !!! ,,so finally this year i decided to do something about it ,,i also felt i needed to change something in my life ,,so why not my flippin head !!! ,,to be honest ,,,i wasnt hoping for too much ,,,i even considered skin pigmentation ,,where they basically tattoo your head with thousands of dots so you are left with what looks like a really tight haircut ,,,but in the end ,,,i thought ,,nahhh ,,,it still wont make my particular head look right ,,,,so i decided to go ahead with the hair transplant thing ,,,i was a bit nervous ,,cos ,,in the beginning ,,,considering ,,i knew nobody in real life who had it done ,,,you can easily become skeptical ,,,,and when u see photos of Wayne Rooney ,,or James Nesbitt ,,,or these high profile guys ,,,with successful results ,,you think ,,,maybe ,,cos they had enough money ,,they found some way to cheat it ,,,and thats why they got good results ,,,,so ,,,,like i said ,,i was wary ,,,but it just reached a point where i didnt care anymore ,,,like ,,,if the results were good ,,then they were good ,,and if they werent ,,then they werent ,,,but surely it had to be better than the big baldy head i had as it was !!! ,,,so ,,,,,,after researching many sites on the net ,,,i eventually decided on Dr Marwan Saifi ,,,for a few reasons ,,,one of the main ones being ,,i read a blog ,,,by a member on this board i believe ,,,where a patient flew to Poland ,,for consultation ,,wanted the operation ,,but Dr Saifi ,,,warned him against it ,,saying ,,it was too early in his process to have a transplant ,,and he should wait a few years to see how his balding turned out ,,,,,this impressed me ,,it showed ,,,this particular doctor actually gives a @@@@ about someone ,,,also ,,,,after watching some clips of him on youtube ,,,i found his manner ,,kinda " cool " ,,,,that kind of chilled out that guys who are at the top of their game have ,,,my dentist has something similar ,,,liek hes not there to prove something ,,or to fleece me for money ,,,just a guy who found something in life he likes ,,that hes good at ,,and is calmly aware he is good at it ,,just a quality i really like in people ,,,not arrogance,,,,security ,,,,,anyways ,,,without getting too poetic ,,,i decided this is the Doc for me ,,so i arranged a consultation ,,he phoned me ,,,after speaking with him ,,i was more impressed ,,,no " sales ploy " ,,no bulllsh@@@@ ,,,,just a sincere guy with respect ,,,someone i felt ,,i could trust on this big lifechanging matter ,,,we arranged an appointment ,,i flew in ,,was collected by his taxi driver Chris ,,was put in a beautiful hotel ,,in a beautiful town ( id never been in Poland and wazs pretty impressed ) ,,woke up the next day ,,went in about 9 in the morning ,,finished late in the evening ,,,and it was done !!!! ,,,,,,
So ,,quickly ,,i would say ,,the whole thing could NOT have been done any better ,,sincerely ,,,a great attitude ,,from Dr Saifi ,,the staff ,,,everything ,,any panic buttons in my body were quickly calmed ,,everything was explained perfectly ,,,everyone working there understood that for a patient this is a " big thing " ,,,so they dont rush you ,,,or treat you like another number ,,etc,,,almost had a kinda family feel to it ,,,like meeting up at Xmas ,,,!!! ( hard to explain ) ,,,God bless Dr Saifi 's patience ,,,cos ,,,it must be hard to sit still and put thousands of little hairs into sumones head for hours ,,,but he did ,,along with one of his nurses ,,,,,i was sedated while the grafts were being taken from the back of my head ,,,some kind of anaesthetic ,,,but it was quite a high ,,i think i fell asleep for a while ,,,but nice stuff whatever it was ,,then the front of my head was numbed with some other anesthetic while the grafts were put in ,,,,you can feel the presence of someone fiddling around your head ,,,but no pain ,,,like when a dentist numbs your mouth and starts fiddling around ,,,your just " aware " ,,,but no discomfort really ,,,after the operation ,,i returned to a hotel ,,went to sleep ,,went out later that night ,,walked around the beautiful town of Wroclaw ,,had a coffee ,,,went back to the hotel ,,went back to sleep ,,woke up the next day ,,,slight discomfort back of the head ,,,but not " pain " ,,,stayed another day ,,went to Berlin for a few days ,,,,,phewwwwwwwwww ,,,
,,,,,,,So ,,thats what happened then ,,,since then ,,for the first week ,,most of the hairs are in your head ,,so u look in the mirror quite a lot ,,amazed at seeing hair on your head ,,,where there wasnt for soooooooo long ,,,,admiring the new shape of your face !!! ,,,then sadly ,,,when the scabs fall off ,,,so do many of the hairs ,,and after a month many more fall out ,,,i read somewhere ,,that 15 per cent of hairs remain in general ,,,dont know if thats true or not ,,the donor scar in the back looks and feels a bit weird ,,,and you become very paranoid about it ,,,but its purely a psychological thing ,,,in ur mind !!!! ,,,,after about ten days ,,,i took out the stitches ,,i wouldnt recommend this to others ,,,if you have a nurse nearby ,,im sure she could do it easily ,,,but i was in Amsterdam at the time ,,,and couldnt be bothered ,,,so i took a mirror ,,and cut them out myself one by one ,,,,twinged a little ,,,but not so bad ,,still tho ,,,get to a nurse if you can ,,,,,once the stitches were out ,,,everything felt better,,,,theres a kinda tight compressed feeling around your head while the stitches are in ,,,and if youv a big imagination ,,its easy in these times to imagine " oh no ,,,what have i done to myself ??? i never had this feeling before this flippin operation !!!! im gonna be like this forever !!!! " ,,,, ,,,,,but these thoughts quickly disappear ,,once the stitches are out ,,,
,,,,So ,,,im now about 4 months in ,,,and heres how i feel ,,,,im still ,,,in relatively early stages ,,,,but i swear on this ,,,for anyone who has any reservations about getting this operation done ,,,,,truth be known ,,,even after two months ,,,with little growth ,,,it still looked 50 million times better than i did ,,,when i was simply bald ,,,if someone had asked me after two months ...." was it worth it ??" ,,,,,i swear i would have said " ,,yup yup yup " ,,,that simple !!! ,,,some people complaiin about " not enough definition ,,or density " ,,,,or things like that,,,,,,but lets be realistic ,,,,if you had no hair ,,,and someone even drew a picture on ur head of a hairline ,,,,it WOULD look a little better ,,,,,i hate admitting that to myself ,,,but it is true !!! ,,,,so ,,two months in ,,,i was happy as a lark ,,,but now four months in ,,,im way more so ,,,its growing all the time ,,,and appearing thicker all the time ,,,i have to wait til at least the six month stage to obviously have a fuller picture ,,,but seriously ,,,just looking at my own face,,,,seeing a few inches above my eyes ,,,a hairline ,,,where there was none ,,,its a colossal change ,,,,this week ,,i had to get passport photos taken for a licence ,,,,i also got these same photos done two years ago ,,,,it was hilarious ,,,looking at the same face ,,,that two years ago was bald ,,,,and now ,,two years older ,,,is NOT !! ,,,, i look younger ,,,realistically than i did two years ago ,,,,its quite bizarre !!! ,,,and thats where i feel real happy about having got this done ,,,cos so much of what we feel is in our bleeding heads ,,,,if u think about it !!! ,,,,like which comes first ,,the feeling or the thought ,,,its the feeling ,,,,so ,,,pure cliched stuff ,,,but ,,,if u feel good ,,,u look better,,,,and thats sadly true as well !!! ,,,,,,,so ,,,ill keeep waiting ,,,and like i said ,,ill put up some picture in the next two weeks ,,,,when i was twenty two ,,i had thick long curly hair ,,,it was sooooooooo nice it made women jealous i swear !!! ,,, ,,,now ,,,im not ever gonna have that kinda hair again ,,,,but ,,,i never disliked my face,,,,i just disliked the fact there was no hair line above it ,,,,,now ,,,i have that back ,,,,so ,,,,does it change my world ????? yeah ,,,it does actually ,,,someone cud say to me no w,,,,," hey man ,,,ur thinning on top " ,,,,,,thats fine ,,,,im not twenty ,,,i dont mind thininng on top ,,,what i minded was me not liking my own face ,,,,if that makes sense ,,,,ok,,,im ranting too much ,,so ill stop ,,,,
to conclude,,,,if your thinking of getting this done ,,,,do it ,,,do it ,,do it ,,,do it ,,,,,
if you really want a good doctor ,,,,and more ,,,actually ,,,a good person ,,,,i cannot recommend Dr Saifi enough ,,,and i say that sincerely ,,,i havent been " paid " to say this ,,im not a bleedin " rep " of the clinic or other crap like that ,,,,,this was a big thing in my life ,,a big step ,,it cud have finished with me being disappointed with the results ,,the experience ,,,with serious headaches ,,,,,instead ,,,it was all good ,,,,so a huge thanks to him if he ever reads this ,,,,i will be back for crown work by the way ,,sometime maybe next year ,,, ,,,anyone who would like to chat about it ,,,drop me a mail and i will send u pics or discuss it with you ,,,,thanks for putting up with my longgggggggggg rant ,,but cmon ,,,its a once in a lfetime thing ,,,im entitled to a degree of self indulgence !!! ,,,,Happy growing everyone ,,,, and happy new yearrrrrrrrrr !!
Recent Hair Transplant Part 1 with Dr Bessam Farjo Jan 9 2013
Firstly, many thanks to all of you in the hair loss community who have shared your stories. When I started seriously considering a transplant early last year I, like many others before me, was confronted with a mountain of online information which included different transplant (and alternative) procedures, wildly varying estimates of costs, international and UK options and differing experiences of those who had undergone (or were considering) one or more transplants. I have leant heavily on the online community for information and am now very happy that I can put something back by making a contribution that I hope will assist at least some people to find their way through the maze and achieve their individual goals. I had my first transplant (certainly one or more procedures needed) at Farjo Medical (Manchester) on January 9th 2013. Here is my story (so far):
I was just 20 when I was involved in a serious car accident resulting in a fractured skull and, shortly afterwards, removal of a blood clot from my brain. I have no memory of the accident itself. My first memory afterwards was coming round in hospital and asking where I was and what they (the medical team) were doing to me. They were stitching wounds in my head and had shaved part of my hair away to enable them to see the damaged areas properly. It was several days later that the blood clot was discovered and the whole of my head was shaved in preparation for the operation. I won’t go into the details (it doesn’t bother me in the slightest but I’m thinking of anyone who may be a bit squeamish!). Suffice to say that in addition to the initial damage (lumps/bumps/wounds/stitches) I also had 3 burr holes (drill holes) in my skull which healed very well but left a crater-like appearance afterwards. I was extremely lucky to make a complete recovery and also fortunate that the thick head of hair I had prior to the procedure grew back so there was no visible damage whatsoever (there were, of course, areas where hair would no longer grow but I had such a lot of hair it didn’t make any difference at that point).
And so, aged 21 and fully recovered with a zest for life that was heightened (an understatement) by my near death experience I quit my well-paid job of several years, emptied my savings accounts and spent the next 5 years partying/travelling/studying/ (in that order, surviving on part-time work in the UK, Europe and the U.S) until my euphoria very slowly melted away (although never completely) and I realised I did, after all, need, and want, to re-join mainstream society and needed to work hard so that I could have a nice property, car etc and enjoy a slightly different, slower pace of life.
I remember that I was 28 when I first realised that my hair had started to recede and also remember estimating how long it would be before the first burr hole (lowest on my scalp) would make an appearance. I thought at the time I would be in my mid- thirties but I was way off. It didn’t actually start to show till I had turned 50 but from then on my hair loss accelerated at an alarming rate. At first I tried to rationalise it by telling myself that I was lucky to be alive and healthy and that it was part of the natural ageing process (which of course it is) but gradually I started reducing (and ultimately avoiding) social and professional engagements until last year when, aged 57 (I still feel young(ish) and am fortunate to be in good general health) I made the decision that I would definitely pursue the transplant option during 2012.
Because I had extensive hair loss I realised I would certainly require more than one procedure. I know that some people who live in the UK have had procedures in the U.S. or elsewhere but for me this wasn’t an option as I wanted to visit a clinic, perhaps on several occasions, and the additional travel costs/work commitments would have made this extremely difficult, if not impossible. I initially thought that London would be my only option. After looking at various websites which offered fixed price hair transplant costs or sale prices (I wrote them off as being dubious/unprofessional) and sifting through all the other online advice/personal experiences I decided to ring Farjo Medical in London but ultimately arranged an appointment in Manchester as it is near my home.
I am so glad that I did! At my initial appointment with Dr Bessam Farjo and Mick McHugh (Patient Liaison Manager) I had no doubt that I had made the right choice. I didn’t (and still don’t) expect miracles in terms of what could/can be achieved because, as well as all the damage to my scalp, my hair loss was so extensive but I was happy that Dr Farjo could provide what I was looking for, that is, to have an improvement in my appearance (perhaps gradually by means of further procedures) that would ultimately result in covering most of the damage to my scalp and therefore making me happier about my general appearance.
On procedure day itself I had arranged an early morning call at the nearby Roomz Aparthotel (excellent) and met Mick (by accident) outside the clinic a little before 7.30 am. Shortly afterwards I was undergoing the medical formalities etc. My blood pressure was checked (I am on medication for Hypertension but it is well controlled) and I was given a mild sedative. During the day I had the opportunity to watch a choice of DVD’s or TV, listen to music and was given snacks, drinks and my favourite BLT sandwich for lunch.
What surprised me most of all on procedure day was the sheer number of the Farjo team who were actually involved in the process (I honestly couldn’t count them). This, for me, put the cost of a procedure into perspective and made me realise that it actually represented good value for money when compared to other cosmetic procedures with far less people involved.
So, regarding the procedure itself, I was aware of Dr Farjo administering the local anaesthetic, removing the donor strip and stapling the skin afterwards but at no time could I say that I actually experienced any pain, at most a slight discomfort at times. Exactly the same can be said for the incisions/graft insertions. All in all it was far more relaxing and less troublesome than any dental procedure I have experienced (although somewhat lengthier) and I found it to be an interesting day out (with obvious benefits). I should also say that at my initial meeting with Dr Farjo he estimated a yield of approximately 1800 grafts but I believe the actual figure was nearer 1900 so that was a welcome bonus! The costs are clearly marked on the Farjo Medical website. This is probably an appropriate point to acknowledge the Farjo team members individual help so here goes: Sincere thanks to Dr’s Farjo (for their expertise and friendly professionalism), Dr Williams (for his help and advice), Mick (for his ongoing help and advice), Michelle (for being so helpful and informative), Julie (for the same and also being gentle removing my staples), Sarah (for her help) and all of the Medical Assistants. If I could remember all their names I would mention them but it wouldn’t be fair to single one or two out as they were all, without exception, adept, friendly and more than willing to answer any questions I had regarding the procedure itself. Also, thanks to Lesley and Katie in Admin for their friendly efficiency. All in all, it was a first class service from start to finish.
I had been given pre and post procedure instructions and followed them carefully. I was told to expect some pain for the first 48 hours but I personally had no pain to speak of after the first 24 hours and no complications whatsoever. I did, however, have an incident 4 days after the procedure when I went to a local supermarket. I had been supplied with a hat to wear after my procedure to hide the initial scabs, redness etc but I heal quite quickly so even after 4 days there wasn’t too much evidence and you could hardly notice the staples in the donor site (I used 2 mirrors to check first). So, I went out without the hat and was crouched down in the supermarket looking at some items on a lower shelf. An elderly gent appeared next to me, told me he couldn’t see an assistant and asked if I knew where the jars of olives were. I looked up and told him they were just behind him. He looked round and said “Ah, yes” and I turned my attention back to the lower shelf. As I did so, he said “Thanks, son” and reinforced his thanks by rubbing/scratching the top of my head!!! I inwardly grimaced and ducked down but I knew he had broken at least 2 of the scabs as I could soon feel blood trickling down both sides of my face. I went straight to the toilet to examine the damage. The bleeding stopped almost immediately but I didn’t want to take any chances so I went straight home, cleaned the affected areas, had a very gentle shampoo and rinse and applied some antiseptic cream. I only mention this as a warning to others. I know it was a freak occurrence but it just shows what can happen. Next time I will be fully stocked up with provisions and keep away from the general public for much longer!
After that I had no further problems but some (not all) of the transplanted hair has fallen out as the scabs fell off. I was told that this may happen so it is a matter of waiting for perhaps 4 months until it starts to grow again and then some while longer before the hair grows out and full effect of the procedure is seen. I have shown before/after photos and will take some more in maybe 4 or 5 month’s time and also update my pictures/story through my next procedure(s) and beyond as others have kindly done before me.
I stopped going to the hairdressers years ago when I started to lose a lot of hair. Most of the time since then my girlfriend has cut it at home with a trimmer but I am now looking forward to my first professional haircut for years although I probably won’t be having it done for a while yet.
I will happily answer any questions to the best of my ability.
Good luck to you all!
Well I just passed 5 months. It's tough to tell but the baby hairs are coming in. There is some noticablle difference but they're still pretty short and thin at this point.
My surgery invloved about 4350 grafts.
The first 24 hours are definitely the worst in terms of pain. Definitely have to take the pain meds they give you. The real bad part is the donor scar area...not only did mine hurt, it was entirely uncomfrotable leaning back on in a recliner. And so it made for a somewhat sleepless first night!
Day 2 was easier in terms of pain. It was also when the swelling started. Again, there's meds for that.. In the end, I did get some sleep on the second night, but the pain meds came in handy for that.
The pics below are from day 1 to 3. I am at 1.5 weeks as I'm writing this, and I am still uncomfortable with the donor area, as it still hurts to sleep on. Can't wait to get the stitches uot, as I'm told this will help ease the pain.
I will try to put updates at every 1 month interval.
A quick word about the fantastic guesthouse that Dr. Rahal has set up..
I strongly recommend staying here as it is a spectacular set up for patients, and its only a 4-5 minute walk to the clinic.
The house has the recliners you're going to need to sleep in. It also has a great living room for chatting wit other patients and watching movies on a big screen.
It has a great kitchen with great breakfast foods and snacks (free), as well as all the utensils you need to cook or microwave foods you buy from the market. We even ordered a hot dinner from a dinner menu the family running the house have set up.
I happened to have a short 20 minute consultation with Dr. Rahal the day before the surgery. This was important to me, and it turns out for the right reasons. Dr. Rahal's evaluation of what could be done for me turned out to be a bit different from my original consultation 4 months earlier. i'm sure this is probably the norm...I think your doctor's gotta see you before you know your final treatment plan. The biggest kick for me was being told I couldn't fully cover my crown and that I may need another surgery in the future....Oh well..Not a deal breaker because I was still confident in my choice with Dr. Rahal.
On the day of surgery, I had a second consultation with Dr. Rahal, where he mapped everything out and answered my final questions. Dr. Rahal and his staff are very courteous and the entire process that day was as pleasant as could be. Before the surgery begins, a second set of pics are taken. As others have said, show up with comfortable pants and a button down shirt.
The surgery process involves of course shaving the appropriate areas and bandaging the rest of the hair to get ready for the strip extraction. For those that are wondering, the shots and the numbing process are not exactly painless. But the squeeze-ball they give you beforehand really helps and you get through it.
My surgery provided about 4350 grafts and the whole process lasted from 8 AM to 3:45 pm; you get a break to have a lunch they provide, and I got to pick two movies to watch on a big screen in front of me. Dr. Rahal and his team were great in making sure I was comfortable the whole time.
These are pics taken at my consultation September 2012. My hairline had reached a point that I could not tolerate anymore. i'm sure the hair loss would have continued at a slow pace, but this amount of loss came around within 2 years of stopping Propecia.
I'm a 36 year old male of Indian origin living in the Dallas metroplex, and have been losing hair since i was about 30, and it's almost 6 on the Norwood scale.
After finally deciding to get surgical hair restoration, my journey begins, which i would like to summarize as i go along.
Dec 2012 : Visited Bosley and talked to the sales consultant, which i honestly didn't like the constanst sales pitch and bad reviews about rip off and assemly line like treatment of patients, i decided to explore further.
Dec 2012: Set up an appointment with Dr Abraham Armani, and it was a pleasant experiance as i met the Dr himself and he listened patiently about my expectations and explained in detail about the options available and what i can expect. Dr. Armani is just wonderful, extremely down to earth, knowledgable, frank, has a few best doc awards, is patient in answering all of my questions, and his pricing is slightly better than the rest.so i decided to go ahead with the FUT strip procedure.I chose the mega session which guarantees about 3000 grafts.My procedure is setup for feb 02 as i have a shaved head i need atleast 1/2 inch or more to cover the scar. i'm also getting the Genetic test for the effectiveness of Propecia.
Jan 25 2013: Dr Armani called me personally to prep me about the procedure and what to expect.
Feb 01 2013 : Dr Armani called again, to confirm and answer any pre Surgery questions or jitters i may have.
All set for tomorrow.....
I just wanted to ask if I am at the right stage to go for a HT. As you can see in the photos I have lost sufficient hair in my frontal region and so wanted to ask if it is the right stage to go for a HT. Please find my details below.
My age is 28 yrs.
I am taking medicine (which has no side effects prescribed by doctor Dr. Shahid Shamsher in Bangalore) from the past 2.5 years. But I am not seeing much improvement in the hair growth. Can someone tell me at what stage I am currently in? The hair fall count is approximately 40 to 50 per day (sometimes more). When I started taking medicine 2.5 yrs back, the doctor told that I was in stage 4 and that I was losing it from almost 4 yrs. So, the hair loss is from nearly 6.5 yrs if the doctor is correct.
My skin is oily and doctor mentioned that I have a lot of sebum secretion due to which he asked me to take hair bath everyday which I am following. Is this fine or Is that leading to more hair loss?
Both my father and brother have lost hair. So, it is MPB.
The doctor recently told that I am in the right stage to go for a HT. But, I am not convinced.
Can anyone suggest any other good doctor in Bangalore whom I can consult?
Hoping to get some response.
Have a look at Forum for the update so far.
Still cannot manage to upload photos to Forum from my laptop but seem to have no difficulty with Blog,
Hi everyone, i am sat at my desk at work, on my first day back after having had a FUT HT on 23rd Jan, with Dr devroye in Brussels.
After around 18 months of reaserch, and having had various consultations in the U.K. i decided that i needed to go abroad for my HT, I know that living in manchester meant i had a fantastic company in Farjo on my doorstep, but after consulting Dr Devroye online and sending pics etc, everything just felt right about going ahead with him.
I booked my HT Last october for this january, originally on the 24th and booked my plane tickets, hotel etc, i planned on staying in belguim for 4 days in total to give me some rest after the op.
I was contacted by the surgery last week to ask if i could move from the 24th to the 23rd as they had a mix up with another patient, and seeing as i was flying out early on the 23rd, it meant i could go straight from the airport to have my procedure, and i had no problem with that, as it would give me an extra day in brussels after the ht to recuperate.
So i went to the clinic straight from the airport, arriving there at 9.45 a.m.
After meeteing with the Dr, we quickly established what i wanted doing on my crown and temples, and after taking some 'before' pictures he asked was i ready to get started.
I was taken into the operating room and given anestetic, ,the DR then removed the donor strip and we found out that due to good density, i would have around 3200-3400 grafts, so i was very pleased with this.
The doctor closed up the donor area with both sutures and staples
The doctor then proceeded to make all the incisions for the grafts , and there were around 500 in each temple and 2500 on my crown which i felt was the perfect mix for the result i wanted
After this i was given a cap to cover my head and i went and had lunch in the kitchen where i was offered a few different choices of meal, and had a chat with a couple of staff who were very friendly.
It was now around 1 pm and i was anxious to get started with the tranplant of the grafts, 2 of the senior technitions started to put in the grafts , stopping every now and then to wait for more to be cut, due to the fact that they were going in very easy and quickly.
I ended up with 3448 grafts for around 8800 hairs so i was very pleased.
This procedure lasted untill 7.30 in the evening, when the doctor dropped me off at my Hotel.
i went back the next day to have the staples removed and to clean the donor area.
All in all i am extremely happy with the procedure, it is just now a tme to be patient and to adhere to the post-op instructions which are vital to make the whole thig a sucess.
Considering having a FUT transplant need help deciding between Dr. William Reed and Dr. Rahal?
Hi i had a FUE with Dr humayon Mohmand Sept 26 2012
I assume others have seen this report:
If so, what are your opinions and does anyone have any other information on potential clinical human trials, etc?
Not to bore anyone to tears, but I thought I would just mention my journey leading up to the day last week when I visited Dr. Glenn Charles' Office in Boca Raton for my 1st FUT procedure.
It goes back to 1997 when I was a junior in college, having just turned 20 and one of my roommates noticed that my hair had somewhat thinned out. At the time I didn't think much of it, but as time progressed the thinning, especially in the frontal portion of my scalp had progressed, I became a bit more conscious of this issue. So around 2001, I went to see a specialist in NYC and he started me on Propecia, which I have taken ever since, although at times not religiously. I have never taken any other hair loss substance.
Since then my hair loss somewhat stabilized that is up until a few months ago when I (and my wife) noticed some significant thinning. Some pre operation pics are attached. At that time I decided to begin researching the possibility of hair transplants. I had never really delved into the topic and the only thing I remember is seeing those doll-looking grafts of old. So I was definitely stunned with the level as to which the techniques had advanced and the results looked absolutely astonishing. I went to visit four different specialists, including Dr. Charles. Two providers I was less than impressed with, this included a small boutique dermatological laser clinic that used the Neograft machine, but otherwise did not do enough of these procedures to make me comfortable, and the other was Bosley. The people there were friendly enough but the reviews were less than stellar and their prices were simply illogical.
I selected Dr. Charles because of the many positive reviews and results I was able to access through the Net, as well as the feeling I got from meeting him in person. Dr. Charles is just wonderful - extremely down to earth, knowledgable, frank, and patient in answering all of my questions. I had a tough time deciding between Dr. Charles and another provider where I live and for whom I have the utmost respect. Aside from what I just wrote, I selected Dr. Charles because I thought his pricing was fair in comparison to the level of expertise he brings to table, his staff was extremely nice and has worked with him for many years, and he did not expect me to shave the top of my scalp where he was implanting the grafts.
My procedure was on Thursday Jan. 11th. Prior to that, Dr. Charles was kind enough to answer the myriad of questions that came to mind, and certainly as my nerves increased closer to the day of the procedure. He began by giving my something to calm me down and discussed the places in which he intended to implant the grafts. As you can see from the after photos, we selected the frontal third of my scalp.
As for the procedure itself, the staff tried to make me feel as comfortable as possible. There are no two ways around it, the anesthetic shots in the sides and back of the head hurt like hell. It was not a fun 5 minutes and I quickly realized that I would not be a good hostage . The staff was very gracious and made sure to give my plenty of fluids. My recommendation to anyone is that the morning of your procedure you drink some OJ. Once that was over I didn't feel a thing. I just sat there watching Netflix. They ordered me lunch and by 2:30 I was out the door. Dr. Charles makes sure you leave his office with not only post-op instructions, but also antibiotics, painkillers, a bottle of saline spray and a bottle of copper peptide solution. Mind you, I didn't have to pay extra for any of these items. He also gave me his cell phone number and called me that night to make sure I was okay.
The first night is a bit uncomfortable. Its tough to sleep and the stitches pull. But I have to say that its not really painful per se, just annoying. I took one painkiller that first night and, thereafter, I was fine with 2-3 Advil taken at night. At this point, the crusts are falling out and, unfortunately I am also experiencing some shedding of the hair I currently have. I know it was to be expected, but its annoying nonetheless. My hope is that this hair will eventually grow back along with the grafts.
In my opinion, Dr. Charles did an amazing job with creating a densely packed hair line. He was able to get just below 1700 grafts in the session. It truly is an art form and I believe it is key to go to a surgeon who has done these procedures for a long time.
Without an ounce of reservation, I would recommend Dr. Charles to anyone looking to have a hair transplant. Even though the tiny holes where the grafts are located look awkward, coupled with the pain and discomfort of at least the first 5 minutes of the procedure, you really have to look at the longer and bigger picture.
And now the unbearable waiting game. I will try and keep this blog updated from time to time with new pics.
It was also recommended that I start using Rogaine, at least for the first few months. I also decided to take Saw Palmetto and see if that does anything.
Please feel free to contact me should you want to chat about the procedure.
Can anyone tell me brands of Minoxdil and Finasteride that are available in India?
As I have read through the blog, can this drugs be taken without doctors priescription?
Please let me know dose for this drugs.
Thanks and Rgds.
Here are some more photos asrequested. I cannot work out how to put them onto the Forum pages.
ive hard and have even used my self nizoral since it has the chemical ketoconazole and an article i read said "
Nizoral shampoo contains ketoconazole and is available over the counter in a 1% solution and in prescription form at 2%. Studies have shown that 2% ketoconazole shampoo used on the scalp every three days was as effective as minixidil in preventing hair loss. Ketoconazole works by reducing the amount of DHT in the scalp and may help with frontal hair loss."
so what other shampoos are out there that i can use? or perhaps what has worked good for you?
we all have different stages and i am a male 22 year old hispanic oon the 3rd stage of the scale.
and im sure there are millions more.
I am not one of lifes great bloggers but I woild like to share my experiences over the next few months of FUT surgery in order to give encouragment to anyone considering this treatment option.
After many years of gradual hairloss and now being in my 50s it was time for some renovation work to the top of my head
I have been using Finesteride 1mg daily orally and topical minoxidil for about 8 years but there has been further hairloss during that time - though probably slower than had I not been taking medication.
So after a consultation last July in London with Dr Nilofer Farjo I have just had the surgery carried out on 11 th January 2013 with Dr Bessam Farjo in Manchester.
The hotel room was very good the night before - I arrived at about 11 pm and found the clinic the following morning with no problem.
The clinic staff and Dr Farjo were very expert and professional throughout. I arrived at the clinic at 7 am . I felt no pain or discomfort during the 12 hour session and received about 3270 grafts.These have been placed mainly to reconstruct the crown area and follow through to the left side along my parting which had become very thin over the years. I eventually left the clinic at 7.30 pm. I had received individual and professional attention from a very expert team throughout the day and actually had felt very relaxed.
I was able to travel home to south of London that night by train and then a half hour drive from the station to my home - got back at about midnight. Contrary to many people's blogged experience I had no difficulty sleeping that night and was in no discomfort at all the following morning. There is no swelling and the donor area is virtually undetectable . I am delighted with the degree of coverage that seems to have been achieved to the crown area.
I will be returning for review and staple removal next Monday to their London Harley Street consulting rooms.
So far the experience has greatly exceeded my expectations. It is now the 4th day after surgery and I have had no pain ,swelling or discomfort at all. The grafted area is only slightly scabbed and is not really all that noticeable through my existing hair
I am a self employed specialist in oral surgery/ dental implantology and felt happy to go in to my clinic today for a few hours work. None of my nursing staff seem to have noticed anything different . I will be back at my clinic for a full day of work tomorrow and will let them know what I have had done.
I would have preferred the idea of sutures to close the donor area but the 50 or so staples are actually not uncomfortable or visible under my hair.
I was very nervous about washing my hair after the first 24 hours but followed the instructions given using a face cloth to cover the recipient area and using the special low foaming shampoo in a warm shower. There was no pain or bleeding and no - none of the delicate grafts came out.
Hair restoration surgery may be difficult to resource - obviously it is not a cheap treatment option. However it does compare very favourably with other elective aesthetic procedures- I would draw a comparison with dental implant treatment as an example where the costs can be similar.
I believe that the treatment that I have recieved under the care of both Dr Farjos and their team has been expert ,meticulous and caring. It certainly represents very good value considering the large well trained team , premises and time taken -in excess of 12 hours treatment.
I am 33 Male from India.
I had a hair transplant surgery with Dr Prabdeep Sohi ( Revivia Clinic ) in Chandigarh, India on 17 th December 2012.
I had 3V condition.
No. of Grafts used as per doctor:- 3100 (1800 grafts front, 1000 grafts crown & 300 grafts sides joining the crown to temples)
Method used:- FUE
I completed 1 month today and so the update. I have religiously washed my hair twice a day with baby shampoo for 1st 15 days and then everyday once since then with baby shampoo on grafted area and anti dandruff shampoo on the scar and back.
Scabbing started around day 4-5 and I lost a few hair along with the scabs but thankfully no blood, so I understand that no grafts have been lost. I haven't lost all the grafted hair, which people usually do at 1 month mark, but I'm not really worried about it. The scar is invisible to naked eye but the redness is there and I can feel it if touch the area, but that is expected.
Please let me know your thoughts regarding the progress and if you find anything amiss. Will next update the blog at the end of 3 months mark i.e. around 14th April.
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