I recently observed the back of my hair and observed little bit scalp is seen. please confirm if it is a normal whorl area or a balding patch also i am 21 years old and have premature hair greying suggest a solution to slow it down.
Ok, so, this is my second hair transplant. First one was made in Romania at the biggest clinic and paid 5900 eur for 3000 grafts (average 2 eur/hair) for something that didn't look natural and with very low density and always had to keep hair short. Two years later I researched heavily all the forums and online groups for the best solution as I only had few donor capacity and could not afford a screw up again.
I got the chance to see a few results in Romania with customers from ASMED and they were very good. Even then I was retticent because everyone uses their best results to promote temselves and I was thinking that my intervention will never look that good anyway.
Due to this pandemic and opportunity to stay at home while I recover I said to myself that I should start doing something. At that point I wrote to ASMED to get some price indications and see how they aproach my issue. I sent an email with some pics and then I had to fill in a more extensive evaluation form that was reviewd by Dr. Koray.
Between my first communication and response with offer and all information regarding the intervention it took around two weeks (was ok for me because that ment that the Dr is not doing paperwork and chatting online and he's actually busy doing surgeries so this was not a minus for me, rather than a plus).
The offer had three options available, different packages (consultation to preparation, extraction implantation, etc) depending on who you chose to perform it. I was going to spend all my money for a great transplant so I wanted to go full house on Dr. Koray to perform everything, but Andreea my medical coordinator, convinced me that all the staff is highly skilled and I don't have to worry if other members of the staff will perform part of the surgery. Her care and way of sending that trustful vibe was awesome. Even though I said I will never afford to risk anything or to be put in a position where I could scew it up I still trusted her and hell, she was right :).
So, I chose to have only incisions done by Dr. Koray (still I was pretty nervous because I saw some awful results of unskilled technicians).
Coming back to the evaluation, Dr. Koray said that around 5000 grafts will do the trick. All good, I chose the package, did a calculaton and said ok to the middle package with partial Dr. Koray and ASMED Team to do the surgey. I will not disclose prices as this is cleary something subject to change and it would not be fair to the clinic. Just a small hint - I could have saved so much hair and money if I would have done the first transplant with ASMED.
Once we established to work together I payed a small amount to book the surgery and dates (6-7 October - 2 day intervention), bought my plane ticket and sent dates to Andreea.
Date of arrival: landed in Istanbul, driver was waiting for me, discussed a lot about footbal , got to the clinic, performed the COVID test and all blood tests needed + EKG. After this Andreea took me to my room (clinic is state of the art) and ate. Food was way better than what I ate in lots of restaurants (I ordered what I want to eat before I left Romania so wow, that was awesome).
Ok, so I ate, and had the day to myself until 5 PM, when Dr. Koray was performing the consultation. I wondered a bit in Istanbul close to the clinic and had one beer (oops - actually not allowed but I said what the heck it's hot and one beer at the terace is not such a big deal :)). Consultation with Dr. Koray I would say that I was a bit scared as I saw his face when he saw my donor was very poor and felt really dissapointed when i heard "I am very sorry but your donor is not that potent to support a new hair transplant for 5000 grafts and to lower your hairline that much as you want so we have to be carefull and create density, this is the main goal. Hair is thick enough but donor is poor and could only harvest 4500 grafts. I said ok and left with reality knocking me down. After this I went to the KE BOT Hair analysis that boosted my chances up when I realised that I have a lot of grafts with even up to 5-6 hairs and good potential for density. Also took the before photos and all and back into my room expecting the day of surgery.
Day of surgery Hint: expect severe cold as the environment is designed to help the grafts survive and keep the medium aseptic probably.
I had a very nice surprise to see what tech they have in there - WOW - I could see number of hairs, grafts, projection on my head, donor area, occipital, parietal, where to extract from, where to place the hairs, everyhitng top notch. Even all the hairs that were implanted were counted real time. I don't remember the name of their anaesthetis but he was funny and very kind offering true comfort. Surgey went smooth, pain was quite manageable and cold senstion was solved with a heated blanket. Surgery day2: same thing Each morning the team washes the implanted an donor area
Best Results of Grade 7 Baldness Patient, 7000 Grafts (Scalp + Beard), Dr Pradeep Sethi - Eugenix Hair Sciences
Mr. Raman was very conscious about his hair loss and he used to keep his hairs on the side of his head longer and used to cover the balding area with it. He had curlier side of hair and the donor density was very good and he wanted to cover the total area in one go.
With our rich experience of BHT, we took up the case and judiciously kept the hairline at the optimum point (not too hight neither too low) keeping in mind the ultimate coverage of his total bald area.
Breakup of the grafts:
Scalp: 4000 (Singles: 530, Rest were Multiples)
Since he had curlier side of scalp hair, his beard hair blended well with the transplanted scalp hair. We provided the graded density from front to crown keeping in mind that the front is the aesthetic importance to the person.
After 9 months most of his hair were grown and the crown was as expected, had a little lower density in comparison to the front. And his scalp donor is still adequate to be harvested again to do the crown.
As you can see in my pictures, the frontal zone was rather empty with a lot of vellus hair. I had already tried Minoxidil and was on Finastride prior to the procedure. The medicines did certainly help me to prevent any further progression of baldness.
I thought I'd update my album and plus, I got a new haircut that I really liked, so win-win.
Keep in mind that these photos are 20 years after I got my first hair transplant (I'm 51 years old now) and you haven't read anything else in my profile, I've had a total of 6 hair transplants.
My medication and supplement regime consists of: Propecia (I've been on it for at least 15 years) and taking daily supplements of biotin, zinc, iron and folic acid.
My hair care routine is: a shampoo for color treated hair, because, yes, my hair is dyed and about once a week, I work in a use of Nizoral shampoo as well.
Occasionally, I will use warm olive oil as a hair treatment (put some in the microwave, apply it through the hair with a comb and keep it in overnight). I also use castor oil sometimes too (put a little bit in your hair, comb it through and leave it in overnight). At one point, I was using the castor oil treatment two or three times a week and while some may disagree, it seemed to help make my hair a slight bit thicker.