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  1. Hi Guys, wanted to share my results, after 11 months. did the transplant 20/10, 3664 grafts, crown will be done 20/11/21. I have only excellent things to say about Bicer and I think the results are over my expectations. feel free to ask any information you want and I’ll try to help and to share from my experience.
    8 points
  2. Also, just a general tip for all travellers to Eugenix who are staying at a nearby hotel. If any staff member (from Eugenix or the hotel) stands out as being particularly exceptional in their customer service, take a few moments to let their superiors know about their achievements. For Eugenix staff, that could be just sharing a kind word with either of the founding doctors, Maudit or Anil about that staff member's contribution. For the DoubleTree Hilton, that could be speaking in person to the manager or by sending a compliment through the main DoubleTree Hilton website (make sure you reference the DoubleTree Hilton in Gurugram Baani Square). That simple gesture can make a significant impact on someone's career opportunities here in India. My lovely friend, Pooja, for example, comes from Agra (the home of the Taj Mahal). She works really long hours and when she gets two days off, she goes back to her home city. People travel far and wide in India for job opportunities. We are ridiculously spoiled in the West (that is a major generalization, of course - there are lots of people in the West who, for historical and other reasons, are far from privileged) and it is easy to forget just how lucky we are. People here work long hours just to enjoy things we take for granted. Be kind when you can and be mindful that simple gestures from you can have significant outcomes for others.
    8 points
  3. Dear HRN friends, I took the time to develop this benchmark table with a quick comparison of the prices, technique, patients per day and Doctor involvement in the surgery. When I was researching a Doctor apart from looking at results from each Doctor these were the most important factors I took into consideration. This table might have some information that isn`t accurate so I ask for everyone`s help on keeping it updated. Let me know if I need to amend anything. It would also be great if you could share information on other top Doctors you would like to add to this list (Doctors with amazing real patients results, not hairmills). Just write up the details on the Doctor so I can update the table with all his info (the more the merrier!). Thank you everyone!
    8 points
  4. Hey Guys, After having a horrible SMP experience with a surgeon I rather not name I have decided to get SMP done in my entire donor area with Mirko from Men's Ink in Milan the 14th and 18th this month. My friends results have been outstanding with him. The previous SMP turned blue (was done with with wrong ink and depth) but it was thankfully just on the right side as a test and I have had 2 Picoway laser treatments to remove it. Mirko has been very patient with me as we have had to change the dates several times with Covid and I am glad it's finally happening. I have had over 10.000 extractions and 2 repairs by Dr Mwamba (Fit Farming) with great results. I am only doing this so I can extended my donor area a little more and hopefully get another 750 grafts to complete a last surgery next year. Yes, SMP will allow for further extractions if done properly and you can then pigment those last ones in a second pass. I also plan on doing the recipient area next year for density effect! I'll keep you posted with results.
    6 points
  5. Sorry I haven't been able to update this thread in the last few months. I've been really busy with life. I'm very happy with the results and it's amazing how the doctors at Eugenix have managed to scale up their operations and still maintain consistent quality. Dr. Arika is truly a very talented surgeon who's been in touch with me since my surgery. She's been a text away whenever I've had to ask something. Might go back to her to add a few more grafts on the frontal hairline and fill in the beard a bit next year. I've attached some pictures but I'm sure you guys would need some pictures of the temples too, so I'll get those up as soon as possible.
    6 points
  6. Hi All, Sorry I haven't responded for awhile. Busy busy these days. Thanks for the kind words, all. My HT journey was pretty mind blowing. I almost settled for a less expensive doctor who did not give me good advice and had I gone with him, I would surely have regretted it. Fortunately Dr. Konior was the closest recommended doctor to me and it turned out that he was also one of the best as his work became more widely known. My first FUT session convinced me that HTs done by the right doctor were indeed legit and life changing. After my second FUT, I hoped and assumed I was done but in the ensuing years, I lost more hair - in my crown and in my part. I have never taken propecia nor have I used minoxidil (outside of the first month after each surgery) so its not too surprising that I lost some ground. My last FUE surgery with Dr. Konior in March 2019, right as the pandemic was hitting, was perfectly timed. I got it in and then got to work at home during those awful ugly duckling head shaved days. Perfect. The third surgery really shored up my part (I can go running again without a hat as the wind blowing no longer shows a weak spot - I love that). I was hoping that I would be able to permanently retire the hair fibers but my crown is still not perfect (is there such a thing with HTs?). Without fibers, it does not look bald as it is covered with hair but it can look like I'm thinning there. Kinda depends on my haircut (which I do myself mostly only semi-succesfully) and my growth cycle. If I dab on a minimal amount of fibers, my hair looks perfect so that's pretty nice. Sometimes I throw some on when I go out and sometimes I don't as I'm not really bothered by it much these days. You kinda have to be above me to see that spot and that's not a view that most people get. Also, I'm 54 and don't have to have perfect hair. But it is very nice to look in the mirror and kinda like what's looking back atcha. That said, I have several friends who shaved their head bald as they gave up on hair and man, they totally rock it. It helps if your head shape isn't that of a lumpy potato, alas which mine is. Anyway, here's some crappy current photos of where my hair stands now after 3 sessions. The last two are where I started from for perspective. Cheers to you all. I hope all of you are doing well!
    6 points
  7. VIDEO - Watch this NW 5 Full Video (WET HAIR shown in the end) Age: 50 yo NW: 5 to 6 Donor Area: Average/Poor Total Number of Grafts: 8122 (450 FU Extracted From Beard) Number of Sessions: 2 Surgical Plan: First session: frontal and midscalp; Second session: crown Rx: Topical and Oral Minoxidil, clobetazol and ketoconazol Shampoo (NO FINASTERIDE or any other 5-ARI)
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  8. This should be my final update. I am at the one year mark as of a few days ago. My hair looks better today than it did at 20 years old! I am incredibly happy with my result.
    6 points
  9. Dr Bruno Ferreira FUE 3000 grafts. September 2021. I’m 32, from Liverpool. This is my first post but this forum has been an invaluable resource for me for a couple of years now. Hair Loss History First noticed hairline recession in my early 20’s. By late 20’s my degrading hairline wasn’t my only problem, my hair had started to thin and it really began to get me down. I’d wear a hat most days such was the embarrassment and found myself dreading nights out or anywhere windy. I’ve always had a high hairline and relatively fine hair but it was now recession in the hairline that I was most self conscious about and so started the ball rolling with looking into FUE. I first came across Dr Ferreira on a Joe Tillman YouTube video admiring his work. I seen his name come up more and more on different forums and so he made my shortlist. I contacted a few different clinics in my research phase, both home and abroad, some expensive and some relatively cheap. I also reached out other more famous names in Europe. At this point I had already decided I wanted a predominately surgeon lead experience. I wanted single hair grafts to build a natural looking hairline and I wanted a clinic that used good microscopes. I first made contact with Dr Ferreira in 2019. I got a pretty fast reply and he made a really thorough assessment of my case with me providing photos from all angles both wet and dry. Apart from the loss in the hairline I was now obviously thinning in the crown. He recommended I start Finasteride if I wanted to stop my hair loss progressing, which I was definitely hesitant to do due to fear of side effects. For this reason I deliberated for a long time, probably longer than I should have. Medication I had previously tried minoxidil for a stint of 8 months around 2016 and although I saw results I just couldn’t keep up the twice daily routine and packed it in. From there I would say my hair returned to its previous state only now the recession in my hairline was more obvious and less hideable. . Towards the end, the only legitimate reason I had for delaying fin any longer was that Me and my Mrs had decided to try for a second baby and I was fearful that sides could prevent this. We got pregnant really quickly and so In November 2020 I made the leap and began Finasteride at 1mg per day. In terms of side effects, First couple of weeks I experienced watery semen and bit of a drop in sex drive. I also got the occasional head ache but it’s fair to say that was all short lived and I responded well. Sides really were not a conscious thing from 4 months in and although I’d say the semen is still on the watery side, everything else has been normal since. After around 3 months there was a noticeable drop in hair fall and from around 6 months a noticeable difference to my crown and general weight of my hair, so much so that friends and family passed comment on the difference. As it seemed that Fin was working, I finally made the appointment with Dr Ferreira’s assistant Alexandra in March 2021. I paid a deposit to hold my dates and planned for mid September 2021. Day 1 Surgey I travelled to Porto on a Wednesday evening, flying in from Manchester. The hotel I booked was on recommendation from Alexandra and was a 15 minute walk to the clinic. Plenty of bars and restaurants around and right near the beach. I arrived at the clinic at 07:30am on the Thursday morning. Dr Ferreira spent around 45 mins taking photographs and designing the hairline. I was particularly impressed by his attention to detail at this stage. As I had responded well to Finasteride the decision was made not touch the crown He identified that my donor had finer hair towards the bottom and so the plan was to harvest higher up. In addition to this my overall density and hair caliber was on the lower side so more time would be taken harvesting the right hair from the right place. The final design was a asymmetrical to mirror my natural hairline and I was happy with the plan. The actual surgery was a lot smoother than I expected. I didn’t feel much at all for a lot of time. When I felt pain Dr Ferreira would address it immediately with more anaesthetic and for the most part I could feel very little. I actually fell asleep more than once, each time nodding off to and waking up to the sounds of John Mayer on repeat. I’m now a fan. Dr Ferreira executed every step and his 3 nurses were constantly busy preparing the grafts. Although I couldn’t understand a word they were saying, there was a good vibe amongst them and they all seemed really happy to be there, which put me at ease. The whole operation was clearly a well oiled machine. The nursing team were great. Ricardo in particular went over and above. There was a screen next to the bed that had real-time info like how many grafts, hairs etc and a picture of my hair pre-op. I will post the official clinic report with with the exact number of grafts, when I receive them. To my knowledge it was just over 3000. I left the clinic around. 17:30. Picked up some food to take back to my hotel. Felt like a bit of a divvy and received a few odd looks but I embraced the embarrassment. Within a couple of hours I had some very obvious swelling on my forehead and looked like a beluga whale. The fact that Dr Ferreira gave an instant ice pack in my goody bag was a godsend. Day 2 Surgey To my surprise I actually slept well and on close inspection the next morning the swelling had subsided a bit and everything looked good. I made it to the clinic on time and after a quick chat and a wash we cracked on. There was a time I had to be out by and so Dr Ferreira had finished and I was washed and ready to leave at 4pm. Post Op After care was easy to understand. I got a goody bag of shampoos and gels and spray, a travel pillow, instructions about when and what to do. I know this will be an unpopular decision but my flight home was in the evening of the day 2nd day of surgery. I would of loved to stay an extra few days to recover but it just wasn’t an option being self employed and with 2 young kids at home. I had to block out the worries about grafts failing and my head exploding from swelling in the cabin and someone’s carry on luggage falling on my head. I made it home with out a problem and again had a good nights sleep. Day 2/3 the swelling around my face was worse then I’d anticipated, Id gone from looking like a beluga whale to a barn owl The recipient and donor always looked clean and I was keeping up with the saline spray and wash regime religiously. By day 5 the swelling was gone. I noticed scabs falling from day 9 and by day 11 they were all almost gone. At 14 days my recipient area is about as red as I expected and my donor area is healing well, but occasionally tender. It’s a strange sensation your scalp waking up. It’s also the first time in my life I’ve had a skinhead so it’s a look that’s taken a bit of getting used to. Dreading the shed and ugly duckling phase but also cannot wait for the 6,9,12 month milestones and hopefully getting the result I’m after. It feels surreal now to look in the mirror and I still cannot believe it’s all done and dusted after so many years of talking about it. My overall opinion - Dr Ferreira deserves his reputation. He seemed a genuinely nice fella and I’m glad I went with him. The whole experience was great and exceeded my expectations in every way. This forum been a great help in my decision making process and so I’ll update this post every few months with my progress I’ve waffled on - but that was the short version
    5 points
  10. Hello everyone, I am Doron Harati international coordinator of HDC clinic in Cyprus Nicosia, I had last week my 2nd procedure by Dr. Maras and HDC medical team, total had 3 hair transplants. My first HT was in February 2018 by a clinic in Turkey Istanbul, I was botched badly with 5000 FUE grafts with no growth, awful painful experience (you can read on it on my previous threads). On July 2019 I had my 1st HT experience with Dr. Maras at HDC clinic, with 2556 FUE grafts for my frontal and hairline which I am very happy both with the result and corrective experience. On October 4th and 5th, I had my 2nd procedure with Dr. Maras, since my middle scalp started to get thinner we both agreed the procedure will focus on the middle scalp till backwards to the crown (which also failed in Turkey) as much as can be. Since I was overharvested with 5000 grafts by the first clinic my donor should be approach conservatively to preserve it so I can have more HT procedures in the future without scars. HDC offer 7 days treatment of 2 days of surgery and 4 more recovery days with the staff cleaning all the scabs in the free accommodations next to the clinic. The experience was great as the 1st time, all went smoothly, I had everything I needed in the clinic's accommodations, after 2 days of surgery, the staff washed my scabs two times in a day, also I took a lot of photos and videos documentation of how the clinic work, how they clean and divide the grafts gently under the microscopes and testimonial from another happy paitent @Jackziv whom also had his 2nd experience with Dr. Maras, this time for his middle scalp. I was surprised in the good way when my head got shaved by the density I had from my previous procedure, I actually feel good and comfortable to go out like that I will present my before and after, also want to emphasize that after the surgery I did massage my forehead as advised for less bloat appearance which you can see the effect, after 9 days I felt good and came back to job normally with very minimum redness, actually people said it's not that noticeable that I had a procedure, very happy with my recovery and will update my progression furthermore. The photos are shown with different lights for detailed cleared presentation. 2535 total grafts count: 1446 single grafts 57% 1010 double grafts 40% 79 triple grafts 3% For free consultation please PM or WhatsApp +972526542654 Join HDC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/326632715435825/?ref=share HDC on Instagram: https://instagram.com/doronhairadvisor_hdc?utm_medium=copy_link
    5 points
  11. I am scheduled for my first HT surgery with Eugenix on Monday, October 11. Will be traveling from Canada to Delhi. If you have any specific questions about the clinic prior to my arrival, I will gladly answer them when I am there. Otherwise, I hope to be posting about my experience in about two weeks time after my return.
    5 points
  12. Long on this forum but just as a silent watcher. Done the surgery with amazing dr Zarev 3 weeks ago. Probably will keep you updated with my results also (5600 FUE).
    5 points
  13. This patient who is 35 years old, wanted to enhance his hair density to the front and temples. He had a previous hair transplant many years ago when he still had most of his native hair. After the loss of his existing hair, he ended up with lower density in this area. HDC Hair Clinic with Team leader being Dr Maras, has transplanted only 1872 grafts to increase the density of this area, to match with his hair density behind. The important element in this case is that the existing hair were used as part of the solution. So, the new hair transplanted hair was placed in between those. This way the number of newly transplanted hair was kept low, thus giving lower cost to the patient and less grafts taken from the donor. Before Immediately after 1 week after 9 months after
    5 points
  14. Having made the trip from London to Delhi, I’m pleased to report that I underwent a 6,009 HT graft procedure with Dr. Arika Bansal and Eugenix across 3 days from 02-04 October 2021. I’m delighted with the decision to choose Eugenix for my HT and for them working with me. I'm staying in India till 14October to maximise the initial 10-day recovery period. I look forward to sharing a personal account of my experience and providing updates along the journey. This thread is dedicated to YOU the reader spanning HRN members, non-members/lurkers, HT hopefuls, and educating anyone + everyone. Special shoutouts (in alphabetical order) to my better half, Anil, Dr. Arika, Rishabh, Suryakant, and the entire Eugenix team for making me feel part of the family. *Please note that I will capture an update log in this first post and link to subsequent posts found throughout the thread to provide a singular view of my journey. 11 Oct. 21: Day 7 post HT pictures of donor area - back of scalp, beard and side burns 11 Oct. 21: Day 3 post HT pictures and after head wash pictures on Day 7 post HT 11 Oct. 21: Video of push, pull, milk (PPM) method to manage swelling Background I’m 32 currently living in London and have spent over 12 years suffering from hair loss with a NW6 classification. In the past 2 years I went from a NW3 to a NW6, experiencing dramatic deterioration and it was time to act. After using Nioxin in my early 20s, I gave up and was resigned to the fact that I was unable to stop my hair loss. All the males from my maternal and paternal side of the family are bald NW 6-7. Time was of the essence, the stars aligned for me, and it was time to get the plan in motion and kick it into overdrive! My objective was to do this once in my lifetime, maximise the number of grafts, and recovery quickly in time for my engagement in early 2022. Research I rekindled the interest in my hair around 2 years ago in late 2019 and began researching HT as an option. In my shortlist were several top-rated doctors with documented photo evidence from patients sharing their journey. Quality, consistency, interviews, and costs made up the scoring criteria for decision making purposes. Eugenix credentials for me ranked at the top of my list in the scoring criteria. The overall quality, consistency, aftercare/service, and assured timely responses. Eugenix Journey (pre-arrival) My point of contact, Rishabh, was helpful and quick to provide documentation for visa application (UK is the old school visa process with India requiring physical documents + meetings and not accepting electronic visas) coordinate Dr. Arika’s time for pre-op meetings and procedure planning pushback HT date by a week to anticipate/accommodate the visa approval dates provide detailed commentary on requests for information and pricing matters schedule and confirm accommodation details respond to questions when they came up and verify blood tests and results Eugenix Journey (HT across 02 – 04 October 2021) Extracted 4K from back scalp, 1.6K from beard, and 0.4K from side burns. Implanted 4K in the front/middle scalp and 2K in the crown. HT Day 1 - 02 October Landed 1205 IST on 02 October. Performed the necessary covid PCR tests, immigration, and arrived at the hotel by 0300 IST. Received a call from Eugenix around 1500 to come in that evening for 1900 for planning, hairline design, and slit creation (initially planned for 03 Oct.) Blood pressure and local anaesthesia allergy checks performed by Dr. Anil and got to meet Rishabh Dr. Arika began with the hairline design and checking the available grafts from scalp and beard. Once this was complete a few before pictures were taken and shaving began. The nurse came and gave local anaesthesia to the front of my head and ready for Dr. Arika to begin with creating the slits. The night ended around 2330 with around 3K slits being made. Suryakant who leads the QA took good care of me checking in on me, asking if I wanted water or juices, ordered a special chicken food request, made me feel at home, and even transported me back to the hotel along with the driver to ensure that I was cared for and comfortable. HT Day 2 - 03 October 03 October the procedure start time was on for 0800. I started the day with an enjoyable breakfast at the hotel and made my way to Eugenix with the driver for 0800. Changed into the overalls and began the local anaesthesia. Extraction began and by around 1430 around 2K were implanted. A nice lunch was provided, and we were soon underway, closing the day with maximising the scalp with 4K grafts (estimates were around 3.3-3.5K available) and implanting 4K and around a total of 5K slits created. Driven back to the hotel and had a heavy meal ready for the final day. HT Day 3 - 04 October 04 October the procedure start time was 1400. I arrived at Eugenix and was greeted by Anil who I met for the first time, and we had a run-down of the gameplan for the day and re-echoed my objective to maximise the number of total grafts where possible. I liked Anil’s detailed explanation and attention to care about the days work. Anil then checked to see if I had eaten lunch and mentioned I had not and was not hungry – Anil insisted I eat to provide fuel for the day ahead. I ate a nice lunch and we began. Local anaesthesia was given to my beard and extraction began and implantation to the area prior to the crown and crown areas. Dr. Arika came in to create further slits amounting to over 6K and the extraction from side burns began and implantation to the crown area and mid scalp. The day closed out with a total of 6,009 grafts implanted at around 2110 hours. Post HT A comprehensive aftercare regime is explained and supplied consisting of surgeon caps, saline bottle spray, tissue pads for neck pillow, gauzes, oral medication kit, donor area kit, and a copy of Autobiography of a Yogi book. A 7-day post HT oral medication kit is supplied consisting of antibiotic (3x daily), probiotic (3x daily), NSAID (3x daily), and PPI antacid (1x daily). There is a WhatsApp group that is created to manage aftercare questions as well as provide tips on what’s expected on each day post HT – this is sent via email and on WhatsApp. I go to Eugenix daily for 7 days after the HT procedure and till the completion of the first head wash. Eugenix arrange for a pickup and drop-off from the hotel for daily dressing of the donor areas to apply betadine (iodine antiseptic wash) and fusidic cream (topical antibiotic). I significantly increased my water intake during the HT and post HT to around 3.5-5 litres of water daily. Day 1 Post HT – 05 Oct Everything seemed to be fine the 2 nights before sleeping in a 45-degree angle. A driver picked me up from the hotel and took me to Eugenix for donor area aftercare. Day 2 Post HT – 06 Oct A bit of swelling was present at the top of the forehead and applying cold ice and massages to the forehead. Got to Eugenix for donor area aftercare. Spoke to Dr. Pradeep Sethi for 40 minutes about the Eugenix operating ethos and general chit chat. It was refreshing and nice of him to spend time with patients chatting in a casual and approachable manner. Recipient sites feel a bit itchy. Day 3 Post HT – 07 Oct Swelling at the top of the forehead was present. I was able to follow the PPM method (push, pull milk as Dr. Pradeep Sethi mentioned) and did about 20-25 reps of this every hour or two coinciding with the saline spray to the recipient areas. The back of my donor area felt very warm and felt a lot of heat emanating from the back of my head. Recipient sites feel a bit itchy. Day 4 Post HT – 08 Oct Swelling gone down considerably. The heat from the back of the donor area has gone down a tad and it feels itchy with a light burning sensation. Day 5 Post HT - 09 Oct Swelling pretty much zero, non - existent or minimal. Back scalp donor feels considerably less warm. More movement in forehead now. Day 6 Post HT - 10 Oct Feeling good and normal. Removed all scabs and gave all my donor areas a great wash before going to Eugenix for daily dressing application to donor areas (betadine and fusidic). Day 7 Post HT - 11 Oct Excited as it'll be the first day for the head wash. Feel fairly normal now. Vitamins + Supplements + Medicines Began Finasteride 10 days prior to the procedure and will continue to take it on a daily basis. No side effects yet Began daily Biotin 10 days prior to HT Daily Vitamin B complex for years prior to HT Daily Opti-Men multivitamins for years prior to HT Daily Vitamin D3 for years prior to HT I will start to take MSM once I get back to the UK. Credit to @Zoomster I will begin Hair Fact recommended by Eugenix after the 7th day
    5 points
  15. 6 Month Update Hey guys. Boy, has time flown. October 6th marked the 6th month point of my transplant with Dr. Maras. I sent some photos to @Doron Harati, and he was kind enough to put together some side by side shots of my pre-op state and my state now. I have to say, the results so far have been life changing. That important trip I had planned for October? Well, that was to meet a girl in person that I met online about a year ago. She is now officially my girlfriend. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t feel blessed and grateful to Doron, Dr. Maras, and the rest of the staff at HDC. Is the transplant perfect? No. I wish the frontal hairline was denser and for the scab area to fill in. And I look forward to the hairs maturing and being less kinky. But with a little bit of fibers (which I’m not wearing in the photos), I don’t think about my hair anymore. This is a gift that is priceless to me.
    5 points
  16. Thanks @rob7331I know you are here next month so I hope that consider the following: - have some rupees on hand when you arrive or you can exchange at the airport. If you haven't provided the clinic with all of the blood tests before arriving, you have to pay a clinician to come to Eugenix and do the rest of the tests. About 2000 rupees. Plus you will need a negative PCR test to fly back to Canada. Eugenix will arrange. I was told the cost was about 1000 rupees. - bring a comfortable neck pillow to sleep on for first two to three days. Bring something to wrap around the pillow so that you don't get blood on it during the sleep. There will still be a little bleeding after the surgery, particularly when you lay your end down at night. - no need for converter. The hotel has plugs which will take N American devices. - My phone did work at airport but wifi requires that an SMS verification code be sent to phone and that didn't work. There is a kiosk located just prior to the exit doors after baggage pickup. They can give you a wifi password to use if you are communicating with your Eugenix rep via WhatsApp - Because the existing Eugenix clinic is undergoing renovation as they are building a larger building behind it, you won't be staying at the clinic for sleep. They put you up at a local Double Tree Hilton which is about 1 km away. Drivers take you back and forth so no need to walk yourself. - Eugenix covers the cost of two night's stay at the Hilton. If you are there longer, you pay the rest but Eugenix has a corporate rate with the hotel so make sure that either someone from Eugenix contacts the hotel to extend that rate to you, or go ask Boomi at the front desk of hotel. He can arrange for extending the corporate rate. - Hotel has complimentary breakfast buffet. Definitely eat a good breakfast each day of surgery since you have to take a few pills prior to surgery and the breakfast keeps the stomach strong with the meds - Make sure that you have the area being worked fully anesthetized. That's an uncomfortable process as they run a needle over a large area to numb the area having surgery. After they apply the anasthesia, have them poke the whole area to see if they missed a spot. That happened to me a couple of times. When they went to extract or implant in an area not fully numbed, it really hurts. The point is to have no pain at all in the area so make sure you communicate with the techs. - at the tail end of my day two surgery, I believe that the number of grafts extracted fell short by the number of slits created by Dr. Bansal. Suddenly, it seemed the techs were rushed to extract the right of grafts and so they had to numb the areas again. The one tech, who didn't do the anesthesia before, was now applying it and missed some spots so when another tech when to extract the grafts with the motorized punch, it was coring into a part of the scalp that was not numbed. I had to stop the surgery and make sure that the entire area was prepared properly before commencing because it hurt like hell! Still hurts in that region of the scalp. - you can bring a couple of smaller bottles to transfer the saline solution in for the return flight. You need to keep the recipient area sprayed every other hour through the day for 7 days. But Dr. Bansal can write a medical note exempting the airline from withholding a large bottle of liquid if it is used for medical purposes. She is giving me a note tomorrow or Thursday so we will see if it gets it past the security checkpoints at the airport. Let me know if you have ?'s
    5 points
  17. Yesterday was my oldest son’s first Homecoming, so I took a few pictures with him (cropped him out when posting here though.) I am amazed and in awe that I have a full head of hair that is getting longer and longer every month, and that I can let flow in the wind and not worry about it. BUT, the hair greed is real and I can’t stop looking at my massive five head wishing my hairline was lower. It doesn’t bother me enough to get another surgery, but man do I wish it was a bit lower. Also as an update from my last post, I continue to micro needle my temple points and hairline (and apply dutasteride and minoxidil to them) and have seen 0 results so far. It’s only been 2.5 months, and I plan on giving it the full 6 months for results.
    5 points
  18. Month 11 Update (10/1/21) Hair still looking amazing! If I do not use any clay or gel, it still looks a bit unkempt with the kinks/curls. However, it is settling down and maturing quite well. This procedure was a smashing success. SMG rocks and this is a knock out for me. It made me feel better about not going to H&W as they were my first choice of surgeon, but I couldn't go due to the Canada border closure. Story time: My wife made some new friends who I have only known for a month, so they did not know about the prior situation with my baldness/lack of hair. We went out to dinner at Disneyland and they were asking how my wife and I met. We went over the story and I showed them pictures of us when I was only 19 years old. They immediately said, "whoah you looked really bald!" They immediately apologized for the quick and brash reaction. They followed up and said I looked a lot different now which was a good thing. I grinned and they grew a little suspicious based on my reaction. I fessed up and told them I had work done and they were absolutely blown away. They proceeded to say it was a great decision and that I looked way better now. They are pretty blunt folks, but they again apologized for the harsh reaction of seeing that picture. This interaction alone validated the procedure and I felt 100% accomplished with the decision. It felt great to know this changed the perception of my appearance but also instilled more confidence. I no longer have to worry about my hair and can live life. Here is that picture they saw: Here I am today: You be the judge...
    5 points
  19. @track_rat you have to understand that from the moment you went under that first knife years ago you have been through hell. The depression and 'buyer's remorse' is perfectly normal right now (though emotionally painful and draining of the spirit). Please remember to be kind to yourself during the next few months. You are basically at the 'post op level!' You entire scalp and beard have gone through 'trauma' from the surgical invasion. Pay no attention to how it is currently reacting (which is normal and to be expected). You will be coming up to the 'ugly duckling' phase very soon and you have to prepare for that. Realize that your mind will be playing tricks on you throughout this whole experience until you start to see things settle down and for growth to emerge. The most important thing about a hair transplant is the one thing that nearly all of us lack and that is 'patience.' Look at where you started and what you have gone through. This too shall also pass. It takes a year really in my option for tissue and scars to settle down. The crown will take up to 18 months to really see the full results there. You have many, many months ahead of you my friend to see your donor area revive itself and for all those grafts to start coming through. Take care and we are all thinking of you. That's what this forum is for.
    5 points
  20. With all due respect (and I don't want to get into a debate with a post finasteride syndrome proponent, as really, what's the point) you can't just go around stating anecdotes as fact and expect anyone with an ounce of reason to take you seriously. That is not how science works, and it's completely disingenuous to say finasteride is dangerous because you say so when none of what you're talking about has ever been observed in a clinical setting and has no medical consensus. You make the claim, the onus is on you. The opposite has ben demonstrated time and time again by highly controlled double blind placebo studies, what's backing up what you say? So, it's now a playing a crapshoot with your sexuality to take a drug with decades of clinical safety data in which PFS was miraculously never observed in literally tens and tens of thousands of men? (and a lot more when considering BPH related studies). Doesn't make sense. In fact, out of the tens of millions of men who will have taken this drug for any period of time in the last, let's say, 20 years, how many people supposedly have developed PFS? What are there, a few thousand on the PFS forum? To even infer that an (anecdotal) incidence rate of persistent sexual dysfunction (and other related 'PFS' effects) of say 5, 10 or even 15 thousand people (and that's being generous with the amount of your fellow PFS truthers that exist) per 20 million people (and that's very conservative) is conclusive proof that finasteride is dangerous or even at fault to begin with is just ridiculous. Do you not think that within the general population that the rate of people complaining of sudden sexual dysfunction, loss of libido/sensitivity, depression (or whatever else you want to claim) happens at a much, much higher incidence rate of the above thousands out of tens of millions? Because I sure do. So, even if these claims are people being genuine (which for the most part I don't think it is) I would say, so what? for example, ED affects roughly 10% of men per decade they age. So, 50 percent by age 50. That's tens of millions for that age bracket and above in the U.S. alone. How can you even assert these things to finasteride with absolute authority, it's completely ridiculous when put into perspective. And I'm not saying side effects don't exist, I'm aware there are more than a handful thousand people who get regular sides, I'm talking about PFS specifically and saying that you're talking complete crap about there being epigenetic changes that make them a permanent condition. What might these changes be then? There are no reputable studies that suggest this happens in any way. Your claims are probably the result of some PFS foundation funded study carried out with an extreme bias and poor methodology, but I'd love to see it anyways. Anyway, I'm in no way trying to convince you of anything, that's not the point of my post, what I am trying to do is clear things up for anyone lurking and reading. You say in your second post above that you completely disagree that one must stop hair loss to justify a HT. You're completely wrong and are giving out painfully incorrect advice that has the potential to be much more dangerous than finasteride could ever be in reality. A lot of guys on here are young and headed to a high NW if they let nature take it's course, and some don't have the best donor area to make up for that. For these people, they will without a doubt run out of donor at some point, and they might be left at 35 years old with a messed up/odd looking head of hair with no real 'out' or option to shave due to the 5000+ scars on the back of their head. They might feel like their life is ruined, I know I probably would, and all because they listened to you instead of listening to clinical evidence.
    5 points
  21. Loads of great feedback guys thank you all !! I will be posting a YouTube video a little derma roller tutorial … I will post the link on here ! Here’s a recent pic ! For the first time in over 10 years I have a hairline !!
    5 points
  22. Just updated my table to include Dr. Bicer. HRN friends let me know if any information on this needs to be updated.
    5 points
  23. @londonhairlossvictim you are definitely ahead of of the game with regards to healing. Everything looks great brother! Don't sweat the small stuff. I'm right there with you man at around the 6/7 week mark myself and I experienced way more shedding than you. This is the time to embrace your inner self and block out everyone's perception of 'how you look'. To hell with what people think! Me personally, I've had a number of social events, weddings, christenings, a wine tasting event, and a corporate event where I had to speak in front of about 100 of my colleagues with all eyes on me and my weird head. Out of all the friends, family, colleagues, and strangers I've been been exposed to over the last 6 week, I only had 3 people ask me if I had something done. I happily told them what I did, and trust me when I tell you they were so fascinated with the whole process and peppered me with 101 questions of intrigue. I'm finding that as long as people see me comfortable in my own skin, they either don't notice, don't care, or take extreme interest in learning about the experience. With that said though, by no means am I enjoying looking like this and may invest in Hairatin Fibers when my hair grows in a little. Until then, I'll keep the wheel of life turning unrestricted. Honestly though, I think if you cut your native hair to come closer to matching the transplanted hair, you may be able to use the Hairatin fibers next month when you have that event to attend. With the strength of your native hair, you are in a strong position for fibers to look kick ass on you when the grafts grow a little more. Happy to finally be subscribed to your thread! Looking forward future updates.
    4 points
  24. Hi Guys, I happened to stumble upon this forum a few months back and I must say this network is nothing less than everything that a guy needs who’s planning to get a hair transplant done. I live in Kashmir, India and those of you who are from my city would know how Kashmir is like a red ocean market when it comes to cheap hair transplant clinics. I checked out a few but was never convinced by the so-called doctors at these clinics, mostly because they could not show me any good results of their ex-patients. For a patient like me, who has been suffering from MPB since the age of 21, it just becomes so hard to place your trust in clinics like that. So, like I mentioned, my hair loss started when I had just completed my graduation, it progressed even faster and reached my temporal area by the time I was 26. I consulted a few doctors down south in Chennai who prescribed minoxidil but let’s just say it wasn’t helping my case and my patience was running thin. I researched about some of the top reputed clinics as well but sadly most of them were too commercialized, minting money from unwary patients and the credentials of their surgeons were often confusing. Now the reason why I was so careful is the fact that I have doctors in my own extended family, who advised me against these commercially-driven clinics and also helped in shortlisting a few good clinics in India itself. Still not satisfied, the next thing I started doing was looking for negative reviews of these shortlisted clinics. Eugenix in Delhi NCR was the one with the least number of discouraging reviews and that somehow made me consult and subsequently book my procedure with them. At 30, I was on Grade III when I consulted them and was given an evaluation of 2500 grafts. I was so excited that I arrived in Delhi a week prior to my procedure, got the pre-ops and necessary bloodwork done. The surgery went on for eight to nine hours, loved the planning and designing session with one of their trained doctors. There was no pain at all, some discomfort was there because of the long procedure but it was nothing to fear about. Infact, they used a vibrating device as well which lessened the prick sensations during needling even further. A total of 2505 grafts were done; hairline was created at around 7 cms from my glabella. Temples were also recreated using 130 & 137 grafts on the RHS & LHS respectively. So far so good, no complaints at all. Thoroughly impressed by their post-surgery follow up care, which I feel is rare when it comes to clinics worldwide. I stayed back in Delhi and got my dressings done on the subsequent days as well. Now eagerly waiting for some great results. You can check my pre and post-surgery photos down below:
    4 points
  25. @Melvin- Moderator has stated exactly what I wanted to say. You need to see a therapist (based on the results from your surgery which look excellent). You may be suffering from an anxiety disorder such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) or you may just be hyper sensitive to the comments of others? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is very good in this regard. You may also just need to be more involved in a forum like this one to be able to educate yourself more about everything 'hair transplant' to realize that what you percieve to be a bad result is actually a great one reflected in reality. At 18 I made the same emotional impulse as you but I actually had a barbaric result. A year later I chose to see my GP and I got a referral to see a psychologist which helped me immensely for the next couple of years. Wishing you all the best.
    4 points
  26. I really appreciate you for openly sharing your experience. It has given me a lot of hope after my first botched procedure by Medlinks where they butchered my donor. A skilled surgeon can restore your look even with a bad donor. Wish you a good recovery and amazing hair growth :)
    4 points
  27. @Berba11 yes indeed! @JC71 @digi23 a total of 3231 grafts from my scalp donor & 3769 grafts from my beard donor were extracted and then placed on the frontal area. Dr Sethi opined that the hair on the front that were transplanted earlier were actually misaligned, put in wrong directions and angles, some were implanted at an angle of more than 90 degrees to the skin surface. So, he extracted those wrongly implanted grafts and placed them over the mid scalp. The temple area was also addressed. Overall, it was very exciting. My FUT scars - the doctor initially thought of putting hair over there, but we ran short of grafts. I have decided that I will go to Milan to do an SMP over there after 4 weeks from now.
    4 points
  28. Dr. Sethi's da bomb - he really is a great guy. I love interacting with him. He's like a kid! When we went out for dinner a couple of nights ago, it was like keeping up with a hurricane.
    4 points
  29. I will use the analogy Dr. Konior gave me, suppose you go the grocery store right when it opens to get fresh tomatoes, you have the freshest brightest tomatoes right at the front. Ripe for the picking. Now, suppose you return a few days later, to get more tomatoes, most of the ripest tomatoes will be gone. The left over tomatoes won't look as fresh and bright, they'll look more like this Getting multiple FUE's is a lot like that, each time the doctor performs an FUE, he's picking the best grafts, the healthiest most robust grafts, and each time he returns, there is less, and less, and less. Now, imagine the grocery store only allowed customers to pick from one side of the tomatoes, when you return a few days later, there's still gonna be some good ripe tomatoes to pick from. FUE causes a lot of damage, more than FUT. If you were to take all of the sub-dermal scar tissue from having thousands and thousands of holes punched out of your head, and compared it to a linear strip, you'd be shocked at how much more damage you accrue from FUE. That is why for so many years FUT was touted as the best procedure, that is also why it is suggested to go FUT first before FUE, so you have sections of your donor (virgin) untouched. It really is common sense.
    4 points
  30. Jeez this is absolutely stunning 🤩 thanks for posting another case @Dr. Felipe Pittella look forward to seeing more 👍🏽
    4 points
  31. First session done. I fell asleep. Absolutely painless. Mirko is extremely friendly and most importantly extremely professional. It's looking a little red. I'll upload some pics after the second session on Monday with the same light and angles.
    4 points
  32. One defining moment came for me yesterday when I returned to the clinic to have the donor area cleaned. I was asking a couple of techs who worked on me for their names as I wanted to mention them by name specifically when I do my review write-up. They insisted that their individual names and efforts were not to be highlighted; rather, they just wanted me to refer to them all as the Eugenix team. Great stuff.
    4 points
  33. 12 month Update. Everything has been excellent and now the result is complete.🔥 I am over the Moon with the result so very Happy. Some pictures Taken just from the pool, from upside and from a brunch. 👍🏻
    4 points
  34. 4 months and 2 weeks … things seem to be happening a little more all of a sudden behind the hair line 🤔 I’m looking forward to seeing what will happen between month 5 and 6 !
    4 points
  35. Failure of the hair transplant surgery can occur due to technical failure by the surgical team or due to sloppy surgical methods. There are many clinics for hair transplantation but unfortunately, hair transplants done by an inexperienced surgeon leads to poor results, low self-esteem, patient dissatisfaction and depression. Correcting these failed hair transplants is challenging because of the reduction in the donor area, bad hairline designs and previously done scarring. It can also be very traumatic for the patient. What are the rescue options for Failed Hair Transplant? There are certain ways to repair the failed hair transplant: 1. Body hair can be used to rescue patients with a depleted donor area. 2. FUT Scarring on the backside of the scalp can be concealed with the aid of scalp revision or scalp micro-pigmentation. 3. A bad frontal hairline can be totally redesigned by extracting the wrong grafts with the assistance of the FUE technique and relocation. What are the cases where a Hair Transplant Repair is required? 1. Defective Hairline 2. Compromised Density 3. Wide Scar after FUT 4. Stretched Scar 5. Bushy Temples Note: We will be updating this thread with result photos soon.
    4 points
  36. I know, what a journey! But hey, I made great friends and have a full head of hair which I would have never dreamed off. I could have been bald and have a Ferrari but I'll take hair any day!
    4 points
  37. Regardless of the final outcome, the approach of this Dr is unethical, operating somebody at 22 whose hairline has barely started to recede. Does not sound like the Dr educated you on the subject either.
    4 points
  38. There have been an overwhelming number of repair patients popping up on reddit, instagram, and other social media platforms. It's actually very alarming, while the lucky ones who stumble upon this forum become educated and often times choose quality surgeons, not everyone is so lucky. My question to you guys is how do we do better? How do we reach those young guys who are making the worst mistake of their lives. I would love to hear your guys thoughts. How To Avoid Corrective Surgery Don't Be A Hair Transplant Repair Patient - Dr. Pradeep Sethi
    4 points
  39. As i'm new here at HRN, and used HRN much to educate myself, i mean learned much by HRN members like @Egy, @MachoVato, @Portugal25 , @Melvin- Moderator, and many other, if continue count i'm afraid will forget someone, so my apologize, if didn't added rest of members helped me much to understand this matter about HT, hairloss, levels of hairloss like norwood-hamilton, good clinics, top clinics, bad clinics, hair mill clinics, all those learned here, and by my adittional research allaround.... Thought about 1 thing last days, as i'm near to decide which clinic/doctor to choose, probably some of top 5 in Turkey, as mentioned ago main reason is my private life's situation, and can't wait 12-18x months for some clinics like dr. Lorenzo, which by opinion is one of best, dr. Bisanga too, and cause of some other complications, flights, but mostly cause of long waiting list, so thing what about i thought, is "who" are these "top" doctors which perform these not so simple HT surgeries, when i say "who" not mean, only their results, websites, prices, social networks, as you know that not all failed cases will be posted at this forum, as not all people who get HT by some of "top" doctors-clinics post at HRN, and some of cases we'll never know, mostly here post members who were active before their HT, trying get here experience, help, how to choose etc. , and in respect of HRN help, get back with results, so my question who are doctors is related to their backrounds, in meaning their education, experience in which area, like Plastics surgery, general surgery, Dermathology, or whatever.... As we know, good education is base for every success in some area, as it's base, as think not so ok surgery perform dr. Urologist, dr. Psychologist, dr. Diabetologist, etc etc. , as in some of hair mill clinics, doctor who is in front of those clinics has no any connection to surgery, but absolute different area, and he acts like a dr. XX who "perform" HT surgery, think no one patient with cardio problems, will like to hear that his cardio surgery will perform some dr. Dermathologist, instead dr. Cardio-srugeon. I say this, casue as more researched, more realized, that allaround are many doctors, who just participated in some courses of HT surgery, or worked with some famous HT surgeon, but in that case if no real education at least in any kind of surgery, as some of doctors from list - table i'll post here, for ex. worked in General surgery, in Thoracic surgery, etc. , such doctors can easy adapt to surgey as HT, as worked with much more complicated srugery areas, but if doctors only had some short courses, or non-formal educations by working in some clinics and learned by colleague, did you think it's enough? In this case, we can say technician who work 5-10 years with famous doctor like dr. Lorenzo, Bisanga, almost have knowledge, like doctor who didn't specialize at least 3-4y in some hospital's surgery, of any surgery area... As docotr who is just graduated general Medicine, has no much experience to perform surgery, if really by formal education didn't practice surgery and got speciaization in some surgery area. I say this, cause there is just regular doctor - medicine doctor, or in some countries called doctors of general practice, without any kind specialization oficial, as oficial specizalizations in Medicine, usual take 2-4 years depend of country, and it's oficial, to get status of specialist doctor of some area, like spec. Cardio-surgeon, spec. Plastics surgeon, and what's nearest to this HT area is specialization in Plastics surgery, or any other kind surgery experience think is good. So, would like hear your opinion about this theme, do you think is enough doctor who only graduacted 4-5y faculty of Medicine, without specialzation in any surgery area, perform these HT surgeries, only based on learning in some private clinics, like first assist main doctor, and then by 2-3y, open himself/herself clinics and offer HT surgery services? Maybe i'm more than other suspicios and careful, and watch things by more sides than need, but ok, it's forum, open discussion ,, and all we can say our opinions ... I say , cause in area where i work, some job can't perform engineer other area, but only specialized engineer for specific project area. Here is about our lifes, heads, as engineer's mistakes can fix by money, payment of mistakes, but if doctors not well educated, mistakes sometimes can't be repaired and money will not help . Used @Portugal25 nice table as reference for "top" doctors table, from his thread all credits go to @Portugal25 for his great work, and sure if he agree about using his table as reference, if not, i'll delete my table with "top" doctors education table. Would like hear your opinions on this theme, what you think is education very important, or you'll accept even it's doctor only doctor of Medicine - bacis education , 4-6 years 1st level university education - doctor of general practice, and not have formal education in any area of surgery, but just non-formal education by practice in work of private clinics like assisting main doctor? P.S. These information about education found mostly by googling, from different sources like ISHRS, websites of doctors, etc. , and all are oficial informations. List is long, and when open photo, use bigger ZOOM to be able read education of all doctors.
    4 points
  40. Yeah, I commend the clinic posting an update when it's clear that the result isn't so good (and they could've just left things unknown), but to be honest, this is one of those cases where the patient should probably have just been turned away to begin with. I think it's an objective case of things would honestly look considerably better if the guy just shaved it off... and I'm not a big just shave it bro proponent. Saying that, maybe there's more stages planned and he will come out looking good in the end, I'm not sure? But as is, it wasn't worth it in my opinion.
    4 points
  41. Only 6.5 months?! And to think it's going to get better! 😎
    4 points
  42. Shedding of transplanted grafts is essentially shock loss that the follicles experience due to the process of surgery and we do not support that there is a correlation between shedding time and growth time in patients. Almost all patients who have had surgery with any clinic will shed, regardless of quality of surgery and even in cases of lower yield and poor growth showing that shedding and growth are not correlative. Early growth is one of the most discussed topics/asked questions recently which is completely understandable in terms of patients getting back to normal and moving forward post procedure, but as mentioned in the video, it can be a real source of anxiety for some individuals if they haven't achieved significant growth in those very early months which may not be realistic for them. We all proceed with surgery with the longer term result in mind. I have seen patients on this very forum who experienced impressive early growth but their final result was somewhat lacking. Early growth is a bonus for those who experience it, but far more important than early growth is the final result at 12+ months.
    4 points
  43. Donor looks great, and work looks pristine. In regards to the microscope, I think you're probably referring to him wearing a pair of loupes. By microscope, people mean checking the grafts under an actual microscope like you would find in a science lab. Here, the techs can see any damaged or transected follicles, and most importantly, are able to sort out the grafts by number of FU's (so, one haired grafts, two haired grafts, three haired and so on). It's not always easy to see whether a graft has just the one hair or multiple hairs in it with the naked eye alone, and as a result you can end up with doubles in the hairline etc. Regardless though Keser is a top notch surgeon and I wouldn't worry about it at all.
    4 points
  44. It is still wrong to say that this was misinformation. Especially since he proved a response from a Bicer rep. Let's not be so quick to assume that members are wrong... or be so quick to defend the doctors here.
    4 points
  45. Hey guys. So, here are the ~6 month updates: Suffice to say, I have the hair of my dreams now and the results have honestly been life changing. I've attached 3 photos with flash and harsh lighting, and then another photo my friend took of me out in the wild. Even with the harshest lighting, I'm incredibly happy with the density and naturalness. I just wanted to say thank you to this forum for directing me towards Dr. Konior and making this result possible. I have my second procedure scheduled with Dr. Konior for my crown in January (~2,200 FUE), so will make another update then.
    4 points
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