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  1. Thanks! I paid 2 Euro per graft, so the total cost of the transplant was 2 X 2,200 = 4,400 Euro. The prices may have gone up since I went though. I paid around $1,000 USD for a return plane ticket from Asia. For the hotel, I found an AirBnB by myself for around 30 Euro per night near the clinic. I stayed for 5 nights, so 30 X 5 = 150 Euro. I'm not using any medication as I got side effects from finasteride. I understand the risks of this and am willing to get more transplants down the line to combat future hair loss.
  2. Thanks! I wasn't expecting it to be this dense at 6 months. I think it's a combination of a great job by the surgeon (high graft survival) plus thick donor.
  3. Hey guys, quick 6 month update. Just got a really short cut and loving it. Never could have pulled this off with my pre-transplant hairline. Here's a picture in direct sunlight and two more from a distance(front and side).
  4. I had to do blood tests for these groups: HbsAg, hemogram, antiHIV, antiHCV and coagulation test (ptz,Inr). I live in Taiwan so I just did them cheap at a local hospital here.
  5. I can't remember the exact numbers, but I think he said somewhere around 4K grafts remaining as I have pretty thick donor. HD Photo Update I just got a new phone so, as promised here are some higher quality pictures. I'm interested to know your guys' opinions on my exposed hairline photos and the single to double ratio of grafts. Back (Donor)
  6. Good stuff, looking forward to seeing your results!
  7. Nice, how many grafts are you getting? It's ridiculous how much my confidence has gone up since doing it. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. For the first time I'm not devoting 50% of my daily energy thinking about hair loss.
  8. 5 Month Update: Hair continues to thicken and get longer. Still very pleased with result. Below I've attached several photos with different lightings. In the second one my hair is wet under direct light and the transplanted hair is still barely noticeable. I have also attached a photo at the end of my pre-transplant state just to give some comparison (I know for some it's not a big difference but for me it's huge). Will do another update in August when I get a nice camera phone. Cheers!
  9. Hi Drew, I those pics I just posted are from my 4.5 month mark. I'll post some more pics when I get hold of a better quality camera (might be a couple weeks )
  10. Cheers Kosmo, can't wait to see what the next couple of months holds in store.
  11. 4.5 Month Update: Hey guys, I'm very happy with my result so far. It has really thickened up over the past month or so. Just got a new haircut which fully exposes the hairline. I haven't felt the need to use concealer at all. Apologies for the quality of the pics below. I don't have a phone at the moment so I'm using the webcam on my Macbook. I will take some HD pics as soon as I get a new phone!
  12. Hey Drew, Everything is going well. My recipient continues to get thicker. I will post more pictures at the 4, 5 and 6 month marks.
  13. Thanks man. Here are some close-ups with somewhat less harsh lighting (no concealer).
  14. 3 MONTH UPDATE Hey guys, it's been a few days shy of 3 months so here's an update. I think I'm through the worst of the ugly duckling phase. The hair is beginning to get thicker and stronger. I have started using Toppik fibres when I go out at night, which make a huge difference. Below are the pics. The ones where I am wearing a shirt are using no concealer. The ones without a shirt are using Toppik. They are in full daylight, so the hair obviously looks better in dimmer lighting.
  15. Yes those were the prices for me, but Dr. Kaan told me he would be raising prices very soon. You would have to ask the clinic.
  16. 6 Week Update: Hi everyone, so it's been around 6 weeks since the surgery. I have shed most of the transplanted hair. I think this is what they call the "ugly ducking" phase. It's strange, even though my hair is super thin in front, I'm getting a lot of attention from the ladies, who almost unanimously think I look better now with my "new haircut" than I did before. As far as I can tell, nobody knows I've had anything done (except the people I've told of course). I wasn't expecting this at all. The best part is, it only gets better from here! I have attached a pic from a week and a half ago and a front-facing one from last night. All in all, extremely happy with my decision to get this done and I can't wait for what's to come!
  17. I had some concerns before but it really wasn't a problem. The way they split the surgery up over multiple sessions/days seems to give the doctor enough rest. Keep in mind my surgery wasn't a very big one, so I'm not sure how things work for major cases(3K+ grafts).
  18. He uses forceps for implantation. Regarding the wait time between extraction and implantation, each day is usually divided into 2 "sessions". Each session is split up into two parts: the extraction (during which 400-750 grafts are extracted), followed by implantation after a 10-15 minute break. So a typical day looks like this: Arrive at clinic Extraction Round 1 10-15 minute break Implantation Round 1 Lunch Break(1 Hour) Extraction Round 2 10-15 minute break Implantation Round 2 Home
  19. Thank you. Yes, Dr. Kaan said I had an unusual number of triples as opposed to singles and doubles. This, I was told, is a good sign for a dense result. I am secretly hoping I don't experience the classic 1-month shed (very unlikely but who knows).
  20. Thanks! I think he used an 0.8mm manual punch. Yes, he used to work at HLC and with Keser before that. In 2017, he decided to start his own clinic in Ankara. On the donor, the scabs started coming off around the 6th day. I left all the scabs on the recipient intact until the morning of the 8th day, at which time I gently massaged them using Sebamed shampoo until they all came off.
  21. After researching transplants for three years, I decided to choose a clinic where the doctor performs every step of the procedure, including extractions, incisions and implantation. I didn’t want to take any risks with my grafts. I was left with three choices: 1. HLC, 2. Keser & 3. Dr. Kaan. I read every single case report out of these three clinics, including on English, German and Italian forums. In the end, I decided on Dr Kaan because of his excellent results and relatively affordable prices. I am very happy I did! ABOUT ME Age: Turning 28 this month NW3 with very gradual hereditary frontal recession (I have two brothers in their mid-40s who are still NW2 and NW3.5) Medication: None currently. I tried various strengths of finasteride over the course of a year but had to stop due to side effects. Trust me, I tried. This is a decision I have made and I accept the risks. Total grafts transplanted: 2,200 THE SURGERY If I had to use one word to describe Dr. Kaan it would be this: ethical. My feeling was that he really cares about preserving his patients’ grafts. After sending my pictures initially, Dr. Kaan estimated I would need around 2700-3000 grafts. During my in-person consultation on the first day, we discussed hairlines and transplants in general for almost an hour, talking back and forth about the best possible plan. In the end, we decided on a more conservative approach, which I am happy we did. Dr. Kaan took the estimated number of grafts down to 2,500. This number would come down once again after the first day of surgery to around 2,200 after it was determined I had very thick donor hair and therefore would need fewer grafts for a good result. There is no incentive for him to do this other than to save your donor hair, as fewer grafts means less money for him. My surgery was split over two days, with around 1,100 grafts extracted and implanted on the first day and rest done on the second day. As extractions are done manually, this is the most time-consuming part of the process. I feel it is worth it however, as manual extraction generally processes fewer transections and dead follicles. Dr. Kaan performed every step of the procedure, including extractions, incisions and implantation. In fact the only times his assistants touched my head was when they shaved and washed it! also really appreciated the fact I could talk to Dr. Kaan during the surgery and ask him how everything was going. The clinic itself is very comfortable. I was served delicious breakfasts and lunches. I stayed at an AirBnB next to the clinic. Everything was perfect. PRE PLANNING POST-OP 8 DAYS POST-OP