I thought I would share with everyone my hair transplant experience.
I started noticing my hair slowly thinning at 20-21 years old but I was fortunately lucky that it was going quite slow, I knew that I was going to lose my hair to a degree as most of the men in my family experience a degree of hair loss. For years I was in denial about my genetic hair loss and wrote it off as traction alopecia (As I sikh I had worn a top knot as a child up until my late teens), until my aunt had pointed out that my hair was thinning when i was around 24 years old , an innocent comment in her eyes but a freak out ensued. I had started looking on reddit about hair loss prevention methods and taking hundreds of photos of my head daily trying to justify that I was losing my hair. Eventually I accepted my fate and said that I would combat it however I could. I started "The big 3" - fin,min, and niz in combination of microneedling a little over a year ago (Age 25). Eventually my hair did get a little thicker and stopped falling out, my hair loss had stabilized and I still wasn't happy. I started looking at getting a hair transplant and seeing what the costs were. The expenses were out of my budget in North America so I had looked at doctors in India and Turkey. I had seen video's of Dr. Bhatti on youtube, seeing both Punjabi celebrities and hair transplant channels talk about his work. I later discovered him on forums and got to know that he was a trusted doctor and reading his FAQ's and transparency led me to contact Darling Buds for a consultation. Mind you, I did consult a few different doctors but being that I am of Indian descent I had reasoned that it would be a great excuse to visit my family and the motherland at the same time.
I sent Darling Buds a message on Whatsapp and received a call from them hours later asking to provide my e-mail address and that the doctor would be in contact with me. The doctor specified that he would be in contact with me for the first 5 e-mails and afterwards his team would switch to speaking to me instead. Dr. Bhatti initially requested certain photos from angles in natural lighting and asked what kind of result I was wanting and expectations etc. After providing photo's, doctor Bhatti informed me that my procedure would require 2200-2500 grafts in the hairline, frontal scalp and temporal areas. I thanked the doctor and contemplated this decision for a few weeks, debriefed my girlfriend (Who did not care if I did this procedure or not) eventually deciding that I wanted to do this. I contacted the team about dates, hotels, and packages and eventually settled on everything. The communication of his team had exceeded my expectations and diminished my worries about going alone to India to have my head operated on. I was also provided instructions of do's and don'ts before a hair transplant (instructions about smoking, alcohol, medications etc.).
Before the procedure:
Dr. Bhatti's team had gotten my flight information and asked me to stay in touch with them a few days before my flight to ensure a smooth trip, I was sent a driver's phone number to stay in contact with. I messaged the driver upon arrival and there he was waiting at the gate with my name on it. I was provided water and snacks and taken to a nice hotel where everything was already booked for me to stay in. I was sent a message later in the morning that a driver would be coming around 10:30 and to be ready. The driver promptly picked me up and was taken to Dr. Bhatti's hospital. I was promptly offered a drink before meeting with Dr. Bhatti. Dr. Bhatti drew a hair line he recommended on my head and told me we would go from there. Needless to say I was happy with the hairline as it was lower than I had expected it. I let Dr. Bhatti know that he could move it up too if it would not be as dense, he insured me that he could do that but that I would have a great result regardless. He asked me to take photos and contemplate it over the night and that we could change the hairline If I so pleased. After the consultation a blood sample was taken and an ECG was performed. I was also provided further instructed by Shalini, the clinic's team lead on some pre care instructions and medications I needed to take the night before .
The day of the operation:
I was taken to the clinic/hospital in the morning where I was promptly changed, shaved and given anesthesia and provided a take out menu of a pizza place for lunch. Then Dr. Bhatti and his team performed the operation. I experienced minimal discomfort during the operation and was told to speak up about any pain if felt any. A lot of the details for me are a bit hazy because I was drifting in and out of sleep during the operation but after the extractions were done by Dr. Bhatti I had the pizza lunch and then the incisions were made and grafts were placed. I was then given some instructions for the night and some more medications to take.
I was picked up by Dr. Bhatti' team again where the bandage on my donor area was removed and cleaned and Dr. Bhatti checked to see how everything looked once again. He then spoke to me about the operation and provided some tips/guidance himself and told me to keep in touch with him over the course of my recovery. I was then given a bunch of medications, shampoos, creams and lotions to utilized for the next few weeks as well as a FAQ booklet and written instructions of when to take meds and when to use each of the provided products.
The great things was that the following days after the procedure I did have questions that my FAQ booklet could not answer and when I contacted the clinic via Whatsapp they answered my questions promptly. I ended up spending the next two weeks in India afterwards with my family without any issue. At day 14 the scabs were removed where there were some scabs with hair on it (Which is supposed to happen) and I am now left looking like I have a shaved head. All in all I would say that I'm pleased so far with the way thing's are looking and that this was the utmost professional experience. If anyone has any questions feel free to shoot me a message! I'll keep you guys updated throughout the year!
Provided below are photos of my hair before the procedure, the hairline design, the day of the operation, and 2 weeks after the operation.