I have been losing hair since I was 19yrs old and I was on and off minoxidil since I was 24 but at 28yrs I completely stopped minoxidil for 1 yr and it was the worst decision ever. I lost almost all my hair within this 1 yr. I tried to get back on minoxidil and finasteride but it did not help. At age 30, I finally decided that I will do HT.
After some research and some consultation with various doctors in Chicago, including Dr.Vladamir Panine, Dr.Allan Purgangao and some doctors in India including Dr.Madhu and Dr.Bhatti. I finally decided to go ahead and fly to India to perform my HT with Dr.Bhatti.
Here is my experience with Dr.Bhatti at Darling buds.
I reached India on 8th of Oct 2018, Dr.Bhatti had arranged transportation from Delhi airport to Chandigarh. It's a 3hrs ride which was pretty decent even after the long 19hr flight. I was taken directly to the hotel where I slept few hours. At 430pm local time a car was sent to pick me up from the hotel for my consultation with Dr.Bhatti.
The consultation was about my hairline design and inspection of my donor area, after which blood sample were taken for necessary investigation.
Day of the surgery.
I was give antibiotic and sedative injection. I was drowsy very quickly and felt slight pinch at the back of my head at the beginning but soon I fell asleep and did not feel any pain. The surgery was about 7hrs during which a total of 2476 grafts were harvested from the donor area.
Single - 328
Double - 1657
Triple - 491
I did not have any pain after the surgery and came back from dressing the donor area early next morning. The healing was pretty good and on the 3rd day my dressing was completely taken off, I never took any pain medication after the surgery. I am pretty pleased with the healing process so far.
I have posted pictures taken on the day of the surgery and progression on week 1 , 2, and 3.
Dr.Bhatti has prescribed to take finasteride 1mg + 5mg biotin and spray minoxdil 5% for the first 6 months only to promote hair growth. I am taking the medication religiously and hoping for the best outcome.
2942 grafts on December 14, 2015 with Dr. Tejinder Bhatti first FUE. Only front, top and sides are covered. Crown will be in next visit.
I have been suffering from hair loss for almost 6-7 years, but the condition aggravated in the last 2 years. Have researched lot through this forum for knowledge and information about hair transplant before taking the plunge, I selected Dr. Bhatti for his visible results with less grafts.
I belong to India and Dr. Bhatti's clinic is only a 1 hour car drive, so it was easy for me to select him.
I drove down 2 weeks before the procedure for pre-op counselling with Dr. Bhatti (Discussed few important things and we decided to leave crown area this time. As I wanted to make front looks better first and don’t want to waste too many grafts in single attempt).
1. Reached clinic at sharp 7:00 AM. Quick blood sample and again Dr. Bhatti draw a final hairline, I agreed to his judgement as we already discussed about it before.
2. Pre HT pictures clicked by Dr. Bhatti for future reference.
3. Haircut and head washing before surgery. Finally again hairline drawn and discussed.
4. Harvesting procedure started with anesthesia which feels little bit but tolerable. It took 3 hours to harvesting as my skin was little touch.
5. After small break Dr. Bhatti started silting and it took approx. 1 hour with no pain at all.
6. Moved to second room for plantation, which took 3.5 hours with no pain at all again and I enjoyed Indian songs on TV during the process.
7. Throughout the process I was told many times, I have very healthy grafts with most of them having 2/3 hairs.
At the end, I'm glad that I selected a best clinic. Dr. Bhatti seemed very nice and proficient in his work - he is a busy man though doing 2 cases a day. I specially want to mention, his staff is very well behaving and very helpful. I had a mostly positive experience with Darling buds - am hopeful and looking forward to my result now. I've got high hopes for my hair growth. Fingers crossed!!
Posting some of my Pre and Post-surgery pics here also will keep posting. Thanks for reading. For anyone wanting to know more about the clinic/ surgery, please feel free to ask questions here or PM me.