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Long time lurker at the forum, after a couple of years of browsing through the website and looking up results, I've finally opted for a procedure @ Eugenix, Gurgaon on December the 10th - it's just a day away. I've had an in person consultation with Dr.Sethi last year, and another consultation over the phone with Dr. Arika. They recommend around 1200 grafts, I'm guessing it'll be around the 1400-1500 mark if we get around to fixing my temples. I'm 26 years of old, no major signs of baldness nor does my family have a history. Currently breaching NW 2, hopefully I'll get some pictures in for you guys in a couple of days. I'm praying everything goes smooth, will keep this thread updated over the course of my entire journey. This forum has been very helpful in helping me zero in on a good doctor, so thank you. Any pre-op/post-op advice? I'm all ears! Cheers!
Hello guys, I am a 27 year old with a NW 3v MPHL for the last 7 years. We do have a decent family history of NW 3-4 at most. Maybe one uncle with a NW 5. I have been on Finasteride for the last year and a half with no issues. I'm talking 1 tablet every other day. I have recently been thinking of a hair transplant. Actually my initial research started few years ago but I was advised by a good Doctor in Canada that I should delay surgery. Anyway, I went through a period of stress and family issues and put it all off together. Recently however, and with the COVID lockdown and a better mental status and a good deal of working from home :)) I decided to get it done. I do live in Jordan and went for a consultation with Dr. Taleb sometime in April/ May. We discussed the options and the long term possibilities. I did outline my concerns are mainly in the frontal region and that it has been quite stable for sometime. I am also happy with finasteride so I hope I will be on it for the longrun. He inspected my donor area and we decided to go ahead with 2000-2200 grafts. i was looking to fill in areas of my crown but given my age he advised me against it at this stage. I booked an appointment for the 6 th of August as there was a couple of months of waiting time anyway. Few days before surgery, I was contacted and given specific instructions other than the ones that they emailed previously. I was reminded to have a light breakfast, wear a buttoned or zipped shirt and to stop Seafood products or foods for 5 days before surgery. I found that part unusual but I did stick to it. I never craved fish like those 5 days before :)) Surgery started at 8 am that day. Beautiful clinic, very Zen with soothing music and you can tell that it's really me that is going to be there. I was greeted by his staff, around 3-4 nurses and a clinic manager. I filled my consent forms, took my vitals, meds, chose my meal (good selection that suits anyone really) and even my music preferences. I then went into a changing room and had all my belongings safely locked and changed into a gown. I then met Dr. Taleb. We had a good chat about the hairline which took around 20-30 minutes to draw- freehand. He was against me going too low for obvious reasons. Once this was drawn, he personally shaved my donor area and the areas we will work on. I had a good hair wash and massage after that and photos taken during these stages. I went into the procedure room. Again really lovely nurses. Very chilled and always talkative. I think the valium started kicking in too. The donor area was prepped again and Dr. Taleb started with one tiny injection in the middle. He then told me that he will no longer use needles at this stage and will only have a cannula under the skin for anesthesia. According to him it is a new technique that he found very useful. I really felt nothing more than pressure under the skin. I have no way to compare with the original way but I would say pain was 2/10 overall. Dr. Taleb then started all extractions with his senior technician using the forceps to pull them out. There was constant counting as I kept falling asleep and waking up . Extraction took around 3 hours. I was allowed to walk and take a short break during it. Once that was done, I was bandaged had another short break and the second part was being prepared and the room cleaned. Again, same way of anesthesia for the front. A bit more sensitive but nothing dramatic. Dr. Taleb made all channels. It probably took around 45 minutes-1 hour. Once that was done, I went into the lunch room, had my steak sandwich, made few phonecalls and just rested a bit. I went back in, had a chat with the two techs implanting. i then switched on to Netflix and watched a documentary. Implanatation took around 2.5 hours I would say. I did sleep during some parts. The final count was around 2100 grafts and the average hairs per follicle around 2.4. i was happy I'm done. The work looked good. A long day but I was out of clinic by 6 pm after discussing all instructions with the Dr. My appointments for next days wash, Day 10 scrub and thereafter were all made for me before leaving and emailed. I really am hoping for a good result. I'm 6-7 weeks out. Will share some photos now ofcourse (They were all sent to me after each appointment). Overall, very pleased so far. A real world class practice and team. I know now is the worst part of waiting. But at least I did something useful in this unusual year :))) Day of Surgery: After surgery that evening: 1 month check:
My hair had started receding 3 years ago and decided to do something about it. Finisterade just wasn't working anymore. A buddy of mine had a great experience with Dr Alba Reyes in the Dominican Republic. I emailed them and set a date June 7th 2018. The cost was $5000 for 6000 grafts. I gave a $1000 deposit to lock down date and rest was due when i got there. Included was being shuttled from airport, to hotel and to doctors office. Hotel and meals were included in the price as well. It was a all inclusive deal. Simple. When i arrived i was greeted by the driver and he checked me into the hotel. He then drove me for the 1st initial visit to meet Dr Reyes. They took my blood pressure and checked to make sure i had no issues since i had decided to be put under anesthesia while FUE transplants were being done. Went back to hotel for a good night rest. Next morning driver picked me up and the process started. Dr Reyes said i would approximately have about 5800grafts from my donar area. We decided to do frontal area 1st and the next year do the back crown area. She formed a grid, put me under and surgery started at 9am. I woke up around 4pm and they were just finishing up. They put bandages on me and sent me back to the hotel for the night. Next day they pulled bandages off and washed my head. Put bandages back on and gave me directions on maintenance for the next year. Sent me back to hotel and left the next morning. It was a great experience. I highly recommend them. It ended up costing close to $6000 with the flight.
I want to undergo hair transplantation surgery. Unfortunately, the donor area in the back of my head is weak and the baldness area in my head is large where I have the baldness stage of NW7. Therefore, extraction of grafts from my chest is a must. Therefore, I have been informed by the most hair transplantation clinics and advisory websites that covering the whole of my head is not possible, especially in one session. In the first session, which may also be the only session for me, it will be only possible to cover my hairline and the frontal area of my head, so that the crown and the back of my head will continue to be empty. Some clinics have informed me that it may be possible to cover my crown in another session one year later by extracting grafts from my chest. Few Clinics are ready to cover all of my head by extracting grafts from the back of my head and my chest. I am really mystified whether to cover the frontal half of my head in the first surgery, which may be the only transplantation surgery for me or to cover the whole of my head in one surgery in a clinic ready to do so for me. If only the frontal half of my head will be covered on one session because it is reportedly and medically the typical solution for me, will it be acceptable for my appearance to be with a half-covered head and a bald spot in my head crown? Of course, it will be optimal for my personal photos and my video chatting to be with only a frontal coverage for my head. However, in real life and for youtubing, I am not sure if it will be optimal or not. How will my hair look like? How will I style my hair? Will I be obligated to a specified hairstyle? Will I have to lengthen my hair or shorten it? Will my head appearance (face and hair) be acceptable without any criticism or mockery? Will it be a distraction for the eye that looks at me to stare at my bald spot in the back of my head other than looking at my face and my frontal hair?