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  1. Hello. I’ve gained a lot from this forum so now it’s time for me to give back with a patient review after an FUE procedure of 2356 grafts from Dr. Bisanga of BHR in Brussels, Belgium. Graft breakdown: 1 follicular units: 403 2 follicular units: 763 3 follicular units: 634 4 follicular units: 634 A total of 6381 hairs. I wasn’t given hair shaft measurements or density achieved so I can maybe add that later on if I’m told from the clinic. I’m 24 y/o old and hereditary hair loss began very slowly for me around 19 y/o. I’m on 1mg fin M/W/F. I’d done lots of research and been in touch with many clinics before finally deciding on Dr. Bisanga. I can’t thank the forum enough as my research became a lot easier after discovering this forum. My decision to go with BHR is the undeniable patient results on this forum. I got in touch with the clinic at the start of may 2020. I have been in contact with Ian the UK patient adviser every since. Ian has been absolutely brilliant so far at every stage making everything as seamless as possible. I was originally quoted 2000-2200 grafts and my surgery was booked for Friday 18/09/2020 and after many travel complications due to the pandemic I arrived. Nothing was going to stop me! I arrived at 07:30am. Signed a few forms then was in for my hairline design. The only tweak I made was from the hairline down to the temple I brought it forwards a little this was just cause of the way I want to style my hair in the future. Apart from that I trusted Dr. Bisanga fully and agreed with the design. We then got pre opp pictures with dry and wet hair and also donor pictures. I have yet to request these pictures I will be using personal pictures for this forum. I was them given an antibiotic and half a Valium and taken into surgery for the hair shave by the technician then I was prepared on the chair for Bisanga to come and start the procedure by administering local anaesthetic. The jags are slightly uncomfortable but jags have never really phased me. The pain is short and the surgery is for life so it’s a fair trade if you ask me. The punching process then began (Bisanga). Then incisions were made in the recipient (Bisanga). Then extraction (Techs). Then lunch while I presume Techs analysed grafts. Then graft placement (Techs). If there was any discomfort I would get more local anaesthetic. Between not having the best sleep the night before and I presume the Valium and general tiredness of surgery I spent a lot of time dozing off during my procedure and some bits are a bit of a blur. Graft placement was the longest and there was 2 technicians working away and they seemed to be rotating between maybe 4 of them I Think. At this stage after lunch there was a tele I could watch what I wanted on. I was finished about 6pm. After this there was more pictures taken, I was bandaged up and had a post opp care briefing with Dr. Costas from Greece I believe (he seemed to be shadowing Bisanga for the day). Then I had an chat with Dr. Bisanga where he told me my total number of grafts then I was on my way. One thing I feel is worth highlighting that I’ve not seen anyone mention was the amount of swelling I’m still experiencing. I was told this from the clinic so I’m not shocked but surprised the extent. I believe it’s from the amount of local anaesthetic used. It started from the top of my forehead and has moved down to my eyebrows and eyelids and top of nose at the time of writing (day 3 post opp). I’ve tried not to ramble and only mention what I think is important to try help other people. I’m happy to answer any questions if I can do so and I plan to update this thread as and when I think Is useful with progression picture.
  2. Hello fellow forum users, here's a bit about my FUE journey and finding out something important that I did not find in my years of research prior to my first FUE. And that is, extraction punch size. A smaller punch size will help with the healing & scarring and may prevent shock loss. *Different doctors use different punches*. In 2017 I had 2700 FUE with Dr. Diep. He was an ok doctor, friendly, friendly staff, but he seems to have used a fairly large punch size, larger than what was required from my recent doctor. I was not impressed that as I was laying on the procedure chair almost falling asleep form the drugs, Dr. Diep mentioned (in a cheery joking fashion though) to move quickly as he had a concert to attend that night. Coming from out of country - Canada - that was disappointing knowing now he was confined to certain time restraints, where 2700 FUE is a big job. He was very quick with the extraction punch, I woke up for parts of it, and couldn't believe how fast someone could extract single hairs. At the time this was impressive, but now realize this may not be best practice. It seems a larger punch may enable faster extraction, but makes for more scarring and difficult healing. Dr. Diep's office also had poor follow up, as twice i had emailed sending in pictures to ask if healing looked ok or asking questions on ointment use on donor area and had no response for a while each time, so I called after a few days to a week of waiting then sure enough they would open my email and give a simple answer over the phone. I am also disappointed in having my procedure on a Saturday as Dr. Deip's office was closed on Sunday so my wife had to do my first donor area wash on Sunday. This was not ideal, but we went in Monday/Tuesday for cleaning at Dr. Diep's office. Cleaning was ok, but there was lots of pain due to how large of a procedure I had and extraction tool size. I had trouble sleeping for almost 3 weeks due to pain and the sensation in my donor area, it felt really uncomfortable and numb. I recently had 1500 FUE with another doctor, and it was quite a different experience, a smaller punch size overall, and a tiny punch size for single hairs above neck, much better healing process, almost no pain meds required during operation or days after, amazing follow up from the doctor and staff, more on that later). I got the pics down to size for easy viewing, but less detail is shown. You're welcome and sorry. Enjoy Pre-Op (2017 - Dr. Diep) Immediate PostOp (2017 - Dr. Diep) Notice extraction up to crown (some are hairs presumably susceptible to further thinning, so not ideal for transplant). Also, the extraction punch size can be seen from picture 3 is quite large. Day 1 (Dr - Diep) Day 6 (Dr. Diep) Day 10 (Dr. Diep) Day 15 (Dr. Diep) Day 33 (Dr. Diep) - Lots of what appears to be shock loss. Most of it temporary. Donor area still very red, was pretty embarrassing at work, tried to wear hat as much as possible. Terrible time Month 4 (Dr. Diep) Month 6 (Dr. Diep) - All turned out ok with this hair length. The sides show some thinning depending on how my hair is cut. The back held up much better. Month 12 - depending on hair length, thinning shows through on the side. Buzz cut is pre-op for 2nd procedure at different clinic. (Pre-Op for 2nd FUE) Overall I'm mostly ok with the results, the hairline looks pretty natural but I really dislike how large of an extraction punch was used, the scars show with a buzz cut, or if my hair is not quite combed the right way. I would recommend Dr. Diep if doing a smaller amount of grafts, and location is nice in Los Gatos. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Next procedure - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Since I did not want to go through this healing process again, I sought out another doctor. I really liked Dr. Konior's results and post-op day of procedure pics, however he was fully booked, I then spoke with the other doctor at his office, Dr. Nadimi. She was great, very knowledge and very thorough in our email's/skype coonsultation. Her reviews/results were great, so I booked in 7 months in advance. The procedure with Dr. Nadimi could honestly not have been any better, everything was great! She methodically extracted every hair by taking time to line up the punch each time (I was awake for most of procedure). Only meds I took were two valium before procedure, all pain was handled with local anaesthesia, and there was no pain during extraction/implanting (only the initial anaesthetic needles I could feel). For a couple days after I took ibuprofen just to prevent pain, but it was really good anyway and sleeping was great every night, no pain. Worst part of the whole things was sitting in a hotel confined to my room for the most part ha ha, watched lots of Netflix! I went to Dr. Nadimi's office everyday for a week after the surgery (I didn't have to, but since I was in town they requested I do so if i wanted, so I did ). They cleaned my donor for first 3 days, then I took over as it was healing great. They were super friendly and Dr. Nadimi stopped to see me each visit to see how it was healing. Here's the pics so far, everything is going well!.... (pre-op posted above as Month 12) Here's some more pics. Keep in mind, still see some scarring from first surgery, and hair is a bit thinner from already having a surgery. Enjoy. Post-Op (2018 - Dr. Nadimi) Day 2 (Dr. Nadimi) - my wife couldn't believe how small the extraction punches were Day 3 (Dr. Nadimi) - healing very well! Keep in mind there's some scarring and thinning from previous procedure. Day 8 (Dr. Nadimi) - things are going well! That's all I have for pics so far, I'm almost 2 weeks now, and everything is great!
  3. I’ve been considering an FUE transplant for a couple of years now. On fin and foam minoxidil for several years now. I’ve had 1 consultation and I was considered good to go for a candidate. I am looking for some guidance as to what Norwood I would classify myself as. Please see attached pictures. Hair loss stable for several years now. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  4. Hi All, First of all i would like to thank all the incredible members on this forum who have been constantly providing such immensely valuable advice for all people who are affected by hair loss and sharing their stories. I would be adding my experience and journey here as a way of giving back to the community from which i have learnt so much. To share my story, i am 35 years old, living in India, have been losing hair continuously since last 8-10 years and my hair thinned out a lot recently. I am probably a NW IIIB. After having gone through consultation with a lot of clinics, i came across this forum couple of years back and have been studying real cases and the advice of the members here. After many years of research, i shortlisted down to 2 clinics in Delhi, India - Eugenix and Medlinks. I met both Dr Gaurang and Dr Sethi sometime in 2019 and 2020 respectively and was pretty satisfied with my consultation with both of them. I personally know a couple of my friends who have got really good results from Dr Gaurang but then i came across a few posts here citing concerns around poor donor management at Medlinks (Dr Gaurang) and so decided to wait. After going through cases and cases of good transplant story by Eugenix, i slowly started tilting more towards this clinic. I am little skeptical by nature so i got the last mile of confidence when i saw the legends in this forum who have been constantly praising Eugenix decide to put skin in the game and get their own transplant booked with them I booked the 120 rs exclusive package with Dr Arika Bansal I was in touch with Aditya Ganguli from Eugenix regarding all my pre operation formalities etc. He was extremely professional and responsive. I landed up a day prior in Gurgaon and was given accomodation in Double tree by Hilton which is just 10 mins from the clinic. On surgery day, they took my blood for PRP, tested anesthesia reaction and gave me some meds prior to surgery. Then Dr Arika came and drew my hairline based on the 1500 graft estimate that was provided to me earlier. I asked her to draw a little conservative hairline because of the receding pattern of my brother and i seem to be on the same path I asked doctor if i should also add a bit of temple but she suggested against it as i have some temple and i agreed. Also i have small patches of less density in my exisiting hair which i asked if it could be filled, but doctor suggested me against it citing it might affect my exisiting hair. Post hairline design, i was taken to the OT where i was administered anesthesia and then Dr Arika did all my incisions in the recipient area. Dr Arika also cracked a few jokes and made the atmosphere light, so i started feeling at ease. Post the incisions, Dr Arika left and the technicians started with the extraction and implantation process. The work on my left scalp continued for around 3 hours post which i was given lunch. Post lunch, the technicians started operating on the right side of my scalp. During the entire process, i was a little nervous in between and kept asking the technicians if they can call the doctor to make sure everything was going ok but i got the same response that Dr Arika/Dr. Shishir would visit towards the end for the final touch up. Towards the end of my surgery, Dr Shishir finally came to make sure everything was ok and did a few touch ups in the end post which my surgery was over. The technicians seemed to be really experts in their task, however i would have really preferred if everything happened under the supervision of a doctor (even though a junior doctor would have been fine). This is one thing i was little dissapointed about my entire experience at Eugenix and would really request the representatives here to put across as a suggestion to the senior team. Apart from this everything was planned and executed really well and specially the warmth of everyone around was something you dont get to see very often. The entire process was almost close to painless and the technicians performing the surgery kept asking me about my comfort level from time to time which was really nice. Also the hygiene was top class. 10/10. Post my surgery, i was given the post op kit and medications for next seven day and Dr Shishir explained me all post op care in detail. They added me to a whatsapp group to provide clear day to day instructions on everyday care. Yugbir and Viswanath have been really helpful regarding this. Today i have completed 9 days post my hair transplant and had my 2nd headwash. I will share my pictures soon once i edit them( hopefully today or tomorrow) and will be updating my progress every month or earlier if there is anything specific to post about. I am really really excited to see how this entire thing turns out on me after years of looking at other people's transformation. Hoping for the best guys and first of all thanks to Eugenix (Dr Arika, Dr Shishir and the entire team) for performing this life changing surgery on me and thanks again everyone in this forum who have been sharing their abundant knowledge with us, can't thank you all enough! P.S.: Happy to add more info if anyone wants and i might have skipped.
  5. Dr. Louis Nader is one of the best! Very happy with my results. his team is absolutely great and my results speak volumes on what he can do. FIRST PROCEDURE-was around 3900 grafts done in two day. This covered my front and crown. SECOND PROCEDURE- was around 1850 focused on the front for added density. Although I was happy at this point my crown might have gotten a little thinner with in the 2 year span so I went in for a 3rd. THIRD PROCEDURE- 2550 grafts placed in front and crown. Currently I am only out 5 months from this procedure. I do have light and thin hair which makes density a challenge but Dr. Nader gave me the best result I could hope for. Thank you Dr. Nader!😊
  6. After years and years of deliberation, denials, comb-over/unders; I've finally decided to take the plunge. And after talking/consulting with around 7 surgeons, picked Eugenix as the best choice. Apart from the amazing results they seem to consistently churn out, what swayed me was the fact that they seemed to genuinely care; as in not as a patient or a customer but genuine care. I could see that in every interaction I had with them. Prologue I never had thick hair but it was pretty good till 35. Then the decline started with receding hairline and thinness. This led me to fist be a silent stalker in this forum and research as much as I can. And then early this year, became more active as I had a (self imposed) point of no return set for 2021 Have to say thanks to @Melvin- Moderator @Dr. Suhail Khokhar multiple reps from other doctors and of course, @Abhinay Singh! And also, to the well detailed stories from @paddyirishman @Looking for HT and @Zoomster I hope to do the same for the community (And this post is a start) Had my initial consultation with Dr Arika Bansal that @Abhinay Singh helped coordinate early this year. She answered all my questions and on call drew a pretty balanced hairline and estimated around 2,500 grafts to achieve that. I wanted to be a little less aggressive and leave around 2,500 grafts for a procedure down the road (If I chose to). After picking Eugenix (Reason above!) Decided on doing this sometime in July and booked with tentative date as mid-July. Sometime in May I picked the dates and booked my flights. Thankfully the travel ban didn't affect me so there were no last minute cancels. We had one more video consult with Dr. Bansal (And well, thousand line chat with Abhinay with my never ending questions...) and with nervous excitement set out to fly the 16 odd hours to Delhi! Day (-) 1 Landed in Delhi around 9 PM and (Thanks to a surprisingly super fast immigration/validation process) was in the hotel by 10 PM. Eugeix had booked me into the Hilton nearby and the hotel sent the car. Both Suryakant and Anil called me multiple times to check and welcome me. Have to say, their dedication is amazing (Much more on that later). Got to the hotel and after a heavy dinner (United food sucks!) slept early to prepare for the day ahead! Also, Eugenix folks were kind enough to setup a blood-work appointment at the hotel (Had some tests I couldn't do in the US plus the COVID test to fly back) (To be continued...)
  7. Hi All. Been reading posts on this site for several years and want to begin by saying ‘Thank You’ to those that have come before me. Without the countless hours of watching the progress and results of others, I’d never have had the confidence to give a HT a shot. I recently took the plunge and had an FUE performed. I don’t plant to go into details about the surgeon or the facility. I’ve seen in other posts where unconscious bias about a given surgeon sways the type of feedback received. So like some others I’ve seen on this site, I plan to omit surgeon ID until month 8 (arbitrary date). Until then hopefully focus will just be on the results. I will go into details about the surgeon/clinic in a few months time, but for now I have only positive things to say about my time there. Surgeon, technicians, clinic - everything was top notch. Ok, so here’s my story quickly. My hairline began receding in my late 20s, and now in my late 30s it had progressed to being well on its way to a solid Norwood 3a. I’d met with reps of the clinic who’d both felt I was a candidate for somewhere between 2500-3000 grafts. Upon arrival at the clinic, however, Dr took one look at me and said that due to the fine/thin nature of my hair, that he was reluctant to proceed with anything less than 4000. After quick contemplation I agreed with his advice and we proceeded as follows: Day 1: 2,633 Grafts 404 singles 1639 doubles 590 multi's (~5,452 hairs) Day 2: 1,717 Grafts 113 singles 1109 doubles 495 multi's (~3,816 hairs) Total: 4,350 grafts 517 singles 2748 doubles 1085 multi’s ~9,268 hairs Here are the pics. 2 photos taken morning of surgery Surgery Day 1 Surgery Day 2 Several pics following surgery with post-op date noted on the pic. I should note I am sensitive to epinephrine so the team had to use the a lot less epi when injecting my scalp with the anesthesia. The lack of epi caused more bleeding and bruising (and pain) than normal, but the team handled it all like pros. Eager to hear any feedback folks have and happy to answer any questions as well. Thanks.
  8. Hello I’ve been experiencing hairloss for maybe a couple years now, I’ve been trying minoxidil and tretinoin and derma-rolling barely started this month with the derma-rolling 1.5mm, been weary of finasteride but will probably try it topically before I try it orally the thinning in the middle is abnormal since it’s always been thinner since I was younger grey hair grows there so it makes it look a lot thinner it’s something I’ve never been able to figure out? The temples are definitely suffering hairloss. But with hair fibers I can pretty easily still hide my hairloss, I’ve been using minoxidil for maybe two months now so perhaps it looks worse right now because it could be shedding? My age (22) prevents me from trying a hair transplant but I was wondering if my donor looks ok? Any suggestions would help pictures are out of the showing in harsh lighting
  9. Hey Guys! After lurking on this forum for years, I finally decided to create an account and post my hair transplant journey here. Before I go into the specific details, I want to say thank you to this forum and everyone here for providing such thorough feedback and reviews. This truly helped me a lot in terms of selecting the best HT surgeon for myself as well as helping me manage MPB all those years prior. Background: I always had a fear of losing hair/thinning since I was a kid given that half of my paternal side are NW6-7s including my dad. This made me consult a dermatologist at 19 years old and he prescribed minoxidil 5% to me (I wish I knew about finasteride by then ). Minoxidil definitely helped thicken my hair but it definitely hit a plateau but it helped maintain what I had so I was not concerned at all. When I was 21 years old, things took a turn for the worst once I started working out and incorporated creatine into my workout routine. Now while creatine helped a lot with my workout, it absolutely destroyed my hair and definitely accelerated my MPB! The amount of thinning I noticed after a few months on creatine was insane...it really felt like 60% of my hair had miniaturized and basically I started to aggressively diffuse thin over scalp except for sides and back. Thanks to in depth research here on this forum and other places + dermatologist check up - I immediately got the prescription for Fin. Thankfully, the combo of Fin and minoxidil helped thicken my diffuse thinning hair and maintained it for 3+ years. I am now 25 years old and still on Fin 1mg/day + minoxidil 5% once a day and the combo has definitely preserved and slightly improved my hair since starting it. That said, my hairline had receded quite a bit at 21 and no improvements from meds there thus making my forehead look huge + wide and changing my entire face shape as a result. There was also still a lot of diffuse thinning visible through my hair despite being on meds for 3+ years. This is were the HT part comes in. Action Plan When I began doing my HT research - this forum was super helpful and resourceful. I had initially planned to travel to Spain or the States (where I lived for couple of years so more familiar) for my HT but once COVID happened, that was cancelled quickly. Fortunately, this allowed me to research into HT options within my own country India. For context, I work and live in Dubai but originally from India so it was really important for me to find a good HT clinic in my country as it would be the least hassle to travel to especially during COVID times. Luckily, I came across Eugenix online and I was amazed by their results. I also came to know that they were coming to Dubai for meet & greet few weeks later. This was in March 2021 where I got to meet both Dr. Arika and Dr. Pradeep and I was convinced to get my HT through them. When it comes to the surgery, I requested to work with both doctors (both are already outstanding on their own but I believe them together are the dream team). After several months of back and forth, I was finally able to get a date for Dec 2nd. Luckily, I also had family that stayed 2-3km from the main clinic itself so definitely made things quite easy. A Big shoutout to Rishabh who helped with the whole transition and scheduling process! Hair Transplant Day Plan & Design - This was done by Dr. Pradeep Sethi and accompanied by Dr. Vineetha (Sr.Doctor). This was very important to me as this would be the framework of the look itself so I had my questions ready. But the session did seem to end pretty quickly and I can see that how someone may feel that the session was rushed especially if they didn't know what to expect from the plan & design session or didn't come with questions prepared. My main questions were around the hairline being a bit too high and my forehead looking very wide & big. Dr.Pradeep said that the hairline I suggested (5-5.5 cm from glabella) would be too low for my face and proposed to keep it between 6 and 6.5cm. In addition, he also decided to work on my temples which would address my "wide" forehead concerns all the while keeping my donor area and future thinning in mind. The other concern was my crown - here I was not sure as I definitely wanted more hair but was also afraid of shock loss given that it still had lots of miniaturizing hairs in the area. Dr. Pradeep did say there was a risk a of shock loss but it is very rare and temporary given that I am consistent with my fin 1mg usage which I am in for the long haul. I also wanted to get my mid scalp area done but Dr. Pradeep said that there would not be enough space here and it would definitely damage the existing native hairs and is too risky to transplant there. Due to amount of grafts required (3,150) - My surgery was split across two days - Dec 2nd and 3rd. Operation: All Slits were done by Dr.Pradeep Sethi All extractions were done by Dr.Arika Bansal Hairline Implantation was done by Dr.Pradeep Sethi Rest of the implantation was done by Sr. doctors & technicians Grafts - 3,150 Around 1821 grafts for front + hairline (300 singles for hairline) Around 670 grafts split between both temples Around 659 grafts for crown area Pre-Op Pics - Dry hair - Marked areas in black with wet hair - Marked areas in black and shaved I will soon follow up with post-op review and pics in part 2. Just need to finish uploading the post op pics to laptop Thanks
  10. I had my 2nd FUE Hair Transplant surgery done with Dr. Ferreira in Portugal on 03/06/2021 & 04/06/2021 (2 day surgery). Since it's not my first post, I won't get into much detail about why I chose him and how he operates. You can find more information on my first post from 1st surgery. On my first surgery I had done only frontal third, so remaining mid scalp and crown were still bare. This was of course the plan all along - 2 step approach. 2nd surgical goal - increase density in frontal 1/3, fill in mid scalp & crown and reinforce existing temple points. More info in here. Here's my before & after 1st surgery shaven. Footage of recipient & donor area here. (I do apologise for quality of pictures. I should receive pictures from Dr. Ferreira in upcoming weeks). It wasn't a huge surgery, just 2881 grafts, but over 2 days. During my last surgery I had over 50% of popping due to my very elastic skin & excess bleeding, so Dr. Ferreira wanted to take it slow this time and make sure it's very well under control. This time, he said it was only about 5% as he was implanting the grafts in stages - about 500-600 grafts at a time and spreading implantations at a time. First day we finished with 1231 grafts (3686 hairs & 2.99 ratio). Dr. Ferreira said my donor has very minimal to no miniaturisation. He actually tried to find one under microscopic evaluation upon my request but couldn't see a clear example. Day 1 finished. Main focus - reinforcing frontal 1/3 as well as mid scalp. Day 2 same process. 1650 grafts (4562 hairs & 2.76 ratio). Grant total - 2881 grafts (8248 hairs & 2.86 ratio). These are approximate numbers - Frontal 1/3 - 700 grafts, Temple Peaks - 100 grafts each side, Mid scalpp & Crown - 1900-2000. My overall thoughts and overview of the surgery in video format on my YouTube channel is here. Dr. Ferreira estimated I've got about 2000 grafts in the donor available for next surgery should I need. This of course should be done carefully in order to preserve donor. So far donor area looks pretty good. There's a lot of hairs in between extractions from both 1st & 2nd surgery. I did a small analyze with close-ups in here. Overall I'm very happy with the way it's been done and the way it looks. So far following my post-op instructions and hoping for the best! I'm posting a lot of updates on my YouTube Channel if someone would like to know & see more about my surgery and my recovery. I will post here pictures as soon as Dr. Ferreira will send them over to me.
  11. I recently went to Dr Cinik’s clinic for a hair transplant. I am completely aware it is considered a hair mill and so will take my results with a pinch of salt, as I understand they will likely not be comparable to that of someone else who has visited the clinic. Day 1 I arrived at SAW at around 7am and headed outside to try and find my transport. It is quite chaotic out there, especially after a red eye flight where you have not managed to sleep. It took around 5-10 minutes for the car to arrive and I was then driven straight to the clinic. Once I arrived they provided me with a sandwich, some juice and a cake. After around a 20 minute wait I was taken to have my blood test and ECG. Once this had been completed I was told that I would be returning at 4pm for my consultation so I was dropped to the hotel where I caught up on sleep for a few hours. The hotel facilities were very nice and a lot more upscale than I expected, I also brought my girlfriend with me and it was easy to add her on to the room for only €10 per night. I was picked up and taken back to the clinic at 4pm. Firstly they examined my hair follicles in the donor area with some kind of high resolution/microscopic camera. I then had a brief consultation with Dr Cinik (3-5 mins) where he looked at pictures of my previous hairline and drew a new one on. Following this I had some ‘before’ pictures taken by their photographer and left to go back to my hotel. My girlfriend and I decided to head out to get some dinner from the surrounding area as there were quite a few restaurants dotted around, however just as I was leaving I received a call from the clinic stating that I had left earlier without paying for my surgery. When booking I was told that payment should be made on the day of however I was advised that as they planned to start so early the next day (7am) I should have paid the day before. Unfortunately no one made this clear to me and so a driver was sent to take me back to the clinic in order to make the payment. When I arrived at the clinic the staff seemed confused as to why I was paying the day before the surgery however I advised that as I had already come all the way back I would like to just make the payment at that point. They were more than accommodating and sorted this out and then dropped me back at my hotel. Day 2 I was being picked up at 6:45 so needed to wake up quite early in order to try and fit some breakfast in. Much to my detriment I didn’t have much of an appetite at that time. I was picked up promptly and arrived at the clinic where I had my hair cut. The techs then began giving me the pain free anaesthesia (a freebie as part of my package) and massaged this in to my head for a while. It definitely wasn’t painful, more slightly irritating (like being pinged with a rubber band). Whilst waiting for this to kick in they attempted to place a cannula in my vein for an IV. The first tech had a lot of trouble finding a vein in either of my arms and had to call in a colleague to assist. The second tech was also having no luck with finding a vein and so they had to insert it in to my hand, which they advised me would be a lot more painful. This whole ordeal made me very nervous as I felt like nobody knew what they were doing (probably somewhat exacerbated by me foolishly reading bad reviews of Cinik the night before my surgery). I think the techs could see I was pretty clammy and nervous so at this point they gave me a ‘relax’ tablet. I have no idea what this was however it looked a little like a Valium. After this it was time to begin injecting the actual anaesthetic in to my scalp. The pain of this was unbearable and I was writhing around in the chair. I honestly thought I was going to end up with some form of PTSD due to the pain of this. Luckily the tablet started to kick in a little which helped to calm my nerves, just not the pain. The tech administering the injections was very attentive and sympathetic and she stopped halfway through to give me a break and massage my head. They also gave me a cake and some water as I probably looked like I was going to pass out from the pain (if only I had managed a bigger breakfast haha). My scalp was definitely becoming more numb so the second half of the injections was a lot more tolerable. After this the extraction process began which was completely pain free (only slightly eerie when you can hear the follicle being plucked out with the tweezers). My memory of events become a little hazy after this point as I was hooked up to the drip containing god knows what painkillers (but I’m certainly not complaining). I had paid extra for Dr Cinik to open the channels himself so he came in at this stage and performed that part. I had also paid a little extra for my beard to be thickened so the channels on my face were opened too. After this it was time for lunch, which I actually rather enjoyed. I was served some juice, salad, bread, rice and beef kofta. It was a little hard to chew due to my face being so numb from the anaesthetic in my beard area but that was only a minimal issue. Now came time to place the grafts, during which I was hooked back up to the drip so slept for the majority of this. I could definitely sense a mixture of more and less experienced techs (4 in total) performing the procedure. From my impression it felt as though the more experienced tech was working on my beard and hairline which made me feel a little more confident, although I suppose the proof will be in the end result! The techs (especially the more experienced seeming lady) seemed really pleased with their work once the procedure had finished so that also helped me feel a little more comfortable. I really can’t fault how attentive they all were and whilst there was a language barrier they tried their hardest to engage in conversation and make sure I was as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Once the surgery was completed I met with one of the sales reps who provided me with my medications, hair was serums etc and provided instructions on how to sleep that night. I was dropped back to my hotel at around 4pm and slept for the remainder of the day. It was a struggle to get to sleep that night, due to the upright position. The sleeping pills they provided did not have much of an effect either. There was a lot of plasma leakage from the donor area during the night which was also quite unpleasant to try and sleep in. Day 3 I was picked up at 9am for a hair wash. The washing of the transplanted area was fine but wow the donor area was so tender. I thought I may pass out from the pain. Luckily it was over within a few minutes. I also had laser light therapy which was a freebie as part of my packaged and lasted about 15 mins. Returned to the hotel after around 45 mins and relaxed for the day. Day 4 I spent the morning in the hotel and was picked up early afternoon for a final hair wash. I was taken promptly to the airport and flew home in the evening. All in all it was a pretty well streamlined process. Now we just need to wait for the results! Here are a few before pictures: I was initially quoted as requiring ~2,500 grafts however in the end they (allegedly) placed ~3,500 in my head. They also implanted a further 600 in my beard. These are the post surgery photos and some of the donor area for anyone who is curious:
  12. <<I WILL REGULARLY UPDATE THIS THREAD AS MY SITUATION PROGRESSES>> I promised myself I would type up a very detailed review of my experience if I ever got one done because I know how frustrating it can be researching this and finding the right surgeon for you. It’s a long read, but if you are considering doing this, trust me, is worth reading. BACKGROUND: 34 year old Caucasian male, Chicago native. My hairline had been receding for years now. Forehead got larger and larger. Then my existing hair began thinning progressively and I began to entertain the idea of hair transplant. I think that was about 2-3 years ago. RESEARCH STAGE (GRAB A POPCORN ?? While I was entertaining the idea of getting hair transplant done, I began checking out some YouTube videos. I don’t know but it looked terrifying to me. I watched a FUT operation video and I was like, hell no! Then I stumbled across FUE Procedure and was like, okay, I think I can deal with that. So, I made a couple of phone calls in the Chicagoland area. I was quoted some astronomical numbers and I quickly realized that getting an hair transplant done here in the states was not an option for me. I am an IL State Trooper and make decent money, but not enough to blow 20k into an hair transplant. I began looking into Mexican doctors. I figured everything is cheap in Mexico, so why not. Well, I began reading some horror stories coming from Mexico. Let’s say I killed that idea as well. I then stumbled across a video of a guy who got his done in Istanbul Turkey. I checked out some Turkish doctors and learned that Turkey was one of the biggest hair transplant industry in the world and prices were reasonable. I made some calls and narrowed it down to 3 surgeons: Dr. Hakan Doganay, Dr. Koray Erdogan and Dr. Mutallip Keser. I had bunch of other guys blew smoke up my ass, promised me that my hair would be like I was 18 again.. warranty certificates and all. I don’t know, they tried way too hard and it was a red flag for me. But above doctors weren’t like the others and their prices were pretty close to one another: Dr. Hakan Doganay - 2 Euros per graft Dr. Koray Erdogan - 2,5 Euros per graft Dr. Mutallip Keser - 3,5 Euros per graft I looked very closely to these guys and they had phenomenal results. I mean, I couldn’t believe how good their work looked. When I was talking to their people, they were helpful. Out of all 3 of these doctors, Dr. Doganay’s communications director Didem was very attentive. She answered all my questions. I mean I bugged this girl with the silliest questions ever and at random times, but she was always there to answer. Both Erdogan and Keser’s team also were helpful, but not as swift and effective as Doganay’s team. At least with me. Doganay’s price was also very reasonable. So, that had some weight of course and I was leaning towards him for that and some other reasons, but then I read a couple of negative reviews. It concerned me for a second. After doing further research, I began to read negative reviews about Erdogan and Keser as well. I quickly snapped back to reality. I mean, who has 100% positive feedback out there anyways? There will always be someone unhappy for one way or another. I looked at the bigger picture and that was, Doganay did a fantastic job overall, his prices were reasonable, and he certainly didn’t blow any smoke up my ass and kept it very real with me. Gave me very realistic expectations. That gave me a lot of comfort. Plus communicating with his team was very easy and effective. The LAST thing I want is to get this done by someone whom I can’t get a hold of whenever I need to. Screw that! I don’t care how popular you are, you cut into my head, I will have some concerns, questions, etc. I need to be able to communicate. So for those reasons, I decided to go with Dr. Hakan Doganay. TRAVEL AND MEET DR. DOGANAY STAGE: Hopped on a plane and Doganay’s customer service specialist Tolga picked me up from the airport. This kid was polite and a lot of fun. Short ride to the hospital and I met Dr. Doganay in his office. After the quick introduction, his first question to me with a smile on his face was “how are you feeling now?” I am assuming I loooked nervous as hell, because i was lol. This is my head people! Plus, I am in a different country. He quickly eased my mind and said it would be just fine. He checked my hair, said I had a very good donor area. Estimated 2500ish grafts because I told him I wanted a dense packed hairline and lower it down a bit. Drew a nice hairline and I checked into my room at the hospital. As a Police officer / State Trooper, I scope every area and people I walk into. It’s the nature of the job, so I checked out the area and it was spectacular. Very clean and professional people. The staff also appeared very sincere. I was starting to feel less and less nervous. Hospital room was awesome too. I felt like royalty! SURGERY STAGE: Shaved the back of my head and kept the top at number 2. Took some pre-op pics and walked into the room where they began harvesting my hair follicles from the donor area. One of their experiences technician’s names Ahmet began extracting the hair with a micromotor. Not gonna lie, I was kind of nervous. After all, I was there because of Dr. Hakan Doganay. However, I was told that Dr. Doganay doesn’t do the extraction and he has trained two technicians and they do it. They had been doing it for years. I was like, you know what, I am gonna trust this guy. He has been yielding great results, so obviously it isn’t done by some rookies, in a dump somewhere. Plus, Dr. Doganay was constantly walking in the room and chatting with us. The staff looked extremely organized. Everyone knew their roles and they communicated well. I couldn’t help but kept asking questions, and they answered very politely each time. I actually felt like I had been friends with this staff and Dr. Doganay for quite sometime. They were seriously very cool people. They extracted the donors and we began the implantation. Dr. Doganay densly packed my hairline and I reallyyyyy loved the hairline. It appeared very dense, for a hair transplant, very well placed and perfect, natural looking hairline. While implanting the hairs, I was chatting with dr. Doganay. I bad mouthed a couple of hair transplant locations that blew smoke up my ass. Doganay was like “I don’t like talking bad about other surgeons, don’t believe in it so I will refrain commenting on that, but there are lots of people who claim to be good, but they just aren’t”. Right there, I respected the man much more. Doganay said he extracted and planted maximum 2000 grafts per day because doing more than that would yield in not so good results. He believed the job was very delicate and had to take your time doing it. He said some locations try to schedule multiple people in a day and rush through procedures which yields in bad results. He said he had first hand experienced that back then when he was trying to get through multiple people, but quickly learned his lesson and began changing his approach. He has been taking his time on all of his transplants. Right there, I no longer worried. I was like i m good hands! Anyways, the job was done and I was very happy. Everyone was just awesome. The reason I am writing this so passionately is because these people were amazing to me. I felt like I was family or something. They deserve a detailed review. Heck, everyone who is out here researching HT deserves a detailed review. This is serious business! After everything was said and done, I made my payment and they drove me to the airport. I was well taken care of from the airport until I return to the airport. Anyways, something VERY BAD happened as got off the plane.. thankfully not in Chicago. I was still in Turkey. I walked into a restaurant to grab a quick bite and boom!!!! I hit my head to a low hanging wall.. it was the same color as the ceiling and blended very well. Didn’t see it. I hit right my transplanted area. Long story short, as I was bleeding heavily, I saw a ton of my hair follicles were stuck to the wall. I looked at myself in the mirror and a large section of my hairline was missing. Tell me how you would feel. I didn’t know if I needed to be angry, sad, cry, scream.. I was heart broken! This is the biggest reason why i m typing this long review.. these guys are INCREDIBLE! I called Didem and told her what happened. I sent her a quick pic. She acknowledged it was bad, but they would take care of it. I bought the next flight back to Antalya, which was the next day and business as usual, Tolga picked me up. Staff greeted me, washed the bloody area.. Dr. Doganay checked it out and was like big deal, let’s fix this up. Piece of cake. They extracted I think like 80 grafts and Dr. Doganay transplanted them quickly. I seriously could not see the difference. Like it never happened. best part, when I asked how much a I owed them. He was like, you have gone through a lot with this unfortunate incident, no need to pay. It’s on us. I decide to tip each staff member, so made a payment that way. I would never consider going to any other hair transplant surgeons, even though I know Dr. Erdogan and Dr. Keser are great as well, but not only Doganay was cheaper with the same natural results, also the experience was phenomenal! If you you have any questions. I mean anything at all, I would love to help. Direct message me or simply reply to this thread. Preferably reply here so everyone can benefit from the answers, but if you have some private concerns, direct message me. I plan on sticking around here and sharing my experience with others. Anyways, onto photos! Before, right after day 1 and after my incident and then lastly fixed version. P.S. I requested the photos they took and will be posting those as well:
  13. About me 41yo, German-Turkish, have been living in Turkey, Istanbul now for 3 years, grew up in Germany I think my crown started to get thinner in my earlier 20s and got completely bald a few years later. It bothers me the most. Later, also the frontal hairline started to recede but fortunately the bridge remained in place - except some slight thinning. Since I always had a high forehead it doesn´t bother me too much and the focus will be on the crown area. Little work is planned for the hairline. In 2001, I had a pretty severe car accident, which may have triggered some hair loss as well. In my earlier 20s, as soon as the hair loss started, I used to wear a cap or applied lots of chemicals like spray and other styling products to my hair. This may also have contributed to the hair loss. Difficult to say. At that time, I was already having some thoughts about hair transplantation, however financial reasons stopped me :-) Another reason that I didn´t do it was the strip technique, which, to be honest, frightened me and still frightens me. FUE is the technique I go for. Doctor Dr. Gökhan Gür (Turkey, Istanbul) I have been working for Health Travels (Medical Tourism Agency) for 9 months now and take care of their foreign patients coming to Dr. Gür for a transplant. Therefore, I had a great chance to see his work and results, which convinced me to finally do it 😊 Planning Together with Dr. Gür we analysed my donor area. Approx. 3500-4000 grafts are possible. It will be a two days session. Approx. 1600-1800 to the hairline and 2000+ to the Crown area. After one year I may add a small session to increase the density. Approx. 1500-2000 grafts (depending on my donor area). I would like to be able to wear my hair short at the donor area. Dr. Gür will extract all grafts personally and create the recipient sites. 2-3 nurses assist him. He only treats 1 patient per day. Medical treatment I won´t use Finasteride, but Minoxidil 5%. Some PRP sessions are planned as well. Especially for my slightly thin bridge area. Photos Attached
  14. It is with great pride and pleasure that we present this case from Dr. Kostis and thank you to the patient also for allowing us to do so. He will keep good progress and share with us through to the 12 month mark. Dr. Kostis who himself underwent a hair transplant earlier in the year and has seen very fast and tremendous growth, here also it is good to see that his own patient is following in the same trend! Dr. Kostis has been dedicated to this field for the past 2 years and with close training under world renowned Dr. Bisanga, has himself now earned the right to use the BHR Clinic name and is presenting cases that are already showing the signature tune of Dr. Bisanga himself, fast growth, clean extraction with an educated pattern, a very natural and methodical spreading of the grafts to ensure that not only the right follicular units are used in the hair line, but also, there is a strategic placing throughout the frontal third to give the best illusion for minimal grafts used. Here Dr. Kostis cut the recipient sites that give the depth, direction, density, angulation and overall result that the patient is looking for and with a conservative approach, keeping in mind future loss, was able to cover a significant area with 2950 grafts. In short the result at 5 months is looking good and is already a significant transformation for a patient who is himself a doctor and very happy with how things are going. The best is still yet to come but here is a glimpse of what we will see in the coming months and also the quality, attention to detail, the growth and donor preservation that Dr.Kostis had developed and flourished under the eye of Dr.Bisanga, and indeed in keeping with all of the aspects that we deem important. The patient is not on any medication for hair loss. Graft Breakdown:- 1s 410 = 410 Hairs 2s 1382 = 2764 Hairs 3s 1011 = 3033 Hairs 4s 147 = 588 Hairs Total: 2950/6795 = 2.3 Average Hair per graft. Pre-surgery Placement Comparison Placement Donor At 5 Months 5 Months Donor
  15. Surgeon: Dr. Ozlem Bicer (Istanbul, Turkey) Date: 16th Nov 2021 Age: 25 First Noticed signs of Hair Thinning / Recession: 18 years old NW Scale: IV Surgical Plan: Restructure of the Hairline + Frontal area. Surgical Technique: FUE by Micromotor Graft Count: 3,250 Grafts Singles: 1,250 Doubles: 1,460 Multiples: 540 Density: 40 cm2 Hey all, I started balding when I was 18, and from then I knew I will get an hair transplant, used minoxidil for a while and was little addicted to topic LOL. After learning a lot of the procedure from this forum I wasn't sure what surgeon to choose for, my main choices were: HDC, HLC and Bicer and some other cheap clinics. After discussing with Bicer on the phone and told her about my concerns regarding the hairline and the fact that I am still young and can possibly get to Norwood 7, she was very relaxing and told me not to worry and she will do her best, alto she couldn’t promise the hairline Hight and that could be done only with set of eyes. At the day of the surgery I came to Bicer office and discussed and measure the hairline, and after that we move it down a bit from the original mark that shee mark we agreed on a hairline - not my dream hairline but satisfying In the operation room her 2 assistants was putting me the needle-less anesthesia that feel like a staples on the head, and got me some Zanex . It took some time to the Zanex to start its affect, so the needleless anesthesia wasn’t the best feeling ever but ok. During the extraction phase I was very high from the pill and slept most of the time, You cannot get in to the surgery with phone and I got really board, I asked the doctor to put some music and DR Bicer was very nice and putted some Turkish music and started singing with the music. I was so high when I tried moving a bit during the extraction stage that I grabbed Dr Bicer leg and thought it was the chair and didn’t leaved it 😂 , she asked me if I know it was her leg and leagued about it and I was like no sorry oops 😂 The last 4 hours of the surgery was very hard for me and boring, mostly because the pill was off already and they couldn’t gave me anything else ( I asked ) and they told me only local injection is ok in this phase. I got into the surgery room around 10 AM and left it around 20:30 and a brake in the middle to eat Some Turkish doner Overall experience was very good felt like everting is very professional, I was more than happy if it was allowed to had some entertainment in the surgery room for people that doesn’t sleep all of the operation. i will keep you posted regarding the results & second transplant when time will come 😂 Before: In process: right after: day after , bandage off: 7 Days after:
  16. Hey guys ! I dont like razor shaved or guard 0 buzz but... but i could handle a guard 1 that i would shave every 2-3 days. The most important thing is the face framing. so Lets say some one is norwood 5-6. but with great donor hair. Most results from fue + smp i see, surgeon put all the 5-6000 grafts over the front, middle and crown region.. So the hairline lacks coverage and 3D effect. so after all, you still have to shave to 0 because it looks dumb if you let it grows. Could it be possible the transplant the hairline and front third with very great density and leave the rest basically empty and cover it with smp. then cover the rest with only smp. At least when people see you they see a framed face.. You will tell me ''but then when you shave your frontal part is at 1-3mm and the rest of your head is at zero (only smp).. it def can look weird when people see you from the top but at 6"4 people rarely see my dome.. or i will just say that i lost my hair at my crown and thats why i am shaving my hair. Its like Joe biden.. the guy is 200% Bald with maybe 2-3k grafts to frame is face only and people dont see him as a ''bald'' guy. But if he would disperse the same amount of grafts between is frontal, middle and crown zone. I swear people will automatically see him as ''another baldy'' politician. Face framing is EVERYTHING.. sadly.. What you guys think about it ? open discussion and exemples if you have some.. thnaks !!!!
  17. Hello my fellow Hair Restoration Network patrons (and the man, the myth, the legend Melvin!) , yesterday I had my procedure done with Dr. Luis Nader of Nader Medical in Reynoso, MX. I had a fantastic experience and feel I owe it to this community to share/answer questions about it. Backstory- I first noticed my hairline had changed for the worse when I entered basic training in 2009 at the age of 23, and had my head buzzed down. I started using rogaine, saw palmetto, and nizoral shampoo after I got out of basic a few months later. I believe these 3 slowed my hairloss down to a turtles pace, and at times halted it. I have a mixed bag or hairlines on both sides of my family. I maintained a NW 1.5-2 my entire 30's, which I considered a massive win. I have a background in college and a brief professional career in a sport which resulted in 8 surgeries and pain that I still feel today at 37. I started using Kratom at around 34 for pain management. From everything I had read it was a safe alternative to opiods, etc. I continued to take the Kratom for a little over 2 years before multiple side effects became impossible to ignore ( that's a real rabbit hole ), but my biggest issue was it seemed to speed up my hairloss from a very slow pace to warp speed. I weened myself off said substance and my hairloss stabilized immediately without any further intervention (even thickening up a little). However my hairline and crown took a real beating during this time and a true recovery did not seem to be in the cards without surgical intervention. At this point I went from a NW 2.5 to a NW 3 V which just didn't look good on me anymore. I used some fibers to fill the crown for awhile, but I didnt wan't to have to do this for the rest of my life, and eventually ended up buzzing it down to a 2, then 1, then 0. I look "ok" with it buzzed down, but I tried to live with it for a year and was never happy with it. I did not take finasteride during this period because of what I had read/horror stories on reddit etc, and because I was starting a family in my 30's and wanted to maintain fertility and not have any possible birth defects. Selecting a Surgeon- I like many of you probably know more about hair transplants, the science, and hairloss than I care to admit. I have been researching transplants for 10 years, and consider it one of the subjects that I can speak on with a great deal of knowledge. I seriously enquired with Dr. Konior, Dr. Panine, and Restore Hair Clinic (within an easy driving distance, and 2/3 are very well respected as many of you know). The prices were pretty staggering, and while I could have financially made it work, it would have hurt. I have a career where I make good money, not great. $20k plus is a hard pill to swallow for many of us. From here I started researching on this website, as well as a couple reddit forums. It was through these that I came across Surgery tourism and began investigating Turkey and Mexico. Turkey was out quickly when I broke down the logistics of cost, flight, time, vacation needed off work, etc. I then narrowed down my prospects to HMR (the cortez brothers), Neopal, Dr. Sara Salas, and Nader Medical. I had serious consultations with HMR, Sara, and Nader. I could never get anyone from Neopal to call me back after repeated emails and calls. I found Dr. Sara salas really delightful when we spoke, but her prices were pretty steep for what I was looking for (also endorsed and trained under dr. Wrassman). The Cortez brothers communicated well and the price was what I was thinking, but I didn't love all the hairline photos I saw of their work. By no means am I slamming them, I think they do great work, and am seeing more and more people sharing positive experiences they have had there. Finally I contacted Nader Medical and it felt right almost immediately. The receptionist/liason Brenda is a saint. She answered my endless questions promptly and was extremely professional. Every single person online that has shared their experience with Dr. Nader came away raving about him. They all spoke of how much he genuinely cared, how this was a passion of his, not all about the money, and the results always looked great. I found all of this to be true as well. Dr. Nader was warm, gentle, extremely knowledgeable, and had a very calming presence about him. After many emails, and calls I decided to book my appointment. The actual surgery and details- Flew into McAllen, which is right across the border from Reynoso, MX, where I stayed at the Days Inn by Wyndham. This hotel is a mile and half from the airport, and was a very basic, yet clean hotel room. Some might be a big snobbish to it (it's no 4/5 star), but through the military and sports I have lived/stayed in some absolute shit holes. This was no shit hole. I flew in wednesday afternoon, had the surgery thursday, and am currently in between flights on my way home on friday. Nader arranged for a very friendly guy named Aaron to pick me up from my hotel, take me across the border, and return me home after the surgery. Aaron has a fascinating life story, and was a treat to talk to on the way there and back. I have read all about the cartel and violence in Mexico, but never once did I feel unsafe. I have previously lived in southern Texas, and traveled extensively around the border, as well as been in various parts of mexico, which possibly made me feel more comfortable than someone without those experiences. I arrived at Nader Medical around 8:30 am, filled out a little paperwork, then proceeded to sit down with Dr. Nader and talk all about my hairloss journey, life, what I wanted, etc. It was a wonderful convo and lasted well over an hour. I wanted a conservative hairline that I could age into well, and my crown addressed. (I started finasteride a month prior to this with zero side effects). We drew multiple hairlines before we got it right. I might add that the facility was very clean, and had a very professional staff of maybe 5 techs. My zones were drawn, head shaved down further, and on to the extraction table for a few hours. They injected lidocaine into my donor area repeatedly, which feels like minor pinches, nothing to worry about. My head was completely numb, and they went to work. After that I was served lunch, with the options being tacos or a chicken salad. I chose the salad and it was very good. From here we moved onto placing the grafts while I watched netflix. I think it took around 3 hours, but I wasn't really keeping track of time, just relaxing and enjoying some netflix. I felt zero pain during this part of my procedure as well. From there I was cleaned up by the tech's, followed by some questions for the Dr, and talk of after care. I literally have zero complaints about my whole experience. I could not have been happier with Dr. Nader, his staff, and his work. I got a picture with the Dr, gave him a hug, and thanked him for everything. He gave me his personal number and we will continue to remain in contact. For those that care, Dr. Nader attended school in the US and Mexico, and speaks perfect english. The driver then took me across the boarder and back to my hotel (zero issues). I purchased a neck pillow prior to this surgery in anticipation for sleeping. It took me a little to find a good position, but eventually I was able to find a comfortable position and actually got some good sleep. I woke up this morning feeling great about my choice to go with Nader. Going through a hair transplant can be an emotional roller coaster, but I felt nothing but happiness and relief. Details of surgery- Total grafts- 2520 Hairline- 1290 Grafts Crown- 1230 Grafts Singles- 221 Doubles- 909 Triples- 1208 4's-217 (Dr noted I had a very good donor area with a bank of 7,000 or so, also commenting on the unusual amount of double and triple grafts I have. People who have cut my hair have always noted how crazy thick the back and sides of my hair are. I guess this finally came in handy! ha Cost- Total Cost was $5,445 US. I used the option for 10% off by bringing a cashiers check for the majority of the cost. Nader will reimburse you for a 2 night hotel stay of up to $250. I'm open to any and all questions, and will eventually post pictures. Thank you to all of you for posting your experiences, it got me through some dark times knowing I wasn't alone. Also thank you to Melvin. I think this guy is awesome. His story, transparency, kindness, and tireless work in this hairloss field has been awesome. I remember being in a very dark place over my hairloss a year or so ago, watching some videos by Melvin, and feeling like there was hope.
  18. 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:
  19. Well, after kicking the proverbial can around for several years I finally had my procedure done on June 14th 2021. After a few months of comparing surgeons, and reading reviews, I ended up going with Dr. Nader in Reynosa, Mexico. I chose Dr. Nader for a few reasons, most importantly his patient reviews and results. They're impressive. I'm also a fan of his website. Unlike other hair transplant websites that barrage you with price points and pictures, Dr. Naders website is humble, and seems to convey a quiet sense of professionalism. His website has also been up and running since at least 2004, according to the Wayback Machine. Once I made up my mind, I sent out an email to his office administrator, Brenda Salazar inquiring about prices and availability. After 10 days, and several unanswered emails, I finally received a response back from Brenda, who apologized profusely, and helped me to secure an appointment. At this point I started having doubts, but I ended up going ahead with Dr. Nader, and I'm glad I did. From that point on, every email and text I sent, was answered quickly, and professionally. Brenda was instrumental in arranging every aspect of my trip, and answering any questions I had along the way. Once I arrived in Mcallen, Texas I was picked up at the airport by the hotel shuttle, and transported back to the hotel. The following morning I was picked up by Aaron, a longtime friend and employee of Dr. Nader's who drove me across the border and to the clinic. It was a short trip from the hotel (20 mins) but Aaron was friendly and courteous and seemed grateful for the opportunity to practice his English. Once I arrived at the clinic, I was greeted by a receptionist who handed me a form to fill out with standard medical information. A few minutes later Dr. Nader came out to greet me, and I was escorted back to his office. Dr. Nader was polite, soft spoken, and warm. Within minutes of sitting down, I felt at ease. For the next 20 - 30 minutes we discussed what my expectations and goals were, and some preliminary lines were mapped out on my scalp. The Doctor then explained every step of the procedure to follow, and explained that at any time we could stop and take a break. Once I was ready, Dr. Nader escorted me into another room where my head was shaved by an assistant, and I was prepared for surgery. About 15 minutes later I was escorted into a larger room for the extraction phase of surgery. At the center of the room sat a medical bed and a few rolling stools on either side. I was then asked to lay face down on the bed, and once I was comfortable, Dr. Nader and his assistant set to work. The extraction phase took around two hours, and it was oddly enough a very relaxing experience. Every so often I would feel a slight pinch and alternating pressure as the grafts were extracted and anesthesia was applied. I noticed that if I shifted or moved position the Doctor and his assistant would stop their work, and wait a moment before continuing. They both seemed very aware of my comfort levels and making sure the process was never painful. In the background a radio played alternative rock, and I found myself on more than a few occasions drifting off to sleep. The entire process took a little over two hours and once we were finished, I was escorted into another room to break for lunch. This room had a comfortable looking medical chair in the center, which faced a 50in flat screen tv that was secured to the wall. Dr. Nader tuned the tv to Netflix and handed me the remote, explaining that the tv was for me, and that I could pick anything I wanted to watch. The Doctor then left and a few moments later and returned with a full plate of tacos and a Coke. He then handed me some meds to take with my meal, and took a few minutes to explain when I should take them. One thing I'd like to mention here is how thorough Dr. Nader is. Unlike other doctors who always seem pressed for time, Dr. Nader seems to take a great deal of enjoyment in communicating with his patients. A few minutes later Dr. Nader left me to enjoy my lunch, and I launched The Walking Dead on Netflix. Once I was finished with lunch, Dr. Nader returned with a few assistants in tow. I was happy to learn that the extraction phase would take place in the same room, and I could continue to watch The Walking Dead for the remainder of surgury. The chair I was sitting on was reclined back and they set to work on the implanting phase of the procedure. Dr. Nader working on the left side of my head, and his assistant working on the right. The pain during this phase was slightly higher than the Extraction phase and at times the anesthesia "pinches" were a bit more painful. Overall, the pain only ever lasted a moment and was pretty easy to navigate. Seven episodes of The Walking Dead later, and the procedure was complete. A few minutes later, we met back in Dr. Naders office, where for the next 30-40 minutes we discussed the results of the procedure, and the after-care required. He answered any questions I had, and seemed genuinely interested in taking the time to explain anything I was unsure of. He seemed very invested in my success, and explained that if I had any questions or concerns along the way, that he was just a phone call away. As I left Dr. Naders office, I felt not only prepared to deal with the after care, but I felt confident that I had found a doctor who was in it for the long haul. TLDR: Dr. Nader is an excellent surgeon who has a great deal of empathy and respect for his patients. He also seems to take an immense pride in his work, and the incredible results he delivers. I think Dr. Nader just might be the most professional doctor I've met, and if I had to do it all over again, I would choose this doctor over any American doctor, even if they could match his prices. Results It's been 6 months so far, and the results I received from Dr. Nader have been incredible! I'd say the density of my hairline is well over 90%, and I fully expect to reach 100% in the coming months. I've been in contact with Dr. Nader several times over the past few months, and true to his word, he has always been just a phone call away. Since the procedure I am happier, healthier and much more confident. If you guys have any questions, let me know down below. I'll continue to update this thread every couple months with my progress. 2227 Grafts 1 follicle - 176 2 follicle - 768 3 follicle - 1074 4 follicle - 209
  20. DISCLOSURE: The below is a review of my experience with Dr Luis Nader, his staff and clinic in Reynosa, MX. It is based on my personal experience and is not indicative of a suggested procedure for anyone. Consult with a health professional should you consider this or any other procedure(s). THANKFUL: First and foremost, I want to thank Dr Nader and his wonderful staff for giving me a renewed self image. F.U.E. hair transplants are an art and science. When choosing a doctor for this procedure, word of mouth and reviews are key to selecting the right doctor. I personally know several people who have done the procedure and they ALL HIGHLY RECOMMEND Dr. Nader. When a doctor performs successful procedures over and over again, it is important to write an honest review detailing the experience, hence this review. BACKGROUND: As someone in his early 40s, my hair loss started in my early to mid-20s. It was gradual but began quite early. I chose to do the procedure for myself and no one else. Everyone has their reasons for doing such a procedure. Before starting, you should have your why. WHAT TO EXPECT: Dr. Nader gives you detailed instructions before, during and after-care. He provides the medications and anything else that is required. The initial steps are to seek a consultation via email. You can reach out to them via the below email address. Give it a few days as he is busy but he will respond to your email personally. Sending pictures will help as well. Also, you should fill out the form on the website. It will give them a good idea about your situation. Once you get thru the consultation and you decide to move forward, Brenda, his office professional, will schedule the day(s) for the procedure. You can either have them or you book the hotel/airfare to McAllen, TX. DAY(S) OF PROCEDURE: You will be picked up in the morning from the lobby of the hotel by Dr. Nader's driver. He will then drive you into Mexico and to the clinic. After an initial sit down where the doctor marks up your scalp, (hairline location, etc) and a discussion of what to expect, the procedure will begin where applicable. After the procedure, you are driven back to the hotel. If your procedure will take longer than 1 day, you will be picked up in the morning, driven to the clinic and then back to the hotel after the procedure. TRANSPLANT: -Final figures- Day 1: 3117 hairs pulled from the sides and back of the head - implants as well - same day. Day 2: 769 hairs pulled from the neck/beard area - implants as well - same day. 1011 hairs pulled from the remaining side of the head - implants as well - same day. Total implanted hair: 4897 IT IS A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT: Week 1-2 - Healing, scab removal, wetting the scalp, biotin. If you pull hair from the lower beard, you probably will get ingrowns. Weeks 2-4 - Some hair shedding will occur. Do not worry, the bulb/root is still in there. You will get some dandruff. Up to week 4, avoid the sun as much as possible! Months 1-2 - The doctor may direct you to start using minoxidil for the apex to supplement the new growth. Months 2-4 - Some ingrowns and pimples may form. This is the new hair pushing thru. A facial scrub on skin for pimples as needed. Months 2-6 - The "ugly duckling" phase. The hairs on the side, top and back of the head will grow at different speeds. Months 1-12 - New hair growth. Months 12-16 - Full evaluation of the procedure results. Suggestions: Keep stress low. Slow down any strenuous activity the first few weeks after the procedure. IN CONCLUSION: I highly recommend Dr. Nader and his wonderful staff for the care during and after the procedure. I regularly keep in touch with him and show him updates of the growth. The after-care is phenomenal. It's all well worth it!
  21. Let me preface this by saying that, even though I personally believe Dr. Cinik's clinic to be above many of the others in Turkey, it is still a hair mill. Meaning there is a good chance you will not have an experience like mine, for better or for worse. Take that with a grain of salt as I blog my own personal journey. So it began by contacting the rep via WhatsApp and all conversation was through that. I got a little frustrated with this because my rep would disappear for days at a time with no update which worried me because I was on a timeline. Eventually I picked the package, set the date of surgery, paid a nonrefundable deposit, and was ready to go. I opted for the “FUE Deluxe package” which was the one where the the doctor opens the channels. Upon arrival into SAW I was greeted by a man holding a sign for the clinic. He verified my info and a cab was on its way. Took longer than I expected but he picked me up and then it was off to the clinic to draw labs and an EKG. Tbh Im not sure why they needed an EKG (more likely to make it feel more legit) but no biggie. After labs I was on to my own hotel. I spent the first few days exploring Istanbul, but I’ll save that blog for a different forum lol. I had got my own hotel for the first few days then transferred to the designated one the day prior to the surgery. The hotel was comp’d and it was amazing. Very high scale with excellent service. The following day I was picked up by another drive from the hotel to go to the clinic. When I arrived I saw a bunch of rather young looking people in scrubs outside smoking and hanging out, which definitely increased my anxiety. I entered and was greeted by a woman who directed me to get the IV nuralock in place and then begin the process of consultation, shaving, payment, etc. The consultation with Dr. Cinik went pretty well. It kinda felt like he was just going through the motions instead of having a vested interest bc he jotted things I said down but I had to repeat myself about them later. He asked for pictures of my hair pre-thinning which luckily I had (I was wearing a pic in almost every pic lol) then examined my head to draw the new hairline. He drew it rather conservatively which is not what I wanted, but he explained that due to my level of thinning, they could only safely pull grafts to cover a certain area. I ended up agreeing as I expect my hair to still recede a little even with fin/min. I do plan to get another HT in the near future to cover up the crown and lower the hairline just a bit. After all that I was omw to the surgery room to begin the process. Let’s start by saying that like every single woman here was extremely attractive lol idk if that intentional or if that’s just the type of woman who gravitates to this field more, but it was nice lol. They gave me some pill that was supposed to be some type of relaxant, but I can’t remember the name. Either way, once I was seated and ready, they began the anesthesia process. I have a pretty high pain tolerance, as I have my feet and both my ribs fully tattooed, but this pain was next level. I opted out of the neddle-less option (HUGE mistake lol) and it was horrible. Like I’m not exaggerating when I say it made me cry lol. Also, the anesthetist who did the back of my head was horrible bc there were many points during the extractions where I could very painfully feel the extraction tool cutting. Luckily a new man took over for the beard area and the top of the head and forehead, which was super painful at the injection point but I didn’t feel a thing afterwards. If you can afford any upgrade, definitely do the needle-less anesthesia one lol In the middle of the procedure they stopped for lunch, which was provided, and looked like something you’d get served in prison, including the trays lol. But it got food in my stomach so whatever. I paid extra to have Dr. Cinik do the opening of the channels, so he arrived shortly after lunch to do that. From that point on it was smooth sailing. The whole process from check-in to check out was about 8 hrs. After completing the surgery I sat down with a woman to talk a little about aftercare and how to make it through the night before returning the next day to wash my hair and get final instructions for how to take care of my newly grafted hair. I ended up having 3700 grafts removed from my head and 600 from my beard. That night I was feeling ok. I popped one of the pain pills and popped the sleep-aid right before bed. They said I had to sleep on my back with the neck pillow provided, which I assumed I would have difficultly with as I never sleep on my back, but I guess the pills were really good bc I slept through the night just fine and woke up fully rested. There was a little bit of fluid on my pillow from the blood and anesthesia leaking out of my head, but that was expected. Day 2 I woke up, ate breakfast (great food at this hotel!) and I was off for the followup visit. The woman took me into a room to go over after care for the next month. They removed the bloody bandages, gave me my first wash, and then the doctor came in for the follow up. He said everything looks good and to follow the guidelines provided. After this they transported me back to the hotel where I stayed until they arrived to take me back to the airport to go home. Week 1 Sleeping has been the biggest obstacle. I was able to sleep on my back just fine the first night, but not at all since. I've been so exceptionally tired this past week but they only recommended sleeping on my back for the first week so I will sleep great tonight I hope lol. I have been conditioning and shampooing my hair with the stuff given to me by the clinic. A conditioning foam for the transplanted area and a "natural" shampoo for the rest of the head. I was experiencing some swelling but its gone by now. I've been experiencing some radiating pain in waves on my head but I've been ok with Tylenol to cope with that. No issues thus far other than that; just the waiting game at this point. Overall I’d give the process at Dr. Cinik’s an 8/10. Of course its way too earlier to tell if it was a successful operation or not, but based on my experience thus far that is where I’m at. I'll be updating every few months from here on out. Comment if you have any questions you'd like me to address regarding my experience thus far and in the future, and good luck to all on they own hair treatment journey!(:
  22. Hello everyone. I have been reading the forum for a long time and as a token of gratitude, I decided to share my experience of hair transplantation. I am 34 years old. I lost most of my hair from front and crown parts when I was a student. I have tried several and different medication and methods but the hair did not grow back or I couldn’t provide my hairs from falling out. So I decided to do hair transplantation. I spent a lot of time choosing a doctor since it is a life-changing decision after all. I searched for information on different platforms and different forums and I chose doctor Koray Erdogan from Asmed Clinic in Istanbul. I will try to write in detail about my experience. Consultation with a doctor Koray Erdogan at the clinic On Monday, 10th May I came to the clinic for consultation and preparation for the operation. In front of the entrance to the clinic, there is an automatic disinfection air passway, then they gave me a new mask. At this time during a pandemic, precautions are very important for me. I did a PCR test and the necessary analysis of an ECG, at that moment I felt absolutely safe and concluded that I was in the right place. Then I met with my patient coordinator, her name is Alina. She informed me about the operation. My coordinator and I went up to another floor to take professional photographs of my hair. Then we went to the doctor's office for a consultation. Before coming to the clinic, based on photos I sent online, the doctor’s estimation was 5000 grafts, during the consultation the doctor analyzed my hair and he recommended I continue taking finasteride and changed the graft number to 4000 grafts (1 operation day). The doctor said that we will do a transplant to the temple part, to the front part and the vertex. This plan made me very happy, I felt very comfortable and completely trusted the doctor. Then Alina and I went into the washing room, my hairs were shaved, the staff was very professional and very friendly. For the operation planning, I had computer and robot analysis, they do their job very professionally. I also met Dr Umut, he is an anesthesiologist. The doctor asked me questions about my health, told me about the process of operation, this meeting gave me the confidence that I was in the right hands. Then Dr Koray and Mrs Dilek came. Dr Koray drew a front line including the temple part ( I will share photos ) I and all the personal around really liked the line from the temple part (Dr Koray is a master of the front line and I was convinced with this). Then they took my photos with a special device (it turns out this device was created by Dr Koray), the device takes photographs from 6 different angles at one time. So the preparation for the operation came to an end. Operation day In the morning at 07:00, I was in the clinic. They prepared a cosy room for me and gave me special clothes for the operation. At 07:30 Alina came and we went to the washing room again, they shaved my hair again and we went to the operating room. The operating room is equipped with all technologies. In the operating room, they have different devices to measure blood pressure, measure pulse, saturation and also they opened an IV way. With the help of a small injector, they gave me local anaesthesia ( it didn’t hurt much). Then began the process of extraction grafts began. With the help of special technologies, I can keep track of the counted grafts. Dr Koray on the monitor showed how my grafts looked, talked about their quality. After the extraction, we moved on to the second part of the operation- incisions!!! I was again given local anaesthesia I laid there and felt absolutely fine. The doctor made incisions, it didn’t hurt at all. Then we moved on to the last part of the operation- implantation. It took several hours so I slept. The operation ended when all my grafts were transplanted. I was placed in the room to get some rest. Dr Koray made the necessary control, made sure that everything went well. This was the end of my operating day. Post operations The first night after the operation went well I felt just a little discomfort due to the positional restrictions but this is not a huge deal. During the first washing in the clinic, they washed my hair and gave me instructions about how to wash my hair by myself. They provided me with a medical bag with all the necessary products for washing and post-operational care. I didn't need to buy anything else I was very happy. I want to say thanks to Dr Koray and all ASMED personal for professionalism, I felt absolutely comfortable throughout the entire operating process. I will share information about my result. Thank you for your attention ( it turned out to be a very long text, but I really want to share all the details of my experience ).
  23. Hello Fellow Members, I intend this to be the first post of my HT journey in 2020. My sincere thanks to this community and every person online who has shared knowledge, perspectives, opinions, results, etc. This has equipped me to make an informed decision. I know at least 14 relations and friends who have expressed sincere desire to get a HT, but remain at the periphery due to fear of high assumed costs, side effects, etc. resulting from lack of research and not personally knowing anyone who underwent the procedure. This documentation of my experience will be a first hand example to motivate them and other new people on this forum (assuming all goes well). As such, this is my contribution to equip future patients with information and confidence. About me - Male; 29.5 years old; Indian immigrant currently studying in Canada. Why HT? - While I have never visited a doctor for a proper diagnosis, I assume I am suffering from Androgenic alopecia inherited from my mother's side. I have been experiencing hair loss since 17-18 years of age. Finally I am at that stage where the hair loss has become very evident and troubling when I look in the mirror or at my photos, and I would like to do something about it sooner rather than later. I am not interested in non-surgical restoration methods like wigs/hairpieces, etc., but open to medication. Why India? - I really wish I could get it done here in Canada for convenience. I first visited Dr. Rahal for a consultation. He is local to me. I have no doubts in his ability, but his services will cost me about 3-4 times of what I will pay in India for the services of a highly skilled doctor. For an affordable HT, I chose India over Turkey to avoid language barriers and for the comfort of homeland. Also, most IAHRS members and other globally recognized surgeons are more affordable in India than Turkey (except Dr. Resul Yaman and Dr. Ekrem Civas I think). FUE or FUT? - Last year I got super excited and emailed Dr. Suneet Soni (Medispa) that I was interested in getting FUT done from him and he gave me a quote for 3500 FUT grafts. Unfortunately, my limited financial resources were urgently required somewhere else and I had to delay. I let Medispa know that I was going to delay. This gave me more time to think and research. I read about FUE with Dr. Bhatti (Darling Buds) and DHT with Eugenix Clinic, and saw many cases of scar stretching from FUT. Finally I decided that I did not want to take that risk regardless of which closure/stitching technique is used, and also I wanted a quicker and less painful healing. So I am interested in FUE or DHT only. Who in India? I am nearing the end of the process of identifying potential options, and until now I have shortlisted the following surgeons. My photos are posted at the end of text. a. Dr. Tejinder Bhatti of Darling Buds. He suggested 2800-3000 FUE grafts and answered all my questions satisfactorily and seems very professional. I thought his consultant Shera would contact me when I first emailed, but I believe I have been chatting with the Dr. directly. The fact that he doesn't perform FUT at all and his entire practice is based around aggressively promoting FUE, along with the fantastic FAQ on his website promotes confidence in his skills as a trustworthy FUE surgeon. He is a member of pretty much all prestigious global associations and was also featured in some publication's 'Top 20 global surgeons for HT' ranking. His website has transparent pricing. Cons: I came across some posts on this forum where the results were far from satisfactory and the post-operation response and support those patients received from the clinic seemed disappointing for a clinic of such high reputation. b. Eugenix (will probably select the comprehensive pkg. which has partial involvement of Dr. Bansal and Dr. Sethi). I was in touch with their consultant Nelson a couple of months ago and he offered a Skype session with a doctor (don't know which doctor). I postponed it due to personal reasons, but have resumed the conversation. Regardless, Nelson had mentioned that the doctor suggested 2000 grafts through DHT. I don't know which doctor since there are 5 at the clinic, and was a little surprised by the qty. of suggested grafts, but will bring up this question in the Skype session. Also, it would be good to know what percent (approx.) of total slits are done by Dr. Bansal or Dr. Sethi in comprehensive pkg. I chose Eugenix because Dr. Bansal and Dr. Sethi are highly reputed surgeons, inventors, authors of books and publications, and members of prestigious societies. They are also listed on Joe Tillman's recommended surgeons list. Their website has transparent pricing. Cons: I can't afford full services of Dr. Sethi or Dr. Bansal and will have to place my trust in the young doctors trained by them for majority of the procedure. c. Dr. Suneet Soni of Medispa He suggested 3500 FUT grafts (because I started a conversation advocating FUT). I have read that Dr. Soni is the best for FUT, but not necessarily FUE. All his successful results are also FUT + FUE. I emailed him recently (after many months) with new photos and requesting quote for FUE. He has not responded since a week. Not sure if he is still interested. Regardless, I chose him for his results, excellent website (though no transparent pricing), prestigious memberships, and artistic reputation. My recent photos are attached. Please share your opinions, ideas, insight, suggestions regarding my surgeon choices above and the photos below. I will be very grateful for your time and help. Tagging some fellow members who also posted similar questions recently and seemed undecided on their search. @Alphabeta @Dalveer @skallig @givemehair2019
  24. Summary (because this review is long): Today is the 9th day after the surgery. I am very pleased with the Dr. Diep and her staff (so far.) Let's start with surgery info: Surgeon: Dr. Diep MHTA Clinic at Los Gatos, California Surgery Date: 11/12/2020 Procedures (graft): FUE (1411) + FUT (1211) Myself: Asian in my 50's with NW4 to 4.5. Start losing my hair since early 20's. Never take any med, tropical, roller, special shampoo, or anything for hair treatment (just too lazy to care.) My hair never give me trouble at work or dating. Live in the Bay Area and 20 miles from Dr. Diep's office. Reason on Dr. Diep: I have been following Dr. Diep's YouTube channel for more than 2 years and am impressed with the results. I also read a lot of reviews here and I don't see any justification for me to travel during Covid to see other doctors. My #1 requirement is not to screw up. #2 is nature hairline with good density at the front. I actually don't give a damn about the back since neither I can see it in the mirror nor I talk to others with the back of my head. Anyway, I decided Dr. Diep is the best fit for me. Cost: I was first quote $17k to perform 2K FUE to fill the front during the zoom consultation with Dr. Diep. When I got to the office, Dr. Diep was worry that I would not be happy with the density and suggest to go up to 2250 grafts. Since I am not a 1%er, I would like to stick with my original budget (I also heard Divorce is very expensive.) Dr. Diep then suggested to fill my front with FUE+FUT for $17k. Since I actually was undecided about FUE or FUT, I liked the suggestion. The Day of the surgery: Arrived at 7:30am shape. The office is at the very nice part of the Bay Area and is much bigger than I thought. The nurse then had me to fill out a bunch of forms that I read two weeks prior (same time the full payment was due.) I then chit chat with Dr. Diep for about 20 minutes about the surgery (procedure, med, and time), work, and also family. Btw, Dr. Diep is younger than me and I beat him on having much older children. Felt good since I likely retire sooner than him. The tech then lead me to a large surgical room (end up spent the whole day there) and Pam the nurse came in to buzz the back, front and the side of my head. (Pro-tip: If you decided to go with Dr. Diep, just have Pam to buzz off all the hair.) She was very nice but I told her not to quit her day job. I was start dozing off from the med and kind of in and out of consciousness. Don't quote me but my surgery probably starts around 10:30am. I aware there were two tech + Dr. Diep when they were getting the donors. The only time I was fully conscious was having my Pastrami sandwich (good), Fries (not good), and Apple juice (best I had ever taste but I think it is because of the med.) during lunch. I also aware that I may be bleeding a bit much (end up with IV) and talk a lot while I was out. I finally came back to full conscious when the two technicians (Kwan and Linsey) was injecting the hair to my head. I asked about the time and it was 11ish at night. We then spent about an hour making fun about the back to back Julia Robert movies (Pretty women + Sleeping with Enemy) on the TV. Dr. Diep would come in to check on us periodically and the surgery ends around 12:30am. Linsey then went through the aftercare package (med, shampoo, bandages, and shoulder pillow) while I pull my IV off my arm. She wasn't too crazy about it. Dr. Diep then spent couple minutes to give me a quick low down about my surgery (a lot of grey hair and it made things harder.) He was happy about the results after all and sent me on my way. After surgery: The pain was pretty ok. I took the Tramadol for the first two days and then just once a day Aleve afterward. I actually have more problems with the swollen and had trouble open my eyes two days later. I did not take any time off and went back to work the next day. I sent my photo to my boss and he told me not to get on zoom. I actually sent him another photo during the peak of my swollen, and he said never send him anymore photos. Things start looking up about four days later and the swollen was totally gone after 6 days. I still take Aleve right before bed time but it is more to do with the discomfort of the back of my head then anything else. Cleaning (day after): I went back to the office the next day afternoon to have my head clean. No appointment was needed. Jenifer the nurse was super nice and answered a bunch of dump questions that I did not ask the night before. It took about 20 minutes in and out. Billing mix up: I got a bill couple days later for some extra charges because my combined 2611 grafts are more expensive than $17K. I called the Monica the office manager and she was able to resolve it with Dr. Diep. Follow up call from Dr. Diep: Exactly one week after the surgery, Dr. Diep called my cell around 9pm to check on me. I can tell he just finished his shift and was getting in his car. He explained to me about the 14 hours procedure and the combination of FUE + FUT just took longer. He also apologized about the billing mix up due to the office manager did not read his note about the no charge. He ended the call to offer me a free ACELL injection ($600 value according to him) due to the billing miscommunication. Next steps: I have scheduled to remove the sutures in two weeks. An appointment with Dr. Diep for the first check up in four weeks. Overall: I am happy with the results and overall experiences. I can be just like many people her to nitpick stuff and expect the doctor to do everything perfect. You probably can tell by now that I don't take shxt too seriously. OK.. Let stop the rambling and see some before and after photos.
  25. Hi @Melvin-Moderator, Would you be able to schedule a QA session with Dr. Zarev from Bulgaria? The results on his page are the best I have seen from any surgeon, anywhere. Here is a link for them: https://www.hairtransplantation.bg/index.php/en/results Apparently he uses a modified FUE technique called AVA which is based on vacuum assisted extraction, which is detailed here: https://www.hairtransplantation.bg/index.php/en/hair-transplant/transplant-methods/the-ava-fue-technique-we-apply I am not affiliated with this clinic but merely a prospective patient who is highly impressed and intrigued by this Doctor, but there are not too many forum accounts at all about him. That's why I think a QA session where he describes his technique may be of great help to everyone.
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