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People always ask me how to research a particular surgeon or clinic, my response is always look at real-patient posted results. When I was researching for hair transplant surgeons I happened to stumble upon this forum and I'm so grateful that I did. As a community, we have strength and power and numbers and we learn about surgeons through our collective wisdom. This is why it is so important to spread the word about patient reviews and patient results and I want to thank every single person who has the courage to post their journey on this forum. When Researching A Hair Transplant Surgeon Look at PATIENT RESULTS FIRST
Hello everyone, I have felt compelled to share my own Hair transplant story: I hadn't posted before as I was really waiting to see some positive results, and I immersed myself in a big project to keep a low profile at work under a cap low and behold I just stopped and looked to see where I had come and I was very happy...... After going through the emotional roller coaster of the decision. I had been losing my hair since around 24 years old albeit very gradually, I seem to be a good responder to minoxidil and it has definitely saved my hair for the past 10 years, however around August 2008 I noticed a significant shed that never came back! and a distinct loss from my hairline mainly from the temples and now also form the front I then frantically decided on the very serious idea of a hair transplant. I never ever really thought I would ever get one as I heard far too many horror stories, and the topic just seems clouded with mystery, thoughts that went constantly round my head were: does it really work, only 50% of transplants are success full, What about complications, could I make it worse?? So many crazy thoughts and I guess anyone going through the same decision knows what I'm talking about. So for the best part of 18 months from around August 2009 I went on a mission to find the truth about real hair transplants and of course a clinic and surgeon that I would let cut my head open only to make it better not worse. BIG decision! I went on the various forums and started getting a feel for who I thought would be the best clinics for the Job. In this time I was on minoxidil 5% and was responding very well. I also decided to start finasteride, and thankfully this made a difference as well, I noticed within about 2-3 months that no more miniature hairs were falling out and also I was not leaving any hair on the the pillow. So I had good stabilisation of my current hair situation and also I weighed in the fact that I was not in my 30's and it seemed an ok time to think about a HT, I thought getting a HT in my 20's was a little to early. So feel I factored a lot of the elements together and felt that a HT at age 32 was appropriate. For me money was not the issue if I'm going to get it done it has to be done right and I wasn't going to make my decision over a couple of grand if it meant compromising the result. I knew I had to go abroad as the UK seemed devoid of consistent and open results I wanted to be 100% sure and make my own informed choice, so I managed also to see 3 UK patients through Spex and that helped massively in making the choice. Well to let you know I basically short listed about 3 clinics and eventually went for Feller medical in August 2010 Its now almost exactly 6 months since my hair transplant and I was stunned at how far I had come in just those short months, so much so that I think it is important for me to share just how much better I feel and how my hair is constantly changing for the better. I ended up having a strip surgery done by Doctor Feller for 2250 grafts. It was a great experience I did brick it several times before hand about the decision to go ahead mainly about having a scar at the back of my head but I stayed strong and went for it. Here are some before pics, immediate post op.and at 6 months As you can see Flickr: Ukresponder's Photostream I had major loss in both temples and some from the front hairline. I was losing it from the crown, but to be honest a very small amount of nanogen fibres plus thickening shampoo and dermatch sorted it out well and also the finasteride was slowly but surely closing the gap, I thought I got give it a good 3+ years so not worried about that just yet As we all know its the hairline that frames your face and that make you look older than you are. My main goal was to sort out those temples and not have to rely on an 'engineered comb over' as I liked to call it If you look at the 6 months post pics you cn see some really good growth, every month I can style and that section of hair so much more note the pic is with NO concealer, NO hair thickening shampoo just natural look at how the sides have filled up, I mean I used to waste half the nanogen and dermatch on those temple receeds and now for the first time in over 5 years I don't even think about it! I hear at 6 months its only around 40-50% growth, I'm already happy, the left side still lagging but still better than before. I can actually feel the 'weight' of he hair and style it even at this early stage. I have to say the experience was fantastic. Dr Feller is so easy going relaxed and made the whole transplant pain free and as enjoyable as it can be. Sorry for the long post but hopefully any one thinking of getting a transplant and is still not sure then I hope this gives you motivation and confidence that you can get great results from the right advice research and doctor and I just want to help out as I got so much form the forums before I went ahead with my own HT UKResponder