I visited Dr. Tejinder Bhatti in Chandigarh and got my HT.
I was a Norwood V with receeding hairline and a big bald crown area.
After many months of silent research (& speaking 1:1 with many of you, you know who you are - thank you!) - I narrowed down to FUE as the procedure for me and considered a doctor in Turkey & 2 doctors in India. The reason I picked Dr. Bhatti was - he was the only Doctor that I could actually talk to. Very knowledgeable & confident in his work - I have an email promising corrective surgery at NO cost incase there is a poor result. (yes - I saved that email but I really hope I dont ever need it). Bottom line - Dr Bhatti is a very personable and patient guy - you can ask any and all Qs and he replies to all emails personally.
Dr. Bhatti has a driver (nice chap) who picks you up at the airport - they also pickup and drop off from the hotel to clinic at a very reasonable price. The clinic itself is quite nice, centrally located and very clean. The staff is young but have atleast 3-5 years experience in this line, are top notch pros.. and very hard working. 4000 grafts take a long time but they kept at it and did not do a rush job at any point.
Dr Bhatti did the shave, 100% harvesting + all the slit making. The techs did the implants and Dr Bhatti was in and out to review. We started at 7.30am and were done by 6pm. It is very tiring but there was no pain during the harvesting or implants. I joked that it was as painful as getting a haircut. No kidding and the post op is not bad at all either. A result of very skilled hands.. and experience.
The next day (Day1 after the procedure) I had the shower + bandage change. The following day (Day2) the bandages were removed and after another head shower I was good to head back.
Slept upright both nights and was very careful not to lose any grafts. I am able to sleep through the night now and have minimal pain or discomfort. FUE is really and amazing technique and Dr Bhatti is one of the best in the business.
Sharing some details & pictures here and have 2 Questions - was hoping to get some insights.
Total grafts: 4016
1. I am off from work for the next 3 weeks (all my PTO will be gone). I hv heard.. and am hoping the crusting falls off in 8-10 days. But what I am really hoping is for the transplanted hair to also fall off (pushed out by the new growing hair). So I can return to work with my old look and ideally have the new hair come out gradually so no one notices. Is 3 weeks from today (9/29) too fast for the transplanted hair to fall off? Any other ideas to manage the "return"
2. We used about 2600-2800 grafts for the front and aprox 1200-1400 grafts for the crown. I am very happy with the hair line Dr Bhatti has created. However for the crown area I feel we might be a bit short in covering the bald spot - can you folks take a look and share your thoughts. I am a bit concerned about it.. that the crown area doesnt quite blend into the rest of my hair. Understand as the hair grows it may be able to cover but I still feel its leaving some big gaps - please let me know.
happy to answer any other Qs in group or 1:1.
thanks a lot
(pics 2,3,4,5 are 4 days Post Op
Pic 1 is my crown area Pre Op)
I've posted here a few times. Yesterday I did my second transplant, it went great and the results from the first one were great too. I bumped my head soon after the first transplant and some follicles died and some turned to grow into a slightly wrong direction. I'll write another topic to tell this story
What do you think of my results? I attached two pictures of how my hair used to look like before operations, other one is with a lot of toppik to make it look fuller. One pic is 11 months after the first operation (no toppik or anything, just hair gel and stuff like that to lift it up), absolutely dramatic improvement. And one I took today, one day after the operation.
The first operation was about 1700 hair follicles only restoring the hairline and temples. The second was about 2500 hair follicles, strengthening the hairline and temples even more for a double effect, and also filling up the whole head here and there to add thickness. Also we pulled the temples a few millimetres even more forward now.
I'm really happy how successful this has been so far, and the operation yesterday went great. My only regret or worry is, that from the very first operation I might have wanted to move my hairline even further down and temples even further forward. With this second transplant I didn't want to do it anymore, more than just a few millimetres in the temple area, because I don't want to look "layered". Otherwise it would have demanded even a third operation to fill it up again.
So... What do you think of the place of my hairline? What do you think of my results so far?
I can see how one could get addicted to this cycle of hair transplants. I already desire a lower hairline. And if I had the foresight I guess I could have had it already. But at the time of the first transplant all I wanted was the temples to move forward, that's all I thought. It was the idea of the hair transplant surgeon to fill up the whole hairline, she even lowered my frontal hairline a just a little bit, and thank god she did. Then again I am very happy that these operations have been so successful. I also quit drinking and eating trash, started yoga and started using some hair-friendly supplements daily and hair-growth shampoos. And also finasteride for two years now. So all these things together have made a dramatic difference.
Now, let's see how this one will turn out... Hopefully the hairline will be something I can be truly satisfied with. I really wanted this to be my last hair transplant, at least for 20 years or more. I'm 25 now.
Hey guys, I'm looking for help on this. I've consulted hair transplant clinics and the majority are bottom dollar quacks. I'm 18. I've been balding since 14. My grandfather stabilized at late stage Norwood 6, which is where I am. Wigs are tedious and hats are itchy. I used rogaine for almost a year and had no results. When should I consider HT? And who is the best I can go to? And what is the best that can be done for a Norwood 6.