It was September 2011 when I had my HT with Transmed. I originally booked the surgery with Dr Melike who back then was (still) a coalition member. When I arrived to the clink on the day of my surgery I learned that Dr Melike cannot perform FUE surgeries and even more she was out of the country... and instead it will be done by a different surgeon Dr. Ali Emre. Having in mind that Dr Melike was recommended on this website it did not cross my mind that she might running a practice with someone less successful. I also did not come across bad feedback on their results back them or maybe I missed. So I had 2600 grafts FUE. While the clinic was nice, everything looked clean and very modern. The staff was very welcoming and friendly. But to keep it short, surgery was over and I went home. I did NOT develop post-op swelling or any other post-op side affects. I did not have any bleeding in the recipient area and my donor area was healing good.
After two weeks all scab were off and NO redness. I did have few zits in the recipient area but they cleared in few days without using any medication. After one month I still did not see any shedding and this was the first concern of mine. I did approach Transmed to address it but was told that this is normal and I should not worry about it. However even though the transplanted hair did grow, the growth was VERY little…
After 4 months nothing much has changed, I did not see any new hair growth. I contacted Transmed but my query was ignored - I did not get any feedback. I did not panic and decided to wait few more moths. After 6 months everything was still the same. I did have maybe 20 new hair on my left side and around 100 new hair on my right side. 7 months post-op did not bring any changes at all. I approached Transmed one again. This time sucessfull - they did speak to me. They did apologize for the poor results however the main message I got from my surgeon is that it's impossible to determine whose fault is it. In other words they were suggesting that is also patience's fault. I have no comments on that. Also, that it is mandatory to take propecia. I don't wanna comment this statement either. But I am just wondering if all those people who developed side affect from this drug and stopped using it; does it mean that they will not have results after having a HT surgery? According to Transmed it looks like it is…
To summarize, it has now been 9 months, no changes, I am where I was. This surgery with Transmed has made my life a living hell. I am not depressed but emotionally devastated. These are not the poor results that "kill" me but this surgery has damaged my hairline. The manipulations are clearly visible/noticeable on my hairline. I had to grow my hair (which does not look good on me at all) to somehow cover it up but even if I go out and it's windy (and in London it's always windy) all my "cover" lifts up and there is nothing I can do. My social life has gone completely, I don't go out anymore, I cannot meet people because I feel VERY VERY uncomfortable.
I cannot wait when for 12-14 months pass to have a correction surgery.
I have some North American surgeons in mind. But I would appreciate if maybe someone could give me and an advise or suggest a good surgeon (FUE)?
You can see some pictures I uploaded to outline my "progress".
I did not choose Transmed because of money. The amount I paid was almost the same as it would be with the North American coalition surgeons. I did choose Transmed because back then Dr Melike was recommended here (and I though I will have surgery with her) and I did not want to leave Europe.
Let me start by giving a little history about my HT story.
I had my first HT procedure in December 2011, FUT 3200 grafts. It did not give me good results. I have added some pictures 1.5 years after the first HT. The results were no way near what I expected. Have to admit that it was my fault though, I did not do any proper research and rushed to the surgery. So obviously the surgeon was not a recommended doctor in this forum.
So I considered a second transplant, and met Dr. Pathuri Madhu in India few days ago. However, the feedback that I got from Dr. Madhu is that I'm not a suitable candidate for FUT anymore There were several reasons Dr. Madhu stated for that:
1. My scar is a bit wide. Therefore it is impossible to re-use it. Won't be able to extract a good number of grafts (I have attached some pictures of the scar).
2. In the donor area, the density of the hair is poor. Therefore if a second strip is taken, won't be able to extract much grafts. Also, the baldness in the back of the head might expand in future, and might show the scar of the second strip.
So, I had to go back dejected. The question that I want to ask is, is there anything that I can do? Can FUE be a good option for me? While I do not want to challenge Dr. Madhu's opinion, in your view does the donor area look poor and not suitable for a second FUT procedure?
Thanks a lot!