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Hi, I'm off for an initial consultation tomorrow at Transform in Reading. I will be seeing a patient care co-ordinator at first, and if I decide to go back I believe I will be seeing Mr Bhati, who would carry out the procedure.

 

Just wondering if anyone has dealt with this company before and how did you find them to be?

 

Does anyone recommend any other places to check out in the south of England?

 

I'm not sure how many grafts I would need. Is it best to post photos on this post or is there another thread where people could give advice?

 

I'm new to all of this, so thought it would be best to go and see someone to get a better idea of procedure and costs etc.

 

Any advice would be gratefully received

 

Regards

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The simplest piece of advice - get your consultation by all means, but don't sign up or pay for an op. Spend a few months researching the options and procedure types and doctors - chances are after that you won't want to go to Transform in Reading. You'll find a lot of advice and things to read on here - so don't rush into anything.

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Thank you for the response. I agree, I just wanted to get some advice as there is so much you can read online, but understanding it all is another thing, too much to take in after a long day at work!

 

If anyone can recommend other places in the UK to go and check out then that would great.

 

I thought I would need quite a lot of grafts, but looking at some photos on here I'm starting to think I won't.

 

I also need to decide on on the process, FUT or FUE, but cost could play a massive part in this.

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The next piece of advice everyone is going to give you - perhaps unrealistically - is not to let cost be the deciding factor in where you go. And the next one is not to let location play a major part - go where the doctor you want is.

 

You can see who this network recommends - and you probably won't go wrong if you choose Lorenzo in Manchester. But he's probably the most expensive here.

 

As I say, though - do your research and don't rush into anything.

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I also need to decide on on the process, FUT or FUE, but cost could play a massive part in this.

 

If you're not sure yet if you want FUE or FUT, you're in no position whatsoever to choose a surgeon and I don't see the point of doing consultations either IMO. If you go to a FUT doctor, he will try to sell you on FUT. He's not going to tell you about any bad experiences or results, only the good... the sugar coated version of the good. Like the above poster said you need to invest a lot of time researching a HT first. The answers to your questions are out there and pretty much all of them are actually better answered by people who are not trying to sell you a HT i.e. clinics. Going to consultations for general HT information is a bad idea, not to mention a waste of time IMO.

 

Google all the questions you have, there's lots of wisdom to read up on not just on this site but also several others out there. And of course for answers you can't find post the questions here.

 

Also, I don't recommend looking for a surgeon necessarily in the UK. Start looking at the surgeons with the results you like, period. If one happens to be in the UK, great.

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Bert,

 

If you want to stay in the UK, I highly recommend consulting with Dr. Lorenzo and Dr. Farjo at Intjertocapilar & Farjo and Dr. Reddy. This will be helpful for several reasons: 1. They are all excellent physicians and will educate without pressuring your into a procedure; 2. Dr. Lorenzo and Dr. Reddy both specialize in FUE whereas Dr. Farjo(s) specialize in strip. Consulting with both trusted strip and FUE experts will help you decide which procedure is best and what you can expect.

"Doc" Blake Bloxham - formerly "Future_HT_Doc"

 

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All opinions are my own and my advice does not constitute as medical advice. All medical questions and concerns should be addressed by a personal physician.

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I want to have a consultation so I can ask questions and get some answers in a timely manor, then I can start looking at surgeons. I know there is a lot of information on the web, but you can waste hours looking for it. You only have to look at the amount of posts on this site to see theres a lot to go through.

 

Saying that, today was a complete waste of time. I drove an hour each way to go and fill out a health questionnaire and then to be told that I can get a free consultation with a surgeon. I could have done that over the phone or online. I was told that they have a new surgeon starting so couldn't give me dates on when I could see him, so I asked what his name was and was told they wouldn't be able to give me that at the moment, but maybe when I book the appointment. They also couldn't give me any idea on cost or how many grafts I'd need. Now I appreciate that the surgeon would give the best answer to this, but surely practice manager must have some training to give a ball park figure?? Maybe I'm wrong and expecting too much, but to say I was fuming would be an understatement!!! Guess you were right Rootz!

 

Well thats Transform crossed off the list.

 

Thanks Future_HT_Doc, I'll look them up.

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I want to have a consultation so I can ask questions and get some answers in a timely manor, then I can start looking at surgeons. I know there is a lot of information on the web, but you can waste hours looking for it. You only have to look at the amount of posts on this site to see theres a lot to go through.

 

Saying that, today was a complete waste of time. I drove an hour each way to go and fill out a health questionnaire and then to be told that I can get a free consultation with a surgeon. I could have done that over the phone or online. I was told that they have a new surgeon starting so couldn't give me dates on when I could see him, so I asked what his name was and was told they wouldn't be able to give me that at the moment, but maybe when I book the appointment. They also couldn't give me any idea on cost or how many grafts I'd need. Now I appreciate that the surgeon would give the best answer to this, but surely practice manager must have some training to give a ball park figure?? Maybe I'm wrong and expecting too much, but to say I was fuming would be an understatement!!! Guess you were right Rootz!

 

Well thats Transform crossed off the list.

 

Thanks Future_HT_Doc, I'll look them up.

 

I recommend contacting Mick from Farjo: email mick at farjo dot com. If you can get to Harley Street I'm sure he will be more than happy to meet and have a chat. Top man and no ego.

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1,145 FUE grafts (3,152 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - August 2018

763 FUE grafts (2,094 hairs) with Ray Konior, MD - January 2020

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Will definitely drop him an email.

 

I'm not opposed to travelling to a different country if it works out better value for money, so if there are any other recommendations then please send them this way.

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I'll second what Matt1978 said about Farjo and Mick. I had an op at Farjo in Manchester in Feb and despite being in the 'ugly duckling phase' (I'm ugly anyway!) I feel reassured that I chose Farjo because they are specialists and have an excellent track record. I have also found Mick to be most humble and helpful in this stressful business.

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