Thanks both for the suggestions. Yes, both of those were on my shortlist.
After trawling through several posts in this forum (searching for European/UK surgeons), I collected a list of all the surgeons who were mentioned by users in this forum, and have sorted them by how many times each surgeon was mentioned (with the users who mentioned each next to them). Results are below (note that they are not all from the UK) :-
13 recommendations: Dr Feriduni (Belgium) : Bill - Managing Publisher, spex, RCWest, Blake Bloxham Forum Co-Moderator, HARIRI, England, JohnnyDrama, Melvin-Moderator Forum Co-Moderator, Dutch, Rootz, Mickey85, alix, snowman 11 recommendations: Dr Farjo (UK): mikeyhwk, hairthere, fozzie, thanatopsis_awry, spex, Guest donald, RCWest, aaron1234, HairsGone, Melvin-Moderator 10 recommendations: Dr Bisanga (Belgium) : Topcat611, spex, HARIRI, Cant decide, JohnnyDrama, Melvin-Moderator Forum Co-Moderator, Dutch, Mickey85, Rootz, delancey 9 recommendations: Dr Lorenzo (Spain) : mikeyhwk, Jessop, Mickey85, HARIRI, HairsGone, Dutch, FUE2014, Rootz, Melvin-Moderator 6 recommendations: Dr Reddy (UK): fozzie, fueBobby, HairsGone, Mickey85, FUE2014, Melvin-Moderator 5 recommendations: Dr Koray Erdogan (Turkey): HARIRI, HairsGone, Dutch, FUE2014, Mickey85 5 recommendations: Dr Devroye (Belgium) : spex, RCWest, Blake Bloxham Forum Co-Moderator, Dutch, Bill - Managing Publisher 4 recommendations: Dr Ball (UK): mikeyhwk, fozzie, HairsGone, Sean 3 recommendations: Dr Mwamba (Belgium) : spex, JohnnyDrama, Mickey85 2 recommendations: Dr Bhatti (UK): itxrd , mikeyhwk 2 recommendations: Dr Keser (Turkey) : mikeyhwk, Maines
FWIW. Bear in mind, there are thousands of posts I DIDN'T view, so this will be error-prone and restricted to posts where I searched for "best UK hair surgeon" or similar. I'm sure there are many excellent worldwide surgeons missing from this list.
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Ok so now I’m a bit worried! I have just returned from the barbers and had a grade 1.5 back and sides and noticed that it looks like a may be thinning lower than I thought. To me it doesn’t look like a typical balding pattern in the average man but I’d love to hear your thoughts. Should my strategy change in terms of future planning if this will go too? Do you think I’d have a dense enough ‘safe donor zone’ to have a good hairline and mid scalp or is it game over?
what would you do??
Interesting topic and, I agree, difficult to answer. Years ago, and even today, some doctors believe that grafts compete for blood supply at the time of surgery, This is why most will leave a separation in between grafts to guarantee a successful procedure. Is the take 100%? (Nothing is 100%). Close. Once that first set of grafts is incorporated into the bloodstream, a patient can then consider a 2nd procedure. But....
Within the last few years I have become aware of doctors that use advanced techniques, what I would call 3D, which allows for the "LOOK" of density with only one procedure. The placement of the grafts is such that allows for the look of "full density." Mind you, this is graft number dependent as well as how the grafts are positioned. I gather that the grafts are placed very closed together. Is the take 100% Doubt it. High 90's? I think so.
Consider the hair dominance in the donor area and the type of procedure being used. A reputable doctor will always take hair from the "safe zone." FUE, if you've noticed, typically will take hair from "everywhere in the back," including the nape area. If the patient is experiencing retrograde, these hairs eventually react the same way they would have if they had remained in the donor. So for patients that complain down the road that they seem to be thinning a transplanted area, this would make sense.