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Greetings!

 

Thank you for stopping by and going through my story. I'd imagine the reader is either a Hair loss sufferer or a close friend / relative seeking help and guidance to overcome hair loss problems.

 

I started losing hair during my engineering days (about 12 yrs ago) but I didn't pay much heed since I had other more important stuffs to take care of. Gradually my baldness became more and more visible and 6 years ago I decided to do something about my hair loss. Initially I consulted Dr. Batra who gave me some medicines and solutions to stop my hair loss. However, he also advised that since baldness runs in my family, medicines won't help much and I should consider other methods of hair restorations - Non-surgical method where one applies either fiber based particles or wigs/toupees/Hair weaving etc. to cover bald area. However, I wasn't an admirer of these temporary methods and wanted to have something permanent. Therefore I opted for surgical method. I did some research on what options were available. There are two techniques - FUT / Strip method and FUE method. There are 1000 of websites explaining differences between FUE and FUT. One could google it and know it all. Eventually, I decided to go for FUE method and started searching for a good doctor. I came across Dr. Kapil Dua's profile (AK Clinics at Ludhiana) I went through the testimonials on his website and it sounded perfect for me. Without doing any further research I booked an appointment and a date for my surgery. This was probably the biggest mistake of my life I committed 5 years ago :(

 

Dr. Dua advised I should go for 2000 grafts which he claims he implanted post my surgery . However, I came to know quite recently that the number of grafts harvested from my donor area was way more (around 3000 grafts) This means my donor had been over-harvested and depleted. Furthermore, the yield in the implanted area was very poor (800-1000 grafts). This was brought to my notice when I consulted Dr. Tejinder Bhatti when he came to London. I was very disappointed hearing that.

 

That was the time I decided I will go for a correction surgery with Dr. Bhatti @ Darling Buds, Chandigarh. He advised me to go for approx 2500 grafts (from Scalp, Beard, and Chest) to cover my top and give me a fuller look. I was very skeptical about the second surgery since I've already had a bad experience. It took me a week to convince and prepare myself for the second inning. That was it! I made my travel arrangements and booked a date for my surgery.

 

The entire Hospital staff was extremely friendly and took very good care of me through out the course. The procedure was done in two days and I must admit Dr. Bhatti has got one of the safest pair of hands :) I'm eagerly waiting for the outcome that would change my life completely. It indeed is a painful and stressful process and 6-9 months is what they say, but it is definitely worth spending the time and money to regain lost confidence. My sincere advise to those who are considering this option, please do adequate research on the surgeons' profile. There are 1000s of surgeons claiming to have mastered this method. However, in reality this is a work of an artist and shere professional. And I can safely say Dr. Tejinder Bhatti is one of the best we have.

 

I hope my story was helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions. I've posted my pictures from day 1 and will be posting monthly updates on my progress. Stay tuned and best of luck!!

 

Thanks!

Martian

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Hi Martian31,

 

Firstly thank you for giving me the opportunity to guide you through all aspects of your hair transplant procedure.

 

Thank you for the write up, I'm glad your experience with Dr Bhatti and the Darling Buds Team was of the usual excellence we pride ourselves with.

 

I will keep track of your progress, you also have my contact details in the UK so please feel free to get in touch anytime.

 

Happy growing!

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Sorry to hear about your experience with AK Clinics. I am also a badly done case from this very same clinic.

Can you guide me how was your experience after revision?

Painful?

How much cost?

Is revision hair transplant safe?

I don't want another failure.

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what happen to the 2000-3000 grafts that you planted? On your pictures it looks like no prior work is done? Didnt anything grow?

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@ satindersooch123 - I got my revision done 10 days ago @ Darling Buds, Chandigarh. It's the usual FUE method except the surgeon and his expertise. I'm quite hopeful this time for better results.

Regarding cost and safety, I'm not an expert and you could consult Dr. Tejinder Bhatti for the number of grafts you would require and calculate the cost.

 

@ Mosd - 2000 grafts that I implanted the first time was in 2011. You are right in saying "On your pictures it looks like no prior work is done? Didnt anything grow?" That is the reason I went for the second surgery.

 

Rgds

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Have you tried to contact Dr Kapil Dua for explanation? He is one of the recommended doctors on this forum.

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The doctor which over harvested and depleted your donor is the recommended doctor over here, anyways thanks for sharing your detailed experience with Dr.Bhatti! The work looks good

Kindly keep on updating us with your monthly pictures

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Yes I contacted Dr. Kapil Dua and he was kind enough to offer me a correction surgery for a nominal amount of INR 25K. However, I was not very comfortable to get it re-done from the same place.

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** Sharing pictures of 30th & 60th days post surgery; Sorry about the delay.

Not sure why some of them show up as inverted.

 

Thanks!

Martian

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did the doctor who messed up the first time the guts to charge you for a second op? Why does this forum recommend that kind of doctor?

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Sorry to hear about your experience with AK Clinics. I am also a badly done case from this very same clinic.

Can you guide me how was your experience after revision?

Painful?

How much cost?

Is revision hair transplant safe?

I don't want another failure.

 

Hi Satindersooch123,

 

I would highly recommend to research your HT Clinic/Surgeon as much as possible. This Forum will provide you a wealth of information.

 

Regarding Dr. Bhatti's pricing structure, all the details can be found on our website. Here is the link:

Hair Transplant Cost in India, FUE Cost, Price

 

Basically, INR (Indian Rupees) 89 per graft which equates to approximately $1.32 per graft (USD).

 

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

 

Best regards,

California


 

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North America Representative and Patient Advisor for:
Dr. Tejinder Bhatti, Darling Buds Hair Transplant Center, Chandigarh, India.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and my words should not be taken as medical advice. All opinions and views shared are my own.

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Yes I contacted Dr. Kapil Dua and he was kind enough to offer me a correction surgery for a nominal amount of INR 25K. However, I was not very comfortable to get it re-done from the same place.

 

 

Hi Martian,

 

did you try to figure out what was the reason of transplanted hair with Dr Kapil Dua didn't grow, was it that, not all the extracted hair were not implanted, or was poor selection of donor grafts or something else.

 

As per my consultation with various doctor, if a good quality donor hair is transplanted it will grow your body can't reject your own hair.

 

All I am saying its important to know the reason. So that you don't face the same issue again.

 

Cheers

Vik

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Hi Martian,

 

did you try to figure out what was the reason of transplanted hair with Dr Kapil Dua didn't grow, was it that, not all the extracted hair were not implanted, or was poor selection of donor grafts or something else.

 

As per my consultation with various doctor, if a good quality donor hair is transplanted it will grow your body can't reject your own hair.

 

All I am saying its important to know the reason. So that you don't face the same issue again.

 

Cheers

Vik

 

Hi again,

 

It's been over 6 months since my HT, and it looks pretty good so far :)

Sharing the pics, let me know your feedback..!!!

 

Rgds,

Martian

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Every transplant doctor/surgeon sounds good and professional when speaking to them. Their web sties look even better.

The reality is that only successful cases are put on their web sites, and even this forum recommends docs based on their good results cos. they are not aware of the failed cases.

 

In my opinion, the reason for the failed transplant would be a combination of doctor and to a lesser degree patient fault. Docs who damage the hair follicle when extracting or leaving it too long out of the body basically kill the grafts, and therefore no growth. This is made worse by the fact that a good chunk of donor is destroyed. I would say if by day 10-14 all scabs off and the transplanted hair are all where they need to be, then the patient is not to blame.

Regarding accurate number of grafts extracted and transplanted would be difficult to be sure, we just need to accept what we have been told.

 

The only center with a puncher machine that counts the number of holes made in recipient area is in Georgia Dr Akaki, however they are not recommended on this forum.


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if you are happy with it then that's all that matters. your donor looks a little depleted, did the dr tell you have how many grafts you left in the donor for the future if needed

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if you are happy with it then that's all that matters. your donor looks a little depleted, did the dr tell you have how many grafts you left in the donor for the future if needed

 

Hi,

 

While I partly agree that the density looks sparse in the pictures, this is the progress as of 6 months. At this stage, I should be expecting 60-65% of the final outcome and my doctor asked me to be patient and wait for 9 months for 90% of the final outcome. I'd keep everyone posted. Fingers crossed...

 

For the donor area, my doc said probably another 750-800 grafts if reqd.

 

Thanks!

Martian

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Hi Martian,

 

As mentioned in our private conversations, the main thing is that the hairs transplanted in your recent repair procedure with Dr Bhatti are growing at a good pace. There is still a way to go and I personally think that after the 12 months, the look you will have will look vastly more appealing to the look you started with following your failed procedure when myself and Dr Bhatti first met up with you in London.

 

Because of your previously depleted donor, this was always going to be a really tough case, but I think we are heading in the right direction in giving you a result that will be aesthetically pleasing to you once matured.

 

Of course there is always the option of using up the rest of the donor and maybe some more beard and body hair to enhance the result further.

 

Once again, thank you for your positive attitude and for keeping us all updated.

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