I figured it’s time to talk a bit about my hair transplant.
Time really flies.
I had my hair transplant in January 2014.
It turned out to be a great decision in my life. It’s almost 2 years later and I am still very happy with the results.
Anyway, let’s get back to where it all started.
I started receding at a pretty young age. I was around a Norwood 2 at the age of 19-20.
At that time everything was still fine. My frontal forelock was still strong.
The situation wasn’t yet critical for me.
I told myself: “As long as it stays like this I don’t care.”
Unfortunately, it didn’t stay like that! It started to progress at a rapid pace.
I progressed into a Norwood 3
Before I knew, I was a Norwood 3+. Looking back I should have started treating my hair loss immediately. Hindsight is 20/20.
I tried all sort of treatments. From snake-oils to eventually the proven stuff.
I remember that I bought a “natural” treatment which was supposed to lower your DHT by like 50-60%. I think the treatment is called “Keratene Alpha Active”. The treatment is even supported by the University of Gent with a “clinical trial.”
Well, that didn’t work out! In fact, people on the forums had measured their DHT levels while taking the supplement and it didn’t decrease their DHT levels at all.
Eventually, I did have success with the proven treatments. I responded pretty well and my hair quality improved. I even had regrowth that was cosmetically visible.
The regrowth wasn’t of spectacular quality though and I was a Norwood 2,5 at that point.
The funny thing is that I always had a bias towards hair transplants. I never really even considered to do one.
After all, the thought of having my scalp cut was terrifying and I never thought hair transplants can be a viable solution.
One day I was like: “Damn, I really want to cut down a bit on my treatments, so I’ll take a look at these hair transplants.”
So I decided to research them. I learned that hair transplants can actually be a viable solution.
Research about hair transplants
What followed was a lot of research on my part about hair transplants.
You should always do thorough research if you are thinking about doing a hair transplant. I can’t stress this enough. There are still butchers walking around these days.
I decided to go for a follicular unit extraction (FUE). The main reason for this is that I wanted to have an escape route for in the future. If things wouldn’t work out I could just shave it without having a linear scar on the back of my head.
After reviewing many results, I decided on a doctor.
After emailing forth and through with the clinic the date was set. I booked my ticket to Turkey.
I was excited!
The day had come and before I knew the doctor was drawing a hairline on my head.
Since I was an NW3+ and 25 years old, I wanted to go a bit conservative with the hairline.
When the doctor drew a hairline, I loved it. It was more aggressive than I had in mind. We decided to go for it anyway.
Details of my hair transplant
The details of my operation were:
Total graft count: 2835
Punch size: 0.7mm , 4mm length
Implantation: Choi pen 0.6 & 0.8mm
The operation was split in 2 days. I had 1500 grafts on the first day and the remaining 1335 grafts on the second day.
I did bleed much on the first day, so it took a bit longer than expected. Beyond that, all went smooth.
Pictures of my hair transplant
These are the pictures that have been made by the clinic.
My hair is of a fine caliber, but my graft breakdown was pretty good (many double and triple follicular units).
Recovery went smooth too. I only had a stinging pain in my donor area the first 2 days.
The following pictures are taken 2 weeks after the operation day:
Shedding had already started. You can see that the area is still pretty red (the redness took a couple of months to fade completely).
The shedding continued and the “ugly duckling stage” came.
I was quite impatient and at times nervous in the process of regrowth following my hair transplant.
Patience is important following a hair transplant procedure. You can read a more about that here.
I worried for nothing. I couldn’t be happier about my final result.
Without airfare, I paid 5000 Euro for the procedure. For a FUE procedure of 2835 grafts that is pretty cheap.
I still have about 2500 grafts left for another hair transplant procedure in the future if that is needed.
Hopefully, that won’t be the case.
If you have any questions feel free to comment below or you can contact me!