My story before hair transplant in Turkey.
Before telling you my story I want to say hello to whoever starts reading my words. I’m First Duty and at the moment I moderate several sections on the Bellicapelliforum, the biggest in Europe for number of registered users and real cases about hair restoration surgery posted by the users.
I open this section of the blog to tell my experience with hair transplant. I am (was) a 34 years old guy that during summer 2016 decided to take the big step and book, after more than 10 years of researches and waiting, a hair transplant surgery in Turkey at the Dr. Keser’s clinic in Ankara.
Why did I decide to undergo a hair transplant?
What brought me to this life choice? Trying to sum it up the most, my hair problem started when I was 19/20, short after my high school graduation. At the beginning it was only a receding hairline, a “V” hairline, but with the time it become always tighter. Luckly, my hair problems grew hand in hand with the internet boom. So, after a couple of failure (unfortunately expensive) with a very little expert dermatologist and with a trichologic center that only tried to take away my not much money from me, I finally found, thanks to the internet, some specialized forums and sites in the hair loss field.
Thanks to the information obtained from these sites, I could understand which my problem could (and then proved to) be. It was a classic androgenetic alopecia, or common hair loss, at the first stage, the one of the receding hairline.
I do not want to bore you with a too long premise, but certain information is essential, expecially for the neophytes, so I think it’s important for me to write a little intruduction on how to fight androgenetic alopecia and how to deal with a hair transplant.
THE FIRST STEP: to diagnose the problem.
The first thing to do is to clearly frame the problem. Even if most of the hair problems mean androgenetic alopecia (abbreviation: AGA), there can also be other problems, such as chronic or acute effluvium, that can make AGA even worse. How to distinguish one problem from the other? An important role is played by the personal culture, the knowledge that can be obtained on the dedicated sites (but pay attention to the deceits) and by the main actor of the diagnosis, the dermatologist. He/she should be a hair problems specialst, called “trichologist”.
THE SECOND STEP: take care of yourself to prepare to a hair transplant.
Once framed the problem, the second step is to cure it, so the hair loss must be stopped. Since in most of the cases we talk about androgenetic alopecia, let’s immediately clarify that the only real cures are Finasteride (the main one) and Minoxidil. A last explanation: since we talk about AGA, it is more correct to say that the hair miniaturisation must be stopped, not the hair loss. In fact, AGA is a progressive miniaturisation of the follicles in some areas of the scalp and not an acutal hair loss.
Once the progress of the androgenetic alopecia is stopped, you can start thinking about a hair transplant.
Why do I have to cure my hair loss if I undergo a transplant?
It is not easy to answer to this question, or at least the answer will not be short. You need to know the mechanism of the AGA, the concepts of donor, recipient area, indigenous hair, graft, UF etc.
The fundamental concept is that all the androgenetic alopecias tend to an end-stage, called Norwood 6 or 7, that is the condition of some bald people such as Gorbaciov, Sean Connery or the italians Massimo Boldi, Moggi or Berlusconi. Of course I refer to Berlusconi before he underwent a transplant performed by ANAS, that, using the hair he had, covered the rest of his head. Maybe for free, since at the time he was president of everthing!
Always stabilise the hair loss before the hair transplant.
All kidding aside, if you really want to undergo a hair transplant, it is better not to do it on an evolving hair loss, because, in addition to the risk of a loss or of a miniaturisation, in the long term you will find always more areas to cover on your scalp. In these cases we talk about transplants that chase the AGA. At the end, the donor area will never be thick and large enough to give hair to all the rest of the head, apart from some lucky cases.
So, my advice is this one: if you do not cure your hair loss, do not undergo a transplant. If you really do not put up with the drugs, there are some that are non-systemic or some natural supplements that can block the hair loss, even if their effect usually is much less effective than systemic Finasteride. I’m talking about some extracts like the serenoa repens one (Saw Palmetto) or other lotions and solutions (low dosage Finasteride, Finasteride gel, low dosage Minoxidil foam without glycol, anti-androgens etc). For futher information about the topic, go read the articles of the blog.