Here are a few words about my experiences with Farjo hair transplant surgery I had on Friday 18th Jan 2008.
Throughout my consultations and the interim period waiting for the date I had been quite impressed with their customer service . On the day before and day of surgery this was further
I travelled up to Manchester thurs afternoon and got to my hotel (Arora International) around 5pm. This was all booked for me by Farjo. Had a huge double double room with all the facilities. The restaurant
'Obsidian' attached to the hotel had superb food and i cannot recommend it enough. Had a pleasant relaxing evening, couldnt really go out as i had to be up about 6.30 am as my surgery was to start at 7.35!
When i got to the place, the first thing they do is take photographs of what your hairline looks like pre-op from all angles.
Dr Farjo then rediscussed my case and when I was
ready I was given a sedative before being taken into the surgery room. My hair was washed and i was put into the operating chair. In front of you is a large tv set on which you can watch dvds or listen to music while they are performing the op. The most uncomfortable part of the
whole procedure is the anaestetic but to me that was no worse than a few injections at the dentist and actually probably less painful. The first bit is done at the back where they have to mark out the donor
site and then basically cut it out! I felt no pain or discomfort at all when they did this, however some of the noises are strange and you can kind of feel the pulling as a kind of mild pressure, very weird
sensation! They then stitch all that up (and i have to say having seen it afterwards what an excellent job they made of that!)
Then they mark out the areas to be filled in, and show you in the mirror to make sure you are happy before they proceed. A fine microscopic scapel is then used to make 1000s of tiny slits in your scalp, ready for the insertion of the donor hairs.
Lunch of a sandwich and cup of tea was provided when you were ready and you also had fruit juices, water and snack bars to hand if you wanted anything while they were working - you just helped yourself.
The actual insertion of the grafts is what took most of the time - about 8 hours. I didnt feel anything at all until getting towards the end when i felt a sort of pin prick as one graft went in, the
anaestetic on one side was just starting to ease prematurely but i mentioned it and it was instantly sorted.
If you need the toilet at any time you just let them know and they will get to a suitable point before letting you get up and go , the toilet is just next to the surgery.
The estimate for my rejigged feminine hairline was about 2500 donor grafts however when they had harvested the donor site my hair was luckily enough to be thick enough to end up with 2800 a good 300 more
than average , so they said that they would use those as well and get an even better density at the front. This took them over the original estimated surgery time but no extra cost or anything to me.
Unfortunately it meant i was perilously close to missing my train back to london!! We finished at 7pm and Dr Farjo drove me to the station. , which was very nice of him.
You get a whole set of post op instructions to follow and they give you pain killers if you need them and special shampoos etc for the first week.
The following day i had barely any discomfort at all, apart from a stiff neck, and some of the redness was already fading, and a fabulous looking female hairline shape!!!
I have to say that I was very very impressed with the whole process and if the final result is half as good as my experience to date I will be over the moon! So far I would have no hesitation in recommending them. Will do a follow up in a few months when the hair starts to grow. Will also post some pics as soon as I have them.
Finasteride 1.25mg per day.
My Hair Loss Story
Being a pre-op male to female transexual, having a feminine hairline was essential to my confidence. I had started losing hair due to MPB in my mid 30s and had quite a bit of receeding by the time I started doing anything about it. I heard of Farjo through a friend who had her op last year and is over the moon with the results!
Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?
Very happy so far.