HairyBearAge: 35 | Bald Class: Email Me
First HT surgery with Dr Pathuri Madhu in July 2011
Goals targeted for First HT : Get a decent hairline, and a dense covering on the front and mid-scalp. Leave the crown untouched and target it for second HT.
Total number of grafts received : 3273
Tried a few homeopathic pills. I quit when I realized that it wasn't working and I was wasting money on them.
My Hair Loss StoryI do not want to bore you all with my life story - there isn't anything spectacular about it anyway and it will fetch a dozen yawns at best. But for the record, I always had a forehead that was broader and wider than normal - with a very high hairline. I noticed my hair thinning at the age of 21. I have a family history of baldness, so my hair loss didn't come as a surprise for me. However, what surprised me was the frenetic pace of my hair loss between ages 23 to 27 ( in my estimation I progressed from a Norwood 2 to 5 in those 3 years) I cringed everytime I looked at the mirror ( Whoa! bloody genes, whats the bloody hurry) . It depressed me immensely, to say the least. I did try my best to puff up my chest, take it in my stride and soldier on , but my baldness always clawed at me psychologically. And why the hell not - Here I was.. a Norwood 6 at 27 years of age.
And then one fine day, I decided that I'm not going to live like this for the rest of my life and with the support of my family, decided to take the plunge. It was then that I started researching extensively about HT on the Internet. I came across this wonderful website... this wonderful HT network ( The Brotherhood of Baldies ha ha ) . I owe a lot of my research to this network. I learnt what HTs are all about, discovered the difference between a good HT and a bad HT and was introduced to the wonderful panel of recommended physicians and their state of the art work.
Being a resident of India, Dr. Pathuri Madhu was an automatic choice for me. The fact that he was recommended among some of the world's best surgeons by this network was very reassuring for me. I researched his work, spoke to his fellow patients and realized that his work indeed is world class. So, in July 2011 - I took the plunge.
At the time of typing this profile, I'm not sure if my HT will go on to succeed or fail in the future. But atleast I am glad that I tried to do something about my baldness rather than crib, cry and regret about it all the time.
How has my hair loss affected me?
The usual - loss of confidence, spending hours on the Internet googling articles like "Do chicks fancy bald men?" , reluctance to upload latest photos on Facebook, avoiding meeting old friends, and cringing at comments like "Oh he's so good looking. Wish he wasn't bald" ( Yeah right bitches, as if you were all fucking supermodels) . But the most importantly, my baldness affected my self-confidence. I'm doing this HT for myself not for others.
What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?
I had decided a lot earlier that surgery will be the only way to go for me, considering the history of baldness in my family. I was just waiting for the right moment to get it done.
Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?
Too early to comment about the results at the time of creating this profile.
But the entire experience of HT with Dr. Madhu was very good. He is a wonderful guy - his entire team was very polite, courteous and professional. I am happy with the design of my hairline and the density. All I can do is to cross my fingers and hope for the best results.
What hair loss treatments would I recommend?
A surgery is something I would definitely recommend for people who have slid below Norwood 5 and are obsessed with hair. For Norwood 2's , 3's and even 4's - I would recommend other non-surgical options ( medicines etc) to arrest their hair loss. A HT surgery should be the last resort.
How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?
Too early to say at the time of creating this profile.
My general advice and suggestions.
If you have decided to take the plunge and go in for a HT, make sure that you do you research extensively and properly - it is a fuckin' hair transplant surgery after all, not a treatment for common cold and cough. So do not take it lightly. It is a big thing in your lives, and and a great amount of research prior to your surgery is a must. This website is wonderful and the doctors recommended by it are undoubtedly some of the best in the world. Talk to people who've had a HT, discuss in forums, - do your homework properly. The HT world is full of unprofessional quacks - who will come forward to offer you 'miracle results' - and it pains me to see people fall victims to them and end up with disastrous results. So always do your research and choose world class doctors ( even if they cost you a bit more) .