Transplant Procedure Info

Procedure 1 Rating: Excellent

5518 Grafts by Dr. Erdogan



Age: 39 | Bald Class: Bald Class 4 Email Me

Had 5518 FUE grafts on the front and mid portion of my scalp on August 15 and 16, 2016 at ASMED with Dr. Koray Erdogan. Had restarted 1.25 mg daily of proscar per doctor's instructions approximately 1 month prior to surgery and have stayed on 1.25 mg proscar daily since with no side effects that I am aware of.

Non-Surgical Treatments:

I do not use Minoxidil per doctor's instructions which prohibits minoxidil one month prior to procedure and one year after. Have used it years ago with uncertain success. I do know it is messy, annoying, creates flakes, and smells. Am happy with results from hair transplant and proscar. Will continue with proscar and a second hair transplant procedure.

My Hair Loss Story

Had a thick head of hair in my youth, first noticed hair loss at 18 (freshman year of college). Used minoxidil and propecia for many years with uncertain results until quitting all treatment and continuing to lose, resigning to fact that hair transplant or shaving head was inevitable.

How has my hair loss affected me?

Starting to lose hair at 18 while just starting college took a big detrimental effect on my self-confidence. I felt it was unfair that I had to deal with it at such a young age when almost none of my friends my age had (noticeable) hair loss. I wore hats and tried to keep my hair short (sometimes even shaved with no guard), bleaching it (used the Eminem look a few times) or styled it in order to try to hide it. Would feel embarrassed when others made comments ab out my hair loss, especially in front of groups of people. I found myself looking at other guys' hairlines an being jealous and thinking they have no clue how lucky they are compared to what I had to deal with from college onward. However, I followed the developments in treatment and transplants, and knew if I stayed patient and waited until I had a better idea of how much hair I was going to use, and saved enough money for advanced FUE procedure which would leave no long scar that I would one day, at a minimum be able to have the appearance of a full head of hair again, if I kept it short.

What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?

It is honesty hard to say how effective minoxidil and proscar are because it's just too hard to say what they did or did not do. I do know that dutasteride gave me noticeable side effects when I tried it so that was out. My doctor forbids minoxidil one month prior to surgery and one year after. I do not get proscar 1.25 mg daily side esing derffects so I just take my pill each day and hope it is working. Finally, Dermmatch concealer worked quite well in the last couple years before the transplant to create the illusion of full enough hair with a receding hairline which was better than being bald, however it's a pain, leaves marks everywhere (including pillow cases, your own and on any you stay on while at someone else's house). However nothing compares to the hair transplant which for me was the only permanent option with real results.

Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?

So far, my hair transplant has lived up to every bit of my expectations, and I cannot wait for session #2 to address the vertex and touch up any thin spots.

What hair loss treatments would I recommend?

FUE hair transplant with a top notch surgeon. I can only speak about my own experience with Dr. Koray Erdogan. FUT may be good for some other and there may be other good doctors out there, but for the results, price, ability to wear my hair short without a long scar and the overall experience, it was a 10/10.

How has hair restoration surgery changed my life?

I no longer think that I am losing hair in the front or mid-scalp, but instead each day it just gets better and better. I have a great hairline now that fits my face wonderfully and that many of my friends with receding hairlines are now jealous of.

My general advice and suggestions.

Do you research. If you can be patient enough to see where your hair loss is going to progress to, especially, if you start losing early, try to hold off as long as you can until you can afford a mega session with a top notch doctor. At the same time, I wish I had done this a couple years sooner, although for me I needed to wait until I had the money, time and right time in my life to do it. I couldn't be happier and I am only 6 months into my hair loss surgery journey!