I began receding from about the age of 17. At that time I was not worried or perturbed about it, as at that age you have plenty of other things on your mind and it never really bothered me. However over time my MPB continued to get slightly worse to the point where I was getting more and more comments about it. Still at this point, I have to say I was still not significantly bothered about it. Then about 2 years ago a friend of mine (supposedly my best friend!!) returned home from travelling and he never let up on it!! There wasn't a night out he did not mention it, or cruelly highlight it, usually in the company others( and more predominantly usually female company!!). This start to get me down a lotFeeling quite low from the continuous bashing from my friend, I decided to do something about it. I googled hair transplantation. Unfortunately for me I clicked on the first link for it and not the second (which was this website!!) Instead the first link was a sponsored google website for a local hair restoration surgeon. I immediately made contact with this clinic and booked a consultation which was for the following week. I attended the consultation and I must say looking back I can't believe how naive I was. Everything about it told me this was wrong. The doctor was rude, abrupt and abrasive, but no matter I still booked surgery for the following month. I didn't care about the wrong signals, I just wanted my hair fixed, I thought to myself, no more snide remarks from my friend, no more humilation from him. This decision was the worst mistake of my life to date.Nine months on as you can probably guess, I had minimal to no growth. In fact what had grown looked pluggy and cobblestoned. I looked worse than before, I thought I looked like a freak. I never felt so low, I wished at this point I hadn't gone through with it all, and had just buzzed my hair. Of course that was not an option anymore as to add to the boot of poor growth the surgeon left me with a wide scar. I became a recluse to an extent and ashamed of myself. I then decided to do something about it. I knew I couldn't continue living like this. I researched a little more. I found this website and many others like it. I realised there was quality physicians out there, not shoddy surgeons like the one I had been to.I pm'd many of the seasoned members on here asked there opinions of certain doctors and practices. It was only after months of research that I then decided to make contact with the farjo team. I sent them an email with some photos. Within a day or two Mick returned my mail with a phone call. I relayed my experience to him and to be honest it felt like I was talking to an old friend. He was friendly and attentive of my needs. I booked a consultation with him to see Dr Farjo. At the consultation, I was amazed at how different everything was to my previous experience. Everyone was attentive and caring and I was made felt like a VIP. They reiterated that HT was not a step to be rushed into and urged me to continue my research and seek opinions of other quality physicians. I wanted to book my date there and then, but they told me no, think about it for a while and come back to them then if I felt it was the right decision to make. Afterwards I could see their point, as your emotions are quite high and mixed and as a result its easy for your judgement to become clouded. However even after a couple of days thought, I knew I was making a logical decision and booked my surgery with Dr Farjo.The surgery itself was a very pleasing experience. I received 2091 grafts to the frontal region and revision of the scar dimensions. The whole experience was light and day from my previous hair transplant. I can't reiterate enough how ethical, professional and caring the farjo team are. At the time of writing this I'm only at 6 and half months but I can already see a big difference with a lot of the hairs coming through. I think over the next couple of months I should see a very big cosmetic difference with the additional growth, thickening and maturing of the transplanted hairs. I think then my goal will be reached. And my friend will have no reason to mock my non balding thatch!! The irony of it all though, he has recently began to diffuse thin and in my opinion is heading to a NW6!!Oh how the mighty fall!!
My Surgical Treatments to Date
hair transplant surgery with surgeon in Ireland october 2008 1500 grafts, less than 10 % grewhair transplant surgery with Dr Farjo 15th october 2009, 2091 graftsMy Non Surgical Treatments
Norwood class 3
The earliest stage of male hair loss. It is characterized by a deepening temporal recession.
Very conscious of it when out socially
1st transplant was completely unsuccessful, 2nd one hopefully time will tell!!
Time will tell regarding the second one. Personally I think it will be life changing. First experience was the worst time in my life
Research, don't jump into it like I did