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Dr. Bessam Farjo

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Hair transplant patient

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About

I’ve being suffering from male pattern genetic baldness since I was 30; I’m now 48. During this time I managed to disguise this fact through the use of various hair thickeners and concealers, combined with various intricate combovers (think Donald Trump!) and could get away with it until fairly recently. But it got to the stage where I began to feel self-conscious about it, and increasingly anxious about being discovered due to harsh winds, rain or other unforeseen combover related calamities.

So in the end, I decided to get a hair transplant. I had thought about this option several years ago, but didn’t have the money available then, and wearing a hairpiece was something I didn’t consider, as that would have made me even more nervous in high winds, despite the very good glues and tapes I hear you can get to secure hairpieces.

Being based in the UK, I didn’t want to travel abroad for a hair transplant, and so did some research on UK doctors (mainly from reading the Hair Restoration Social Network’s forum) and saw that of the UK doctors, Dr Bessam Farjo was recommended above all, so I decided to go with him, and had a hair transplant in November 2011.


My Surgical Treatments to Date

Total Grafts: 3128
Strip Size: 28 x 1.3
Closure Staples lower Trichophytic
Number of 1 haired grafts: 710
Number of 2 haired grafts: 1926
Number of 3 or more grafts: 492

 

Bald Class

Bald class 6

Norwood stage 6

The balding areas at the temples join with the balding area at the vertex. The band of hair across the top of the head is gone or sparse.

The most noticeable thing for me is the lack of confidence it has caused in me, especially with women.

The only hair treatments I’ve used are concealers, which are effective up until you lose too much hair for them to be useful.

Yes, I am. I only had my hair transplant in November last year (2011), and it’s now April, but already I can see an improvement in my appearance. It’s early days yet, of course, and more transplanted hair has yet to grow in. But I’m confident that within a year the full results will be clearly evident.

I think it’s up to the individual, really. But if they did choose to get a hair transplant, then I would encourage them to do so. It’s not as painful or as traumatic as it might initially sound, and it's far better than relying on concealers or hairpieces all you life, in my view.

As I mentioned before, I’m only five months into the growing phase, more hair has yet to grow and become thicker. I’m confident, though, that it will change my life, in that I will get my confidence back, and not have to avoid activities and weather conditions that might ruffle my hair—a big concern when I was using concealers.

Don’t let anyone put you off from sorting your baldness out.

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My Latest journal entries

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osris
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

14 months after surgery – January 2013 Here are some photos taken by Dr Farjo 14 months after surgery.  

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osris
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

16 months after surgery – March 2013 Here are some photos taken 16 months after surgery at my home. The lighting conditions are such that there is a dramatic illusion of hair density than in the photos taken at the Farjo clinic two months ago. I find that under most everyday lighting conditions (including outdoor daylight) my hair looks denser than it does under direct overhead artificial lighting. At some stage, I will need to get a second transplant to add more real density, but at this point I’m satisfied.

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osris
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

Clinical photos taken on July 12 These photos were taken on July 12 by Dr Farjo. One of which is a back view of my head, which has yet to have a HT done. I’m hoping to get this done at some stage.

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osris
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

9 months after surgeryAugust 2012 There seems to be more hair thickness now, especially after washing and blow-drying. Dr Farjo will be sending me the clinical photos he recently took, for me to post here. They are better quality ones than my own camera can take.

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osris
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

8 months after surgery July 2012 These two photos were taken with my hair unwashed and with a cheap camera. I saw Dr Farjo last week, and he took some clinical photos that he will email to me soon, which I will post here. He reassured me that density and thickening would improve during the next few months.

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osris
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

7 months after surgery June 2012  

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osris
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

6 months after surgery May 2012 Here are two photos taken 6 months after surgery. Apologies for the picture quality. I took them myself.

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osris
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

5 months after surgery April 2012 Here is a photo (not a very good one, I'm afraid, taken by myself) of my HT 5 months on.

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osris
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

Pre surgery Photos November 2011 These two photos were taken just before the surgery took place. As you can see I have hardly any hair on the crown or frontal area.

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osris
Bald class: 6
Procedure 1

Immediately after surgery