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1500 FUE - Maitland Clinic (Dr Ball)

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Dive

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I had a 1500 FUE hair transplant in Dr Ball's Portsmouth Maitland Clinic in July 2018.

Background:
I'm a 28 year old male who had noticed minor hairline recession (always had a high hairline) but notable thinning in the front third of the scalp since the age of 25. My hair loss was very slow and steady over this period, but people started pointing it out for the first time in around April 2018 which led to me finally deciding to take action. I was on the verge of just buying a good set of trimmers and buzzing it all off, but instead I decided to do my research thinking that I might as well exhaust all options before taking the plunge. My research was extensive, utilising reviews (which is why I'm inclined to write one of my own!),before and after pictures, and opinions from respected figures in the field, like Joe Tillman. My research ultimately led me to Dr Ball and the Maitland Clinic in Portsmouth, which was about as far away from where I live in the UK as it gets! But sitting here 8 months post op, I can tell you it was worth both every penny, and every inch of the journey down there (twice).

Consultations:
I was not taking any medication for hair loss until after my initial FaceTime chat with lead patient consultant David Anderson, who recommended Propecia. I ordered this immediately after our conversation, and fortunately experienced no side effects ( nor in the 10 months I've been taking it since). I then decided to have a face to face consultation with David at the clinic, to see if I was a good candidate, to examine the extent of my hairless, and to explore what realistically could be done to help. Luckily it wasn't a lost cause, and so David recommended a conservative approach to keep my hairline the same, but pack the frontal third with 1500 grafts to significantly increase the density. I was realistic with my goals, and happy with this recommendation. It promised to be a mature hairline which allowed a lot of wiggle room for any future hairless (hopefully a long way off now!). I decided there and then to book in for the operation, which I had a month later. I should also note, I stayed at the Village Hotel which is within walking distance of the clinic for both the consultation and the operation, it's ideal.

The Operation:
The night before the operation, I went to the clinic and met Dr Ball (Edward) for the first time. He drew the hairline on (identical to my existing hairline) and explained what was going to happen the following day. He took pictures from every angle imaginable, and seemed genuinely hopeful that I would have a good result. My hair, which I was sick of looking at in its current state at this point, was shaved off on the day of the procedure. The entire day itself was a pleasure, really. Countless snacks, able to listen to my own music, and a fine selection of films meant that the (approx.) 8 hour procedure went as well as you could hope for. Dr Ball removed each of the hair grafts himself, and made each of the incisions. Following this, it was down to Janna and her team to place the grafts, which they did very efficiently indeed. Following the op, Edward inspected his handiwork and seemed genuinely impressed with the initial result, which of course put me at ease. My head was carefully bandaged, and all the aftercare instructions and equipment I needed were given to me.

The only downside to the day and indeed the entire experience, was leaving and walking back to the hotel as the clinic is situated in a very large, busy building comprised of many businesses. Still, as my procedure finished after 5 and I was let out the back door, even this wasn't too bad.

Overall:
All of the team were excellent. Both David and Edward are not only excellent at what they do, but highly personable too. I would recommend them to anyone suffering with hair loss, I believe they set the standard in the UK. The aftercare and sleeping sat upright isn't what I'd describe as easy or comfortable, but it's all more than worth the effort. I kept my hair buzzed very short for 4 months following the procedure, only letting it grow midway through the 4th month. Incredibly, not one person has noticed I've had anything done, even my best mates who would certainly have said something after a beer or two. People say I look younger, I'm more confident than I was when I was obviously balding, and I'm delighted with the result. I intend to go back around the year mark for a proper check up to see exactly how my hair is doing.

Progress:
I've added a link to progress pictures, which include pre-op and months 1, 3, and 6. I'm currently month 8 post op, and will post further pictures at month 9 if there's sufficient interest.

 
SB20

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Super write up and looking impressive for 6 months. Maitland clinic are very good.
 
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Hi and welcome to the forum.
Everything sounds like you had a good experience with The Maitland Clinic. Your hair growth looks decent at 6 months, it is taking shape and framing your face.
Being at month 8 you still have a way to go, although the hardest part is now over.
I`ll look forward to seeing your next update.

All the best.
Bm.
 
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Buzzing the hair short after the transplant is something I intend to do when I get round to having surgery. How long after having the op do you have to wait before being allowed to buzz?

Your new hair really suits you, they did a very good job:)
 
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Buzzing the hair short after the transplant is something I intend to do when I get round to having surgery. How long after having the op do you have to wait before being allowed to buzz?

Your new hair really suits you, they did a very good job:)
I'm almost certain it was 3 weeks, which isn't very long all things considered. I was back playing sports after that time too. The grafts aren't going anywhere after 3 weeks.

I'm going to provide one final update the next time I get a haircut, which will be at the 10 month mark.
 
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Thanks Dive good to hear your recovery was so quick.
Look forward with anticipation to your future update.