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Dr Lupanzula, FUE Hair Transplant, 2100 grafts, Mar-20

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harry1001

member
Hi all,

In the spirit of ‘paying it forward’ here’s my review of my recent transplant with Dr Lupanzula.

Summary

Norwood 4, Aged 55. Had full head of hair till around 50.

FUE procedure, 2111 grafts, 4444 hair, on surface area of roughly 50cm2.

(Another procedure to be done in a year, for the crown and back of the head.)

Graft details :

FU’s Hair

1 Hair 443 443

2 Hairs 1086 2162

3 Hairs 509 1527

4 Hairs 78 312

Total FU’s 2111 4444

Background:


Mid 50’s, started losing hair around 8 years ago. I had been thinking of a transplant for 3 years as my hair have been shedding with increasing speed. Now at Norwood 4 I would say and knew that this year I would have to pull the trigger. Denial, fear of pain, and the negative emotions associated with anything to do with hair loss kept me from doing it.

Anyway, I did some research – I read these and other forums. Read lots of reviews. Where are the negatives ones? There seem to be very few of those – so I wondered how many of the reviews are actually genuine?

Had a face-to-face consult with two very well know doctors. Met Dr Lupanzula in Feb in London, and I liked what I heard. Asked further questions via his assistant Scott, who was, and continues to be, very responsive and informative, without being pushy or ‘sales-manny’. A week later I signed up. They had a slot in 3 weeks’ time, and I looked forward to anxiety and sleepless nights till then.



The Event

My pre-op consult was the same day as my operation, and this was fine with me. Day started at 6:30am. Photos takes, hairlines drawn, blood samples taken for the blood tests, hair shaved off. Dr Lupanzula did all of these himself.

Around 9:00am is when the main event started. Scalp anesthetised, and I lie on my front whilst the doc extracts the follicles from the donor. This lasted around 2.5 hrs. Then followed the incision stage where the doc made the openings for the extracted follicles to be transplanted and this was fairly quick, maybe an hour or just over.

The final stage was the placings, which was done by two technicians and lasted for around 2.5 -3 hours.

The whole process was finished by 5:30pm, and I then joined the doctor for a chat, Q-and-A and a well-deserved baguette.

My experience

Pain
– this was the ONE thing which had prevented me from taking action for 3 years cos someone ones said to me “Oh, my brother-in-law had a transplant, and he said it’s really painful”. Well, I had the complete opposite experience - practically no pain at all. The only tiny bit was when the injections were used to numb the scalp, and on a scale of 0-10 where 0 is “No pain”, I would measure mine at 2. It’s like having an injection when a blood sample of taken from the arm – there is a little prick that lasts a few seconds.

I am a real whoos when it comes to pain, so if you are like me, and have been holding back, then let me reassure you – if you pick the right doctor/clinic, then the pain is minimal. In fact, numerous times, during the day I fell asleep – at one point, both the technicians were laughing as my snoring became so loud that it even woke me up.

That night I was expecting throbbing of the head, but nope, nothing. The most awkward part is having to sleep at 45% angle at night – I liken it to being on a long-haul flight in an economy seat, ie. inconvenient and fidgety, but not painful.

The next day, I was given a 1000mg paracetamol to take, but I didn’t need to take it as there was literally no discomfort at all.

Doctor/Clinic/Staff

I’m trying to not make this sound like a sales pitch, but here goes :

Wonderful. All three. The doctor is really relaxed and chilled and that calmed my nerves. We even shared a few laughs while he was drilling around my head, and I tried to impress him with my 10 word knowledge of the Swahili language. The facilities are very modern and well-equipped. The technicians are friendly, and one invited me to look through the microscope while he was separating my follicles. During the 2.5 hours of the placings stage, I was free to pick my favourite Netflix shows to watch while the technicians quietly did their job.

Support

Pre-booking : All the comms are via Scott, the client liaison chappie. He’s very responsive and provided me all the info I needed. All the forms, payments etc were done online very efficiently, and within two days of me saying ‘Yes’, we had everything finalised.

During the day : the doctor is very open to discussion, didn’t rush at all, and answered all the questions I had in a rational manner. The support staff too are very polite, respectful, and helpful. I was of course, the only person being operated on during that day, and this was important to me.

Post-op : I asked if I could come back the next day so someone could show me how to wash my hair, and of course, they were very happy to do so. In fact, I would say, whichever clinic you use, make sure you go back the next day, so they can clean you up properly, and show you good maintenance techniques. The staff even offered to video me having my hair washed for my personal use when I return home.

I will keep in contact with the doctor and have 3 and 6 monthly face-to-face consults when he visits London.

I feel great right now. I just want the ugly-duckling stage to pass quickly, and I look forward to seeing the results.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.


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Bigmac

Bigmac

Administrator
Staff member
Hi Harry.
Welcome to the forum and thanks for sharing your detailed write up.
Having a full head of hair nearing your 50's, then losing quite a bit, equaling a Norwood 4 just goes to show how risky things can be for younger guys who use up most of all of their donor at a young age.
Apart from that, the work looks good as usual from Dr Lupanzula and the team. Good to hear you're getting great support from Scott.
The ugly duckling phase will soon pass with things returning to normal.
You have thinning on the crown, are you taking any medications to prevent further loss? If no meds, are you trying anything else?
I'll look forward to following your progress.
All the best.
Bm.
 
bullitnut

bullitnut

4 awesome repairs with SMG
Welcome to the forum dude looking at the pics it should provide a great improvement....I personally like Dr Lupanzula's work a lot so I'm sure you chose a quality Doctor and i appreciate you documenting your surgery for us to read....people tend to underestimate just how important it is for people to read about their progress imo....but speaking from experience it really does make a difference when you get to hear all about what it's like at different clinics and seeing different doctors results.....without people like you it makes researching much harder so thank you.
 
Scott Medikemos

Scott Medikemos

Valued member
Thanks for taking the time to complete this thorough testimonial Harry. This is exactly what a patient researching their options needs to enable them to make an informed decision. You take us through things right from the beginning from when you started hairloss, through to consultations, decision making along with an in-depth breakdown of the day itself with pictures. Excellent reading. Now I look forward to your periodic updates. Heal and grow well my friend.
 
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Todd

member
The punch holes look small and spaced out, I bet you cant see anything when they heal. Do you know what size FUE punch they used on you?
 
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