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HGC (Hair Growth Centre) London, Maida Vale

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HR1986

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Hi HR1986, would you be able to start your own thread to document your journey?
I might do Bigmac. This journey is a emotional rollercoaster I must say. I hope it turns out okay because I do not want to go through this again.
 
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subterfuge

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Good luck.
I went with these guys 2 weeks back. Admittedly I jumped in a bit and didn't do enough research but booked it at a time when my plans to go to Turkey fell through due to Covid and I was frustrated and decided to go with these guys

I am a little bit nervous if i'm honest. Really hoping it's not a failure,
 
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HR1986

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Good luck.
I went with these guys 2 weeks back. Admittedly I jumped in a bit and didn't do enough research but booked it at a time when my plans to go to Turkey fell through due to Covid and I was frustrated and decided to go with these guys

I am a little bit nervous if i'm honest. Really hoping it's not a failure,
Good luck.
I went with these guys 2 weeks back. Admittedly I jumped in a bit and didn't do enough research but booked it at a time when my plans to go to Turkey fell through due to Covid and I was frustrated and decided to go with these guys

I am a little bit nervous if i'm honest. Really hoping it's not a failure,
Likewise mate, Covid scrapped my plan to get it done in Turkey.
 
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subterfuge

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Likewise mate, Covid scrapped my plan to get it done in Turkey.
thanks. Yeah, I know it takes a long time and you can't know anything about the result until way down the line.
My nervousness is more based on things I didn't know at the time such as how they use other surgeons work as their own and stuff and some bad reviews. I saw a few on youtube too of people who are fighting to get their money back and stuff. It's worrying and I guess I only have myself to blame IF I get a really bad result, but fingers crossed.
I was speaking to someone on facebook before I booked, and he was a real person who got it done with them and he's happy with his progress at 6 months and that was what made me bite the bullet. But i'd have much rather have gone to Turkey as initially planned and went to Dr. peckiner or someone like that.
Fingers crossed! I'm only on week 2 and am just waiting for the hair to fall out.
 
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JesterRIP

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I'm just over 3 months now following my surgery in HGC Romford and so far so good (y)

Lots of tiny hairs starting to push through, itchy scalp - altho not entirely sure if it's due to the new hairs, the numbness beginning to subside - or both?
 
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HR1986

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thanks. Yeah, I know it takes a long time and you can't know anything about the result until way down the line.
My nervousness is more based on things I didn't know at the time such as how they use other surgeons work as their own and stuff and some bad reviews. I saw a few on youtube too of people who are fighting to get their money back and stuff. It's worrying and I guess I only have myself to blame IF I get a really bad result, but fingers crossed.
I was speaking to someone on facebook before I booked, and he was a real person who got it done with them and he's happy with his progress at 6 months and that was what made me bite the bullet. But i'd have much rather have gone to Turkey as initially planned and went to Dr. peckiner or someone like that.
Fingers crossed! I'm only on week 2 and am just waiting for the hair to fall out.
Which clinic and who did the incisions?
 
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JesterRIP

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Good luck.
I went with these guys 2 weeks back. Admittedly I jumped in a bit and didn't do enough research but booked it at a time when my plans to go to Turkey fell through due to Covid and I was frustrated and decided to go with these guys

I am a little bit nervous if i'm honest. Really hoping it's not a failure,

I think that's the problem with social media in general - if you research anything long enough, you're bound to find a few comments from disgruntled individuals who weren't satisfied for one reason or another.

Is their gripe because they didn't manage their own expectations appropriately? Did they follow the post surgery care advice to the letter? Did they have any pre-existing issues with their scalp? Or was their gripe a genuine one? We simply have no way of knowing.

Before I used HGC I spoke to a number of people who'd used them. Saw a couple of video diaries online, as well as the pre-surgery vids they send out before you go.

As someone who was between a 4 and 5 on the Norwood scale, I am not expecting manes and manes of hair akin to a cave man. Just that it will be a little more aesthetic than it was before - I've just posted my latest pics on the other HGC thread here: https://www.hairlossexperiences.com/threads/hgc-romford-3000-grafts.10924/#post-86392

Try not to worry too much. Remember it takes 15 months before you get your final result for the temples, and a further 3 for the crown.

I anticipate at this point I'll most likely book a "top-up" appointment to add a bit more density. If I'm not completely 100% that is.

Good luck
 
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subterfuge

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Which clinic and who did the incisions?
Romford. Dr. Nayak done the incisions.
I think that's the problem with social media in general - if you research anything long enough, you're bound to find a few comments from disgruntled individuals who weren't satisfied for one reason or another.

Is their gripe because they didn't manage their own expectations appropriately? Did they follow the post surgery care advice to the letter? Did they have any pre-existing issues with their scalp? Or was their gripe a genuine one? We simply have no way of knowing.

Before I used HGC I spoke to a number of people who'd used them. Saw a couple of video diaries online, as well as the pre-surgery vids they send out before you go.

As someone who was between a 4 and 5 on the Norwood scale, I am not expecting manes and manes of hair akin to a cave man. Just that it will be a little more aesthetic than it was before - I've just posted my latest pics on the other HGC thread here: https://www.hairlossexperiences.com/threads/hgc-romford-3000-grafts.10924/#post-86392

Try not to worry too much. Remember it takes 15 months before you get your final result for the temples, and a further 3 for the crown.

I anticipate at this point I'll most likely book a "top-up" appointment to add a bit more density. If I'm not completely 100% that is.

Good luck
Hopefully i'm worrying about nothing, but just seeing them use other surgeons pics and claiming to be their own was the first alarm bell and then on a youtube video about 'botch jobs' I saw a few comments from people claiming to have been botched in the comments section. But as you say, if you look hard enough, you can probably find bad reviews about everyone. There's a few video diaries on youtube of customers that i'm keeping an eye on. It's certainly not as if they never have good results, so hopefully i'll be lucky

I only wanted to straighten my hairline and fix my recession. I've been slowly losing hair for maybe 5 years and I was apparently a good candidate.

Here's day 12 (2 days ago)
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ps - I read very conflicted info about when it's OK to shave the recipient area. The doctors on realself seem to all say 'grafts are completely secure after about 10 days and can't be damaged unless using surgical instruments, so you are safe to shave it' although on reddit I often hear people saying to wait 6 months!! I kind of want to shave mine off soon as I look weird with long hair behind the stubbly recipient area and am still hiding from seeing people lol
 
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JesterRIP

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ps - I read very conflicted info about when it's OK to shave the recipient area. The doctors on realself seem to all say 'grafts are completely secure after about 10 days and can't be damaged unless using surgical instruments, so you are safe to shave it' although on reddit I often hear people saying to wait 6 months!! I kind of want to shave mine off soon as I look weird with long hair behind the stubbly recipient area and am still hiding from seeing people lol

I also had Dr Vishal Nayak too. Nice bloke.

He told me 4 weeks for cut, 6 weeks for clippers.

You're right in what you say, the grafts are pretty much set after 10-12 days - but scissors and especially clippers have a tendency to "pull" on the hairs. So while they may be set, I imagine it wouldn't take much to yank them out (think of how long it takes a cut & scan to completely heal).

I've been posting video diaries too. I'll keep doing so until the 18 month point I imagine. It seems this procedure is becoming ever more popular, so it always helps to get others' experiences no doubt.

Your hairline is much better than mine. I expect therefore, you'll get a much better end result too (y)
 
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HR1986

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Romford. Dr. Nayak done the incisions.

Hopefully i'm worrying about nothing, but just seeing them use other surgeons pics and claiming to be their own was the first alarm bell and then on a youtube video about 'botch jobs' I saw a few comments from people claiming to have been botched in the comments section. But as you say, if you look hard enough, you can probably find bad reviews about everyone. There's a few video diaries on youtube of customers that i'm keeping an eye on. It's certainly not as if they never have good results, so hopefully i'll be lucky

I only wanted to straighten my hairline and fix my recession. I've been slowly losing hair for maybe 5 years and I was apparently a good candidate.

Here's day 12 (2 days ago)
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ps - I read very conflicted info about when it's OK to shave the recipient area. The doctors on realself seem to all say 'grafts are completely secure after about 10 days and can't be damaged unless using surgical instruments, so you are safe to shave it' although on reddit I often hear people saying to wait 6 months!! I kind of want to shave mine off soon as I look weird with long hair behind the stubbly recipient area and am still hiding from seeing people lol
I'm currently 7.5 months post op. Not happy at all to be honest. I just needed a touch up on my fading hairline and added density to the frontal and mid. Both hairline and density are still pretty poor. Dr Nayak and his team do have an excellent track record so I think you'll be just fine mate.
 
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JonathanLondon

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If we’re all not happy after 12 months, maybe we can get a group discount in Turkey to get fixed up!
 
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Bigmac

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Seeing early growth at 3 months is a positive sign. Has there been more this past month?
 
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JonathanLondon

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Today is 4 months since my FUE surgery:
 

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My 8th month update
Pic 1 - 8 month
Pic 2 - 6.5
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