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my FUE journey with HDC Medical begins

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ws7

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Hi Guys,

I am going to write my experience with my hair transplant at HDC in Cyprus from beginning to end, hopefully it will give some of you a good insight on what to expect, before that here are my details:

Gender: Male
Age: 35yrs old (36 in december)
Hairloss: Losing/thinning hair on my crown
Hair Colour: Black hair, slightly wavy

Technique: FUE
Number of Grafts: 1,500
Area to be covered: 8cm diameter on crown
Sessions: 2 sessions over 2 days
Other Info: Not having the recipient area shaved


Right, so I have landed in Cyprus and was collected at the airport by Alex, which was great because he was the one I spoke to in the first place in London.

The journey from Larnaca airport to HDC was about 30 minutes, then I was shown the apartment.

The apartment itself is really nice, a bit of a bummer having to share the bathroom if anyone else is staying, but not the end of the world. It is really clean. The apartment also has WIFI which is a huge plus point. Alex took me grocery shopping and bought a whole bunch of supplies for me during my stay, and I have felt so welcomed and at ease.
There is a local bakery which is open 24hours a day, and lots of other shops nearby which makes the location really good.

Also I saw one of the guys who just had a STRIP the same day and it looked so clean and tidy! I was shocked at how quickly it had healed. Looked like great work!

Anyway I am gonna sit a and watch some satellite TV which is also in the apartment and kill some time for my big day tomorrow.
 

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stratos_28 wrote:
In fue method many grafts destroyed (roughly 40%)
This can happen if you go to a clinic who aren`t very good at fue,this is why research is vital to make the right decision.
 
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Hi guys,

1st day of surgery gas been really good, everyone at HDC have been really accomodating, and meeting with Dr Michalis and the technicians has been superb and filled me with confidence.

The first step was the anesthesia, this did hurt a little but wasnt too bad, it wasnt just one injection it was several small injections to cover the area to be extracted. Like I said it wasn't as bad as I thought, then came the extraction from the back of the head, once the anesthesia kicked in this didnt hurt at all, but lying face down for hours was really uncomfortable, but not really any other way to do this. After that was the side of the head for extraction. They had to administer more anesthesia for the side of the head and then I had to lay on my side. This was really easy and very comfortable, so much so that I fell asleep!

I had a break in between and they kindly bought me some lunch to eat, which really helped as I was feeling really tired.

After that came the placement, the anesthesia in the crown really did hurt, but wasn't unbearable. This was aot more comfortable as I jut sat down as they placed the grafts in my crown.

My head started really hurting after the anesthesia wore off, but manage to keep myself going by watching loads of episodes of The Wire, then at 11pm I took my painkillers, and now I feel pretty much ok.

Tomorrow is the final session of surgery and as comfortable as it has been I will be glad to have it out of the way and on the road to recovery.

The experience at HDC has been made as comfortable as possible and I am really grateful to the staff for looking after me so much.

wish me luck for tomorrow...
 

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Looks pretty good. Not the best view with photo but looks like refined work. HDC do some good stuff so you will be very happy. Keep us posted.



NN
 
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hiya, sorry about the photo, its kinda hard to take it by yourself, today they did 950 grafts, tomorrow they will finish off the rest of the 1500, if I am lucky I amy even get a few more :)
 
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Hi Ws7

Glad its all going well,dont worry about the photo as HDC will take plenty for you that you can post.

Regarding the pain,you need to try and take your pain meds before the anesthesia wears off.

Anyway all the best for todays final procedure and i`ll look forward to hearing all about it.

Take care.

bm.
 
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ws7

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Hi Guys,

I have just finished my 2nd session and have had a total of 1635 grafts placed, a big big thankyou to HDC and Dr Michalis for doing the extra grafts it was very very appreciated.

It was much the same as the first day, except probably easier if anything. Again the staff were really good, especialy Alex, Dr Michalis (sorry if I am getting the spelling wrong),Janet & Leandro who have really looked after me well.

I am really relieved that it is over and now I can look forward to having great hair again, the after care is a little daunting but understandably necessary , fingers crossed I dont forget anything. The main thing which I am a little disappointed about is having to make sure I dont expose the grafts to UV light for more than 10 minutes for 6-9 months! I was really hoping to enjoy the summer with a crown of hair to show off.

Here are some pics as supplied from HDC of the post op day 2
 

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Looks great. Did they have to shave the entire donor area for that many grafts or were they able to just shave a small strip?

NN
 
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ws7

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Hiya,

they shaved a small strip across the back of my head from roughly ear to ear, because my hair is long I am able to conceal the strip, I willupload a pic shortly, just scrambling to find the memory stick they provided with the pics on them.

I can't wait to have my hair washed tomorrow, it feels so sticky and greasy.
 
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Hi Guys,

just had the first wash, and it felt so bloody good to finally have it washed and clean!

The donor area looks really clean, sorry for lack of photo but they have put an ointment over it so that it heals faster, so you can't really see the area well, will upload the pics soon.

Here is a pic of the recipient area on the 2nd day after op and after the first wash
 

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Looking good,with you not being shaved down the area will appear quite normal.

Do you use any type of concealer on your crown as at day 10 you could sprinkle sme Nanogen on there and you would have a full head of hair.

Cheers bm.
 
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hi bigmac, thanks for the tip, have never used Nanogen so not sure. But will definately look into it, I have a post op care schedule I am to follow from HDC so will probably stick to that to the letter.

I just had my last wash from HDC and will be travelling home to the UK today, will be so glad to get home. Sleeping at 45 degrees, even with sleeping tablets is not good sleep at all
 
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You are very fortunate that you likely will be able to go about your business undetectable. IN 8 months you will be much improved and in 1 year things will be perfect.

NN
 
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Ws7,

You're looking great. Hope you try loading your photos into the Gallery. I have a feeling you'll do a good job keeping it updated so we can follow along in your progress
 
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ws7

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Hiya,

not sure how I go about doing the gallery, that is definately something I will do. I am still getting quite abit of pain around the donor area, its not bleeding or anything like that, just hurts when I put pressure on it. I understand its likely to hurt because of the surgery but anyone know roughly how long it normally lasts, or is that really too much based on the individual?

Its really uncomfortable sleeping, and dont really wann take painkillers for too long.
 
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ws7,



I had no pain whatsoever with my FUE procedures, however they were only 500 at a time and taken from all over. In your case 1500 grafts from a strip €¦given that the extraction site is much more concentrated would have to feel different.

How long and wide of an area was shaved for the FUE extraction, any pics immediate post op?


Thanks for posting your experience. ;)
JJ