View Full Version : 3261 grafts FUE with Dr. Demirsoy, 20/07/2016

07-31-2016, 09:21 AM
Hi all, 30 yo patient who finally took this life-changing decision.

I chose Dr. Demirsoy because he was the one doctor from my very narrow list of good FUE doctors to offer me a convenient date for my operation, and managing downtime is very important. He's surprisingly cheap for someone with good results(1.25 euros per graft), only does one patient a day and does the extraction and incisions alone, his technicians place the grafts.

On the day of the operation, I took a couple pictures, to say good bye to my bald temples, and to keep track of where I was before the operation:

Dry and how I would normally look during the day if I'm not wearing any concealers:


And wet:


Muzaffer showed up to drive me to the clinic at 8am. He is as described by everybody here, and as you would expect him to be from his very nice and patient emails: genuinely friendly, honest and dedicated to the patients.

I kept asking him questions he probably hears every day and I already knew most of the answers, being a hair loss geek, but you need to be reassured when things are about to get real after years of planning and hopes. He always answered in details, probably aware that I was pretty knowledgeable, but he never seem annnoyed and always went in-depth.

The consultation: Dr Demirsoy inspected all of my scalp, and found that my hair was frizzier than on the pictures(I had sent him pics of my wet hair).
We agreed not to touch the crown because the thinning is barely noticeable and to focus on the front.
He first asked me about my hairline wishes. I was very anxious about him wanting me to have a high hairline like many HT patients, it looks weird and I don't see the point. But I had seen some of his hairlines that looked reasonably juvenile which was one of the reasons I picked him.

So I drew my ideal hairline with a thin stick, adamant about having narrower corners just below the temples.

He took some measures and told me about how low he could go, according to my forehead shape, and measured the distance from the eyebrows.

I was extremely pleased with the design, it was almost exactly what I had in mind. It looked slightly uneven but Dr Demirsoy insisted because of the temple points being slightly lower on one side apparently, but it really didn't matter.

We then took some pictures with the hairline design, here are a few of them:


I was expecting them to wet my hair first, to make better before/after pics, because I had read that about many clinics, but they didn't, I expressed my surprise to Muzaffer who told me they wanted to keep a honesty policy.

Muzaffer took me to his office and as soon as I signed, things went quickly. I was shaven by the nurses/technicians and we took another set of pictures:


The black stains are toppik remnants I thought I had washed away with the many shampoos I had since the weekend.


The operation was very long, Dr. Demirsoy did the extractions and the incisions and the technicians(3 nurses) placed the grafts.
Dr Demirsoy was pretty positive because there were many grafts with 2,3 and even 4 hairs. It's one of the variables that are part of the equation that makes the final result.

Here's a couple post-op picture:



One day post op:
The upper forehead swelling was very extreme and painful. But I could already see I wasn't going to experience much redness and Muzaffer commentated on that.
A nurse did the first shampoo and Muzaffer gave me all of the instructions for the upcoming days.

In the next few days, the swelling slowly went down from my forehead to my eyes and cheekbones (I felt better at this point and that's why I stopped wearing the headband I was given). I bumped my head a few times in random places but there was no bleeding so the grafts should be fine.
I had planned to hide in London at a friend's place(only person who knows) until I could be presentable and come back to my hometown in France.
We went to a Turkish restaurant and all of the waiters were balding turkish guys who immediatly asked me about all the details because they were planning on having a HT. It was surprisingly funny to talk in such a casual fashion about this usually embarassing topic.
After 5 days, my appearance became bearable despite the scabs because the swelling went away.

Day 5:
Still extra paranoid about bumping my head, but the swelling went away and I no longer look like a circus freak in public places. I can finally appreciate how my hairline was designed and hope for the best possible yield.


Day 8,9,10:

I was instructed to start removing the scabs at day 8.

It took me three attempts to remove nearly all of them. I finally get to see my temporary NW1.5 hairline with a buzzcut.

It looks really thinned out, but mostly because the recipient area is considerabely shorter than the rest of the hair. Here's a pic of the hair with the scabs being washed away:


Day 11: Return to my hometown, and I have almost no visible redness, no one can tell a thing. My best friend told me that it seems that my hairline got better thanks to fin.







Going for my first jog when the night falls. I can finally wear hats and t-shirts.
Now it's time to wait for the dreaded shedding.

I was instructed to avoid concealers for two months, which is a lot longer than most recommendations, I'll start using them very sparingly at 45 days.

I still can't believe I finally took the plunge.


09-21-2016, 07:45 AM
9 weeks post-op.
2 months and one day.
63 days.






Getting closer to the moment of truth. Plenty of stubble-like hair that seem new but don't want to grow. A few new, thin hairs. A small pimple. The calm before the storm!

09-21-2016, 06:43 PM
You can rock the buzz cut look

10-15-2016, 04:41 AM
I wanted to wait a little more to post an update, but this morning I couldn't resist taking pictures as I saw the noticeable shadow of the new hairline. Just took them as I woke up.

Here it is, 12 weeks and 3 days:


The left temple which is showing more growth at this point:


Right one: http://i.imgur.com/Qy7Mgoi.jpg

I need to buzz it all, maybe this afternoon, but waiting for some more thickening would be reasonable.

10-16-2016, 01:23 AM
You can rock the buzz cut look
Why not as long as I have that hairline shadow! But for the time being I desperately need to get a nice haircut with long bangs, been dreaming about it for so long...

10-24-2016, 02:50 AM
3 months and 4 days.

I just had a buzzcut to appreciate the early results better.

Quickly snapped some pics, the quality isn't the best, but I'm on a rush:



Quick look at my donor area:


This is just the beginning, and even if it's far from looking natural at the moment, the fear of a bad result is pretty much gone. I expect things to be at least decent, and a major cosmetic improvement.

11-02-2016, 03:06 AM
3 months and a half
15 weeks

I would like to thank Spencer Kobren who graciosuly called me back when I tried getting on a show which had to be postponned, he spent an hour with me discussing my procedure and hair loss related issues. I would love to call him back and be on the air to give some news sometimes.

Things are shaping up.




11-02-2016, 03:06 AM



11-20-2016, 02:34 AM
4 months today
Took a series of pics as planned. Things are following the course I expected so far. With concealer, it looks perfect (of course tese pics were taken with nothin on). Considering my options for the thinning on top, smp's are qui scary and I find almost nothing on SMP's for thickening effect.http://i.imgur.com/yFnbQcg.jpg




Donor area:


11-21-2016, 02:16 PM
dude it looks pretty nice so far, keep us updated

12-14-2016, 06:47 PM
The progression looks great! I'm currently at month two and seeing your progress has helped me calm down a bit. Looking forward to seeing more pictures in the future

12-19-2016, 03:18 AM
It will be 5 months tomorrow I had the time to take a few pics today.


The same side is still lagging behind but I still see tiny hairs coming through there, so I think the gap will be bridged in the next months.



Facing the sunny window


At a grappling tournament last weekend, flattering light, probably closer to real life conditions:


And facebook graced me with a reminder from 365 days ago like it often does, and I realized how far I was gone.


01-05-2017, 07:40 AM
5 and a half months

I keep improving, and it's addicting, I'm just afraid this is going to stop soon. I have a seriously lagging area that's been giving me a bad feeling for a while, but it's still early. Took pics with different lightnings today and yesterday night. If my lagging temple catches up to the other I will be already pleased to have chosen Demirsoy for half of the price of Koray Erdogan who was my original choice. The next weeks are going to be the moment of truth.


http://i.imgur.com/TVqRTg4.jpg http://i.imgur.com/tRmoTn3.jpg http://i.imgur.com/RSLbx7A.jpg http://i.imgur.com/SfWzz3d.jpg http://i.imgur.com/QUCctqt.jpg http://i.imgur.com/lYJs2ZG.jpg http://i.imgur.com/JoYvysD.jpg http://i.imgur.com/B005JR3.jpg

01-21-2017, 07:51 AM
6 months: 6 months and one day to be accurate. Took a series of pics today.

Trying kerastase masks(pricey stuff to smooth out wiry hair) and sticking with non-sulfate shampoo to fight the frizz, hair is a bit less frizzy, so the progress isn't showing as it should be, but my lagging areas are showing improvement, especially if you look at the root.

I still had a few pimples showing up in the sparse areas not too long ago so hopefully things are going to keep improving visible for the next couple months. The endgame will be a brazilian keratin treatment when the result is here to finally enjoy my hair. Researching the best way to avoid hair loss from straightening.

If you closely look at the transplanted areas they are still looking like shit but with some length it's blending pretty well with the rest of the hair and it's starting to look natural.



http://i.imgur.com/Vlx414h.jpg http://i.imgur.com/W4m7EzC.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/yDqdWuU.png http://i.imgur.com/QCEdroA.png

Wet, worse area, showing a pimple and tiny hairs(should mean upcoming thickening)

http://i.imgur.com/NgkZhpJ.png http://i.imgur.com/LS0SXpU.png

02-24-2017, 03:20 AM
7 months:



Worst area, considering a second pass there if it doesn't improve until month 12-14.



Diffuse thinning, to be fixed by a SMP:


FUE bald patch smp will be needed


02-24-2017, 04:24 AM
Looks pretty damn good. At a year I wouldn't be surprised if the problem areas fills in to your liking, but the SMP for the back would be worth it.

03-13-2017, 11:03 AM
Thank you for posting the updates. What do you mean by smp?
Do you think the scalp of the recipient area will be back to normal or will it look and feel scared always?

03-20-2017, 03:45 AM
8 months post-op. Cloudy day, couldn't get the best lightning for the monthly selfies.

I think it's almost the final result, I may enjoy some more thickening over the nest couple months but I can start to draw conclusions. It still looks better week after week, but maybe it's just the length.

I think I should have started with a FUT to get a better yield and to exploit my donor area better. The density is meh if you take a honest look, but that's the norm with a first FUE. I'd like to enjoy the undeniable cosmetic improvement for a little while before getting a second pass, I will email the top docs right away.

I will get a straightening treatment in one month to get rid of the goofy curls, it will be the moment of truth. I will not fail to keep you updated, but if the result is satsifactory, I'm probably going to forget what a computer is for a little while.


I had a nasty pimple that I tried to treat in that almost bald spot in the forelock area, hopefully some hairs can show up in this one spot when the skin heals.


Bad side where the technician didn't seem very serious.

http://i.imgur.com/3NA5ptD.png http://i.imgur.com/lDLj6O9.png

Let's see the donor area I would love to know how many grafts I've got let in there.

http://i.imgur.com/v802eMr.jpg http://i.imgur.com/WMGZmvW.jpg http://i.imgur.com/IqB4GBk.jpg

To put things into perspective, let's have a look at the horrendous pre-op pics, and keep in mind I was really able to run serious cover-up game back then with that length. I think Demirsoy did a good job. But I will most likely go see a Belgian big name for the second pass because I need to make the most out of my donor area and to do the temple points.

http://i.imgur.com/fTh9TkU.png http://i.imgur.com/RfDmn2v.png http://i.imgur.com/3nPoKKf.png

04-09-2017, 05:19 AM
Very sunny day so I took a couple pics outside, at 8months and a half post-op.







I had pimples on my shitty areas, did not want to treat them too agressively.





The donor area




04-20-2017, 07:09 AM
9 months, went for a mild straightening procedure, going to cut it differentely, experiment, finally start doing normal things with my hair like the people that take their NW1 for granted.








The parting reveals another dissapointing area due to a couple lagging pimples but I'm still satisfied.

05-04-2017, 09:55 AM
Mate it looks great! Be happy with the quality of the result. Also let your hair shape naturally, forget all that straightening stuff looks much better curly! You can get some pretty cool haircuts that suit curly type hair!

05-22-2017, 07:15 AM
10 months







07-01-2017, 02:05 PM
11 months and a half
It's likely the final result, very satisfied even if a side has a visibly poorer graft survival rate, and I had it coming since the day of the operation.

I won't get a second surgery anytime soon, despite the hair greed I can't afford to lose another 8-9 months freaking out at home living like a hermit. Life is too short.

I'm very satisfied to have chosen Dr Demirsoy, after those months browsing post-op testimonies online daily I know I could have spend three to four times more money for the same outcome. I know a few patients have chosen this doctor because of my testimony and he deserves the success and more recognition.




My whole perception of life has changed. It's incredibly liberating.

I would never have done it without the inspiration that some gave me online during my worst years of hair loss related depression. Especially Scorpion/Chinpoko, Highlander, Aames, JohnnyDeath and Mistgeburt.