View Full Version : Newby Interested in FUE

09-05-2012, 02:20 PM
Hi Guys,

Iím a long-time guest but only joined recently. Apologies for the length of this post Ė hopefully itís not too boring.

I really like the impartiality on this forum and the wide range of informed opinions and advice which is the reason why I joined. I can see the industry can be pretty unscrupulous but there is a lot of experience on here from what I have seen so I thought Iíd try chime in.

Firstly a little about me Ė Iím 31 British (Indian-origin) guy. Iíve had thin hair since around 15. I went through a period of too much use of a shampoo called Head & Shoulders when I was that age. It made my hair start to fall out kind of all over, but it is a bit thicker at the back. I did consult a dermatologist at the time but she pretty much said thereís nothing I could do. Apparently it has been quite a common complaint with that shampoo. So my hair has gradually got thinner over the years. I started using finasteride about 4 yrs now, thatís probably helped, I also use Nizoral shampoo. I tried Regaine a few years ago also but it felt awful so I stopped soon after starting. My father was bald but my 3 brothers aged late 20ís to mid 30ís all have very good heads of hair. Uncles, granddads etc all have good hair as well Ė only my dad was bald.

Iíve been thinking about some sort of hair transplant for a few years now but wanted to wait to see how my hair loss developed and to whether any kind of technological advancement would be made Ė heard about lab grown hair stem cells a while back but Iím pretty sure thatís still a long way off.
Anyway Iím considering an FUE or Neograft procedure Ė like others Iíd like to have the option of keeping my hair short with minimal visible scarring. I havenít had a professional consultation yet Ė I wanted to get some advice on here first.

From what I gather FUE and Neograft do not have many proven doctors in the UK but Iím willing to travel (Belgium or US). Obviously I want to get a good deal but Iím willing to pay for quality Ė the most important thing for me is getting a high standard of work done.

So Iíve included some pics of my hair to give you guys a bit more background info. I guess the main questions I have are;

1. What kind of level of baldness do I have?
2. Am I a good candidate for FUE or Neograft?
3. Does Neograft have any good reputable practitioners? I havenít come across any.

Any other advice you guys have is very welcome.


09-07-2012, 04:22 PM
I have got the right forum haven't I?

This isn't the 'Say No to Plastic Surgery' forum is it, and I haven't just offended all the users have I?

09-07-2012, 05:15 PM
It looks like you're donor is very thin.

I say the only person that could possibly may help you is Dr. Gho. He's procedure is scarfree. That's pretty conclusive.

The controversial claims is the donor regrowth. Dr Gho claims minimum 80% regrowth in the donor area. The quality of the transplanted hairs (in the recipent area) seem to be a bit "thinner" compared to the traditional methods like conventional FUE and FUT.

However, I think the procedure should be considered by anyone who desires a buzzcut with no scarring. Look at Wesley Sneijder, he had the HST (Dr Gho's version of FUE).

I'm sure many will disagree with me, but I don't see how he could be happy with any other conventional methods.

09-07-2012, 08:25 PM
Well it looks like you're a Norwood 6 going on 7, and I'm afraid you waited too long. I think you should go on propecia and wait for one of the new treatments coming up within a few years.

09-08-2012, 07:33 AM
Thanks for the feedback guys, despite the disappointing news.

Interesting thing about Dr Gho. I've done some research on him. I guess like you say there needs to be some conclusive independent tests done about whether the donor area re-growth occurs and to what level.


09-08-2012, 01:08 PM
I would suggest doing a lot of research on FUE before diving in.

I have heard that with darker skin, the little scar dots are more visible.

09-10-2012, 05:34 AM
I hate to say it but your donor hair is so thin that it simply wouldn't supply enough hair to make a difference if transplanted to the front/top. You need so many grafts that you'd essentially end up bald in the donor region. That's the brutal truth.

09-10-2012, 09:54 AM
Your donor hair looks rather thin. How many graphs do you plan to get?

09-11-2012, 03:10 PM
Not sure how many grafts Martin. I would like to have better coverage but doesn't need to be a full thick head of hair. Looking at long term coverage, and would consider using beard and body hair and keeping a buzzcut permanently.