My story before the Hair Transplant in Turkey.
Before leaving, I would like to say a big hello to everyone who starts reading my stories. I am First Duty and I am currently moderating several sections in the Bellicapelli forum, the largest in Europe for the number of members and real cases on hair surgery posted by users.
I open this section in the blog to tell my experience with hair transplantation. I am (was) a 34 year old guy who in the summer of 2016 decided to take the plunge and book, after more than 10 years of research and waiting, the hair transplant surgery in Turkey at Dr. Keser’s clinic in Ankara.
Why did I decide to undergo a hair transplant?
What led me to make this life choice? Trying to compress as much as possible, my hair problems began at age 19/20 shortly after I graduated from high school. At first it was just a small receding hairline, or “V” hairline, but as time went on it became tighter and tighter. Fortunately, my hair problems grew in tandem with the internet boom. So, after a couple of holes in the water (unfortunately expensive) between a dermatologist very little specialized and a trichological center that had the only intention to take my little money, I finally landed, thanks to the network, on a couple of sites/forums specialized in baldness problems..
Thanks to the information gleaned from these sites, I was able to pinpoint what most likely (and later turned out to be) was my problem. That is a classic alopecia androgenetic, orcommon baldness, in the early stages, namely those of stempization.
I do not want to bore you too long with the preliminaries, but certain information is essential, especially for newcomers, so a brief introduction on how to fight the androgenetic alopecia and deal with a hair transplant is due.
FIRST STEP: DIAGNOSTIC THE PROBLEM
In primis your problem must be framed in a precise way. Although in the vast majority of cases baldness problems mean androgenetic alopecia (abbreviated AGA), there may be, even in the form of components that aggravate the aga itself, other problems such as chronic effluvium, acute effluvium etc. How to distinguish one problem from the other? Here comes into play the personal culture, the knowledge that nowadays anyone can get on dedicated sites (but watch out for lures!) and finally the main actor as far as diagnosis is concerned. I’m obviously talking about the dermatologist doctor who in our case should be a specialist in hair problems, also called trichologist.
SECOND STEP: TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR IN ORDER TO PREPARE FOR HAIR AUTOTRACTION
Secondly, once framed, the problem should be treated or rather the hair loss should be stopped. Since in most cases we talk about alopecia androgenetic, I make it clear that the only really effective treatments are called Finasteride (the hinge) and Minoxidil. One final clarification: since this is AGA, it is more correct to talk about stopping miniaturization than stopping the fall. This is because androgenetic is a progressive miniaturization of follicles in various areas of the scalp rather than an actual hair loss.
Once the advancement of alopecia androgenetic is stopped, one can begin to think about transplantation.
Why do you need to treat your hair loss if you have transplantation?”
Well this is not an easy question to answer, or rather a short answer one. You need to know the mechanisms of AGA, the concepts of donor, recipient area, native hair, graft, UF etc. Etc.
The fundamental concept is that all androgentical alopecias tend towards a terminal stage, called norwood 6 or 7, which is the condition that excellent bald men like Gorbachev, Sean Connery or the more local Massimo Boldi (little onion!), Moggi (no comment) or Berlusconi have. Obviously I speak of Silvio before the transplant done by ANAS that using what was available at home, gave him a nice tar asphalting on the head. Maybe even for free since he was president of everything at the time!
Always stabilize baldness before hair transplant
Jokes aside if you really want to perform a hair transplant, it is better not to do it on an evolving baldness because, in addition to risking losing or seeing miniaturized, in the long run, some transplanted, you will find yourself with time more and more empty areas to go to cover. In these cases we speak of transplants “to chase” the AGA. In the end the donor area (donor) will never be thick enough and wide enough to donate hair to the whole rest of the head, except in special and very lucky cases.
So my advice is this: if you don’t take care of yourself, don’t you transplant. At the limit if you just can’t tolerate medication, there are non systemic medications and natural supplements that can block, baldness although their effect is usually much milder than Finasteride systemic. I speak of extracts such as that of serenoa repens (saw palmetto) or other lotions and supplements (Finasteride at reduced doses, Finasteride gel, Minoxidil at low percentage, without glycol, in foam, with antiandrogens etc.). To learn more about this topic, I refer you to the articles of this blog.