Upcoming Hair Loss Posts for 2019

John Maddock

John Maddock

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

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Upcoming Hair Loss Posts for 2019

At this point I have about 8-9 years experience in the field of hair loss. I would say you can break that down into the following:

  • 3 years or so of wasting time on crackpot theories
  • 3 years using good products and tracking my progress, and then deciding to get a hair transplant
  • 2 years or so post-transplant
  • And where I am today, what my current routine is, and what my next steps might be

Posts on the way…

I am going to write posts about all my experiences – with pictures of my results! Here’s a list of articles I am in the process of putting together:

  • Hair Loss Products – The one’s I have actually used myself! I tried everything when I started to lose hair. What I found was a couple of products that worked for me. I found a few I don’t think did a lot, but were cheap and nice to use. I also found a few which did nothing and were just a waste of time and money!
  • Propecia (Finasteride). This is probably the main hair loss product I felt actually did something. I have pictures before and 12 months later. You’ll see my hair looking fuller and more colourful. You’ll also see me 2 years after I stopped taking it – miniaturisation has starting kicking back in!
  • Hair Loss Products – The one’s I have NOT used myself yet. There are hundreds of products out there. Some I feel have real promise, and many I feel are probably a waste of time.
  • The window of regrowth opportunity! If you are in the early stages of hair loss you can regrow and maintain your hair without a hair transplant. If you are within the first 2 years or so, in the miniaturisation phase, you have a great opportunity to use a combination of products to reverse your hair loss.
  • Combining products to create routine that works for you. Different products do different things. Some target the cause of hair loss – DHT. Some stimulate the scalp for fuller looking hair. You can use several at the same time to create a routine for yourself. It’s all about your goals, budget, preferences and practicalities like the amount of time per day you want to invest.
  • Patient X – 45 year old male who’s just had a FUE transplant – 2000 grafts (6000 hairs). I recently referred a friend to the same clinic that I went to. I would say he was about a 6 on the hair loss chart (hairline gone, bald on top). He’s been back in the UK for 3 weeks now and is looking great. I’ve got his pictures and I’ll keep you updated regarding his progress over the next 12 months.
  • Hair Palace Budapest Review. This is where I had my FUE hair transplant done. I’ve since referred a friend who’s also had a transplant here. It’s a great clinic, very professional, good price, great results.
  • My current routine. I’m currently trailing new products and a new combination of products to maintain my hair, mostly with the goal of making it look fuller and healthier. I have pictures and I want to keep you in the loop with where I am currently – 2 years after a FUE transplant.
  • Facial hair transplants. This is next on my list of possible procedures to have. Having become fascinated with the process of hair transplantation I’m seriously looking at the possibility of having a small procedure to fill in my facial hair. Beards are in right now and my facial hair has some gaps.
  • Future transplants. It’s a very real possibility for me that I will probably go back for a second transplant (in the crown) in the future. So it’s all about tracking my hair loss and planning what routine I can use to maintain my hair, and when I may stop that routine and plan a second FUE transplant.

If you want to know more about any of these topics. Or if there are any topics you would like me to cover. Please drop me a comment below, or visit the Q&A area. I’d love to help you out! Thanks

Hair Transplant Common Questions

Check out the FAQ’s section for more.

How much does it cost?

Prices in Europe are between 50% and 75% cheaper than in the UK or US. Packages start from £1500 and include accommodation. I paid £2000 for 1000 grafts (3000 hairs) in Budapest, which is less than a 3 hour flight from the UK. I was quoted between £8000 and £12,000 for the same procedure in the UK. Adding £200 for flights I paid £2200 in total - so it is very affordable!

Does it hurt?

No! A hair transplant is painless. On the day of the transplant you are given a few local anaesthetic injections into your scalp. You may feel the first one or two. From that point on your are numbed and you don't feel anything. Most people actually fall asleep - I did for most of the day!

How long before it grows back?

A few weeks after your transplant your new hair starts to fall out. It then takes a couple of months to start growing again. Between month 1 and month 3 post-op your hair is thin. They call this the 'ugly ducking' phase. This soon passes and it starts getting really exciting. Around month 4 I had good coverage and was going to the hair dressers again. By month 6 you could not tell I had a transplant. When it got to 12 months post-op I was a different person.

Regaine is an FDA approved treatment for hair loss, suitable for both men and women. The active ingredient it contains is called Minoxidil. Minoxidil is clinically proven to prevent further hair loss in around 80% cases. It works by enhancing the blood supply to your hair follicles.

Naturelo Multivitamins are fantastic! They contain 110% of your recommended daily allowance of Biotin, as well as a host of other vitamins that are great for your hair and general well being. I love them!

Keratin is a basic protein that makes up your hair, skin, and nails. Biotin improves your body’s keratin infrastructure. It adds colour and thickness to your hair.

Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo is a really nice shampoo to use. It claims to boost blood flow to the scalp which promotes hair growth. It’s not as effective as Regaine, but it’s still a really nice cost effective shampoo.

Hair Transplant Top Posts

FUE Post-Op 5 Months

At this point I would say that my hairline has reached about 80-90% thickness. I’ve been to the hairdressers again this month for another trim.

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