I Want My Hair Back!

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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I Want My Hair Back!

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Hi I’m John, and as you can see I’ve got a full head of hair. But three years ago this is what I looked like…

As you can see my hair at the front had receded, my hairline was completely gone, and so was my confidence to be honest. I was self-conscious. I felt like I looked older. I just generally didn’t feel like myself anymore.

So I tried different things. I tried diets. I tried supplements. I tried shampoos. I tried hair loss medication. But nothing was giving me the result that I wanted. So at that point I started looking at hair transplants, but what I found was in the UK the average price was about £8,000. In some cases it was as high as £12,000, which is very expensive. So I then started looking abroad and I found the same procedure just a couple of hours away on the plane for £2000.

So I booked it, I did it, and it’s easily been one of the best choices I’ve ever made. I feel way more confident now. I look younger. I feel better. I feel like my old self again.

Some common questions I get asked are; is it painful? The answer is no, and this is coming from someone that does not like the hospital, who does not like injections or needles. It’s painless, it’s easy and you done in a day (in most cases).

Another question I get asked is; is it expensive? The answer is no my procedure was £2,000, which was about a fifth of the price that you would pay in the UK.

Another question I like asked is; is it safe to go abroad, what’s the quality of the clinic like? I can honestly say that the clinic that I went to in Budapest was fantastic! The service was amazing! The clinic was modern, it was up-to-date, the staff were fantastic, it was better than some of the clinics I went to in the UK.

Another question I get asked is; how long before your hair grows back, how long before it starts to look good? The answer is; if you shave your head tomorrow, how long is it going take for your hair to grow back – couple of months right? It’s the same with a hair transplant. You are told to wait 12 months to see the full result, but the truth for me was that after about four months I had enough of my hair grown back, and enough of the new transplanted hair growing in that you couldn’t tell I had a hair transplant at all.

So looking back at the whole thing what I realised is the turning point wasn’t the hair transplant, the turning point was the day that I decided to do something about my situation. It was a day that I got in touch with a clinic, I spoke to an expert, and I acted. It’s so easy to do it takes seconds, but the difference that it’s made to my life has been amazing! You don’t have to settle for something that bothers you. You don’t have to have something in your life that you see every day that gets you down. You can do something about it. You can do something about it in seconds. And instead of feeling alright or compromising, you can actually start feeling great about yourself.

So book an appointment. Speak to an expert. Get it done!

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Top 5 Reasons to go abroad for a Hair Transplant

1. Save at least 60% on the cost

A hair transplant in Europe is at least 60% cheaper than in the UK. And most packages are all inclusive, including your accommodation and airport transfers.

2. Europe has some of the most experienced surgeons in the world

Europe has more clinics, which have been established and running for much longer than clinics in the UK. The price is also lower, making it more accessible for people. Surgeons in Europe will have carried out hundreds, if not thousands more procedures than UK based surgeons. Because of this some UK clinics will bring in surgeons from Europe to carry out your procedure.

3. Hair restoration clinics in Europe are state or the art

Many facilities in Europe are dedicated hair restoration clinics. They only perform that type of treatment. As such all equipment, facilities, techniques and staff are specialists in hair restoration. Hair restoration is only now becoming more popular in the UK, so many UK clinics are general cosmetic facilities that carry out various procedures.

4. Get even more value by making your transplant into a holiday

Europe is such a popular holiday destination for many reasons, the culture, history, sights, cuisine, shopping, great weather, your money goes further, it’s widely English speaking, and it’s just 2 or 3 hours away by plane. The list goes on! So why not travel a few days earlier, grab a low cost Airbnb or hotel, take a friend or partner and enjoy the city for a few days before your transplant.

5. Hassle free process

It’s so easy to get an assessment and price. Contact the clinic, arrange an initial consultation in the UK with your surgeon, or do an online consultation by sending a few pictures and answering some basic questions. Once you’re happy, pick a date and you’re done! The clinic will send you all the paperwork and itinerary so you know exactly what’s happening. You don’t pay until you go for treatment. You just hop on the plane. Your transfer car will meet you as you get off the plane and take you to the clinic. It’s such an easy process. Easy!

Top 5 Hair Transplant Tips

1. Know your post-op timeline – The key dates!

  • You need to take the upmost care in the first 7 days
  • You can leave the house after 7 days, but I advise you take at least 2 weeks off work.
  • You won’t be able to wear a hat or exercise for up to 4 weeks after.
  • Around 2 – 4 weeks your new hair will fall out, you’ll look a little red and sore – similar to sunburn.
  • Around 4 months your new hair starts growing and looking good.
  • By 6 months you can’t tell you’ve had a transplant.
You can get a haircut after the first month, or you can keep it short yourself with clippers until it starts to grow back.

2. Pick the right time to schedule your treatment

Good clinics will be busy, so you may have to wait 2 months to get an appointment – this is a good thing. So knowing that and knowing your post-op timeline (above) means you can plan the perfect time around your social or work calendar. If you have important social events coming up, particularly if you know you’ll be photographed then you may plan your transplant 6 months in advance, or wait until your calendar is free.

3. Set your expectations

If your hair has receded at the front you’ll want the clinic to draw an expected hairline on your head or on pictures of you as soon as possible. They’ll then also talk about the number of grafts or hairs you’ll need and how thick the result will look. The sooner you can establish this, the sooner you’ll know exactly what to expect. A good clinic will also take into consideration a natural looking hair line for your age and your face and head shape. Have an honest conversation and be open to their expert feedback.

4. Knowing what the journey home looks like

There’s no way around it, you’ll have to go out in public to travel home. The worst part is sitting at the airport for 2 hours or so whilst you wait for your plane. I found it was best to embrace it. People are nice for the most part and won’t stare, and if one or two do who cares – you will never see those people again! You may even be at the airport with other transplant patients, I wasn’t the only one! Take a travel pillow and have someone pick you up if possible, so you can exit swiftly and get back home as soon as possible. It’s natural to be self-conscious, but it’s over fast and well worth it.

Tip! Just take carry-on luggage to keep your check-in and wait time down.

5. Choosing the right clinic

  • Pick somewhere you can travel to and from easily
  • Check their reviews online, not just on their site!
  • Do they have a good quality website and professional looking emails?
  • Can you see actual case studies of previous patients online?
  • Do they have an address? Can you see it on Google street view?
  • Can you meet your surgeon for a consultation beforehand?
  • Do you know someone who’s been there before – first hand opinion is amazing!

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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