So we have to wait for the technician to get at least 50% of the grafts ready before Dr K can proceed with making the incisions in my head. My husband left to go check in and thankfully he had some work to do himself (that would keep him busy for a few hours). He also showed me the shape of my hair follicles. I couldn’t believe it they curved like S and elaborate C shapes lol. Dr K explained again why afro hair should not be transplanted using the FUE technique as it could damage your hair follicles and you may not get a good result from that.
TIP: MEN AND WOMEN (especially those from Afro backgrounds), please think about which technique is going to give you the best results, do your research, research some more and research again and then make an informed decision. This is your hair after all, choose a Doctor that is going to provide you with the best outcome and best pre and post op care. I say this as I was told FUE would give me a great results (yea right) and based on me doing further research I found it was going to be the worse thing for me. I then asked Dr K about FUE before my procedure and he said to me ‘NO, definitely not'
Dr K and I talked, he asked me why I chose him, I believe I have already answered that at the start of this review, I also should add, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact I am his only patient for the day I get his full attention, and he is tailoring my care to suits my needs. As we in the hair transplant research stage know this is a rarity and I am personally pleased I found him. BIG SHOUT OUT TO CALID, again I must stress without you I would not be here THANK YOU, my HT friend :)
HE spoke about how in Turkey the industry is saturated with HT (hair transplant) clinics and he is looking to maybe change how he does things to compete. I can understand if the ‘boutique hair transplant’ route is not for everyone. We all want cheap right…Right. Exactly. I know I wanted cheap when I was looking but I also wanted the ‘BEST CHEAP’ I could find. And I think I did.
I made my case for him to keep doing things as he is but not sure if it was worth anything as at the end of the day if he ain’t getting clients, he will have no choice right, like anyone else in an industry. Anyhow, Dr K, if you read this (I’m sure he might lol). DON’T CHANGE WHAT YOU ARE DOING YOUR VISION, ‘BESPOKE/BOUTIQUE HAIR TRANSPLANT’ IS WORTHWHILE AND WORTH STICKING IT OUT A LITTLE LONGER. What was that film quote ‘IF YOU BELIEVE THEY WILL COME’
At this time we had lunch and OMG it was delicious, I took a picture (I have felt like a right Noob (newbie) I am taking pictures of everything).
When we finished Dr K applied anaesthesia and started to make incisions in my head, at this point he advised he could not see where to place them so he was going to shave a little. (OMG IF I KNEW WHAT HE MEANT BY A LITTLE I WOULD HAVE ASKED TO DO IT MYSELF) I have a picture for the feeling I had inside, I can laugh now, but then I was a little pissed and upset. Obviously, now i’m over it….no i’m not over it but anyway I digress. He needed to shave so he could see, Period! I have to get over it and my husband says at least it will all grow together (you should have seen the look I was giving him) My husband also has been laughing at me, again why you should think if you really want someone to come with you lol.
I also took a video and pictures, as i’m anal like that and I know it would help someone else know what to expect. As Dr K made his incision he was counting them, I can only assume to ensure he has enough sites for the new follicles. Oh as he went on, the anaethesia wore out so he had to apply (this was something new for Dr K, as he stated, normally his patients are numb for up to 8 hours, I was 5 hours in and it was wearing off).
When he was making the incisions, it felt like a had a sweatband (when you do sports) on really tight, it didn’t hurt but it was bringing on a headache. I believe I swelled up a bit as well. When Dr K, finished making the incisions his technicians took over to carry out the implantation. Again half way through I need more anaesthesia, a more intense feeling of a tight sweatband and a headache. Dr K gave me some painkillers (paracetamol). Near to the end, Dr K had to make another 200 incision sights, as there was nowhere to input my follicles.
He did so and in the end I received 2001 new follicles. I feel ugly :( but I have to believe the hair fairy is going to be visiting me soon (I plan of trying the inversion method (check out youtube for this) to aid growth and apparently with the Inversion method you can grow 1inch in 7 days. (I digress, but I actually tried this and I do believe it worked, but my ends were thinning, I’ll post a picture)
At the end of the procedure, Dr K advised we would be washing my hair today as he thinks due to my hair type it would be more difficult to wait till the next day.
TIP AFRO LADIES: Regardless of which Dr you go to make such you take your own comb/brush. The technician was using those little fishtail comb to comb my hair, OH gosh. She later found a bigger one. DON’T find yourself in my situation and take your own hairdryer with the teeth to make sure you can at least straighten your hair a little and not have a little stubble bush pony like what I’m currently sporting. Did I mention, i’m not feeling cute anymore :(
Dr K, gave me post op advice, I recorded it as I have poor short memory due to my learning difficulty and which also makes me quite anal about everything hence loads of picture and chatter LOL.