I have spent the last 2 years researching,...
I have spent the last 2 years researching, researching and researching some more. Living in Australia the cost of a transplant is extortionate (plus they have little/no experience of working with clients with afro hair).
As i'm heading back to Europe I've decided it's time to stop procrastinating and do something about these edges. I chose to have my FUT with Dr Karadeniz as he is highly recommended by several hair transplant associations and organisations, has extensive knowledge and experience with a genuine interest in hair restoration...and of course my final decision was influenced by this online community and watching all of your incredible journeys so far!
Communication Dr Karadeniz and his team has been quick and efficient.
Now all I need to do is countdown the days...
2 weeks to go
With just 2 weeks to go, and I thought I would receive a list or do's and dont's from the clinic...
Today is the day!
The day is here and I'm extremely nervous and also excited. After all these years I'm finally making the change that I have been dreaming of. I will post updates as and when possible. :-)
Two weeks worth of updates in one!
Excuse the delay there’s been lots going on of late. I was supposed to post this straight away, but here's everything altogether.
The morning of the procedure I was met by a lovely assistant or took me around to the clinic (2 mins away. Upon arriving I was pleasantly surprised as the clinic was extremely clean. I waited for Dr K to arrive and we had a quick chat but to be honest I didn’t feel the need to ask many questions as I already knew quite a lot thanks for those who had been before me and shared on Realself.
Next I changed into comfy “surgery style clothes” and they were ready to begin. The injections in the donor area were slightly uncomfortable but manageable, I could feel the pressure on my scalp when the incision was being made, I closed my eyes and dreamed of being elsewhere in that moment as it suddenly dawned on me that I must be crazy to be going through with this procedure. Once the donor was taken I was stitched/stapled back together again and watched (from a far ) as the technicians began working on my grafts (over 5000).
Whilst this was happening I had the fortune of meeting a lovely lady who had had her procedure the day before. She was asking Dr K lots of questions about aftercare and we all had a really good chat about how popular he is becoming amongst those with afro hair. During this chat I stupidly asked too many questions about the next part of my procedure, Dr K informed me that I am likely to feel more pain on the front than the back…
Now I don’t want to put anyone off as it is important to think of the positive of going through this procedure - A thick, full luscious hairline…however I was not prepared for what came next. The grafts were ready and it was time for me to return to the chair and prepare for the incisions along my crown. I have always believed I have a high pain threshold as I have tattoos and piercings but I was not prepared for this… the injections were so painful that I cried! The worst was over and then
the incisions were made to prepare for the grafts, I fell asleep during this process and again when the grafts were being inserted. I was so relieved when it was over and walked out of there after 8 hours resembling an alien.
That evening I went for dinner with my mum and slept well using a travel pillow which kept my head elevated.
The next day I went back to the clinic for the recipient area to be washed and for aftercare instructions. Unfortunately Dr K wasn’t there (which was unavoidable due to him taking his daughter to the doctor), but I was still a little disappointed as I had some questions I needed to ask him and the lady who gave me the aftercare instructions spoke very little English. Anyway I was given some cream and shampoo and a hat to wear (3-4 days after) if need be.
After this headed I headed to Istanbul centre with my mum to change hotel and for a day of sightseeing. I love Istanbul the food, culture and people are amazing.I felt surprisingly well and there was no discomfort or pain, just a slightly rounder face than usual. Lol.
I flew back to London 2 days after the procedure and my recovery has been good. My face was slightly swollen for about 4 days but nothing really noticeable. I was really careful when washing the recipient area and even more cautious when washing the back as it was quite sore.
Tomorrow I’m having the staples removed which I’m happy about.
3 month update. So far, so good!!
I'm really happy with the results so far. It's early days, but I have hair where I haven't had hair for 12 years... so to say im excited is an understatement!!