"They were honestly faultless in my eyes"
FUE - 1,150 Grafts.
I first noticed early signs of hair loss in my temple areas during my mid- to late-twenties, and started using minoxidil and finasteride as a result. This seemed to stem the tide and I noticed some partial regrowth, however, they didn't get me completely back to where I had been a few years ago. Subsequently, I explored the possibility of a hair transplant.
I met with Dr Ball and David Anderson after some online research. What attracted me to the Maitland Clinic was Dr Ball's internationally recognised accreditations, the quality of their transformations, and the tone of their website. They aim at offering a more conservative approach with a view to long-term satisfaction.
After discussing my family history of hair loss, Dr Ball made it clear there is every chance I could need at least 1 more HT after this one, and so it would be advisable to go for a subtle improvement to my hair line this time - leaving plenty of potential future donor grafts remaining.
After deciding to go ahead, I had my procedure this Wednesday (10th February). I was understandably apprehensive, but the entire team made me feel so at ease the entire day. In particular, the pre-op assessment with Dr Ball was very reassuring where we spent a good hour discussing and designing my hair line. The only discomfort I experienced was the anaesthetic injections but they were over very quickly. I was also given a couple of diazepam to help me relax during the day. I really appreciated being told what was happening the whole time, what I would feel (if anything), and what the team in the background would be doing. The whole team were very empathetic, sociable, and down to earth. It is a long day (11hrs) but I can tell you that the whole team is extremely meticulous with every part of the procedure.
I'm only a couple of days into recovery but overall I would say things have gone very well. I did have some painful swelling in the forehead region straight after my op but this only lasted a few hours. My face though has now swelled up like a balloon with 1 black eye! The sleep protocol isn't fun, but if it leads to the best results then of course it's worth it.
Overall I am extremely happy that I decided to get my treatment done with Dr Ball, they were honestly faultless in my eyes. If I do end up having to have a top-up in a few years time, I certainly won't be looking to get it done anywhere else. My only slight complaint would be that the clinic does get booked up months in advance (presumably for good reason) so you may have to wait a few months for a procedure date after deciding to go for it!