"Very happy with the experience so far"
So far I've just had the consultation at The Maitland Clinic with Dr Ball and with David Anderson, their Senior Patient Advisor.
Along with their team of staff, both were very knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and a pleasure to deal with. I brought along photos of myself documenting my hair loss over the years as well as my father's. David also asked about hair loss in both Grandfathers and any other male relatives so I wish I was able to bring photos of them.
I would definitely recommend bringing photos of as many male family members as possible as this helps the Maitland Clinic to gauge how your hair loss may progress if it is still progressing. Dr Ball emphasised the importance of keeping the future in mind. In my case, my hairline is still receding and all of the hair on top of my head is thinning so I may well end up with a full on 'cul de sac'. Due to the nature of my hair, I have a relatively small donor area.
Although I wanted to transplant hairs to fill in the temples of my receding hairline, Dr Ball pointed out that, if the hairline recedes and thins further and I do get the 'cul-de-sac', I may be left with odd patches at the front of my head and that we would need to fill in the gaps and run the risk of running out of donor hairs, leaving me looking very odd indeed.
These are all factors I hadn't considered and am glad that, even though it's not the news I wanted, Dr Ball kept the long term plans in mind rather than trying to make a quick buck from a transplant procedure. I was instead advised to start using non-surgical treatments to try and halt and potentially improve the state of my thinning and receding hair with a view to a transplant if these look to be successful. Overall, very happy with the experience so far. Highly recommended.