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5 hours ago, FUBU said:

I just got a 2000 FUE hair transplant. I only paid $1200nzd. Had to fly to India as they were the cheapest, even cheaper than Thailand. I stayed in Navi, Mumbai. All up, I paid, $1200 for hair transplant/medicines/taxes, $1200 for the flights, and $1000 for Hotel accommodation (10 days). I was on a holiday for 10 days, whilst I was getting the transplant.  Food, transport, and shopping are cheap az chips. It's been 2 weeks post op and I am overly happy with the results, thus far. I had a receding hairline and I just wanted to make it look like my early 20's again. It actually looks better than what I had in my 20's. This is the place where I got it done: https://www.practo.com/navi-mumbai/clinic/artius-cosmo-clinic-kharghar Dr. Sagar and his team are very professional and the clinic is very clean and modern. Nurses are very polite and attentive. Just be in for a culture shock, if you do decide to make the trip over. Also, book a hotel that is close to the clinic. I stayed at the Yogi Executive, it was a bit too far away. Had to pay a bit extra for transport fees. Oh, and make sure you go during there winter period. Even during Spring it averages about 30-40 degrees. Luckily, I only just found the heat to be bearable, mainly thanks to air-conditioning :-D. If I got the operation done in NZ it's about $5, probably even more, per follicle. That's $10,000!! Better to go for a holiday to India/Thailand and get the operation done and still come back knowing you made savings. Photos below are the results, taken a couple of hours after transplant. You can see where the new hairs have been planted in the 2nd photo. They wrap a band around your head, don't know why though??

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Where did they harvest your follicles from ? 

 

Im over the hair loss thing don't really care anymore. But others might be interested in this post. 

 

Very informative! How was the Indian cuisine? 

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How long does the procedure take? Do you have to go back each day for a little bit more, or is it all done in a few hours?

 

What happens if your hair loss was caused by hormonal factors, and you get a transplant? Presumably that doesn't change the hormones, so if the hormonal environment is still the same, what's stopping more hairs (or even the transplanted hairs) falling out again?

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I looked into it myself. I started receding from the front in my twenties then when I had kids and started running a business it started going faster. The problem was if I had a transplant the hair would continue receding and then I'd have hair at front and none in middle lol so i just razor my head now. 

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1 hour ago, Pseudonym said:

How long does the procedure take? Do you have to go back each day for a little bit more, or is it all done in a few hours?

 

What happens if your hair loss was caused by hormonal factors, and you get a transplant? Presumably that doesn't change the hormones, so if the hormonal environment is still the same, what's stopping more hairs (or even the transplanted hairs) falling out again?

I think the  follicles are taken from areas not  susceptible to dht so aren't affected? 

 

Not sure, might have to take dht blocker still 

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Is there anything otc in nz I can take to prevent hair loss? Or am I best to import something? Noticed I lost a little bit after my last deca cycle and wanting to run npp or tren next which also causes hair loss I believe. 

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 The hair-transplant  took a total of 7 hours. The donor site they used was the back of my head. I spent 3 hours lying on my stomach so they could harvest the 2000 follicles from the donor site. Then they flipped me over and started planting them into the areas of my receding hairline. It took a bit longer for them to plant the hairs. There is no downtime, I was allowed to go back to the hotel an hour after the operation. I only had a list of rules to take back to the hotel, along with medication, pretty straight forward really. 3 days after, they gave me a drugstore of hair care products. The success rate of the follicles surviving varies from person to person, but once they are firmly implanted they are there to stay for good. I was reading somewhere that the success rate is pretty high, like 90%+, depending how you look after the hair post-op. 

 

 The clinic ran blood tests prior to the op. They also said that my receding hairline was due to aging, and that future implants will be necessary over periods of time. To be frank, I'd rather start tackling the problem now, then having it be a BIG ISSUE when it's too far gone. I told the clinic that I would be back in about 6-10 years time to get another transplant.  Hair transplants are popular in Navi, Mumbai, as you see these clinics all over the place. That's why it's cheaper, more competition. I was actually told that I could have gotten it even cheaper. However, I ain't complaining, I still got big savings. 

 

My transplanted hair is starting to fall out now, it's a part of the cycle. The follicles then lay dormant for about 3+ months, before they start growing again like normal hairs.

 

They even have robotic machines that can perform hair-transplants now.

 

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Is it painful? Harvesting follicles, and reinserting them elsewhere sounds like torture to me!

 

On 20/03/2016 at 10:12 PM, bang_bang said:

Is there anything otc in nz I can take to prevent hair loss? Or am I best to import something? 

I think any OTC hairloss treatment is generally useless. That's why there's such a big market for clinics.

 

Having said that, I have read that anti-dandruff shampoos like Nizoral which contain ketoconazole can help. Maybe start looking at that?

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I've had a few people message me so I have copied and pasted the following.

 

Hello Bud,

 

Okay, I found the clinic on www.whatclinic.com, and got in contact with them, made them send through medical certificates, patient reviews, clinic photos, cleanliness of clinic, etc. They then asked me for photos of my receding hairline. They then examine the photos and can figure out how many follicles you will need. The cost they decide is final, you can try to haggle them down, I did. Ask them how much more it will cost for all medicines, etc. 

 

I did all my research on whatclinic.com and India is by far the cheapest place to go. A few things to consider before you go. You do need a VISA. Get the E-tourist Visa as this also includes your medical certificate to allow you to get surgery done. It costs about $60 and you can do it all online. My VISA was accepted the next day via email. You print it out and put it with your documents. https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

 

The flights I found were through: http://www.skyscanner.co.nz/

And the hotel I booked was through: https://nz.hotels.com/ . They have rooms in the clinic that are a lot cheaper. They are very basic looking. I decided to treat myself to a hotel. Only negative is that I should have got one a lot closer to the clinic.

 

Okay, India! The place is a shithole. However, I was going only for the sole purpose of getting the surgery done, because it was an absolute bargain. Be prepared for a MAJOR culture shock if you do go. A few thing that will stand out: The air quality is bad (smells like either, death, stink, or pollution, even a mixture of all), It can get hot (go during their Winter period and you should be fine), very crowded, constant tooting of horns (the sound never stops, even during the nights), poverty is really bad, rats roaming the streets at night as if they own them.

 

Now the positives of India. Everything is cheaper than Thailand. Food, taxis, shopping, gold, etc. are very affordable. The food is very tasty and they have different dishes from around the world as well. They don't eat beef, never ask for cow! (They will have their machetes out ready to kill you) Keep in mind I only stayed in Mumbai. Mumbai is the most populated city in India. I found the people to be friendly and helpful. 

 

Overall, I was very elated with how my surgery turned out. The clinic is very clean and modern. You grow a friendship with all the staff. Just be friendly and they will treat you the same.  Even the shopping malls are pretty cool. Feels like you're stepping into America, as soon as you leave the mall, "HELLO INDIA!"

 

My hair has almost all fallen out now. I have to wait for about another 1-2 months and it will start growing. In the medicine costs they also provide hair care products that will last you 6 months once you get home. Make sure they write a medical certificate, just in case customs try to take it.

 

If you have anymore questions let me know. They have a Whatsapp number, if you'd like me to flick it through to you. In my personal opinion, if you're looking to get the surgery done on a budget, India is MOST definitely the place to go. If you're looking for surgery and a nice vacation, but happy to pay a bit more, then Thailand would be the next option.  Just remember you can't get insurance for surgery overseas, It's a risk that you have to take. You can still get general travel insurance though, and I would highly recommend that you do. 

 

I paid only $1200nz for my 2000 FUE transplant. I said that I was a student and was shopping around for the best quote. They will tell you to send through photos via whatsapp. They then figure out roughly how many follicles you will need and give you a firm and exact quote on the cost (You can try to negotiate prices) ? just make sure to say that it's for an FUE transplant. FUE is a bit more expensive, but better than a FUT.

 

The name of the clinic is Artius Cosmo Clinic. Search it in Google, they have an email address on their site. Yes, 1200nz was an absolute steal. I was on a budget and couldn't turn down that deal. India has loads of hair transplant clinics, it's a very competitive industry, that's why it's so affordable.  Dr. Rahda's Whatsapp number. +91 84240 44639. Make sure to add the + before the 91 when you insert the number. If you're white, expect a lot of stares in India, especially if you're tall, or you have lots of muscle. They'll be asking if you are a wrestler or boxer, lol.

 

You do get your hair shaved off before transplant :(

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On 3/21/2016 at 7:40 PM, FUBU said:

They even have robotic machines that can perform hair-transplants now.

mant years back they would do about 30 hairs at a time,save some cash and get a few more done.an old school teacher of mine went through this,and he looked really strange and copped alot of flak.you can minimize hair loss by dosing steroids at levels determined to have little impact on hair loss,but most over the 250mg mark will contribute to pre disposed hair loss.personally i dont get it,have zero hair loss but shave my head out of choice.

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