Hi to all of you who are still undecided about your hair transplant and the many clinics and choices on offer.
I hope this review inspires those of you who like me, also had fears and concerns of booking your hair transplant with What Clinic - to Belay those concerns and trust that they have provided an excellent experience, service and also result. I wanted this to be a personal review of my first-hand experience and not a technical one as there are many of those already.
I had my treatment about a month ago now and my transplanted hair and the subsequent growth has been very impressive and exactly as Aguz my Primary Contact at Este Nove had said it would be. I feel very much more confident, enjoy catching myself in the mirror and have a constant grin on my face even now.
Even before the treatments Aguz was very well informed, contacted me to discuss every aspect of the process in detail and gave me the confidence to book. He continued to answer my questions, no matter how trivial they seemed - again the height of professionalism.
My Nephew and I arrived in Istanbul a few days prior to the procedure to enjoy everything Istanbul has to offer and doubled up visit as a 2 in 1 holiday/treatment. Going with someone really made the trip easier as we had a great time and also had each other to discuss everything with and also to compare notes. After spending 3 days of sightseeing we were contacted by Aguz and collected from our hotel on the morning of the procedure and then taken to our 4-star Hotel near the Clinic. My Nephew went first and after four hours it was my turn.
I was asked to sign some paperwork and a photographer took some 'before' photographs for reference. The main Doctor came in and once we discussed the procedure proceeded to draw the new hairline on me which we agreed would look natural. She was very professional, knowledgeable and you could instantly tell that she had performed hundreds of procedures before, which put me at ease.
Upon entering the theatre I was introduced to the two clinicians who would assist. I put on a theatre gown and my head was shaved.
I had a saline drip inserted into my arm to maintain blood pressure. As a needle phobia, this was probably my most difficult step for me. I had come mentally prepared for the experience (and the pain) knowing that what was on the other side was far more worth it and I would forget the procedure and enjoy the results for a very long time. Eyes on the Prize at all times.
Once the procedure began, I was injected with anaesthetic around the donor area at the back of my head and this was uncomfortable however once the numbness set in, I was more at ease. While the team worked on extracting the donor's hair I meditated and placed myself on a favourite beach in Spain with the Sun in my eyes. This really helped to focus my mind elsewhere and for all intense purposes, I was on a beach in Spain. I was in the theatre for approx 6.5 hrs and whilst uncomfortable the process was not overly painful. The team were terrific, professional and personable throughout. I couldn't fault them.
Once the procedure was over, Aguz was once again waiting for us in the clinic and debriefed us on how to look after our transplant in the next few days. All his advice was spot on and we followed it to the letter. Aguz was always informative and never pushy in his approach for which I am thankful. Surprisingly Painwise, I did not need even paracetamol afterwards however we did take antibiotics for a few days as a precaution.
The first night was the most difficult however we got through it and the days following got easier as we prepared to return home.
I would highly recommend Este Nove, Aguz and the professional team and thank them dearly for making a difficult decision and process very easy indeed. Aguz has now become a dear friend. I knew before I went out that I would need 2 treatments and next year, without hesitation, I will book again with Aguz and Este Nove. See you in 12 months!