My Journey With Dr Demirsoy 2042 Grafts Armamed With Pics

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Hey guys,

I’ve been reading on and off this website for a couple years now. It really helped me to make my decision with who to go with in Turkey as we all know it’s a mine field. I thought I’d help out and share my progress journey and try not to disappear towards the end like some people do, which can be frustrating, but can’t blame them as they are obviously happy and forget about their hair. My hair loss may not be that bad, but it has been bugging me for years, so been wanting to get it done for a little while now.

I’m 31 years old and been having very gradual hair loss since around 21. I’ve been on Propecia and Minoxidil for approx 2 years with some loss to my hairline and a very small amount of thinning to my crown.

I booked in with Demirsoy and had my surgery completed yesterday 9th January 2020. I’m currently on day 2 now and I’ll be shortly be getting picked up by Muzzaffer for my hair wash before departing back to London today.

Muzzaffer from the start has been excellent and has answered countless questions from me by email from the day I paid the deposit. I was picked up from the airport and taken to the hotel (hotel was brilliant and I’m pretty picky with hotels myself) I upgraded to junior suite for the first night and had a jacuzzi to myself lol. I mainly lived at the hotel and didn’t really leave. I lived off room service which is really good by the way and pretty cheap.

Anyway next day I was picked up for surgery by Muzzaffer and taken to the surgery place (located within a hugely tall building at a very high floor) everything was very clean. After going through necessary paperwork before the operation, I went in to get my hairline drawn up (this bit I fairly quick, so try to have an understanding of what your wanting to achieve and roughly the hairline/where you want it). They helped me to decide not to lower the hairline much as Demirsoy felt it would look unnatural. Muzzaffer is there the whole time to translate as Demirsoy doesn’t speak much English. After Dr Demirsoy accessed my hair and then informed me that I didn’t need anymore than 1500-2000 grafts and I was quoted 2500-3000 grafts from the photos I was sent. Same time I was quite pleased with this as it meant I’ll be coming home with spare money (I paid in cash euros by the way) but I also wanted as much grafts as possible for density at the front. There was only a very small area on the crown that was thin, so Demirsoy covered this area with approx just over 300 grafts and just over 1700 grafts at the frontal area.

Next steps was to shave the hair and I was dreading this bit as I’ve never shaved my head in my lifetime, then I went on into the surgery room for anaesthetic injections into my donor areas. The injections were the worst bit, but bareable. Some did hurt like a b**ch. After this, we went on to have my grafts taken from my donor area and this felt pretty painless, but probably took a couple hours (this was done by Demirsoy himself). After we broke up for lunch and we then came back after 20 mins for the incisions (also completed by Demirsoy). This bit was also pretty painless. After an hour or so (can’t remember exact timings) they then went on to inserting the grafts after a short break. This last bit of the surgery was completed by his technicians. This was relatively painless and if you felt pain, you could request more anaesthetic injections. I did ask for extra injections about half way through as there was some pain still there. It did get much better, but also started to get very slight stinging towards the end, however decided to just leave the anaesthetic as I was nearing the end. Everything was then completed and Muzzaffer then gave me painkillers to help with the pain as it was starting to get sore which helped hugely with some antibiotics. Afterwards I was thinking what have I done, after looking at myself in the mirror lol. There was some pressure on my head at first and the bandages felt really tight, however this was down to the pressure and eleviated after a few hours as Muzzaffer explained was normal.

Anyway, some before and after photos for you guys below and any queries, just shout me.
 

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After photos below:
 

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Thanks! What’s everyone’s thoughts on the hairline picked? Was a little worried it wasn’t low enough
 

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Thanks! What’s everyone’s thoughts on the hairline picked? Was a little worried it wasn’t low enough

I think much better not to go too aggressive with the hairline (i.e. not go too low). From what I've seen, it seems higher than it really is when your hair is short but once it has grown back to a normal length it will look loads better.
 

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Hi

Dr Demirsoy is a good doctor, and I have yet to see a bad result from him, and the fact that he didn’t rip you off by doing more grafts when he assessed that you didn’t need them is very good, better to be told you need less than more. The work looks nice and clean. As for your hairline...in my honest opinion I think it looks in the Goldilocks zone, not too high and not too low, and it’s better to be conservative with the hairline when you still have lots of hair left that you may loose down the road and need a touch up in those areas, and you can always go lower but going higher if it’s a mess can make things worse.

Good luck healing and looking forward to your progress updates!
 

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4 day update: sleeping is going ok, but waking up several times throughout the night. I’ve tied my hands up with a dressing gown tie and this stops me from itching during sleep (saw this on another forum). Little, to no pain and swelling has started. This started on forehead from about day 2 and now moved to my eyes today/yesterday. Washing the hair is the best bit during the morning as you do build up sweat and your head starts to get oily. Luckily my missus is a nurse and she’s been really good with this. Been using the cold setting on a hair dryer to dry off at low speed. Am getting itching sensation but holding back and just bearing it. Will get a spray if it gets worse. Back on finasteride as of day 2 and started Biotin also. One more week off work, so hoping it looks relatively normal by then. Hopefully progress is looking ok for day 4? The swelling doesn’t look anywhere near as bad in photos as it does in real life compared to how I normally look
 

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If you feel your scalp is getting too itchy maybe buy a natural ocean sea salt saline solution spray or a saline solution with no chemicals.
 

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All looks good. I'm also booked in with Dr Demirsoy for Monday the 20th of Jan, so I'll be keeping an eye on your thread to see your progress over time. I might also upgrade to the junior suite, my fiance is travelling with me and she'll love the jacuzzi!
 

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All looks good. I'm also booked in with Dr Demirsoy for Monday the 20th of Jan, so I'll be keeping an eye on your thread to see your progress over time. I might also upgrade to the junior suite, my fiance is travelling with me and she'll love the jacuzzi!

do a little update too as will been keen to see your results! Was definitely worth it mate. It was about 45 euros a night extra which isn’t much, compared to back home. How many grafts you needing?
 

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do a little update too as will been keen to see your results! Was definitely worth it mate. It was about 45 euros a night extra which isn’t much, compared to back home. How many grafts you needing?

Yeah, I will probably do my own thread :)

That's not too bad, it'll be worth it to keep the Mrs happy! We're there for 4 nights, so we've got a chance to chill and maybe even see Istanbul provided I don't swell up too bad.

They've quoted me the same as you, 2500-3000 grafts. Unsure as to how many I will actually need but my hair is a bit worse than yours, but of course we're all different so you never know. I've budgeted for the full 3000, so if I need them all then I'm not too concerned but it would be nice to bring some money home.
 

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Yeah, I will probably do my own thread :)

That's not too bad, it'll be worth it to keep the Mrs happy! We're there for 4 nights, so we've got a chance to chill and maybe even see Istanbul provided I don't swell up too bad.

They've quoted me the same as you, 2500-3000 grafts. Unsure as to how many I will actually need but my hair is a bit worse than yours, but of course we're all different so you never know. I've budgeted for the full 3000, so if I need them all then I'm not too concerned but it would be nice to bring some money home.

I think I would of preferred to do it that way if I had my missus with me. You are in the right hands there and I’m really impressed with how good the service has been from Muzzaffer, Demirsoy and the team. By the way I’ve got a WhatsApp group with three others that are booked in with Demirsoy (all of us booked in within the next few weeks or had the surgery just). Your more than welcome to join if you want mate...let me know if you do and I’ll grab your number to add you to the group
 

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below is my 2 week update. I removed scabs between day 9-10. Still sleeping on my neck pillow, although I know I don’t have too.

there are some dark bits in my hair but I think that’s where the clippers maybe missed when they cut my hair.

My next update will probably be in a few weeks time
 

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Day 32 photo below. Almost all the hair grafts have fallen and rocking a forest gump hair cut currently. Had my first hair cut a few days ago but didn’t touch the top. I have got some shock loss to my crown annoyingly, but not too worried
 

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3 month and 3 day update photos below
 

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Looks like some slight early growth as your temples look improved. More growth ahead.
 
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