Hello everyone, it's been 25 days since I finally got a FUE hair transplant, with Dr.Demirsoy, in Istanbul, Turkey. As you can see from my registration date, I've been battling hairloss for quite some time. Just turned 30, been on finasteride and minoxidil for 5 and 7 years. It's been a long and painful journey, and let me tell you getting a hair transplant is a big emotional rollercoaster. You'll see your hair loss battle history flash before your eyes, all your regrets and experiences come back haunting you and the anxiety of a poor result is tough to bear. This is not for everyone and whoever finally wins the battle(is finally happy with his hair on the long run) deserves every bit of the success. Why did I go with Dr. Demirsoy? I wanted to go to Turkey where the best price for value is, and I had narrowed down my list to Koray Erdogan and Demirsoy. I would have chosen Erdogan originally, but Demirsoy offered me the best possible date(I was lucky he's hard to book) and his assistant Muzaffer was the quickest to reply and the most precise in his answers. Dr Demirsoy doesn't have much results to show online, because he only does one patient a day, his clinic is very small. He does everything except the graft placement (technicians/nurses). His record is frustrating to track because he has big ups and downs. Some of his results are on par with the very best names, but I've seen some very dissapointing, sparse results as well. He has a section dedicated to his patients on the German board Alopezie.de. His price is very low, 1.25 euro per graft, it wasn't really what made me choose him, I was very eager to finally get that transplant and the timing was right. I'm so fed up with being balding. I payed 4000 euros for the transplant(I was offered the 61 extra grafts because he had quoted 3200) and something like 300 for the hotel and transfer. I was very well treated and everyone was extremely professional and dedicated at the clinic. The hairline design was exactly what I wanted. Now let's see about what matters most, the results. It's a bit early to tell, but what do you think about the density, I can already notice the temples are more sparse than the hairline, but it might be normal. Day of the operation, hairline design: Right after the operation: Day 11 when all the scabs fell off, and maybe(hopefully) some hairs already fell: Day 19: crazy peeling, visible shedding: 3 weeks : The shedding has started, slowly, but undeniably, and it seems that the inside of the temples is much more sparse than the rest, on both sides. Back on minoxidil The crown area. I will most likely get a SMP (for long hair) next summer, seems like the best idea. Worried about having to stop minoxidil again I might hop on the oral minoxidil bandwagon for a month when I have to stop for the SMP! It's tough to find good SMP reviews for people who want to wear their hair longer than 10 cms online. Day 22 The shedding has become much more agressive and I have officially entered the ugly duckling phase. Today is day 25 and it seems that the shedding has slown down, or maybe there's already less hair to shed. Dr.Demirsoy told me to avoid toppik for two months, so I'm stuck inside all day and wearing a hat whenever I can. Back to work on day 45, I'll spray some toppik and avoid the spray. Your criticism is more than welcome. I'm hoping for the best results, and if I'm dissapointed I'll see if I can densify the recipient area with a small procedure at Feriduni's. I will most likely get smp for the crown, and hopefeully avoid another hair transplant for a long time. It's the final miles of a long hard road and we will see what's coming.