Balding is not in our hands, the only thing in our hands is the decision we make now, that is, if you want to go for the bald look through out your life, or begin the hair recovery process now.
When you are in your mid-twenties and worried about your receding hairline, then you’ve got a big choice to make real soon.
The big question – To go Bald or not to?
What choice do I have?
At this stage, all I see is 2 options, a hair transplant, or a regular shave with your electric trimmer. Depending on your needs, bank balance, age you need make your choice. The choice is between balding gracefully or covering the patches with the help of hair transplant surgery.
I think, if you are comfortable with the way you are, don’t let a shiny head or a few jokes from your friends worry you. The best is to go bald fashionably. Yes, balding can be made fashionable. Take a look at Charles Barkley, Bruce Willis, Chris Daughtry, Jason Statham, Anupam Kher, Michael Jordan, Patrick Stewart, Vin Diesel. They all look pleasant, attractive, powerful, even manly if you may, when bald. You could either take that path, or follow Virender Sehwag, Wayne Rooney, Shane Warne into a clinic, although you might not get an advertising contract like them.
HAIR TRANSPLANT -
Good option. Will leave your hair looking full, but bank account looking empty.
Strip Technique – Older technique, might leave a scar if done badly, longer hair can be transplanted, hair does not need to be trimmed, a better option for women, men can’t do a crew cut as scar might be seen, comparatively cheaper, lesser hair can be transplanted in one session.
FUE Technique - Newer technique, lesser pain than Strip technique, more amount of hair can be transplanted in one session, hair needs to be trimmed, Will not leave a scar, Expensive, Less or no maintainance.
HAIR WEAVING/BONDING -
Difficult to maintain. Looks artificial in 90% of cases.
MAKE AN INFORMED CHOICE
Before you make your decision, learn, about the pros and cons of each path. I chose hair transplant, as it suited me the most compared to all other options. I needed something that required the least amount of maintainance in time, as I know myself!
Do not get fooled by ads offering an unilimited helping of hair for Rs.75,000/- blah blah blah. Remember – It is not a buffet, it is a cosmetic surgery.
Sadly, there are no rules for who is eligible to perform a hair transplant operation, it is a surgery after all. That’s why opt for a plastic surgeon, and NOT a dermatologist.
Make sure the person you choose has enough experience, sometimes a dermatologist may be a better option if he has enough experience in the hair transplant business. Yes, I used the word, ‘business’, coz’ hair transplant today is a business.
Doctors are taking advantage of the growing number of balding, stressed out techies in the city. It’s spread like wild-fire, with small clinics sprouting, each boasting of having the cheapest hair transplant done, it won’t be long before you find a hair transplant clinic in every mall luring bald men.
The hair transplant process needs to be done by an experienced, patient, skillful plastic surgeon. Now, the next hurdle, where to find such a guy?
WHERE TO DO A HAIR TRANSPLANT
Well, I was at the same crossroad few months ago, when I finally decided to do a hair transplant, but didn’t know where to do it. Every time I read an ad, or an article (FYI, also an ad) in the paper, the process of hair transplant looked more like a scam, like a money making raquet.
I set out from home one early morning on a mission to find the most suitable place to do a hair transplant in the city. I visited around 8-9 independent dermatologists/ doctors (not on the same day ) in Bangalore, you name it, Manipal hospital, Dr. Batra, Dr. Health, Dr. Abraham, Dr. Shahid Shamsher, Dr. Ramesh Babu, St. Johns Hospital, for their opinions on where to do my surgery, and after lot of thought and a lot of discussions and research, I’ve come up with the below list -
|DHI||Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad,Chennai,New Delhi||Dr. Viral Desai||Rs.170 – FUE method|
|Darling Hair Buds||Chandigarh||Dr. Tejinder Bhatti||Rs.50 – strip method,Rs.70 – FUE method|
|Fortis Hospital||Mohali||Dr. K M Kapoor,Dr. AB Prabhu||?|
|AK Clinics||Ludhiana, New Delhi||-||Rs.45 – strip method,Rs.95 – FUE method|
Here are the websites -
|Darling Hair Buds||http://www.hairtransplant-india.org/|
I ruled the others out on the following basis, places with only a dermatologist – out,
places that have the capability to perform the latest technique in hair transplant called the FUE – in,
doctor has worked in a reputed hospital – in,
are plastic surgeons – in.
I got the above four clinics in India.
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