Friday, May 11, 2007

FUE hair transplant by Dr. Hussain

Update: Looking at this post now, it reads as a shameless plug for My Hair Clinic. But I'm really content with the results so far. It's now a little over two weeks since I had my procedure done, and I have my first day at work tomorrow. The surgery is virtually invisible already. The donor area is fully healed, and the redness visible in the pictures below is gone.

Last week (may 2007) I had a FUE hair transplant of 2000+ grafts at Dr. Hussains hair transplant clinic in Pakistan (My Hair Clinic).

Let me jump right to the conclusion: I'm extremely happy with having chosen Dr. Hussain's clinic!

Dr. Hussain specializes in FUE hair transplants, which means I could avoid another strip surgery scar in my neck. FUE hair transplants means moving individual hair follicles from the neck to the top of the head. The procedure takes a lot of time, but produces amazing results.

Improving my hairline by disguising old, big grafts

I had Dr. Hussain placed new hairs in the hairline, to help hide the bigger grafts used by Nobel Clinic, and soften the odd direction of the grafts placed by New Hair Clinic.

I did not shave the recipient area, although Dr. Hussain strongly recommended this. I was worried that my old hair plugs would become visible. The short hairs in the pictures are my implanted grafts, and you'll see some redness in the skin in this area.

The left picture shows my old grafts, placed standing up by New Hair Clinic. It's always bothered me how unnatural this looks, especially in areas adjacent to my "real hair," which points forward. Dr. Hussain helped give my hairline a more natural angle, and make a gradual transition from my real hair to the old transplants.

Note the big graft, consisting of 8 hairs, in the picture on the right. These grafts are really visible in the hairline, and I comb my hair to cover them as best I can. Repair work was done by placing individual hairs in the hairline, and between the bigger grafts. The amount of attention Dr. Hussain gave to placing every single hair in a best possible direction really impressed me.

Hiding my strip surgery scar

Hiding my old strip surgery scar was a top priority when deciding to do my FUE hair transplant. I decided to place 500 grafts in the scar to try to cover it. Dr. Hussain informs me that there's often reduced growth in scar tissue, but he expects 60-80% of the grafts to grow. There are several pictures of patients with strip surgery scars on Dr. Hussains website, which helped me make my own decision.

The donor area is shaved before hair follicles are extracted. You'll see in the pictures below that I decided to keep some hair above my strip scar to help keep it hidden.

Recovery in the donor area

Recovery of the donor area has been amazingly fast, compared to earlier experiences with strip surgery.

I had 2000 small scabs in the donor area, one for each graft, but these are really small, and heal quickly. The pictures shows my donor area 4 to 6 days after extraction.

A closeup of the donor area shows the small scabs. After 6 days (left picture), the scabs are almost gone.

I'm really happy the recovery is so quick. FUE hair transplants are a breeze compared to strip surgery. Strip surgery is painful in comparison, and also gave me big visible bruises behind my ears where the skin is thin. The bruises stayed on for more then two months, and I had to use makeup to conceal the blue and yellow color from my colleagues at work.

All in all, there are lots of reasons to avoid strip surgery if you can.

Making my decision

I had a lot of questions that needed answers before I made my decision, and Dr. Hussain himself patiently answered me. This was a key point for me when choosing his clinic, as it enabled me to establish a trusting relationship to him. I've had too many experiences talking with some clinics front office, or seedy consultants which are paid to bring in patients for the clinics, only to discover the results are nothing like promised.

I also met Dr. Hussain in Norway for a consultation, and this made me even more certain about my choice. Dr. Hussains is very pleasant, and came across as genuinely interested in my well being. His skills were also immediately apparent, as he pointed out why my old grafts did not look natural, and how modern techniques work differently. I learned a lot about the natural angle of the hairs and how hairs should not be placed to deep in the skin - things I wish I'd known about when I did my first hair transplants.

I decided to have my hair transplant in Pakistan, as this made it very affordable. At first I was unsure about traveling to Pakistan, but in hindsight this turned out to be a very positive experience.

Final words

Although actual growth is months off, I'm really confident about the result already.

Researching this last hair transplant was a long process. I wanted to make absolutely sure I avoided the mishaps and disappointments I've had with earlier transplants, as documented here in my blog.

Thankfully I found Dr. Mohammad Mazhar Hussein, and I can warmly recommend a visit to his clinic. I gave his clinic top ratings at

Now my head is itching and scratching, and I'm looking forward to seeing the full results of Dr. Hussain's work.


tariq said...

Just been to see Dr Hussain last month (Dec 2010). I cant really comment on the hair as the final result is months away but it is coming along nicely. However, what I can say is that Dr Hussain has a very professional setup, really knows his stuff and is a very nice person. At no time did i feel ill at ease during my stay in Islamabad. I would not hesitate to recommend him.

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