Just going on two weeks ago I had my large completely bald crown area filled in and also some frontal work to lower the hairline with Dr.Woods. Over 3 days I had 1800 grafts done.
I had previously had a smaller number of grafts done on a small section of my frontal area approximately 10 years ago but still was unhappy that my crown was bare and wanted more in the frontal region.
I saw an Current Affairs type show on TV regarding how many Australians were going to places like Thailand to get cheap cosmetic surgery, which triggered a renewed interest in me to get my crown done and more added to my frontal hairline. The tv segment said how much cheaper surgery was in these countries.
With this in mind I emailed Dr. A in India for a quote on price and number of grafts needed, as well as a planned visit with Dr. Woods for a quote and price quote. With all this in mind I more or less had my eye on going to some country in Asia or India and getting mega thousands of grafts and looking like a 19yo and doing it for a fraction of normal price!
To try and shorten the story I will say that I received back a quote from Dr. A that I could get a range of grafts depending on how much hair I wanted done from 3,000 to 10,000 grafts but for my hairloss it was recommended I get 2,500 to 2,800 for the frontal area and 3,000 to 3,500 for the crown area. He didn’t give me a financial figure but from their website the first 3,000 grafts are $4 then $3.50 per graft thereafter.
With this information in mind I saw Dr Woods. In my mind before I saw him I just couldn’t figure out why Dr Woods grafts on his site seemed to be so much less than what I saw on other sites. With this in mind I told Dr. Woods about my other quotes and he nearly fell off his chair from either shock or laughter that I could be quoted up to 6,000 grafts. I also got the same reaction from his sister when I rang her regarding a quote. He explained to me that getting that many grafts from the precious donor area, from technicians would damage/ transect many hair follicles and they may extract that many follicles but at a huge cost. The cost is that many don’t survive and you are damaging limited donor area. He also said those numbers were ridiculous and to see when/if he did mine that coverage would be achieved at a much lower level and hairs would still be packed in.
I weighed all this up, and yes the hairtransplant world is super super bitchy between doctors, but I try not get involved in all the politics! I simply wanted the best result for a reasonable price. All in all I was convined by Dr Woods and the fact I had had great work done all those years ago, and I didn’t want to go overseas!!
All in all I would say Im really happy, even though theres a lot of hair growing to be done but Im really happy that the transplanted hair is all there after the scabs came off a few days ago, all happily growing with no shock loss!!
I will include some photos and update them as results keep going. Just hope this helps anyone thats searching for answers in this area since its a huge step to take to let someone perform surgery on your head and believe me you don’t want to go through the trauma of strip.
Sorry don’t know how to add photos on this forum so put them up on tinypic and just click on links below (anyone know how to put pics on thread?