I had a FUE hair transplant in the HR Institute with Dr. van Eeden and his team.
I decided to have a hair transplant, as every time I passed a mirror I would notice more and more hair loss. I was looking older than I actually was. I was 27 looking like a 40 year old. I was in a serious relationship, so it wasn’t about feeling attractive to potential partners, this was for me, I wanted to be able to look in the mirror and not feel old.
When I first decided to get the treatment I wanted to keep it quiet, I felt I didn’t want mates to know, but after I got it done, I was so impressed with the results and how the clinic treated me I decided not to keep it a secret. I not only told friends, I recommended them to go to the clinic themselves. In fact due to the change in my confidence I would actively encourage anyone experiencing hair-loss to seek out Dr. van Eeden.
Some of my friends questioned the price, but for me it was great value. I know hearing the figures mentioned around hair transplants can sound scary, but if you think about the cost of a holiday or new car then it equates quite well. No holiday for 2 years or be bald for rest of your life, for me wasn’t really a hard choice.
I had extensively researched all clinics in Ireland (I did not fancy traveling abroad for such an important treatment), I sent emails to all clinics as I wanted to ensure I had sufficient information before making my decision. I decided to go onto hair-loss forums, and one thing from all the sites that rang clear was MAKE SURE THE SURGEON IS ABHRS APPROVED. ABHRS (American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery) were the main authority in the hair restoration industry at the time. Where for a surgeon to be recommended they had to pass certain quality tests & actual exams. Dr van Eeden was the only Irish surgeon on the list so for me it was an easy decision. I didn’t want to take a risk with a non approved surgeon, no matter how many celebrity endorsements or how flashy their adverts were.
I made a consultation appointment and travelled down. I was a little apprehensive at the start, this is a major decision and I was nervous. I had only told my parents and partner as I wanted to keep the procedure to myself. When I arrived, I was impressed by the clinic, from the waiting room to the reception, the place was immaculately clean & the decor was beautiful. The friendly receptionist asked me to take a seat in the waiting room, and not long after I was introduced to the head surgeon himself. Dr. van Eeden put my nerves aside straight away, a hearty handshake and a friendly greeting where just what I needed We went into a private room, where we discussed what I wanted from a hair transplant & my medical history. We then went into a treatment room, where Dr. van Eeden used a special microscope to look at my scalp in depth. He was able to tell me how many follicles I would need and the state of my hair-loss. I was shown lots of images of past clients and more importantly I was given the contact details of past clients whom I could get in touch with to find how they felt the treatment went.
The day of the treatment I was greeted by Dr. van Eeden and his head technician. The Dr. & I had a final consultation, where he went over everything involved in the procedure. I signed the forms, went into the surgical theatre and was given a light sedative. I don’t remember much from the day of the procedure, bar being woken up for a tasty lunch, and then watching a movie on the big screen. I remember being surprised by the amount of staff working, how professional they all were and the overwhelming friendliness of everyone, it was like I was priority number one and all my needs were met.