Month 12: Final Result!

Well… it’s now one year since I travelled to Hasselt in Belgium and underwent a 2600 FUE hair transplant with Dr Feriduni. It’s crazy how fast the time has flown! I’m happy to announce that the procedure was a success and I’m incredibly satisfied with my “final result”. Here is a recent picture:

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Some patients note changes beyond the 12 month mark, so I will continue monitoring my hair and update if there are further changes.

While I’ve blogged in detail about my progress during the year, I haven’t discussed how my hair transplant has made me feel. After having a hair transplant, it’s astonishing how quickly you forget anxieties about your hair; they diminish such that one day you recall it in much the same way you would a bad dream. As my hair has grown, my worries have diminished. No longer do I consider the rain and wind enemies, and no longer do I check the mirror at every given opportunity to check that my receded hairline is not exposed to the world. Emotionally, it has been a transformative experience, giving me more confidence to face the challenges in my life and achieve my goals

I want to thank you all for your continued interest in this blog and for all of the positive feedback I’ve received. By coming here and interacting with me, you encourage me to keep doing what I’m doing, which is providing impartial information about my experience to people who are in the same position I was in. So often men fall victim to an industry that takes advantage of our insecurities, and I believe that the only way to tackle this is by sharing our experiences.

Finally, I am travelling to see Dr Feriduni in Hasselt at the end of this month for a review of my procedure. I am considering asking some reader questions whilst I’m there, assuming he agrees. With that in mind, if there is anything you’d like me to ask, either about surgery in general or with a view to your own hair transplant, please prepare your questions for me to take. In addition, I am planning an anniversary photo shoot, as well as video and other content to really show the result close-up in high-definition, as I know how scarce that material is. I’m also looking forward to moving beyond my own personal experience, as this blog has now met, and even exceeded, its initial goals.

Hasselt

I was able to use a bandana, so took advantage of my first opportunity to properly explore Hasselt. The highlights for me were St. Quentin’s Cathedral, a Belgian chocolate shop and a Greek restaurant called Nostalgia, which serves delicious food in a rustic, ambient setting and seems very popular with the locals.

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Day -1: Travelling to Hasselt

I travelled with a friend by Eurostar, first catching a train from Newcastle to London, and then connecting at Brussels Midi to a train to Hasselt. The journey was long and arduous but not complicated, although I’d advise leaving at least an hour between changes to accommodate any delays. The staff at Brussels Midi speak English, so you shouldn’t be shy to ask if you need help.

We arrived in Hasselt late on Sunday night. It’s a quaint, endearing place and the people are very friendly. Whenever we needed help the locals were more than happy to offer it and their friendliness leaves a lasting impression. The Radisson hotel is smart and clean, with every facility required.

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