I have recently had a procedure with Dr Ilker from Get Hair and I have to admit that the experience have been exceptional, from the initial engagement explaining in detail the process and what to expect, up to the follow-up communications and check-ups so far.
In the first place I started by researching online the main hair transplant services available in UK. I have heard that clinics and surgeons in Turkey had the most experience and the best value for the money. It wasn’t until I spent 2-3 months looking into the different options that I decided to go for a clinic with legal representation in UK, the procedure was performed by a qualified surgeon almost in its totality and where they aimed to get the best results. I did not mind paying a bit more but I wanted to make sure I got the best service, in a hospital with the correspondent high equipment quality and hygiene standards.
The team is very helpful and welcoming, and they make sure you understand what is going to happen at all times. Their English is good so I did not find any language barrier. They make sure you take care of your habits and diet before and after to achieve an optimum outcome. They explain multiple times how all medication and other products are to be used and they provide you with written instructions of all of it so you don’t have any doubts in the future in case you missed anything. Nevertheless, they give you with an email addresses and phone numbers to contact anytime with questions and to follow up on progress.
The day of the procedure I met with the team that prepared me (surgical clothes, hair wash, etc) to meet the surgeon. Dr Ilker was very hospitable and explain to me what the procedure would consist of. He made an assessment and shared it with me to confirm I was happy with it. In our discussions about the hairline he remarked several times that he aims to get the optimal number of grafts for natural looking results but always respecting patient safety and avoiding overharvesting and other risks that may damage the scalp and other existing hair.
Once we agreed on that, we prepared to start the procedure. After initial the anaesthesia the procedure is totally painless and they make sure along the process that you don’t feel any pain and give you some more if you do. It was 7-8 hours long with a short break for lunch but overall nothing to worry about. The extraction and the opening of the channels before lunch, the transplant after that. Most of the procedure was performed by Dr Ilker and an additional surgeon that supported him. It was only when transplanting into the less critical parts of the scalp that he handed over to his qualified staff. After the procedure, they explain to you the especial care you need to have with your head for the night and tell you to come back for the consultation when every instruction is explained to you again and medication and shampoos provided for the first 2 week of the healing process.
It’s now been 2 weeks after the procedure and I’ve healed incredibly well following precisely their instructions. I have sent some information and pictures to the Get Hair to follow up on progress. My hair has grown a bit and all scabs are gone. I can now go out without the procedure evidently being seen.
Overall I recommend Get Hair and Dr Ilker for the professional and quality service they have provided so far. The results are still to be realised but I feel really excited about it because so far I am happy with what I can see. I would also encourage to research on the surgeon, the facilities, how many procedures they perform every day, feedback from other patients on forums and to avoid cheaper clinics without the right qualified staff.