Getting My Youth Back
New Hair Clinic patient Shane was 35 when he had his first hair transplant procedure at our Perth surgery. Shane, now 37, had a second hair transplant procedure in early 2016. Shane, who has had 6,000 grafts transplanted, is now enjoying the benefit of proven, permanent and natural looking hair transplantation.
In the interview below, Shane speaks about his prior experiences with trying non-surgical hair loss solutions such as wigs. He says he has never looked back since having hair transplantation at our clinic. The great advantage of a hair transplant is that the donor hair grows permanently. The principal of donor dominance means the transplanted hair is resistant to dihydrotestosterone, the hormone that causes hair loss in men with a genetic predisposition to it. Shane says he is enjoying the freedom of having transplanted hair that grows naturally again as well as the positive feedback he receives about his new look from family and friends.
When did you first notice you were losing hair?
It was around the mid-20s when I started noticing it. You don’t really realise to an extent how you’re losing your hair quickly. Then 10 years later you sort of looking, you’re like thinned out and pretty much bald.
What did you try prior to having a hair transplant?
I’m a bit embarrassed to say, but I did actually use a wig with natural human hair. I couldn’t handle that for longer than seven months. It just got too itchy, ingrown underneath the skin, having to put adhesive up my head. It actually sped the process of losing my hair even more. So, I decided to get rid of it and shave my head. Still, I wasn’t happy. That’s when I looked at coming to hair transplant.
When you were losing your hair, what did it make you feel like?
Well, of course nobody … it’s a bit depressing. You lose your confidence, and you look aged. Everybody would tell you, oh, you look older than you actually are. I’m one of those guys that are pretty fuzzy with the way they look. Starting from top to bottom and doing when you’re at the top and you can’t go forward any further pretty much sends that signal away through the body. You just feel like a turtle that wants to go back in its shell and hide. To be honest, I was just wearing a cap. I just don’t go without a cap on anymore and when I get to gigs or functions I try and talk my way out or say I’m interstate working or doing something just so I don’t go to gigs. So yeah, it’s a pretty sad life.
Why did you decide on a hair transplant in the end and why with Dr Martinick?
Well, I do investigate it. I investigated the procedure. I heard people were doing it and the results were … yeah, different people have different results. But when I investigated and looked into it, there were people telling you to do it overseas, it’s cheaper, etcetera. And this is honest truth, I’m a bit pedantic and picky and I looked … Well, Dr Martinick came up and I looked it up and she was … I think she was one of the best in the world at doing procedures and one of the firsts in Australia. She’s leading it in Australia. So I thought what better place than to do it in Australia. If anything was to go wrong then I’d be right there at their doorstep and they’ll look after you.
How did you find the day of the procedure itself? How are the staffs? Were your expectations met?
Let me tell you, I nearly didn’t go through with it. I mean, they’re going to do a major procedure on you and change your look forever. It played a big role leading up to it. The day before I was nervous, I rang up Rehan and he had to pretty much say, ‘It will be fine’. When I got there the staff was brilliant. They’re all happy, all ready to go and actually made me feel really confident. Jenny was amazing, as was Sara and the staff, as you know were just absolutely brilliant. Even to the extent where I ended up buying them chocolates, coming back and giving it to them, sharing with them. They are an amazing group, a great team; they work really well as a team.
And you enjoyed the fact that you had Dr Martinick and Dr Kotai working on you?
It was a very special occasion. It was actually so smooth and well done that I wasn’t hesitant to do the second one at all. It’s just easily done. And if I ever want to do a third one which I don’t think I do need to, I wouldn’t even hesitate. There will be no hesitation whatsoever. That’s how good it was.
One of the questions that I’m asked all the time about the Martinick technique or the Optimum Density Technique is what makes the procedure with our clinic unique. And this question I always answer is the fact that Dr Martinick and Dr Kotai work on you. Did you find that quite unique that the doctors themselves were working on you whereas most clinics, the staffs work on you?
Correct. Yeah, I did actually … I was a bit surprised cause I knew Dr Martinick was going to do the hair transplant, but then I realised Dr Kotai was there as well and they work hand in hand. One step out to do something else, the other one was taking over and finishing the job and I think it’s really important in doing that to actually keep the hair follicles alive cause it’s got to be done in a certain timeframe and in a certain way and they’ve got a really good technique and team to do it together, and that’s what has resulted in this great success and made me look way younger.
How do you feel about your results?
Fantastic! I mean, it’s changing my confidence. I take my cap off in front of people. I’m not ashamed, even when my hair is not even done or styled. You just … it gives you a boost of energy. You feel rejuvenated again. Don’t know if it’s what a mid-life crisis is, but I’m imagining if it is a mid-life crisis and you bought a Ferrari, that’s what you’d feel like. And to get it for the rest of your life and to have it, it’s great. It’s bringing back my youth and everybody around me is stunned.
So your friends and family are pleased? What sort of comments have you had?
Absolutely. After the first procedure it was pretty, pretty inevitable to say that it was definitely heading the right direction and amazing results. They are really happy for me. They can’t believe that this day and age today that this can actually take place. I mean, Mum’s just blown away. She’s just like, ‘I don’t know how they’ve done it’. She still can’t picture how it’s been done.
Terrific! And would you recommend us to your friends that might want to do it?
Absolutely, without a doubt in the world. They ask me, the question is now, ‘Where do you get it? Who did you do it with? And how is the procedure?’ I don’t even have to pitch at all. So my close friends who know me and who know how much I was struggling without the hair and how important it was to me, they’re actually starting to think out and they’re actually asking me the questions. I don’t even have to recommend. I mean, the proof speaks for itself, literally.
If you can see the hairline, you can see how natural that hairline is. The interesting thing with this patient is that he has still got eight months more growth ahead of him. So if you’re happy with the density as you see it, he will actually have an even thicker head of hair in eight months’ time.