Cheaper and Better

They are not only cheaper, but seemingly better, than their UK competitors. There is a real sense of thoughtfulness and a genuine pride in what they do, something that I did not get from consultations with several UK clinics. From the hospitality provided throughout, to the results I have seen so far, everything about my experience with HDHT in Athens went above and beyond all expectations.

Malcolm, the UK consultant was incredibly helpful and flexible in catering for all of mine and my girlfriend's travel plans. We were met at the airport and taken to our hotel, and even taken out for dinner and drinks on the first evening.

I had opted to have my procedure on the third day of our stay, instead of the usual second day, and Mal even offered to take us out again on our second night. On the day of the procedure, Mal drove me into Athens and even offered to go all the way back to the hotel so that my girlfriend could come with me for the first part and then get on with the rest of her day.

As we sat across the road from the clinic, having a coffee and waiting for the call that they were ready for me, I couldn't help but wonder what exactly I was letting myself in for. Not knowing what to expect as I climbed the stairs to the clinic, all of my worries dissipated within minutes of walking through the door.

The waiting room set the stage for the quality that was to follow – a big wooden office desk, leather couches and even a chandelier. When I met the assistant, Maria, I was instantly put at ease. All of the staff spoke excellent English and were overly helpful and accommodating.

When the surgeon, name?, drew my new hairline onto my head in pen and rubbed it off for maybe the 10th time, because he wasn't happy with it yet, I knew I was in the hands of a perfectionist. Small touches, like making sure my drinking water was covered when I wasn't holding it, continued to let me know that I had picked the right place, and that standards were at least as high as in the UK.

I can honestly say that the only pain I felt all day was receiving the local anaesthetic – it lasted maybe a minute. The rest of the 6-hour-day was pain free. I was made to feel comfortable throughout the procedure, and able to take a break whenever I needed. Although it seems like a long day, I was never in the same position for more than an hour, and the time flew by.

The following day Mal drove us to the ferry port as we had planned to spend the next week in Crete before flying home. In retrospect, I would have spent this week resting at home instead of on holiday – we had a very enjoyable week in Crete but I was rather limited in terms of activities I could participate in, and concerned with how noticeable my head was when out in public.

It was necessary to keep my head out of the sun for the entire week, while I felt uncomfortable going to dinner, or out to a bar, without wearing a big hat. A relaxing recovery holiday may suit some people, but these are issues that should be taken into account.

My recovery included keeping the back of my head bandaged for the first two days in order to prevent bleeding from my donor area. I also had a few sleepless nights due to mild discomfort, but, after one week, everything was back to normal. For these reasons, I personally would have felt more comfortable resting in the privacy of my own home.

Three weeks on and my donor area is only just noticeable, despite currently having my head shaved to a grade one all over. Without a shaved head I don't imagine it would be visible at all. There is no pain or irritation and I am more than happy with the progress. I'm now looking forward to seeing some new hairs coming through within the next couple of months.

I would thoroughly recommend HDHT for your hair transplant. They are not only cheaper, but seemingly better, than their UK competitors. There is a real sense of thoughtfulness and a genuine pride in what they do, something that I did not get from consultations with several UK clinics.

Tim from Shropshire, Sports writer and commentator.