Over the last six years or so I have had three procedures with Mal and his team in Athens, and each has been a positive and enjoyable experience.
The first two were to 'keep ahead of the game' as I had lost some hair, but the third was pure vanity. I didn't really need it but I just wanted to see how far I could go towards a full head of hair.
In my mid-30's my hair had receded a little at the temples and was also thinning in the crown area. I wanted a hair transplant and the results I had seen online seemed to be pretty good.
I researched a lot of companies, but my decision to go with Mal was based on meeting him. I was impressed with the fact that he had undergone the procedure himself with the same surgeon, and although he was fifteen years or so older than me, he had a really natural looking full head of hair (and still does!).
The first procedure was to thicken up the crown area and I underwent a 'strip removal' to achieve this. It was completely painless and the results were fantastic (no more thin crown), although I never experienced a dramatic change in my appearance as I had basically just thickened up an area. To all intents and purposes I looked the same, a guy with a pretty good head of curly hair.
A couple years later, I decided to go back and have the front hairline lowered slightly. I was a little apprehensive about this as I wanted a natural looking result. I shouldn't have worried though, as once again the result was great and I was really pleased to be aware of a thicker, lower front hairline.
Recently, I decided to go for a third and final 'vanity' procedure. Mal had told me about an new instrument that his team were using that refines and speeds up the process of F.U.E. (he could explain in more detail). As I had had two strip procedures previously I decided to give it a go.
Mal was as welcoming and professional as ever and the morning after my arrival in Athens I went to the clinic for my final procedure.
This time, rather than an incision and a strip being removed to harvest the hair, small patches were shaved at the back of my head. (They were also careful to ensure that these would be covered by other hair in the area).
The new FUE instrument was used to remove the hair follicles and I had a little general thickening done as well as a further slight lowering of my hairline, as I said, pure vanity.
I would say that having experienced both types of procedure, for me this was slightly preferable as there is no scar to heal up. Having said that, the advantage of using this instrument in addition to a strip procedure, allows even more hair to be grafted during a single session. It seems to me that the procedure is being refined and improved year on year, which is great news for anyone, male or female suffering hair loss.
I've benefited from the experience of Mal and his team, three times. Each time has been positive and enjoyable. I would not hesitate to recommend Mal, and I have offered to speak to anyone thinking of having the procedure with him in Athens.
Jon, Bristol UK – September 2011.