Balding man who spent £4,500 on botched hair transplants finally has the mane of his dreams after going under the knife for the THIRD time
- Chris Davies noticed his hairline was receding as a teenager
- He spent £4,500 on botched treatments that left him with scars on his scalp
- Now has a full head of hair after flying to New York for a final transplant
A man has revealed how after spending thousands of pounds on failed treatments he finally has the full head of hair he always dreamed of.
Chris Davies, 30, from Cheltenham, was horrified when his hair started to recede when he was just 18, driving him undergo two botched hair transplants, leaving him £4,500 out of pocket.
But he says he finally has the hairline of his dreams after consulting a hair loss mentor who told him which surgery would leave him with lasting results.
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Chris Davies, who suffers from alopecia, spent almost £5,000 on botched hair transplants to try and rescue his hairline - however he has finally got the full head of hair he dreamed of (pictured)
Chris met hair loss mentor Spencer Stevenson who advised Chris to travel to New York where a third and final operation transformed his hair. Pictured: Chris before the operation (left) and after (right)
Chris first discovered he was losing his hair when he was a teenager and said it quickly ate away at his confidence.
He said: 'Male hair loss is commonly dismissed as something that isn't a big deal but it can have an extremely damaging impact on you psychologically.
'I was only 18 when I first noticed I was losing hair at the front of my head. It was actually a friend who pointed it out to me when I came out of the shower on a lads' holiday.
'I laughed it off at the time but inside I started to panic. I knew it was natural for your hairline to change as you got older.
'Over time it started to become more and more obvious. Back then I didn't have anyone to turn to so I didn't have the right information to hand.
Chris first noticed his hair loss at the age of 18 during a lads holiday. Pictured: The consultant marks out where Chris' transplant will go
'I was terrified I was going to lose my hair at such an alarming rate that I'd be bald within two years.
'I was going through a difficult time in my life as well, I had left school at 16 to join a football apprentice scheme to train professionally.
'However at 20 I decided to quit and go back to school and get an education. It was a lot to take on board and the hair loss just worsened everything.'
Desperate to find a solution to his thinning hair Chris booked a transplant on a whim.
He explained: 'At this point I was desperate. I just wanted a quick fix to make the problem go away so I impulsively booked a hair transplant at a clinic that I'd found from a quick internet search.
'They charged me £2,000 for the surgery, which at the time was pretty much all my savings.
Chris was desperate to find a solution to his hair loss and so tried a couple of quick fix solutions that all ended in disastrous results (pictured after his last operation)
'I had a small strip of hair taken from the back of my hair and transplanted to the front. It was supposed to take hold and grow, with promised results after nine months.
'After a year my hair looked no different. Two years later I tried again, paid another £2,500 and again saw no improvement.
'Instead I was left with large puncture scars on the back of my head from the procedure.
'This was definitely my lowest point in my hair loss journey. Not only had I lost all hope of ever getting my hair back, but I was feeling incredibly insecure.'
Chris decided to invest some time in researching the cause properly when he came across Spencer Stevenson, also known by his pseudonym Spex, who decided to set up his site after his own battle with baldness led him to spend £33,000 on five hair transplants.
His first two treatments left Chris with puncture scars in his scalp. Pictured: Chris ten days after his final transplant with the hair already starting to grow
'Three years on and I started doing some proper research into reliable sources to go to for hair regrowth.
'That's when I came across Spex's site. Having read his own story I identified with him immediately.'
He is now a world-renowned expert respected by thousands of fellow sufferers and has even worked with A-list celebrities.
Chris continued: 'I was so impressed by his attitude and determination to make sure hair loss sufferers knew they weren't alone.
'I met with Spencer and he talked me through all the options open to me, introduced me to surgeons he'd worked with and online forums that gave accurate reviews on other people's experiences.
After his final transplant Chris (pictured 14 months after his successful transplant) said he noticed a difference almost immediately
'In 2011, I flew out to New York to have my third and final hair transplant with a surgeon Spex worked with.
'The whole experience was 100 times better than before. I noticed results straight away and I was made aware of everything I could do to help my hair grow back.
'Now my hair has fully grown back and I couldn't be happier. It's restored my confidence and I'm finally enjoying life.'
Chris had a Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), which is also known as strip surgery, with Dr. Alan Feller, whom Chris was introduced to by Spencer.
This technique enables hair to grow through the scar which is barely visible.
Chris said of Dr Feller: 'His work was incredibly natural looking unlike my very poor previous work done.
'They left me with firstly barely any growth whatsoever, secondly unsightly grafts growing in different natural directions in my hairline and thirdly scarring in the donor region which was extremely poor for the size of the procedures performed leaving me to grow my hair longer to hide them.
'I felt I earned redemption after the whole journey.'
Chris now believes that his two former procedures were carried out by 'inexperienced surgeons'.
He added: 'I came across countless other UK patients who were also looking into repair procedures and travelling abroad to get their situations resolved.'
CAN A DRUG REVERSE HAIR LOSS?
Last month pharmaceutical research company, Samumed, revealed it recently completed a successful trial of a drug that reverses hair loss in men.
The drug, called SM04554, is designed to help treat androgenetic alpoecia - also known as male pattern baldness.
The drug is a topical solution of the small molecule compound SM04554, which opens up signalling pathways in the body's cells.
Those pathways initiate and maintain the growth phase of the hair cycle.
Reduction of those pathways is believed to be responsible for androgenetic alopecia.
The product was tested on men between the ages of 18 and 55 for the 90-day clinical trial.
Men who took the 0.15 per cent and 0.25 per cent solutions were found to have more hair - and denser hair - at the end of the study.
Researchers said: 'SM04554 appears to be safe, well-tolerated, and potentially efficacious.'
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