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A doctor who says his premature hair loss was badly affecting his work and social life has revealed how his hair transplant has left him in a much better place mentally.
Ajeev Paramanathan says having a shaved head made him feel “intimidating” for patients at his practice in Wolverhampton.
However, following two successful hair transplants in Turkey he’s now enjoying the benefits of the treatment.
The doctor said: “I was completely bald so this is like a miracle – you don’t realise the confidence it gives you.”
Continuing to chat about his transformation, the 36-year-old added: “I feel younger, look younger and I’m more approachable.
“The problem when you have a shaved head and beard is that people find you very intimidating. Now with the hair it’s softened the edge – people are more receptive.”
The Midlands medic revealed how he used to shave his head clean with a razor, such was the alarming degree of his early hair loss.
He claims he was turned down for treatment by a number of hair transplant clinics and thought he might have to accept living the rest of his life with a shiny dome.
But a chance meeting put him in touch with Este Medical Group in Birmingham, who arranged for a consultation and then booked him to travel to Turkey.
He said: “I was used to shaving my head with a razor and having no hair, but I met someone who had used Este Medical Group and he told me about his experience.
“I’m a GP so my schedule is very tight and I needed it to be done quite quickly.
“I spoke to Este founder Sam Cinkir and within five days I’d booked my treatment to fly out the next week to get the transplant.”
Dr Paramanathan underwent two FUE transplants – where follicles are taken from the back of the head and implanted into the thinning areas at the front – over a two-year period.
He now has weekly laser and derma roller treatments to maintain his lustrous locks.
He added: “In Asian culture it’s a big issue if you’re losing your hair in your 20s and 30s, so I’m really happy with the results – even though it takes longer to get ready in the morning!”
The GP was also impressed with the facilities on offer in Turkey and urged others not to be put off by some of the scare stories about standards outside the UK.
He said: “People worry when you go abroad that they may not be able to explain things but I was amazed.
“The doctors in Turkey were friendly, approachable and their grasp of English was unbelievable. The facilities were mind-blowing, like a five-star private hospital.
“Working for the NHS, I know what hospitals are like in the UK – overcrowded and under-staffed.”
Dr Paramanathan’s experience was so positive that he joined the Este team as Medical Director, and he’s pleased hair transplants have lost some of the stigma over recent years.
“It used to be a joke that someone had undergone a hair transplant, with people branding them ‘vain’,” he said.
“But, thankfully, society is now much more accepting and also aware that self image has a direct link to mental health.
“Losing your hair, especially at an early age, can really knock your confidence so it’s great that there are affordable options to allow people to tackle this issue and get on with living their lives.”
Dr Paramanathan's comments come after serviceman Jake from Plymouth opened up to Daily Star about having a hair transplant aged 24.
He said his confidence, and his love life, is now boosted thanks to the procedure.
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