I sold my cocktailbar and switched my career to citymanager of Hasselt. And then this virus happened, so like the whole world, I set my course straight. At first, I wanted to fly to Turkye for a hair transplant, but eventually I decided to go to Dr. Feriduni, one of Europe's best hair surgeons whose clinic happens to be located in... Hasselt :-)
“With a good beard, I ignored my thinning hairline for a while. But time went by and I started to doubt how fast this all was gonna go.”
Ben is happily married and has a beautiful daughter Stella (5). He is an entrepreneur pur sang: he went from bank director to owner of a cocktail bar and now is working as citymanager of Hasselt for a year. People know Ben as a hard-working man with a strong network. He is a guy you can rely on, and also a good husband and dedicated father. On one of his latest holidays, his wife took a gorgeous picture of Ben and Stella facing the sunset. A captured moment to treasure. But that picture became a turning point for Ben. The way his hair looked really got him. What do you think?
We've managed to capture the same picture, regardless of the sunset, but with better hair. Yes, we did!
Stella & Ben before his hair transplant
Stella & Ben 1 year later
Ben took the step and booked a consultation with Dr. Feriduni. Considering his age (38), stage of hair loss and donor capacity, the doctor concluded that FUE would be the best treatment for him. And so it went: mid November 2020 Ben underwent his hair transplant in Hasselt. In COVID-19 times, meaning with a ton of measures and restrictions, but which came as a sort of plus for the home office city manager. Dr. Feriduni recreated Ben's hairline in a conservative way, so the results is the most natural. The density from front to back is perfect, even his hairdresser did not notice he had a hair transplantation done in quaranaine times. Which we gladly take as a compliment!
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we only got to follow Ben's progress by a picture in his bathroom that he agreed on taking regularly. We then organised a safe and professional photoshoot with him and Stella only when the crew was vaccinated and tested before. All set: enjoy watching the result...
Since there have been some questions the last year: today it is exactly 1 year ago that I took the step to Dr. Feriduni Hair Clinic in Hasselt. I had been doubting for a long time... but I felt insecure about my receding hairline and becoming bald. In the meanwhile I am very happy with my hair again. Best decision of 2020!
Topmodel Chrissy Teigen underwent an eyebrow transplantation. Not to fill up her hair, but to empower her brows. The famous model shared her precedure on her social media. Also in Belgium there are experts who can restore eyebrows. How does this work and what are the costs?
It's a striking message from the 35-year-old model and wife of John Legend. She showed her followers the procedure for a hair transplant on her eyebrows via Instagram. Teigen said she was tired of always having to brush and draw her eyebrows when she went out on the street. “I just want to go out without makeup. So I am very pleased with this surgery.”
The procedure is not performed very often in Belgium, says the European authority in hair transplants doctor Bijan Feriduni. “It's not a question we often get. But it happens. Especially women who are getting older and losing their eyebrows in a natural way. Or women who have epilate too much in the past. Epilation causes traction alopecia. If a hair is pulled too much, the follicle dies.”
Men also sometimes end up with Dr. Feriduni, but more often after an accident. “A cut or scrape that interrupts the eyebrow. Then we often only have to fill a small part.”
In fact, eyebrow transplantation is no different than hair transplantation. At the back of the head, above the neck, a strip of hair is first removed under anaesthetic (the FUT-technique). Then each individual follicle is placed with an incision in the eyebrow zone. “A very time-consuming operation,” says Feriduni. “Not only for the patient, but also for us. For a complete eyebrow transplant we are soon at 4 to 5 hours, myself and three assistants. That is because each hair must be selected very carefully. They have to grow in a certain way and it can only be one and not two in a follicle.”
And that comes with a price tag. In our country, the procedure will cost between 2,000 and 3,200 euros.
“Eyebrows are important to your face. They frame your eyes the way your hairline frames your face. Without eyebrows you quickly look older and more tired”, says the specialist. Immediately after the procedure, Teigen already announced that she is delighted with the result. In the last photo in the evening she gives a warning to young girls. “Teenagers! Stop plucking violently like I did!”
It has already been 6 years since I underwent my hair transplantation at Dr. Feriduni Hair Clinic. I can't imagine how I would have looked if I didn't had it done... My hair was starting to thin around the age of 32 and basically the prognose was not so optimistic. Given the fact that how I look is key in my professional life, I decided to have this surgery. I am still grateful every single day for having taken this step.
“The result is so incredibly natural. None of the hair dressers I have worked with believe I had a hair transplant.”
Bart became Mister Belgium in 2002 and that was the beginning of his modelling career. He travels around the world since then and has worked for many large brands. Bart is married with beauté Chloe Vandenbussche, a gorgeous and funny influencer who certainly is a joy to follow on Instagram. And wonderful news: Bart and Chloe are expecting a baby this year! As a true model, he can get away with lots of styles. One thing's for sure: his hair has never been a worry since 2016 ;-)
Bart had his FUE hair transplantation in 2011 at age 33. Below you can see how his hairline was thinning and was about to get worse if he would not have taken any further steps...
Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” is an extra service Dr. Feriduni may offer to help make you more comfortable during the procedure. Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions Dr. Feriduni may have.
The head nurse will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.
On the day of your treatment, you will have the option to choose for the use of laughing gas. This is completely up to the patient, it is an extra service we offer but absolutely not a must in order to achieve a successful procedure. In case you do want to have laughing gas before the surgery, you will be asked to fill in and sign the agreement during your check-in at the clinic.
“Patients often feel nervous and some of them are anxious to feel pain. That's why I offer the use of nitrous oxide which makes the stress disappear and that gives the patient a better feeling.”
Generally, the patient is being given Midazolam as a sedative. This has an effect similar to that of valium. Midazolam is an imidazole benzodiazepine that has depressant effects on the central nervous system with rapid onset of action and few adverse effects. The drug is being administered intravenous. The donor area is also numbed by a local anaesthetic prior to extraction. Dr. Feriduni and at least 2 - 3 medical assistants are present throughout the sedation procedure.
After the sedation is done, Dr. Feriduni starts with preparing the areas to be treated. To optimise the surface, a solution is being injected with a microneedle. There can be a small discomfort of the needle, and therefor Dr. Feriduni also uses a small vibrating tool (tool left hand of the doctor) to minimise this sense of the needle. Literally everything is being taken into account to offer the best and most painfree treatment at Dr. Feriduni Hair Clinic.
“My pain level is extremely high, I have had this my whole life. Luckily, Dr. Feriduni ensured me he would do his utmost to optimise my comfort during the procedure. And so he did, I am grateful for the service and feelgood the whole team manages to give to their patients!”