just wanted to share my hair transplant experience. I planend to do it at the hair line clinic Ankara as it has a pretty good reputation in german hair loss forums. Since I was pretty young (22y), I decided to go to a consulation they offered and talked to them personally about the situation. I have been a NW4 on Finasteride and Minoxidil 5% twice a day. They figured out the size and density of my donor area and we planned the hairline together. I decided to go for it and “booked” my hair transplant. When I arrived in Turkey, they had a driver who picked me up and I slept in a nice building next to the clinic. The next day, we planned the final hairline, did some medical tests before and then shaved my head. Afterwards, and for the next 3 days, as 4000 grafts were transplanted, it was always the same procedure: One doctor pulled the grafts out of my head, then they were “prepared” 10-15 minutes, then another doctor set them in. During the day, we had to take some medications and put some creme on the donor area. After the 3 days, post op instructions were given to us which I followed completely (maybe too much haha). Anyways, the price of this clinic ranges from 2.50 to 3 Euros per graft (depends on whether they can propose you a date or not, if you shave your head or not and if they are allowed to take pictures or not) and I can definetely recommend the clinic as I am very happy with the results. As I am very young and my crown is thinning, might be the case that I have to go again.
I generally believe that a 22 year old shouldn’t get a hair transplant, see here: https://newhair.com/baldingblog/22-year-old-received-a-hair-transplant-of-2800-grafts-from-reddit/. From what you described, it sounds like you had a good experience but the issue really is balding pattern and using up your donor supply. With 4000 grafts, you used up at least half of your donor bank, possibly more. I always discuss the concept of a Master Plan as balding is a progressive process and the hair in the donor bank only allows withdrawals, never deposits. A 22 year old with a Class 4A pattern might still develop a Class 7 pattern in the future so the remaining hairs in the donor bank is critical for that eventuality.