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—Louis Walsh


"Simon Cowell came up to me and said, 'You know, you're starting to lose your hair, dear". I said, 'I am not, dear! And anyway, you're going grey!'?" But Cowell persisted "Darling," he sighed. "You are. You're losing your hair". I could have just left it and got on with things, but with TV today, everything is in high definition, and people notice every little thing. And if you're getting on, and you're on TV with a lot of young people, you have to look after yourself. So I thought, 'I don't want a bald spot! I'm going to get this sorted.I wanted to get the problem solved before it became a problem. It's like going to the doctor and getting something done for your heart before it goes. It's called maintenance. It's not a wig or a syrup of figs or an Irish jig. It's just me, with my own hair, feeling better. I saw what it had done for other people. I saw James Nesbitt before and after and I thought, 'Hey, he looks better.' He actually looked good… for him."

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—Marty Whelan

RTE television presenter, Marty Whelan, talks about hair loss and his hair transplant operation with Dr Maurice Collins at HRBR - Hair Restoration Blackrock. Full interview in this weeks RTE Guide (on sale Mon 27th January 2014).

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—September 2014

I was in my late twenties when I noticed I was beginning to get thin on top. This wasn’t an issue for me at that age as I liked to keep my hair short (a number 1 or 2 at most) and I was fit and trim. As I passed into my forties I had very little hair (none on top) but again wasn’t particularly bothered as I was living in a hot climate at that time and short or shaved heads was pretty much the norm. In any event, I had (what I thought) was a young face so my hair, or lack of it, wasn’t an issue with me.

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—August 2014

Having been through the URFUT procedure at HRBR, I would like to say that from my personal experience Dr. Maurice Collins and everybody who make up the team at Blackrock are second to none. You cannot fault the professional, friendly, practical, efficient manner in which this establishment is run.

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—Preservation of more than just my hair

I had little doubt that the surgery would make me look and feel better and few worries about the stigma of doing it. As Maurice said ‘’by the time people realise you have had it done the effect will be so positive that people will totally get why you did it!’’ The real benefit to me of having undergone the surgery was the impact it has had on my attitude to my whole body! It has given me the impetus to shape up a bit which at my age is essential if you want to keep mentally and physically active. So one thing led to another…and perhaps a more important outcome than more hair is a fitter me. Preservation of more than just my hair will be the enduring legacy for me.

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—Why I Didn’t Have a Hair Transplant at HRBR

In December 2012 I decided to have a hair transplant with HRBR. I booked a date for July 2013 and spent the intervening months saving hard and eagerly anticipating the change which 2000 follicular units would make to my receding hairline. The idea of being cosseted for hours by Dr. Collins’ team while I watched DVDs was particularly appealing. It would contrast sharply with my previous experiences of surgery which were anything but relaxing. In 2005 I had my third angioplasty procedure to open blockages in my arteries and suffered all the trauma which accompanies life-saving heart surgery. Suffice to say I wasn’t watching DVDs while my cardiologist cleared the pathways to my heart.

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—August 2013

Literally every day I catch a glance in the mirror and think to myself 'the transplant really has worked!' For me it's a great result even though its early days. I am realising that I never actually believed that the transplant would make a difference for me. Years of depression about the hair loss and not looking in the mirror, made me prepare that this procedure would not work be successful for me personally. I was however driven enough to try it and be prepared for it not making difference at all or a poor result. But it has made a difference, and so, every day I am a little surprised (and grateful) at my reflection. Thank you to all of you

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—Dublin, December 2013

My experience with HRBR has exceeded my expectations in all areas. As such, I would like to detail my experience to give anyone thinking about hair restoration an overview of how the process works and the key considerations when making

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—Karl Fitzgerald

My name is Karl Fitzgerald, I’m 29. I’m a former art student. I was down at the Galway races and we were out on a night out and having drinks and on the way home an attack happened, where a guy came up and started to attack me and my friend. And amongst all the scuffle, on the ground, he bit my face. He bit a chunk of flesh off my face and that’s when I had to go to the hospital in Galway.

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—James Brown

When I was about 24 I noticed, I was in Miami and my hair got wet and I noticed in the mirror. I caught sight of myself in a hotel room and I thought my hair is going on the top. But what kind of saved me was that I had curly hair so you couldn't really notice it, but it was something that was constantly on my mind and I just was, one, too nervous to do it. Two, I didn't have the confidence to do it or talk about it, so I just kind of let it go really and then it got to the point where it got worse and worse and worse to the point where I just had to do something about it.

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—James Nesbitt

Hello my name is James Nesbitt. Several years ago, I began losing my hair and like a lot of men it was a major concern to me, in fact it was practically an obsession. But, also I’m an actor so I’m in the public eye a lot and I really felt that my hair loss could affect my career prospects.

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—Paul Percieval

My name is Paul Percival. I'm one half of a salon group called Percy and Reeve in London. We have a salon in central London. We also have a range of products. Through launching this range of products, I found myself doing far more TV and advertising and promotion, than I had done previously in my career. And because of that I started to see myself on TV and on pictures and things that weren't part of my life previously. And I think that's when I noticed that the person I was looking at really didn't look like the person I thought I did look like.

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—Gary Mullan

I did a huge amount of research, so eventually I came across the HRBR site. First of all what appealed to me was that it was in Ireland that was the first thing, so it was very local very near to where I lived and then I realised after doing more and more research that they were using a technology that was absolutely world class, it's a world class centre. When I arrived I could see the investment and the attention to detail in the building gave me a good idea that this was a very serious operation. When I met Maurice what I liked about him was he really took me through straight what he could and what couldn't do. He said to me at the outset "Gary I won't be able to give you a full head of hair but I can do is I can give you a result that you will be happy with" Automatically I had a trust in him that I knew if I was to proceed with this that he would do the best possible job. It was an incredibly liberating decision when I said yes I'm going to do this. Obviously, I was a little bit nervous going through something like this, it's a big step and immediately...

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—Mark and April Williams

About 10 years ago I noticed, like a lot of men, that my hair was thinning, which was quite a big issue to me, it was a major concern. I was devastated to be truthful. I felt the main thing was that I looked a lot older than I did. I didn't want to get my hair shaved off. I know there are a lot of guys out there who do shave their hair off and they look absolutely superb with it, but it didn't sit comfortable with me to do that. And then once we found here, it's an amazing place, absolutely amazing. When we actually come in, I had a gut feeling that this was definitely the place, the investment that has gone into it, the equipment, the technology; the team. It really is at the highest standard. Dr. Collins spoke to us. He spoke frankly and openly. He told me exactly what we could achieve. He wasn't giving any false promises. All the team here, they're all perfectionists, professionalism, friendly. Even on the day of surgery I had nerves and I wasn't even having it done so what you felt inwardly I have no idea but they all put you at ease. And to see him walk through the door it was a different man that...

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—Emily Savage

When I was 7, nineteen years ago I was in a house fire which resulted in 70% burns to my face and my body, so it would have burnt off my eyebrows and I would have had patchy baldness all over of my head. I actually came to see Maurice about 10 years ago in the very beginning to speak to him, but then I went to college so I didn't do anything for about 5 years and then came back. He remembered me and we came and spoke to him and he had experience doing burns people before so he knew all about it. He took me through everything and of course doing hair transplants on burns and skin grafts it's a lot different than normal skin. So he would have explained the differences and all that, but it was very relaxed and very laid back, it was nice. I think there's a lot of treatment out there, like say classed as cosmetic treatment that people don't realise or people with burns don't realise can actually be used on them and actually works and can be used for reconstructive purposes. So you'd hear about all these film stars and the famous people getting the hair transplants and you'd think that it was just...

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—Cyril Fox

"Hi, my name is Cyril Fox. In 2006 I noticed my hair was receding so I decided to investigate and see who best could look after me. I found Dr Maurice Collins in the Hair Restoration Clinic, whom when I went, had a good consultation, he assured me I was a perfect candidate for hair transplant and as you can see I have a head of hair to prove him right." "So, I would assure anybody who would be in the same frame of mind as myself, to go and have a chat with him and you won't regret it."

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—Hair transplant testimonial, UK patient, April 2013

When I got married 15 years ago, my Dad came up to me at the wedding and said to me, “Son, you’re losing your hair.” He was right, and the effects were becoming more noticeable, a small but growing bald patch at the front. I pressed on in the hope that somehow the baldness which had plagued every generation of my family was not going to get me – my Grandad was bald by 20 and my Dad has had a 70’s style comb over since I was very young. Sadly, will power alone didn’t keep my hair on my head and gradually I became bald at the front heading to the back of my head, with the odd wisps of hair to remind me of days long gone. It got so noticeable, in 2003 that I had a grade 1 cut all over. This balanced out my hair line but aged me overnight....

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—Co. Meath January 2013

My journey with hair loss began in my very early teens – my hand always seemed to have a habit of going for my head if I became worried about something. I particularly remember one day when studying for my Intermediate Certificate pulling a hair out my head and almost feeling immediate relief from the anxiety inside me. This began my life with a condition known as Trichotillomania. Of course I did not know there was a name for what I did until I was in my late twenties when I saw a girl on a Talk Show speak about how she had pulled out much of her hair...

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—Dublin patient, April 2013

About three years ago, I first noticed 'thinning' at my temples. Not thinking much of it at first, it progressed until, about 18 months ago, it was an all consuming obsession! I was losing hair daily, and my temples and crown in particular were getting very sparse! The stress and fear was unbearable with my mind constantly filled with worry and obsessing about my hairline. Sneaking glimpses in reflective surfaces and checking it 100 times a day became the norm, on top of increasing paranoia that 'of course' everyone was looking at the top of my head! The stress was impacting my life and, as a 36 year old man with a young family my self-image was not ready for baldness!...

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—Cavan, Jan 2013

My experience with the professionals I always look forward to the review with Maurice and the team as I believe that the people in HRBR are 100% interested in my hairloss concerns, they hear my expectations and my views towards surgery. But most of all what I have experienced very comforting about my discussion about surgery is that they offer their expertise and guidance to give a realistic expectation to what the outcome will be. My own expectations to restore my twenties looks are soon revalued and my understanding of how I would actually look after surgery is soon realised as Maurice utilizes his experience and professionalism to bring me down to earth, he reminds me that I'm in my mid thirties now. (thank you Maurice) He will not promise the sun moon and stars if it is not realistic. The fact is I can have what I ask for but how I will look is just as important for the Team of people in HRBR as they want the best for you and I realise there is a true caring nature to how the result should be the best possible for the individual...

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—Dublin Patient

I write this email to you as a 35 year old male from Dublin who would like to warn other guys similar to me from making the same mistakes I have made. I first visited the clinic in 2005 when I first was starting to feel paranoid about my hair thinning, and wanting to take a proactive approach, and to hope that I could avoid other people noticing. At the time I was warned against a hair transplant, partly due to the fact that I may not have really needed one at the time, but also as I was told then, that the key thing is to plan for the future and to use the donor hair you have very wisely. Instead I was recommended medical treatments, which I followed for a number of months, but in hindsight should have continued...

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—James Dublin 2010

I am sixty two years old and I have been happy for most of my life. I started to lose hair from the back of the top of my head a number of years ago, this did not bother me as I still looked OK so in 2005 I got married. My lady wife Anne and I were very happy together, and still are but in 2008, 2009, 2010 I started to lose hair on the front of my head and this caused me great concern and took away my confidence. I heard about Hair Restoration Blackrock on the radio so I checked them up on the web and I phoned and made an appointment with them for an assessment. This assessment took a little while where they planned the whole procedure and the team there could not be more helpful, they were excellent. The result of the test was positive and showed that I was suitable for this type of transplant...

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—Kildare, June 2012

I am writing this for all men anxious about their hair loss, I'd encourage you to do extensive research but most importantly seek a reputable experienced hair loss clinic who have years of experience and the best surgeons available. I'm a thirty one year old man and became very concerned with the steady progression of my hair loss in my mid twenties. So four years ago I decided I needed to do something about it. The job I have means that I deal with clients on a regular basis and thus my appearance is very important to me. Unfortunately for me I made a rash decision and went to a commercial hair loss establishment where I dealt with various sales people promising x,y and z. I proceeded with the procedure and was left totally dissatisfied. Since then I have gone to a reputable clinic and have been extremely satisfied with the care I have received. Don't make the same mistake I did, It's one of the most important decisions you will ever make.

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—Dublin, December 2011

I started loosing my hair gradually over the last 10 years and wanted to do something about it. I'm a very confident person so that wasn't the issue but I looked better when I had more hair so I didn't see why I should accept my condition. When you are getting a transplant you are getting an operation performed on the most visible part of your body so it was very important for me to get the right medical team. I didn't look for the cheapest or the dearest. I looked for the best. What I expected was to find a medical team with facilities equal to any of the best hospitals around...

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—Co.Durham, England, July 2012

It is now 9 months since I underwent the procedure at Samson House and I am writing to say how absolutely delighted I am at the outcome. I first consulted with Dr Collins in August 2011 as I was concerned at a small amount of sun damage to my scalp caused by the diminishing amount of hair cover over the years. At the age of 63 I had great doubts as to whether the procedure would be effective in covering the sun damage and in providing additional protection from the sun in the future. Dr Collins was hugely reassuring, wonderfully professional and my partner and I decided that I should go ahead. All aspects of the procedure itself were carried out in the most professional, relaxed and rigorous manner. The staff were superb and Beverley, in particular plays an outstanding role within the organisation...

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—Dublin, November 2011

To the older men out there, I would like to share my experience with you. I am an active 65 year old who took early retirement over two years ago and have focussed since on pursuing my many interests which include hill walking, cycling, golfing and gardening. Good health, fitness and appearance have always been important to me, and I now had more time to devote to these key areas. While I had the energy levels of a 55 year old, a regular glance in the mirror reflected an image of an older balding man. Unfortunately I inherited my father's genetic condition of "pattern baldness", which left me bald on top, and greying on the sides. I have to admit that I was not happy with the image, and I had pursued many various remedies which came to nothing...

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—Dublin, October 2011

I have recently undergone hair transplantation at HRBR and would like to share my experience of dealing with HRBR. I'm 51 years old and about 5 years ago I noticed my hair was receding from the front. As time passed, the loss of hair became increasingly noticeable. I can't say my confidence was affected, but I was interested finding out if my hair loss could be arrested or even reversed. I researched hair loss on Google and found literally hundreds of sites offering drugs, laser guns, wigs, synthetic hair, human hair, you name it, it was on offer. The vast majority of products were accompanied with so much hype they didn't seem genuine. I didn't know where to turn. Then I came across a video on Youtube.....it was a Late Late show interview with Dr. Maurice Collins and some patients who had undergone treatment at HRBR. I was impressed by the depth of knowledge and sincerity of Dr. Collins. He wasn't 'selling' or 'hype-ing' anything, but explaining the treatment available at HRBR, and the results to be expected. The fact that HRBR was in Ireland was a huge plus...

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—Dublin 2011

Dear Dr. Collins, I just want to thank you and your staff for transforming my life in the matter of a twelve hour period. Since my first initial contact with Hair Restoration Ltd, I felt confident that I was dealing with a thoroughly professional and capable organisation. My hair began receding over a gradual period from the age of 21. Since then I became paranoid about my hair loss. I foolishly got plugs inserted, which left my appearance altered to such a state, that in later years and especially the last two years I became self-conscious about my appearance. Going to social occasions, swimming (wearing a swim hat) and even being out and about on a windy day were stressful and a logistical nightmare to me...

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—Dublin, September 2011

I started to loose my hair (noticeably) in my late teens - by the time I was in my early 20's it had become very noticeable Back then, late 1980's, it was very uncool to discuss hair - thinking about it now, it was very uncool to have your hair shaved which of course is all the rage today Having thought about it for some time and not knowing anything about hair restoration, I decided to have a 'blade two' hair cut done. In those day's, I worked for a west end of London surveying company and I would have been client facing. Image was important!...

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—Limerick, July 2011

I am now 61 years of age. I had four children during my twenties and my thick, long hair started to thin and develop bald patches after my first child was born. This seemed to correct itself after my last pregnancy until I reached my forties when the problem become progressively worse, particularly affecting the top of my head and my hairline. I found this difficult to handle and in spite of myself became a little obsessive about the situation, finding myself focusing on my hair whenever I looked in a mirror, something I avoided if possible. I also became very reluctant to be photographed...

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—Dublin, May 2011

My hair began to thin in my early 20's. I first went to see Dr. Collins when I was 28 and I'm now 35 and have great hair and great self-confidence thanks to Dr. Collins and his team. The process of restoring my hair started with medication, which made a significant improvement to my appearance and self-esteem and I successfully continued this treatment for 6 years before deciding on a Hair Transplant. The procedure was painless and stress-free and the amazing thing is that nobody (except me) noticed I had it done unless I told them, which I was happy to do as a result of the boost of confidence. Now, 9 months after my transplant, my eyes are still opening to the wonderful experience of gaining a great level of self-esteem. Every day is a new delight. Thanks,

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—Co Galway, May 2011

My hair began to thin in my early 20's. I first went to see Dr. Collins when I was 28 and I'm Dear Maurice Collins, I had tried all the treatments that the chemists had and none of them worked. So i decided to see a specialist. What i liked straight away about Dr Collins was he wasn't pushing surgery. He said i could try Regaine and a Quarter of a tablet a day which i did for a while.Then i decided to bite the bullet and have the surgery. I got the loan out of the Credit union. That was 3 years ago and I have to say it was the best thing i ever did. I am more confident, look years younger and a lot happier looking in the mirror. Dr Collins and his team were Excellent.They are the best at what they do.

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—Co. Offaly, May 2011

Its amazing how after my hair transplant how my self confidence has grown like my new hair. It has changed me as a person i now go three times a week to the gym. I can look in the mirror and see my new hair makes me feel better inside and feel younger looking. Thanks to Dr.Collins and all the team in the clinic. Regards,

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—Manchester, May 2011

I did not take the idea of having a Hair Transplant lightly. Although I knew that I was loosing my hair, which had started to take over my life, and daily activities more than I had realized. However, it still took much consideration and research to finally take the steps to do something about it. The hardest part of all, was finding the information on Hair Transplant Surgery. i.e The best Surgeon and Transplant Team. The information I found was quite limited. Also I did not feel that this is a subject, that you can discuss with your peers. All I wanted was for my hair to look natural, once I had the transplant and not to look artificial in anyway...

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—April 2011

I don't know what it is about hair, but men have a thing about it. Some men can accept it I suppose, when baldness begins earlier in life and is a slow process; in other words, when it slowly becomes part of their appearance, even part of their character. But there are some whom baldness attacks in another way and leaves them with the dreaded comb-over. They hate the comb-over, but they hate the thought of revealing their baldness even more. And the odd thing about it is that everyone else knows they have a comb-over. Still, they don't mind as long as the bald pate is covered...

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—Meath, April 2011

My name is Frank (not real name) and this is my story. I'm sure it will help you. I first started to notice my hair loss at my 21st party. Of all nights. I was sitting at the bar with friends having some drinks. I happened to look into the mirror behind the bar. I could see a tiny bit of recession in the middle of my head. I carried on as normal, and tried not to think about it. Then many months later it started to get worse and more noticeable. This is where I choose the wrong path. I was 22 now at this stage. I saw an advert from a commercial clinic in a tabloid paper. So of course being young and vulnerable I picked up the phone. They were over the moon I phoned. I had a consultation 4 days later...

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—Ireland, Feb 2011

As a wheelchair user, I, Brian, would like to share my positive experience of HRBR at Sampson House with others. I am a spinal injury T3 / T4 and last year decided to look into doing something about my hair loss. I carried out a Google search for hair restoration and found Sampson House HRBR in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. I phoned to make an appointment, stating that I was a wheelchair user. The receptionist told me that this would not be a problem since the building is fully accessible for wheelchair users. Setting out for my first appointment and having been sent very detailed directions, I found that Sampson House was quite easy to find. Arriving for the first time, I parked my car outside the front of Sampson house clinic where there is a designated disabled parking space. I didn't use the underground car park provided on my first visit since I wasn't sure how to enter it. I found the access to the building itself quite easy. The reception area was easily accessed after buzzing the intercom, which is at a good height and easily reached. The front door is of a good width and easily accessed...

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—Dublin, Feb 2011

I am a 38 year old male who underwent a very successful hair restoration procedure at HRBR in March 2009 and I wish to outline my expereince of hair loss and hair restoration at HRBR. I first noticed my hair beginning to thin on the crown of my head in my mid twenties. I was a little concerned and changed my diet and began more exercise to reverse the situation. However nothing I did worked and by the time I was 30 my hair loss was becoming a very real concern to me and was affecting my personal confidence and my social life.

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—Dublin, February 2011

Letter to a Young Man who is considering getting a Hair Transplant Procedure To Whom It May Concern, If you are reading this letter, you are lucky because when I was in your position I wish somebody had written such a letter for me to read. I appeal to you to read this letter and don't make the mistakes I made...

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—UK, Jan 2011

Just sending a quick email to thank you and all the staff at HRBR for looking after me last Thursday. Not surprisingly, and no doubt like all your patients, I was feeling quite apprehensive and a little nervous when I arrived on the morning. But I was immediately made to feel at ease. From then on, I couldn't have wished for the day to have gone more smoothly. Everyone that I had to deal with was extremely courteous, friendly and professional...

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—Dublin, Jan 2011

Dear everybody at HRBR I left a little pressie for everyone to say how extremely happy I am. You are always met with a smile at HRBR ... standards are extremely high from the moment you arrive for any appointment. Your medical standards are beyond comparison. Your expertise over the last two years fascinates me – the bar is continually being raised. This time it was like going to the movies and having your head massaged!...

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—Dublin, Dec 2010

Dear Maurice, I wish to thank you and your team for the exceptional care that I received during the course of my surgery last week. I truly felt that I was receiving the Star Treatment!. I am very grateful for the payment structure that you have put in place for me. This is very much appreciated by me. I am very excited about the prospect of enjoying the full benefits of my treatment by summer. This has had the added benefit of lifting my spirits presently!. Finally, I'd like to take the opportunity to wish you a peaceful Christmas and my best wishes for the year ahead.

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—Westmeath, Oct 2010

Dear Dr Collins, A very sincere thank you for the wonderful care I experienced since my first visit to Samson House in Sept 2009. You have exceptional staff, starting with the girls at reception right through to Joanne and the nurses. The warm welcome, the kindness, sensitivity, efficiency and just the total ease. Nothing was rushed and there was great clarity about everything that was happening. I felt that your staff were hand picked for the great and very special work they do. You made everything so easy for me and I am very happy that I went ahead with it and I am very confident that the outcome will be good, please God. Yours sincerely

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—Dec, 2009

This is just a short note to express my appreciation to yourself, Jo and the team for what I consider to be a wonderful result from my two FUT sessions in June 2007 and June 2008. As you know, I had extensive hair loss (Norwood VI at least) and in my early fifties had more or less written off the possibility of achieving a satisfactory hair transplant. At that stage in my life I had learned to live with my baldness – I felt I had no choice – but it was always an irritant. So when by chance one evening I stumbled upon a report on Irish TV from a reputable programme on the impressive work of your clinic I just knew I had to find out more via a consultation. The big questions was could your team and your procedures help me? The answer, to my delight, was an encouraging "yes we can"...

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—December, 2009

To Maurice, Joanne and all the staff at Hair Restoration,I would like to thank you all for the kindness and professionalism you afforded me while having my procedure carried out.A very Merry Xmas and good fortune for 2010 to you all.

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—Kildare, May 2009

I hope you are keeping well. I have been meaning to email you for quite some time to express my gratitude to both you and your team at Samson House for the level of professionalism and patient care shown towards me over the last 2 years. I am very happy with the results you achieved through last year's scar repair and hair transplant...

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—Dublin, June 2009

It was when I was about 24 or 25 that I noticed my hair was thinning. I didn't mind the receding hairline but when I looked in the mirror, or was at the hairdresser, and saw the extent of the thinning my confidence completely went overnight. After a few weeks I began to wear a baseball cap. To make things worse my dad, uncles and many other family members all had great hair. From the start I wanted to do something about it and not let it get worse. I endlessly looked up the internet, saw ads in papers and saw an ad in the Irish Times. The reason for writing this letter is "you have to pay for good results". This is definite and if money is a problem it is better to do nothing. The advertisement in a very professional newspaper impressed me...

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—Monaghan, Nov 2008

I wasn't even twenty when I realised I was losing my hair. I was devastated. To some people that would be no big deal going bald but to me it was everything. I decided to do something about it so I went by an ad I saw in the Sunday World, what a mistake that turned out to be. I was sold a transplant by a salesman which turned out to be a complete disaster. Then they covered it up with a hairpiece. I thought this was as good as it could get, so for over 10 years this is what I settled for...

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—Dublin, Dec 2007

To Maurice and Staff, I would like to thank you for all the care and professionalism you provided me with when attending your clinic. I will certainly be recommending your services to family and friends, and would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your staff a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

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—Dublin, 2005

I started going bald in my early 20's and while some people told me to shave my head i felt very self conscious about my appearance. I looked around to see what solutions there were and was bombarded by all kinds of options from hair plugs to wigs. As a young man I was embarrassed to talk to anyone about it so not wanting plugs in in my head i opted for a wig. I was assured that it would improve my life, my confidence and how I felt about myself. Instead it ruined every bit of confidence i ever had. The truth is it didn't look natural at all, i felt extremely self conscious and i knew that everybody was taking about it. The problem with a wig is that once you get one you feel completely trapped as now it's harder to go back...

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—Private

I was delighted that I actually made the move after such long deliberation to come and see you. It was getting to the stage which I'm sure, you and many of your other clients would agree, that the hair loss was having a huge impact on my self-confidence and self-esteem. It has got to the stage whereby it is now impacting on my work and how I would confidently present myself to my clients in the profession that I've found myself in.

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—Private (2)

I will take the medication that you kindly prescribed for the 6 month period and look forward to meeting with you then to see where we might be able to go from there. In the meantime, many thanks again for your professional, friendly and warm welcome.

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—Private (3)

I have just returned to Samson House for my six months check up. I had plugs implanted into my scalp in the 1980s which left me with an unnatural hairline. I had become paranoid from the age of 21 about my hair loss and had the plugs inserted. To date not one individual has commented on my new hairline. My new hair is growing at a phenomenal rate and my confidence is back. It really is so difficult to put into words about my euphoria with the ongoing growth. The last time this happened I was about six months old and not aware of the benefits! Each day there is growth and I am told by Dr Collins that this growth continues for about 1 1/2 years. The operation and its results are an absolute miracle to me and I would recommend to anyone who has had plugs to do something about it. While the cost of the operation was relatively expensive there is no monetary value in terms of the positives, the increased confidence, self worth and not having to hide a disfigured hairline.On a daily basis it has changed how I am living my life.

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—Private (4)

They say there are two things inevitable in life: 1) Death 2) Taxes. In my case there are three and you can guess the third!! So - many thanks on prolonging the third!Thanks again to everyone involved. P.S. Let me know when you guys find a solution to the first and second. Thanks!

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—Private (5)

Dear Maurice and the team,Thanks so much for doing such a great job on my hair. It feels fantastic. It means so much to me to have my hair back. It was one of the best days of my life. Really appreciate your hard work and dedication.

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—Private (6)

Dear Maurice, Beverley and all the amazing team,Thank you all so much for your hard work and kindness through my transplant process. Best wishes

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—Private (7)

Dear Maurice and team,I am almost twelve months post treatment and I am delighted with the results. It was a wonderful experience from start to finish and your professionalism and expertise are second to none! I am enclosing a wedding picture from December last as a testament to your good work! Many thanks.

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—Private (8)

To Mr Collins and team,Thank you for your excellent work and care. Congratulations on your beautiful new clinic. God bless.

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—Private (9)

Dear Dr Collins,I just wanted to write to thank you for what you did for me at my appointment. Few people can understand what it is like living with Alopecia. I felt you completely understood what I had been through. Your thoughtful words of kindness and sensitivity, and also your expert opinion, have meant the world to me. You said my hair was "spectacular" and that I've made a remarkable recovery! I came away feeling a million dollars! It's been a long time since I have felt that good about myself. Thank you so much, I will remember your words as I travel along my Alopecia journey. I have become a stronger person having lived with Alopecia, I will keep taking my confidence pills!!

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—Private (10)

To Maurice and all the guys,What can I say? You gave me a new lease of life. Thank you again for your honesty and sincerity.

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—Private (11)

Dear Dr. Collins,At first I was a little apprehensive about spending such an amount of money on my appearance. It is important to be patient in the months after the transplant as the results take time to appear. When the hair starts growing the impact that the transplant has on daily life is substantial. It immediately takes years off and improves how you feel about yourself. Everyday I feel better about my appearance and myself. As a result I am happier, take greater care of my health, and am enjoying life more. It was so depressing losing my hair it felt as if there was no point bothering about my appearance. Since having the transplant I have taken greater care with my health, lost over a stone in weight through more exercise and a more careful diet. I seem to have more energy and confidence. I have enjoyed my holidays. I feel younger. I have had a number of difficulties at work and I was much more confident in my dealings with others which helped bring about a resolution. What is so surprising is that I thought this was a cosmetic procedure. The impact of the transplant has been of far greater psychological benefit than I could ever have imagined. I just feel better and am living a better life. Everyone says I look very well, less tired and fresher. Not one person has ever mentioned my hair or seems to notice why I am looking well.I think anyone who has any anxieties about their hair loss should consider having a transplant.

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—Private (12)

Dear Dr. Collins and Team, I want to express my thanks to all of you for the utmost professional treatment I have received over the past four years and in particular over the past month with my procedure. When a surgeon and his team; A) refuse to perform a procedure and take your money, B) thoroughly educate you on the causes and treatments of the issue at hand, and C) provide non-surgical options as a form of treatment, you simply know you have found the right surgeon and team...

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—Private (13)

Dear Dr Maurice Collins and staff,Thank you all for your great work. Each and every staff member are just the ultimate in excellence in your field. It was a pleasure to have known you.Thank you

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—Private (14)

Maurice,Here is a picture of me on my wedding day, a day I thought would never happen to me but it did and we sincerely thank you for making that happen. It was one of the best days of my life so far, hopefully plenty more of them come in the future.

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—Private (15)

Dear Mr Collins,Just a short note to thank you and your team for the great results I have had with the growth of hair since my transplant procedure. I never though such results were possible! Once again many thanks.

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—Private (16)

To Mr Collins and his team,A little note of thanks for your courtesy and professionalism

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—Private (17)

Dear Mr Collins and team,Just a note to say to you all and say how impressed I have been not just with the results of my surgery but also the whole manner and set up of the service which is second to none.

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—Private (18)

To all the team and HRBR,Many thanks for your professionalism, kindness and hospitality. Your individual contributions are acknowledged and highly appreciated. I'm sure you are all aware of the difference you can make to patients' lives. Continued success with your marvelous endeavors.

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—Private (19)

I wanted to say thank you Dr Collins, for your time and expertise. What you have given me will change my life and I would like to thank both you and your wonderful team.

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