The biggest thing for me is that it would look natural and that’s pretty much what I got, a hairline that I’m really happy with. I’ve got thinning hair which is something that would look quite natural for a man in their 50s. People don’t necessarily look at me and think that I’ve had work done, they look at me and think that I look good for my age.
Brendan was really honest with me and showed me what they would do and what I was probably going to get. I was never under any pressure to make a decision there and then, I was always encouraged to go away and think about it and reflect on it. I really liked the fact that there was no hard sell
As a woman in my late 50’s I was becoming more concerned about my fine and thinning hair. I have always had very fine hair but it had gotten so bad it was starting to affect my confidence. After doing some research online I approached the Paradigm clinic for a consultation.
Brendan was great and assured me that a hair transplant would be a very good option for me and that more women were now using this treatment.
The day of the procedure was quite long but Brendan, Joanne and the rest of the team were great and made it as smooth as possible. There was very little discomfort afterwards and I found Brendan and Joanne very approachable about any concerns.
It is now 8 months since the procedure and I am delighted with the result. My hair looks so much thicker and it was done in such a way that no one would guess I have had a transplant. My immediate family knows but all my friends just think my hair is looking great. I would definitely recommend a transplant to any woman who is concerned about thinning hair and the team at Paradigm were very pleasant and professional.
I feel compelled to write this review for several reasons.
Firstly I have been a bone fide patient at the Paradigm Clinic.
Secondly I am an NHS doctor who has been working for over 30 years.
I have been a consultant in cancer radiology for almost 20 years and have known the Paradigm Clinic's lead plastic surgeon (Mr Brendan Fogarty) for many years in his capacity as a highly regarded and experienced plastic surgeon.
Mr Fogarty is held in high regard amongst his consultant colleagues in the NHS and has a similar profile in his private practice.
I have been made aware of scam reviews posted on google, about the Paradigm Clinic.
These reviews may have originated from unscrupulous competitors. These anonymous posts discredit a very good clinic and an excellent surgeon.
I therefore feel it is only right and proper that I should comment about my own personal experiences and not hide behind an anonymous post.
I am Dr Tom Lynch. My GMC number is 44841013 and my credentials can be found on the GMC register. I will also make my email available for anyone who wants to enquire about my transplant experience with Paradigm. I will allow the Paradigm staff to share my personal email with anyone who has a patient related question. Procedural questions should be directed to the clinical team at the clinic.
As a patient, I have witnessed first hand the excellent and highly professional service that is given by surgeon, Mr Fogarty and by Joanne Scannell, who leads the nursing team. I was treated exceptionally well at all times.
Weeks before the procedure I was counselled in great detail by Mr Fogarty on the risks and benefits of the procedure and the likely outcome. He was very clear that my expectations should be realistic and at NO POINT was he advocating for me to proceed. No pressure or influence was exerted to sway my decision. The conversations we had were very informative and allowed me to make a decision based on the merit of my personal circumstances.
I would not have felt comfortable about the thought of travelling to a clinic in another country (outside the UK) to be treated by someone who I did not know personally or by reputation. The fact that I knew Mr Fogarty professionally was a source of great reassurance to me and certainly greatly impacted my decision to proceed with a transplant.
The procedure itself was carried out in a friendly, relaxed and professional atmosphere in a well equipped clinic on the Lisburn Road in Belfast.
The level of care taken by the staff, to ensure my wellbeing and comfort was exemplary. I was given clear instructions after the procedure was finished and reviewed by Mr Fogarty within 7 days after the transplant.
I can wholly endorse Mr Fogarty, Joanne Scannell and the Paradigm Clinic. If you are inclined to consider a transplant procedure, I can assure you that the Paradigm team provides an excellent service and if you want to make contact with me, please ask the clinic to pass my contact details to you.
"I recently had an accident which resulted in a head trauma, and significant scarring within my natural hairline.
A circular patch of hair at the very top of my head was also missing following the accident, and three months later this hair had not grown back. A dermatologist who was treating my scars recommended that I make an appointment to see Dr Fogarty to discuss the role of hair transplantation. As a woman who had always taken care of my appearance, I was extremely distressed and self-conscious both about the visible scarring on my forehead, and the bald patch in the middle of my hairline. I had seen a number of plastic surgeons and dermatologists by this point, and nobody was able to tell me why I had a circular patch of hair missing, or if this hair would ever grow back.
In my first consultation with Dr Fogarty, he was able to tell me that the hair on top of my head (which had been shaved off in the emergency department) had not grown back yet due to a temporarily reduced blood supply caused by pressure from my sutured lacerations. Dr Fogarty predicted that there would be increased hair growth in the months to come, and recommended that we wait six months before discussing a hair transplant, as he would only want me to have the procedure if it was necessary.
It was a huge relief to me to know why the hair around the scarring was missing, and to be given such valuable information about how this area was likely to recover. I knew from the moment that I met Dr Fogarty that I was in excellent hands. Not only is he a complete expert in his field, but he is such a genuine person who really cares about the patient sitting in front of him. There was no hard sale about a hair transplant in that first meeting - in fact, it was the very opposite. I was so distressed by what had happened to my face and hair that I would have said yes to anything that could have possibly helped me to look and feel how I did before my accident. However, Dr Fogarty emphasised that it was early days in my recovery, and I should let Mother Nature reach full capacity before undergoing a cosmetic procedure. Given Dr Fogarty’s highly ethical and extremely honest advice, I knew that I would not hesitate to make another appointment with him if I felt that I needed a hair transplant in the future.
Six months later I made another appointment with Doctor Fogarty. As he predicted, a considerable amount of hair did grow back in the bald area, but I still remained self-conscious about my appearance. The hair at the top of my head was not as dense as it had been prior to my accident, and part of the linear scar on my upper forehead was bumpy, and so further drew attention to this area. Dr Fogarty explained that a hair transplant would replace some of the lost density, and could also help to conceal the most visible scarring on my forehead, i.e. the lumpy part of the scar. Dr Fogarty’s background in plastic surgery is absolutely invaluable to the hair transplantation process; he was not only able to advise on how the team at Paradigm could restore the hair that had been lost, but he was also able to utilise the hair transplantation process to conceal the scarring present in my hairline.
A couple of months later I attended a design consultation with Dr Fogarty and Joanne Scannell at the Paradigm Clinic. Like Dr Fogarty, Joanne has an exceptional wealth of knowledge and expertise in the area of hair transplantation, and was able to answer all my questions about the process at this meeting, and in great depth. Dr Fogarty and Joanne drew the proposed new hairline on my head, and talked me through where the most suitable donor areas would be. Again, I was so impressed with the professionalism of both Dr Fogarty and Joanne: they were kind, compassionate and immensely informative at my consultation. I was entirely clear about what was going to happen on the day of my transplant, and the future hair growth I could expect to see in the months ahead.
On the day of my hair transplant, I was extremely nervous. I am terrified of needles, and as a female, I was concerned about having visible bald patches in my donor area. However, I was quickly put at ease by the wonderful team at Paradigm. All of the nurses and hair technicians were so kind and caring, and the way that each person attentively took care of me throughout the procedure was exceptional. Everything was explained in advance of it happening, and to my surprise, I actually had an incredibly relaxing day. I barely felt Dr Fogarty administering the local anaesthetic, and I slept for most of the procedure. When I woke up, I had a new hairline and was given all the information needed to look after the area in the coming days and weeks. I also could not believe how well my donor areas were concealed underneath my long hair: I even had to look for them, as they was so expertly disguised. Within two weeks the scalp was completely covered again, and family members and friends who knew about the procedure could not get over how undetectable the donor areas were, or how little the removal of this hair had affected my appearance.
In the weeks and months that followed, I continued to receive excellent aftercare from the team at Paradigm. The day after the procedure, I was concerned that I had dislodged a couple of my newly implanted grafts. I sent Joanne a photo and text message to communicate this, and she immediately called me back to reassure me. Similarly, a few months after the procedure, I noticed a couple of spots in the recipient area and contacted Dr Fogarty on a Friday evening. He organised an appointment for me on the following Monday afternoon, where he examined the area and informed me that there was nothing to be concerned about. We are so very lucky to have such experienced professionals in hair transplantation here in Northern Ireland, and it was hugely comforting to know that you could reach out to Dr Fogarty or Joanne if there were any concerns post-procedure, and that a subsequent follow up appointment could easily be arranged if necessary.
I am now six months post-procedure, and I am absolutely delighted with the result so far. Not only do I have an increased volume of hair on the top of my head, but the raised part of my scar is completely concealed by the dip in my hairline. People who haven’t seen me since the accident now ask me to show them where I hit my head because the scarring is barely visible. The team at Paradigm really have given me the greatest gift of all - I no longer think about my scarring or my hairline.
My result has been completely life changing and I cannot recommend the team at Paradigm highly enough. Thank you for making me feel like me again."
MG, Northern Ireland
“Over the last four or five years my hair had been thinning and although it wasn’t noticeable to others just yet, I knew it was only going one way. So, I decided to reach out to Paradigm and had the initial consultation about a hair transplant with Dr Brendan Fogarty. During the consultation, we discussed other options as well as the hair transplant so that I was able to come to the best-informed decision for myself.
The next step was to have the design consultation with Brendan and Joanne, the hair transplant specialist with Paradigm. They were able to highlight where my hairline used to be and talked about restoring this, as well as building out my existing hair so that I would have results that lasted a lifetime. I was happy and excited to get underway with the procedure.
The day of the procedure was long, but it certainly did not feel like it. From start to finish it was a relaxing experience and it was clear to see that everyone in the team has an abundance of experience. Naturally, I was nervous at first, but this was put at ease very quickly as the whole team were caring and professional.
The aftercare instructions were clear and easy to follow. It took less than a week for the hair from the donor area to grow back and you wouldn’t know that I had a procedure at all.
Five months on, the results speak for themselves – and this is only the beginning! I couldn’t be happier with how the whole experience went from start to finish. Thank you to Brendan, Joanne and the Paradigm team for everything. "
“As a child, I was badly burned on my scalp which resulted in a 'bald' area approx 4cm x 4 cm above my right ear. As a women, I’ve always been very self-conscious about it and have been limited in the ways I can wear my hair as a result. Last year I contacted the team at Paradigm to see what my options were.
From initial consultation though to the procedure itself and the aftercare, Brendan, Joanne and the team at Paradigm made me feel very relaxed and talked me through things every step of the way. They answered all my queries both before and after the process in an extremely professional and personable manner.
On the day I was made feel very welcome and was put at ease straight away by the whole team. The procedure was straightforward and practically painless. The atmosphere was very relaxed and I couldn’t believe how quickly the day went.
Paradigm are experts in their field, very professional, highly skilled, friendly and caring. I would highly recommend them to anyone considering a hair transplant.
Its been 8 months from the procedure and the results are amazing! Far better than I could ever have imagined - It really has been life changing!
Thanks again to Brendan, Joanne and the team for making this one of the best decisions I have ever made!"
“Being a young man I was always self conscious about my hair and hairline since the age of 16, scared of being caught in the rain or the wind messing my hair, self confidence was low and paranoia high. Beginning my hair transplant journey with the paradigm team was the best decision I ever made, their service was first class.
I began looking into Turkey for a hair transplant, however the idea of getting a serious procedure carried out abroad made me feel uneasy and this is when I enquired with the leading experts of paradigm clinic. From start to finish the whole experience was flawless beginning with a consultation with Mr Fogarty and talking through my options, next up was the design consultation with Joanne the senior nurse, at no point did I feel uncomfortable they made me feel at ease from the get go. The procedure itself was not what I expected, I thought there would be a lot of pain however the team made the surgery extremely relaxing with minimal discomfort I am now 8 months post hair transplant and seeing amazing results and excited for the future. I cannot thank Mr Fogarty, Joanne and the rest of the team, they have truly changed my life and i couldn’t recommend them enough."
KD Omagh NI, February 2021
“I’ve seen quite a few hair transplants in my time (some good, some not so good), but without a doubt, this is the best I’ve ever seen. The procedure was carried out at the Paradigm Clinic Belfast, by Holywood plastic surgeon Brendan Fogarty"
Gary's Barbers, September 2019
The testamonial below is from the patient pictured above.
The short answer, going to Paradigm was the best decision I’ve made in ages.
The longer answer. I’d been conscious of a receding hairline for a couple of years but I once I hit 30 others were starting to notice. I’ve always been confident but I found the comments really undermined my self esteem. I happened to pass a poster for paradigm and decided to get in touch.
From the start Joanne and Brendan were fantastic. Knowledgeable, understanding, friendly and most importantly discreet. And what a team! A quick Google will tell you Brendan is a leading plastic surgeon, and Joanne is an expert in hair transplantation, having been at the forefront of the industry for years! If you’re going to get a transplant, you couldn’t be in better hands.
From the initial consultation there was no pressure to have the procedure, just honest and helpful advice. They gave me the confidence to go ahead and I ended up really looking forward to the surgery.
The surgery itself ended up being a pretty relaxing experience. 1400 grafts took about eight hours, but it was a relaxed atmosphere and I ended up sleeping through most of it. Pain and discomfort were minimal and I was surprised how quick the day went. Good chance to catch up on some podcasts and it beats being in work. I was sent home with strict aftercare instructions and it was really easy to manage. I was told to take a week off exercise and be careful when washing the hair, but otherwise there were few restrictions. Brendan saw me a week after the procedure to check all was well (which it was).
Following the procedure I had a week off work, by which point you couldn’t tell I’d had anything done. I wear my hair short and not a single person realized I’d had anything done! Some slight redness was the only sign anything was different. You’re told the transplanted hairs fall out after a month or so, ready for new growth after four months or so. I found that a lot of the transplanted hair stayed (I don’t know if I’m lucky or if it’s a testament to Paradigm’s effectiveness), which was a confidence boost.
I’m now seven months in and I love the results. The hairline looks natural and the hairs getting thicker all the time. Brendan and Joanne tell me that the hair will only keep getting thicker over the next year or so, and I’m excited to see the final result. It’s a real boost in confidence to know that this is now my permanent hairline!
In summary, my experience with Paradigm has been great from start to finish. Sure you could probably go abroad and get it done slightly cheaper, but there is real peace of mind having somebody local on hand should anything go wrong. And I honestly don’t think you could find a more experienced team than the guys at Paradigm.
SL, Belfast, September 2019
I am 51 years old and my hair has been thinning slowly for the last 15 years or so. I started researching hair transplants approximately 5 years ago and conducted an immense amount of due diligence, mostly from the internet. As usual there are plenty of scare stories, but you need to factor that in. I looked at many countries and indeed had a consultation in Belgium as well as another in the UK.
My biggest concerns were;
- ‘concealing’ the fact that I had a hair transplant.
- making sure I had someone who was more than capable, that I knew would
do an excellent job - the last thing I wanted was a botched procedure.
Due to the necessity of shaving the donor site - hiding this was going to be difficult. Having it completed in Turkey, England or Belgium still meant I had to get a flight home with my donor area newly shaven. On further investigation of Turkey my chances of getting a reasonable job done felt at best 50/50 so I started looking at getting the job done at home. After probably too much searching, I finally came across Paradigm who would conduct the procedure in N.I. by an expert in plastic surgery.
I made contact and the ever-efficient Joanne kicked into top gear. I saw Dr Fogarty himself inside a few days- who is so down to earth you cannot feel anything other than comfortable. That plus the fact that he will be the actual person conducting the procedure (I don’t say surgery because the process doesn’t feel that surgical). Within 8 weeks of seeing Dr Fogarty there I was in the chair, having my hair shaved. I had 2200 graphs taken out and inserted over the course of two days. Having the anaesthetic injections is a bit painful, hardly excruciating but similar to an injection you have at the dentists so not overly pleasant. After that it’s a morning of hair removal, lunch, then insertions in the afternoon whilst you watch a box set on your pc. You are there from around 9am to 5pm each day.
I drove to and from the surgery both days, without any issues. As I had kept the procedure secret the more difficult part is keeping yourself out of sight of family, friends and visitors once you get home. After a weekend of this, I decided to book an Airbnb for the next week and that was ideal. I would recommend booking to go away somewhere for a fortnight and just save yourself the hassle of trying to explain the state of your head/hair. Now, to the important stuff - the hair. The first week is a regime of spraying water every 15-30 mins on your head which avoids scabbing and itchiness, you very quickly get into the habit and it does feel soothing. One of the nurses told me that you cannot do this enough, so I sprayed relentlessly.
Be prepared to sleep in an inclined position for a couple of nights. Although not specifically recommended I spent a week sleeping on an inclined lounger with a horseshoe shaped travel pillow which was comfortable. I slept really well and protected my head from any disturbance. You shower and gently wash your hair daily; I followed the instructions given religiously. Luckily, I had no forehead swelling and the puncture wounds healed exceptionally quickly.
I am currently over 3 weeks post-surgery, I do believe that my constant care and religiously following the few instructions has paid dividends, that said, I am pretty sure Brendan’s surgical skills have played an even larger part!
Regarding a haircut, I would recommend you get a high skin fade a few days before your procedure, by about 2 weeks it will have grown a surprising amount. I decided not to go back to work until 3 weeks later just to be on the safe side. It still looks like a short haircut, but no-one would ever suspect it is as the result of a hair transplant. I was able to leave my hair longer on top, as is the fashion at the minute. A good barber will go a long way to having the shaved area ‘grow’ into a passable style.
Being at the top of the London hair scene for over 30 years I have managed to learn an awful lot about who the very best people are in our industry. When deciding who to consult for a transplant I was lucky enough to meet Joanne and Brendan from Paradigm. There are many with technical ability but few who have the eye to create a natural and realistic hairline. This aesthetic is crucial if you don't want to be the guy in the office (or salon!) that looks like he had a (cheap) transplant!
Bredan and Joanne have years of experience at making transplants look undetectable. My experience was very enjoyable. I got honest answers, great advise, and most importantly my expectation was perfectly managed.Thank you both. Looking forward to my next visit.
Windle and Moodie, Covent Garden, London.
Hello Mr Fogarty, Joanne & Team. Thought I’d share my new hair. What a difference a year makes. I’m absolutely delighted. Everyone comments on how full and lovely my hair looks. I finally don’t feel self conscious. I actually have hair that I’m proud of. It’s the best thing I ever did for myself and it has given me a new lease of life. Thank you all again for your amazing work.
My hair started to recede and thin about 7-8 years ago when I was in my mid to late twenties. I found this extremely difficult and stressful as I would take a lot of pride in how I look and the fact that I was losing my hair was very difficult to deal with. After about a year of watching my hair fall out I decided to seek advice. A friend had started taking the drug Finasteride which had shown him great results so I spoke with my GP about it and started to take the drug myself. Initially over the first few years of taking Finasteride I also had great results where the balding process seemed to stop or greatly slow down. This was great that it had slowed down but I had already receded quite a bit and it was constantly on my mind. I would permanently be trying to fix my hair to ensure that the receding sides were covered, using hairspray to try and keep my hair in place and buying all sorts of hair products to try and thicken the hair. This went on for a few years and every year it got more depressing and it would be taking up more of my mind.
A couple of years later the friend who told me about the Finasteride drug had decided to get a hair transplant through a well known hair clinic. He went to England to have the procedure where they remove a strip of skin from the back of your head and use the hairs from that strip to implant on the balding areas. Shortly after I went to see a hair loss consultant myself to discuss having this procedure but I was put off by the idea as the removal of the strip of skin from the back of the head would result in leaving a scar and as I wear my hair short this would be noticeable. In hindsight I am glad I didn’t go ahead with this procedure as my friend was very disappointed with the results and has since had another hair transplant (this time the FUE procedure). So for another few years I carried on with the Finasteride and driving myself up the walls trying to keep my hair in place!
Just over a year ago my hairdresser told me about a new hair transplant process (FUE) and how another one of his clients had this procedure carried out by a Surgeon here in Belfast who was pioneering the FUE procedure - Dr Fogarty. My hairdresser said the results of his client were excellent and that the procedure was very straight forward. I immediately arranged a consultation with Dr Fogarty.
My initial consultation with Dr Fogarty could not have gone any better, we were both on the same page when it came to what I wanted from the the procedure. I wanted to fill in the receding parts, bring my hair line forward a bit and ensure that the hair in behind would not start to thin out, while making sure I retained a natural looking hairline so that it would not be noticeable to other people that I have had a hair transplant. He explained the procedure in detail to me, how there would be no visible scarring and the minimal time I would need to take off work etc. He ensured me that everything would be private as anonymity was very important to me. The procedure itself would take place in a private place so that no one would see you coming to or going to the surgery. We looked through 'before and after' photos of previous patients of Dr Fogarty’s and by the end of the consultation I was very confident of going forward with the procedure. I can honestly say that even just after leaving the consultation it felt like a huge relief and weight off my shoulders.
A number of weeks after my consultation I was booked in for the procedure.
The day of the procedure itself was extremely straightforward. I met with Dr Fogarty and his fantastic team in the morning. They drew where the hairline would be on my head, provided pain relief, explained how the day would go and if I needed any breaks etc that was no problem. Dr Fogarty and his team couldn’t have been nicer or more welcoming and put to bed any nerves that I had that day. The actual procedure was very easy and I had no pain. I had been advised that there would be no pain beforehand but I was shocked at just easy how the day was. I spent a lot of the day on my iPad. I even think at one stage they had to ask me to stop talking as they were trying to concentrate! I was there most of the day and had someone drop me off and collect me when I was finished.
The days after the procedure were again very straightforward, I had very little pain and if I did that was relieved with paracetamol. There was a little bit of work to do to looking after my head and making sure to keep it clean by using a spray etc. Dr Fogarty sent me home with all the advice needed along with any medical supplies required. He also gave me his number and told me to call him anytime if I had any questions or anything. I took a week off work and this was more than enough time (I work in an office).
I am now about 10 months along after my procedure and already I cannot believe the results. It is truly amazing. The hair growth was noticeable after about 6 months and each month that goes on my hair is coming through more and thickening more. I really can’t wait to see how it further develops over the next year or so when I have been advised I will see the full results. I have gone from constantly thinking and worrying about my hair, checking it and fixing it every time I walk past a mirror to now where I don’t even think about it at all as I am so confident with the results already.
I can honestly say that having the procedure has really changed my life and I would definitely recommend anyone thinking about it to go for it and book that consultation with Dr Fogarty. Dr Fogarty and his team are really great and I am extremely pleased with how they treated me and the after care I have received, I couldn’t recommend them highly enough. I am aware that the FUE procedure is a lot of money like any surgery is, but it has been worth every penny.
I am in my late 40’s.
I have been thinking about doing something with my hair situation for many years. I spoke to lots of people/companies over a period of many years about the options of a hair transplant and always felt that their primary focus was a business transaction with no real regard as to my wishes and concerns. From my late 30’s my hair had began to thin in places and gradually got to the stage where it was a major negative factor in how I felt. I used lots of different products to slow the hair loss and in more recent years used specific products to disguise the hair loss.
I am a naturally confident person and have been successful in my career to date. However my loss of hair played a major part in my confidence diminishing.
I never really had the courage or belief that a hair transplant would be the right thing to do. This was due to the guilt associated with the potential cost and also the apparent vanity aspect. My wife had made it clear that she did not care whether I had a full head of hair or not but that she would support my decision either way.
Things changed after I was referred to Paradigm by a very close friend who Knows Brendan personally.
After a consultation with Brendan and Joanne, I knew not only had I found the right team, but their passion, straight talking and most of all the feeling they gave me allowed the decision to have a transplant(fue)become easy.
I will say that it is not a decision to be taken lightly due to the financial outlay, however it really does change your life. This may sound a little far fetched, however if you are or have feelings and anguish about your hair loss Joanne and Brendan are the people to meet. They are very keen to meet all prospective clients and they make it clear that there is no obligation.
There is no hard sell indeed they merely advised (very openly and frankly) what they believed was possible. They were realistic and informed me that in their experience they were optimistic of a successful outcome. They managed my expectation and explained what would be the best options for me.
I had the procedure carried out in Dec 2017 and the day itself was much easier than I had ever imagined. Brendan’s entire team showed the same level of professionalism and care that I encountered from my very first consultation.
It is now Apr 2018,everything that I was told from my initial meeting with the guys about the before during and after has proven to be correct. There have been a few phone calls made by myself and a couple of follow ups to serve as reassurance as at times I can be a little demanding, all my queries/concerns were dealt with and allayed promptly. This has merely reinforced my belief that Paradigm are at the pinnacle of Hair restoration.(FUE)
The day of the procedure was actually very straightforward and even though my hair growth is still at the early stages my confidence is gradually returning.
I would happily speak to anyone about my experience as I believe strongly that if you are serious and can afford it ,we are very lucky to have such dedicated specialists here in Belfast.
BG, Belfast April 2018