For Mairtín Kearney, a solicitor based in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, the journey to find a solution for his hair loss began 16 years ago. Despite initial hesitation and multiple consultations at various clinics, it was his discovery of Tir na nÓg Clinic that reignited his hope. From the first consultation with Dr. Kevin McDonald, he felt a sense of trust and genuine care.
At the age of 34, Mairtín noticed his thinning hair in photographs from a wedding he attended. Although it didn't significantly affect him initially, he became increasingly interested in finding a solution. Inspired by public figures undergoing hair transplants, Mairtín began his research and consultations, even using medications like Finasteride and Regaine. However, the high cost of the surgery (he was quoted €35,000 in 2007!) and uncertainties prevented him from proceeding. His hair loss accelerated in subsequent years until a friend's successful hair transplant in 2021 inspired him to explore treatment options once again. A fortuitous encounter with an advertisement for Tir na nOg Clinic in The Irish Times in 2022 sparked Mairtín's decision to schedule an appointment and embark on a new chapter.
Mairtín's initial impression of Dr. Kevin during his consultation at Tir na nÓg Clinic was positive. Dr. Kevin's kind and reassuring demeanour, combined with his down-to-earth approach, helped alleviate any concerns he had about his age (50) affecting his eligibility for hair restoration surgery. Moreover, he received the encouraging news that he had a suitable donor area.
On the day of the surgery, Mairtín felt calm and confident. His compliance with pre-surgery instructions and the welcoming nature of Natasha and Dr. Kevin further put him at ease. Throughout the lengthy surgery, Mairtín experienced minimal discomfort, with only mild sensations during the numbing injections. The atmosphere, filled with friendly conversation and background music, made the day enjoyable.
Around two weeks after the surgery, Mairtín caught a glimpse of his potential new hairline as the scabs fell away. However, it was around four months later that he truly began to see remarkable progress in the front region of his head where the grafts were placed. After nine to ten months, Mairtín felt confident in judging the success of the surgery, and the results were fantastic. The positive outcome motivated him to return for a second surgery in the crown area, which he is currently witnessing gradual progress from, almost four months after the procedure.
Mairtín commends Tir na nÓg Clinic for their exceptional communication throughout the entire process. They struck the perfect balance of keeping him informed without overwhelming him. His experience with Tir na nÓg Clinic has been nothing short of excellent. From the initial consultation to the surgery and beyond, he found comfort, professionalism, and genuine care every step of the way. The clinic's dedication to their patients' well being goes beyond mere monetary considerations, exemplified by their honest assessments and alternative suggestions. Thanks to Tir na nÓg Clinic, Mairtín’s hair restoration journey has been a transformative experience, instilling a renewed sense of confidence and happiness.