What does a celebrity do when your business empire is tottering, your ratings are falling and you have a much-publicised spat with your relatives? Do a make-over, of course. Ask Gordon Ramsay.
The hot-tempered foul-mouthed chef had quite a few cosmetic appointments recently. On the advice of Simon Cowell, he had his teeth whitened and Botox injections to smoothen out his crinkly chin. And, last month, he was reported to have undergone a USD 50,000 hair transplant in Los Angeles.
This latest method of hair transplant, called follicular unit extraction, is now widely available and involves a time -consuming process of a cosmetic surgeon employing a 1mm diameter punch to extract the healthy follicle from the scalp at the back of the head without causing damage before implanting it again elsewhere. Up to 6,000 grafts can be done in in one day. In other words, 6,000 hair pieces are laboriously removed one by one and replanted into the bald areas of the scalp.
Understandably, it is more costly but much more acceptable than the older method of strip-harvesting, where pieces of the scalp are transplanted. Why use hair from the back of the head? That’s because follicles at the back of the head are less sensitive to the circulating male hormone which causes hair to thin and shorten. Once relocated they continue to behave as if they are still alive.
Looking at the results of some patients and friends of mine, the hair ‘growth’ is astounding and natural-looking. Even so, a successful procedure depends on 2 things: finding enough hair at the back of the scalp in the first place and getting a good cosmetic surgeon to do it.
- How to Ensure a Successful Hair Transplant (hairtransplant.org)