Chicago, Illinois - A man in his 70s who underwent hair transplanted into his scalp for years has been in a coma and unable to speak.The man had his hair transplated from his own scalp in 2013 after undergoing a procedure at a hair transplant clinic, but the hair grew back in his scalp.In March, a judge ruled that the man, who has not been named, cannot sue the clinic or the hospital that perform...
JOHANNESBURG — A new hair transplant has been announced in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The medical team, led by Dr. Michael Breslow, MD, the head of the head and neck transplant unit at the University of Cape Town, has confirmed the results of a patient with a genetic disorder and other factors to undergo a scalp transplant.
According to a news release from the university, the patient had a rare genetic condition known as a recessive melanoma.
Dr. Breslo says the patient, who was diagnosed in 2015, has a mutation that caused the hair on his head to grow abnormally long and thick.
The mutation causes the hair to grow more slowly than normal.
The scalp transplant was performed in June on the patient’s father, a retired civil servant, who suffered from a similar genetic condition.
The team, with the support of the South African government, hopes to treat at least 5,000 people in South Africa with the hair transplant procedure.
The head transplant will require an average of 3 to 5 days to heal, according to the news release.
The procedure, which involves removal of the scalp and a root canal, takes up to eight hours.
In the United States, hair transplant procedures can be performed in two weeks and are usually performed on people who are too sick to work.