Dr. John Frank On Hair Loss in Women & Hair Transplants on CBS News with Kate Sullivan
Kate Sullivan: Men aren’t the only one who suffers from baldness. Hair loss affects an estimated 30 million women in America. Dr. Marcs reports on the story of hair loss in an African American woman who finally decided to fix an embarrassing problem. Take a look.
Dr. Marcs: We know that men can go bald. They can do over age. I mean that’s fine but for a woman to start getting bald that’s a no, no.
Munorato Hassan , a 42-year-old nurse from New Jersey says she never thought it would happen to her. Just a few months ago she looked like this.
Munorato Hassan: Maybe on the ages 35, I realized the size of the hair was becoming thin and I was losing hair. I could not look at the mirror too often because it was not a very nice hair. I tried everything, hair loss medications, all the talk about Rogaine, all other products in the market I tried but nothing worked.
Dr. Marcs: Munorato decided to try hair transplant surgery.
Dr. John Frank: So it’s been seven months?
Munorato Hassan: Maybe almost eight.
Dr. John Frank: It’s unbelievable.
Munorato Hassan: Yeah.
Dr. John Frank: Look at that.
Dr. Marcs: Dr. John Frank is a hair transplant surgeon Medical Hair Restoration in Manhattan. He describes the surgery which starts with removing hair follicles from a donor area which is later closed using stitches.
Dr. John Frank: I frequently tell people this is like moving a tree from one part of your garden to another. This area in the back was perfect and it was very thick. It had no hair loss. We made little openings and then started to grass and as we can after the grass replaced they took several weeks and few months for them to grow but now it’s seven months. It’s totally natural and it just blends in and it’s almost imperceptible the fact that you had hair loss there.
Dr. Marcs: Munorato’s surgery lasted five hours and involved almost 2,000 individual transplants. A hair transplant typically costs about $6,000.
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