‘Totally amazing’: Man takes on hair transplant in California
This story is part of USA TODAY’s coverage of the hair transplant.
A man who lost a large part of his hair following an operation to help prevent cancer has been left with a pair of new, fully-grown, hair-covered ears.
The Los Angeles native, who spoke on condition of anonymity, took his transplant to the surgeon’s office in Santa Clarita, California, after suffering from cancer and losing a large, thick mass.
“It’s a miracle that I’m alive and I’m still able to speak,” said the 51-year-old father of three.
“It was the hardest thing to deal with.
I don’t want to let it down my family or my friends.”
Dr. Michael Korn, a plastic surgeon who treats more than 300,000 people annually in the U.S., said the transplant was a total shock.
“He had a good quality of life for the last 18 years,” said Korn.
“The operation was totally amazing, and he is now very happy and looking forward to getting back to work.”
Korn said the man had no surgery or radiation.
“He had no radiation in the procedure, and I have no reason to think that he has received any sort of radiation treatment,” Korn said.
“There’s no reason he has any residual radiation or any sort.
So, I have nothing to add to that.
It was just a total miracle.”
The man, who asked to be identified only by his first name, Joseph, is in good spirits and said he is ready to get back to his job as a barber.
“I’m going to be doing the best that I can, and then I’ll see what happens,” he said.
“There’s a lot of people out there with this disease that have a very difficult time,” Korns said.
Korn has treated several patients with hair transplants, including two people with terminal hair loss.
The surgery has helped many people lose their hair.
“But they can still do it if they really wanted to,” Korson said.
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