Dr. Christian Jessen is a 33-year old English television presenter, recognized for his work on the shows Supersize vs. Superskinny and Embarrassing Bodies. Dr. Jessen recently admitted that he underwent a hair transplant procedure a year ago and is very happy with his results.
Wanting to restore his hair line and bring down his high temples, Dr. Jessen elected to have a strip hair transplant procedure at a UK clinic. He described the strip procedure as “not painful but it is uncomfortable”, and went on to say “you also have an incision at the back of your head, which is very hard to sleep with immediately after the procedure.” During a strip hair transplant surgery, the doctor removes a strip of scalp tissue from the back of the patient’s head; the wound is later closed using sutures. The excised strip is dissected into follicular units (small, naturally-occurring groupings of hair). These follicular units are then implanted into thinning or balding areas.
A less invasive alternative to the strip procedure is a transplant via the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique. This method involves the individual removal of follicular units, which are then transplanted directly into balding areas. Unlike with strip, the FUE method does not leave the tell-tale linear scar, and requires less healing time. Without the large excision and need for sutures, there is also much less general discomfort involved in a FUE procedure.
Dr. Jessen explained that he decided to have a HT procedure after meeting a man who’d had a hair transplant on one of his shows. Of his transplant, Dr. Jessen explains “it’s nothing to be ashamed about. These days lots of men are doing things to improve their appearance…I’ve done this for myself and I’m really pleased with the results.” Perhaps Dr. Jessen’s openness about his procedure, and his satisfaction as a result, will encourage other public figures to come forward and speak openly about their own hair loss and/or hair restoration surgery.