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 - V 1 V.V-' V "a) OH A New York cosmetic surgeon...
V 1 V.V-' V "a) OH A New York cosmetic surgeon has been promoting an extreme method of hair replacement for the past four years. While not for everyone, this 'snap' system has found a market. Anthony Pignataro checks the fit of a removable skullcap that will be covered with hair and attached to Implants In the patient's skull at his office In West Seneca, N.Y. , Associated Press photos By Stephen Sobek Associated Press Writer ; WEST SENECA, N.Y. Anthony Pignataro reaches under his hair and pop! pop! pop! pop! in a matter of seconds, holds most of his thick, brown locks in the palm of his hand. 3 All that remains atop his scalp are four gold snaps embedded deep in the bone of his skull. They keep what he calls his "prosthetic hair" in place. A cosmetic surgeon, Pignataro has been selling his extreme method of hair replacement since he became his own test , case four years ago. About 100 other men, from as far away as Seattle, have undergone the- procedure since in his suburban Buffalo operating room. Pignataro claims it's as reversible as getting an ear pierced the snaps can just be unscrewed. Pignataro, 38, had been "Baldness, for the man who is bothered by It, can be a very emotional, psychological and traumatic Issue." Anthony Pignataro, cosmetic surgeon trying to find a substitute since he began losing his own hair around age 23. He tried traditional attachment methods: glues, clips, tie-downs, weaves. "Nothing was good," he says. The answer came from his own expertise. He : had worked as an intern with a technique called implantol-ogy, using snaps in patients' bones to anchor artificial eyes, noses and ears. The same technique could be used for hair, he realized. , "For me, it's commonplace," Pignataro says. "But to talk to somebody who's never hear of snapping on an eye, an ear, a nose, hair or a fingertip, it's too science fiction." .: - Pignataro's father, also a surgeon, did the honors for his son's implantation. The first step is to imbed titanium sockets in the top of the skull. After they fuse with the bone, usually within 12 weeks, gold snaps are screwed into the sockets. For the hairpiece, Pignataro takes a plastic mold of the client's head and sends it off to have human hair sewn on. A stylist can cut the hair in any manner, blending it in with the client's own remaining hair. The snaps, Pignataro said, should never need maintenance; the hairpiece stands up to regular shampooing and lasts about four years. Each snap-on hairpiece and implantation costs about r--s 'i ?:.-iZL Pignataro displays the Implants In a patient's skull to which a removable hairpiece can be attached. $4,000. Ever the salesman, Pignataro gladly demonstrates how the piece works to those who will watch and take part in its demonstration. "Hear them snap?" he asks as he pops the prosthesis back in place. He leans his pate over, saying, "Give it a tug." The plastic gives but the See NEW HAIR, page 3B

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  1. News-Journal,
  2. 09 Dec 1996, Mon,
  3. Page 11

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