Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 23, 1972 · Page 124
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 124

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 23, 1972
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Sinatra wore a toupee in 1961 when he served as escort for Mrs. John Kennedy at a star-studded inaugural gala. by Lloyd Shearer ? oxm ' re ap F ar , ed with re p° re «»" » transplant treatment would take a year and a half to grow out. At right are new plugs. Frank Sinatra's hairline today. Back in 1967, singer underwent a series of hair transplants to shed toupee. LOS ANGELES, CALIF. F rank Sinatra, Hugh Downs, Joey Bishop, Sen. William Proxmire, many famous and unknown men have undergone hair transplants. The technique, introduced by Dr. Norman Oren- treich of New York City, is now 12 years old. But it is still no simple process, capable of performance by every M.D. Dr. Charles M. Monell, chief of surgery at the Beverly Glen Hospital in Los Angeles, recently made (hat clear in his talk at a meeting of the American Academy, of Facial, Plastic, and Reconstructive Surgery at Palm Beach, Fla. "It is a technique of great promise," Dr. Monell explained, "but much of the promise is not being realized. It is not the fault of the procedure. It is not the fault of the patient. The blame must be directed at the people doing the job." In other words, the physicians. According to Dr. Monell, who has averaged three hair transplants per week in private practice, the problem lies in the fact that hair grafting appears so deceptively easy that almost any doctor feels he is qualified to do it as a simple office procedure. Psychiatrists, too Says Dr. Monell: "I've seen work done by dermatologists, general head- and-neck plastic surgeons, by general practitioners, by psychiatrists, and by pathologists." Many of their results proved calamitous, and their patients looked like zombies. Dermatologists say that to cover one TV MC Hugh Downs described how he got a hair transplant on television show Actor Joey Bishop does not want to talk about cosmetic surgery that added hair. square inch of bald head takes 20 grafts, punched out from the rear of the head and transplanted to the front. Each graft should contain from 10 to 12 individual hairs. Frequently it will take as many as 750 grafts to cover a sizable bald area. The most common errors commitled by physicians who are not experts in the technique are the transplanting of loo few grafts, the incorrect positioning of the grafts, the punching out of grafts larger than 4 mm, and the removal of fat and follicles from the bottoms of the grafts. A hair transplanting is not an inexpensive procedure. It is said that Frank Sinatra spent more than $25,000 having the hair from the back of his head transplanted to the front by Dr. Samuel Ayres III of Beverly Hills. It is a lengthy, painstaking procedure involving months and constant care, which is why so many bald men prefer hair weaving in which a hairpiece is attached to a grid which in turn is stitched to the scalp or tied to existing hair. 10 PARADE · JULY 23, 1972

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