Hair replacement expert, Dr. Glenn Charles of Boca Raton, takes a unique case and breaks new ground with successful hair transplantation surgery using one twin as the donor to the other.
After being diagnosed with brain cancer when he was 12 years old Alex Ford lost most of his hair, and virtually all of his possible donor sites, to his cancer treatment. Alex began exploring his options when he was a freshman in college, one was hair restoration surgery. His twin brother Austin stepped up to offer his own hair for the cause, but the family didn’t know if twin-to-twin donation of hair follicles would succeed.
Dr. Charles, himself the father of twin boys, was moved by Ford’s story, and pledged to help the family. He performed Alex’s transplant surgery in June 2012, using the highly sophisticated ARTA robotic procedure to identify and harvest Austin’s hair follicles for placement. “We took a conservative approach so we wouldn’t diminish Austin’s donor sites too badly in case the procedure failed,” commented Dr. Charles, “but it was a great success: virtually every hair took hold and grew. This August, we performed a second surgery and expect similar results.”