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January 1980

Treatment of Pattern Baldness With Fiber Implantation

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(1):21. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640250023009

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To the Editor.—  Dermatologists C. William Hanke, MD, and Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation have performed a public service and, I hope, have entered the annals of preventive medicine with their recent discussion in JAMA (241:146-149, 1979) of the complications, cost, and futility of fiber implants for the treatment of pattern baldness.I support their plea for increased physician and public awareness of this disfiguring procedure. To this end, the following brief report is submitted.

Report of a Case.—  A 51-year-old man with extensive baldness, which began at age 40 and was similar in pattern to his father's baldness, underwent fiber implanHemorrhagic crusts and punctate scars of the scalp following fiber implantation. tation in April and July 1978. It took a total of 21 hours (a three- to four-day period each month) for the fibers to be implanted into the scalp by a technician. Lidocaine

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