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nurses sat and worked with pieces of my scalp un­der a mi­cro­scope, sep­a­rat­ing the fol­li­cles into clus­ters of one, two and three hairs. That’s the nat­u­ral way your hair grows, I was told. To get the most nat­u­ral look, the hairs have to be trans­planted in these com­po­si­tions. Ev­ery now and then Dr Knud­sen topped up the lo­cal anaes­thetic.

By about 5pm I was tired and rest­less but the whole day had gone well. In to­tal, Dr Knud­sen had trans­planted some 2700 in­di­vid­ual grafts, which trans­lates to more than 5200 in­di­vid­ual hairs. I was told that a per­cent­age of the hairs would grow, while a large pro­por­tion would likely fall out and start grow­ing a few months later.

(from left) Mo­ran’s scalp is pre­pared for the im­plan­ta­tion; about 2700 hair grafts were at­tached to the top of his scalp

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