Dr. Emorane Lu­panzula takes time from his busy op­er­at­ing sched­ule to meet with Pride Life and an­swers some of our ques­tions......

Are you cu­ri­ous be­cause we were?

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Dr Lu­panzula, you are rec­og­nized through­out the World as a lead­ing hair trans­plan­ta­tion sur­geon, what made you de­cide to go into this in­tri­cate area of surgery and where did it all be­gin?

“I be­gan my ca­reer as ur­gen­tist (emer­gency doc­tor) in a hos­pi­tal in Bel­gium and on one oc­ca­sion I met a pa­tient who was se­verely burned. His face and his skull were very dam­aged. After the ac­ci­dent, this pa­tient un­der went Hair trans­plan­ta­tion be­cause a large part of his hair was burnt fol­low­ing the ter­ri­ble ac­ci­dent. I was par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested within this case and was sur­prised by the ex­cep­tional re­sults that the pa­tient ob­tained with hair trans­plant. He had new hair, it was amaz­ing! He also un­der­stood the im­por­tance of hav­ing his hair re­stored, as it formed part of his iden­tity. Thanks to his hair, the pa­tient was more con­fi­dent and hap­pier in his life. The way he looked changed and he felt more com­fort­able in so­ci­ety. From this day for­ward, I was very in­ter­ested by this in­tri­cate area of surgery. Hav­ing had a strong suc­cess­ful ca­reer within medicine, I then set about learn­ing the in­tri­cate tech­niques of hair trans­plant surgery in Amer­ica, the home of spe­cial­ist sur­geons within the field si­mul­tae­nous to fur­ther­ing my aca­demics at the Univer­sity of Lyon in France.”

So can mir­a­cles re­ally hap­pen? Is it that sim­ple that if some­one has hair loss, par­tic­u­larly men, you can in­ter­vene the loss by op­er­at­ing?

“We are not talk­ing about mir­a­cles when you men­tion the Hair trans­plan­ta­tion, we are speak­ing about medicine. I can’t stop hair loss be­cause It’s an in­ter­nal phe­nom­e­non. But where hair loss starts, we can re­place new hairs in the loss area.When I say new hairs, th­ese are not new, it is your own hair. I har­vest grafts from the donor area that I de­ter­mine and re­place th­ese hairs in the re­ceiv­ing area.This method works only with your own hairs. The pa­tients are very sat­is­fied with this process be­cause they re­gain growth in the area. We have many be­fore and after gallery images of de­lighted pre­vi­ous pa­tients as well as cov­er­age on You Tube if you would like to see more”.

Some of the gallery images on your web­site are un­be­liev­able. It must be life chang­ing to th­ese in­di­vid­u­als? Are th­ese ex­treme or typ­i­cal cases and what sort of costs are in­volved?

“All the cases you can see on my web­site are real and the pic­tures are true. I don’t al­ter any pic­tures or videos this would be most un­eth­i­cal. For as­so­ci­ated costs there is no de­fin­i­tive flat price as it de­pends on each case which is why I al­ways meet my pa­tients for a first time con­sul­ta­tion. No two hair loss sce­nar­ios are the same. After this ini­tial meet­ing we can cal­cu­late the costs of the surgery be­cause we know the num­ber of grafts that we will need to reim­plant.You also have to know that the over­all re­sult de­pend on the con­di­tion of each in­di­vid­ual, like any sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure. If you have a good qual­ity of hair, we can do as you say, a mir­a­cle.”

So any­one can have the trans­plan­ta­tion or is there cer­tain cri­te­ria? Are great re­sults guar­an­teed?

“If I do the surgery, it is be­cause I know that re­sults be will guar­an­teed. I do not per­form the surgery on peo­ple un­der 25 years be­cause they are too young, ev­ery­thing can still change. Be­fore book­ing a surgery, I al­ways want to see the pa­tient in a phys­i­cal con­sul­ta­tion to make sure that the re­sults will be great.”

The me­dia reg­u­larly runs ar­ti­cles on hair loss prod­ucts that ap­pear to in­di­cate they can re­duce or even stop hair loss? Surely th­ese lo­tions and po­tions can not pre­vent the loss?

If so, what ac­tu­ally do th­ese ex­pen­sive prod­ucts do?

“Hair loss prod­ucts can be used, but be sure of one thing they can only stop tem­po­rary loss, it is never de­fin­i­tive. And per­haps the most prob­lem­atic topic for th­ese prod­ucts is you have to con­tin­u­ously use. With a trans­plan­ta­tion it is for life, a per­ma­nent rem­edy to your loss. “

Your Clinic, Medike­mos, Dr. Lu­panzula is out of this world. Per­haps you can tell us a lit­tle about the in­spi­ra­tions be­hind its mod­ernistic de­sign and what your pa­tients think?

“My wish was to make some­thing that in­spires con­fi­dence to the pa­tients. It is also a re­flec­tion of my work. It is pure, clean, high stan­dard and com­fort­able. Ev­ery­thing is made to work in the best con­di­tions with very strict hy­giene rules.We also have a kitchen in the clinic so we have a lunch with our pa­tients, It is a fam­ily at­mos­phere.We want to be in a en­vi­ron­ment which is re­laxed and stress free, not like in a hos­pi­tal.”

For any­one read­ing this ar­ti­cle that are cu­ri­ous about hair loss, or wor­ried as they are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some loss, per­haps you can briefly tell us the pro­ce­dures avail­able and what their next steps should be?

“The first step is com­ing for a con­sul­ta­tion and to meet with me so that I can see the case and pro­pose a so­lu­tion. After this, is the surgery and the fol­low­ing 12 months for the re­con­structed area to grow. I use to say that we are go­ing to be mar­ried for 12 months. There­after we hold a con­sul­ta­tion with all of our pa­tients and are avail­able ev­ery day should there be any prob­lems or ques­tions”.

With in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion what coun­tries do you op­er­ate within?

“That is cor­rect, I op­er­ate in­ter­na­tion­ally and have pa­tients in many coun­tries. I hold con­sul­ta­tion in Bel­gium, in France, in Spain, Poland and the UK with a base in Pall Mall, St James. I phys­i­cally op­er­ate in Spain and shortly in Birm­ing­ham, how­ever I pre­fer to op­er­ate in Bel­gium in my own clinic which has been de­signed to an ex­cep­tional stan­dard and pro­motes a hy­gienic, ster­ile yet am­bi­ent and re­lax­ing en­vi­ron­ment. “

There are many peo­ple that ad­ver­tise that they can do hair trans­plant surgery… what do you ad­vise pa­tients de­cid­ing on which sur­geon to se­lect / look for in a lead­ing sur­geon?

“It must be a con­scious decision, take your time to de­cide and the most im­por­tant thing is to have con­fi­dence in the sur­geon you choose. Check their gal­leries, be­fore and after im­agery as well as videos and do your re­search.The key with Hair trans­plan­ta­tion isn’t just the surgery on the day, it’s the re­con­struc­tion that be­comes ev­i­dent over time. The dif­fi­culty with Hair trans­plan­ta­tion, like any cos­metic surgery, is that many clin­ics pro­fess to be lead­ing within the field, the prob­lem is that they are not..... once again I re­it­er­ate it is not just about the surgery on the day it is the long term re­sults of re­con­struc­tion of the area. In a nutshell, I’d say to con­duct full re­search, see ev­i­dence, meet with sur­geons ask their opin­ions and do not be driven on price alone.”

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