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A New Hairline Revitalized His Acting Career
Chris first noticed he was losing his hair about five or six years ago. It quickly became an obsession.
“I’m an actor, so I have to present myself in front of people a lot,” Chris says. “Any time I would go into the restroom and get ready before an audition, my hair was the first thing I looked at.”
To say that his hair loss had a profound effect on his career would be an understatement.
“It affected the roles I tried out for,” Chris says. “I started to believe there were some roles I could not play because of how I felt about my hair.”
Meanwhile, Chris tried using different products to conceal his hair loss, including powders to thicken it. But the results were minimal, and he worried about having to perform in any scenes where his hair might get wet.
As his hair loss progressed, Chris even considered using a wig. “That was a potentially cost-effective way to get the look I was going for, and it’s not so unusual in the acting world,” Chris says. “But I was still in my 30s, and it felt a little weird to have to tell the hair and makeup people that hey — by the way, I’m wearing a wig.”
Making the Decision to Have a Hair Transplant
Finally, Chris decided to go ahead with a hair transplant.
One of the most prominent practitioners in Chris’s area took great pride in using a machine that harvested hair follicles from areas of healthy growth and reinserted them in thinning areas.
Chris was impressed by this state-of-the-art technology and liked the idea that he wouldn’t have a telltale linear scar — which comes along with getting the more traditional Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) procedure.
Chris chose to have 2,000 grafts. But he started to regret his decision the day of the procedure. It lasted all day, and Chris was seated in a very uncomfortable position.
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The doctor rarely entered the room — most of the work was done by assistants.
And afterwards, Chris didn’t like the results. “I had maybe 10% regrowth, and it was very patchy. My hair looked even worse than before,” he says.
Chris was mortified. He felt like his only recourse now was to fully shave his head, but that limited the acting roles he could play even more. For more than a year, Chris went on only a handful of auditions.
Chris was a little hesitant about another hair restoration procedure when he discovered Dr. Danyo. But he liked the fact that Dr. Danyo performed each procedure himself by hand, and didn’t require patients to shave their heads.
Chris had lost faith in hair transplant procedures, but he decided he had to do something about his hair. So, he booked a consultation with Dr. Danyo.
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“Dr. Danyo said I still had a good donor area, and that he thought he could repair the damage,” Chris says. “I decided to go for it.”
The difference between the two procedures was night and day. This time, Chris chose to have only 1,200 grafts — almost half the amount he had before. Dr. Danyo performed every graft himself, by hand — and was attentive to his comfort the whole time.
And this time, the results were far better — despite having far fewer grafts.
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Chris saw dramatic regrowth in just a few short months. “Last time it took me over a year and a half to grow some hair back. I spent most of that time with a shaved head, and I was over it,” Chris says. “To be able to do this and have my hair start to come in slowly, blending with my existing hair, was huge for me.”
His healing and recovery took a fraction of the time it did during his last procedure. It’s now been six months, and he’s already seeing three to four times the coverage and regrowth he saw at the nine-month mark for his first procedure.
“I feel more confident submitting auditions and more confident in front of the camera in general,” Chris says. “I don’t worry about my hair so much. I feel like I look my age, whereas before my receding hairline prematurely aged me.”
“Overall it was a great experience,” Chris says. “Dr. Danyo and his entire staff were so kind and supportive. It really feels like he understands what you’re going through, and he doesn’t put any pressure on you. He comes from a rehabilitative medical background and always puts his patients first.”
Is Hair Loss Affecting Your Career?
You don’t have to accept hair loss and the loss of confidence that comes with it.
Dr. Daniel A. Danyo has helped thousands of clients restore thick, full natural hair growth and he can do the same for you. Contact us now to schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Danyo — either online or in person.
Dr. Daniel A. Danyo is the founder and medical director of North Atlanta Hair Restoration, specializing in treating hair loss in both men and women. He is one of only 300 people in the world certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is a member of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons, American Hair Loss Association, and The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is also an early adopter and pioneer of Shave-less FUE, one of the most discreet surgical procedures available for hair restoration. Dr. Danyo performs every procedure himself, from start to finish. He individually extracts and places every graft on every patient. Learn more about Dr. Danyo on his Meet Dr. Danyo page.