Men not so 'bald' as to put leg hair on head

Petaling Jaya (The Star/ANN) - A new US study, which suggested that leg hair can be a good option to treat male pattern baldness, still seems fuzzy to local dermatologists and balding men.

Although the practice has not reached Malaysian shores, people like Ismail Mohsin balk at it.

"It just feels icky. I can't imagine having leg hair on my head," said the 27-year-old writer who is gradually accepting his receding hairline.

"After all, our leg hair might have a different shade," he joked.

The New York Times reported on Feb 21 that the procedure "has the potential to restore the hairlines of millions of men with male pattern baldness, the most common cause of hair loss and often an enormous source of stress".

It quoted a study on two cases published in The Archives of Dermatology and University of California associate instructor of dermatology Dr Sanusi Umar, who observed the transplanting of leg hair follicles from two patients' legs to their heads.

In each case, the report said that Dr Umar "extracted about 1,000 leg hair follicles and grafted them to the patients' hairlines" and that almost 80% of the transplanted leg hair "grew successfully".

Student Muhammad Iqbal Ismail, 24, who is experiencing early signs of male pattern baldness, said he was open to the procedure.

"If I can afford it, I might go for it," he said.

Research assistant James Lim, 27, also would not mind trying it out.

However, the price tag may put off many people.

According to the Malaysian Society for Hair Sciences president Dr Steven Chow, follicular hair transplants costs about RM20,000 to RM30,000 per session.

Most men only require one session to see results while some may need two or three sessions.

"There are qualified surgeons who can perform this in Malaysia but no centre is doing it on a full-time basis," said Dr Chow.

Furthermore, Dr Chow said the procedure might not work well with local men because it is only suitable for those who have "massive, thick hair growth on their legs" (with enough hair follicles to harvest).

Dr Chow said common first-line treatments available are oral medications and lotions.

He also stressed that transplants must be done by trained doctors.

  • Can home remedies cure jock itch and athlete’s foot? 1 hour 1 minute ago
    Can home remedies cure jock itch and athlete’s foot?

    Contrary to its name, a ringworm infection is not caused by a worm but by a fungus. It can be contagious and is often characterised by a red circular rash with clearer skin in the middle. Offering tips about what … Continue reading →

  • 2015 Acura TLX blends two sedans into one alphabet soup 2 hours 24 minutes ago
    2015 Acura TLX blends two sedans into one alphabet soup

    Nearly three decades have passed since Honda gave us the car we didn’t know we wanted: a fancified Accord called the Legend, which Honda sold under a newly created luxury brand called Acura. Acura, along with the Lexus and Infiniti brands that followed, proceeded to turn the luxury market on its nose. But since then, everyone from Hyundai to Bentley has stepped up its luxury game while Acura got a bit lost in ubiquity with a cadre of similar-looking products, all with confusing alphabet soup names like ILX, TSX, TL and RLX.

  • 2015 Dodge Charger goes under the knife 4 hours ago
    2015 Dodge Charger goes under the knife

    Over the past decade, Chrysler's rear-wheel-drive sedans have managed to survive a bankruptcy and three different corporate overlords. Thanks to the original stoutness of the Mercedes-assisted chassis, and the periodic updates that keep them from seeming like 21st-century versions of the Ford Crown Victoria, the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger combo still draw in fans. Today, Dodge revealed yet another redesign for the 2015 Charger — and for an old car, it's quite the change.

  • ‘Huge’ Hindu, Buddhist statues against Islam, ex-judge says
    ‘Huge’ Hindu, Buddhist statues against Islam, ex-judge says

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — The “huge” statues at a Hindu temple in Batu Caves and Buddhist temple in Penang are an affront to Islam as the religion forbids idolatry, a retired Court of Appeals judge...

  • Over 280 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes
    Over 280 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

    By Narae Kim JINDO South Korea (Reuters) - More than 280 people, many of them students from the same high school, were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea on Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years. It was not immediately clear why the Sewol ferry listed heavily on to its side and capsized in apparently calm conditions off South Korea's southwest coast, but some survivors spoke of a loud noise prior to the disaster.

  • StarHub 4G users to be charged from June as promo ends
    StarHub 4G users to be charged from June as promo ends

    Are you on the 4G or LTE mobile data network under StarHub? If so, you’ll have to start paying for the service.