Since 1970, the vision of DHI Global Medical Group has remained the same: to change the world of hair restoration by restoring not only the hair but the confidence lost in patients suffering from hair loss and scalp disorders.
The case of 42-year-old Argyris Kaparaliotis is a noteworthy example of a patient who, after a serious injury to his scalp and a failed hair transplant at a private clinic in Athens, managed to regain a renewed sense of self after finding his way to the experts at DHI.
The fire accident
Argyris’ story began in 2003 when he worked as a firefighter in the Fire Brigade. While extinguishing a fire in a forest area, he was seriously injured after being struck by a burning branch. The burns caused significant damage to his scalp and affected the majority of his hair. The permanent scarring left Argyis shaken and ashamed with his appearance. The accident dramatically changed his daily life and how he felt about himself. Unable to cope any longer, he began exploring what options he had to repair the damage done. Regrettably, his first hope for a solution was yet another crushing blow.
The failed Hair Transplant
Like many patients who feel such a sense of desperation, Argyis decided to act quickly without a great deal of research. He contacted the first clinic he found advertised on television. They assured him they could restore his hair to how it had been prior to the accident and he was sold. Unfortunately, not only was the transplant unsuccessful, it created even greater problems. Most of the implanted hair never grew and the donor area was nearly destroyed. Even today, after undergoing a successful transplant with DHI, signs of the failed transplant are still visible.
“DHI changed my life”
Astonishingly, despite an enormous disappointment, Argyris did not surrender and began his search again, this time more thoroughly. When he found DHI, he knew he had made the right decision.
It was the professionalism that struck him immediately and allowed him to feel comfortable. Unlike with the previous clinic who told him exactly what he wanted to hear, the staff at DHI insisted his undergo a comprehensive diagnostic procedure before discussing what treatment options were available. They reviewed the results and collaborated on a solution together. Due to the serious damage to his donor area by the other clinic, another transplant was not an option for him to achieve the density he desired. Together, they explored the option of a natural, prosthetic hair piece, and decided this would be the best solution.
Since 2009, he has been wearing the piece consistently and is ecstatic to have confidence in his appearance once again:
“To date, no one, aside from the people I’ve told, has any idea that this is not my actual hair. The appearance is completely natural, nothing like the wigs of the past. I can play sports, swim, bathe, do everything as I would if it were my own hair. I was devastated after the accident and the failed transplant. I thought I would have to go through life being ashamed of my appearance. Since DHI created this piece for me, I feel like I used to and enjoy my life again. My advice to anyone, regardless of how hopeless you feel your situation is, is to visit DHI and have a thorough diagnosis so you really know what your options are. I highly recommend to everyone to visit the prosthetic department and see up close the quality of the work. One way or another, they will find a way to help you feel yourself again. ”