Rodrigo Alvez, who has always wanted to become a real-life Ken doll, has become the UK’s first person to undergo stem cell hair loss treatment.
The treatment, which aims to regenerate hair follicles and promote healthy regrowth for those experiencing bald patches, thinning hair or a receding hair line, cost around $8,000. Flight attendant Alvez flew to Miami to undergo the operation, which involved doctors extracting fat cells from his back under local anaesthetic, using liposuction. The cells were then mixed with 500ml of his blood using a special machine which extracts the stem cells. The resulting mixture is injected into the scalp, as with PRP.
Advanced hair loss treatment
Billed as ‘the most advanced treatment for hair loss available’, stem cell transplants use autologous stem cells from fat, which can be safely harvested under local anaesthetic and are abundant in the body. These stem cells, once transplanted back into the patient, have the potential to repair not only hair follicles, but also to be used to repair connective tissues, bone, cartilage and more. Scientists initially carried out stem cell treatment research on mice and noted that the transplanted hair cells grew hair follicles similar to those found in humans.
He began to see results two months after treatment and says his hair is now “coming back in leaps and bounds,” explaining “the main results are on my temple, I don’t have a receding line anymore, I’m really happy with it all.”
Cosmetic surgery addiction
In total, the London-based Brazilian has spent over £125,000 on cosmetic procedures in the last ten years, including £22,000 on creating a fake six pack, £8,000 on botox and £30,000 on his nose (he has had three nose jobs). He says, “Cosmetic surgery really changed my life, it was a positive makeover for me. If it wasn’t for cosmetic surgery then I wouldn’t be the man I am today.”
Rodrigo also uses a hair growth booster in the form of a laser comb to promote hair growth and takes a range of supplements for his hair and skin. Less invasive methods of hair loss treatment do exist, and should be thoroughly explored with the help of a hair loss expert. It is usually possible to create a personalised hair loss treatment plan based on proven medications for a much lower cost than a surgical procedure.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.