The media is having a field day over the disappearing and reappearing hairline of Silvio Berlusconi. The Italian Prime Minister’s sex scandals and corruption charges provide weekly fodder to the press, but now there’s new hair-raising talk.
Berlusconi’s controversial hair loss cover ups just reached a new dimension. A pirate bandana and two transplants couldn’t hide the Italian leader’s receding hairline earlier this week, leading many observers to wonder what could have disguised his shining temporal region at the weekend.
Attending the wedding of Education Minister Mariastella Gelmini at the weekend, the hairline of the 73-year-old PM was impeccable but his obvious lack of frontal hair by Monday, when he attended a check up at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan, had the paper’s printing headlines like “Berlusconi’s hair – gone in 48 hours”.
The Times Online say Berlusconi’s hair restoration surgeon was quoted as suggesting that the PM’s hair had fallen out due to stress, but that Professor Franco Buttafarro, a specialist in plastic surgery and dermatology from Turin, wonders whether “an armoury of sprays, powders and make-up pencils” are normally used to cover up the areas where hair growth was sparse.
Following his first hair transplant in 2004, Berlusconi told reporters it was “a way of showing respect… to those who expect you to represent them on an international and national stage,” and that he felt 25 years younger.
“I am very happy to have subjected myself to such pain,” he had said.
According to the papers, there were several inches of temporal recession evident between pictures taken just two days apart. The Telegraph reported that, according to before and after photographs published in the magazine Novella 2000, Berlusconi looked bald, pale and tired.
Piero Rosati performed hair restoration surgery for the Italian PM in 2004 and again in 2005. Buttafarro claims that had the original transplant been better, there would have been no need for cosmetic cover ups. However, no matter how well the surgery is performed, hair is sometimes still susceptible to the effects of genetic thinning.
Most specialists recommend medical hair loss treatments prior to surgery, due to their high success rates and clinically proven results. If patients follow through with surgical hair implants, many may also be prescribed these treatments to use after the operation to maintain the hair growth and prevent any further hair loss.
It is highly likely that, if Berlusconi’s hairline recession is due to stress or genetics, medical hair loss treatments would have been able to control and prevent the loss. Without them, the PM could end up hiding behind that white bandana again.
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