PEOPLE born with cleft lip and palate often feel self-conscious because of the scar-like split on the lips.
However, Kuala Lumpur hair transplantation clinic Glojas Smart International Aesthetic hopes to change the lives of four men with cleft palate by giving them a free moustache transplant.
The recipients were identified through a collaboration between Glojas, Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Malaysia (CLAPAM), Malaysia Hair Restoration Society, Plastic Scientific Club and Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
Glojas chief executive officer and American Board Of Hair Restoration Surgery diplomate Datuk Dr Jasvinder Singh (JasG) said the procedure would be carried out using a technique called "Smart FUE" (follicle unit excision).
“The technique involves plucking hair strand by strand instead of harvesting a strip off the head or beard, which tend to leave marks, prior to implanting them into the split.
“Four to six months after an implant, hair follicles will take root and hair will grow normally,” said the specialist, adding that the procedure could take up to two hours depending on an individual’s condition.
Reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon Dr Mohd Ali Mat Zain said options for such aesthetic procedures at government hospitals were limited.
“Because such a procedure is considered an aesthetic touch-up, there is currently little investment in it,” said Dr Mohd Ali.
He added that the procedure was safe for those with diabetes and high blood pressure, provided they were on regular medication and ate a balanced diet.
CLAPAM secretary Zuraini Ghazali said she welcomed the effort.
“It is not uncommon to hear about young children refusing to go to school for fear of being teased by classmates due to their cleft lip or palate condition.
“Parents of children with such conditions must instil confidence and emotional strength in them from a young age,” she added. — By FARID WAHAB
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