Hairy solution to baldness

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Freia Medical (above) and The Clifford Clinic (top right) use follicular unit extraction, a minimally invasive method for hair transplants, which might benefit men with male-pattern baldness (above right - the result of a hair transplant performed by
Freia Medical and The Clifford Clinic (above) use follicular unit extraction, a minimally invasive method for hair transplants, which might benefit men with male-pattern baldness.PHOTO: THE CLIFFORD CLINIC

Splashing out nearly $15,000 on hair might seem a little excessive, but for Mr Ng Ze Yuan, 31, it goes to the root of his self-confidence.

He started showing signs of male-pattern baldness during national service. At the age of 29, "before it got worse", he spent a day in a hair clinic having 1,400 follicles transplanted from the back of his head to other parts of the scalp.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 15, 2018, with the headline 'Hairy solution to baldness'. Print Edition | Subscribe