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The Katie Piper Foundation partners with the Farjo Hair Institute to offer pro bono treatment to burn survivors

People who have been affected by burns can now benefit from free hair transplant surgery as part of their rehabilitative treatments, thanks to a new partnership between The Katie Piper Foundation and one of the world’s leading hair transplant surgery clinics – The Farjo Hair Institute – a centre of excellence in the UK for hair transplant surgery, hair loss medicine, research and hair restoration education.

This partnership will enable the Foundation to offer The Farjo Hair Institute’s hair restoration surgeries and treatments on a complimentary basis to burn survivors, helping them to overcome the physical and psychological scars left by burns.

“The loss of hair through burns and traumatic scarring can have a significant impact on an individual’s confidence and well-being and serve as a constant reminder of their trauma,” said Katie Piper Foundation Charity Services Manager, Ezinna Rospigliosi. “An important part of their psychological recovery is linked to their physical appearance and we are pleased to be able to offer The Farjo Hair Institute’s services to our beneficiaries who require hair restoration.”

Founded by Drs Bessam Farjo and Nilofer Farjo in 1993, the Farjo Hair Institute has been at the forefront of research and development in hair restoration for more than 20 years and offers consultations and surgery in Manchester and London. Lead London surgeon and Farjo consultant, Dr Greg Williams, a former burns surgeon, is the only member of BAAPS (the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) who performs hair transplant surgery on a full-time basis. He said “People who have suffered burns or scarring often find that it affects their self-esteem and a core element of their recovery is addressing the psychological damage. This is intrinsically linked to personal perception, so surgeries or procedures that can help them look as much like they did before are therefore a vital part of the recovery process.”

Dr Bessam Farjo, who is also the Medical Director of the Institute of Trichologists and past president of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, added:

“Technological advances now mean that it is possible to restore hair where it has been lost due to burns scars. We are delighted to be partnering with The Katie Piper Foundation to offer men and women who have been affected by burns the chance to see themselves how they did before they were burned.  Through hair restoration surgery, people can restore their hairlines, facial hair, eyebrows or eyelashes, helping them to feel more like their old selves – a hugely important step in their psychological recovery.”

In addition to hair transplant surgery, The Foundation can provide access to a range of options for hair restoration for people with total or partial hair loss due to a burn injury, including hair replacements systems, wigs and hairpieces. For more information please see Hair Restoration.