Igli: Burn victim
at a young age
Thanks to the HST method, Igli is assured of beautiful, natural hair for the rest of his life.
Igli (Albania, born in 1999)
Burn wounds on front and sides of face and top of head.
Reconstructive operations for 7.5 years by Dr. C. Lafaire, burns center Stuivenberg ZNA in Antwerp (B)
Four restoration treatments on the front and top of head and the left sideburn by Dr K. van Herwijnen, a doctor at Hair Science Institute’s clinic in Maastricht, Netherlands
Eyebrows, after all reconstructive operations on the face have been concluded
At the age of six months, Igli suffered serious burn injuries. Second and third degree burns on body and head meant that several rounds of reconstructive surgery were needed for more than seven years. His doctor, Dr Cynthia Lafaire, plastic surgeon and head of the burns unit at ZNA Stuivenberg hospital in Antwerp, Belgium, visited Hair Science Institute to see whether it was the right place for Igli to get his new hair.
During the initial discussion with Igli, it became clear that the surface area to be treated was so large that it would take several treatments. Igli’s donor area (the back of his head) was in good condition despite a number of scars, so there was no obstacle to the plan to carry out multiple treatments. Because Igli was traumatized by what he had to go through at a young age, a highly cautious approach and painless procedure was the only way to ensure the treatment would be successful.
His father, Dr Lafaire, and a staff member of Stuivenberg hospital accompanied him during the treatments to offer psychological support.