Plastic surgeons are speculating on whether President Donald Trump has had scalp reduction surgery, following revealing images of the president’s hair being blown by the wind.
Last week, a video captured the president walking up the steps to Air Force One at Joint Air Base Andrews before flying to Mar-a-Lago on February 2.
As he hopped up the carpeted stairs, his hair was violently whipped by a heavy breeze.
One flap of hair flipped over on the side of his head to expose an obvious bald spot – and also what might just be a very telling scar.
Trump’s ex-wife Ivana insisted in a divorce deposition that the property mogul had been given scalp reduction surgery in 1989.
She claimed he had been worked on by plastic surgeon Steven Hoefflin. However, Trump completely denied the claim in 1993 – and has since insisted his hair is entirely his own.
Michael Wolff also claimed the president has had scalp reduction surgery in his book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
Recently, the Daily Beast spoke with two plastic surgeons about the likeliness of the president having undergone scalp reduction surgery.
The procedure requires cutting away pieces of bald scalp from the crown to push hairier parts of the scalp close together.
Johns Hopkins University professor of otolaryngology Dr Lisa Ishii described the operation is difficult and dangerous.
She said: ‘Scalp skin is very stiff skin. It’s very hard to pull together the skin edges and get them to close to each other if you cut out anything beyond a half dollar size piece of skin.
‘If you had a large bald area, you’d have to have several procedures in a row before you actually achieved your goal to cut out the bald spot,’ she said. ‘You can’t do it in one fell swoop.’
Dr Ishii also said that scalp reduction surgery was replaced by the safer and more effective hair transplant procedure in the 1990s.
Ishii said she doubts Trump had scalp reduction surgery, which she called ‘an outdated procedure’, but said it was more likely that he may have had a hair transplant.
But Dr Samuel Lam, owner of the Lam Institute for Hair Restoration, does not agree.
He said: ‘If you see a vertical incision on the back of the scalp on the crown, that’s very typical of a scalp reduction.’
President Trump ‘most likely’ had the treatment, Dr Lam added.
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