Jason Gardiner is best known as Dancing on Ice’s most outspoken and acerbic judge. His role as style-guru on This Morning means that he is impeccably presented at all times and his background in choreography, dance and music mean that he has lived his life very much in the public eye since the age of 16.
Jason Gardiner’s shaved head has been his trademark for many years. But like many men, this was a style-statement for a reason – to cover up his thinning locks. In his 20’s Jason sported a great head of hair. Unfortunately, like many men, this began to recede. First from the temples and the crown, until the overall effect was unmistakably that of male pattern baldness hair loss.
In 2010, Jason decided it was time to change – he’d lived without hair long enough.
On July 24, 2010, he underwent hair transplant surgery, flying to Los Angeles to have a surgical hair restoration procedure with Dr. Craig Ziering, Founder and Medical Director of Ziering Medical.
In a process known as “Follicular Unit Transplantation”, under local anesthetic, Dr. Ziering took permanent hair from the back of Jason’s head, which is genetically programmed not to fall out, carefully dissected it with the Ziering Scope into microscopic follicular units of 1 to 4 hairs and then transplanted the hair grafts with the proper angle and orientation into artistically designed recipient sites created by Dr. Ziering.
“Dr. Z – I can’t tell you how thrilled I am with the procedure. Your entire team were wonderful. I have been strict about the post op care. Not needing pain killers. I can’t wait to show the UK my new look.”
For the last 7 months, Jason has not been seen in public without a hat, which in recent weeks has led to industry rumors. Jason was keen to wait until the hair was growing again before “revealing” his new look to the media and the public.
Dr. Ziering, Hair Transplant Surgeon, said
“Shortly after the procedure, the transplanted hair shafts will fall out. The new follicles remain under the surface in a resting phase for approximately 3 – 4 months. Then the hair begins to grow at its normal rate of a quarter to a half of an inch per month. As a result, the hair becomes increasingly visible from 5 months to 10 months, and the appearance will continue to improve for up to 12 – 15 months. This hair will grow for a lifetime.”
“Many of our patients choose to keep their hair transplant a secret apart from those closest to them, to avoid the pressure of questions or gossip while waiting for the hair to regrow. It is not uncommon for our patients and those around them to forget that they ever had hair loss in the first place.”
Dr. Ziering continued,
“Jason was an excellent hair restoration candidate. I applaud his willingness to share his experience in such a public manner because many people like him suffer with this condition in silence and are not sure what to do about it. His courage to be open and honest will be liberating for millions of hair loss sufferers who can be helped by a hair transplant procedure. My entire team enjoyed meeting him and working with him!”