Sport Faces Ruin As Sumo Wrestlers Lose Their Hair


Released on: April 15, 2009, 3:26 am
Author: The Hospital Group
Industry: Sports

An infectious skin disease is spreading through the sport of Sumo Wresling resulting in some of the top wrestlers losing their hair.

Sumo wrestling is facing ruin because of an infectious skin disease spreading throughout the sport – and causing top wrestlers to lose their hair.

As the wrestlers grapple with one another, the fungus spreads itching and baldness, causing flakes of skin to flake off. The disease also enters hair follicles and causes hair loss – causing much disquiet in the sport as the wrestlers lose their famous ‘top-knots’.

Wrestlers have been forced to undertake a three-month course of drugs to rid themselves of the disease, but the hair loss is permanent. Throughout the sport, hair is recognised as central to a wrestlers’ reputation, in much the same way that in many cultures hair is acknowledged as a symbol of virility.

Since the Edo period sumo wrestlers have been expected to grow their hair long and adopt the ‘top-knot’ style. Such is the superstition surrounding a wrestler’s hair, Yokozuna Tochigiyama, Japan’s most successful wrestlers, retired in his prime in 1925 as he did not have enough hair.

Men in the United Kingdom need not go to such lengths if they are suffering from hair loss.

The Hospital Group, the UK’s leading cosmetic surgeons, perform more hair restoration procedures than any other surgery provider, and only carry out natural hair transplants using the latest Follicular Hair Transplantation techniques. Follicular Transplantation involves transplanting hair units, often with four or five hairs growing from one follicle, to a bald spot to generate growth.

Human hairs are genetically programmed to either be sensitive to the male hormone, which causing them to die, or to be permanently immune to the hormone and last a lifetime. Hair Transplantation uses the ‘lifetime growth’ hairs from around the back of the head, and transplants them in areas where the hairs have died. Follicular or Hair Transplantation at The Hospital Group is a minor surgical procedure, taking little more than three hours.

The Hospital Group’s hair restoration and transplantation clinic was founded in 1992, and is staffed with industry experts at its dedicated Dolan Park Hospital in the Midlands. The Hospital Group is committed to providing the very highest standards and all procedures are performed by an expert medical team in state-of-the-art facilities that are second to none. Since The Hospital Group was established, it has grown from a small pharmaceutical company to one of the UK’s foremost cosmetic surgery providers.

Contact Details: For further information of The Hospital Group’s range of hair restoration procedures, surgery-seekers should visit the website or call our patient care coordinators on 0845 762 6727.


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