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Health Beat: 3D hair replacement from Italy

Health Beat: 3D hair replacement from It

DALLAS - Nicole Maples, 32, has female pattern baldness, which runs in her family. She started losing her hair at age 22.

"I spent countless hours researching different options, surgical options or hair transplantation," Maples said.

Maples' self-esteem cratered. She stopped dating, and then she discovered a hair system that changed her life.

The CNC system by Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories of Italy starts by mapping the head, using 3D imaging to create an exact fit. Unprocessed human hairs are individually inserted into the cap, which is fixed to the scalp with adhesive. It comes off for maintenance every couple of months.

"These people lose self-esteem, lose confidence, so it's very important with our system, the CNC, to give back the life they could enjoy again," said Stefano Ospitali, the CEO of Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories.

For Maples, the hair system made a difference. She got married and now has a six-month-old daughter, Grace.

"Being able to have your hair, be confident in what your hair looks like when you've struggled with hair loss on your wedding day is really pretty incredible," said Maples.

Maples worries Grace may experience premature hair loss, too, but she knows a hair system that can make all the difference.

Cesare Ragazzi works with hair clinics worldwide, including about 40 in the United States. Maples' hair piece cost about $3,600.

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