The ArgusDoctors blow patient’s head up like balloon to prevent him going bald (From The Argus)

Get involved: Send your news, views, pictures and video by texting SUPIC to 80360 or email us.

Doctors blow patient’s head up like balloon to prevent him going bald

The Argus: Chris Stoyanov seen with the fully expanded balloon fitted beneath his scalp in June 2012 Chris Stoyanov seen with the fully expanded balloon fitted beneath his scalp in June 2012

GOING bald is a traumatic experience for anyone – but this man has a balloon fitted inside his head to cover the problem.

Chris Stoyanov of Worthing lived for six months with 950ml of fluid in a grapefruit sized growth on the back of his head.

The bulge stretched his skin, which was then pulled over his skull and stapled into place.

Mr Stoyanov said: “It was very uncomfortable and as it got bigger I had to be more and more careful that it didn’t burst.

“It was a difficult six months but I managed to take things very slowly and carefully and it’s proved a huge success.”

The 30-year-old endured multiple operations over 17 years after he had a tumour removed from the back of his head when he was a teenager.

Mr Stoyanov said: “After a few years, the tumour just grew back again. I went back and forth from hospital.

“Surgeons would keep removing the tumour and the skin around it. They had to use skin grafts from my legs to cover the patches and my hair never grew back so I spent nearly seven years in baseball caps.”

The constant operations left him with a large bald spot and Mr Sotyanov was told his hair would never grow back.

But after he moved from Buglaria to the UK, surgeon Niall Kirkpatrick came up with an innovative solution to his problem.

Mr Kirkpatrick said: “Tissue expansion is a well established technique in plastic surgery but it is very rare to use it on such a large defect of the scalp.

“I know that it was a pretty tough six months for Chris but it is great to see his self confidence as restored as his hairline.”

The procedure now means Mr Stoyanov will never go bald.

He said: “I had begun to think I would be in and out of hospital forever and that I would have to buy an endless supply of baseball caps to hide my scalp from everyone.

“But this has changed my life. It really is unbelievable and I’m so grateful.”

Comments (23)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:28am Fri 27 Jun 14

MrsFreeps says...

A photo of the end result would of been good to see. Not enough photos included in some of The Argus' news articles, more please.
A photo of the end result would of been good to see. Not enough photos included in some of The Argus' news articles, more please. MrsFreeps
  • Score: 30

10:07am Fri 27 Jun 14

Jetsamandflotsam says...

Thats not a good look
Thats not a good look Jetsamandflotsam
  • Score: 6

10:34am Fri 27 Jun 14

tykemison says...

Going bald is not a "traumatic"experianc
e for everyone as you suggest, however, having a tumour could be.What a ridiculous assumption, God, this rag gets worse and worse.
Going bald is not a "traumatic"experianc e for everyone as you suggest, however, having a tumour could be.What a ridiculous assumption, God, this rag gets worse and worse. tykemison
  • Score: 28

10:46am Fri 27 Jun 14

Metro Reader says...

Can we please have confirmation from the "reporter" as to if this was delivered free of charge under the NHS? Mr Niall Kirkpatrick — Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, seems to work for NHS and Private.

I would be appalled if baldness was being treated on the NHS.
Can we please have confirmation from the "reporter" as to if this was delivered free of charge under the NHS? Mr Niall Kirkpatrick — Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, seems to work for NHS and Private. I would be appalled if baldness was being treated on the NHS. Metro Reader
  • Score: 14

11:36am Fri 27 Jun 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

Under a reciprocal agreement UK citizens can travel to Bulgaria and use the libraries...for a fee
Under a reciprocal agreement UK citizens can travel to Bulgaria and use the libraries...for a fee From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 18

11:57am Fri 27 Jun 14

RussellR says...

I am very impressed with the powers of the Argus reporter - he can predict the future with 100% accuracy - 'The procedure now means Mr Stoyanov will never go bald.'

How can anybody - even a medical professional - give a guarantee on what the human body will do in the future?
I am very impressed with the powers of the Argus reporter - he can predict the future with 100% accuracy - 'The procedure now means Mr Stoyanov will never go bald.' How can anybody - even a medical professional - give a guarantee on what the human body will do in the future? RussellR
  • Score: 17

12:31pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Rising777 says...

according to bbc news, this was to remove a tumor nothing to do with being bald

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/newsbeat/28036784
according to bbc news, this was to remove a tumor nothing to do with being bald http://www.bbc.co.uk /newsbeat/28036784 Rising777
  • Score: 13

1:32pm Fri 27 Jun 14

whatsisname says...

To everyone who seems to have a fixation on posting no other messages other than ones that belittle the Argus and it's reporters, please go and use another site because, quite frankly, you bore the cr@p out of me, and many others no doubt. Do something useful, make someone a cup of tea maybe? I must waste five minutes of my life every week, at least, having to sort the wheat (posts) from the chaff (posts), just to get to the ones worth reading, 4 hrs 20 mins of my life every year! Get a life, you bunch of Victor Meldrews!! (Rant over).
To everyone who seems to have a fixation on posting no other messages other than ones that belittle the Argus and it's reporters, please go and use another site because, quite frankly, you bore the cr@p out of me, and many others no doubt. Do something useful, make someone a cup of tea maybe? I must waste five minutes of my life every week, at least, having to sort the wheat (posts) from the chaff (posts), just to get to the ones worth reading, 4 hrs 20 mins of my life every year! Get a life, you bunch of Victor Meldrews!! (Rant over). whatsisname
  • Score: -11

1:38pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Hovite says...

Rising777 wrote:
according to bbc news, this was to remove a tumor nothing to do with being bald

http://www.bbc.co.uk

/newsbeat/28036784
That's nice of the Argus to report this story in such a twisted fashion.
[quote][p][bold]Rising777[/bold] wrote: according to bbc news, this was to remove a tumor nothing to do with being bald http://www.bbc.co.uk /newsbeat/28036784[/p][/quote]That's nice of the Argus to report this story in such a twisted fashion. Hovite
  • Score: 23

2:12pm Fri 27 Jun 14

yaddab says...

Isn't it plagiarism to just copy and paste from another website, and then just change the headline to distort the whole story?
Isn't it plagiarism to just copy and paste from another website, and then just change the headline to distort the whole story? yaddab
  • Score: 17

2:42pm Fri 27 Jun 14

tykemison says...

whatsisname wrote:
To everyone who seems to have a fixation on posting no other messages other than ones that belittle the Argus and it's reporters, please go and use another site because, quite frankly, you bore the cr@p out of me, and many others no doubt. Do something useful, make someone a cup of tea maybe? I must waste five minutes of my life every week, at least, having to sort the wheat (posts) from the chaff (posts), just to get to the ones worth reading, 4 hrs 20 mins of my life every year! Get a life, you bunch of Victor Meldrews!! (Rant over).
So whatsisname, you think (allegedly) that people being paid good money to work in journalism should be not held accountable for poor article after poor article? Ok, lets all commend atrocious journalism and accept below par standards!!
[quote][p][bold]whatsisname[/bold] wrote: To everyone who seems to have a fixation on posting no other messages other than ones that belittle the Argus and it's reporters, please go and use another site because, quite frankly, you bore the cr@p out of me, and many others no doubt. Do something useful, make someone a cup of tea maybe? I must waste five minutes of my life every week, at least, having to sort the wheat (posts) from the chaff (posts), just to get to the ones worth reading, 4 hrs 20 mins of my life every year! Get a life, you bunch of Victor Meldrews!! (Rant over).[/p][/quote]So whatsisname, you think (allegedly) that people being paid good money to work in journalism should be not held accountable for poor article after poor article? Ok, lets all commend atrocious journalism and accept below par standards!! tykemison
  • Score: 14

2:52pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Roundbill says...

Oh bless - someone thinks that there's wheat in this pile of chaff. Hope, that gilded wh0re, springs eternal...
Oh bless - someone thinks that there's wheat in this pile of chaff. Hope, that gilded wh0re, springs eternal... Roundbill
  • Score: 6

2:56pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Roundbill says...

Oh, and Tyke - there haven't been paid reporters at the Argus for years. All the "stories" ( I use the term in the loosest possible sense) are written by undergraduate interns whose mummies and daddies in the Home Counties are paying for them to gain some work experience. Why do you think the quality and subjects covered make the thing read like a sixth-form fanzine?
Oh, and Tyke - there haven't been paid reporters at the Argus for years. All the "stories" ( I use the term in the loosest possible sense) are written by undergraduate interns whose mummies and daddies in the Home Counties are paying for them to gain some work experience. Why do you think the quality and subjects covered make the thing read like a sixth-form fanzine? Roundbill
  • Score: 13

4:04pm Fri 27 Jun 14

tykemison says...

Roundbill wrote:
Oh, and Tyke - there haven't been paid reporters at the Argus for years. All the "stories" ( I use the term in the loosest possible sense) are written by undergraduate interns whose mummies and daddies in the Home Counties are paying for them to gain some work experience. Why do you think the quality and subjects covered make the thing read like a sixth-form fanzine?
Thankyou roundhill, that certainly would explain the shoddy standard of journalism!
[quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: Oh, and Tyke - there haven't been paid reporters at the Argus for years. All the "stories" ( I use the term in the loosest possible sense) are written by undergraduate interns whose mummies and daddies in the Home Counties are paying for them to gain some work experience. Why do you think the quality and subjects covered make the thing read like a sixth-form fanzine?[/p][/quote]Thankyou roundhill, that certainly would explain the shoddy standard of journalism! tykemison
  • Score: 9

4:23pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Goldenwight says...

tykemison wrote:
Roundbill wrote: Oh, and Tyke - there haven't been paid reporters at the Argus for years. All the "stories" ( I use the term in the loosest possible sense) are written by undergraduate interns whose mummies and daddies in the Home Counties are paying for them to gain some work experience. Why do you think the quality and subjects covered make the thing read like a sixth-form fanzine?
Thankyou roundhill, that certainly would explain the shoddy standard of journalism!
Actually, in fairness most of them are taken direct from Sussex Police/Fire/County Council websites & press releases. And many of the others are from a wire service it seems.

You can easily spot the "home grown" ones because 1. they are invariably full of spelling & grammatical errors, and 2. they are usually a load of twaddle.
[quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: Oh, and Tyke - there haven't been paid reporters at the Argus for years. All the "stories" ( I use the term in the loosest possible sense) are written by undergraduate interns whose mummies and daddies in the Home Counties are paying for them to gain some work experience. Why do you think the quality and subjects covered make the thing read like a sixth-form fanzine?[/p][/quote]Thankyou roundhill, that certainly would explain the shoddy standard of journalism![/p][/quote]Actually, in fairness most of them are taken direct from Sussex Police/Fire/County Council websites & press releases. And many of the others are from a wire service it seems. You can easily spot the "home grown" ones because 1. they are invariably full of spelling & grammatical errors, and 2. they are usually a load of twaddle. Goldenwight
  • Score: 9

4:26pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Hovite says...

Roundbill wrote:
Oh, and Tyke - there haven't been paid reporters at the Argus for years. All the "stories" ( I use the term in the loosest possible sense) are written by undergraduate interns whose mummies and daddies in the Home Counties are paying for them to gain some work experience. Why do you think the quality and subjects covered make the thing read like a sixth-form fanzine?
Funny you should say this;

https://twitter.com/
JournoHenry
[quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: Oh, and Tyke - there haven't been paid reporters at the Argus for years. All the "stories" ( I use the term in the loosest possible sense) are written by undergraduate interns whose mummies and daddies in the Home Counties are paying for them to gain some work experience. Why do you think the quality and subjects covered make the thing read like a sixth-form fanzine?[/p][/quote]Funny you should say this; https://twitter.com/ JournoHenry Hovite
  • Score: 5

4:39pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Roundbill says...

Hovite wrote:
Roundbill wrote:
Oh, and Tyke - there haven't been paid reporters at the Argus for years. All the "stories" ( I use the term in the loosest possible sense) are written by undergraduate interns whose mummies and daddies in the Home Counties are paying for them to gain some work experience. Why do you think the quality and subjects covered make the thing read like a sixth-form fanzine?
Funny you should say this;

https://twitter.com/

JournoHenry
OK, the Home Counties or the Isle of Wight ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Hovite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: Oh, and Tyke - there haven't been paid reporters at the Argus for years. All the "stories" ( I use the term in the loosest possible sense) are written by undergraduate interns whose mummies and daddies in the Home Counties are paying for them to gain some work experience. Why do you think the quality and subjects covered make the thing read like a sixth-form fanzine?[/p][/quote]Funny you should say this; https://twitter.com/ JournoHenry[/p][/quote]OK, the Home Counties or the Isle of Wight ;-) Roundbill
  • Score: 6

5:36pm Fri 27 Jun 14

leftysmellbags says...

Anything else he wants done for free on the NHS (which our tax pays for), maybe a pen1s extension. What a crazy country we are. UKIP UKIP UKIP.
Anything else he wants done for free on the NHS (which our tax pays for), maybe a pen1s extension. What a crazy country we are. UKIP UKIP UKIP. leftysmellbags
  • Score: -4

6:31pm Fri 27 Jun 14

KnLnPoRo says...

With his previous tumour surgeries in mind, this procedure seems akin to breast reconstruction in patients who have undergone mastectomies for breast cancer.

Why so many comments of 'I hope the NHS aren't paying for this' - just be grateful it's there for you if you ever need to deal with the outcomes after life-saving treatment...
With his previous tumour surgeries in mind, this procedure seems akin to breast reconstruction in patients who have undergone mastectomies for breast cancer. Why so many comments of 'I hope the NHS aren't paying for this' - just be grateful it's there for you if you ever need to deal with the outcomes after life-saving treatment... KnLnPoRo
  • Score: 8

6:36pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Roundbill says...

I would have thought the weird, right-wing nutters on here would approve of experimental medical procedures being carried out on Eastern Europeans.
I would have thought the weird, right-wing nutters on here would approve of experimental medical procedures being carried out on Eastern Europeans. Roundbill
  • Score: 8

8:17pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Roundbill says...

7% stupid.
7% stupid. Roundbill
  • Score: 8

10:57pm Fri 27 Jun 14

daniio90 says...

Dont believe everything you read on TheArgus
Dont believe everything you read on TheArgus daniio90
  • Score: 0

12:21am Sat 28 Jun 14

whatsisname says...

LMAO, i just lurve a response, hahaha
LMAO, i just lurve a response, hahaha whatsisname
  • Score: -1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree