Katie Piper opens up about 'empowering' 13 hour hair transplant after acid attack
The Loose Women star has had to undergo several operations and procedures after she was the victim of an acid attack in 2008
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Loose Women star Katie Piper has revealed she underwent a hair transplant after she suffered an acid attack.
The TV star, 39, has had several operations to reconstruct her face and restore her vision after she was the victim of an attack by an ex-boyfriend in 2008.
Speaking on her ITV show, the star shared that she'd also had a hair transplant.
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She told her fellow panellists that the procedure took around 13 hours, and that it was "empowering".
The presenters were discussing hair transplants when Piper said that she'd had one and that it was "quite an invasive procedure".
"Because I lost my hair in an act of violence, my hair transplant was really empowering for me to say, 'I'm bringing it back in my terms'," she said.
"So it was an amazing thing for me."
Co-star Nadia Sawalha asked if the transplant was "quite a big deal".
And Piper replied: "On the back of my head I have a panel the size of a post box of skin and hair removed.
"You have stitches in the back of your head.
"You lay there for 13 hours, you have every individual hair done. There's a lot of down time."
Piper rose to fame following her acid attack after waiving her right to anonymity to help raise awareness for burns victims.
The presenter and model has two daughters aged eight and five with her carpenter husband Richard Sutton.
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She was attacked by Stefan Sylvestre in March 2008 at the request of her ex-boyfriend Daniel Lynch. Both men, who are from Shepherd's Bush in West London, received prison sentences.