Several studies on hair loss have shown that the general time between initially noticing hair loss and seeking treatment is about six years. This is definitely more understandable because of the fact that hair loss is on average a gradual process. There is almost always that sad denial stage,and then the phase that patients hope that their hair loss will magically reverse itself and return to it’s natural site. Unfortunately, when looking at the history of hair loss within your family and the hair loss patterns of parents and close relatives, the inevitable is difficult to face. As with any condition, the sooner hair restoration treatment is commenced , the better the outcome. Many patients undergoing hair restoration surgery are becoming younger and younger each year. Starting hair loss treatment early is beneficial for the patient for a variety of reasons.
If you would like additional information about Dr. Umar and his procedures for hair loss, please contact the DermHair Clinic in Los Angeles. A hair restoration consultation can easily be arranged online via for free. For an in-office appointment, please call the office at (310)318-1500 to check about appointment availability. In-office schedules for the most part are a bit more limited, so any information you can provide over the phone is great.
Many studies done on hair loss show that the general time between initially noticing losing hair and seeking treatment for hair restoration is about six years. This makes perfect sense considering that most hair loss happens gradually over time. An initial stage of sadness and denial is normal, followed by the hope that the hair will stop falling out and hair restoration will take place on its own. However, as hair loss is usually genetic, the victim can easily observe hair loss patterns within his family history and get ready to face the inevitable.
What Are Some Treatments For Hair Restoration?
Propecia is a common finasteride drug used to stop hair loss by fighting the male hormone, DHT.
Hair restoration surgery, such as “strip harvesting” or follicular unit extraction.
False hair, such as hairpieces, wigs, and toupees.
Like with most conditions, early treatment of hair loss is better and will result in more successful results. For this reason, hair restoration patients have started getting younger.
Using Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), a minimally invasive procedure that does away with outdated approaches to hair transplant by providing a true solution instead of an illusion of restored hair. No scalpels, strip mining or stitches are used in this approach, which leaves the patient free of scars and on the path back to self-esteem.
Through FUE, donor hair is moved in natural follicle groupings one at a time from the donor areas anywhere on the head, face or body to the restoration area, leaving a natural look with full coverage and no scarring. Transplanted hairs begin to take root and grow continuously over your lifetime. It also gives you maximum flexibility to express your personal style; hair restored with FUE can be comfortably worn short or long.
This approach is a great advance over the traditional strip surgery, which usually requires cutting strips of flesh from the back and side of the head, resulting in a linear scar that can widen overtime, and forcing you to continually find ways to hide it. The older method also limits the donor supply to 5,000-7,000 hair follicles, a huge waste.
Typically, there are no signs of surgery within a week of the Follicular Unit Extraction procedure.
Dr. Umar is a pioneer in FUE, which was first documented in medical reports by Rassman and Bernstein in 2005. If you are someone who is suffering from continuous hair loss due to a previous hair transplant, or have scarring from a failed transplant effort, you may be someone who is caught in the vicious cycle of traditional strip surgery hair transplants. It’s time to look into other options.
A harsh hairline is common with the older strip method of hair transplantation because it uses hair from the middle and back of your head, which is thickest. This patient has had a good quality hair transplant from a top clinic specializing in the older strip method, but wanted a softer hairline.
Dr. Umar used 1,000 grafts from the nape of the patient’s neck and head to create a more natural look through Follicular Unit Extraction. In the video below you can see the results about one year later.
One major advantage of the follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique of hair transplantationremains that no linear strip scar is left on the back of the patient’s head. Anyone familiar with the traditional “strip harvesting” method of hair restoration knows how devastating a strip scar can be.
A strip scar may cause humiliation, which affects your confidence and diminishes happiness.
Perhaps worst of all, strip scars can warp and stretch over the years.
Strip surgery permanently distorts the direction your hair grows alongside the strip scar itself.
FUE hair transplantation provides various advantages over strip procedures. It does not leave a strip scar, does not distort the direction of hair growth, and FUE can even repair an existing strip scar. It is a minimally invasive hair transplant procedure, which requires less healing and recovery time post-surgery.
Strip scar repaired by an FUE procedure.
How Does FUE Work?
A patient’s donor hair pool is maximized due to the ability of an FUE surgeon to take hair from anywhere on the body, with the use of body hair transplantation. Next, the doctor will select grafts in follicular units, or natural hair groupings (1-4 hairs). The right FUE doctor can select the best follicular units to offer the most hairs per graft, and create the most optimal yield. As opposed to leaving the delicate work of separating out the follicular units from a strip graft, your FUE surgeon will initially remove follicular units themselves. Finally, these follicular units will be transplanted into the recipient area. Results vary, but transplanted hair growth will generally continue to improve with time post-surgery.
If you suffer from hair loss or need to repair a strip scar, and are interested in learning more about FUE, don’t hesitate to learn more from the DermHair Clinic.
We lose hair all the time through everyday, necessary activities such as washing, combing and brushing our hair. Most people have about 100,000 hair follicles, with different levels of density depending on your background. It is normal to lose hair at a rate of about 100 strands a day. If you notice anything more than that – such as large clumps showing up in your hair brush, or increasing patchiness on your scalp? Time to consult a professional.
If a medical professional does confirm you are experiencing significant hair loss, the Follicular Unit Extraction procedure may be able to help restore your hair and confidence. This minimally invasive procedure harvests individual hair follicles from donor areas on your head or body and transplants them via tiny, precise incisions to the scalp at just the right angle where they begin to take root. The best thing about this treatment is that it allows for an even distribution of grafts, giving your restored hair a more realistic and natural appearance.
Alopecia is a form of baldness that can affect all people, but some forms uniquely impact black women.
Traction Alopecia is caused by continual pulling of the hair from tight braids, ponytails, and weaves. Over the years, bald spots can form along your hairline and above your ears, and your hairline will steadily recede. If not treated, scarring may result. If you find yourself struggling to move your forehead or experience headaches while you sleep from tight braids, and scalp soreness, these may be signs that your hair is styled unsafely.
Traumatic Alopecia is caused by improper use of products that alter the texture of natural hair, such as relaxers, hot combs, blow drying and gluing extensions onto your natural hair. It begins at the center of the scalp and rapidly advances, leaving patchy areas from damaged follicles which can no longer grow hair. Dermatologists suspect that hot oil during hair pressing escalates the problem.
Even Madam C.J. Walker, the first black female millionaire, suffered from hair loss after straightening her own hair. This experience inspired her to pioneer more gentle and safe products specifically formulated for black hair.
Dr. Umar – board certified and with years of hands-on experience – has restored the hairlines of every ethnic group, and understands the individual needs required. Hair restoration is for everyone, as his track record proves.
This patient came to Dr. Umar in hopes of finding a solution to a failed hair transplant done at another clinic. Using hair from the man’s body and beard and using the Follicular Unit Extraction method of transplantation, Dr. Umar was able to provide a very satisfying result.
Follicular unit extraction, or FUE, is an advanced method of hair transplantation. It has risen to the top amongst competing techniques—such as strip surgery—due in large part to satisfactory outcomes. More specifically, the reasons FUE trumps other types of hair transplantation are:
FUE hair transplant leaves no linear scar
The microsurgical nature of FUE means any scarring is cosmetically negligible
FUE hair transplant produces softer, more natural-looking hairlines
FUE allows for the choosing of specific donor follicles, such as finer hairs from the nape of the neck, when needed
FUE hair transplant is minimally invasive, thus recovery time is quick
FUE broadens the donor pool through body hair transplantation, or BHT
FUE using BHT makes the most unlikely hair transplant candidates able to undergo successful hair transplantation
Dr. Umar of the DermHair Clinic successfully repaired this patient’s strip scar—acquired at another clinic—using FUE hair transplant.
What Should I Look For In An FUE Surgeon?
Having the right FUE surgeon to perform your hair transplantation is important. The success of an FUE hair transplantation is influenced greatly by the integrity of the grafts extracted—thus by the FUE surgeon extracting them. You should have a one on one consultation with your physician before the date of surgery for any necessary tests, to discuss the look you desire, and to make sure your expectations meet the extent of his skills and services. For instance, a specific hairline design would be discussed at this time. You would also review, in advance, before and after photographs of his previous work in FUE. Your FUE surgeon should make you feel comfortable, safe, and confidant in his practice.
Other things to take into consideration when looking for an FUE surgeon:
Your FUE surgeon should have proper licensing and certifications. You should also be aware of who will be performing what role during your hair transplant and what that person’s qualifications are.
Unlike strip surgery, each graft extraction done in an FUE hair transplant is considered a surgical performance. Therefore, in most parts of the United States, it is illegal for unlicensed personnel to perform this surgery. Beware of FUE surgeons who, in an effort to expedite the process and turn FUE into an assembly line, resort to using unlicensed personnel to perform graft extractions.
Another mass production concept employs powered FUE devices to extract donor follicles. These machines, like Artas and NeoGraft are intended to be efficient and technically precise. However, there are many details and nuances in hair transplant surgeries which are better addressed by an experienced physician. This is needed to help optimize both the survival of the hair grafts and the quality of the end result.Although hand held tools do not seem as sophisticated, they allow the doctor’s expertise and vision to account for important details and lead the vision of the procedure.
There is a steep learning curve with advanced FUE hair transplantation. Thus, extractions should be performed by skilled and experienced FUE surgeons. Prospective patients should be aware if they are under the care of someone less experienced.
This video follows the emotional journey of a hair transplant repair patient; what he underwent during his research for a better hair transplantation. The travail of a hair loss victim is something that is seldom addressed by the providers of hair transplantation and by those who are close to the patient. Emotional turmoil is definitely at play in the mind of a hair transplant patient when they begin to consider and research the hair transplant procedure and will persist to the time of the surgery and in the immediate periods after the surgery before the seeing the results. Even if the hair transplant outcomes were a success, the emotional stresses of adjusting to a new life devoid of the worries about hair loss takes time to unravel.