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Repair by FUE – SFET Using Head, Nape and Beard Hair

After Results of FUE SFETThe patient shown in this photo had undergone strip surgeries at another clinic years prior to seeing Dr. Umar in Los Angeles. The outcomes of the strip surgeries created problems for the patient with the most severe ridging, a hairline packed densely with large plugs, and strip scars. The patient hid his disfiguring hairline by shaving the plugs and combing the hair of the frontal scalp forward. He was left with his original hair loss problem unsolved and ended up with the state of his baldness even worse than before he had his strip surgery transplant. Fortunately, he found Dr. Umar through the good reviews and words of other patients, and even more so, realized that Dr. Umar was an expert in the innovative method of Body Hair Transplantation (BHT). Therefore, the patient was now presented with the possibility of repairing his poor strip surgery hair transplant, since with BHT, body hair can now be utilized as a substitute for traditional donor hair that came from the back of the head. This allows patients who had head donor hair supply devastated and reduced by the scalpel of the strip surgery to have another means of obtaining donor hair to be used for hair transplantation.http://www.dermhairclinic.com

For this patient, Dr. Umar performed a series of plug extractions to remove the plugging, reduce the ridging and make room for the placement of new natural follicular units in the hairline. Subsequently, the hairline was recreated using head and nape hair. The strip scar was camouflaged with the patient’s beard hair.

It is important to take extreme caution and extensive research before deciding upon which hair restoration surgeon to trust to perform your hair transplant. This is an especially major precaution because it is better to be bald than to end up with an odd look due to having a less qualified and experienced hair surgeon perform the transplant. Hair transplants cannot be reversed after it is completed. For instance, for this patient, even if the entire plugs were successfully removed, the area would still reveal the ridging and irregularity of the scarred pitted surface, which cannot be reversed. Fortunately, with Dr. Umar’s expertise and perfected method of repairing even the worst hair transplants, the patient achieved results that he is extremely happy with, and he no longer has to clip his plugs or resort to creative combing or hide under hats.

For more information on Dr. Umar and his breakthrough BHT hair transplantation methods, please contact DermHair Clinic in Los Angeles at (310)318-1500, or visit

How Dr. Umar Uses Body Hair to Perform Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Dr. Umar, whom experienced a failed hair transplant when he was young himself, understood the need for a hair transplant procedure that was both minimally invasive and ideal for men and women with different types of circumstances.  Follicular Unit Extraction – FUE  is a hair transplant method that involves small punches, .8mm to 1 mm in width, to individually extract each follicular unit from the donor hair area and transplant them to balding hair loss areas of the head, including the scalp, hairline, and crown. FUE was developed as a response to avoid linear scarring in the donor area that typically is always a result with strip surgery. Therefore, with the advent of Follicular Unit Extraction, the extraction of individual grafts with a micro punch leads to the absence of a linear scar on the back of the head, as is customary with traditional strip surgeries.

Single Follicle Extraction Transfer is a minimally-invasive hair transplant treatment that requires no scalpels, stitches, or strip surgery. Scarring and downtime are minimized due to this innovation procedure. With SFET Follicular Unit Extraction, hairs are removed from the back and sides of the head individually, one at a time, leaving very tiny wounds, hardly noticeable, that heal to leave no cosmetically significant signs of scarring within a few days of the surgery, it being an out-patient procedure. The results that SFET FUE produces will allow the patient to be able to style and cut their hair short if they wish, since no scar will be present. Dr. Umar pioneered this process years ago at its infancy while developing his tools, leading to an advanced form of FUE called Single Follicle Extraction and Transfer – SFET, which allows for the use of body hair in transplantation  (BHT). This new possibility of body hair transplantation (BHT) has lead to the option and ability of gaining more donor hair supply with body hair for many patients, from many parts of the body including the beard, chest, and arms. Those who have low donor hair supply or have had their donor hairs decimated from previous hair transplant strip surgeries now have a way of finally achieving the hair restoration they really sought. Dr. Sanusi Umar is the top BHT-FUE-SFET hair doctor in the world, and has performed many successful hair transplant cases with his skills, know-how, expertise, and innovative methods. For more information about Dr. Umar and SFET-FUE, please contact DermHair Clinic in Los Angeles at (310)318-1500, or please visit http://www.dermhairclinic.com

Strip Surgery Repaired Using Body Hair Transplants

his patient came to Dr. Umar after having 1,800 grafts transplanted at another clinic using the outdated strip harvesting method, which left his head bald, scarred, and without enough donor hair left on his head for use.

To solve the problem, Dr. Umar used the Follicular Unit Extraction technique to transplant hairs from elsewhere on the patient’s body. In all, 10,000 hairs from his beard, chest and stomach were moved to the damage area, and only about 2,000 hairs moved from his head for the restoration.

The patient knows there’s more to come, but already he’s very happy with the results.

Until Dr. Umar pioneered the use of body hair for transplant needs, patients suffering severe baldness had few options. They could resort to a toupee, or continue trying outdated techniques that already failed them. Now, a new world has opened up, giving patients such as this one hope, and new hair.

Have more questions about your severe hair loss options? Contact Dr. Umar for a free online consultation today.

Hair Loss: Why it happens to us and Why we lose our hair

The reason for hair loss resides in the genetic predisposition of the hair follicle itself, rather than that of the scalp. Therefore, transplanted hairs will continue growing because the hair follicle keeps its original genetic coding, and thus these are the follicles that are not affected by Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is the hormone that causes male-patterned baldness. In addition, despite being moved into a formerly bald area, it still maintains its donor hair characteristics, which is to not fall out and keep regrowing hair. When DHT resistant hair from the back of the scalp is transplanted to the top, it will continue to be resistant to DHT in its new location and grow normally. Immediately after the follicular unit hair grafts are extracted and transplanted into the scalp, the surrounding tissue will begin feeding the transplanted follicle and the healing process begins. The hair shaft may also shed, but the hair follicles will stay and often go into telogen (resting) phase. It is surveyed that hair graft survival rates are nearly 100%, although about 85-90% would manifest above the skin at any given time due to cycling.

Dr. Sanusi Umar, a renowned Los Angeles hair transplant surgeon, is able to use advanced Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) methods to extract hair from the body and hair areas and use them as sources for hair transplantation. This process is known as body hair transplantation (BHT), for which Dr. Umar is the leading surgeon and pioneer in the field. Since areas of body hair are different in both quality and cycling, shortage of head donor supply is an issue of which a hair transplant surgeon should be aware of. The level of hair restoration depends on a patient’s degree of hair loss and their desired outcome.
At the DermHair Clinic in Los Angeles, board certified dermatologist and hair surgeon Dr. Umar is the first FUE-only clinic. For more information, contact the DermHair Clinic for hair restoration consultation from a board certified Los Angeles hair restoration doctor and dermatologist. Please call the Los Angeles hair restoration clinic at (310)318-1500, or visit http://www.dermhairclinic.com

Follicular Unit Extraction: Natural Hair Restoration, Linear Scar Free FUE

Follicular Unit Extraction is becoming a popular method for hair restoration. If you are experiencing hair loss, during your inquiries via the Internet or library, you have surely come across the term Follicular Unit Extraction or “FUE.” Thus, many people want to know what FUE truly is, and how it works. FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. Follicular unit extraction is a specific technique used in hair transplant surgeries because of the natural looking result and accelerated post-operation healing. Before the invention of FUE, hair transplant procedures required the doctor to remove a strip of flesh from the back and sides of the head which creates in the process a linear strip of scar that can become visible. This type of hair restoration makes it mandatory for the patient to keep the hair in the back and sides of the head long enough to cover the scarring. Such a procedure additionally opens the patient to a myriad of untoward side effects such as nerve damage leading to numbness or pain, disruption of the harmony of hair on the back and sides of the head, elevation of the neck hairline etc. These side effects are not likely to occur in FUE type procedures.

Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, creates a natural look for patients while minimizing the appearance of a transplant, hiding most if not all of the donor area, and accelerates post-operative healing. Most important to the patient seeking hair restoration is the fact that Follicular Unit Extraction eliminates traditional hair restoration’s most invasive aspect, the surgical removal of a strip of tissue from which the units are taken. Dr. Umar at Dermhair Clinic is a leading hair transplant surgeon specializing in FUE, including new procedures he has helped pioneer such as Body Hair Transplants and Single Follicle Transfer Extraction SFET, or the “Umar Procedure”.

If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Umar and his advanced hair transplantation methods, please contact the DermHair Clinic in Los Angeles for a free consultation. For an in-office appointment, please call the office at (310)318-1500. For a free online consultation, please visit our website at http://dermhairclinic.com/free-online-consultation-hair-restoration-los-angeles.php

FUE Hair Restoration: Hair Loss at a Young Age

Hair loss is a gradual process that takes most people a while to accept. There is always a period of denial stage, where the victim hopes for the reversal of hair loss and for the miraculous regrowth of their hair. If hair loss is a prevalent issue within your family, then losing hair will be inevitable for you as well. Therefore, as with any condition, the sooner hair restoration treatment is initiated, then the better the outcome in the future. However, it is important to discuss your hair loss situation with a specialized hair surgeon first before undergoing a transplant, especially if you are younger patient. Patients who have hair loss early in life should be prepared for further hair loss in the future, and thus having a hair transplant at the current moment might not be beneficial since the hair loss process has not ended yet. Because of this factor, young patients must understand that another transplant will be necessary in the future or else an odd look may result in the future as the hair loss progresses.

Therefore, it is best to schedule a consultation with an experienced hair surgeon to determine which treatment and procedure is best for you. The procedure used by Dr. Umar at the Derm Hair Clinic in Los Angeles is called the Single Follicle Extraction and Transfer, or SFET (an advanced form of FUE invented by Dr. Umar) and Body Hair Transplant (BHT). These are minimally invasive procedures that are scalpel and linear scar free, performed under complete patient comfort. The whole process is done under local anesthesia and most patients are awake typically watching a movie of their choice during the procedure. Patients are able to take breaks during the process. Lunch is served in the clinic patio setting with a calming view of the Pacific Ocean. Typically a mild sedative is taken orally at the start of the procedure. Pain is minimal both during and after the process. The procedure is done with the patient lying or sitting on our custom made, highly versatile operating table. Many have been taken aback by the degree of comfort in the operating room under Dr. Umar’s care. After the procedure, most patients would not require even ordinary over the counter pain killers.

If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Umar and his advanced hair transplantation methods, please contact the DermHair Clinic in Los Angeles for a free consultation. For an in-office appointment, please call the office at (310)318-1500. For an online consultation, please visit our website at http://dermhairclinic.com/free-online-consultation-hair-restoration-los-angeles.php

Hair Graft Advantages with Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a hair transplant method that involves donor harvesting where the doctor uses a small punch, .8mm to 1 mm in width, to individually extract each follicular unit from the donor area and transplant them to balding areas of the head. FUE was developed as a response to avoid scarring in the donor area that typically is always a result with strip surgery. Therefore, with the advent of Follicular Unit Extraction, the extraction of individual grafts with a small micro punch leads to the avoidance of a linear scar on the back of the head.

FUE is beneficial for patients who want the option of having very short hair, like a buzz cut, while being able to not show any signs that they had a hair transplant. With strip surgery, even if a patient had his head shaved, a linear scar will be visible even if it is very fine. However, with FUE, after the areas of donor extractions heal, it is very difficult to see any scars or signs of incision, even if the hair is cut very short.

Young patients with a significant degree of hair loss at an early age are probably going to progress to a severe balding state in later life. Unfortunately there is no way to predict the extent of the future baldness or the rate at which it would occur. Even family history of balding patterns cannot be used as a measure with certainty. Therefore FUE will be advantageous for young men need only a small number of grafts in the hairline with the future degree of their hair loss unknown because with FUE they have the option of shaving their head instead of undergoing more hair transplants if their hair loss progresses in the future.

In addition, patients who have already had strip surgery will probably have a lack of donor hair due to previous donor hair decimation from strip harvesting. FUE can solve this problem because the technique allows for the opportunity to obtain more grafts from other areas of the body (Body Hair Transplantation). The FUE hair transplant procedure has continued to advance, becoming more minimally invasive as the graft incisions become more smaller in size. The FUE hair restoration treatment is minimally invasive, meaning that it requires no scalpels, strip surgery or stitches. Scarring and downtime are minimized. Best of all, because the transplant procedure allows for the use of body hair (BHT), and thus the number of transplantable donor hair supply is greatly increased. The newly transplanted hair follicles grow in a natural pattern from the first treatment. Typically, patients will return to a normal life immediately and many have no need to cover their head with a hat ever again. For more information on Follicular Unit Extraction in Los Angeles or Los Angeles FUE performed by Dr. Umar, please contact DermHair Clinic in Los Angeles at (310)318-1500, or visit http://www.dermhairclinic.com

Child Hair Loss – Is It Real?

Hair loss for children is a more common than you think. An estimated 3 percent of all pediatric office visits in the United States involve a parent’s concern over a child’s hair loss, and nearly 2 million children suffer from some form hair loss.

Children can be affected by different forms of Alopecia (link to that new entry), and in many cases at least 60% of children with the condition will outgrow it without the need for long term or serious treatment.

However, for children suffering from Cicatrical Alopecia, a form of hair loss marked by the scarring of the scalp when the hair follicle is destroyed and replaced with a scar tissue, causing permanent hair loss, scattered bald patches, redness and irritation on the scalp, along with severe itching, burning and pain, an expert is needed.

Sometimes the follicles around the bald patches are not completely destroyed and can regrow. More often, the hair loss is permanent.

Dr. Umar is is a board certified dermatologist specializing in the management of skin and hair diseases who can diagnose and recommend the best treatment plan to maintain healthy hair for your child.

Have more questions about child hair loss? Contact Dr. Umar for a free online consultation today.

San Francisco FUE Hair Restoration with Dr. Umar

San Francisco is a popular international tourist destination, popular for its chilly winds, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture and its famous landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and Chinatown. The recent wealth garnered from  the IT and dot-com booms from the nearby Silicon Valley has created a high standard of living in San Francisco, attracting workers from white-collar to University graduate level young adults from all over the world. The property values and household incomes have risen to among the highest in the nation, and upscale scene for restaurant, retail, and entertainment. Therefore, if you are a professional in the San Francisco Bay Area, you would understand the consequences of hair loss and how it hinders your outlook on your career.

In today’s job market, it is important to have everything perceived about yourself at the highest advantage, including your physical looks. For example, when you have a full head of hair, employers and coworkers will perceive you as having youth, high self-esteem and energy, and thus will perform better on the job. It is unfortunate that we live in a society that values insignificant and materialistic values, and the reality of hair loss brings out these standards and reflects the discrimination against balding men. Therefore, fue hair transplants are a way of motivation for many men to regain vanity or self-esteem, and most especially, for the incentive and desire to be more competitive in a challenging job market.

San Francisco is a booming city for professionals and high-tech jobs. If you feel deterred and repressed from your career or job hunt due to your hair loss problem, a fue hair transplant might be a viable option for you to gain back your confidence. Dr. Umar is the top Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Body Hair Transplantation (BHT) in Los Angeles and has treated many patients that have traveled from San Francisco. The state-of-the-art FUE hair transplant treatment in his Redondo beach office in Los Angeles results in rapid healing rates and better overall yield and growth of transplanted hair follicles on the scalp. The FUE hair restoration treatment is minimally invasive, meaning that it requires no scalpels, strip surgery or stitches. Scarring and downtime are minimized. Best of all, because the transplant procedure allows for the use of body hair (BHT), and thus the number of transplantable donor hair supply is greatly increased. The newly transplanted hair follicles grow in a natural pattern from the first treatment. Typically, patients will return to a normal life immediately and many have no need to cover their head with a hat ever again. For more information on San Francisco Follicular Unit Extraction in Los Angeles or Los Angeles FUE performed by Dr. Umar, please contact DermHair Clinic in Los Angeles at (310)318-1500, or visit  for a complimentary consultation. http://www.dermhairclinic.com

Gray Hair – Can It Be Reversed?

Believe it or not, yes! Take a look at the pictures below for proof of graying hair being reversed by transplanting hair from elsewhere on the body with Follicular Unit Extraction.

Reversal of gray hair: After Reversal of gray hair: After

For this patient, Dr. Umar first transplanted 3,000 grafts of gray and dark body hair to the balding areas on the crown of the patient’s scalp. Over the next seven months, he noticed that the transplanted hair was turning darker. For the next step, Dr. Umar transplanted only gray hairs from the patient’s chest to his head, a total of 1,354 of them. At 20 months, he noticed that those hairs also started growing in darker. In all, a total of 6,000 hairs were moved from the patient’s thighs, chest and abdomen to his head, with a result that made the client very happy.

Have more questions about your severe hair loss options? Contact Dr. Umar for a free online consultation today.