Hair Transplantation

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 Umar after having 1,800 grafts transplanted at another clinic using the outdated strip harvesting method, which left his head bald, scarred, and without enough donor hair left on his head for use.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 They could resort to a toupee, or continue trying outdated techniques that already failed them.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

California follicular unit extraction, hair grafts, Hair Loss, Hair Restoration , FUE Advantages

Hair loss for children is a more prevalent occurrence than many would have thought it to be. Currently children’s hair loss is the reason fora approximately 3% of all pediatric office visits in the United States, and nearly 2 million children suffer from at least one form of hair loss or another. The good news is that at least 60% of children with the alopecia condition will outgrow the condition without the need for long term or serious treatment. Cicatrical Alopecia is a form of hair loss that is marked by the scarring of the scalp where the hair follicle is destroyed and replaced with a scar tissue causing permanent hair loss for men, women, and children. Unlike other forms of hair loss, cicatricial alopecia results in scattered bald patches of hair loss and is associated with redness and irritation on the scalp. In some cases, causes of scarring alopecia are linked to severe itching, burning and pain. Sometimes hair follicles, such as around the bald patches, are not completely destroyed and they can regrow. Typically however, the hair does not regrow leaving instead longitudinal scars deep in the skin.

Diagnosis is typically an evaluation of the risk factors of having hair loss as a child, and visual examination of the type of loss will be performed by the hair doctor. Dermhair Clinic a leading hair restoration clinic in Los Angeles can help. Dr. Umar of Dermhair Clinic is a board certified dermatologist specializing in the management of skin and hair diseases. He is a leading hair restoration and hair transplantation specialist. As with any condition, finding a qualified, informed hair doctor to help accurately diagnose and effectively treat your child’s hair loss is the most important. Hair loss symptoms exhibited by your child should be diagnosed by a certified dermatologist. Dr. Umar will be able to diagnose and recommend the best treatment plan to maintain healthy hair for your child. For more information, please contact the DermHair Clinic in Los Angeles at (310)318-1500, or please visit http://www.dermhairclinic.com

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.

Los Angeles Hair Restoration: The Problems with Receiving Hair Transplant At Early Age

Hair Loss at an Early Age

The occurrence and beginning of hair loss for men usually occurs at an older age. However, it happens in younger men, too, even for those who are under 21 years old. Because hair loss is generally unexpected before age 21, it can be shocking for someone that young to discover that he is losing his hair. The first sign of hair loss is likely to be the thinning of the temporal area of the frontal hairline, and this can result in the appearance of a high forehead. Hair loss before age 21 can be very disturbing for a young man because it is happening at a psychologically and emotionally vulnerable time in his life and can thus leave him feeling disfigured, less attractive, and hindered in the job market.
In the case with Dr. Umar’s Single Follicle Extraction and Transfer (SFET) method or body hair transplantation (BHT), hair restoration is possible for young men to correct the beginning of hair loss in their life.  These procedures do not leave a linear scar that runs from ear to ear as is the case with most other types of hair transplantation, which is important for young men who usually have short hair cuts, as opposed to older men. Thus, younger patients must consult a hair restoration specialist so they can understand the process of receiving a hair transplant at an early age. Now men of all ages can now undergo a hair transplantation at will, but young men should know note these precautions:
(1.) 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. 

(2.) At this age most are not certain of the hair styling options they would come to adopt when they get older.

(3.) A hair transplant quick fix of a receding hairline for instance would leave the patients with an odd look as an isolated horse shoe (for full hair line implants) pattern or devils horn (for temporal recess filling), which will become more evident as hair loss advances. 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.

For more information regarding receiving a hair transplantation at a young age, contact Dr. Umar at the DermHair clinic in Los Angeles at (310)318-1500, or visit http://www.dermhairclinic.com for a free consultation.

Los Angeles Hair Restoration: Reversal of Graying Hair After Transplantation

Reversal of Grey Hair After Transplant

Reversal of gray hair: After

For the first time in history, a surgery which caused the reversal of graying following transplantation of gray chest hair to the head was performed by Dr. Umar in Los Angeles. Dr. Umar transplanted 3,000 gray and dark body hair to the patient’s head and observed darkening of the transplanted area at 7 months. Next Dr. Umar selected only gray hair from a defined area of the chest and transplanted 1354 of these to the bald crown. At 20 months Dr. Umar observed predominantly dark hair growth in transplanted area of the crown.

Changing the milieu of follicles by hair transplantation could result in the reversal of senescent canities. This occurrence suggests a relationship between the hair follicle (donor) and its skin microenvironment (recipient). This may be a reflection of a contribution by the recipient in the signal pathways that determine pigment dilution in hair. Overall, the patient had 6000 body hair transplanted from the thighs, chest, abdomen to his hairline, and to the remaining NW 6 area. The result of his body hair transplantation (BHT) procedure is shown at over 1 year after his last surgery. He is happy with his result.

Body hair is an excellent filler for use in between naturally thinning hair as well as for donor hair supply for hair transplantations. Back in 2005, Dr. Umar first observed the toppik like filler effect of BHT. Body hair is also an effective method to use to refine the hairline. BHT is a breakthrough in hair transplantation as patients with limited donor hair from their scalp can now look into using their body and beard hair for additional donor hair supply. It is the only hope at restoration for such patients pending the advent of cell based hair cloning or hair multiplication methods. Dr. Umar is the top BHT hair restoration surgeon in the world, and he has performed surgeries that produced results that other clinic or doctor have written off as impossible. For more information, please contact DermHair Clinic at (310)318-1500, or visit http://www.dermhairclinic.com