Hair Transplants

Follicular Unit Extraction: Repairing strip scars from older methods of hair transplantaion

Hair Restoration procedures for patients that wish to use follicular unit extractiononly leaves no visible scarring in the recipient area, usually found in traditional strip surgeries. Using Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Single Follicle Extraction Transfer (SFET) derived specifically by Dr. Umar at Dermhair Clinic, any type of scarring is virtually invisible.  FUE, SFET is the future of hair transplantation. Dr. Sanusi Umarof Dermhair clinic can uniquely offer the strip scar repair results that many people seek out.

Usually when older methods of hair transplantationsurgery are used, those current techniques (like strip surgery) are typically performed improperly or, less commonly, with staff assistants that are not certified to do such work. Also, the patients may be poor healers, and scarring may be so excessive that it becomes apparently too visible. The scarring may be due to the hair plug, it may be caused by the height or dejection of grafts, or it may be due to the extended scar in the donor area.

Scarring in the donor area, usually being the back of the head, can be totally minimized using Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplantation. For patients who want to get rid of their strip scar, FUE can be the answer.Dr. Sanusi Umar uses his own method, Single Follicle Unit Transfer (SFET), widely known as the Umar Procedure. Dr. Umar is known for being the world’s leading FUE repair surgeon, and has many cases where repair work is apparent in his work. Dr. Umar is a pioneer of Body Hair Transplantation, which uses hair from different parts of the body as donor areas for hair transplantation.

In one case, Dr. Umar performed a FUE, SFET procedure on a patient with depleted donor hair due to a previous surgery at another clinic.  The patient experienced a NW3 pattern hair loss, and several strip scars were also visible.  With his donor limitations he came to Dr. Umar to have non head hair used to restore his loss and camouflage his scars. Dr. Umar used 3,400 grafts from the nape and beard area.

To view a patient video where a strip scar was concealed with FUE grafts, click here.


Strip Scar Repair Using FUE and Body Hair Transplantation

Strip Scar repair is becoming more and more common for patients that have experienced hair transplants years ago, before new and innovative methods like FUE Hair Transplantationwere available.

Dr. Sanusi Umar of Dermhair Clinic, a pioneer of FUE and Body Hair transplantation, is a leader in the repair of strip scars.

There is a growing demand for such procedures. Many patients with previous traumatic hair transplant experiences think that their cases are hopeless, and no one can help. This is due to their limited knowledge of how hair transplants truly work. Dr. Umar is the most prominent pioneer of Body Hair Transplantation, which uses hair from other parts of the body to transplant hair to the recipient area of hair transplant patients. This is vital to repair patient cases because they usually have a very depleted donor area and very little hair available to transplant in the head.

Dr. Umar repaired one patient with previous strip scar surgeries, and is presently known as the worst hair repair case ever documented. The video is the 3rd video installment of his progress. It is now 3 years since he had his first surgery with Dr. Umar at Dermhair Clinic. Due to his failed hair restoration procedures and exhausted head donor supply before seeing Dr Umar, such a repair case could have never been possible with a “strip” hair transplant (FUT or FUHT) procedure.

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Hair Transplantation: Dermatology and the importance of Hair Cells

Dermatologists and doctors have always used hair as an indirect way to assess your health. Hair and nail cells grow relatively fast compared to other types of cells in your body, and thus it is a good indicator of the state of your health. If an individual is losing an abnormal amount of hair, or if these hair cells have stopped growing back, this issue could represent an underlying health problem and could reflect problems such as having iron deficiency or anemia. These health issues tend to increase stress in your body, and stress is a significant reason for hair loss. Having deficiency of essential minerals in your diet typically represents a disorder in someone’s eating habits, and the malnutrition will induce the body to try to save these important components such as protein. This is thus a major reason for why hair growth slows down or stops growing back at all. Protein is a building block for the cells in the body and especially the hair. When the body tries to conserve protein to be used for cells in the body that are more crucial for one’s survival, then the hair cells will inevitably be deprived of protein. In addition, without the proper amount of protein for the hair, the hair can also lose its strength and vibrancy.

Therefore it is important to eat a healthy and nutritional diet if you do not want to experience hair loss and have healthy hair. When more hair is shed than being regenerated, the result is a look of thinning hair all over the head, which gives an unhealthy appearance. Hair loss can also make others assume that you have a problem with your thyroid. Therefore it is very important for you to have your hair loss problem be examined by a board certified dermatologist or hair restoration surgeon.

For more information about your hair loss issue and how a hair transplantation can give you a healthy look again, please contact Dr. Umar at the FineTouch Dermatology Clinic in Los Angeles at (310)318-1500, or please visit

Hair Transplant Success Revisited

For this patient’s hair restoration needs, Dr. Umar used Follicular Unit Extraction to relocate 3,500 grafts from the patient’s scalp and nape of his neck to the treatment area. This video shows the results 19 months after his successful surgery.

The patient wanted a a hairline that was soft and natural, which can rarely be achieved by by using traditional head donor hair, which tends to be thick and create an unnatural, harsh solid line of hair. Take a look at the pleasing results!

Curious about available options to treat your baldness? Contact Dr. Umar for a free online consultation today.

Minimally Invasive Linear Scar Free Hair Transplant Procedure Pioneered by Dr. Umar

Dr. Umar performs hair transplantation using very tiny devices to prepare the recipient areas with slits or holes into which the donor hair units are implanted. These tiny holes are created in the most minimally traumatic manner that makes the healing course rapid after the hair transplant. Because of the microsurgical technique used by Dr. Umar and his unique approach of hair transplantation of using body hair (BHT) extractions, the hair transplant will ensure the smallest wounding process, and healing for patients has been very remarkable. Patients are often able resume their daily lives and most normal activities the very next day. The time for which the signs of surgery are completely gone has ranged from 3 weeks to 4 months.

The head donor area typically shows no sign of surgery within a week of surgery. Typically, Dr Umar’s Single Follicle Extraction and Transfer (SFET) patients can sport a crew cut hair style since the signs of surgery are barely visible.

Traditional transplants, such as strip surgery, require the redistribution of permanent hair from the back and sides of the head. This limits the donor supply to 5,000-7,000 hair follicles. In a significantly bald individual, only one tenth of the hair that has been lost can be replaced using this source. The result of the appearance of the hair transplant is often thin and cosmetically unappealing when this limited amount of donor hair is used. In addition, traditional hair transplantation requires the cutting of a slice of flesh from the back and side of the head. The result is a linear scar that can potentially widen overtime. The patient is forever forced into a lifelong self conscious struggle to hide the scar. SFET is linear scar free and minimally invasive. SFET thus allows for hair to be safely removed from anywhere on the head, face and body and transferred to the balding areas that need hair restoration.

The SFET procedure has been pioneered by Dr. Sanusi Umar, and in over half a decade he has performed many hair transplant cases, successfully. For more information, please contact Dr. Umar at the DermHair Clinic in Los Angeles at (310)318-1500, or visit

Doubts of Hair Transplantation Overcome by the Success of FUE Performed by Dr. Umar

The patient presented in this video had undergone three traditional hair transplant surgeries using the strip method at another clinic over the years. According to the standards of a strip hair transplant, his results were considered good. However, the results were unnatural looking even though it provided the necessary coverage, and the patient continued to receive uncomfortable stares at his hairline.

Therefore, the patient went to see Dr. Umar to find a solution to the appearance of his hair. Dr. Umar explained to him that the reason his hair transplant looked unnatural is due to the problem of limited donor hair supply that arises with strip surgery. Strip surgery limits the type of donor hair available and only allows for the transplant of thicker donor hairs, which thus imparts a harsh look to the hairline. The transition of the hair from the temples to the hairline was very odd looking, and the hairline was extremely asymmetrical. Additionally, the strip surgery did not provide all of the patient’s desired results for his hair transplant. The patient wanted density added to the front of his head and his crown. Most importantly, he wanted his strip surgery scar on the back of his head camouflaged.

Dr. Umar performed all of the patient’s requests by using 3,000 hairs extracted from the head and nape area, as well as 1,000 hairs taken from the beard to repair the scar. However, before going into the hair transplant surgery with Dr. Umar, the patient experienced a lot of emotional concerns that he dealt personally with. He was also concerned about the downtime of the post surgery and the worry that others will find out that he had a hair transplant. In addition, he was uncertain that Dr. Umar’s non-traditional approach of using body hair (BHT, instead of head hair from a strip from the head) to perform hair transplants would work.

However, the patient’s initially uncertainty has been completely overcome by the results of Dr. Umar’s work. As seen in this video, the patient’s quality of life has changed for the better significantly after 2 years after the hair transplant. His confidence is rising and he receives many compliments of how he looks at least 10 years younger.

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

Hair Transplants: The Emotional Journey

Over the years I have seen many, many patients struggle with coming to terms with having hair again. The emotional pain of those suffering from hair loss is seldom discussed by those of us who provide hair transplant services. But the strain of searching for a qualified medical doctor, researching procedures and options, and waiting to see the results is very real for a patient. Too, even when the transplant is successful, it can take a while for some to mentally adjust to their new life with hair.

I’m not kidding.

Before surgery, patients have endured a chronic state of diminishing self-esteem. While they want to seek a surgical option, sometimes the seeds of doubt, paranoia, and mistrust of the surgeon is planted in their minds, quite often due to transplant horror stories on the internet. The media does it’s fair share spreading fear as well, using celebrities and public figures as poster children for hair transplants that have gone awry. Throw in the slick sales approach that characterizes many a so-called clinic consultation, and you can understand why prospective patients have fears.

In my experience, it seems to take a patient about nine months after surgery to come to terms with their new look, let go of the frustration and pain of their time living with hair loss, and move on to a fresh start. It takes compassion and experience to help guide them through this emotional journey. Hair restoration is about more than the follicles. The personal touch is key.

Finding the right surgeon to perform your hair transplantation is the most critical decision in the entire process. Having your hair transplant done by an unethical or inexperienced hair surgeon can lead to more turmoil, when what you need is someone to help you through what can be a difficult transition.

This is one of the reasons I do not approach hair transplantation with the salesman mindset common in many strip surgery clinic. Anyone who sends an email or consultation request to me online gets an answer from me. When people have a question about how Follicular Unit Extraction works, or concerns about how much scarring or pain is involved (answer, virtually none), they don’t hear back from a sales representative. They hear back from the doctor. That makes a difference.

Watch this video of one patient’s emotional journey from the tyranny of hair loss to the freedom of hair restoration. Watch, and know that you’re not alone.

Do you want to discuss your hair restoration options? Contact Dr. Umar for a free online consultation today.

The Gradual Process of Hair Loss and Baldness Fixed by FUE

Hair loss is a gradual process that becomes more and more prominent overtime for many people. It is normal to experience hair loss everyday, and the typical number of hairs lost is about 100 per day. You do not usually notice this because losing 100 hairs per day is insignificant when compared to the 100,000 hairs that we have on our scalp. Each individual strand of hair grows at a rate of approximately half an inch per month, and can live for almost 5 years until shedding and starting a new cycle. Usually during the 5th year, the hair will fall off of the scalp and a new one will generate within 6 months. Baldness is not caused by excessive hair loss, but it is caused by the inability of the body to produce more hair on the head. The density of hair decreases for both men and women as they age, but mostly men will begin to start balding before they reach the age of 30. The reason for most of these men to bald is due to heredity, but heredity affects women too, and approximately 80- million men and women living in American experience problems with hair loss.

The typical characteristics of male pattern baldness begin with the receding of the hairline which eventually leads to bald spots on the top of the head. Male pattern baldness also tend to affect men who possess more testosterone in the body because testosterone that converts to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) will trigger the interaction with hair follicles that are susceptibly vulnerable to the affects of DHT, causing hair to fall out. Women can also experience hair loss due to heredity and age, but they will experience it more especially after menopause and stress. The pattern of female hair loss is different from that of men because women usually have hair loss occurring throughout their scalp while the front remains decently covered and intact.

Dermhair Clinic specializes in FUE hair transplant (Follicular Unit Extraction) method of hair restoration to cure baldness and hair loss in men and women. Dr. Umar uses a scalpel-free, minimally invasive procedure that is one, if not, the best in the world. Dr. Umar also prescribes medications to treat hair loss for candidates who have not yet reached the point of full hair restoration and transplantation. For more information about hair restoration by FUE and pattern hair loss, please contact DermHair Clinic in Los Angeles at (310)318-1500, or visit

First Documented Success Case of Body Hair to Leg Hair Transplantation

Leg hair Restoration
Leg hair Restoration
This picture presents a special case of the first documented success case of using body hair to restore the hair of the legs. The patient had the hair on his shins lost due to friction. He went through a failed attempt of restoring his leg hairs with thigh hairs at another hair restoration clinic prior to seeing Dr. Umar in Los Angeles for the body hair transplantation.

Dr. Umar performed a body hair transplantation surgery using 600 FUE-BHT grafts derived from the chest area and transplanted these donor hairs to the balding areas of the shins. From these pictures, the red spots left from the results from a previous attempt at the other hair restoration clinic are still evident before and after Dr. Umar’s treatment. Dr. Umar was able to successfully complete this patient’s leg hair restoration by using his own invented method by which he calls the Single Follicle Extraction and Transfer (SFET) method. SFET allows Dr. Umar to perform body hair transplantation in the most minimally invasive way possible by using tiny punches without using a scalpel. SFET is a breakthrough procedure and is even more advanced version of the popular Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique. Thus by using SFET Dr. Umar was able to achieve a case that could pass for the first successful body to body hair transplant.

Hair loss on the scalp is a common issue for many people, but hair loss can happen on other parts of the body as well. Many people are even familiar with the loss of hair of the eyebrows or facial hair, but they are not accustomed to the loss of hair on other areas of the body such as the leg. But usually since these less common areas of hair loss are less visible and exposed, many do not turn it into a concern. In this instance, the little bit of hair added to the shin gave the patient the satisfaction of not having an obvious bald patch of hair, which saves him from having others assume that the bald spot was caused by an underlying health problem.

For more information, please contact Dr. Umar at the DermHair Clinic in Los Angeles at (310)318-1500, or please visit

The Effects of Propecia and the FUE Hair Transplant

Propecia (finasteride) is a medication that is used to help prevent male pattern baldness or hair loss (androgenic alopecia) that affects the vertex and the mid-scalp area of the head. Male pattern hair loss is a widespread condition that affects the head hair by causing the hair to thin and eventually leave a bald spot. Male pattern hair loss typically induces the problem of a receding hairline also which then leads to more balding to the top of the head. Without hair restoration methods like Propecia, hair loss is eminent as it is a progressive occurrence.

Finasteride  works to prevent further hair loss by hindering the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body.Baldness is mainly caused by the hormone dihydrotestosterone, which interacts with the hair follicles that are programmed to be genetically weak in response to the affects of it . Therefore, dihydrotestosterone can be considered the catalyst or active reason for the inception of hair loss and male pattern baldness. DHT does this by disabling the ability of hair follicles to produce new hairs, and thus preventing the hair cycle to continue. With the hair growth cycle halted, the affected individual will gradually see thinning hair and baldness appear on the top of his hair or experience a receding hairline.

Propecia reduces the amount of DHT in the scalp by preventing the conversion of DHT in the body in the first place to help hair restoration in most men. Thus, Propecia can stop further hair loss or might even be able to reverse some of it. Propecia’s effects in slowing hair loss and stimulating new hair growth are most effective when it is used for moderate levels of hair loss or hair loss that is treated in the early stages. For most men, Propecia increases the number of hairs on the scalp, and many patients taking Propecia noted a deceleration of hair loss after two years of usage, which is ideal for hair restoration. Studies have shown that nearly 80% of men who use Propecia have stopped or even reversed their hair loss to some degree.

Even though Propecia has no effect on transplanted hair after a hair transplant, it can assist to maintain the patient’s surrounding hair and is therefore useful as an appendage to head hair transplant surgery, and thus will enable the patient to obtain a better overall result. According to top hair transplant surgeon Dr. Umar, patients undergoing body hair transplantation should use Propecia with caution and consult before usage with an experienced hair transplantation surgeon.

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