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Top Hairstyles To Consider Before Your Transplantation Procedure

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A hair transplant is a major undertaking.  In no way should you rush into this type of surgery. Instead a logical and methodical frame of mind will help you make the right decisions for your long term satisfaction. You will need to plan out your finances and choose the best doctor who is capable of achieving quality results so that you look your very best.  All of this will take research and planning.

In the meantime, what should you do about your hair? While hair loss can feel devastating, there are ways to make the most out of what you already have.

Here are some hair styling tips to consider depending on what type of hair loss you have.

(1) Mild recession of the hairline (Norwood 2)

If you are noticing that your hairline is starting to recede and your forehead is starting to look bigger, consider a style with longer layers on top of the head. When you go to the barber, explain what you want to accomplish. He or she will need to cut the sides and back conservatively but stylishly, while allowing you to grow the top part. This can then be combed forward to help you cover your forehead. Examples might include: Ashton Kutcher or Owen Wilson. But you may want to vary this concept depending on what looks best for your face.

During your FUE hair transplant procedure, follicles would be extracted from the nape to provide a  soft natural looking detail along the very front edge. uGraft devices would optimize the safety of follicles from this area while minimizing the risk of unwanted permanent scars. If you choose to wear a much shorter style after your procedure, exposing the nape area would not be cause for concern.

(2) Beginning stages of temple recession (Norwood 3)

Variations of the Faux Hawk can be flattering for this type of hair loss. Again, allow the top part to grow while keeping the sides and back relatively neat and controlled for a clean look.  The central Faux Hawk should not be sculpted to perfection. Use a light pomade to create more of a tussled appearance that creates the look of volume on top of your head.  Styling that is slightly messy but structured at the same time gives a more edgy looking appearance. Think in terms of Jude Law, who has been featured with this look.

Like the hairline, a hair transplant would utilize nape hair mixed in with hair from other areas of the head. Also this needs to be constructed thoughtfully to make the best of a patient’s facial features.

(3) Progressive Thinning All Over the Head

Some people (like Prince William) tend to experience thinning before the baldness and hair recession progresses. If this is the case, make the most of what you have.  Again, keep the sides and back neat with longer pieces on top. Improvise with styling products to create somewhat of a spiked look. The point would be to give more of the illusion of volume.  Don’t focus on being too perfect with this.  It should be more spontaneous for a more current and up to date appearance.

(4) Moderate to Advanced Crown  Baldness (Norwood 4-5)

A clean and short buzz cut is often recommended for this stage of hair loss. It gives a sense of uniformity to minimize the contrast between the areas where there is hair and where there is baldness.

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Before and after images of patient with buzz cut who improved coverage and density with Advanced FUE

Advanced Follicular Unit Extraction makes it possible to harvest hair from the beard areas, abdomen and chest to create a larger donor pool to work with. The sophistication of uGraft allows for superior healing to take place so that you are not left with permanent marks from harvesting follicles in this area

(5) Severe Baldness (Norwood 7)

Many articles on grooming for men suggest that the hair is completely shaven at this point. They often cite high profile individuals like Bruce Willis, Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan. But everyone should have options and not feel confined to this advice.

Because of Advanced FUE, very large donor pools can be created. Examples include 10,000 or even 20,000 grafts. Depending on the patient, these numbers can offer significant coverage to reverse severe forms of baldness. With the help of uGraft, Norwood 7’s no longer need to be turned away for hair transplant procedures.

For more information on  uGraft for severe baldness, click here to read more.

Will Hair Cloning Help Regrow Your Hair?

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DEFINITION: A process involving the production of multiple number of hair follicles from a few original follicles. Hair cloning is one of the most highly anticipated developments in medical research.  Baldness and thinning affect countless men and women world wide. And therefore, many people are interested in the idea of restoring fully functional hair follicles in their scalp.

What Hair Cloning Actually Involves

In its truest sense, cloning involves creating whole physiological structures from a single cell.  From following the news, you may be familiar with the fact that scientists have been able to clone animals such as Dolly the sheep. And in South Korea, laboratories are able to clone the beloved dogs of pet owners.  Cloning also holds promise in being able to create new organs and tissues for patients.

But what about hair follicles?

Unfortunately, hair cloning does not work by using a single cell’s DNA to create new follicles. Instead, it involves multiplying precursor cells in a lab and then injecting them back into the scalp.

Derma papillae cells are harvested from the base of existing follicles. These cells have inductive properties. They have the potential to stimulate other cells to create desired results. This may involve:

(1) stimulating miniaturized follicles to restore their ability to grow new  hair

(2) stimulating keratinocytes to create new follicles in a lab culture.

These follicles would then be inserted into the scalp to grow new hair.

Limitations of Hair Cloning

Bioengineering hair follicles  requires additional research and refinements before it can be available to the public as a solution for baldness or thinning.  And there is no guarantee that the cost of such procedures will be minimal. There are also certain limitations to be aware of.

One of the major challenges of hair cloning is the ability to replicate the natural patterns of hair growth. The hair on various regions of your head grows in specific angles, directions and orientations. When injecting cultured cells into the scalp, there is currently no way to control these factors. Therefore, the results may look unnatural or strange.

Another area of hair cloning that requires further investigation is understanding how your body will react to these cellular injections. Allergic reactions may be one consequence. Or the immune system may reject them altogether.

 

WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM CLONED HAIR

The ability to clone hair would be most relevant to:

  1.  Patients who are currently poor candidates for hair transplantation because of limited donor supply relative to there hair restoration needs. Examples would be extremely bald NW 7 patients.
  2. Patients whose donor supply has been depleted either from prior hair transplant procedures that utilized antiquated methods or from burn, trauma and accidents.

Currently, hair cloning is still in its beginning stages. There are many challenges that need to be addressed through further research before it can actually be available to patients.So what should a severely bald patient do in the meantime?

THE UGRAFT and BODY HAIR TRANSPLANTS SOLUTION

AT DermHair Clinic, Dr Umar has been solving the vexing issue of donor supply limitations in countless patients for several years. He does this using his signature uGraft methods for advanced FUE which enable the efficient and effective utilization of beard and body hair in hair transplantation. By so doing the donor pool is vastly expanded. Making it the ideal solution for:

(1) those who are severely bald

(2) those who have depleted their donor supplies in past procedures.

Body follicles can contribute to large quantities of donor grafts. This makes it possible for excellent coverage to be achieved for severe baldness or extreme repair cases.

Dr Umar’s work in this field has been published in several peer reviewed scientific journals including:

  1. JAMA DERMATOLOGY : http://archderm.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/148/2/239
  2. Annals of Plastic Surgery : http://journals.lww.com/annalsplasticsurgery/Abstract/2011/10000/Hair_Transplantation_in_Patients_With_Inadequate.6.aspx
  3. British plastic Surgery Journal (JPRAS): http://www.jprasurg.com/article/S1748-6815(12)00230-6/abstract

 

Here are real life examples.

This Norwood 7 patient did not want to wear a hairpiece. Nor did he want to shave off the rest of his hair. He was very clear about the fact that he wanted real hair growing on his head. Although he would have been turned away by other hair transplant clinics, he was able to have his vision met through uGraft. His first procedure (shown in the middle images below) used 8,000 grafts of head and beard hair. His second procedure (shown in the last images) used 4,000 grafts for a grand total of 12,000.

 

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patient showing his initial baldness followed by the results his first and second surgeries. A total of 12,000 uGrafts from the head and beard areas were used.

He also shares some interesting stories about reactions from other people in his video.

 

This  Norwood 7 patient wanted a moderate level of coverage. His severe baldness was transformed using 10,500 uGrafts.

Here is an example of a repair patient.  The results of his strip surgery left him with misplaced grafts and very poor growth. He had no choice but to hide his results with a hair piece. This phase lasted for fourteen years. Dr. Umar’ uGraft procedure used 14,000 total grafts applied across two surgeries.  The outcome of having full coverage of his own hair on his head was life changing. He no longer needed to use his toupee. And emotionally this entailed immense personal  freedom for him.

 

To learn more about our Advanced Follicular Unit Extraction methodology with uGraft, click here to read more.

Advanced Follicular Unit Extraction – Going Beyond Basic Hair Transplant Procedures

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Modern hair transplant procedures are quite sophisticated. Hair plugs are no longer necessary with today’s techniques in Follicular Unit Extraction. Also, with FUE, men can wear their hair as short as they’d like since there is no linear scar to hide.

Like just about anything, there is always room for improvement. Although wonderful hair restoration results have been achieved with Follicular Unit Extraction, standard practices of this type of surgery are still limited for certain cases. Examples include:

(1) Severe baldness

Conventional  Follicular Unit Extraction procedures extract hair follicles from the head. However, in most cases, only a maximum of about 7,000 grafts can be attained. This is not enough for patients who are severely bald and only have a narrow rim of hair around the bottom of their head.

(2) Correctional repair from past procedures

When a patient chooses to undergo hair restoration, they do not anticipate additional surgeries to fix bad mistakes. But this is actually more common than many would like to believe. After prior procedures, the number of usable hair follicles from the head is often not enough for the coverage that is needed.

Advanced Follicular Unit Extraction – What It Is and Why It is Needed

Advanced  FUE transplant procedures are the next evolution in hair restoration. Like basic FUE, it also involves extracting individual follicular units (natural groupings of hair) directly from their source.

However, instead of targeting grafts from the head, other sources of follicles are considered.  Examples include:

  • chest
  • arms
  • legs
  • back
  • stomach
  • beard area

The beard region is a very abundant source of follicular grafts. This can be instrumental in creating large donor pools, such as 10,000-20,000 grafts. These quantities can offer the hope of excellent coverage for severely bald patients and those who want to repair the results from past procedures.

The Use of Highly Specialized Tools

In order to harvest body hair follicles, the excisions must be minimally invasive  to avoid the risk of noticeable scars on visible areas like the face, legs etc. Also body hair grafts are far more delicate than head hair. They also grow in angled curvatures beneath the skin.

Current FUE surgical tools are limited in accounting for these characteristics. Many of them produce punches that are too big for the removal of body hair follicles. And they do not adequately account for the curved growth of this hair. Using tools that are not ideally matched for body hair follicles can put them at risk for being damaged or buried.

This is why Dr. Umar has developed customized uGraft surgical tools. They are crafted for precision with the help of computer software. The excision punches account for both the size and the shape of the wound. This is done to expedite the wound healing process so that the outcome is cosmetically insignificant.

With typical FUE tools, the doctor needs to identify the angle of hair growth and use the surgical punch instrument to trace the outer border of the follicular unit. However, this may result in errors that damage the follicle. The uGraft uses a mild pulling action. This helps extract the grafts with greater precision and less risk of damage.

The use of uGraft instruments makes the objectives of advanced Follicular Unit Extraction an actual reality. Combined with the high level skill of a good doctor, excellent outcomes for even the most challenging cases can be achieved.

To learn more about hair restoration for severe baldness, click here to read more.

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Patient with severe baldness before and after his advanced Follicular Unit Extraction procedure

 

 

Hair Transplant as Viewed by Women: Wherefore Art Thou Bald, Romeo?

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The biggest concern for most people who battle hair loss is that the opposite sex will no longer find them attractive. Men pursue all kinds of treatments to get their hair back, including creams, pills, ointments, laser therapy, and hair transplant. They may even use pharmaceuticals at the cost of their libido (Merck warns that Propecia may cause sexual dysfunction, though not proven).

But do women really care when a man is bald? Do they find balding men less attractive? If Romeo had been bald, would Juliet have loved him anyway? While we would all like to believe that true love prevails, many blogs, forum discussions, and one online dating experiment reveal that this Shakespearean tale would have ended in tragedy for a different reason. Because hair transplant wasn’t around in the late 16th century.

What Women Say Online about Hair Transplant

Most commentary made by women reports that they don’t care if a man has hair or not, as long as he has confidence. But this is a counterintuitive stance, since hair loss is a major reason men lose confidence and self-esteem. Many men even become depressed and withdrawn due to their hair loss.

“Own that chrome dome,” says one comment. A few even state that men should not undergo hair transplant, but to wear their baldness proudly. However, if you’re not a movie star, it’s hard to maintain the perceived confidence and sex appeal of someone like Bruce Willis. Here and there appear comments from women who prefer a man with hair.

Reactions to Bald Men in Online Dating

A London-based hair company conducted a small study to find out how women view bald men in online dating. The experiment was not scientific, but the results have been published online and are worth some consideration.

The company created two separate dating profiles for the same man. The two profiles were completely identical, containing the exact same interests, age, personal information, and so forth. The single discrepancy was that in one account, the profile picture revealed a slick-bald man, while in the other account he had a full head of hair Photoshopped into place. Both profiles were monitored and kept active for two months.

The results revealed that a good hair transplant could get you a lot more online dates. The profile picturing a man with hair got five times the positive response than the other, with a total of 108 prospects versus only 22. This small study shows that, at least in London, women view a man with hair as more desirable.

FUE Hair Restoration for Younger Patients

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Typically, hair clinics will not perform FUE hair restoration (or any other hair transplant surgery) on candidates under the age of 24. This is due to the fact that male pattern baldness is progressive in nature and a premature hair loss would undermine the long-term results. The implanted hair would stay put as the continuation of baldness would persist in surrounding areas, yielding an unnatural-looking island of hair.FUE hair restoration

There are sometimes extreme cases, which create an exception to this general rule of thumb. These exceptions exists for the following reasons:

  • The candidate understands that a second, or even third procedure will be necessary in the future and accepts this likelihood (with has the financial stability to pursue multiple FUE hair restorations)
  • The candidate has already experienced almost all of his hair loss at a young age and is unlikely to progress further
  • The candidate is reconciled to the need for more surgeries in the future and has a good head and nonhead donor reserve to cover for even the most extreme future hair loss. This supposes that a competent clinic capable of harnessing nonhead hair has assessed the patient. It is alos advisable to be conservative in patients that are in their earlier stages of hair loss

Discerning Premature Treatment

Most clinics look to a few telling factors in order to determine if a candidate is too young for surgery. The first of these is the patients Norwood level of baldness, the second is how quickly the balding has progressed thus far, and the third is the family history.

At DermHair Clinc, Dr Umar specializes in the use of nonhead hair and head hair for the restoration of even extreme bald states. The totality of the 3 factors mentioned above is used by him in determining the candidacy of a young patient for a hair transplant. A clinic that is incapable of utilizing nonhead donor hair is most likely to turn away most patients on the basis of a young age of presentation.

Example of Early FUE Hair Restoration

This patient presented to DermHair Clinic at the young age of 23, with extreme balding, and a very limited supply of scalp donor hair. He also had no body hair.  After the necessary questioning and testing, Dr. Umar decided this patient was an exception to the rule. He used FUE hair restoration with a very small graft count to give global coverage to the patient’s buzz cut.

FUE is an ideal procedure for young patients because it produces nominal scarring and minimal damage to the donor area, leaving enough donor hair to supply a future surgery.

Hair Restoration for Past Surgeries: FUE, BHT, FHT

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The effects of thinning hair and balding can be detrimental, regardless of the cause. Decreased self-confidence and negative self-esteem may occur. It is even more difficult for a patient when baldness reoccurs after initial hair restoration surgery.

When Initial Hair Restoration Fails

Severe baldness is the increasing result of past hair restoration surgeries. Older techniques often produced extensive scarring and unnatural appearance.

Past methods:

  • Scalp reduction
  • Temporoparietal-occipital flaps
  • Punch graphs
Current methods result in a more natural appearance, but some still produce scarring difficult to conceal. The common follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) technique produces large, unsightly scarring. This strip scar is a main cosmetic drawback of the surgery. Patients may opt to have surgery again to correct botched surgeries, stretching and scarring with hair transplant repair. Additional hair loss is one of the most common reason.

Cosmetic issues from previous surgeries:

  • Strip scars
  • Asymmetry
  • “Doll’s Hair” appearance
  • Harsh hairline
  • Poorly placed or/and angled hair

Another hair restoration surgery also requires more donor hair. For many patients, the first procedure used all sufficient donor hair on the head or left excessive scarring. Lack of donor hair on the head initially made a second surgery impossible.

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A second hair restoration surgery may be required to fix botched surgeries, scarring and stretching. This patient is no longer able to conceal a strip scar due to additional hair loss.

Hair Repair Surgery Options

Today, hair transplantation is available for the severely bald and those who lack tradition donor hair. The advancements in follicular unit extraction (FUE) expanded donor areas. Body hair transplant (BHT) harvest non-head and  increases with sources for follicle extraction.

Both allow for a more precise placement of grafts due to the smaller size and creates a natural-looking hairline. Scarring is also minimal with the tiny, round holes not visible.

For successful hair transplant repair, patients must first address reasons for hair loss. Once current issues are addressed, the patient can make a plan for a second hair transplantation surgery. While burdensome and expensive, new options for restoration allow a second chance.

What to Look for in a Surgeon

Hair transplant repair requires an exceptionally skilled surgeon. A second surgery involves more variables and risks to address for a successful procedure. Trusting the surgeon is also important since the second surgery may be a more emotional journey, so trusting a surgeon is paramount.

What’s Your Greatest Hair Transplant Concern?

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You want the best results you can get out of your hair transplant. But before even getting to that point, you have to take a leap of faith—faith in the FUE technology (or otherwise) you’ve researched, faith in the surgeon you’ve chosen, faith in the testimonials you’ve heard, etc. There’s no doubt you’re going to have concerns, and you’re not alone. Surgical hair restoration is an emotional journey with many ups and downs, and you don’t want to end up as one of those horror stories you’ve heard. Perhaps an objective response to some common concerns will help you take the leap of faith.

Hair Transplant is Expensive

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This cannot be denied, however it can be planned for. We make many investments in ourselves—university tuition, a new car, the wedding day—and these things cost thousands of dollars. Usually, hair restoration surgery is far less expensive and just as rewarding professionally, socially, and romantically. So why isn’t an investment in our outward appearance worthwhile when it affects us so deeply on the inside? Hair loss has a huge impact on our psychological and emotional well-being. The results of this investment are, in fact, worthwhile; because your happiness and life quality are worth any expense.

I’m Not a Good Candidate for Hair Transplant

Thankfully, FUE technology takes care of one of the biggest reasons a prospective patient is considered inoperable—depleted scalp donor source. Men without enough hair on their head to source their surgery are considered poor candidates for many techniques, but not follicular unit extraction. FUE enables the use of non-head donor hair from almost anywhere on the body, including the beard, legs, chest, shoulders, stomach, and arms. This is called body hair transplant, and makes it possible for people with severe hair loss to undergo successful hair restoration surgery.

Other reasons for being a poor candidate may include poor health, allergies to anesthesia, scarring proneness, and blood clotting difficulties. These factors need to be discussed with your surgeon.

I’m Afraid it won’t Look Natural

Technology has evolved a long way since the days of punch grafting, which still gives surgical hair restoration the “pluggy” stigma. FUE technology especially circumvents the appearance of plugs or doll’s hair because the punch tool used is only about 1mm in size (as compared to the 4mm size punch of the past). This device enables microscopic follicular units to be implanted into thousands of slits in the recipient area, making for remarkably natural results. Furthermore, FUE hair transplant has a wider donor pool selection than any other method, so hairs can be specifically selected by the surgeon with a purpose to best match the area of implantation.

I’m Afraid of Scarring

Scarring is inevitable with any surgery, however, a well-chosen surgeon will be skilled enough to create cosmetically negligible scars. Again, FUE technology is particularly ideal because the tiny wound-size and diffuse graft excisions make any scarring extremely difficult to detect. FUT produces a long, thin scar called a strip scar, which is disguisable with a certain hair length. For people whose strip scar stretches and widens over time (due to skin elasticity), the scar can always be filled with a few hundred FUE grafts later on.

Why Your Hair Grafts are “Weird” After Hair Transplant

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Many cosmetic surgeries provide somewhat instant gratification as to the results of the procedure. After a couple weeks of healing, breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, rhinoplasty, etc display an immediate improvement or change in the recipient’s appearance. With some other types of surgery, the gratification comes a little later and requires patience. Hair transplant is one of those procedures that are worth the wait. A new, full head of hair or advanced hairline will not spring up instantly. In fact, you won’t even see new growth for about four months post-surgery, and the optimal outcome won’t arrive for about 18 months.

On this journey, your scalp and hair grafts will likely go through some weird phases. And though these phases are a perfectly normal part of the process, they can be alarming. If you’ve noticed any of the following happening to you, you’re not alone.

Hair transplant using beard hair that was well-blended by Dr. Umar.

Hair transplant using beard hair that was well-blended by Dr. Umar.

The New Hairs Are Shedding After Hair Transplant

You just got new hairs implanted, you’ve taken every precaution to “tread lightly” with showering, sleeping, avoiding your favorite baseball cap, and so forth. But the new hair is falling out. What did you do wrong? You’ve done nothing wrong. This hair was never meant to stay in place and was only the vessel, so to speak, for transplanting the follicle to a new place. Once the follicle has taken root, the attached hair grafts will shed around the third or fourth week after surgery to make way for new hairs to eventually grow in their place.

The Hair Transplant Growth Has a Wiry Texture

After about four months have passed, you should finally start to see the new hairs growing in. But they will often seem like they don’t belong on your head. They might be wiry, coarse, brittle, or even wavy. In any case, they don’t match the surrounding hair. That’s because the follicles have gone through a big change and need time to adjust. It may take two or three growth cycles for the hair to smooth out and resume its normal soft texture. Hence the reason hair grafts are not expected to reach full maturation until 18 months after surgery.

The Hair Transplant Yielded Growth That Doesn’t Match

Sometimes, in the case of BHT (use of non-head donor hair), the hair may not match exactly with the surrounding scalp hair. It may be a slightly different color, slightly coarser in texture, or grow at a slightly different speed to a different maximum length. This is something you need to be aware of before accepting the use of non-head hair. If your surgeon mentions the use of this non-traditional donor source, it’s usually because there’s no alternative—your scalp donor source is too depleted. A good surgeon, however, will be adept at blending beard or other body hair grafts in such a way that the variations are not noticeable to others.

Dr. Umar’s Use of Leg Hair for Hairline Refinement Featured in Dermatology Times

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The majority of men struggling with male pattern baldness take note of hair loss occurring at the hairline and temple points first. Indeed, crown thinning will shortly follow, but hairline recession arguably remains the worst of it all. Suffice it to say, the hairline is the frame of the face—the first thing people gaze upon when looking at you. Hair transplantation, particularly hairline refinement, is available to help. The Dermatology Times features the distinctive practices of widely respected hair transplant expert, Dr. Sanusi Umar. Using his developments in follicular unit extraction (FUE), he can construct a gradual, natural-looking hairline with leg hair supplying the donor grafts.

Dr. Umar practices FUE exclusively and has worked for nearly a decade to develop an excision device that would be able to harvest outside the mid-occipital donor area with maximum accuracy and minimal risk. The outcome is his one-of-a-kind uGraft Harvester, described by The Dermatology Times as, “a rotary tool mounted with modified hypodermic needles and special tips that allow for customized follicular unit extraction.” The groundbreaking uGraft makes body hair excision achievable without damaging the follicles or harming the area, regardless of the angulation of hair growth.

Leg hair matches the texture of hair that grows naturally at the hairline. Thus, hairline refinement sees remarkable improvement, owed to this viable new donor area. This development makes hair transplant with uGraft effectively untraceable. A completely bald hairline can be reconstructed to look totally natural. And as for the donor zone, Dr. Umar methodically excises the hair in a dispersed pattern to avoid any bald patches—any scarring or other tells of surgery are undetectable.

With regard to design, leg hair is clearly the best choice for hairline refinement, but it is also convenient for hair loss sufferers whose scalp donor hair is depleted. For these cases, the uGraft can use leg hair (and other body hair) to account for the severity of extreme hair loss, which would be impossible to restore by any other means.

Dr. Umar has performed FUE using leg hair on 10 patients, one of which was a woman. With a growth rate of 75 to 80 percent, each patient saw a remarkable improvement along the hairline within nine months after surgery. “My patients are extremely happy with the aesthetic outcome of the procedure,” Dr. Umar said. This article in The Dermatology Times follows a similar article on Dr. Umar’s innovative approach to hair transplant published in the February publication of The Archives of Dermatology.

Deciding Between FUE and FUT For Hair Transplant

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Making the leap into hair transplant can be incredibly overwhelming. There is so much research to be done, so many choices to be made, so many goals to be fulfilled. The process involves an exhausting list of variables to be considered, which includes:

  • Your age
  • How bald you are/how many hair grafts you’ll need
  • What surgeon/hair clinic you choose
  • How much you’re willing to pay
  • The technique you choose

All of the above take part in the final results—and each one has the potential to make or break your hair transplant. Last, but certainly not least on the list, technique is like the vehicle you choose on the road to restoration. One will get you to your final destination while another may not be able to make it all the way.

FUE for Hair Transplant

FUE stands for follicular unit extraction. This method of surgical hair restoration got its big boost in the 1990’s, when development took off in full force. Hair surgeons wanted to improve on the existing techniques (one of them being FUT) in order to create the best outcomes possible.

FUE is a tedious, labor-intensive surgery that removes the hair grafts one at a time from the donor area for implantation into the recipient area. The donor area is usually comprised of the back of the head, but now with body hair transplant, FUE incorporates donor hair from almost anywhere on the body. FUE results in minimized scarring, quick healing, and optimal results—especially for hairline design.

FUT for Hair Transplant

FUT stands for follicular unit transplant. This method came before FUE, and thus it is a more antiquated method of hair transplant. Its development came about in the 1980’s but it still continues to be a popular method today. FUT removes the hair grafts by excising a linear strip of flesh from the back of the patient’s scalp. This creates the infamous strip scar, and also limits the number of hair grafts that can be transplanted as well as the caliber of hair that can be used. Ultimately, it is a quicker surgery, though more invasive, and hairline design suffers.

How to Choose

Each procedure has its pros and cons. While FUE creates superior results, FUT is more affordable for most people—and both require a skilled and experienced surgeon for the best possible results.

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Information for hair transplant patients to know when evaluating FUT versus FUE