Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
Persons of African Descent For Hair Transplant Surgery
Dr. Sanusi Umar Invents New Technique -Persons of African Descent eligible for hair transplant surgery. The door is now opening for persons of African descent, regardless of ethnicity, to restore hair loss that results from the more common genetics, from previous surgery, or as the result of scarring experienced from acne keloidalis nuchae (AKN). UGraft and UPunch Curl Punch are currently only available from the inventor, Dr. Sanusi Umar at Dr.U Hair and Skin Clinic in Redondo Beach, CA 90277
For years, individuals of African descent seeking hair transplants have been turned away by hair transplant surgeons using the traditional method of extracting hair, termed follicular unit extraction (FUE). Because of the fragile nature of the African hair (tight curl, texture, and tissue characteristics), many individuals of African descent experience traumatic damage from FUE to their extracted hair, which has resulted in poor hair transplant outcomes.
In a new study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery- Global Open, Dr. Sanusi Umar used the latest addition to his patented UGraft® equipment, called the UPunch Curl™. Use of the UPunch Curl™ to perform FUE resulted in successful transplantation of grafts in all 18 individuals of African descent. In these individuals, transections that limit graft/hair viability occurred in less than 5% of grafts. Even in the most extreme cases of diseased and scarred scalps from a condition called acne keloidalis nuchae, the transection rate did not exceed 10%. In this study, the UPunch Curl™ was also compared with two other tools used in FUE hair transplantation. The best transection rates observed with the UPunch Curl™ is attributed to its unique design, which accommodates the curliness of the hair. Previous to this finding, individuals with tightly curled Afro-textured hair were considered poor candidates for FUE. As a result, many were forced to have the hair transplant procedure that takes grafts/hair from a large area of scalp tissue, creating a big linear scar in the back of the head. This restricted the ability to keep a short or buzzed haircut. The UPunch Curl™ that allows FUE from individual hair follicles rather than from a removed strip of tissue makes this a problem of the past.
Dr. Umar notes that:
“Patients with the most tightly curled hair are of African descent, but these individuals are not a homogenous group, with variability in degree of curliness between groups from different countries. Variations also exist in the same individual when hair is taken from different scalp regions. All of these variations reflect either ethnic mixing …that has occurred over generations as well as genetic variations. This technique now allows these individuals to undergo hair transplantation while minimizing the poor outcomes associated with the traditional FUE method. While this initial study evaluated only 18 patients from various racial backgrounds, I believe that the findings point the way to a universal approach in FUE for people with tightly curled Afro-textured hair.”
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open (PRS Global Open) is an open access, peer-reviewed, international journal focusing on global plastic and reconstructive surgery. PRS Global Open publishes on all areas of plastic and reconstructive surgery, including basic science/experimental studies pertinent to the field. Sanusi Umar, MD, FASDS is an internationally recognized surgeon with board certification by the American Board of Dermatology, Fellow of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Umar is also an associate faculty at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS).
Dr. Umar is a well-published academic pioneer in the field of hair transplant surgery and his publications have appeared in multiple journals, including Journal of the American Medical Association – JAMA Dermatology, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Dermatologic Surgery, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open.