Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
After past hair transplant attempts, this patient from Sydney, Australia was left with continued signs of baldness along with visible scarring. He sought the best doctor who can repair strip surgery mistakes. His previous procedures had depleted much of his head donor supply. This included two failed surgeries, a strip procedure and an FUE transplant performed in Australia. With not enough hair transplant donor grafts, he had far fewer resources to cover both the scars and the empty, thinned areas of this scalp. He made the decision to travel all the way from Australia to Los Angeles because he was convinced that Dr. Umar had the right solution for overcoming his pressing challenges.
Clearly, additional follicle grafts were needed to meet his goals. However, most hair transplant surgeons are only equipped with very standard tools and methods which are capable of safely extracting head hair. Yet, in situations where scalp hair is not sufficient, beard hair, when available can help to supplement the donor supply to produce the needed coverage.
Dr. Umar developed his own advanced FUE extraction devices, which includes the Dr.UPunch i ™ to safely and successfully harvest these unconventional grafts so that they can survive and produce long-term growth in the recipient areas.
Because of this specialization, this patient placed his confidence in Dr. Umar for a pivotal Dr.UGraft™ procedure to repair past surgery mistakes, conceal strip scars and overcome the challenges of not enough hair transplant donor grafts and no growth after strip surgery.
Sydney, Australia Patient’s Before Photos: No Growth After Strip Surgery
After two failed strip surgeries, this patient had a depleted hairline, temples, and crown. Plus the linear scarring was quite visible on the back of his head and very difficult to hide. The patient was very unhappy with how these mistakes affected his appearance. Here are photos which show these issues before his surgery with Dr. Umar.
Solving the Issue of Not Enough Hair Transplant Donor Grafts – Dr.UGraft™ Procedure Photos:
Dr. Umar used his patented technology, Dr.UPunch i ™ to harvest a total of 13,000 donor grafts from the beard and the head and repair Follicular unit Strip Surgery mistakes. Two separate sessions were conducted. 7000 grafts were harvested during the first procedure and 6000 grafts were attained in the second session.
Unlike head hair, beard and other types of body hair will grow at rather sharp angles. Regular FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) instruments are used by descending the punch tip at the same angle as the visible hair. While this approach is sufficient for straight head hair that grows at about ninety degrees, these types of punches will cut through the graft when the hair is angled.
The Dr.UPunch i ™ is designed to grip the tissue around the follicles. Regardless of the hair angle, this allows the flared end of the punch to then cut around the graft, instead of through it. Here is how Dr. Umar’s technology works.
Dr. Umar inserted the donor grafts to cover the scar tissue and fill in the areas of thinning and hair loss to produce the desired coverage that the patient wanted.
Surgery to Conceal Strip Scars and Repair Strip Surgery Mistakes – Before and After Results Photos:
The ability to conceal strip scars from two procedures and restore a youthful coverage was a feat that most clinics would have considered impossible. Therefore, this patient’s 13,000 graft body hair transplant surgery by Dr. Umar really exceeded his expectations. Here are before and after photos which show this patient’s remarkable transformation.
Video: Buzz Cut After A Dr.UGraft™ Hair Transplant
After undergoing a strip surgery, most patients feel they have no choice but to wear their hair long in order to hide the scars. The notion of wearing a buzz cut after a hair transplant seems to be quite idealistic in these cases.
For this patient, Dr. Umar was able to acquire an abundant number of grafts to insert into the strip scarring. Taking a very detailed approach, he makes sure to blend the linear area with the surrounding areas. As a result, the strip scar tissue is no longer noticeable or apparent to onlookers, even with a short buzz cut.
The shortness of this hairstyle helps to minimize the appearance of bald areas, especially for patients with darker hair tones. The empty areas of the scalp appear to be less noticeable. By contrast, with a strip scar, patients have no choice but to wear longer hair lengths in order to keep it hidden. However, longer hair, especially when it is paired with continued baldness, as in the case of this patient contributes to a more aged looking appearance. The effect of the shorter and longer hair lengths is quite apparent in this patient’s before and after photos.
Watch this amazing video to learn more about his hair transplant victory.
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Frequently Asked Questions – Repair Strip Surgery Mistakes
Would SMP help me conceal strip scars if I want to wear a buzz cut after a Dr.UGraft™ hair transplant?
At first, the idea of using of ink pigment to simulate shaved hair might seem like a good way to camouflage strip scar tissue. However, when there is actual hair surrounding the region, most people can notice a difference in texture. The strip scar would maintain a smooth appearance And the surrounding hair (even when cut short) would produce a contrasting texture. Most people would be able to detect that ink was used. Therefore, SMP used strictly on the linear scar would not do the best job of hiding it.
Why do many strip hair transplant doctors tell patients that their method produces better quality grafts?
These specialists make the argument that technicians can examine the strip under a microscope. Therefore, they have the ability to carefully cut around each graft so that more of the tissue sheath around each follicular unit remains intact. According to this view, when tiny FUE punches are used, doctors have to guess where the follicle is. And furthermore, with these punches, there is a greater chance of slicing outer layers of the follicle’s tissue sheath and damaging their ability to survive long term.
The actual reality, however, is that strip surgery actually does not guarantee better growth yield. This patient’s case is a very good example. Using Follicular Unit Extraction, Dr. Umar has treated many individuals who had suffered from poor strip surgery outcomes.
Can other types of hair from the body be used instead of beard hair for a repair procedure?
Dr. Umar’s instrumentation is versatile enough to navigate the course of any type of hair, whether from the head or body. Therefore, grafts can be harvested from areas like the torso, back and even the arms and legs. Head hair, when available is prioritized. Beard hair is often used due to the quantity of hair that can be made available on the sides of the face as well as the neck. Other areas may be considered depending on the quantity needed as well as the various levels of softness which may be desired for more realistic detail.
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