Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
At a Norwood 4 stage of baldness, hairline recession has reached an advanced stage, nearing the center point at the top of the head. This Redondo Beach, Los Angeles patient decided to stop the progression of his hairline recession by undergoing a Dr.UGraft ™ FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) procedure. He was interested in achieving a conservative hair transplant result with a natural looking mature hairline, appropriate for his age. He chose Dr. Umar for his surgeon due to his success on past patients.
Patient Photos Before His Conservative Hair Transplant with Dr.UGraft ™
Here are photos of the patient before his Norwood 4 hair transplant. According to Dr.Umar, the state of his hairline recession also had some characteristics of the Norwood 3 stage. The patient’s hair loss caused him look older than he would have liked.
Most Natural Looking Hair Transplant – Dr.UGraft ™ Procedure Photos of Redondo Beach Patient
Because of his wavy textured hair, this patient needed a much smaller number of follicular units to achieve the coverage he wanted. Dr. Umar was able to create an ideal hairline with just 1200 grafts. The patient’s number one priority was to achieve a very natural looking end result.
The patient was interested in undergoing a Dr.UGraft™ procedure. This utilizes patented technology developed by Dr. Umar himself. The Dr.UGraft™ rotary punch has special features that prevent the common factors that damage grafts. This includes air drying and injuries from surgical tools. Evaporation is the number one cause of graft failure. With the Dr.UGraft system, the punch connects to a drip controlled fluid irrigation system which hydrates grafts as they are scored.
Also, the Dr.UGraft rotary punch is flared. The cutting edge faces outward as the graft itself touches a smooth, dull surface. This prevents the punch from accidentally cutting into the follicle.
There are many instances where hair transplant patients, in general, continue to suffer from baldness and hair loss. This is due to injured grafts that are not able to survive in the recipient areas.
However, with the features of Dr.UGraft™, patients can expect reliable growth yield by 12-18 months.
Before and After Results of Redondo Beach Patient – Mature Hairline Created By A Dr.UGraft™ Surgery
Here are before and after images, of the patient’s Dr.UGraft™ Norwood 4 hair transplant. His new hairline gives him a much younger and more energetic looking appearance that is very natural looking for his age. The final FUE hair transplant results are shown at just ten months following his surgery.
Video of Dr.U’s Conservative Hair Transplant with 1200 Grafts
Watch this video to learn more about this patient’s experience. He is happy that his results look natural and that people are not aware that he had anything done. Even when he tells others that he underwent a hair transplant, they find it hard to believe that he underwent a hair transplant.
Frequently Asked Questions – Dr.UGraft™ Norwood 4 Hair Transplant
How does Dr.Umar come up with a hairline design for a Norwood 4 hair transplant?
In designing hairlines, Dr. Umar may refer to photos of his patients before the onset of their hair loss. But he also refers to standard patterns set forth by nature in creating hairlines. He has found that certain facial shapes and characteristics correspond with different hairline and temple contours. When designing the framework around the face, Dr. Umar will take various factors into consideration along with the patient’s feedback.
When is it necessary to use other types of hair for a Norwood 4 hair surgery?
At the Norwood 4 stage, there is usually enough hair on the patient’s scalp to achieve the desired end coverage. However, there are also situations where the patient may have had previous, unsuccessful surgeries. In these cases, there may not be enough grafts left on the scalp. Dr. Umar may then recommend the use of non-head hair from the beard region or other areas of the body.
What are the main advantages that Dr.UGraft technology™ offers for Norwood 4 hair transplant patients?
Dr.UGraft™ technology has features that overcome the most typical factors that lead to graft injuries. With regular Follicular Unit Extraction approaches, graft scoring is done in large batches before the follicles are transferred to an aqueous environment. During this time, the grafts are exposed to the drying forces of air. The Dr.UGraft™ system can actually provide immediate hydration to the follicles right when they are being extracted. This leaves no time for grafts to interface with the air.
Also, basic FUE punches are shaped as cylinders. Surgeons have to be extremely precise as they align their punches with the grafts. However, mistakes can happen due to human error. And this may cause follicles to become severed by the sharp punch edge.
The flared, hybrid design of the Dr.UGraft™ punch avoids these types of injuries. The only part of the punch that the graft may actually touch is a dull, curved surface. The flared cutting edge points away from the hair follicle.
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