Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
This black male patient was just too young to be worried about thinning hair. Balding at 22 wasn’t something he thought he would face. But it was apparent his hair was disappearing and that his male pattern baldness was only going to intensify. His hairline was balding and the mid scalp was also starting to look depleted.
His balding hair took a toll on his self-esteem. But this young gentleman was determined to find a real solution. After researching remedies, tricks and hair tinctures that promised hair regrowth, he was determined to find a way to save his hair. Unfortunately, nothing showed promise.
Besides his age and the stage of his hair loss, this young man also had to consider the ethnic needs associated with hair transplantation performed on individuals of African descent, a group who faces much higher transection (i.e. hair follicle damage) rates, compared to other demographics.
Tired of experimenting with topicals and pharmaceuticals, Earnest decided he would get a hair transplant. After another in depth search for a hair transplant surgeon, he stumbled upon Dr. Sanusi Umar, also known as Dr. U.
After learning about his successful hands-on-experience, performing hair transplant procedures on black men and women, this young patient knew that the Dr.U Hair and Skin Clinic was the place to go, where he could achieve his personal vision for an age-appropriate hairline, temples and overall growth.
VIDEO – Hair Transplant for Young Black Los Angeles Male In His Twenties
In this video, Dr.U takes viewers through the planning and process of this hair transplant procedure. Learn more about how his Dr.UGraft Zeus technology was used to produce this patient’s life-changing results.
Before Photos – Young Black Male Patient With Androgenic Hair Loss
The patient arrived at Dr.U’s clinic with a distressing state of hair loss. He hoped to resolve the following areas affected by the early onset of male pattern baldness:
- hairline recession
- receded temples
- sparse thinning which pervaded the top of his scalp
Below are photos taken before his procedure with Dr.U. The patient wants to achieve a more youthful looking hairline, temples and coverage which would be more aligned with his age group.
The top of the patient’s head shows significant and unwanted sparseness which he wanted to resolve through a hair transplant procedure specialized for black male patients.
The temples on both the right and the left side show considerable hair loss which contributed to a much older looking appearance. According to Dr.U, these regions are an important detail for creating the right framework for the patient’s face.
Procedure Photos – Dr.UGraft Zeus™, An All-In-One System For a Black Male Hair Transplant
Conventional FUE hair transplants offer a “one for all” approach that just doesn’t work for everyone. Regular punches are likely to incur the risk of damaging curved-shaped Afro-textured hair follicles. Many hair transplant doctors believe that this unique hair follicle type is not compatible with generic cylindrical FUE punches which are more suitable for harvesting straight hair and can actually damage the curled hair follicle during an extraction.
And certainly strip surgery using a scalpel is not an option. This type of procedure leaves a linear scar on the back of their head. Patients feel self-conscious about this and often attempt to hide it by wearing their hair long. However, since most black men prefer closely cropped or short hair styles, there is no way to hide the exposed scar.
According to Dr.U, hair follicle shape is not the number one reason behind the high graft transection rates which commonly occurs in black patients. After years of conducting hair restoration procedures for patients of all races, Dr.U discovered that greater-than-average skin thickness is actual leading factor responsible for unsuccessful hair transplant graft extractions in black patients.Based on his own observations, he noticed that patients of African descent tend to have varying degrees of thick dermal tissue on their scalp. A generic FUE punch, which relies on just set of rotational settings, will experience great difficulty penetrating the obstinate scalp dermal surface layer, characteristic in most black men and women.
The photos below show the regions he hoped to fill in using scalp donor grafts harvested using Dr.UGraft Zeus.
Dr.U uses his Intelligent punch along with his Dr.UGraft Zeus system to extract any and all types of hair follicle grafts, including those derived from men and women of African descent. Both these components combined overcome the issues of skin thickness and hair follicle curvature which are characteristics particular to this demographic.
Dr.U and staff members ensure the careful harvesting of hair follicles extracted from black patients to achieve minimal to zero transection during procedures. Below are close-up photos depicting these uniquely shaped donor hair grafts.
Tightly curled Afro textured hair grows from hair follicles which have a uniquely curved structure
Dr.U is shown at work performing hair transplant graft extractions. His Intelligent punch is designed to be responsive to different skin thickness terrains, including the dense scalp environments found in patients of African origin.
The Technology of Dr.UGraft Zeus™
The Dr.UGraft Zeus™ console is designed with multiple touch-screen presets to accommodate multiple types of skin thickness levels. This revolutionary concept developed by Dr.U, resulted from many years of direct observation to determine the best punch performance parameters to successfully harvest grafts for different patient ethnic groups.
This technology removes the guesswork out of punch extractions to handle the varying different contexts and skin terrains that surgical practitioners are likely to encounter when performing FUE hair transplant surgery.
Dr.UGraft Zeus™ offers black hair transplant patients a reliable approach and protocol for anticipating a the growth-yield that they set out for. No longer do men and women of African descent need to be reliant on any form type of hit-or-miss surgery. They can patiently await their results, confident that they are on the right track towards a fuller head of scalp hair.
The Zeus™ Hair Transplant For 20 Year Old Black Male Patient
Dr. U’s goal was to provide him with a natural looking appearance of fullness for the top of the head, hairline and temples.The advanced and Intuitive FUE feature set of the Dr.UGraft Zeus™ hair transplant technology system produced the lowest possible transection rate with optimal yield at the very end .
In total Dr. U, using UGraft Zeus™ extracted 3003 grafts. He used the finer hairs, 957 grafts from the nape for the mid scalp and the rest he spread out evenly through the frontal scalp, the hairline and other parts of the mid scalp.
Before and After Photos – Dr.U’s Hair Transplant Procedure For Young Black Male in Los Angeles
Dr.U observed the remaining pattern of hair growth on the patient’s head. From this information, he was able to infer crucial placement details such as natural looking distribution points and orientation angles. During the insertion phase, Dr.U inserted each donor graft to conform to these design patterns. He also utilized finer nape hair to render a natural looking soft and nuanced outer edge for the patient’s hairline and temples.
The patient’s new hairline, top coverage and temples produce a remarkable difference in the overall youthfulness of his appearance.
For many patients, it is not always possible to utilize the maximum donor quantity. Instead, the best course of action would be to make the most of a conservative number of grafts to achieve the closest approximation to the appearance of having full coverage.
Learn more about Dr.U’s specialized extractions and graft insertions which helped this black male patient attain an amazing image makeover.
Interested in a more specialized form of hair transplantation for Afro-textured hair? Speak to Dr.U himself about undergoing a Dr.UGraft Zeus™ procedure
Frequently Asked Questions
I am a black male and already had a strip surgery. I do not like my scar. What can I do to get rid of it?
It is possible to use Follicular Unit Extraction to harvest and transplant a set of additional grafts along the scar line. They would need to be inserted far more closely (i.e. greater square area densities) compared to the rest of the hair on your scalp. This helps to ensure the best possible coverage of the scar tissue. Again, as discussed earlier, having higher skin thickness is a major risk factor to consider for patients of African descent. This issue contributes to higher transection (i.e. hair follicle damage) rates. Unsuccessful extractions would then lead to various issues such as poor growth and fewer available donor grafts which may be needed for future hair transplant surgeries. This is why it would be important for black patients to consider undergoing procedures performed using highly specialized technology such as the Dr.UGraft Zeus system which accounts for the variable of skin thickness in individuals of African origin.
Why is the Dr.UGraft Zeus system better than other FUE approaches for black people?
The Dr.UGraft Zeus is designed to overcome both the issues of skin thickness and curled hair follicles which exist in patients of African descent. The technology is used to power Dr.U’s Intelligent punch. Both components are designed with these unique characteristics in mind. Black male and female patients can confidently await their anticipated growth instead of taking chances on hit-or-miss Follicular Unit Extraction procedures.
Can the Dr.UGraft Zeus be used for women of African descent who are losing hair?
Although the patient featured in this case study is male, the Dr.UGraft Zeus can most certainly be used to perform successful hair restoration surgeries on black females. To qualify as a candidate (whether male or female), a patient would need to have a sufficient quantity of long-term and permanent donor hair follicle grafts. In many cases, black women who are suffering from traction alopecia would eligible to undergo a Dr.UGraft Zeus hair transplant procedure.
References Umar, Sanusi MD, Comparative Study of a Novel Tool for Follicular Unit Extraction for Individuals with Afro-textured Hair, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open: September 2016 – Volume 4 – Issue 9 – p e1069