Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) transplant is an ever-evolving procedure. Over 30 years ago, Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) was considered to be the golden standard for hair transplants. However, advancements in FUE methods, combined with the advent of new, innovative punch tools, quickly determined the latter to offer several advantages. In addition to providing healthy donor grafts, FUE hair transplant can offer a linear-scar free procedure to minimize the appearance of scarring on the donor site. The scars created during FUE surgery are small and circular in shape, and can typically be evenly dispersed to avoid the appearance of thinness in the donor area. However, while basic FUE services may be limited to treating patients with mild to moderate hair loss, Dr. Sanusi Umar uses his advanced Dr.UGraft™ Hair Transplant System to offer a unique Intelligent Hair Punch Service for all patients.
Basic vs. Intelligent Hair Punch Service
Traditional methods of FUE hair surgery involve extracting donor hair follicles from the back of the patient’s head. This area on the middle-back of the head is know as the Safe Donor Area (SDA) and can typically contain 5,000 – 7,000 grafts. Taking too much too soon from this area can result in donor over-harvesting, which is why many providers turn away young patients under 25 years of age. The limited donor supply is also why many severely bald individuals with Norwood level 6-7 hair loss are unable to get the coverage or density they desire to restore their hair loss. In order to provide the best Intelligent Hair Punch Service for his patients, Dr. Umar develops a unique approach for each case, taking into account several key details.
For patients under 25 years of age, Dr. Umar provides an Intelligent Hair Punch Service that conserves the donor area on the back of the head. This is done by performing the FUE Shave Test to determine if nape (peri-auricular) hair can be used in the procedure to supplement the donor supply of hair grafts. If the patient fails the test, indicating that he will progress to Norwood 6-7 baldness, then the donor supply can be bolstered through the use of body hair from virtually all body hair locations, including the leg, chest, and arms, harvested using the Intelligent Punch™ (Dr.UPunch i™).
Donor Wound Healing
Due to the unique flared tip of the Intelligent Punch™ (Dr.UPunch i™), the donor wound configuration created by scoring the hair grafts results in an everted profile. This shape lends itself toward healing into a smaller, flatter shape than those created with basic FUE hair punches.
Video: Dr. U Patient Benefits from Intelligent Hair Punch Service
Watch the video below to see the full results from this patient’s Intelligent Hair Punch procedure with Dr.UGraft™.
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Frequently Asked Questions – Intelligent Hair Punch Service
Which clinics offer Intelligent Hair Punch Services?
Dr. Umar’s Hair and Skin Clinic in Los Angeles offers Intelligent Hair Punch Services. Additionally, clinics and physicians listed as Dr.UGraft™ providers are also equipped to offer such services.
How old do I need to be to get a hair transplant procedure?
Conventional methods typically ask men under the age of 25 to wait until their hair loss stabilizes before pursuing hair transplant surgery. This is usually done to preserve the head donor area. However, the Intelligent Punch enables the use of body hair to bolster the donor supply, allowing the conservation of the traditional donor area for future hair transplant procedures.
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