Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
Way too many men with pattern baldness are given the wrong message. Society often dictates that they need to accept their hair loss fate and the genetic cards they are dealt with. Here is a patient story from our clinic about a 60-year-old man who went against the grain. Staying super bald for the rest of his life just didn’t feel right. Yet shaving his entire head also felt like the wrong choice. After wearing a hairpiece for a while, he felt inauthentic and stopped. The final option to consider was a hair transplant surgery. Yet doctors kept telling him that he could not qualify as a candidate. And worse yet, his vision for better coverage would be impossible.
However, as a top-level, go-getter entrepreneur, this patient’s gut conviction told him to pursue what he wanted for himself and to not give up. After ten years of researching hair transplant approaches, he finally discovered the work of Dr.U, a world-leading expert in repurposing body hair to erase the signs of hair loss for all stages of baldness, and people who need repair work.
With his revolutionary Dr.UGraft Zeus system, he is able to expand the patient’s donor resources by including other hair types. This barrier-breaking technology is designed to safely harvesting any type of hair follicle so that it survives, thrives, and produces a healthy, permanent growth yield.
In other words, since Dr.UGraft Zeus is built to attain the highest graft quality from all regions on both the head and body, severely bald patients do not have to rely on their remaining hair as their only source of donor grafts.
Before Photos – If Norwood 8 Existed, This Patient’s Hair Loss Would Be It
Hair transplant surgeons diagnose the different stages of male pattern baldness using a visual reference chart called the Hamilton-Norwood scale, with the worst-case-scenario being Norwood 7.
This patient came to us with an even more advanced state of hair loss than this in part due to the presence of retrograde alopecia where baldness also affects the nape of the neck below the remaining wreath of hair at the base and sides of his head.
If a Norwood 8 category were to exist, this patient’s case would most certainly match the criteria for this particular stage.
This gentleman wanted a hair transplant badly and even sought consultations from multiple service providers. However, all of them declined him as a candidate, citing the following reasons:
- His baldness was impossible to fix
- He did not have enough donor hair to render a credible-looking form of coverage
However, despite his odds, he would not take NO for an answer.
The Difference Made Possible by Dr.UGraft Zeus
Life for this gentleman turned around for the better when he was finally accepted here at the Dr.U Hair and Skin Clinic, the birthplace of the Dr.UGraft Zeus FUE hair transplant system.
While older hair transplant paradigms completely rely on the scalp as the only source of donor hair grafts, our technology makes it possible to successfully source new resources on other regions of the body.
Fortunately, this patient had enough hair follicles beyond just his head alone to create the appearance of full coverage.
Procedure Photos – Body Hair Extractions With Dr.UGraft Zeus
For this procedure, we were able to harvest non-head hair donor grafts  from areas such as:
- facial beard area
Here, at the Dr.U Hair and Skin Clinic, we did some serious rethinking. And we were able to identify the top factors responsible for compromising the survivability of FUE hair follicles derived from areas outside the main areas of the scalp.
We then applied these insights by engineering the feature sets of the Dr.UGraft Zeus technology to overcome each of these specific issues.
In addition, we also discovered (from our own direct patient experience) that skin thickness is the main reason why graft transection (i.e. damage) occurs during surgery. Different densities of skin tissue will then affect how the punch penetrates through. In the case of very thick or soft skin, there is a much higher risk of damaging the hair follicle graft.
A person’s skin thickness, of course, cannot be changed. However, what can be altered is how the punch behaves. As an intuitive FUE technology, the Dr.UGraft Zeus system makes use of this fact, making it the first hair transplant punch system in the world where doctors can actually customize the factors of rotational speeds and the downward force (i.e. U-Force).
For this patient, our technology was perfectly equipped to navigate the different skin thickness terrains of each and every one of his donor regions to produce healthy, robust grafts that would then thrive on his head.
Dr.U busy at work, harvesting leg hair follicles using his Dr.UGraft Zeus technology and his Intelligent Punch
Phase Two – Insertion of Donor Grafts
Harvesting the complete set of donor grafts for this procedure was only half the battle. The next phase required the careful and detailed insertion of these follicular units to replicate the patient’s own natural hair growth patterns.
Dr.U studied in detail the remaining region of the patient’s own hair to determine the inherent rules that would govern how the grafts should be placed. These factors included:
Dr. U’s overall planning for the final insertion of grafts is shown here.
His final design includes the spiral-shaped whorl which was found to be off to the far right-hand side of the crown.
Dr.U marks off the directions and patterning of hair growth for this patient’s final outcome
BEFORE AND AFTER – Severe Baldness Gone Forever
At just 8 months following his procedure, this patient experienced astounding signs of new growth. His stage of progress at this point even exceeds the yield of many head-hair only hair restoration cases at this point.
The FUE donor grafts derived from his face, head, leg, arm, and torso were able to survive and are doing amazingly well in their new locations on the recipient areas of this patient’s head.
At just eight months, he is thrilled with his near-to-full coverage that he wanted for so long. However, the best is still yet to come with more growth expected in 10 more months at his eighteen-month milestone with the fullest extent of his final yield.
Learn more about his overall experience with his Dr.UGraft Zeus body hair to head transplantation by clicking the video below.
VIDEO – Severe Baldness Was No Problem, Thanks to Dr.UGraft Zeus
In his own words, the patient is proud to report:
I waited a considerable amount of time to see if the technology would get to a level that would work for me. My condition is so extreme that nothing out there existed, so my search was at least ten years before I decided to do something. Because why do something unless it’s got a high probability of success. And this had the highest probability, and the probability manifested in the results. I’m happy. This is quite the impressive results, to say. I would definitely do it again.
This patient’s story is just one of many severe baldness patient cases that our clinic has conquered using our Dr.UGraft Zeus technology. We believe in breaking new barriers through relentless questioning to find new truths that will change peoples’ lives for the better. Despite the fact that many insisted that body donor hair is weak and inadequate, we never took this conventionally-held belief at face value. We believed that other viable possibilities existed besides using scalp hair alone. We not only proved that our theory was right but we also created a results-oriented hair transplant system that reversed all types of challenging hair loss scenarios with an impressive and ever-growing roster of happy patients in the end.
If you are struggling with severe baldness and would like to learn more about the possibility of a hair transplant procedure, click the button below for a free and personalized online consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions – Using Body Hair For Severe Baldness Hair Transplants
Can body hair grow longer when placed on the head?
Body hair will always grow and behave the same way as it did in its original location. When inserted in the scalp, it will remain the same length due to the DNA in the hair follicle cells which remains unchangeable. In the case of the patient described above, leg and arm hair will continue to remain short. Also, beard and head hair will grow to its original programmed length.
What are the other options available besides hair transplant surgery for men who are severely bald?
If hair transplantation is not an option, men who are severely bald may want to consider wearing a hairpiece or shaving their entire scalp. A person’s final decision should really depend on what they feel most comfortable with.
At what point does body hair become a necessity for surgically reversing the signs of baldness?
According to Dr.U, scalp hair can be harvested for Norwood levels 1-5. However, at the Norwood stages of 6-7, there are no longer sufficient quantities of donor hair left on the head to produce significantly improved forms of coverage.
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