Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
Patients of African descent often have trouble finding hair loss solutions because of the tightly curled nature of their hair. Such was the case for this patient. As he began to experience hair loss, he underwent a strip surgery at another clinic to mask loss at his hairline. The surgery left him with a visible head scar and very poor growth yield. He then underwent a basic FUE procedure to achieve the coverage he hoped for in both the hairline as well as the linear scar. However, a successful hair transplant repair for patients with Afro-textured hair requires tools with features that are specially designed to extract their uniquely shaped follicles. This is why he sought help from Dr. Umar, the inventor and practitioner of the Dr.UPunch i ™, an advanced FUE technology with specific features. The following case documents an example of a successful hair transplant repair in African American patients.
Hair Loss in Black Men – Before Photos of Pasadena, Los Angeles Patient Treated with the Dr.UPunch i ™
This patient from Pasadena, Los Angeles wanted Dr. Umar to repair the mistakes made from his past two hair transplant surgeries. These images show the minimal growth in the patient’s hairline as well as the highly visible permanent scar before treatment by Dr. Umar.
After his direct personal experience with two past surgeries, this patient fully realized that a successful hair transplant repair in African American patients requires more specialized tools and methods. He felt very optimistic when he found Dr. Umar who designed his very own extraction devices with specially designed features that are capable of safely harvesting follicles in more challenging types of cases.
Dr.UGraft ™ Procedure Photos – Successful Hair Transplant Repair in African American Male Patient
Dr. Umar used his patented Dr.UPunch i ™ device to create a donor pool of 1200 grafts to restore the hairline and conceal the patient’s scar. When performing extractions for patients of African descent, Dr. Umar first uses his rotary punch, the Dr.UPunch i ™on a small number of hair follicle grafts. If the transection rate is 10% or higher, the Dr.UPunch Curl™ is then used instead.
However, in the case of this particular patient, the Dr.UPunch i ™ served as an excellent tool for harvesting the targeted donor supply of 1200 grafts. Although this individual is of African descent, with a tightly curled hair, the rotary Dr.UPunch i was highly successful because it is nuanced to perform better than conventional FUE sharp punches in this scenario. Furthermore, the Dr.UPunch i ™ was sufficient for cutting through the dermis and anchoring attachments without the need to apply excessive force.
The Dr.UPunch i ™ is a hybrid rotary punch with a flared outer punch edge. The purpose of the flaring is to combine the benefits of a sharp and dull punch into a single structure. A dull, curved surface faces the follicular unit which is by far, a much safer scenario compared to exposing the graft to a sharp edge. Furthermore, in a flared punch configuration, the actual cutting edge points outward and away from the hair follicles as an added safety measure.
The Dr.UPunch i™ connects to The Dr.UGraft™ central console component which controls a water system powered by a foot pedal feature to deposit fluid onto the grafts in order to prevent them from being exposed to the air. This contributes to bulkier, more hydrated grafts that are then able to survive long-term and produce the expected growth yield.
Successful Dr.UGraft™ Hair Transplant Repair in African American Male Patient: Before and After Photos
Ten months after surgery, the Pasadena patient had a full head of natural looking hair. Dr. Umar reconstructed his hairline while rebuilding his temple points. He then used the remaining grafts to increase the density of coverage on the patient’s crown and to conceal the scar from his strip surgery. The patient can even wear a short-cut hair style without the scar showing, or without showing any signs of hair loss.
The photos below highlight the contrast. The patient’s happy expression speaks for itself!
VIDEO: Dr.UGraft ™FUE For Black Patients – Repair Case for Strip Scar and Hairline Recession
Learn more about this patient’s overall hair transplant experience and his outcome by watching this video:
Frequently Asked Questions: Successful Hair Transplant Repair in African American Man
What are the factors affecting the cost of hair transplantation for African Americans?
With any patient undergoing treatment with the Dr.UPunch Curl™, cost depends on the number of grafts used to restore hair. If finances pose a major obstacle for patients considering hair restoration with the Dr.UPunch Curl™, Dr. Umar can develop a more conservative treatment plan that will minimize cost while improving natural-looking hair coverage.
How long does it take to recover from surgery with the Dr.UPunch Curl™ for receding hairlines in black men?
A non-invasive procedure, the Dr.UGraft™ requires no hospitalization and only local anesthesia. Immediately following surgery, the incisions crust over, with this scabbing sloughing off in about a week’s time. Wounds heal in about a month, with new hair growth beginning thereafter. In general, it takes about a year for transplanted hair to reach full growth.
Dr. U is a pioneer in the world of FUE hair transplant in patients with Afro-textured hair; to send your questions about the procedure to him directly, feel free to do so using the button below:
- Information regarding FUE transplant and Dr.UGraft
- Read about the capabilities of UGraft mentioned in the New York Times
- Meet another black male patient who underwent a successful FUE procedure using the Dr.UPunch Curl™