The Hollywood Reporter Discusses a New Method Developed by Dr. Sanusi Umar for Achieving a Natural Looking Hairline

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Dr. Sanusi Umar, a Los Angeles hair transplant specialist, was recently featured in a Hollywood Reporter article discussing what A list celebrities will do to fight male pattern baldness. His work in leg hair transplant was highlighted as a way to create more natural looking hairlines through hair restoration surgery.

Dr. Umar's patient says that his hairline and temple restoration was the best investment he has ever made in himself

In a town obsessed with staying (or at least looking) young to remain on top, more than a few men agonize over going bald. Superficial though it might be, many derive confidence and a perception of power from a full head of hair.

The Hollywood Reporter is one the most respected entertainment publications. As an image driven industry, the onset of male pattern baldness can certainly create concern for public figures whose careers rely heavily on maintaining their youth.

Handsomeness in men is often defined as having a full head of hair. Before the availability of modern transplantation surgeries, wigs and toupees were often relied upon to help cover bald spots.

But now, current methods in hair restoration surgery have made it possible to regain actual growth on the scalp. And with a highly skilled doctor, results can look completely natural and undetectable.


As a leading expert in hair transplants, Dr. Sanusi Umar was chosen as one of the doctors featured in an article by Dr. Susan Campos, titled, Leg Hair Transplants and Scalp Tattoos: How Hollywood’s A-List Fights Baldness. This was published on October 3, 2013.

Dr. Umar is world renowned for his use of non-conventional donor grafts from regions outside the head. In fact, his work in this area has been published in major medical journals such as:

  •     JAMA Dermatology (formerly known as the Archives of Dermatology)
  •     Annals of Plastic Surgery
  •     Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

And by using follicles from the legs, a soft and natural quality can be achieved for the hairline. This is one of the most significant details of surgical restoration.

The most obvious reason is that it is right above the eyes and helps to frame the face. Therefore, it is easily noticed during face to face interactions. In typical procedures, hair is taken from the back or sides of the head. These shafts tend to be quite thick. And when placed in the hairline, others will easily notice that something looks off.

Also, it’s positioning on the forehead helps establish a set of aesthetic proportions known as the Rule of Thirds, whose standards are also used by visual artists. In other words, an attractive face can be divided into three equal sections. The first one is defined by the distance between the hairline edge to the top of the eyebrows. The second interval is between the eyebrows and the nose. And the third segment is marked by the bottom of the nose to the chin. So when the hairline recedes, the Rule of Thirds is disrupted on the individual’s face.


The general appearance of the hairline requires careful and detailed crafting during the insertion phase of the hair transplant procedure. However, the natural quality of the hairline’s edge will depend on the type of hair that is selected prior to this.

Hairs from the main areas of the head are quite thick. Nape hairs are thin. But leg hairs offer a much finer quality.

Dr. Umar uses his uGraft surgical tool to perform these extractions on body areas. This is a specialized area known as Advanced Follicular Unit Extraction for restoring hair with body follicles. Hair follicles on the body grow at sharper angles. Therefore, additiona mechanisms (besides the punch edge) need to help separate the follicles from the surrounding tissue.

Furthermore, since the surfaces of the legs are quite visible, wound healing is more of a priority. Fortunately, Dr. Umar’s uGraft instruments are able to create skin punches of specific shapes. This minimizes excess tissue that would otherwise contribute to visible scars. Once the leg hair is extracted, the visual appearance of the skin is flawless once the healing is complete.

The use of leg hair can be included as part of a comprehensive hair transplant. But these grafts can also be inserted through separate procedures. The Hollywood Reporter mentions that specific surgeries can be performed to soften and improve upon the hairline results of past procedures.

To read the Hollywood Reporter article, click here.

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