Severe Baldness and Botched Strip Surgery Help: First Body Hair Transplant (BHT) Study Offers New Hope for FUE with Novel UGraft® System

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In a 7 year case study of 122 diverse patients, Sanusi Umar, MD, FAAD, FASDS,( transplanted body hair (BHT) using UGraft FUE to restore natural hair lines, repair strip surgery scars and restore thinning areas of the scalp. This is a first of its kind study on the viability of BHT in hair restoration over time in a large population of patients.

UGraft by Dr. Sanusi Umar Helps Severe Baldness

Dr. Umar's patient before and after photo

Head donor hair is limited, so some patients have been turned away by other hair restoration clinics. Body Hair Transplantation offers new hope for those suffering with severe baldness or botched surgeries.

Sanusi Umar, MD, FAAD, FASDS has released a seven year case study on the success of body hair transplant (BHT) surgery in the treatment of severely bald patients using the patented UGraft system for Follicle Unit Extraction (FUE). The long term study is the first to report on the role of BHT in hair restoration in a large population of patients, as earlier reports have been of isolated cases. The study following 122 diverse patients with severe baldness from 2005 to 2012 was published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ) on May 30, 2016. ASJ is a peer-reviewed international journal focusing on scientific developments and clinical techniques in aesthetic surgery. At this time, UGraft is only available at Dr U Hair and Skin Clinics.

The patented UGraft systems designed by Dr. Sanusi Umar demonstrated that body hair shafts from the beard, trunk, and extremities can be used to treat extreme baldness or strip scarring when patients have inadequate amounts of scalp donor hair. The conclusion of the study determined that UGraft FUE using body hair can be an effective hair transplantation method for a select patient population of individuals with adequate body hair who suffer from severe baldness or inadequate scalp donor reserve. The complete BHT study is available at

In this study evaluating the long term effect of body hair transplants for patients with extreme baldness, Dr. Umar has successfully helped patients turned away by hair restoration clinics. Aggressive strip surgery, multiple attempts at hair transplantation, severe scarring and loss of head donor hair has left many patients with few options. The UGraft system uses a minimally invasive approach to restore even severely bald patients as well as repair the damage caused by poorly executed surgeries. In addition to the UGraft hair extraction system, Dr. Umar has developed standardized protocols for performing body hair transplants for more consistent results. Those turned away from hair restoration clinics have found a yes with these unique and new techniques.

The ASJ is the official publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), published by the Oxford University Press. It is the English-language journal of many major international societies of plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Umar is an internationally recognized surgeon with board certification by the American Board of Dermatology, A fellow of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and associate faculty at the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Umar is a well-published academic pioneer in the field of hair transplant surgery and his BHT publications have appeared in multiple journals, including Journal of the American Medical Association - JAMA Dermatology, and many others. Dr. Umar is a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, ISHRS.

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