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  1. FUE hair transplant is one of the most versatile solutions for those suffering from hair loss, male pattern, hormonal, premature, or otherwise. As an expert in the practice of FUE in all types of patients, Los Angeles-based hair surgeon Dr. Sanusi Umar has spent some time developing his own proprietary system of FUE tools, all under the Dr.UGraft™ brand. Dr. U’s Dr.UGraft™ system not only makes body hair transplant procedures more effective than ever - its intelligently-flaring punch tip is especially conducive to FUE hair transplant procedures done on individuals with curly, Afro-textured hair (where only manual punches were a viable choice prior), completely eliminating the need for an FUE hair pre-test. It drastically reduces rates of transection, achieving higher graft yields and follicle survival rates in the recipient area. This video introduces the system and goes into detail about the many benefits it offers patients and practitioners alike. For additional information, you can check us out at UGraft.com .
  2. The patient below was scarred extensively from previous surgeries at other clinics. This left him without much hope for restoration, so he settled for a double-flap procedure to allow him to use a hairpiece. Then, he learned about Dr. Sanusi Umar’s hair transplant repair technique, published in journals such as the Facial Plastic Surgery Journal of North America. After an initial consultation, it was clear that the natural hair pattern of the patient would have to be reconstructed using hair from areas other than the head. Dr. U was able to perform this procedure by using his Dr.UGraft System™ to extract the necessary grafts - 15,000 from the chest, shoulders, and abdomen, 6,000 from the beard, and 1,000 from the head. Body hair follicles tend to grow at an angle underneath the skin, which is why a specialized tool is required. The patient is happy with this results, shown 3 years after beginning his restoration with Dr.UGraft™. To learn more about this case, watch the video below or click here.
  3. This patient had a history of hair loss and poor results from previous hair restoration attempts. These procedures not only failed to reverse hair loss, but also left visible scars on his consequently depleted donor area. Ready to give up on any hope of restoration, he became aware of Dr. U’s success with repairs for head-donor depleted patients using non-head hair. After a consultation, he was ready to give a body hair to head transplant with Dr.UGraft™ a shot. Using the Intelligent Punch™ (Dr.UPunch i™), which features patented and unpatented graft grip, pull, score, and release mechanisms, Dr. U was able to safely extract a total of 6,500 grafts. Roughly 3150 grafts came from the beard, 1300 from the nape of the neck, and 500 from the chest. The other 1550 grafts were harvested from the head. The grafts were used to not only provide coverage over hair loss and scarring but to also recreate a more natural-looking hairline. Watch the video here to see the full results and hear the patient’s experience with Dr.UGraft. Additionally, you can learn more about this case here: https://dru.com/hair-surgery/repairing-donor-hair-depleted-patient-using-dr-ugraft/
  4. Traction alopecia is a mechanical form of hair loss, often associated with harsh grooming practices such as tight ponytails and braids. It tends to predominantly affect women of African descent, due to the prevalence of such hairstyles for curly hair. The patient below noticed her edges were beginning to recede after years of wearing tight ponytails. She consulted Dr. Sanusi Umar in Los Angeles about her options. Dr. Umar (aka Dr. U), recommended a linear-scar free FUE hair transplant to reverse her receding edges. In order to safely extract the tightly curled, afro-textured hair, Dr. U used the Dr.UGraft System together with the manual Dr.UPunch Curl. The sharp, curved tip of the punch minimizes the issue of thicker skin tissue, stronger attachments, and allows for a manual plunging motion in order to safely score around the curled hair follicle. A comparative study found this tool to be 100% more effective than conventional FUE punches in a study on 18 patient cases with afro-textured hair. The patient is pleased with her results. You can learn more about this procedure here.
  5. Those looking to acquire or advance their FUE hair transplant skills may be interested to know that the 2018 Los Angeles Hair Transplant Workshop is open for registration. Over the course of two days, October 6- 7, attendees can attend lectures from hair restoration experts and then apply their knowledge in life-like hands-on training using fresh-frozen cadavers. Providers of all experience levels can train in Body Hair Transplantation and Afro-Textured Hair FUE. Beginners interested in introducing a new service to their practice are welcome to join. Learn more about this workshop, including a full faculty and program list.
  6. Those interested in the latest advancements in hair transplant may be excited to learn that Dr. Umar (aka Dr. U) has performed the world’s first ultrasonic FUE hair transplant on afro-textured hair. This history-making debut can be seen in the surgical demonstration below: Dr. Umar is keenly aware of the need to advance hair transplant tools for all patients, especially those considered to be challenging due to hair type/skin texture. Often, patients with tightly-curled, afro-textured hair experience unsatisfactory results from FUE hair transplants due to the inability of conventional rotary punches to navigate the severe angles of the curled follicles and overcome tough dermis and strong attachment of the follicle to the deep skin. He previously pioneered the manual Dr.UPunch Curl™ to overcome obstacles in afro-textured hair with its sharp, two-pronged, curved punch tip operated via manual plunging motion. A comparative study documenting 18 patient cases published in the PRS Global Open found this non-rotary device to be 100% successful where others extraction tools had failed. However, Dr. Umar knew that there is always room for improvement. This improvement is the addition of ultrasound. Dr. U harnesses the energy of ultrasonic waves to vibrate the Dr.UPunch Curl™ at a frequency suited to the particular patient's tissue profile. This enables the easier extraction of hair follicles which are tightly curled under the skin and which have stronger attachments to the surrounding tissue. You can find more details about this procedure here.
  7. Hello Hair Restoration Network community, It is no secret that traditional FUE tools have had problems in the safe and reliable extraction body hair. Practitioners using these tools often report poor results. An important factor accounting for this is the trauma endured by grafts extracted using conventional FUE tools, which have less problems in head hair extraction. The difference that results in problematic extraction is the angulation of body hair below the skin surface. Since this is hidden in the skin, the operator would have to guess the angles unless he or she is equipped with a tool that assists by self navigating and tracking the hair through its tortuous path. Read more about how Dr.UGraft’s patented technology helps to minimize this frustrating issue of subcuticular hair angulation and how it enables easier body hair FUE (BHT), and more consistent production of viable grafts. In the video below, you will see how the Dr.UGraft System, featuring the Intelligent Punch (Dr.UPunch i), safely and efficiently extracts hair from a chest donor area using patented and patent-pending graft grip, pull, score, and release mechanisms. Also witness in the video, the “FUE Swipe Maneuver” explained by Dr. U in this breakthrough body hair transplant publication in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. This is made possible by the graft grip, pull, score and release mechanism mentioned above. Stay tuned for more surgical demonstrations on other problem areas in follicular unit extraction hair restoration surgery, and how the Dr.UGraft advanced hair transplant system overcomes them.
  8. Thank you Bill, This video is an overview introduction to what the technology is capable of. As you can see, even in the setting of a scarred donor, the punch was able to self-guide and separate the grafts with minimal control from the operator. In the subsequent weeks, we will take on each and every identified FUE issue and demonstrate in live videos how Dr.UGraft ameliorates them. The rotary motion of the Intelligent Punch (combined with patented and patent-pending graft pulling features) pushes away attachments, leaving the graft separated from surrounding tissue in such a way that secondary dissection is not always needed - often, many grafts can be safely collected by simply swiping a piece of gauze over the area. When the graft comes out with the punch, it is known as impaction - other FUE surgeries may require the use of forceps to remove this graft, which can result in mechanical damage, or, in the interest of time, the surgeon may simply "sacrifice" the graft and keep extracting, pushing that impacted graft deeper into the lumen. However, the Dr.UGraft System integrates a fluid irrigation feature which allows for continuous hydration as well as safe graft rescue via fluid ejection. On the contrary, the Dr.UGraft System combines patented graft control features and fluid irrigation for faster and more efficient procedures without sacrificing graft quality. Of course, we will leave it to the well-informed membership of this community to discern for itself. Stay tuned for more demonstrations that expand on the issues above.
  9. On the contrary, the Dr.UGraft system does not use suction. Rather, it delivers fluid in the opposite direction in order to nourish and sustain the grafts during extraction. The Intelligent Punch, used in the video above, pulls the grafts up to cut around it then release the graft. This is made possible due to several break-through, patented features -- and the reason the Dr.UGraft system is delivering unprecedented yields in FUE and BHT.
  10. We would like to introduce a new, intelligent hair transplant system designed to empower doctors and transform lives. Rather than simply describe the details, I have provided a surgical demonstration below, where you can see the smartness of the FUE tools for yourself. Without further ado: In subsequent weeks we will be posting a series of videos demonstrating how the Intelligent Punch can successfully extract grafts from virtually any donor area. If you would like to see results of hair transplant surgeries using these tools, click here
  11. Watch the full video of this patient’s eyebrow transplant here The patient above had always been unhappy with her sparse eyebrows. The ability to grow thick eyebrows is determined by genetics--some people have more densely packed hair follicles, and other do not. Thick eyebrows, while experiencing an uptick in popularity thanks to Cara Delevingne, have always been in style. The patient particularly admired the prominent, thick brows of 80s icon Brooke Shields. She consulted with Dr. U in Los Angeles about the possibility of an eyebrow transplant. Dr. U decided to harvest 350 grafts in order to give the patient the eyebrows of her dreams. Using his advanced FUE system, Dr. U extracted the grafts from the nape of the patient’s neck. He chose the nape as the donor area because nape hairs are a better match for the eyebrow, since they resemble one another in quality and thickness. The patient provided a photograph of the celebrity eyebrows she wanted, which Dr. U used during the implant process for inspiration and guidance on shape, proportionate length and general hair growth patterns. Just six months after surgery, the patient was extremely pleased to flaunt her Brooke Shields-inspired brows. Click here or visit the link below for more information about getting the eyebrows of your dreams. https://dru.com/hair-surgery/dr-ugraft-eyebrow-hair-transplant-services-los-angeles/
  12. To Watch Full Video: This patient experienced hair loss in her temple areas due to traction alopecia. Traction alopecia, or tension hair loss, as it is sometimes referred to, is the condition in which harsh grooming practices like tight ponytails or weaves pull the follicles from their roots over time. This results in permanent hair loss in the areas pulled with the most force. Dr. U recommended extracting 200 grafts from the donor area on her head. He extracted these follicles using his advanced FUE tool, the Dr.UPunch Rotor, giving the patient a better chance of seeing an increased growth yield after surgery. Dr.U then reconstructed the hairline by carefully inserting the UGrafts into the bald area on the patient’s temple. During this process, Dr. U takes into account the growth pattern on the scalp and matches it in order to produce natural results. The patient is thrilled with the results of her surgery. Using the Dr.UGraft system, she was able to overcome her hair loss. The patient can pull her hair up without worrying about her bald spots, which giver her more confidence in her appearance. For more information about traction alopecia in general CLICK HERE. For information about traction alopecia in men CLICK HERE.
  13. In this case Dr. Umar repaired a bad hair tattoo using a FUE hair transplant using his Dr.UGraft technique on an African-American patient from Los Angeles, CA. The individual had previously experienced a scalp micropigmentation (SMP) in an effort to restore his temples and hairline. Before the patient visited Dr. Umar, he'd undergone a scalp micropigmentation (SMP) process by a different practitioner. The individual was unhappy with the outcomes of the SMP for 2 reasons: 1) the pigment had been put within his receding temples, leading to a noticeable gap 2) the pigment was deposited to deep which can turn green or blue. Overall, this compelled his SMP to appear incredibly unrealistic. The patient had originally sought out scalp micropigmentation since as an African American, he did not believe he is a candidate for a hair transplant. Unhappy with his appearance, he scheduled an interview with Dr. Umar to explore his options for repairing his botched tattooed toenails. Dr. Umar used his patented Dr.UPunch Rotor to carry out the FUE hair transplant on the patient. Because the individual is African-American he usually would not be the right candidate for a conventional FUE hair transplant, which could only be achieved effectively on patients with straight or wavy hair. However, the groundbreaking Dr.UPunch tool allows for FUE on all hair types. Dr. Umar used his Dr.UGraft Revolution system to not only fix the terrible hair tattoo, but also revive the individual's hairline and general hair density... all with just 1375 grafts. The patient was ecstatic with his results. For More Information About This Bad Hair Tattoo Patient CLICK HERE.