Last Updated on July 13, 2021 by Dr Sanusi Umar MD

Updated March 12, 2020: For years, arcane surgical methods offered poor results in the field of hair transplant. Antiquated surgical techniques could leave patients heavily disfigured and with serious complications, and furthermore, these bad transplant surgical methods did not succeed in restoring a head of natural-looking hair. Today, bad transplant repair procedures aim to address patient concerns about previous hair restoration surgeries that had unnatural-looking results. Not only do newer techniques aim to avoid scarring, but they can also repair scarring from previous procedures. Fortunately, a groundbreaking new surgical technique has made it possible for doctors to perform hair transplant repair while restoring a full head of hair to a patient.

Patient's prior procedure required the best hair transplant repair doctor in the world

A patient who required corrective hair surgery to repair previous procedures

VIDEO: The Worst Hair Surgery Disaster In the World, Meets The Best Hair Transplant Repair Surgery in The World

Watch how Dr. Umar was able to reverse a hair restoration disaster using body hair harvested using the the Dr.UGraft™ System.


Many previous hair surgery methods have become obsolete thanks to the changes in today’s technology. These dated procedures have caused more harm than good.



Common Problems Caused by Poorly Done Hair Surgeries that Often require Hair Transplant Repair:

  • Scars that grow larger, stretching, and widening across the scalp and consuming the main donor hair source.


This closeup photo of a Dr. U patient before his body hair transplant procedure.

Dr. U took this closeup shot of his patient with severe scarring before the DrUGraft body hair transplant procedure.

  • Persistent hair balding despite patients having had these antiquated and poorly executed hair restoration procedures.
This patient was a 6 on the NW scale, he came to Dr. Umar to fix this.

This NW 6 patient after strip surgery that left a large scar he was still bald on the top and crown


  • Depleted donor source whereby these traditional procedures exhaust the traditional head donor area on the back and sides of the head.

Before Dr U Repair, patient had huge scars from past surgery and a depleted donor area

Before Dr. U Repair, the patient had huge scars from past surgery and a depleted donor area

  • Disfigurement whereby the anatomic landscape of the scalp and hair become unnaturally disposed. These can result in odd hair patterns and strange appearance, even monstrous outcomes.

Antiquated Scalp reduction had caused an anatomic deformity of the crown called the "Slot deformity" in this patient

Antiquated Scalp reduction had caused an anatomic deformity of the crown called the “Slot deformity” in this patient

  • Emotional and psychological devastation as well as social upheavals. In severe cases, the resulting depression has led to an increase in suicides and suicidal inclinations.

These issues have led to an increased desire for bad hair surgery repairs. More importantly, these poor results have put an emphasis on identifying great surgeons that have the experience and sense of artistry to recreate a natural looking head of hair. Of all the hair surgeons worldwide, Dr. Sanusi Umar has gained a reputation for his ability to treat hair falling out and perform bad hair transplant repair.

Bad Hair Transplant Repair – The Dr.UGraft Way

Fortunately, advancements in technologies now allows surgeons to perform transplant repair. Prior patients of other clinics now have a second chance for hair restoration with the Dr.UGraft method, an advanced form of follicular unit extraction (FUE). The Dr. UGraft system has made it possible to repair even the most severely botched hair restoration outcomes, thus taking fixing bad results to an entirely new level.

What botched hair surgeries are repairable By DrUGraft Methods?

Depending on the availability of non-head donor hair and the health and demographic of the patient, the Dr.UGraft can repair virtually any botched procedure. Many outdated hair surgery repair procedures also cause severe damage in the long-term aftermath of the surgery.

Dr. Umar has used Dr. UGraft to repair disfiguring results of:

  1. Scalp Reduction problems such as the scarring and slot deformities
  2. Temporoparietal-Occipital Flaps (also called Juri flap or Flemming Mayer flaps)
  3. “Doll’s Hair” Appearance and Punch Graft Scars (bad hair implants)
  4. Strip Harvesting and Strip Scars
  5. Asymmetry and Poorly Placed/Angled Hair
  6. Depletion of Head Donor Source (FUE hair transplant gone wrong)
  7. Harsh Hairline

Scalp Reduction

Scalp reduction involves removing bald sections of the scalp and pulling the hair-bearing skin across, stitching and stapling the scalp closed. Because of a broad history of unsatisfying and disfiguring results, scalp reduction surgeries have fallen out of favor with hair replacement physicians. The procedure does not restore hair; it instead gives that appearance of the restoration. Today, doctors often regard scalp reduction as one of the worst hair transplant methods.

Fixing bad hair transplant results: many of Dr. Umar's patients have undergone scalp reductions with unsatisfying results

Today scalp reduction is more commonly performed on patients that have been in accidents, burn victims and individuals with congenital birth defects due in part to the disadvantages of the procedure.


Disadvantages of this procedure often far outweigh the benefits:

  • a highly invasive nature
  • high chance of necrosis and tissue death
  • possible infection
  • risks of scarring and scar expansion
  • permanent hair loss around scar tissue
  • permanent nerve damage
  • reduced hair density due to the stretching of the scalp

Doctors no longer consider scalp reduction as a viable treatment option in hair restoration. FUE gives better results that do not lead to linear scarring. The versatility of FUE can also address a larger number of challenges with excellent results and doesn’t risk cosmetic scarring or disfigurement.

The patient below experienced many different botched hair surgery repair procedures, including flap surgery. He later sought help from Dr. Umar to repair an array of damage caused by his previous surgeries. The majority of the disfigurement to the patient’s scalp seemed to come from multiple scalp reductions. The patient developed a severe slot formation as a result.

Bad Hair Transplant repair: results of the DrUGraft BHT

Botched hair transplant pictures: The amazing results of Dr.UGraft on botched hair surgeries. With 22,000 grafts from the chest, stomach, shoulder, beard, and head, the repair and restoration proved to be a life-altering success.*

The Dr.UGraft procedure allowed Dr. Umar to repair the slot deformity—that is, the large bald oval to the oblong deformed crown on the top and back of the head—thus concealing the hair loss, and restoring a look of natural crown hair.

VIDEO: Scalp Reduction Crown Repair by Dr. UGraft FUE Hair Transplantation

This patient turned to Dr. U after numerous failed hair procedures at other clinics. Positive results were achieved with a Dr. UGraft FUE hair transplant using 6500 head and beard UGrafts. A year later, this patient is very happy with the results. He is now enjoying a full natural head of hair, with strong temple points and a new hairline. Great results from a Dr. UGraft FUE hair transplant using 6500 UGrafts.



Tempero-parietal-Occipital Flaps or Hair Flaps

Doctors have largely abandoned hair flap surgeries due to the new advances in technology. Hair restoration by hair flaps involves transplanting hair-bearing flaps from the side of the scalp and rotating them along the thinning or bald area. The procedure often leaves:

  • visible scarring on the hairline and sides of the head as well as the frontal scalp.
  • The hairline to temple transition point is scarred and deformed
  • The hair in the front points backward instead of forward.
  • As the hair loss progresses and odd baldness pattern is created

Flap surgery often leaves patients with visible scars

Complications of flap surgery often involve scarring, particularly along the hairline that creates a harsh hairline, unnatural and unappealing temporal recesses, hair loss that occurs behind the front flaps, and hair growing in unnatural directions.
After flap surgery, before repair by Dr U, the patient had a scar on hairline and abnormally directed frontal hair as well as abnormal hairline temple recesses

After flap surgery, before repair by Dr. U, the patient had a scar on the hairline and abnormally directed frontal hair as well as abnormal hairline temple recesses


Dr. Umar still encounters complications from this particular process in his repair clinic.  The video below details the problems created by a Juri flap hair transplant, and how Dr. Umar used the Dr UGraft method to resolve the disfigurement.

VIDEO: Repair of Hair Flap DIsfigurement Using Dr.UGraft FUE Hair Transplantation

Unnatural hairline and scarring from a previous Juri Flap procedure were repaired with the Dr UGraft FUE hair transplant using 1500 grafts.




“Doll’s Hair” Appearance and Punch Graft Scars

The “doll’s hair” look has become somewhat notorious for its artificial appearance. The procedure uses an outdated punch method that inserts clumps of hair into the scalp. Large punch sizes (4.0 mm) left behind large, round scars, visible after the transplant as well as a pluggy appearance near the root of the implanted hair.

The first patient below had undergone multiple strip procedures. In addition to the usual strip scarring, he also had severe ridging and plugginess along his hairline. The pluggy look forced him to style his hair forward to try and mask the dimpled appearance.

Dr. Umar removed the pluggy implants and recreated the patient’s hairline using his UGraft FUE technique, using hair from his head and nape for the bad hair transplant repair.

Before and after treatment with the DrUGraft

Bad hair plugs pictures: bad hair plugs with “Doll Hair” look repaired by Dr. Umar.*


The second patient below suffered from a Norwood rating of level 6 level of baldness. He used punch grafting to restore his hair loss. The hair that was transplanted into his scalp never grew, leaving behind the round punch scars across his scalp. The scarring forced him to cover the area with a hairpiece. The procedure had also depleted his normal hair donor areas.

With an insufficient amount of donor head hair to use, Dr. Umar pulled from his beard, chest, and stomach to restore the patient’s hair. Dr. Umar used the Dr.UGraft to fix the bad transplant results and give the patient a natural-looking hairline and temple points. The transplant repair better blended with the patient’s hairpiece and made the bad hair transplant repair look natural and authentic.

Strip Harvesting and Strip Scarring

Follicular Unit Strip Surgery harvesting involves removing a horizontal strip of flesh from the scalp relocated to other areas of the scalp.

This procedure leads to harsh hairlines and the infamous linear scar on the head. BHT allows patients unhappy with their previous scarring to implant hair on and around the scar. The Dr.UGraft BHT maintains a natural looking head of hair, camouflaging the scarring that often continues to stretch as the patient ages.

The first patient below had a previous strip surgery with 1,800 grafts that left with an inevitable linear scar. Worse, the patient could not conceal the scar with a short buzz cut, his hairstyle of choice. With his natural pattern baldness expanding, the patient sought help from Dr. Umar to conceal the scar and allow the patient to wear a short hairstyle again.

After three surgeries and 5,800 DrUGrafts from the beard, nape, and head, the patient could wear his buzz cut thanks to bad hair transplant repair from Dr. Umar.


Botched Hair Transplant Pictures: A visible strip scar (left) and repair of the surgery using Dr.UGraft (right).*

Botched Hair Transplant Pictures: A visible strip scar (left) and repair of the surgery using Dr.UGraft (right).*


The video below covers the patient’s case in greater detail:

Patient underwent strip surgery at another clinic for 1800 grafts. Was not happy with his hairline, the coverage and his strip scar. He did not have enough head hair to continue traditional transplants, but he was still bald. He underwent 3 surgeries using: 3800 beard grafts, 1500 nape and chest grafts, 500 head grafts. Dr U created a new hairline and temple points, added density to the front, middle and crown, added hair to the strip scar. Patient is seen one year after his DrUGraft procedure.


Poorly placed and badly angled hair can create problems with the density and evenness across the scalp. As the below photos show, this uneven look creates a visible asymmetry on the scalp.

A previous Follicular Unit Extraction surgery left this patient with a desire for evenness across his scalp and more density overall. Another doctor with sub-par accuracy had performed the original FUE, leaving the patient’s hairline and coverage irregular and asymmetrical.

After hair transplant at another clinic, the patient was left with an asymmetric hairline and frontal scalp

After hair transplant at another clinic, the patient was left with an asymmetric hairline and frontal scalp


To treat the patient, Dr. Umar harvested 6,100 grafts from the body, head, hair, and beard to fill in density. The resulting look created a fuller and more even head of hair.

The video below details the patient’s transformation:

Hair Transplant Tourism is Not Cheaper in the long run: This California patient received an FUE treatment in another country to save cost elsewhere and it resulted in a uneven hairline and continued loss of hair. He then had it fixed by Dr. Umar in Los Angeles

Depletion of Head Donor Source

Repeated surgeries and poor technique can lead to a depletion of donor head hair source. This lack of hair once caused serious problems for basic Follicular Unit Extraction, as it relied solely on head donor areas. An advanced process like the Dr.UGraft overcomes these limitations by tapping into non-head donor hair supply.

Basic FUE left the patient below with minimum growth, unnatural results, and scarring along with a host of other side-effects. The extended use of antiquated, bad FUE hair procedures left his head donor hair depleted. Dr. Umar succeeded in fixing his issues with only one surgery, utilizing hair from the patient’s chest and abdomen to create a natural, fully restored head of hair.

Harsh Hairline

In procedures like a Follicular Unit Strip Surgery that take hair from only one specific area, hair tends to look thicker and can lead to an uneven look on the hairline of the scalp. This outcome results from using a single area of the for donor grafts. Hair often grows thicker in the donor area than it does at the hairline. This variance in density leads to an unnatural and often uneven look to the hairline.

Fortunately, Dr. UGraft BHT allows Dr. Umar to correct a harsh, unnatural hairline. The new technique utilized by Dr. UGraft allows Dr. Umar to transplant finer hair from the body to artistically recreate a smoother, natural-looking hairline.

After receiving three different Follicular Unit Strip Surgery transplantations, the patient below realized FUSS procedures could do nothing to treat his harsh hairline. Dr. Umar used 1,000 FUE DrUGrafts to restructure the patient’s hairline, making it appear soft and gradual. Dr. Umar’s technique corrected the patient’s pluggy and asymmetrical hairline.

Bad hair implants: Unsatisfying results from a bad hair transplant

Bad FUE hair transplant: Harsh and pluggy hairline from bad hair repair surgery.


The video below further explains this patient’s bad hair transplant repair process.

Fixing Bad Hair Transplant Results: An Emotional Journey for Patients

Patients who receive unsatisfying or disfiguring results from botched hair surgeries walk away from the experience traumatized. Understandably, this leads to skepticism, anxiety, and distrust by the patient for any future repair. With patients having already suffered a blow to self-esteem over the initial hair loss, botched surgery can have a dreadful effect on a patient’s self-image. Victims of botched surgery often report clinical depression and increased anxiety. Some even attempt suicide.

When a patient considers bad hair transplant repair, the new surgeon must know how to overcome a patient’s fears and establish trust gradually. Once the patient trusts a surgeon, the skepticism and anxiety may subside. Dr. Umar makes it his top priority and earns patient trust. He strives for clear communication with patients, never over-promising the results of transplant repair.

Choosing a Surgeon for Bad Hair Transplant Repair

Patients will, of course, want to avoid any of the outdated dangerous, and disfiguring hair restoration methods already discussed here. But what should a patient look for when choosing a surgeon for bad hair transplant repair?

Of course, whenever considering any kind of medical procedure, a patient faces certain risks. Wise patients, however, can minimize those risks by looking for a few key factors when vetting a doctor.

Steps for selecting a good FUE doctor:

  1. Do research. Make sure a potential doctor comes with verifiable recommendations and testimonials. A prepared doctor will offer a patient case history, including actual photos or videos of previous patients, and their surgical outcomes.
  2. Understand the procedure. What are the goals? How will a doctor and patient achieve those goals? Where will the new hair come from, just the head or the entire body? What does the doctor plan to achieve satisfying results? Each patient should seek out answers to these questions before agreeing to any surgical procedure.
  3. Since each situation is unique, it’s essential that the doctor treat every case uniquely. What may work to treat one person might not be right for another. Thus, a one-size-fits-all attitude definitely raises red flags when it comes to bad hair transplant repair. A doctor should have a concrete, unique plan tailored to each patient’s particular situation.
  4. A good transplant repair doctor will have extensive experience in both FUE and BHT. These techniques have shown particular success in repairing bad hair surgery. Often the patients cannot tolerate another strip scar or even the thought of one!. Previous surgeries often make additional strip or flap surgeries impossible due to insufficient scalp donor hair or a loss of scalp elasticity. With no donor hair, a damaged scalp, and excessive scarring, only body hair transplant can offer satisfying results to most patients.

Why go to Dr. Umar in Los Angeles?

Dr. Umar has extensive experience in hair transplantation and in repair hair transplants gone bad. Furthermore, he takes great pride in his artistic approach to hair restoration. With his advanced FUE technique (the DrUGraft) Dr. Umar can recreate full coverage across the scalp using hair from all over the body. Most important of all, Dr. Umar is a thoughtful, gentle surgeon that understands the complexities of hair restoration, especially for the emotional impact of a botched hair repair surgery on his patients.

Dr. Umar’s track record with bad hair transplant repair and Dr. UGraft has no equal. Dr. Umar also champions his patients and ensures that each patient feels happy and comfortable with his work. In fact, Dr. Umar has a worldwide reputation for creating smooth and natural hairlines, increasing density, and improving the look and feel of a patient’s hair. No wonder, then that patients seek out help from Dr. Umar’s Los Angeles practice from all over the world!

Below are further examples of fixing bad results performed by Dr. Umar with the DrUGraft.

Examples: Botched Hair Transplant Pictures

Botched hair transplant pictures: Dr. Umar repaired scarring from several strip surgeries.*

Botched hair transplant pictures: Dr. Umar repaired scarring from several strip surgeries.*

Botched hair transplant pictures: Dr. Umar repaired scarring from several strip surgeries.*

Botched hair transplant pictures: Dr. Umar repaired scarring from several strip surgeries.*

Hair Transplant Gone Bad: Repair with the DrUGraft FUE

This patient had an asymmetrical and thin hairline repaired by Dr. Umar and the DrUGraft.*

Dramatic bad hair transplants repair with the DrUGraft

A patient after receiving 9,000 body hair grafts to his scalp with the DrUGraft.*


Good News for Victims of Bad Hair Transplants

Victims of bad hair transplant results and other unsatisfactory work have received wonderful results from Dr. Umar and his revolutionary Dr UGraft technique. With his experience, even clients with the most horrific cases of transplant scarring have been successfully treated.



Frequently Asked Questions for Bad Hair Transplant Repair:

I’ve already undergone previous hair transplant surgeries with unsatisfying results. Other doctors have told me that they do not have a treatment method to treat my scarring and hair loss. Can Dr. Umar really help me?

Yes, in most cases. Dr. Umar invented the Dr.UGraft procedure precisely to treat patients who had exhausted other surgical options. The Dr. UGraft uses a patented tool called the Dr.UPunch that can work with all hair types. More importantly, the Dr.UGraft method also transplants hair from anywhere on the body, opening up a broad array of new hair transplant and restoration possibilities.

I’ve heard about other surgical methods or experimentation for hair transplants in other countries. How do these methods compare to the Dr. UGraft?

The Dr.UGraft has been evaluated and approved by the FDA for hair transplant and has a long and proven track record of success. Other, more experimental procedures, or other methods performed in other countries, do not have the same record of success. Furthermore, they can often carry a much higher risk of potentially life-threatening complications. In fact, Dr. Umar often treats patients who want to undergo bad transplant repair after suffering extreme disfigurement from foreign surgical procedures. Undergoing hair restoration with the Dr.UGraft carries little to no risk of complication, and is performed under the protection of the American FDA.

I’ve been told that I don’t have sufficient donor hair to undergo bad hair transplant repair. Can Dr.UGraft help?

Yes! Because of Dr. Umar’s innovation in creating the Dr. UGraft method to utilize hair from anywhere on the body, the procedure can treat even the most extreme cases of an exhausted donor pool on the head. Furthermore, the results look even more natural than those achieved with other surgeries or Basic FUE. The Dr.UGraft allows Dr. Umar to rebuild a head of hair, matching qualities like thickness or density for the most natural look possible.

I hear of even rich celebrities having a bad hair transplant? Is there hope for us regular people?

The news feeds are abuzz with horror stories of celebrities that have suffered botched plastic surgeries. Being rich and famous does not preclude you from making mistakes and bad decisions. Incidentally, since their career is largely tied to their appearances, they especially would seek a hair transplant to address hair loss to remain on top of their game. They of all people cannot afford to end up with botched hair surgeries as it could carry devastating consequences on their career and future. Often being rich means they outsource the research work needed to find a good doctor for their plastic and their handlers may be swayed by misleading marketing or advice. Ironically, individuals who do their own research are more likely to get their surgeries performed by qualified doctors than celebrities who outsource that function to other parties.

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