Last Updated on February 5, 2021 by Dr Sanusi Umar MD

This Beverly Hills patient had undergone several hair transplant procedures that involved strip harvesting a well as minigraft and micrograft implantation into the hairline starting in the early 1990s. Although these methods were highly regarded as being state of the art for their time, they were undoubtedly fraught with major limitations. This patient ended up with a harsh, pluggy looking outer edge in his hairline which he tried to keep hidden by constantly keeping his front hair layers combed forward. This all changed when he discovered the work of Dr. Umar who offered him a unique new solution, a hairline reconstruction using leg hair.

Dr.U Shows What Happens When Leg Hair Is Transplanted Into the Hairline

Learn more about this patient’s experience here- https://dru.com/hair-surgery/beverly-hills-patients-hairline-reconstruction-using-leg-hair-makes-hair-transp…

Repair Bad Hairline Transplant – Before Photos:

The hairline serves as a framework that plays a significant role in how others perceive facial attractiveness. During in-person encounters, unusual details like hair clustering (i.e. plugginess) will easily be noticed and understood as an obvious sign of surgery.

Photos taken of the patient before his Dr.UGraft ™ hairline reconstruction using leg hair clearly reveal the undisputable pluggy appearance. This resulted from taking naturally occurring clusters of hair from the back of the head where hair tends to be the thickest.

Patient before his procedure with Dr. Umar to reverse poor hairline restoration results. Hairline shows obvious looking plugs due to the use of large sized punches

Patient before his procedure with Dr. Umar to reverse poor hairline restoration results. Hairline shows obvious looking plugs due to the use of large sized punches

Dr. Umar recommended a hairline reconstruction using leg hair to correct the unnatural looking clustering of hair

Dr. Umar recommended a hairline reconstruction using leg hair to correct the unnatural looking clustering of hair

Fix Pluggy Hairline – Procedure Photos:

In order to repair the patient’s bad hairline transplant, it was necessary to select finer softer hairs to replace the thicker ones taken from the back of the head.  Such hairs could only be sourced from regions outside the typical donor extraction areas of the scalp. One option is to use nape hair. However, an even better choice is to perform the hairline reconstruction using leg hair, a much closer match for recreating the soft, feathery edge of the hairline.

Both leg and nape hair exit the skin at very sharp angles. Surgeons who use regular straight FUE punches can rely on this cue to guess where the actual hair follicle is. However, when it comes to non-head hair, the angle of the follicle is usually very different from the hair. Therefore, orienting the punch along the same trajectory as the emerging hair will result in a severed (and therefore unusable) graft.

However, with the right extraction device, it is certainly possible to perform a hairline reconstruction using leg hair to harvest an abundant quantity of donor grafts that would last long term in the recipient area.

Dr.UPunch i ™ offers a safe and effective way to harvest leg hair

Dr. Umar designed his very own advanced FUE extraction technology to overcome the specific structural  barriers that stand in the way of harvesting healthy robust hair transplant grafts, whether they are taken from the head or body.

The features of his Dr.UPunch i™ (The intelligent Punch) device makes hair angulation a non-issue. Even if the surgeon positions the instrument along the same angle as the emerging hair, the follicle itself would not be severed. This is due to the flared punch end which presents a dull, non-threatening surface facing the graft  as the cutting edge rotates away from the follicle.

Furthermore the textured threading inside and outside the punch grips onto the surrounding tissue, creating  gentle upward pull as the attachments around the follicle are cut away. This balanced pull combined with the safety of the flared hybrid punch allows this technology to safely harvest all types of hair found on the head and body.

How the Dr. UPunch intelligent works to safely extract sharply angled hair, like leg hair to enable doctors to reverse poor hairline restoration results.

How the Dr. UPunch Rotor intelligent™ works to safely extract sharply angled hair, like leg hair to enable doctors to reverse poor hairline restoration results.

How the Dr.UPunch i works to safely remove many types of hair to meet different levels of patient challenges for hair restoration surgery.


Creating a Natural Looking Hairline –
Before and After Results Photos of Beverly Hills Patient

To fix the pluggy hairline, Dr. Umar extracted 1000 grafts for this patient’s hairline reconstruction with leg hair . These follicles were implanted into the outer 1 cm margin. The actual design of the hairline took into consideration the proper height placement on the face. Additionally, Dr. Umar created an outer edge consisting of a central widow’s peak, as well as a single small widow’s peak on either side.

Here are before and after photos showing the patient’s outcome at the 2 year mark following his surgery.

Before and after photos showing a successful outcome to correct the patient's pluggy hairline using leg hair

Before and after photos showing a successful outcome to correct the patient’s pluggy hairline using leg hair *

 

Patient's hairline reconstruction using leg hair produced more natural looking hairline restoration results, as shown in these before and after photos

Patient’s hairline reconstruction using leg hair produced more natural looking hairline restoration results, as shown in these before and after photos *

Dr.UGraft Hairline Restoration Using Leg Hair – The World’s First In Hair Transplant History

This patient’s case was featured in a JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) publication entitled, The Transplanted Hairline – Leg Room For Improvement. His surgery represents the world’s first hair transplant procedure where leg hair follicles were used as grafts for  hairline restoration.

The long term survival of leg hair has long been viewed with skepticism. However, the patient’s before and after images above, along with follow up reports and publication in JAMA  confirms that leg hair can most certainly offer a viable choice to serve as healthy and robust hair transplant grafts for natural looking hairline detail.

Video: Dr.UGraft ™  to Reverse Poor Hairline Restoration Results

Beverly Hills patient shown two year after his hairline reconstruction using leg hair

Beverly Hills patient shown two year after his hairline reconstruction using leg hair

 

In the video below, the patient discusses his experience, his outcome and his overall feedback about his hairline reconstruction using leg hair, two years after his operation. He is happy to be able to just get out of the shower, comb his hair straight back, put in some product and not have to think about his hair for the rest of the day. He reports that he no longer has to experience up and down looks from other people as their gaze moves from the hairline to the eyes.

Because he is no longer self-conscious about his hairline, he has even chosen to wear his hair in a ponytail.

Additionally, he reports that no one suspects that he has had any type of cosmetic surgery. And when he does reveal he’s had a hair transplant, people are amazed at the results.

Furthermore, he reveals the status of his leg donor areas which healed exceptionally well.

 

9 year follow up after hairline reconstruction with leg hair

Nine years after the patient’s hairline repair surgery with Dr. Umar, he sent in pictures to show that his hairline created with leg hair continued to show strong signs of healthy growth and longevity.

 

Beverly Hills patient shown 9 years following his hairline reconstruction using leg hair

Beverly Hills patient shown 9 years following his procedure to reverse poor hairline restoration results using leg hair *

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Frequently Asked Questions – Dr.UGraft Hairline Reconstruction Using Leg Hair

Which is better for the hairline reconstruction, leg hair or nape hair?

Both types of hair can be used for hairline reconstruction. Since leg hair tends to be finer in caliber, these follicles are more ideal for the hairline edge. If these grafts are not an option, then nape hair can be considered

Will I have lasting scars if I get leg hair extractions for my hairline?

The answer to this question really depends on the type of FUE punch extraction used. Smaller punches would obviously create smaller wounds. But rendering them unnoticeable requires a more advanced design where the punch creates special shaped wound cavities that allows the skin to heal without visible signs of redness or raised tissue. These capabilities are made possible through the uniquely engineered features of the Dr.UPunch Rotor intelligent.

What causes pluggy hairlines?

Pluggy hairlines are caused by large sized punches when they are used to extract follicular units with multiple hair follicles. This creates an obvious clustered look which people refer to as plugs.

 

When you’re under Dr. U’s care, you can rest assured knowing that your hair restoration is in capable, experienced hands. If you’ve got any questions regarding undergoing treatment with the Dr. U Hair Clinic, click the button below to get in touch with the doctor himself:

 

 

Further Reading

Read the New York Times report of Dr. Umar’s use of leg hair for creating more natural looking hairlines

Find out what the Hollywood Reporter has to say about leg hair transplants for hairline restoration 

Meet a patient who transformed his receding hairline using nape hair harvested with the Dr. UPunch i