Last Updated on February 6, 2021 by Dr Sanusi Umar MD

This patient from Pasadena chose Dr. Umar to repair the aftermath of hair transplant disasters and various scalp procedures which left him disfigured and with very minimal hair left on his head. At the time of his surgery, his presentation was considered to be the worst hair transplant repair case to date. With an exhausted donor supply, conventional and standard hair transplant approaches could offer no hope.

Plastic surgery would not be able to make the deformities on the patient’s scalp disappear.  The scars and ridging from failed hair restoration attempts are now permanent. The only way for the patient to feasibly regain a normal appearance would be to cover and correct the mistakes resulting from hair transplant surgery gone wrong.

This patient turned to Dr. Umar in Los Angeles, who has developed a worldwide reputation as the best hair restoration repair doctor. He is the inventor of patented, advanced FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) technology called Dr.UGraft ™ which includes special features engineered to overcome the challenges of removing body hair for long-term survival as grafts.  Through this approach, patient cases like this could benefit from abundant graft counts and renewed forms of coverage.

Body hair transplant Repair- Hair transplant disaster reversal by BHT and FUE – Sanusi Umar MD

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Hair Transplant Disasters and Botched Scalp SurgeriesBefore Photos:

The series of hair transplant disasters and the deformities remaining from his scalp manipulation surgeries rendered this patient’s scenario as the worst hair transplant repair case in the world by the time he came to see Dr. Umar for help.

His previous procedures included:

  • Multiple strip hair transplant procedures
  • Double flap surgery intended for hairline restoration and to enable the use of a hairpiece
  • Scalp reduction

To the patient’s dismay, each attempt ended as a failed hair restoration result. The end effect of the surgeries compounded as an overall cosmetic nightmare.  His grafts did not survive to produce the expected coverage. He was left with permanent scarring and scalp disfigurement. Like other victims of hair transplant surgery gone wrong, he was plagued with an exhausted donor supply, leaving him with no resources left for repair. Furthermore, poor technique resulted in a pluggy hairline and abnormally angled hair grouped together as an island patch on his head.

 

Pasadena, Los Angeles patient with an accumulation of hair transplant disasters right before his first hair repair surgery with Dr. U

Pasadena, Los Angeles patient with an accumulation of hair transplant disasters right before his first hair repair surgery with Dr. U

 

V-shaped scar remaining on top of the patient's head that resulted from a scalp reduction, failed hair restoration procedure

V-shaped scar remaining on top of the patient’s head that resulted from a scalp reduction  failed hair restoration procedure

 

This patient's experience of hair transplant surgery gone wrong multiple times left him with his traditional donor area depleted

This patient’s experience of hair transplant surgery gone wrong multiple times left him with his traditional donor area depleted

New Hope For Failed Hair Restoration –  Dr.UGraft™ Procedure Photos:

Although he was disqualified for conventional hair transplant surgery repair due to his lack of head donor hair, he was nonetheless suitable as a candidate for Dr.UGraft body hair transplantation.

Harvesting body hair to be used as donor grafts for repair has long been considered to be a logical treatment approach for patients like this. But this idea is fraught with challenges in real life.

Unlike head hair, body hair grows out of the skin at sharper angles. Hair transplant doctors rely on these angles to align their punches accordingly. However, this tends to be an inaccurate cue for the actual position of the follicle. And as a result, regular straight punches are more likely to slice straight through the graft.

Dr. Umar reimagined the basic standard design of FUE punches to develop his revolutionary rotary punch, the Dr.UPunch i™. It’s innately intelligent features make it possible for the punch to follow the course of the follicle and cut around it (instead of through it) as a reliable mechanism for producing the desired quantity of abundant, healthy viable grafts.

Additionally, the Dr.UPunch i™ takes into account the long-term wound healing results of the donor areas. The unique flaring of the punch tip creates the right wound cavity shape needed for the best skin healing results. When the wound closes, the harvested body donor areas are left flat, without noticeable signs of visible scarring or redness.

 

Hair Transplant Disasters Reversed With Dr.UGraft™ Body Hair To Head Transfer – Before and After Results Photos:

Thanks to Dr. Umar’s breakthrough technology and revolutionary approach to achieving new levels of coverage for donor depleted repair cases, this patient was finally able to experience the turning point he had been waiting for. The abundant coverage made possible with body hair grafts allowed this patient’s case to fully transition from hair restoration horror story to an inspirational success, offering new hope for others who had suffered similar types of adversities.

Patient is now able to put the signs of failed hair restoration behind him with his amazing new coverage which includes well-designed temples that frame his face in the best way possible

Dr.UGraft™ patient is now able to put the signs of failed hair restoration behind him with his amazing new coverage which includes well-designed temples that frame his face in the best way possible *

 

The back of the patient's head now has normal looking coverage thanks to body hair grafts that were well inserted to recreate the whorl and normal growth patterns on the back of the head

The back of the patient’s head now has normal looking coverage thanks to body hair grafts that were well inserted to recreate the  normal growth patterns on the back of the head *

 

Close up view of crown whorl and new coverage which now masks the scalp reduction scar

Close up view of crown whorl and new coverage which now masks the scalp reduction scar *

 

Patient's new hairline now lets him put his hair transplant disasters behind him

Patient’s new hairline now lets him put his hair transplant disasters behind him *

 

Dr. Umar was indeed the best hair restoration repair doctor who succeeded in restoring a normal looking coverage

Dr. Umar was indeed the best hair restoration repair doctor who succeeded in restoring a normal looking coverage *

Video: Pasadena Los Angeles Patient Prevails Over Hair Transplant Disasters Through The Best Hair Restoration Repair Doctor

Watch this video to learn more about this patient’s incredible hair restoration journey. See how body hair transplantation made it possible for him to beat the odds and regain a normal looking coverage.

Hair Restoration Disaster Reversed By Body Hair Transplant

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Frequently Asked Questions – Preventing or Overcoming Hair Transplant Disasters

What is the success rate of hair transplant surgery?

Many patients hope to prevent the odds of disastrous hair restoration outcomes by understanding the actual success rate of these procedures. However, this question depends on how the word, success is defined. Successful outcomes are difficult to quantify since the overall end appearance will depend on how the patient views their results, which can be quite subjective. However, the concept of success can also be described in terms of graft survival. This is much easier to quantify and has been estimated overall as 95 to 98%. However, this range will not necessarily apply to each and every patient. There is the risk that some individuals may experience much lower survival rates. This potential is much higher in the hands of less experienced surgeons.

Now that hair restoration has come a long way, does this mean that botched hair transplant procedures are becoming more of a thing of the past?

It may seem that new techniques and advances in hair restoration surgery would improve the quality of results for patients. However, techniques and technology depend on the skills of the surgeon in order to render the best possible outcomes for patients. In fact, according to the ISHRS, there is now a new breed of botched hair transplant outcomes. This is occurring due to the growing number of doctors from unrelated specialties trying to get into the field of hair transplantation. Their lack of experience results in different types of errors compared to the older generation of repair due to outdated surgeries. Outcomes being seen in recent patients include poor growth, a depleted donor, poorly planned hairlines, inappropriate hair angulations, bad FUE scarring, strip scarring and bad SMP.

What can be done to avoid choosing the wrong hair transplant doctor or procedure to avoid the types of disasters seen on this patient?

First, it’s important for prospective patients to be keenly aware of their reasons for wanting to consider a particular hair transplant surgeon. Although hair loss can feel frightening and erode at one’s self-esteem, rushing to get a surgery done as fast as possible or as cheap as possible are two ways that can undermine one’s decision making processes. When choosing the right surgeon, it’s important to take the time to view examples of their past work. This includes looking at before and after photos as well as video footage and also seeing the bigger picture of the patient’s story, such as what their original objectives were and how the surgeon was able to meet these aims.

 

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Further Reading

Learn more about FUE hair surgery ethics, who can perform this surgery and what questions to ask 

Read more about the dangers of hair surgery medical tourism and what to consider before considering a lower cost procedure in another country

Discover what the ISHRS has to say about the emergence of a new wave of bad hair transplantation results.