UE – BHT by SFET Using Beard and Chest Hair
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Hair Loss Level: Patient with NW6 level of hair loss, Strip surgery that resulted in plugs and severe ridging. He was still severely bald with large strip scars in the donor, a ravaged and depleted donor. He resorted to wearing a hairpiece. The patient went to me to create a realistic hairline and commence the process of covering his NW6 area and eventually ridding himself of the tedium of wearing a hair piece.
Surgery: I used SFET, performed FUE – BHT using only beard and chest hair to refine his hairline, obscure the ridging and commend coverage first in the bridge between the frontal area and side as well as the frontal, and mid scalp. In the future, I added hair to his crown and mid scalp.
Lessons: Traditional/regular hair transplant methods (often strip) rely solely on the transfer of hair from the sides and back of the head to the balding areas. The number of available hair by this method is limited to 5000-6000 (in most individuals). This number is not enough to compensate for the hair loss in severely bald individuals who often would have lost 25,000-50,000 follicles. When 5000-6000 follicles are used to make of for this loss as would be the case with traditional hair transplantation, the result is a very thin look. Alternatively traditional hair restoration surgeries have prioritized the front (called framing of the face). In this case the 5000 follicles are placed in the top and front 9often with a high receding hairline) while the top back (Crown) is left largely unaddressed. The severely bald individuals are thus compelled to settle for a bald pate (crown) and an aged higher hairline with the best traditional transplants can offer. At which point they would have run out of head donor and options. Using the "Umar procedure", I am able to expand the available donor supply by adding hair from the beard and body areas into the head donor pool. The result is that even severely bald individuals can be conceivably restored globally without sacrificing the crown or settling for an aged higher hairline. The boosted donor supply also implies a higher density than what can be achieved with fewer follicle. This is an option for severely bald individuals or those that are donor depleted until hair cloning cell based hair multiplication technology becomes available in the future.
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