FUE – BHT by SFET Using Only Beard Hair
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Hair Loss Level: The patient had crown baldness that he wanted addressed with non head hair only.
Surgery: I used 1300 grafts derived with FUE – BHT by SFET from the beard area and transplanted these to the crown. Result is shown over a year later.
Lessons: The crown is often sacrificed by traditional transplants using head hair donor only. Patients are often not satisfied with having a bald crown. SFET makes the used on non head donors a viable option. In this instance beard hair alone was used to restore the crown while saving the traditional head donor area for the restoration of the frontal areas. 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 is 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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