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Dr. Sanusi Umar Invents New Hair Restoration Tools for FUE for Afro-Textured Curly Hair - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal (PRS-Global Open)

Dr. Sanusi Umar
Posted on: 26 Oct 16

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For years, individuals of African descent seeking linear scar free follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplants have to undergo pre-testing only to be turned away by hair transplant surgeons using the traditional methods. The hair graft damage rate for FUE on Afro-textured hair (tight curly hair, texture, and tissue characteristics) can be as high as 80%. Thus many hair restoration surgeons offer individuals of African descent only hair transplant methods that leave a linear scar, until now.

In a new study published in the PRS - Global Open, Dr. Sanusi Umar advances FUE for African-Mixed Patients. With his patented UGraft® Revolution tool, the UPunch Curl™, the study participants experienced 100% success. Most patients demonstrated graft damage rate of less than 5%. The finding suggests that using this novel method, no pre-testing is required prior to FUE hair transplant surgery.

The UPunch Curl™ accommodates the curliness of the hair and was compared to conventional rotary punch tools used in FUE. The superior graft rates observed with the UPunch Curl™ are attributed to its unique design.

Dr. Umar notes, "Patients with tightly curled hair are not a homogenous group. This breakthrough points the way to a universal approach in FUE for people with tightly curled hair regardless of their Geo-ethnic background."

Currently UGraft and UPunch Curl treatments are only available from the inventor Dr. Sanusi Umar, who also plans to make the equipment and necessary training available to other hair restoration surgeons. For more information refer to

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open (PRS Global Open) is an open access, peer reviewed, international journal focusing on global plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Sanusi Umar, MD, FAAD, FASDS is an internationally recognized surgeon with board certification by the American Board of Dermatology, a Fellow of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. An associate faculty member at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Umar is a well-published academic pioneer in the field of hair transplant surgery and a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). His research has been published in multiple journals, including Journal of the American Medical Association - JAMA Dermatology, Aesthetic Surgery Journal and Dermatologic Surgery.

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Last updated on: 26/10/2016

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