Dr. Sanusi Umar is certified by the American Board of Dermatology, prior to which he was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He also completed a fellowship training in cosmetic surgery under the direction of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. As a pioneer in hair transplant surgery, he is widely published and recognized in his field.
A native of Nigeria, Dr. Umar trained as a surgeon at the UniMaid College of Medical Sciences. After a housemanship in Namibia, Dr. Umar completed his first residency training in Internal Medicine at the Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York. During his residency, his work and research in the field of infectious disease was recognized with a first place award from the Long Island Infectious Diseases fellows’ competition, and he was invited to present at the International AIDS conference in Geneva, Switzerland. He was again honored to chair a session at the International AIDS conference in Durban South Africa. Dr. Umar then completed residency training in dermatology in Los Angeles, and is currently a clinical faculty of the University of California at Los Angeles – UCLA.
With his advanced training, love of research and interest in a natural process for hair restoration, Dr. Umar pursued his passion of the art and science of hair transplantation. After personally experiencing the devastating consequences of a botched hair transplant surgery, he wanted to find a solution for others. He began this quest by comparing different procedures for hair restoration in the United States and abroad, focusing on alternatives to the painful surgery and limitations of traditional treatments for hair replacement. Many alternative treatments were still in the developmental stages and were flawed, so he began to design a new, minimally invasive, transplant procedure.
It took Dr. Umar two years to design the tools and techniques which allowed for the successful, knife-free, natural replacement for hair loss. The result is a breakthrough in the field of hair transplantation, The UGraft, an advanced form of follicular Unit Extraction – FUE. This state-of-the-art treatment results in rapid healing rates and better overall yield and growth of transplanted hair follicles on the scalp. The UGraft Procedure is a minimally invasive treatment that requires no scalpel, strip surgery or stitches. Best of all, because the procedure allows for the use of body hair, the number of transplantable hair is greatly increased. The newly transplanted hair follicles grow in a natural pattern from the first treatment.
Dr. Umar has invented the first ever FUE tool that is effective in all patients with kinky and afro-textured hair. Dr. Umar’s area of expertise in hair restoration includes, treatment of severe bald patients, body to head hair transplantation, eyelash and eyebrow transplants, novel ways for national hair line creation.
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