Sanusi Umar, M.D., a clinical instructor of medicine in the Division of Dermatology at University of California at Los Angeles, describes a series of 122 patients in which he used body hair transplants to treat baldness. Results from the series, published November 2016 in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, suggest that using follicular unit extraction (FUE) to harvest body hair to treat baldness is a viable option if one chooses the right patients.
Dr. Umar, who has a U.S. patent for the UGraft and UPunch technologies (Pro-Dex) used in the study, documents the experiences of patients at his practice from 2005 to 2011. He preselected these patients for having adequate body hair from the beard, trunk and extremities to transplant to the scalp. He also reports on what the patients who responded to an emailed survey had to say about their outcomes.