There is a learning curve that applies to the performance of any procedure. This applies to FUE and BHT to a greater degree than it does strip HTs. Yet, I encounter more cases of failed growth from Strip HTs coming for corrective surgery in my practice than I have BHT and FUE combined. The majority of my patient base consists of patients with failed strip surgeries from all corners of the globe.
I have provided ample evidence of successful BHT surgeries in these blogs/forums as well as groups of discerning colleagues in several meetings. Many practitioners of FUE and BHT would simply have to invest in the hard work and the necessary learning curve entailed. With BHT and FUE, there are no short cuts, and a lot of hard work is required on the part of the doctor himself. The present approach adopted by the majority of strip clinics whereby the technicians subsume the major function of the attending surgeon/physician when applied to FUE and BHT would indeed result in major problems.
The yield Flash has thus far had in the course of his repair using ~20,000 grafts (mostly non scalp) applied to an area equivalent to almost two NW6s most of which is scarred is thus far in excess of 75% (at the very least) at this early stage of 6 months after his last major session and only 2 months after his very last session.
Flash was referred to my clinic by a reputable Facial plastic surgeon that is well respected in the HT community as a provider of strip HTs and major HT related repairs. Flash’s only option was non scalp hair, and thus far I am humbled at the turn his life has taken as a result of his BHT work. Needless to mention that both the patient and the referring doctors are extremely pleased at his progress for what was hitherto deemed an impossible repair going in.
A few caveats for readers and aspiring BHT practitioners:
- Optimal BHT growth occurs at 9 months: Here is an example of a patient that emailed me at the 6 month mark after his BHT concerned about relative poor yield. 3 months later, he emailed me his update obviously pleased at his result:
A lot of body hair grows in as very thin hair especially when implanted into a scarred area, while the potential exists for these to thickened (typically by the 9th month), the filler effect provided remains significant and would be taken into account by an experienced BHT practitioner during the planning stages.
The fact that transplanted BH is likely to retain most of its characteristics in the recipient area and that hair cyles are of less importance to BHT yield as is the implantation of intact grafts (telogen or anagen)is something I first mentioned on this forum at least 1 year before it recently became fashionable in some quarters.
In the course of performing BHT, several factors that appear key continue to emerge. These would be handled in due course in appropriate channels. The BHT/FUE discuss in the blogs has been overshadowed by excessive drama and theatrics.
S. Umar, M.D., FAAD
Redondo Beach, California
1-877-DERMHAIR (US residents)
Single Follicule Extraction & Transfer (SFET)
Using Head and Body hair
For more SFET-FUE and BHT results go to www.dermhairclinic.com