The intention of this forum post is to show potential customers of Dr Umar the truth, as I have seen a lot of information which I find to be misleading both on the forums and on Dr Umar’s website.
Dr Umar USED to perform his surgeries personally. This is NO LONGER the case. His physician assistants perform ALL extractions- whether it be body hair, beard hair or scalp hair. This is something I completely disagree with. It angered me especially with Dr Umar, as a 5 minute scroll through his website will show MULTIPLE images and videos of himself personally performing extractions, with captions such as “UPunch Rotor used by Dr U in a hand held and directed manner to remove chosen grafts.” It is my opinion that, since Dr Umar NEVER performs extractions personally, there should be ZERO images of him doing so on his website. In all the videos and images I have seen online of Dr Umar’s work, I have NEVER came across a video/image/piece of marketing showing his assistants performing extractions.
Granted, if one has a good read through his website, there is a short passage of text somewhere that states that procedures are carried out by a surgeon or licensed physician assistants, but my argument is that most clients will be much more influenced by images and will not read every single word on his website. For goodness sake the very first image you see when you load his website it HIMSELF performing extractions with his assistants by his side!
There is a wealth of comments on forums from previous patients commending the fact that he ‘does everything personally’ or ‘does all extractions himself’ etc. Obviously, these comments were truthful at the time and theres absolutely nothing wrong with posting them. But as I said at the beginning, this thread is to show the truth about his current practice, not his old (and IMO better) way of doing things.
I have personally been in contact with Dr Umar and he responds to any questions (including my question about who actually performs his surgeries) openly and honestly. I do not deny that. But stupidly and naively, I jumped into a surgery in the past (with a different surgeon) without asking that question. I know that this is the case with A LOT of other patients, and a good portion of patients will not ask this question. I am not saying Dr Umar ever lies to his patients over email/in consultations etc, but IMO by using so many misleading images he is taking advantage of ‘naive’ patients like I was in the past. All Dr Umar does is draw the hairline/where to put grafts, assistants do EVERYTHING else; extractions + placement!
If you are admiring all of Dr Umar’s work posted online by himself/previous patients, I urge you to consider that was HIS work, not his assistants’. In my opinion, all doctors should take the time to perform extractions, especially if their website is plastered with images of them doing just that!