African American Hair Transplant
Hair transplant for African Americans could be done very efficiently today thanks to the advance methods of FUE hair extraction. In the past, African American patients that wanted to have a hair transplant had a tougher time getting the results they desired because of the texture of their hair. That was mostly due to the very curly hair and the limitation of the older FUE hair restoration extracting devices that were only working for straight hair.
How does African Hair Transplant Differ?
African American men has a few characteristics that make them unique for hair restoration procedures:
- African American men tend to have extremely curly hair and as mentioned above it used to be more challenging extract the hair from their donor areas on the back of their head.
- Unlike Caucasian and Asian men who normally have a higher mature hairline, many African American maintain a low laying and straighter hairline as adults.
- Donor hair density is usually lower than Caucasians. However, the curly hair can produce higher volume that compensate for the lower overall donor reserve they have.
Thanks to the work of many FUE pioneering doctors that advanced the modern FUE hair transplant techniques, we can achieve natural, long lasting results on African American men and women with patterned hair loss.
African Hair Restoration Tips
The following is what we always consider when planning an African American FUE hair transplant:
- Design of the hairline – It is vital that the natural hairline of an African American patient is considered when designing a new hairline. As listed above, there are many differences between an African American hairline and the hairlines of other ethnicities. African American males can choose a lower and straighter hairline, or they may mimic a Caucasian mature hairline with the corners naturally receded. Either one can work, and the perfect hairline should be planned and done by an experienced doctor.
- Hair follicle orientation – Because of the curly hair found on most African American patients, we will take this into account when extracting donor hair follicles from the back of the scalp or elsewhere on the body of the patient. It is crucial to ensure the angle of and curvature of the transplanted hair follicle follows its natural direction and distribution once it is transplanted into the scalp.
- Master planning – We always perform a microscopic evaluation during our initial consultation to see where the patients are heading with their hair loss. This microscopic evolution coupled with family pattern of hair loss are good predictors of the final stages of hair loss in every man. We will discuss the medical treatment in addition to hair transplant for maintaining a full head of hair throughout life.
How Does Afro Hair Transplant work?
- The first step for African hair transplant at Parsa Mohebi Hair Restoration, we perform a complete hair and scalp evaluation. During this we examine your hair density and thickness and the level of miniaturization that determines what will be your final stage of your hair loss.
- Then the total available permanent hair reserve is calculated based on the density of hair on donor area of scalp and other areas of the body.
- We also discuss the medical options to maintain your preexisting hair as much as possible in addition to adding hair to the balding areas.
- Afro hair transplant could be challenging and only an experienced surgeon can produce a great result. During the procedure the special techniques and instruments should be used to harvest complete hair grafts every time. African hair transplant could be challenging, and the doctor should pay special attention to the size and curvature of hair in donor and recipient area.
- Placement of the grafts are very important and special care should be taken not to damage the delicate FUE grafts. Mohebi Implanter (Inserter) has been a great advancement in hair restoration technology. This implanter can minimize the manipulation of grafts and eliminate the mechanical forces that jeopardize the viability of hair grafts.
African Hair Transplant Scheduling
Scheduling for an African American or Afro hair restoration is easy. You need to plan a consultation with us to discuss your needs with our hair transplant surgeons. We will come up with a master plan after initial evaluation of your hair and scalp. Then you can schedule your hair transplant in one of our offices. The hair transplant procedure usually takes 6-8 hours and is done under sedation and local anesthesia. You will have follow ups after your procedure to assure the proper care of the transplanted hair for the best result.
If you are an African American patient interested in restoring your hair with Parsa Mohebi Hair Restoration’s technique of African American FUE hair transplant, contact us today by calling us at 888-302-8747 or make an online consultation appointment with Dr. Mohebi.