There are definitely many people who have have been looking for a treatment but are unsure of whether it caters to their specific needs. Hair transplants are one of those treatments, where the question of, ‘Is this also for kinky/curly hair?’ arises time and again. The answer to that question is - a resounding yes!
Afro hair is tightly curled or kinky, and has a distinct C-shape. Curly hair follicles also curve underneath the skin where they are not visible.
Because the curve of the follicle is not visible, transection rates on curly hair tend to be higher. Transection means unintentionally severing or cutting the hair graft.
For this reason, working with curly or kinky hair requires extensive experience and knowledge as well as a sensitive understanding of the culture, the patient’s needs and application of specific techniques.
However, an experienced specialist is able to keep transection rates low. Then the success rate for an afro/black hair transplant can be just as high as for straight or wavy hair.
A hair transplant is a viable option for men or women who have partial baldness, a receding hairline or traction alopecia which is a type of gradual hair loss caused because of excessive pulling of the hair. Afro hair is particularly vulnerable to traction alopecia due to commonly used hair styles such as tight braids or dreadlocks.
Hair transplant surgery is not recommended if you’re undergoing temporary hair loss or suffer from either diffuse baldness or spot baldness.
The two most common methods used for hair transplantation are :
1. FUE or follicular unit extraction - With this grafting technique, follicular units (consisting of 1-4 hairs) are individually extracted from across the back and sides of your scalp. The aim of FUE is to prevent the formation of any scars and limit the recovery time. It is noteworthy to mention that an FUE always involves fewer grafts when compared to an FUT transplant.
2. FUT or follicular unit transplantation - This technique involves removing a strip of skin from the donor area on the head, and then extracting the follicular hair units from it. The donor area is then stitched together, leaving behind a linear scar. FUT usually has fewer hair transections which occur when the hair follicle is damaged during extraction and hence will likely not grow once transplanted. The FUT technique allows for more grafts to be transplanted but is often times more expensive than an FUE treatment. In summary, both FUE and FUT transplantation techniques can be used for Afro hair. If you prefer to wear your hair short, then an FUE may be recommended, but if you do not mind the scar and would prefer more grafts, then FUT may be the right treatment.
Below are a few examples of afro hair transplant surgery performed at three of our partner clinics.
Afro hair transplant at Dr. Cinik Hair Hospital
Afro hair transplant at Istanbul Aesthetic Center (IAC)
Afro hair transplant at Smile Hair Clinic at Moodist Hospital
We here at Qunomedical have done thorough research to bring you a list of only the top-quality accredited clinics offering Afro hair transplant all across the world. It is worth mentioning that few clinics offer afro hair transplants, but only for certain ethnic groups due to the specificity of the tools needed.
Afro hair transplantations are a definite possibility but require skilled and experienced physicians and nurses. It needs a little more time and effort, in order to get a high success and satisfaction rate.
Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that Afro hair is curly and thick and hence provides more coverage. Due to this reason, your surgeon will likely transplant less hair. But, this varies on a case-by-case basis.
Lastly, the choice of the procedure depends on your personal requirements and preferences. Make sure to state your needs and motivations clearly in a consultation with your doctor prior to the surgery.
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The information in this article is for educational purposes only and does not replace medical advice. Always consult your doctor before starting any treatments.