Hair loss in the African-Caribbean community is a growing concern for many men and women. With numerous patients seeking an afro hair transplant, the traditional FUE hair transplantation methods have had to be adapted in order to accommodate the different requirements that this hair type possesses. Due to the curliness of Afro hair, both above the skin and under the skin, the hair follicles often take up much more space than other hair types. As a result, the individual extraction technique used by FUE is not always suitable, and FUT may have to be resorted to instead.
Who Requires Afro Hair Transplants?
As a result of tightened braids, chemical relaxing and other hair treatments, some individuals are left suffering with the common hair loss problem, Traction Alopecia. This is usually found at the temple points of the hair and can result in a receding hairline. However, there is often a healthy donor area at the back of the head which can be used in order to provide excellent growth.
In males however, hair loss is often a result of Androgenic Alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness), and occurs generally at the top of the head. However, in Afro-men, a diffuse pattern can sometimes be identified, which means a strong donor area at the back of the head is not always available. In addition to this, scarring from the procedure can often be more visible due to the nature of the hair.
The Challenges Associated With Afro Hair Transplant
Due to the characteristics of the hair, the extraction of each individual hair can be very challenging, and this technique can often result in the destruction of more hair than collecting. Hairs can sometimes pierce through the skin in a curved direction, which can then impact the type of incision that needs to be made in order to reduce scarring and ensure that there is not a large number of hairs which are wasted. It is also important that this intricate technique does not make any large incisions in order to minimise the risk of scarring and as a result, should only be carried out by expert surgeons. If the FUT technique is used however the risk of scarring is higher, and those with Afro hair can often inherit Keloid formation during the healing process which can result in large and lumpy scars at the back of the head.
Curved grafts are often more difficult to place as they can be easily damaged. Another distinct and common challenge associated with afro hair transplant comes with the hairline shape, as this often appears to be straighter than some other hair types.
At Longevita, we have skilled, qualified and experienced surgeons who have successfully carried out a large number of afro hair transplantations. This helps to ensure that each of our patients achieves the best possible results as an aftermath of the surgery.
Afro Hair Transplant Techniques At Longevita
With some of the world’s most reputable surgeons working with our patients closely, and a free face-to-face consultation to determine the most appropriate technique for you, you can be certain that you’re in the safest of hands when you choose Longevita. Our Afro Hair transplant techniques are some of the most innovative on the market. With some techniques suitable for smaller grafts, and other techniques suitable for larger grafts, our consultants will provide you with the information to help you achieve the best possible results prior to your surgery. Find out more about the Afro-Hair transplant technique that we provide at Longevita by booking a consultation today.