- Both African American men and women can benefit from traditional hair transplant surgery, with a few special considerations.
- Black Afro hair transplants (i.e. African Caribbean, African American, Black British etc) have specific differences to Caucasian or Asian hair, which makes it very important that any hair transplant clinic has experience and understanding of these.
- However, an Afro hair transplant patient is performed using just the same hair transplant techniques, even though their characteristics are different. In general, it is important to understand that:
- Afro hair curls underneath the skin too, not just the visible portion, so “relaxing” the hair using chemicals does not straighten the hair subcutaneously. This means the hair grafts take up more space and need to be placed in slightly larger incisions and not quite so densely.
- Traditionally, a strip of hair and tissue is taken from the donor site, leaving a long, thin scar that can often be covered with the patient’s hair to disguise it.
- However, many African American typical hairstyles reveal this scar, making the aesthetic result less positive.
- To avoid this scarring, another grafting method known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is used, which involves the removal of individual follicles from the donor site for transplantation.
The tiny incisions made to extract the follicles leave no obvious scarring and do not require any sutures, allowing patients to shave their heads with no scarring visible. The transplantation process otherwise remains the same.