Afro Hair Transplant
Afro Hair Transplant Hair loss is an issue among people of all backgrounds and races. Whether you have roots in Africa, Asia, or Europe, you may experience hair loss at some point in your life.
For men and women who have afro hair, hair loss can be a big problem. A few years ago, people with hair loss suffered from low confidence. Today, though, we can perform effective hair transplant treatments. With the help of new technology, we can help you get the best results for your hair.
Before you decide to have your treatment, here are some things you should know:
Afro Hair and Traction Alopecia
Afro hair is thick and curly. This is a good thing because people with this hair can style their hair in beautiful and unique ways. Some of the prettiest hairstyles include cornrows, box braids, Havana twists, dreadlocks, poetic justice braids, and more.
Sadly, these hairstyles come with a big drawback for your hair: they keep pulling the hair away from your scalp. This constant pull can harm the hair follicles and can cause hair loss. We call this traction alopecia.
This type of hair loss often begins in black men and women at around 30 years of age. As they grow older, this issue can worsen. As a result, many blacks often use wigs or hats or shave off all their hair.
How Traction Alopecia Harms Afro Hair?
Traction alopecia is caused by braids, weaves, and chemical treatments. Most of the time, this problem affects your hairline at the temple of your scalp. This is because pulling back tightly and using chemicals on hair can stress your hair follicles. If this happens for a long time, it can lead to hair damage and hair loss.
This issue is very common in black women but some men may also experience the same problem. In most cases, men suffer from androgenic alopecia which leads to diffused pattern balding. This means it may be difficult to find a strong donor area for grafts at the back of your head.
At TecniFUE, we have a very strong and efficient surgical team that can perform afro hair transplant for you. We have experience of many years in performing such delicate and complex transplants.
Factors That Make Afro Hair Unique
Many people who have afro hair feel nervous about getting a hair transplant treatment. This is because they are not sure about the chances of success after the transplant. Because of the unique nature of afro hair, this concern is quite valid.
Afro hair has different traits than Asian or white hair because of its curly or kinky texture. Hence, you need to know some key factors before you dive in to get your hair transplant:
Afro Hair Is Curly
Afro hair is very tight and curly. It is also in a distinct C-shape. This includes the hair follicle, as well. We cannot see these curved hair follicles because they lie beneath the skin of the scalp. This means that if we make a cut to graft the hair, many of the hair will be transected.
This means that if we cut your follicle by accident, your donor hair will go to waste. In kinky hair, transection is often much higher than straight hair. This can happen when we are pulling out your hair from the donor site. It can also happen when we are grafting your hair on the transplant site.
Transection sometimes occurs when the surgeon is grafting hair from the sides or the back of the head. The blade can nick the hair follicle, which damages it and makes it unsuitable for transplant. Sometimes, pressure placed on the scalp during the transplant can also damage hair. Using blunt or wrong tools or techniques can also make your hair unsuitable for grafting.
The curls in afro hair are the biggest problem when it comes to an Afro hair transplant.
Afro Hair Follicles Take More Space
Aside from being more curly and kinky, Afro hair follicles also take more space beneath the skin of your scalp. These follicles are C-shaped as compared to straight hair that is in a straight line. This means surgeons need to make wider incisions to extract the hair graft correctly.
Afro Hair Transplant Has a Smaller Density
Afro hair transplants call for wider incisions. This means that we will have to harvest a smaller number of hair grafts from a particular donor site. Otherwise, it will impact the health of the donor site.
Because the number of hair grafts is low, it also means that the new hair will have low hair density. Hence, if your hair is very thin, it may not be very effective to perform an Afro hair transplant on you.
Afro Hair Transplant Requires Experience
Afro hair transplant can be very tricky because the hair graft is curly and needs more space. We employ surgeons that are very skilled and experienced in hair transplant techniques for all hair types. But this is an even bigger concern when it comes to Afro hair.
That’s because there is a bigger chance of hair damage for this type of hair. The angle of Afro hair varies from person to person, which is why it is so important to perform the transplant with the utmost care.
Afro Hair Has More Diffused Hair Loss
Hair loss in men who have Afro hair is much more diffused than hair loss in whites. The donor area is more affected by thinning. This means that any scarring in the donor area may be more visible.
What’s more, the density of implanted hair is also low. This means when you will shed hair a few weeks after the transplant, your hair may not be as thick as you want it. Many afro men like a low and straight hairline but this may not be possible in patients with wide thinning.
Afro Hair Transplant May Cause Scarring
People with afro hair may have a condition that can cause scarring. This is called keloid formation. This condition causes thick scars to form on the skin that suffered even a minor injury. However, this condition is quite uncommon and may not happen in blacks undergoing FUE or DHI treatments.
Before starting an Afro hair transplant, we will make sure to study a person’s hair and its texture. We will then create a custom plan according to the patient’s natural hair and its growth.
If we do not plan your Afro hair implant well, the grafts with different hair angles may become tangled and damaged. This is very true during hair extraction. This will affect the treatment in an adverse way and you will not be able to get the desired outcome.
Who Can Get Afro Hair Transplant?
We can do Afro hair transplants on a large number of black patients.
- Men and women who have a receding hairline or traction alopecia may be good patients for Afro hair transplant.
- People with partial baldness can also opt for an Afro hair transplant.
- Men and women who are experiencing temporary hair loss should not choose this treatment.
- People who have spot baldness or patterned baldness should not opt for an Afro hair transplant. This means your hair is not resistant to the DHT hormone which causes hair loss. If you get a hair transplant in this condition, it can fail.
- People should have the right amount of hair for a hair transplant. We will check your hair and determine if your hair is good enough for the transplant.
- People should also have good general health and no health conditions that can interfere with the treatment.
- Pregnant or nursing women should wait until their baby has grown to get an Afro hair transplant.
- People should also avoid smoking or drinking alcohol for some time before and after the treatment.
How Do Afro Hair Transplants Work?
There are many clinics which will perform FUT hair transplant on Afro hair because it is easier. However, this type of transplant is more invasive and can lead to scarring. At TecniFUE, we can perform FUE and DHI transplants for Afro hair, which involves a very low risk of scarring. The recovery period is also very short.
Our surgeons are very skilled and use special tools and needles to graft your hair the right way.
FUE and DHI involve extracting hair follicles with a punch and placing it into the area where the hair is thinning. For best results, our surgeons will place each hair graft in a strategic way so that the hair follicles are positioned at the right angle.
Before we start, you will need to decide which hair transplant treatment you want.
Here is how FUE and DHI technique work:
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
This is the most popular method of hair transplant on Afro hair. FUE treatment offers your hair a thicker and natural look without any invasion.
During this treatment, we will first numb the scalp. We will then extract about 1 to 4 hair grafts and place them in a storage solution. Once we extract all the required hair, we will open up canals on your scalp in the affected area. We will then remove your hair graft from the solutions and place them in the canals with extreme care one by one.
After the FUE transplant, you will start noticing changes in your hairline in two months. You will see thicker growth six months after the treatment. The full results of the treatment will appear in about 12 to 18 months.
Direct Hair Implantation (DHI)
DHI technique is also a great option for people with Afro hair. It is an upgraded version of the FUE technique and starts by numbing the scalp.
Once the skin of your hard is numb, we will extract your hair follicles. These hair follicles are then immediately placed into the affected area. In this way, we form the canals at the same time we implant the hair. We use a Choi Implanter Pen for this process, which gives us more precision during hair grafting.
This way, your grafted hair will remain out of the body for a very short duration. This means that their chances of survival will be much higher.
DHI treatment has the same recovery time as FUE treatment. You will also see results in a similar timeframe.
Pros of Afro Hair Transplant
Whether you want to use FUE or DHI, both these techniques can offer you a lot of benefits. We have listed them below:
- Afro hair transplant with FUE and DHI results in very little trauma to your skins. Hence, no one can detect if you have a hair implant done. Competent surgeons can make the outcome of this treatment look flawless.
- You will also not feel any pain or discomfort during FUE or DHI Afro hair treatment. That is because the process is done under local anesthesia. If you wish, you can even go to sleep while we are treating your hair.
- FUE and DHI treatments for Afro hair do not require stitches or sutures. This means the recovery time is very short. You also do not have to take complex measures post-op and can resume your daily tasks the next day.
- We use highly advanced surgical tools and techniques during the treatment that results in low risks to your scalp.
- After the treatment, you will not see any linear scars or stitches on your scalp. This will give you the freedom to wear all sorts of hairstyles. You can even keep your hair very short or get a buzz cut if you want.
- In FUE and DHI treatment, we work with individual hair grafts. This means we can cherry-pick only the healthiest hair follicles for the surgery. This guarantees better results.
- With these treatments, we can implant each hair graft based on the natural direction of the person’s hair pattern. This results in a more natural look and denser hair.
- We can also use multiple donor sites to extract hair from other parts of your body if needed.
- Because we extract a fewer number of hairs for an Afro hair implant, it will not affect your hair density.
Recovery Period for Afro Hair Transplant
The good news about having FUE and DHI for your Afro hair is that you will fully heal in less than a week. As soon as we complete the treatment, you can go back to your home. You may experience a little swelling in the first few days, but it will go down soon. You may also have to avoid strenuous activities like swimming for the first week.
If you want to speed up your recovery process, we advise you to take the below measures:
What to Do
- Wait a few days before washing your hair. We will recommend hair care products that you can use.
- If you have bruising and swelling on your scalp and forehead, you should apply an icepack to the affected area.
- Get a lot of rest after the implant treatment.
- We may also advise you to take painkillers or antibiotics for a few days after the implant treatment.
What To Not Do
- Do not use heavy products like gels or mousse that can weigh down your hair. This can prevent your hair roots from anchoring your hair and can result in adverse reactions to your hair.
- Avoid going out in extreme weather as it can delay the healing process.
- Do not smoke or use alcohol for at least 10 days. These can disrupt the flow of blood to your scalp and can interfere with the healing process.
- Avoid combing the site where your hair was implanted for a few weeks. If you have to comb your hair, do so very gently as any rough movement can damage the grafts.
- Try to avoid any exercise that can overexert you like swimming or HIT for a couple of weeks.
You will experience your transplanted hair falling out after two or three weeks. Do not panic as this is normal. You can expect new hair to grow a3 to 4 months after your implant treatment. Your hairline will reach the desired density in about 12 months, even less if you take care of it.
Risks and Side Effects of Afro Hair Transplant
As we mentioned before, Afro hair transplant requires more work and effort than hair types of other races. Because of this, afro hair transplants also carry a few risks and it is not a good idea to ignore them. Below are some of the risks linked to Afro hair implant:
Risk of Scarring
People who have Afro hair are more at risk of developing keloid scars. This can interfere with your recovery period. When your skin is damaged, scab tissues cover the wound to heal it and to protect it from further harm. In some cases, though, the wound is covered with extra scar tissues that become hard and smooth. These scars are keloids and can occur in people who have dark skin. This is why we make it a priority to inform our patients about the risk of keloids.
If you have a history of scar tissues, you should discuss it with our surgeon. This way, we can all necessary preventive methods to make sure this does not happen to you.
Risk of Folliculitis
Afro hair has curved hair follicles. This not just makes the implant treatment more complex, it can also result in the formation of ingrown hair. You may also suffer from folliculitis, which is the inflammation or infection of hair roots. However, we are able to treat this issue easily.
Hair transplant treatments these days are very safe. However, bleeding remains one of the most common side effects of this type of treatment. FUE and DHI treatments cause much less trauma to your scalp, you will still experience some bleeding. This is particularly true of people with Afro hair since they require larger incisions.
Another side effect of Afro hair implant is itching. Since your scalp will be healing after the operation, you may experience some itching in the affected areas. You must take care not to scratch that area as that can damage the newly grafted hair follicles. It can also cause your wound to bleed.
Another thing that many people with Afro hair experience is shock loss. This is when your newly implanted hair suddenly falls off. This side effect is not very serious and is a normal part of this kind of operation. In fact, shock loss can help make way for better permanent hair growth. The implanted hair follicles beneath your scalp will remain and in a few months, you will see experience hair growth.
If you experience any of the above side effects, let us know so that we can recommend a treatment for it. After the surgery, we will advise you to use antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication that can help you manage these symptoms. If you have any further concerns, let us know and we can put your mind at rest.
Schedule An Appointment With TecniFUE
Afro hair transplant can create thicker and more beautiful hair for both men and women who suffer from hair loss. This hair transplant is very possible; however, it requires a lot of skill and experience. That is why we strongly advise that you schedule your hair implant treatment with TecniFUE. We have a team of licensed and qualified surgeons and nurses who can correctly diagnose and treat your hair.
In general, hair transplant success rate is very high. With just a little bit of care and time, your Afro hair can look as natural and healthy as possible. It can also have the same level of success as straight hair.
Also, you should keep in mind that Afro hair is curly and hence offer your scalp more coverage. This means that you will require fewer hair grafts than people with straight hair. However, this can also vary from person to person.
At TecniFUE, you can decide which procedure you want to employ for your hair implant. The choice rests on your personal preferences and needs. Make sure you let us know what you want during the initial consultation so that we can personalize the treatment just for you.
We are committed to providing you the best hair transplant results. As a leading hair transplant provider in Turkey, TecniFUE offers high-quality and affordable treatments. If you are interested in our services, call us https://www.tecnifue.com/en/ today.