HAIR LOSS & HAIR THINNING
Both African American men and women can benefit from traditional hair transplant surgery, with a few special considerations. 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.
FEMALE HAIR TRANSPLANTATION
Although the public typically thinks of hair transplant as a primarily male-targeted procedure, our team regularly performs hair transplants in women for a variety of reasons. About 30% of women over 30 years of age experience hair thinning, so hair transplant is a very common procedure that improves hair density and provides a solution for female hair loss. Hair transplant can also be undertaken to restore the hairline in women who have either lost the frontal hairline due to ageing hair loss or simply were born with a very high hairline. Finally, in some situations, hair transplant is the only solution suitable for women who have undergone prior surgical rejuvenate procedures like face-lifting and/or brow-lifting and lack hair due to exposed scars in the temples, sideburns, behind the ears, or elsewhere.
Eyebrow hair transplant has become in the past few years an increasingly popular procedure that our team regularly performs. Although there can be a host of medical conditions that lead to eyebrow loss, like a low thyroid condition (hypothyroidism), one of the most common reasons for eyebrow loss (besides being born that way) is overplucking. Once hairs from the eyebrow have been repeatedly plucked, these removed hairs can be permanently gone and require surgical hair transplantation. This is typically an easy procedure to perform but it requires absolute artistry by the surgeon and the most technically precise work from the assistant team.
OVERLY HIGH HAIRLINES IN WOMEN
Hair transplant for African American women is often performed to correct abnormally high hairlines, which can occur due to genetics, alopecia, hair breakage from chemical treatments, or medical conditions. Options for treating this problem includes surgical hairline advancement (SHA), which is a 90-minute procedure that can bring the hairline forward by up to two inches. Women with a less elastic scalp can undergo traditional hair transplant surgery and utilize techniques to prevent any further hair loss after the procedure.
Some patients are concerned about preserving an intricate hairstyle, weave, or relaxed hair during the procedure. An experienced surgeon can work between these styles, though they sometimes will need to be loosened during the procedure. Most African-American patients do not have to cut off locks and braids. It is recommended that relaxers not be used on the hair following surgery, as these harsh chemicals can damage all hair.