FAQ Afro Hair Transplant
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FAQ Afro Hair Transplant
Can I have an FUE transplant? I am a black male aged 35 years with a receding hair line. I’ve been told that I can but I have read that this is not advisable?
Thank you for your question. Firstly, FUE in the vast majority of cases is not suited to Afro Hair Transplant cases. The main reason is that the punch that removes the grafts I straight and the hairs are curly. So when the punch goes into the skin it has a much higher chance of transecting the hairs. In other words snapping the hairs which means the stem cells that need to be taken remain in the do not site. Therefore the hairs will not grow when transferred. In my view the FUT is the most appropriate form of Afro Hair transplant.
Why do some surgeons only do FUE Hair transplants and not FUT?
There are two possible reasons whey this could be the case. Some Doctors choose only to do the FUE procedures as they prefer this type. However, the main reason tends to be that they are not qualified to do the FUT hair transplant. You have to be a qualified surgeon to conduct an FUT procedure.
Should I expect a better result with an FUT Afro Hair transplant over an FUE procedure?
I believe that you would get a better result in an Afro Hair transplant using the FUT technique. I wouldn’t use FUE on any Afro hair case.
Where is the hair taken from?
The hair is taken from the do not site located at the back of the head. This is taken in the form of a strip therefore allowing the grafts to be cut and shaped perfectly allowing them to be placed in the recipient site to promote the best possible chance of growth.
Do I need to shave my head
With FUE the answer is yes. With FUT the answer is no we don’t have to shave the head. We would need to shave the area where we will take the strip.
Can I take the hair from other parts of the body?
Firstly, this is possible, however, it is not recommended. The hairs on the body have a much shorter life span/cycle and would not grow the same method. Think of it this way, would you like pubic hair on the head? Or the whispy hairs that are present on the small of the back or chest? Remember the hairs will grow the same way as where they come from.
How long does the procedure take?
Firstly, this is dependant on the size of the case. As a rule the case would take around 6-8 hours.
FAQ Afro Hair Transplant questions continue after the images.
Typical Afro Hair style causing traction loss
Post Afro Hair transplant covering the frontal hair line
Light skinned afro procedure post Op
Do I need an Afro specialist to do my Afro Hair transplant?
Firstly, having an afro hair transplant like any hair transplant is a life changing experience. Also you need to know that the surgeon who is doing the procedure is competent. Secondly, most hair surgeons will specialise is a particular technique and style of hair they prefer to do. So I would say yes a specialist is recommended.
What type of aftercare treatment should I expect?
Having been in this industry most of my life I can tell you that aftercare is not always offered to every patient. Furthermore, this is a minor cosmetic procedure which doesn’t need much in the way of aftercare. Its more to do with the patient feeling that there is someone monitoring the progress. At the Holborn Clinic I would expect to see the patient 7 days after the procedure. This is to remove the plugs that form around the implanted grafts. After this I would ask the patient to return each week for 5 weeks whilst the strip is healing. The first week one of my team will be in contact each day to ensure you are following the aftercare instructions. Once the first few weeks are completed there should always be contact with the clinic to follow your progress.
What do I need to take care of the hair after the transplant
Firstly, you should be given an aftercare package which gives you clear instructions on what to do and how to look after yourself. It’s fairly easy to follow. Secondly, you should be give medication to prevent infection. The aftercare involves simple things like spraying your grafts with a solution given to you and also washing in a particular way. All of this will be explained to you on the day of the procedure.
Do I need to be careful what I eat prior to having the procedure?
This is a good question which often gets asked. Firstly of all, eating a balanced diet is always important. Also eating foods that will promote hair growth and that fit in with your five a day should be advised. Theres not really any specific food stuffs that you should be looking to purchase. Just eat well and follow a good diet like Im sure you already do.
Should I avoid anything prior to an afro hair transplant
First of all you should avoid alcohol for at least a week prior to the Afro Hair transplant. Secondly, avoid recreational drugs. Thirdly, avoid taking pain killers and blood thinners like aspirin. Finally, spicy foods should be avoided.
Is it painful?
Ok, good question. The local anaesthetic can offer a degree of discomfort. But they are over quick. Once this is complete you should not feel any pain.
What are the risks involved?
Firstly, there is a risk of keloids. I believe this risk is removed greatly when you have a surgeon has experience and can make sure the strip is taken out with the minimum trauma to the patient. Secondly, there is a risk that the grafts won’t grow. I haven’t had that scenario to date, but it can happen. Thirdly, there is a risk of infection. This should be reduced with the right aftercare medication an advice. Looking after yourself is key to reducing this risk. Fourthly, a risk of general discomfort post operation. Most patients will take some paracetamol for a day or two afterwards. After that they aren’t normally needed.
How long before I see results
It can taken up to 18 months for the hairs to grow and you see the final results.
Can I use someone else’s hair?
I will leave this with a simple NO!
Can I go back to having my hair relaxed?
As a trichologist and specialist in Afro Hair loss, I know that relaxing will damage hair in every case and also will increase the risk to the skin with reactions etc. I would never advise on having relaxing whether you have had a Afro Hair transplant or not.
Can I braid my hair afterwards?
Most of the time it is this type of procedure that has caused the hair loss in the first place. Are you willing to risk that? I think that answers that question.
Can I use a wig?
Occasional use if ok. But post operation you cannot wear a wig until the grafts have healed fully. In addition pressure on the grafts will affect the grafts ability to grow.
How long will the Afro Hair transplant last for?
Your hair transplant should last a lifetime. Just make sure you look after the hair. Remember, most of you will be here because of traction loss. You know why it has happened. So make sure you learn by your mistakes.
I have traction loss. Can I have an afro hair transplant?
In most cases the answer would be yes. But it depends on the severity and donor site. The best way to confirm this is to give us a call. You can send some pictures and we can in most cases advise if its possible over the phone. We would need to see you in person prior to any procedure taking place.