African-American hair transplant in Miami
Hair transplant on patients of African American descent can be challenging due to their hair’s unique features. Thanks to the latest advances in hair transplant for black females and hair restoration for black males, African-American hair transplant in Miami is less challenging than it used to be. Presently, African American hair transplant surgeons can get good results for all patients notwithstanding their race and ethnicity.
In this article, we aim to discuss the challenges of African-American hair transplant in Miami and how to overcome them. You will find out whether you are a good candidate for this procedure, what happens during your initial consultation at Jolie Plastic Surgery, options for Ethnic and African-American hair transplant in Miami, ethnic hair transplant risks, recovery, cost, and much more.
Baldness and hair loss in African-American patients
Hair loss can affect people from all ethnic backgrounds. Patients experiencing significant hair loss can feel insecure and embarrassed. African American hair transplant has helped many patients improve their confidence. Yet many African and Caribbean descent patients may feel worried about getting satisfying results from this type of procedure. Some of the most common hair loss problems for African American patients include:
- Alopecia – This is a type of hair loss that affects many African American men and women all over the world. Alopecia is a condition where the immune system will attack hair follicles creating bald spots on the surface of the scalp. Traction alopecia is one of the most common types of alopecia, particularly in African American women, which is caused by the constant pulling of the hair in some specific hairstyles, and the use of chemicals and heat on the hair.
- Male or Female Pattern Baldness - This is another common form of African American hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia characterized by the thinning of the hair. The hair follicles will start to decrease in height and strength becoming miniaturized. Genetic factors or an underlying issue usually cause pattern baldness hair loss.
- Stress – African American hair loss caused by stress is temporary. As soon as the stressor or significant event is removed, hair shedding should stop. The stressor must be identified and measures are taken to alleviate the severity of the stress such as exercise, taking time to sleep and meditate.
- Weight loss – Patients who have lost too much weight may experience several side effects, including hair loss. The body experiences a changing dynamic, which can affect the hair growth cycle and cause hair loss and hair thinning.
- Anemia – This is when the body lacks sufficient iron to produce hemoglobin in the blood. Hemoglobin is involved in carrying oxygen for the growth and repair of cells in the whole body, including those in hair follicles.
- Hormonal imbalance – Birth control pills, low thyroid function, nutrient deficiency, giving birth, and breastfeeding may cause the black women hair loss linked to hormonal changes. Men can also experience hormonal imbalance. The hormone responsible for hair loss in men is testosterone.
African-American hair restoration challenges
Since African American hair has a peculiar root and due to the wavy nature of the hair, it can be difficult for surgeons to perform an African American hair transplant. Regardless of the resemblances between patients with black curly hair and patients with other hair characteristics, this type of hair is unique in appearance and structure, which makes it more challenging:
- African American’s hairline can be low or medium high, while Caucasian men tend to have a high hairline and Asian men a lower hairline.
- Curly hair can be easily damaged when the right techniques are not used.
- The curvature of the root must be taken into consideration when the donor tissue is removed otherwise the root will be damaged making the transplantation ineffective.
- It is less effective to remove curly hair than straight hair because of more damage to the hair bulbs. This occurs more often with the FUE technique than with the FUT technique.
- Most African American hair transplant surgeons agree that is more difficult to extract curly hair than straight hair because damage to the hair bulbs can occur. Also, it is hard to accommodate the curl in the targeted area of the scalp.
In spite of the challenges, patients can enjoy several benefits when undergoing African-American hair transplant in Miami such as better coverage, less donor hair required, and the after surgery redness will be less visible and wear off much faster.
Contact an African-American hair transplant surgeon
If you are looking for African American hair transplant surgeons skilled in both the FUE and FUT technique, look no further than Jolie Plastic Surgery. You can schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Pascual today.
Dr. Pascual has many years of surgical experience, and she is also well-known for her natural results and meticulous attention to detail. Remember the results will be permanent. Therefore, you should choose a surgeon that produces consistent results.
Some factors such as the patient aesthetic goals, and density of donor hair, are essential to achieving the desired results. The best candidates are patients with dense hair in the donor area with limited balding regions and mild scarring. Men without shaving bumps usually have a higher success rate when undergoing black men hair restoration surgery since the transplanted hair is not damaged as it grows.
Your initial consultation
During your initial African American hair restoration consultation at Jolie Plastic Surgery, you will be able to discuss your goals with Dr. Pascual. She will assess your hair loss patterns and suggest the best course of action that will meet your aesthetic goals. You can ask questions and express any concerns you may have. If you are worried about the possible outcome, make sure to take a look at our African American hairline restoration before and after pictures to see the natural results you can reach.
Options for Ethnic and African-American hair transplant in Miami (FUE and FUT)
Most times, the unique features of the patient’s hair loss define the most suitable African American hair transplant. It is all based on coverage desired, aesthetic goals, and challenges of each procedure. There are currently two surgical options available for hair transplant:
- The FUT procedure – Some African American hair transplant surgeons recommend this procedure since African American patients have denser and wavier hair follicles. This procedure makes it easier for the surgeon to avoid causing damage to the follicle’s root. The follicular unit grafts will be readier for transplant when implanted into the incisions.
- The FUE African American procedure – It allows single removal of grafts and protects it. It all depends on the hairstyle the patient prefers, whether a shorter or longer hairstyle. FUT leaves a visible scar challenging to cover up with a close-cropped haircut. Darker pigmented skin tends to have more issues with scarring and healing. However, FUE leaves no visible scars since there is no suture or linear incision. Thick curly hair offers better coverage than fine straight hair. Therefore, the FUE African American procedure may be a more viable option, even when the amount of follicular unit grafts is limited.
African-American hair transplant risks
Most risks are linked to the procedure itself. Some African American patients are more at risk of developing keloid scars – a scar that rises abruptly above the skin to protect the wound or injury. It is important to take a look at the patients’ medical history and keep them informed about the potential risks.
Patients undergoing FUT will have a scar that heals as a fine line and a slight parting of the hairs may occur, more noticeable with short haircuts. There are other risks associated with African-American hair transplant surgery such as temporary thinning of existing hair, bleeding, pain, numbness, itching, swelling, and the formation of cysts.
Hair transplant recovery
African American hair transplant requires minimal recovery, and patients can go back to their daily activities right after surgery. However, they should avoid strenuous activities for no less than five days. Nevertheless, some visible signs may linger for a week or two. The transplanted hair should fall off a few weeks after only to regrow permanently in the coming months. Patients experiencing any discomfort should adhere to postoperative care and take pain medications as prescribed by the surgeon.
African-American hair transplant cost in Miami
If you are considering restoring your hair, African American hair restoration may be the option for you. At Jolie Plastic Surgery we offer an affordable solution to your hair loss problems. The cost of FUE African American hair transplant is based on location, surgeon’s skill, the technology employed, and the number of grafts required. FUE African American grafts are currently $6 to $10 per graft. We charge an average of $3.50 per graft. The average patient needs 500 to 2,000 grafts in one procedure.
African-American hair transplant FAQs
If you are a patient of African American descent and you are worried about hair loss and thinning and have tried different hair loss treatments without getting many results, African American hair restoration surgery may be right for you. This procedure is minimally-invasive with little downtime and no scars.
Surgical hair restoration is staged in multiple sessions. A larger session might involve as much as 2,000 grafts and can last up to eight hours. The number of sessions needed depends on the patient’s hair loss and aesthetic goals. Some patients may require a simple transplant while others may need further transplants. New hair growth can take up to eight months to see. After that, patients can be evaluated to determine if they need more sessions and the availability of donor hair to achieve the expected results.
It all depends on the method of hair transplant used. FUT is more invasive than FUE since it requires the excision of a strip of flesh from the donor site. FUE African American hair transplant surgery is less invasive then FUT since FUE removes hairs in individual grafts, there are less scarring and possible nerve damage, but it can take more time, and it is also more labor intensive. Patients are given a local anesthetic before the procedure as well as a mild sedative to ensure the African American hair transplant surgery is pain-free. You can expect the following after surgery:
- Slight pain or discomfort
- Mild itching and redness
- Increased shedding
Recovery is no different than any other hair transplant procedure. Patients return to their routine in 24 hours. However, they should stop strenuous activities for about a week so they can avoid any possible injuries, risks of bleeding or other complications. It is natural to notice tiny scabs at the surgical site, but you will be able to wash your hair the day after surgery. You can also wear a hat or cap to cover them up. Some patients like taking a few days after surgery, but it is not necessary.
Some patients like to take two to three days off work. It all depends on the type of work. Some jobs are more physically strenuous than others. In general, most patients can go back to work 24 hours after the procedure. Bending, heavy lifting or very vigorous work should be avoided for a week.
Most surgeons encourage patients to shampoo and clean the hair and scalp the day after surgery under supervision at the clinic. It is best pouring water over your head rather than taking a shower. The most important thing to keep in mind is avoiding the brush bristles from scraping across the scabs, or it might remove them. You can wear a hat or baseball cap but don’t wear hard hats and motorcycle helmets during the first 7-10 days. Don’t wear hair pieces the first week. Applying ointment can help keep the scalp area soft and less itchy. Surgeons recommend patients wait at least two weeks to dye their hair.
Absolutely! Curly hair can be challenging in harvesting with both FUE and FUT techniques, but it can be done. You should always seek the opinion from the best African American hair transplant surgeons skilled in both methods.
The transplanted hair will not fall out. It will continue to grow like natural hair. However, hair loss is a continuous process. Hair can become finer and turn gray with time just like any other hair. The good news is that transplanted hairs are much stronger and resistant to baldness since they are grafted from the back of the scalp. They will not fall out like existing hairs. It is best if the procedure is not performed too early as the surrounding hair may start to recede away with age and it will look very unnatural.
African American hair loss can happen at any age yet most surgeons prefer patients wait until they are older (around 30). The reason for that is hair loss is still at an early stage, and it is hard to know how it will progress. If you are considering an ethnic or African-American hair transplant in Miami, Jolie Plastic Surgery is the right place for your surgery.