Many African Americans with hair loss or thinning edges don’t think that they are good candidates for hair transplant procedures because of the distinctive characteristics of their black hair. This is a long standing myth. In fact, the curly character of black hair gives the African American hair transplant patient a real surgical advantage, because that “curl” creates the appearance of more density, using fewer hair grafts.
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CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS
Hair loss in African Americans is mostly attributed to the same genetic factors of other ethnic groups accept in cases of hair loss from severe or prolonged hair styling like weaves and braiding which often causes Traction Alopecia. Traction Alopecia is one of the most common African American surgical hair restoration procedures our Ziering hair transplant surgeons perform.
With African American hair transplants, special attention is given to harvesting the donor and dissecting the individual follicular units. Because Keloid scarring is a concern and issue with African American skin, additional skin testing may be required to assess how well your skin heals.
Excellent results may be achieved with black hair transplants, utilizing either the FUT Strip Harvest or FUE procedures including robotic FUE procedures . If you’re trying to figure out what to do about your hair loss around edges and even balding edges from braids, take the all-important first step of scheduling a private consultation with a Ziering physician.