AFRICAN HAIR TRANSPLANT
Hair loss is a common cosmetic issue which has affected the population globally. It offers no gender, ethnicity and geographic distribution bias and is prevalent among all. Every hair loss sufferer look for permanent solution for hair loss after self treating the situation and getting exhausted by the temporary aids. Hair transplant among all is the only permanent solution for hair loss which offers extremely natural looking results.
The biggest myth buster is that hair transplant can be performed in hair loss sufferer of any gender, caste; ethnicity and color. The candidature depends on situation of the scalp and assessment of medical history. Africans usually stay in doubt that whether they can undergo hair transplant or not based on their hair type. But they need not worry as hair transplant has no such contraindications.
VARIATION IN HAIR CHARACTERISTICS OF AFRICOCENTRIC POPULATION
The hair community has classified the africo – centric hair type into four types classified as follows:
- Type 1 – Straight Hair: This hair type is naturally straight and is not typical of African-Americans or “black hair.”
- Type 2– Wavy Hair: Soft or deep waves with little to no curl. Coarse and stays close to the scalp in long “s” shaped curves. Doesn’t usually have a lot of body.
- Type 3 – Curly Hair: Unique texture. Fine and soft “q” shaped pattern. Doesn’t have a lot of sheen and has lots of body. Straightens when wet and curls when it dries.
- Type 4 – Coily / Kinky Hair – Very tightly curled and wiry. They are further sub classified as:
4a hair: It has a looser coil and strands have a spiral shape.
4b hair: It has a tighter kink. Strands have a zig-zag shape like the letter “z” and are the most fragile and driest of the types.
WHAT IS THE PREVALENCE OF HAIR LOSS PROBLEM IN AFRICO – AMERICAN PATIENTS
Hair loss prevalence in African American men: As other countries, hair loss is prevalent in around 65% of the men majority of them in their 30s. But young individuals are also facing the hair loss issues and the count is increasing year by year. Genetic hair loss is the most common cause of hair loss in Africo American population.
Hair loss prevalence in African American women: Hair loss prevalence in African American women is very common and has involved approximately 47.6% of the women population. Women are been found to have hair loss majorly from the centre or top of the scalp.
The cause of hair loss in Africo American women is commonly genetic predisposition but the styling practices they follow make it worse. They prefer tight braiding and ponytails, use chemical relaxers to chemically straighten their hairs quite frequently and hot tools to straighten their hairs which negatively impact the genetic hair loss. The most common pattern of hair loss in Africo – American females is receding hairline.
CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS IN AFRICO – AMERICAN SUFFERERS
Hair loss can be caused by many reasons in Africo American population including:
Androgenic alopecia: Pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss worldwide which is also termed androgenic alopecia.
Ageing: As age advances hair loss impacts majority of the population. Receding hairline is the most common patter of hair loss.
Traction alopecia: Africo – American women follows tight hair styling aids which causes inflammation of hair follicles. The hair loss could be reverted back if stopped at an early stage but if repeated styling is performed it could lead to permanent hair loss.
Traumatic alopecia: Because of the styling practices and usage of harsh chemicals, hair damage is inevitable ultimately leading to hair loss.
Folliculitis induced alopecia: Underlying inflammation of hair follicles occur due to bacterial growth in the scalp. It is common in Africo American because of weaving or braiding the hairs for longer duration leading to painful scalp, little bumps and ultimately hair loss.
HAIR TRANSPLANT IN AFRICO – AMERICAN POPULATION
Hair transplant is an outpatient cosmetic surgical procedure which is performed after administration of local anesthesia where harvesting of hair follicles are done followed by their transplantation at the recipient area. Undoubtedly, like other ethnicities hair transplant in Africans is equally successful procedure and success rate of afro hair transplant is approximately 95% irrespective of the gender.
African hair transplant is rumored to have less success based on their hair characteristics which involves mainly curly hairs. The truth is that in fact the hair type of African population is has certain added advantages for the hairs being thick and curly or wavy. The thicker and curly hairs offer advantage of fuller look which provides the illusion of higher density with fewer transplanted hairs as compared to the straight hair type.
Afro hair transplant in India is been widely preferred nowadays for hair transplant tourism by Africans as India is worldwide known for its hardworking medical fraternity and hair transplant. Few hair transplant surgeon in India are well known for their surgical skills and expert hands. Indian hair transplant surgeons are more experienced when compared to afro hair transplant surgeons because of high patient footfall.
Afro hair transplant cost is quite expensive according to the standards maintained by their clinics. On other hand, India hair transplant clinics are very affordable despite high international standards. Medispa hair transplant clinic is one of the most preferred destinations for afro hair transplant. Dr Suneet Soni and his team is pre eminent in performing hair transplant in Africans and have done hundreds of certain African hair type cases with assured satisfactory outcomes.
WHICH HAIR TRANSPLANT TECHNIQUE IS BEST: FUT or FUE
Based on the hair type and characteristic of the hairs in African population, FUT hair transplant technique is preferred. Curly hairs has the oblique course unlike the straight hairs from under the skin which becomes very difficult to be identified from outside. FUE technique could not be preferred as the technique is based on the assumptions for location of the hair root which is difficult due to oblique course of curly, wavy or kinky hairs. This could lead to higher damage to hair grafts extracted by this method. Therefore, FUT technique is preferred as it involves harvesting of a strip and then individual hair grafts are separated under the high magnification.
CHALLENGES FACED FOR HAIR TRANSPLANT IN AFRICO – AMERICAN POPULATION
Besides advantages of hair transplant in African hair type there are certain challenges too as the procedure is highly precision based which needs experienced hands and expert skills to be performed successfully. Here are enlisted few challenges which has to be faced during hair transplant in Africans:
- High follicular transaction rate (FTR): Curly hairs have oblique course which initiates from the root itself which is underlying the skin. This led to higher damage to hair grafts if not performed by expert hands.
If hair transplant is performed by FUE technique then there will be undoubtedly higher damage to hair grafts as the hair follicles are extracted based on assuming the location of hair root.
FUT technique is better preferred as the hair root is separated under higher magnification by technicians. If the technicians are not experienced then even this technique could lead to higher damage rate.
- Hairline design: Hair transplant surgeries not only need excellent surgical skills but demands artistic vision for natural hairline designing. Expertise, in depth knowledge and artistic sense is a crucial requirement for natural looking results. The proper alignment, arrangement and angulations of hair follicles should be properly maintained to achieve natural looks.
However, these challenges can easily be overcome by searching diligently for a competent hair transplant surgeon for afro hair transplant in India. Dr Suneet Soni is one of the best hair transplant surgeon in India who is highly skilled and is competent with excellent sense of art to deliver world class natural results. He successfully performs the hair transplant surgery with the least damage rate of < 1% and assured aesthetic desirable outcomes.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q1: Can I choose the shape of my hairline prior to surgery?
Ans: Yes, you can surely choose the hairline prior to performing hair transplant. In fact it is very important to look for hairline before performing the procedure as hair transplant is a permanent procedure and hairline once achieved cannot be re changed. Otherwise you need to get hair transplant revision done if you are not happy with the existing ones.
Q2: Will I need fewer grafts than a Caucasian patient?
Ans: Yes, in African hair transplant cases with curly, wavy or kinky hair type you can get high hair volume and fuller look with fewer hair grafts. But it is also true that these hair types have higher damage rate as compared to straight hair type.
Q3: Are there any specific risks to African American patients?
Ans: Yes, as the specific hair type of Africans includes curly hairs there are challenges which needs to be faced by hair transplant surgeon while performing hair transplant. Damage rate of these hairs are high and designing hairline is bit difficult in these cases which makes it crucial to search for a highly competent and experienced hair transplant surgeon.
Q4: Is Growth factors a good option for African American patients?
Ans: Yes, growth factors which are injected by PRP therapy is undoubtedly a good option not only for curly hairs but for all hair types in facilitating the hair growth. It provides a better environment for newly planted hair follicles for faster growth.
So if you are looking for the best Afro hair transplant surgeon in India and have any queries regarding afro hair transplant, feel free to visit Medispa hair transplant clinics in Delhi and Jaipur for the best experience of hair transplant.