Can You Change Your Hair Texture with Surgery?

I have rough dry hair and i was hoping if there was a surgery anywhere that can change it permanently, Are there any surgery at all that can change this rough hair of mine?

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Hair texture surgery

Hair texture is determined by the amino acid makeup of your hair. This is determined genetically. A major determinant of this texture is how the ball at the root of the hair (Dermal Papilla) interacts with the top of the hair (epithelium). 

At this point, there is no surgery that can change hair texture. Some medications or conditions can change the texture of hair. For example, minoxidil makes hair thicker; certain conditions like thyroid imbalance can change the hair texture.

Although there is no surgery at this time, I feel in the next decade new drugs can emerge to address hair texture and color. We shall see....

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Changing hair texture

Unfortunately, there is no surgery available to change the texture or quality of your hair.  Procedures available today can move follicles from one area of the scalp or body to another but it won't change the way we are made. (that is determined by your genetics)  If you haven't already talked to someone with expertise in caring for coarse, dry hair, you may benefit greatly from their advice with regard to products you can use or procedures that can be performed in a salon to care for more coarse hair.  Good luck.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Re: Hair Replacement Surgery for Texture

The texture of your hair is governed by DNA. DNA is a code in your cells which provides instructions on how to make specific protein, like hair. As far as hair surgeries, the only type of procedure that can be done is to increase the amount of hair, by transferring follicles from one area of the body to the scalp.

In the most idealistic sense, it would be necessary to change the DNA code of your hair follicles in order to grow softer, smoother, shinier hair. However, science is a long way from making this an actual reality.


Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Texture does not change

In hair transplantation, the "donor" hairs harvested from the back of the scalp pretty much maintain their same characteristics when they are moved and transplanted to the new grafted areas of the scalp. Their texture, thickness, color or lack their of, and rate of growth are all determined by the genes in the hair follicles. Those do not change.

Manu Gujrati, MD
San Jose Facial Plastic Surgeon

Changing Hair Texture with Transplantation

The only texture change that can happen with a transplant is that which results from the hairs in the back of the head now growing in an area of the front or other area.

Jeffrey Epstein, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Changing the hair texture with surgery.

Changing the hair texture with surgery cannot be done. We can add hair by grafts or flaps, but not the quality of the hair.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Texture is not affected by transplants

Texture will not be affected by your transplant. The transplanted hair texture will move from the donor to the recipient site.

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hair texture

The texture and quality of your hair will depend on your donor site.  Most donor sites are at the back of the head, so you will have hair that is similiar in quality and texture of what is at the back of your head.

Adil Ceydeli, MD
Panama City Plastic Surgeon
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Surgery to Change Hair Texture

Surgery will not imprve dryness or hair texture. Even if there was a procedure to improve hair quality, appropriate hair care products will take care of your problem without the risks of surgery.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hair transplantation is not a good treatment for hair texture

Hair transplantation is often an excellent procedure for restoring hair to a bald or thinning area but simply moves hair from the donor site (usually back of scalp) to the area to be treated.  The hair grows in the new place as it did in the old.  Sometimes the new growth is a bit finer or "frizzier" than it was in its original location but this usually reverts to normal with time.  Hair roughness or dryness would not be expected to change.

Daniel Berg, MD
Seattle Dermatologic Surgeon

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