Is there any type of hair transplant procedure that is effective for African-Americans that have worn extensions and braids for many years and has hair loss due to Traction Alopecia?
African-American Hair Loss from Wearing Braids?
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Tractin Alopecia in African Americans
Treatment for African American traction alopecia
Traction alopecia is when persistent tight styles are worn creating excessive stress on the short frontal hairs leading to extraction of these follicles and resultant scarring. If caught early, I can treat and improve likelihood of regrowth.
Other treatment options I offer include scalp micropigmentation which is strategic placement of pigment superficially in the scalp to give the illusion of increased hair follicles or "density." This can be a semi-permanent (2 years) to more permanent (~10 years) but has great effects for those individuals who have long-term traction results and do not want hair transplants.
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African american hair loss - braids
Be sure to visit an experienced physician to be sure that you also do not have evidence of central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA).
CCCA and traction alopecia often co-existent in the same patient. Hair graft uptake and success of the transplant is reduced if CCCA is present
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Yes, since traction alopecia can lead to permanent hair loss, hair transplantation is an excellent choice to restore lost hair
Yes, since traction alopecia can lead to permanent hair loss, hair transplantation is an excellent choice to restore lost hair if there is enough hair left in the donor area to transplant. There are several surgical options available for hair transplantation including follicular grafting and follicular unit extraction. It’s important to speak with a certified hair restoration surgeon to discuss all your options to determine what will provide the best results for your unique needs. Most important is the need for the patient to discontinue all traction hair styles.
FUE Hair Transplant for Traction Alopecia
Yes, hair transplant is a solution for traction alopecia. Namely, FUE hair transplant using uGraft is ideal due to its ability to navigate the particular needs of African American hair and skin-healing tendencies.
African-American Hair Loss
Absolutely- when properly performed, hair transplants can be an extremely effective, natural appearing, permanent solution. While a challenging procedure, I have performed hundreds of them, primarily on patients of African ethnicity.
Hair flaps or transplants for traction alopecia.
African-American traction hair loss
This is a very common problem in African -American communities. There is invariably a wig store in these neighborhoods that caters to women who have lost hair to the various straightening and braiding practices.
If there is sufficient remaining hair to transfer and there is no hereditary tendency for hair loss and a true commitment to stopping the practices that led to the hair loss, routine transplants or flap repair or a combination of both can give improvement. Advanced cases are better served by use of wigs.
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