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

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You can not change your hair texture with surgery, but yo can with commercial products that are sold in every drug store in the hair product area

Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Changing hair texture with surgery

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There is no way to change the hair texture with surgery.  Certain hair care products and chemical treatments can affect the texture of the hair.  Topical treatments like minoxidil may also affect the texture, as can hormonal changes such as pregnancy or thyroid issues, but all of these are very unpredictable.

All the best,

You cannot change your hair texture with surgery.

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You cannot change your hair texture with surgery.  Hair transplant is moving hair from a donor area to a new recipient area.  The hair texture will remain the same as where you harvested the hair follicle.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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The texture of your hair cannot be altered surgically.  That being said, the texture at the base of the neck is finer than middle of the back of the head, and body hair and facial hair have different textures.  All can be used for transplantation using FUE.  However, it is impractical to use these hairs just to change texture.

Hair texture surgery

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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....

Changing hair texture

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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.

Re: Hair Replacement Surgery for Texture

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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.


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Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Texture does not change

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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
Palo Alto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Changing Hair Texture with Transplantation

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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.

Changing the hair texture with surgery.

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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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