Special Techniques Used for African-American Hair Transplant?

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No special techniques for African American hair but it is HARDER to harvest FUE

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There are no special techniques for African American hair but it is HARDER to harvest FUE and FUT.
It takes an experience doctor and team to perform surgery on curly hair.  

Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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African-American Hair Transplant Technique

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Experience is a must here for African-American hair transplants. African-American hair grows far differently than Caucasian hair. Varying the angles and placement helps insure a far better result. Also, because of generally darker pigmentations in the skin, scarring wants to be avoided. New York hair restoration specialist Dr. Gary Hitzig has developed ACell MatriStem treatment for hair transplants, which rescues dying hairs, "clones" hair and blocks fibroblasts that cause scarring.

Amiya Prasad, MD
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
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African American Hair Transplant with Dr.UPunch

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There is no specific technique used for African American hair transplant. However, there are extra precautions taken for African American patients due to:

  • A higher chance of keloiding, typically
  • The curly nature of the follicle, in almost all cases. Curly or kinked hair follicles can result in higher transection rates. Especially if the surgeon is not a widely experienced practitioner.


Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

African American Hair Transplants

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As a whole the technique used in African American and Non-African American are the same.  One of the key points, however, is that people with darkly pigmented skin of any race can wind up with more noticeable scars.  Therefore, it is critical to do a careful closure of donor site and to use very small instruments to implant the hairs.  Also, if the hair is curly it tends to give better coverage and bulk than fine hair.

Jack Fisher, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon

Special Techniques for Hair Replacement in African-Americans

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Hair transplants are done on African -American men but it is difficult because these patients have curly hair that is less dense. That is why many of our African- American patients choose the Fleming/Mayer Flap because the results are immediate with much better density.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

African american hair transplantation

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I would highly reccomend FUE, especially if you wear your hair short.  This method avoids the cut and closure, and possible linear visible scarring associated with the strip method.  You need to see someone with good experience since curly hair is more difficult to harvest.

Best of Luck,

Dr. Malouf

Peter J. Malouf, DO
Fort Worth Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 87 reviews

African hair transplants

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An African is just like a Caucasian with it comes to hair transplant. It requires a lot of experience on the doctors part, so be sure to find the appopriate doctor

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

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