Afro FUE Hair Transplant

Afro FUE hair transplants in black patients. Important update below.

Black Afro hair transplants (ie. African Caribbean, African American, Black British etc) have specific differences to Caucasian or Asian hair, which makes it very important that any hair transplant clinic has experience and understanding of these. So you should choose a specialist Afro hair doctor, such as Dr Ibe at Westminster Clinic. As a black doctor from London, he has Afro hair himself and so fully understands the differences.

Afro hair texture

The hair is normally fairly coarse, although sometimes fine too. The defining characteristic of Afro hair is the curl, kink or kinkiness of it.

However, an Afro hair transplant patient is performed using just the same hair transplant techniques , even though their characteristics are different. In general, it is important to understand that:

Afro hair is usually less dense than Asian or Caucasion hair, so normally not as many grafts are able to be moved. On the other hand, not as many grafts are needed. Because of the curliness, even low density Afro hair can look like “big hair.” That is, it occupies a large volume even if there aren’t so many hairs per square centimeter.

Afro hair curls underneath the skin too, not just the visible portion, so “relaxing” the hair using chemicals does not straighten the hair subcutaneously. This means the hair grafts take up more space and need to be placed in slightly larger incisions and not quite so densely.

This curl or kinkiness, also means that traditionally, FUE is difficult and often impossible to perform on Afro hair, although mixed race patients frequently have straighter, less tight curls, which allows FUE to be performed. It can still be possible to use FUE on Afro hair but it must be fully realised that we may have to switch to the strip (FUT) method if it proves too difficult to extract the hair via FUE. Either that or book in for a small test FUE session.

Patients with Afro hair also can inherit a problem with healing, called Keloid formation, which is where large thick scars can form after even minor skin trauma. This is not normally a problem for FUE but does sometimes occur in Black patients having strip hair transplantation (although uncommon).

Afro hair FUE transplant update

Excellent news for patients seeking FUE hair transplantation with Afro hair characteristics, from April 2022:

We now have the latest FUE machine and punches, developed especially for Afro hair, allied with our 19 year experience of FUE transplanting with standard punches.

It is an exciting time – Dr Rogers is already acknowledged to be an Afro hair doctor specialist but has been searching for the solution to offer hair transplants for every patient, even those with very kinky or curly Afro hair. This type of hair has sometimes been unsuitable for FUE previously.

Together with his new doctor associate (Dr Ibe), we think we have found that solution.

Afro hair transplant patient video and review

Coming soon, video of our patient talking about his experience – pre op, during and post op

Before his Afro FUE hair transplant click here

After his Afro FUE hair transplant click here

One week (7 days) after his Afro FUE hair transplant click here

For more photos of Afro hair transplant results, click here

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