At Treatment Rooms London we are a leading provider of FUE hair transplants, including for those with afro hair.
The FUE hair transplant is a minimally invasive treatment with a quick recovery time and natural results. It is capable of providing hair growth in areas that were previously bald and leaves minimal scarring.
But does an FUE hair transplant procedure for afro hair differ from other types of hair? In this blog, we take a look at an afro hair transplant.
The importance of experience
It should be noted from the outset that an FUE hair transplant involving afro hair is one of the most complex. Afro hair is very different from Asian or Caucasian hair in its nature. This means it is vital that a hair transplant clinic offers you experience in performing the FUE treatment with this particular hair type.
Despite the differences in Afro hair, the FUE transplant procedure uses exactly the same technique and just requires some special measures to be taken. For example, the hair grafts for an afro hair transplant require more space, and need incisions which are slightly larger, yet further apart. Why? It’s due to the fact that afro hair curls under the skin as well as over it.
FUE or FUT?
At this point, it’s time for a definition check. An FUE (follicular unit excision) hair transplant involves individual follicles being taken out of the scalp, before small holes are made in the scalp and hair follicles are grafted in, and then the surgical site is covered.
An FUT (follicular unit transplantation) hair transplant involves the removal of an area of the scalp and its separation into two sections before follicular unit grafts are transplanted and the incision site is stitched up.
The FUE hair transplant can sometimes be too hard to perform on afro hair, due to the difficulty in extracting the hair, and in these cases, the decision may be made to switch to an FUT transplant. It is possible to book in for an FUE hair transplant test session, in order to assess the feasibility of the procedure on a particular type of afro hair. Note that mixed-race people’s afro hair is typically easier to perform the FUE treatment on.
There is a level of risk involved for patients with afro hair in having the FUT transplant, as they can have an inherited condition called keloid formation, which is a type of raised scar that occurs at the trauma site following an injury. Keloid formation is not common but is understood to be more likely for those with darker skin. There is more chance of keloid formation with an FUT hair transplant than there is with an FUE hair transplant. This is why it is important to choose a professional hair transplant clinic that you can trust.
So there’s the lowdown on FUE hair transplants for afro hair. At Treatment Rooms London you can count on surgeons with unmatched knowledge and experience in performing FUE hair transplants. Any questions? Call us today on 020 8706 0076.