FUT & FUE Hair Implants For Black Men – Are They Effective?

September 20, 2022

Hair Implants For Black Men

When it comes to hair implants for Black men, there are a lot of questions about their efficacy. Can a Black man transform their thinning hair or receding hairline with hair implants? What are the risks and benefits of this procedure? What do Black male patients contemplating hair implants, also known as hair restoration surgery, need to be aware of? In this article, we will discuss these questions in greater detail. We will help you find a hair implant surgeon or hair clinic that is a good fit for you.

Hair transplants, or hair implants for Black men, are successful so long as you are working with a surgeon who is qualified. The two types of hair implants are performed through procedures known as FUT (follicular unit transplantation) and FUE (follicular unit extraction). With both surgeries, the patient’s hair is removed from one part of the body. Most often it is removed from the back of the head. Then it’s implanted into the areas of the scalp where the hair is thinning or balding.

FUT vs. FUE

The two surgeries differ in terms of the techniques used to harvest the follicular grafts. With FUT the surgeon removes the grafts by making a small incision. He then removes a thin horizontal strip of the scalp. From there the grafts are removed, cleaned, and sorted according to viability. Then they are prepared to be transplanted. FUE is a more time-consuming process. The surgeon shaves the donor area at the back of the head. Then, using a micro punch tool, removes the follicular grafts individually, in a diffuse pattern. Both surgeries have similar rates of success.

Every patient has their own specific challenges when it comes to their hair loss journey. They also have their own preferences when it comes to their desired new look. When it comes to hair implants for Black men, the texture of their hair and its unique characteristics are something that their surgeon should understand well. There are both advantages and challenges to having hair that grows in with a curl pattern, instead of completely straight. The hair follicles of a person with curly hair will tend to curl beneath the surface of the skin. The doctor will need to be anticipating this difference so that they can remove the grafts without causing damage to them. The transplant won’t be successful if the hair implants are damaged during the extraction stage.

What About Robotic Hair Implants for Black Men?

This is why patients with curly hair are discouraged from getting hair transplants from a clinic that uses robotic transplant machines. Devices such as ARTAS and Neograft are said to use algorithms to determine which grafts are most viable for extraction. However, this device has a hard time recognizing anything other than straight, dark hair. If a patient has curly hair, or hair that is light in color, the transplanting machine will not be able to read it accurately. In this case, follicular grafts have a higher risk of being damaged, resulting in an unsuccessful transplant. Be sure to ask whether or not your hair clinic performs hair implants for Black men by hand. 

However, one advantage that a patient with a curly hair pattern has is that your surgeon will be able to cover a greater-sized transplant area with fewer grafts. While still giving you a look that is plenty dense and full. It is also easier for the surgeon to craft a hairline that looks completely natural. When performed by a qualified surgeon, hair implants for black men have high odds of success.

Risks Of Hair Implants For Black Men

It is important for patients to be aware that hair implants for men do come with some unique challenges. It is important that your surgeon be well aware of them. One thing that your surgeon should have knowledge of is understanding complex wound closures. So that the skin will heal well following surgery. For example, people with curly hair follicles are at increased risk of the scar becoming hypertrophic. In other words, the scar becomes thickened and raised.

People with darker skin tones have a higher likelihood of developing keloids. These are large, thick scars that could be lumpy or ridged. A surgeon who is familiar with this phenomenon can take some preventative measures against this type of scarring. During your consultation ask your doctor what they do to minimize keloid scarring. If they are not familiar with that term or struggle to give you a clear answer, that is a sign. Look for a doctor that is more knowledgeable. 

Finding The Best Clinics For Hair Implants for Black Men

When researching hair clinics make sure to choose one that has plenty of experience providing hair implants for Black men. You can do some preliminary research by searching online reviews. More and more review sites are requiring that past patients provide verification. This proves they actually received treatment before they can provide their feedback. Often these sites will include photos and demographic information about the clinic’s patients. Does the clinic’s client base seem diverse? Are past patients happy? Did they like their final results? Were they treated well by the office and support staff? 

The hair clinic’s website should also include before and after photos of patients with different skin and hair types. If all of the photos are of white people with blonde hair, then you might want to research other clinics. Your prospective surgeon should be able to provide you with before and after photos of their own work that demonstrates their proficiency in performing hair transplant surgery for Black men with curly hair. They should also be willing to direct you to patient referrals. People that can attest to their proficiency in working with curly or textured hair.

When looking at before and after photos that clinics provide, use discernment. These photos should be taken in the same setting. All with professional lighting, and from consistent angles. They should be able to show you photos of the transplant at different stages of healing. Including photos of the patient prior to surgery, followed by the patient a year later. They should also be able to show you what a typical patient looks like in the initial days and weeks following surgery. This helps you have an idea of what to expect.

Pricing Hair Implants for Black Men

Another good sign that you have found a suitable hair clinic is transparency when it comes to pricing. Most health insurance companies do not cover the expense of a hair transplant surgery. So it is a large, out-of-pocket expense for patients. We at Best Hair Transplant believe in posting our prices on our website. Posting this information can help our future patients to plan for the future. We feel that simple, straightforward price structures allow us to give realistic estimates to our patients with respect to price.

Some clinics split grafts to make it seem like the patient is paying for more hair than they actually receive. Many people are unaware that a single follicular graft can contain anywhere from 4-12 hairs. We feel that it is unnecessary to split grafts. It only increases the risk of transecting the bulbs at the base of the hair shaft. This would cause that hair implant to fail. Our clinic only transplants whole grafts, and we price our surgeries accordingly. Furthermore, we charge flat rate prices for our FUT surgeries. This works out to an average of $3.50 per graft, and only $5 per graft for our FUE. 

Beyond Hair Implants for Black Men

In addition to this, we offer low-level laser therapy (LLLT), a gentle, non-invasive home treatment that utilizes prescription-grade laser diodes. These diodes are worn on the inside of a lightweight, flexible cap. This cap is easily disguised under a ballcap if necessary. This treatment is completely pain-free. It has no known side effects. Plus only requires 6 minutes per day, making it easy to incorporate into one’s daily routine. During your consultation ask us about the CapillusRX 312 laser cap. It’s a great stand-alone treatment. After you’ve recovered from hair transplant surgery you can begin LLLT. LLLT is great for encouraging the growth and health of your new hair implants.

In conclusion, hair implants for Black men are completely safe and successful. It is important to be discerning about the hair clinic and surgeon that you choose. FUT and FUE are serious surgeries that require a doctor that completed all the necessary medical training, as well as continued education directly related to reconstructive hair surgery. The doctor you choose should have plenty of experience performing these surgeries on Black patients. As well as a good understanding of the unique characteristics and needs of Black hair and skin. Do your research, ask plenty of questions during your consultation, and take all the time you need to make a final decision. To schedule your complimentary consultation and learn more about the exciting treatment plans we offer, contact Best Hair Transplant today.

SUFFERING FROM HAIR LOSS?

Best Hair Transplant is the best place to schedule your hair transplant in Los Angeles. We’ve helped both men and women regrow their lost hair. But don’t take our word for it. We suggest learning as much as possible about hair restoration. Do so prior to making a decision on how to address your hair loss. Not every procedure is right for everyone.

At Best Hair Transplant, we’re proud of our results and happy to provide hair restoration services. Additionally, we’re proud to make hair transplants affordable and help you save money on a variety of hair transplants.

To ensure your ease of mind, you can view our customer recommendations HERE. Furthermore, you can also see our Google reviews and Yelp reviews. We can’t wait to help you start restoring your lost hair.

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