If you search “Hair transplant surgery results,” you’re likely to see an abundance of images of fair-skinned people with straight hair. But what if you don’t look like that? Is it possible for someone with curly or textured hair to have a successful hair transplant?
Yes! It’s completely possible for a curly-haired person to have a successful hair transplant procedure. Hair transplantation is designed to treat people with a variety of hair types and textures.
Although the process is similar in many ways to a straight-hair procedure, there are some key differences you should take into account. At the end of the day, choosing a hair restoration doctor who has experience working with your specific hair type will be the best way to ensure a successful outcome.
Getting a Curly Hair Transplant
Will the Procedure Be Different?
The FUE hair transplant process will be largely similar for both people with straight hair and people with curly hair.
In both cases, your hairline will be carefully planned and grafts will be collected and inspected. Then, the follicles will be placed in their new location to create your desired look. Pre-care and aftercare will also look the same for all patients, regardless of their hair type.
One major difference will take place during the extraction process. Curly hair follicles differ from straight hair follicles in their shape. Curly hair strands curve more, which means that greater care must be given during extraction. If the surgeon is not careful, the follicle can be transected and destroyed during the removal process.
Our doctors remedy the risk of follicle degradation by using slightly varied techniques during the extraction process. For example, we may use a smaller-sized bit to ensure we cleanly grasp the follicle during extraction without breaking it. We may also use a suction device to protect the follicle during the removal process.
Although more care and attention is necessary during the extraction process, curly hair transplants often are able to achieve thicker and more voluminous results than their straight hair counterparts, making this a highly-desirable procedure.
Choosing the Right Team
At the end of the day, the success of your hair transplant will largely depend on choosing a trustworthy and experienced hair transplant surgeon.
At a minimum, your doctor should have 10 to 15 years of experience working with the type of hair you have. They should also be able to discuss the techniques they plan to use to best help you achieve your goals.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions during your consultation to better gauge your doctor’s experience. The better you understand the procedure at hand, the better you’ll feel about moving forward with your hair transplantation procedure.