Afro Hair Transplant
The term afro is a general term used to refer to people living on the African continent. People living in this region differ from other people in terms of physical appearance, hair structure and skin, which is particularly relevant to our topic.
What is afro hair?
The reason Afro hair differs from others is that it is usually curly and wavy, the hair curls both above and below the skin. Hair follicles are often not visible, as they tend to curve under the skin making it difficult to find the right part to remove from the donor area
Furthermore, the growth is slower and the length of the root is shorter than others.
What causes afro hair loss?
In addition to normal hair loss, these people also suffer from hair loss due to the shaping processes due to the structure of the hair.
Since people with afro hair texture have a hard time styling their hair, they can cause permanent damage by straining their hair by making braids or applying chemicals.
Afro hair loss treatment:
PRP: The PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatment for hair loss consists of three phases;
- Blood sampling of the person (ml variable according to the PRP tubes),
- The collected blood is placed in a centrifuge which separates the plasma
- The separated platelet rich product is applied to the problem area.
According to some opinions, PRP treatments are believed to stimulate natural hair growth and maintain it by increasing circulation and increasing hair thickness. Sometimes it can be combined and applied with vitamin drugs.
There is not enough scientific research to say that PRP stops hair loss.
Mesotherapy is a treatment that slows down hair loss. The drugs used for mesotherapy are applied subcutaneously. It is a form of treatment applied to improve the quality of the hair and to activate the cells that have entered the period of stagnation.
Medicines to be used for mesotherapy are applied in small doses with special needles subcutaneously. Mesotherapy is a local treatment method applied to the problem area. The advantage of this method is that the drugs are very effective and the side effects are low.
While hair mesotherapy can be applied manually, special tools known as Derma Pens can be used for effective treatment. This featured pen allows you to inject a larger area in a shorter time, minimizing complications.
Hair treated with mesotherapy should not be washed or applied with other medicines.
Minoxidil Spray (5% male form and 2% female form):
It is a treatment that dilates and nourishes the capillaries that feed the hair follicles by applying to the problem area in the form of a spray, adjusting the dose and time according to the doctor’s advice.
It is a product with an antiandrogenic effect that acts through the type 2 5 alpha reductase enzyme, which converts the male hormone Testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Finasteride prevents this conversion by inhibiting (suppressing) type 2 5 alpha reductase enzymes. It is not suitable for use in individuals under the age of 18 or in individuals who have not completed their development and in individuals who are pregnant.
With this treatment it is possible to prevent hair loss, but once the treatment is stopped, the hair loss starts again. It is prescribed as a supportive treatment after the hair transplant helps to grow hair to a great extent.
This drug, which is normally used in the treatment of the prostate, can cause decreased sperm production and some sexual disorders, albeit at low rates.
The dose and time of use should be adjusted under the supervision of the physician.
Afro hair transplant process:
The processes of afro hair transplantation are the same as the FUE and DHI methods. Due to the structure of the bulb a more suitable punch should be selected.
Extraction of the follicular units:
The normal extraction procedure also applies to afro hair. After local anesthesia applied to the donor area, the bulbs are extracted with the micromotor. Since the subcutaneous root structure is curly and wavy compared to straight hair, special attention should be paid to the selection of punches (especially 0.9 mm and 1 mm), in order not to damage the bulb.
Opening of the channels with sapphire:
The canal process is the same as in other hair structures. Once local anesthesia has been applied to the transplanted area, the channels where the bulbs will be placed are opened using a sapphire scalpel. The opening of the channels in afro hair takes place at different angles and directions compared to straight hair, if you neglect this detail, the result will not be very natural.
Collected grafts are inserted into the open canals using surgical forceps. At this stage, care must be taken not to damage the bulbs when inserting them into the channels.
The details after the transplant are the same as for other hair transplants.
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