African hair has unique characteristics that distinguish it from other hair types. It is curly, dense, and coarse with a springlike structure.
Hence, in restoration surgery, there exists a special treatment for Afro hair; it’s called an Afro hair transplant.
Many Afro patients experience hair loss because of traction alopecia.
Frequently wearing cornrows, topknots, dreadlocks, braids, and buns can pull at the hair, making it brittle and prone to breakage.
It can also permanently damage the hair follicles. However, hair loss may also occur due to genetics, hormones, trauma, and illnesses. You can undergo a hair transplant in these situations.
Overview Of Afro Hair Transplant In Turkey
There are different types of hair. Afro hair naturally has a curly and kinky texture and differs from that of Caucasian or Asian hair.
It gives the illusion of a fuller head of hair, thanks to the twisted curls. Even if the patient doesn’t have what it takes for full coverage, their natural hair will create a fuller look.
Afro hair requires special attention due to its root type. However, it’s not any different from any other hair transplant technique. In fact, it’s a form of FUE hair transplant.
Still, it’s important to find a hair transplant surgeon who understands the distinctive features of Afro hair to achieve the best results.
A hair transplant for Afro hair is often the most complex of all hair transplant procedures.
Because of the natural curl of the hair follicle, ensuring maximum graft survival rates and minimising the possibility of ingrown hair is important to perform a successful transplant.
What Is The Cost of Afro Hair Transplant In Turkey?
The cost of an Afro hair transplant in Turkey is usually around £1,500. Compared to the UK, where this surgery can cost more than £3,000, this is almost twice as cheap.
But keep in mind that low cost is not a reflection of the quality of the procedure. The healthcare industry in Turkey is regulated by the Ministry of Health.
Many facilities are also internationally accredited. However, the costs aren’t sky-high because of the cheaper living costs and currency exchange rates.
Medical tourists can also avail of these services with hotel accommodations, airport transfers, medications, pre-operative blood tests, and 12-month free aftercare.
You can also have a dedicated host to fill any communication gaps between you and your surgeon during medical appointments.
Moreover, we offer maximum grafts in each treatment plan, so the price doesn’t change depending on the number of grafts.
Patients can also choose from different finance options (debit card/credit card) to get their restoration surgery.
Who Can Get Afro Hair Transplant & Why?
As the name indicates, the surgery is best suited to people who are of African descent.
The surgery can be performed on males and females with curly hair who are experiencing permanent thinning or balding.
Traction alopecia, which is caused by tight braids, is a common cause of Afro hair loss.
Typically, it is identified by a receding hairline at the temple of the scalp.
This is because of the stress the hair follicles are put through on a long-term basis. It’s common among women.
However, some men can also be affected by this.
Other than that, both men and women can also suffer from androgenetic alopecia. A hair transplant can help with this as well.
But if your hair loss is diffuse (more common in women), the lack of a stable donor area will make you unsuitable for a hair transplant Turkey.
Am I Suitable For Hair Transplant?
What To Think About Before You Have Afro Hair Transplant
Hair transplant for Afro hair requires special knowledge to harvest each follicular unit.
First and foremost, Afro-Caribbean patients who are experiencing baldness must be aware of the character of their Afro hair and understand that it needs special care.
You should ask your specialist about their Afro hair experience and how many of these transplants they have performed.
Also, ask if they recommend any other treatments for your traction alopecia hair loss, other than a hair transplant. A surgeon’s patient satisfaction rates are also important.
In addition, ask about the potential complications that can arise from this procedure. Follow-up with an inquiry into how the surgeon dealt with these complications.
Go through the surgeon’s portfolio to get an idea of the aesthetic outcomes that they can achieve for you. You can also ask them if it’s possible to meet with a previous patient of the surgeon.
How To Best Prepare for Afro Hair Transplant In Turkey
Before your treatment, there are a couple of things to consider for a seamless procedure:
- Stop tobacco and alcohol consumption one week prior to your procedure.
- Discontinue blood-thinning medications 10 days before.
- Remove any hair systems 3 days before the surgery to allow your blood circulation to get back to normal.
- Don’t cut your hair for at least 2 weeks. This will allow your surgeon to examine your hair grafts better.
Your surgeon will inform you about the pre-operative instructions that will make your treatment easier on the surgery day.
Following the pre-operative instructions before your hair transplant surgery is important in ensuring its success.
What Is The Procedure For Afro Hair Transplant In Turkey?
Hair transplant for Afro hair uses the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique, meaning that hair follicles are individually extracted and transplanted.
FUE is the most suitable method for Afro patients because of the minimised risk of scarring and further complications.
Assessing The Donor Hair
Afro hair follicles typically take up more space within the scalp than other hair types due to their curl in the root.
This can sometimes require larger FUE incisions in order to accurately extract each graft from the donor site.
Prior to your Afro hair transplant, the specialist will check the structure of your hair follicles to see the root size.
This process is called the FOX test and is performed on patients before surgery. It helps is determining their suitability for the procedure.
A FOX test is where the surgeon takes approximately 100 grafts from the donor area to see how many complete grafts they can extract.
Since Afro hair follicles curl under the skin, it’s important to see if these roots are suitable for extraction.
The natural curl of the hair follicle in Afro hair can cause follicle damage, meaning the transplant can be less effective if done the same way as other hair types.
An Afro hair transplant has 3 main stages:
- First comes extraction, where hair follicles will be taken from the donor area of the head.
- The second part involves incisions, where the surgeon opens the channels in the balding skin to insert the harvested grafts.
- Lastly, there’s transplantation, where grafts are inserted in the skin with the desired density.
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Recovery And Results Of Afro Hair Transplant
Afro hair transplant recovery timeline is the same as that of FUE hair transplant.
A check-up consultation at the hair transplant clinic 1 day after the surgery is necessary to check the transplanted and donor site.
You’ll be provided with antibiotics to prevent infections. You’ll also be given painkillers and anti-swelling tablets to take after the surgery.
In about 2 weeks, the scabs on the surgical site should disappear. These hair transplant scabs form due to the incisions made on the head. So, they’re normal.
You’ll also experience shock loss within the first two weeks of your recovery period. This is also normal after an FUE hair transplant.
Finally, your transplanted hair will start growing 3 months after your surgery. Each month you will see more growth, and all of the transplanted grafts will have grown after 12-18 months.
Keep in mind that an Afro hair transplant recovery timeline can be different for each patient.
Aftercare Of Afro Hair Transplant Turkey
Afro hair transplant aftercare involves keeping the surgical areas clean with the provided hair care products and taking the medications.
The patients must be gentle with their surgical areas while cleaning and avoid sweat and dust.
Each step of the aftercare process will be explained in detail to you after the surgery to ensure an easy recovery period and excellent results.
What Could Go Wrong After Afro Hair Transplant
The afro hair transplant recovery process is not that difficult.
However, if a patient fails to follow the aftercare instructions, infections may develop in the donor and/or recipient sites.
In addition, patients with Afro hair can develop keloid scarring in the surgical areas.
What To Do If You Have Any Problems After Afro Transplant
We offer free online aftercare services to all our patients after their surgery.
If you feel like there’s something wrong with your recovery, you can call our Aftercare department, or email them to get a free consultation from your surgeon.
Other Procedures to Have With Afro Hair Surgery
If you are undergoing an Afro hair transplant in Turkey, there are other treatments that can support your recovery.
You can get a PRP injection right after your hair transplant surgery. It will strengthen the transplanted hair grafts, increasing their survival rates, while speeding up the recovery process.
Who is the surgeon, what are their qualifications and experience, and where can I verify this?
You can review your surgeon’s CV and certifications on our website.
Which parts of the Afro hair transplant will be done by a doctor and which by a non-doctor?
The incision part, which is the most important step in an Afro hair transplant, will be performed by your surgeon. Other than that, surgical assistants will help with some other parts of the surgery.
Is the clinic registered with a health care authority?
All of the procedures are performed at internationally accredited facilities, offering the highest quality of procedures found not only in Turkey but across Europe.
Does the doctor, clinic or hospital have insurance that covers my Afro hair transplant?
All of the surgeons are insured against malpractice.
How long will I need to stay abroad before I’m well enough to travel back to the UK?
You can travel back to the UK 1 day after your Afro hair transplant.
Will follow-up checks be offered in the UK?
We provide online aftercare, and you are welcome to visit our London clinic for an aftercare appointment.
Can you put me in touch with anyone else who had a hair transplant for Afro hair?
We are happy to share their details for you to get in touch.
What language will the doctors, nurses and other health workers involved in my Afro hair transplant use and what language will my medical notes be in?
It will all be in English. To further assist you, an interpreter will also accompany you.
Reviewed and Approved by Trichologist Yaprak Yazan