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Concerns about Hair Transplants and Scarring in African American Females

4/22/2010 2:12:51 PM

Question:

I'm a 47 year old African American female suffering from alopecia. I have significant hair loss in my crown and a thinning hairline. How successful is a hair transplant with my race being that we sometimes have problems with scarring?

Answer:

Hair transplantation can be a suitable option for African Americans and any race assuming one is a candidate based on their hair loss condition, medical history and expectations.

If you’re experiencing thinning hair from the crown and a receding hairline, you may be suffering from androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss). Before considering hair transplant surgery however, in my opinion, consult a dermatologist first to perform a full medical makeup and scalp analysis. This will help to rule out or pinpoint any non-genetic causes. An underlying medical or hormonal condition can sometimes be the cause of hair loss (especially in women). Sometimes, hair loss is even reversible by treating the condition itself.

Scarring is a reality that comes along with hair transplant surgery. However, selecting a quality hair restoration physician will minimize the risks of obvious scarring. Additionally, be sure to speak to your physician regarding your concerns and he/she should discuss how race and an individual’s physiology plays a role in the appearance of scarring.

Bill Seemiller - Managing Publisher


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