Case Reports

African American Hair Transplant

By December 21, 2017 No Comments

Performing hair transplant procedures on patients of African descent has long been fraught with challenges that often lead to unsatisfactory results. With conventional or traditional Follicular Unit Extraction, the success rate for black patients is estimated at just 30-40%. Males within this demographic prefer FUE over strip surgery since many of them choose to wear extremely short hairstyles. Therefore, the linear scar created by strip procedures makes this procedure far less desirable. The Dr.UPunch Curl™, however, is poised to change all that. This unique manual graft extraction device is designed to help increase success in afro-textured hair transplant. Find out how the Dr.UPunch Curl ™ device is able to help those looking for the best black hair transplant procedure by viewing the patient case below.

Before Curly Afro-Textured Hair Transplant with Dr.UGraft™

The patient below suffered hair loss from a childhood condition. After a previous FUE hair transplantation procedure at another clinic, combined with scalp micro-pigmentation (SMP) failed to yield results, he began to look elsewhere for a solution.

Patient before his black male hair transplant procedure. The results of previous attempts to address his scarring hair loss can be seen, although none were particularly effective. Thus, he sought the best black hair transplant procedure.*

Patient before his black male hair transplant procedure. The results of previous attempts to address his scarring hair loss can be seen, although none were particularly effective. Thus, he sought the best black hair transplant procedure.*

He opted for a Dr.UGraft™ hair transplant for its demonstrated ability with all hair types.

While the Dr.UPunch i™ is adept at safely extracting different hair types, the Dr.UPunch Curl ™ extraction device was designed in order to overcome the limitations of classic rotary punches when it comes to the unique characteristics of afro-textured hair. This includes the tightly coiled growth underneath the skin, as well as thicker skin texture resulting in stronger attachments of scored grafts to the surrounding tissue.

Choosing Dr.UGraft™ For Best Black Hair Transplant Procedure

Patients with Afro-textured hair have tightly coiled, curved follicles. Conventional cylindrical punches struggle to navigate these curves, often resulting in transection. Transected grafts compromise the patient’s final coverage.

Dr.UPunch Curl™ offers a reliable tool to perform successful hair transplant procedures across all patients of African descent. Its intelligent design makes this possible by overcoming the two leading factors that incur graft damage:

  1. Mechanical error
  2. Air exposure

This instrumentation replaces the circular / round cutting end of traditional FUE punches with a unique two-pronged, curved punch tip. Sharp edges along the base tip create an initial score that severs the thick tissue around the follicle and gently nestle the graft between the two prongs. The graft can then be safely pulled and lifted from its surroundings.

The transport system mentioned above is powered by Dr.UGraft’s fluid irrigation system. This fluid irrigation keeps the follicle completed hydrated as it travels from the donor area into a safe holding vessel. The animation below demonstrates this concept with the Intelligent Punch™ (Dr.UPunch i™).

Thus, the manual Dr.UPunch Curl™ was used to extract 2320 grafts for the patient’s hair transplant procedure.

The Dr.UPunch Curl™ is attached to a non-rotary device, the Dr.UPunch Curl Plunger, which is used with a plunging motion. Fluid integration with the Dr.UGraft™ console enables continuous graft hydration, as well as hands-free graft ejection.

The Dr.UPunch Curl™ is attached to a non-rotary device, the Dr.UPunch Curl™ Plunger, which is used with a plunging motion. Fluid integration with the Dr.UGraft™ console enables continuous graft hydration, as well as hands-free graft ejection.

Before and After Black Male Hair Transplant Results

Below are the results of the patients 2320 graft hair restoration procedure with the Dr.UGraft™ system. The results are pictured 10 months after the final surgery.

 

Overhead view of the patient's hairline and top 10 months after the last hair transplant procedure with Dr.UGraft™. 2320 grafts were extracted in total over the course of two procedures.

Overhead view of the patient’s hairline and top 10 months after the last hair transplant procedure with Dr.UGraft™. 2320 grafts were extracted in total over the course of two procedures.*

This linear scar free hair transplant procedure resulted in discrete donor area scarring, as seen in the before and after below. This enables the patient to keep his preffered short hairstyle without fear of obvious scarring.

Patient's donor area before and after choosing Dr.UGraft™ for the best black hair transplant procedure.

Patient’s donor area before and after choosing Dr.UGraft™ for the best black hair transplant procedure.*

Patient before and after black hair transplant with the Dr.UPunch Curl™.

Patient before and after black hair transplant with the Dr.UPunch Curl™.

With enormously reduced transection rates, the Dr.UPunch Curl™ enables all black men and women to benefit from FUE hair transplant surgeries.

Video: African American Hair Transplant Surgery Success with Dr.UPunch Curl™

Watch the full results of this patient’s hair transplant procedure in the video below.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions – Best Black Hair Transplant with Dr.UGraft™

How common is it for African American hair transplant surgeons to report poor results?

According to several sources, the success rate for black hair transplants using basic extraction technology is 30-40%. This is likely due to the incompatibility of tightly coiled afro-textured hair with straight cylindrical punches. The Dr.UPunch Curl™ was designed with these considerations in mind, and thus offer a solution in the shape of its sharp, curved punch tip.

Is the Dr.UPunch Curl™ the only tool available for patients of African descent?

No. In some cases, the blunter version of the hybrid Dr.U Intelligent Punch™ may be used for an African American hair transplant surgery. However, this is typically in cases in which the hair is either not too tightly coiled, the skin is not too tough, or a combination of both.

Further Reading

Read Dr. U’s published article in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to learn how he used the Dr.UPunch Curl to for 100% in a comparative study on 18 African American patients.

What is the Dr.UGraft™ FUE Swiping Maneuver? Find out here. 

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