Skip to main content

Hair Transplants Now Possible for More Black Patients Thanks to These Doctors

| Super User | Beauty

Nearly 50% of Black women claim to have hair loss, according to statistics, but there are only approximately 50 hair transplant specialists in the entire world.

Miesha Frempong, an eye surgeon in New York City, stopped relaxing her hair after incurring some hair damage. Dermatologist Achiamah Osei-Tutu, MD, specializes in treating hair loss issues and regrowth.

Dr. Ranjani Singh, a dermatologist, and Dr. Christian Bisanga, a hair transplant surgeon, are two of the few dermatologists in the United States that perform Afro-textured hair transplants. Dr. Bisanga claims that only 50 dermatologists are qualified to do the procedure "to the maximum standard." Compared to persons of European and Asian descent, people of African ancestry have more visually pleasing head shapes and hairlines.

The transfer of follicles during the transplant can suffer without a clear grasp of this. The two main techniques used in hair transplants on highly textured hair are the strip technique and follicular unit extraction. The dermatologist in the first case takes follicles from the skin on the back of the head and examines them under a microscope. The latter involves moving individual hairs from the 'donor location' to the 'recipient site' one at a time. Under Dr. Bisanga's leadership, a world-wide network of dermatologists, plastic surgeons, experts in hair transplantation, and cosmetic doctors has been developed.

Dr. Bisanga co-founded the first hair transplant congress exclusively for Afro hair and is a well-known expert in hair transplantation for Afro-textured hair. He led a seminar in Mauritius for dermatologists in attendance in October of last year. Despite her concerns, Dr. Osei-Tutu asserts that having to remove the donor site "really turned out to be not a significant hardship at all."