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This 35-year-old African-American male sought treatment for his rapidly-thinning scalp. He underwent a 2200-graft FUT session with Dr. Carlos K. Wesley in NYC. The patient returned to the office about 11 months later wearing the same short hairstyle.

 

 

 

 

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I'm always blown away by how good of coverage some racial groups can achieve with such a modest amount of grafts. Good results


My Hair Loss Website

 

Surgical Treatments:

 

Hair transplant 5-22-2013 with Dr. Paul Shapiro at Shapiro Medical Group

Total grafts transplanted: 3222

*536 singles *1651 doubles * 961 triples,

*74 quadruples.

Total hairs transplanted: 7017

 

 

Non-Surgical Treatments:

 

*1.25 mg finasteride daily

*Generic minoxidil foam 2x daily

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Thanks, Nick.

 

It's the minimal color contrast between the color of hair and color of scalp combined with the "shingling" effect of having curly hair that can give African-American patients the illusion of more coverage with fewer grafts. I've encouraged this patient to wear his hair a few millimeters longer in order to take advantage of this "shingling" effect. But, he is just happy to be able to continue to wear his short hairstyle even after a strip harvest (FUT or FUSS).

 

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Wait WHOA, this was FUT? Not FUE?? How is the donor scar so invisible?!? I can't wear my hair any shorter than a #3 grade or my scar shows!

 

If this is FUE then it's a top-notch job - but if this is FUT then this is really stellar, amazing work in regards to the incision/scar.

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Thanks, OtherSyde.

 

This WAS follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or strip harvest. I've attached a magnified image of this patient's donor scar as seen at 11 months. Now, if an African-American patient has a history of keloid scarring I would certainly first do a small test session to ensure that his/her donor closure would be successful. If not, patients should be able to wear their hair at a relatively short length like this because the additional curl of the surrounding hair provides even better coverage of any fine donor scar than straight hair.

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Here is an example of the donor area from an African-American patient of mine after a relatively-small follicular unit extraction (FUE) session. He only had about 700 grafts transplanted, but certainly could feel comfortable with a short hairstyle after a session in our NYC practice.

 

 

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Here is how the recipient looked 4 days after the procedure.

 

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I have worked with 26 different hair restoration doctors throughout my career. I have now been a nurse with Dr. Wesley for nearly a decade.

 

Dr. Carlos Wesley is an elite member of the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians.

 

1050 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10028

Office (844) 745-6362

www.drcarloswesley.com

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