Ethnicity and Hair Transplant

One important aspect that has to be considered when it comes to hair restoration is the patient’s ethnicity. This is necessary to help the surgeon determine the type of hairline that has to be fashioned. Being sensitive to scalp hair is necessary since this is a cosmetic feature that also defines a person’s individuality.

When you lay eyes on a person, one of the first features that come to attention or immediately observable is the hairline. With just one look, a person’s hair density, color and distribution can easily be remembered. That is why hair transplant surgeons should see to it that they consider a particular patient’s physical attributes and ethnicity in order to create a natural-looking result.

Ethnicity does not relate to a certain ancestral origin, but rather, it refers to the genetic heritage of a person.

Considering a person’s ethnicity is necessary because it also defines anatomic characteristics and possible aesthetic concerns. These considerations can aid in the planning and in the actual performance of the procedure.

Hair density or distribution is one of the things that the surgeon has to look into. This determines the amount of hair that can be found in a square centimeter of scalp. This will be affected by the groupings of hair follicles and the conformation of follicular units. Establishing the usual density that is specific to a person’s ethnicity can also tell the surgeon how much hair grafts should be harvested.

Hair conformation which shows whether hair is straight, wavy or curly is also a very critical part in how the surgeon will arrange the hair grafts. He should be sensitive to this specific characteristic so that optimal appearance is achieved.

The shape of a patient’s head is also an important matter to consider in ethnic hair transplant. This allows the surgeon to judge the best position for the hairline. For example, black patients have straighter hairlines which would not suit well if fashioned on Caucasians. The latter have hairlines that are positioned slightly higher, while Hispanic patients have a relatively lower hairline.

The tendency for scar formation also differs for every ethnicity. Africans and East Asians usually experience hypertrophic scar formation or keloids after hair transplant surgery.  With this, the surgeon will be able to know

how to go about with the procedure while ensuring that there would be minimal or less visible scarring. To see how the skin responds to surgery the surgeon can perform test runs to check the potential for scar formation.

Ethnicity also has a very huge part to play when it comes to a person’s scalp thickness and elasticity.

Adding to that, the angle of hair emergence is also different for every ethnic group. Some grow at a more perpendicular angle while others grow more parallel to the scalp. For instance, patients who are of African descent naturally have tightly curled hair which makes FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) more difficult to perform.

A reliable hair transplant surgeon should have the good call for judgment and sensitivity to the patient’s ethnicity. Training and skill are also important aspects for a hair transplant surgery to be successful for each patient coming from different ethnic groups.