Ethnic Hair Transplant

Written by Dr. Griffin

Ethnic hair restoration is a medical procedure performed to correct hair loss in non-Caucasian patients. All ethnic groups have unique and distinct hair growth patterns, which must be maintained during hair transplant to create a natural look for the patient.

Dr. Griffin has dedicated his career to treating pattern and genetic hair loss in men and women of all ethnicities. His experience working with major ethnic groups, including those of African American, Asian, Hispanic, and Middle Eastern descent, has made him one of the leading specialists in ethnic hair restoration. His in-depth knowledge of hair loss among ethnic groups have helped him develop techniques that allow him to restore hair growth in a natural way on people of all ethnicities.

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Unique traits associated with ethnic hair

Each ethnic group is associated with a unique set of traits when it comes to hair growth and loss. As with Caucasian hair, the specific variations in thickness, texture and growth/loss patterns are as unique as each individual. It is important that a doctor who performs ethnic hair transplants recognize the general traits associated with each ethnicity, yet be able to perform transplants that respect the individuality of each patient.

Here are some of the common traits associated with ethnic hair:

  • African Americans tend to have coarser hair that grows in a curved shape. The surgeon must take this into consideration when excising hair grafts for the transplant, as it can be difficult to see the curved shape beneath the skin. For a natural result, it’s important that the hairline created during the transplant reflects an African American hairline.
  • Asians tend to have thick, straight black hair and a lower, wider hairline. When placing hair grafts, the surgeon must take care to set them at low angles so the hair lays straight and appears natural.
  • Patients from Middle Eastern countries tend to have thicker, coarser hair than Caucasians. The term Middle Eastern covers a large number of countries and cultures, making Middle Eastern hair transplants particularly challenging. The surgeon must take the facial shape and hair loss pattern of the patient’s specific culture into consideration before performing the hair transplant.
  • Likewise, the Hispanic ethnic group covers a wide variety of individuals, including those from Mexico, Spain, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. As such, it is difficult to make generalizations about Hispanic hair, but hair loss is common among this ethnicity and many people seek hair transplant as a solution. A surgeon performing ethnic hair transplants on people of Hispanic descent must be able to understand and respect this cultural diversity to create a natural result.

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Ethnic hair transplant procedure

In general, the procedure for performing an ethnic hair transplant is the same procedure used for a Caucasian hair transplant. The main difference is in how the hair grafts are placed on the scalp after they have been harvested.

The first step in any hair transplant surgery is to harvest hair grafts from the patient’s donor area. Hair may be removed using either the strip method or the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method. The strip method involves removing a horizontal strip of hair from the donor site and then extracting individuals units, while FUE removes the units one at a time. The type of harvesting technique used will depend upon the patient’s unique hair type.

After the hair grafts have been obtained, they are surgically implanted in the balding areas of the head. Before the surgery begins, the surgeon will plan where and how the grafts should be placed to mimic natural hair growth in the ethnic patient. The surgeon will then place each individual graft in the unique, designated pattern. The patient is able to return home after the surgery and should follow the post-operative instructions given.