Asians: How Ethnicity Plays a Role in Hair Transplants

No two patients who come to Modena Hair Restoration are alike. Each has different concerns and each need different treatment plans when it comes to hair loss or thinning hair. Dr. Yazdan consults with each one of our patients to come up with a plan of action. There are also differing patterns of hair loss between men and women. But what about different ethnicities? In this article we will discuss the diversity and distinctions pertaining to Asian Hair Transplants.

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 Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Specialist, Dr. Yazdan, sees to it that he considers a patient’s physical attributes and ethnicity in order to create a natural-looking result.

While researchers tend to classify hair into four ethnic groups: Asian hair, African American hair, Caucasian hair, and Middle Eastern hair- it’s important to note that there are differences in these groups. In general, Asian hair tends to grow quicker, has a lower density than other ethnic groups and tends to grow perpendicular to the scalp.

Asian Hair Loss Causes:

Asians typically experience pattern baldness less than Caucasians as a whole, but the condition in the race is increasing. The increase of pattern baldness hair loss is unknown in Asians, but some theories include a more Westernized diet. Their hair follicles differ from Caucasians in that Asians have more dense hair follicles yet fewer hairs per square centimeter. While Asians have the appearance of greater density – fewer hair follicles need to be taken into account for a hair transplant procedure.

Asian Hairline Design:

Many Asians, particularly males have blunter foreheads and as a result require a more rounded versus peaked hairline design to create a natural and proportionate hairline. In Asian hair transplantation, the typical characteristics of very thick, straight black hair set off against a pale skin background dictates that hair implants be placed at very low angles to appear natural. However, no matter what the variables, Dr. Yazdan’s skillset includes designing hairlines that naturally fit each patient’s age, gender, stage of hair loss, head shape and facial features, in addition to their ethnicity in order to create aesthetically pleasing results!

Hair Transplant Method for Asians:

Each ethnicity requires slight variations of how grafts are harvested and implanted in order to execute ‘ethnically appropriate’ results. Dr. Yazdan customizes his skill and technique for each patient to meet the needs of a patient’s unique attributes, including ethnicity. He also goes to great lengths to harvest donor hair in a way that minimizes discomfort while maximizing harvest yield and quality, employing both linear harvesting and follicular unit extraction (FUE) methods as appropriate.

Hair density and distribution is something that the surgeon must also investigate. 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 many hair grafts should be harvested.

Is Scarring Likely in Asian Hair Transplants?

The tendency for scar formation also differs for every ethnicity. African Americans and East Asians can experience hypertrophic scar formation or keloids after hair transplant surgery. A keloid, or keloid scar, is an overly aggressive healing response to a wound. If there is a specific genetic history of scarring or keloids, Dr. Yazdan may suggest performing a small test session to assure that no scarring occurs. With all patients who have a linear excision (FUT/Strip method), Dr. Yazdan performs a closure technique that minimizes tension – which is often the cause of a wider scar improperly performed by an inexperienced physician. Dr. Yazdan can also inject PRP – platelet rich plasma which encourages healing and decreases these risk factors.

Hair Transplant Recovery for Asians:

Recovery following an ethnic hair transplant is no different than that following any other type of hair restoration surgery. Most patients can return to usual activities within 24 hours, although strenuous activity should be avoided for about a week to avoid any potential injury or increase the risk of bleeding. Most patients choose to take a few days off following surgery to fully recover, but it is not a requirement to do so.

Cost of an Asian Hair Transplant:

The cost of an ethnic hair transplant will vary from patient to patient, based on several factors. These factors include the extent of hair loss, coverage area, hair density and other variables that may affect the number of grafts required as well as the methods used during the procedure. During an initial consultation with Dr. Yazdan, he will assess your hair transplant needs and will provide you with detailed information regarding how much your ethnic hair transplant costs based on your unique needs. The cost of a hair transplant is not specifically affected by differences in ethnicity, but rather by a selection of variables deemed necessary to meet your specific hair restoration needs.

Asian Hair Restoration in Southern California, Las Vegas & Worldwide:

Although Dr. Amir Yazdan performs ethnic hair transplants in Southern California and Las Vegas his exceptional reputation, especially as it relates to ethnic hair restoration, draws patients from around the world. For patients traveling to California for hair transplants, Dr. Yazdan offers a concierge service to help with travel and lodging accommodations.

Modena Hair Restoration Can Help You Find a Permanent Solution to Hair Thinning & Balding Concerns:

By knowing what is needed to create natural results for patients of each ethnic type, Dr. Yazdan provides the most aesthetically pleasing results to coincide with each patient’s unique characteristics. Dr. Yazdan personally performs each ethnic hair transplant in his Beverly Hills & Orange County surgical clinics at his surgical centers, utilizing a dedicated team throughout the entire process. He is involved in every aspect of the procedure in order to ensure the best possible ethnic hair restoration outcome and is committed to performing only one surgery per day in order to provide patients with the undivided attention they deserve.

For questions or to schedule a consultation, call one of our offices conveniently located in Irvine, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas at 888-717-5273 or contact via our website at contact Modena Hair Link