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Hair Transplants Should Match Ethnicity of Patient

Several men suffer from hair loss problems and it strikes anyone irrespective of race, age, gender or region. Hair transplants have come as a near optimum solution to retrieve the hair line and get a natural look. The process involves transplanting hair from the back of the head which is genetically immune to hair loss to the bald areas.

The process may be replicated on all clients but care should be taken to consider the ethnicity of the person before starting the restoration procedure says Dr. Samuel Lam, a board-certified hair restoration surgeon. He highlights the importance of using different techniques based on ethnic hair qualities which varies in thickness of hair, texture, hairline shape, growth pattern on scalp, density and so on.

Dr. Lam specializes in creating hairlines and density patterns that retains natural look besides matching the ethnicity of the individual undergoing the procedure. In his Willow Bend Wellness Center in Dallas, Dr. Lam provides help to clients with hair restoration needs with optimum care. Dr. Lam has even given guidelines based on some ethnicities.

Hair transplants for Asians is considered difficult owing to unique features of the hair shaft and color contrast and shape of hairline which is rounder. The thick straight hair, differences in density and skin color must be considered and the hair transplant should be at low angles to give a natural look.

For people of Hispanic origin due care is required in designing a hair transplant procedure as the population includes different types of individuals of Spanish descent. This makes it difficult to categorize based on the specific ethnic mix. The hair restoration surgeon has to design the procedure based on client’s facial shape and extent of hair loss also, revealed Dr.Lam.

Both men and women belonging to the African community suffer from hair loss. Knowledge of the physiology of the African hair shaft is imperative before starting the procedure on a patient. The process should focus on precise harvesting of curly black hair and transplanting in a way that matches the exit angles of the scalp. The hairline should also match the ethnic characteristics like straighter, less curved shape in men compared to other races.

In case of people of Middle Eastern origin hair caliber is thick, coarse and mostly dark. The Middle East region covers Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel and many other countries but the physical characteristics of the hair is similar which should be considered by the hair restoration surgeon.

As the hair qualities differ with respect to texture, thickness, hairlines etc. depending on different ethnicities, the harvesting and placement techniques need to be altered to give a complete natural look. Sensitivity to the culture and a thorough knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of

different hair shafts will help a surgeon create a natural hairline and help the patient realize a natural crop of hair which will help him regain confidence and self-esteem.



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