You might be surprised to learn that your ethnicity is a factor that should be considered when planning hair restoration treatment. In this blog, we explain the differences between hair types and how this can affect hair transplant surgery.
African hair has round follicles and is curled, coiled or coarse in texture with an overall lower density and slower growth rate. In many cases, there are fewer follicles available for transplantation. However, the hair’s natural texture can provide greater coverage with a lower number of grafts. The thickness of the epidermis (outer skin layer) in people of African descent also has an impact on the surgery. A high level of skill is needed to remove the follicles without damaging them. This helps to optimise graft survival, as well as reduce the risk of keloid scarring.
Asian and Indian hair has round hair follicles and tends to be straight and coarse in texture. The hair grows quickly and has a medium density. The thickness of the individual strands means that even when there is a limited number of grafts available, a dense-looking result can still be achieved. However, the epidermis can be tougher and less flexible, which requires special care to ensure maximum graft viability.
Caucasian hair has oval-shaped follicles, with a higher density than other ethnicities and medium growth rate. The epidermis is most supple and the follicles are shorter, which makes harvesting the grafts easier. However, people of Caucasian descent may require a higher number of grafts to achieve the same appearance as volume as their African and Asian counterparts.
The Right Hair Transplant Surgeon?
Considering the level of skill needed to create successful hair transplant results for ethnicities, it makes sense to choose a surgeon who understands your particular needs. Vinci Hair Clinics are leaders in hair restoration, with treatment centres across the globe and thousands of satisfied clients. Vinci’s surgeons are highly experienced in working on patients from all ethnic backgrounds and they tailor every patient’s procedure to meet their unique needs. Their in-depth and technical ability allow Vinci to create first-class results for every patient, regardless of their ethnicity.