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How Does Ethnicity Affect Hair Loss Treatment?

Find out how ethnicity affects hair loss treatment from hair transplant surgeon Craig Ziering, MD in this Howcast video.


There's a lot of ethnic variation when you're looking at hair transplant surgery, and therefore it's important that you find a surgeon who's very skilled and adept at working with your particular skin type and hair type.

For example, if you're African-American or Afro-Caribbean, your hairs are curved. They're more C-shaped. So there's certain variations with regard to how you deal with that issue. Also, the hairline's often more straight across. There's more edge involved in the hairline. It's important that you take that in consideration.

There's differences when you're dealing with Hispanics. They too can have a more straight across, fuller kind of a look, and it would be appropriate. However, Caucasians want to have deeper recession here in the frontal temporal angle, because you've got to remember that when you do that transplant, it's got to look good today, 10 years, 20 years, 30 years from now.

So you have to be skilled and understand the different ethnic variations, as well as the gender variations. Female hair transplants and the hairline that takes place for them is as well very different than men. For example, a lot of times men will ask to fill in these angles here. That creates a feminine hairline. This curve is a female-type hairline, and you don't want to do that in men, where it's totally appropriate in women.

The way that you get these corners, the impression of it being filled in more, is by building out these temporal peaks. That's how you make the man's hairline look lower and fuller and more balanced. So not only do you get the balance and the aesthetic thirds this way, but you bring it in from the sides as well. That's what made people like George Clooney, Brad Pitt and myself - just kidding - look so good.

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