Ethnicity, Gender, And Hair Restoration

Hair Restoration

Everyone is different, and that is what makes us all great! Some things that make us individuals are gender (male or female) and ethnicity (African-American, Caucasian, Asian, etc.). Our gender and ethnicity are most noticeable in our overall physical appearance. They are the most common features used to describe a person. A person’s gender and ethnicity are major influences on their life and appearance in many ways:

  1. Physical features—such as body type, skin colour and tone, hair colour, and traits
  2. Biology— such as hormonal or genetic patterns
  3. Cultural— such as overall style, including hairstyle, clothing, food choices, and lifestyle
Ethnicity, Gender, And Hair Restoration

Hair Restoration Factors

These are all factors that will need to be considered and addressed by someone who is seeking hair restoration as well as by Dr. Torgerson and our team of hair restoration specialists, who will work with the patient to carefully plan and then implement the hair restoration plan. Some of the gender and ethnicity factors are fairly obvious, and others can be a little less obvious. But as long as a thorough assessment is done and the right questions are asked and answered properly, an effective treatment plan can be created.

Some of the more common ethnic factors that play a role in planning for a successful hair transplant include:

  1. Shape of the head—A “long” head shape will require a different approach and hairline design than a “round” head.
  2. Hair characteristics—Hair colour, hair shape (straight, wavy, curly, frizzy), and texture (coarse or thin) will all influence the appearance of a hair transplant.
  3. Hair density—The amount of hairs per square centimetre in the donor area will determine whether a hair transplant is feasible.
  4. Skin thickness—The thickness of a patient’s skin may play a role when implanting the donor hair into the transplantation site and may predispose a patient to the post-operative formation of keloid scarring.
  5. Cultural preferences—Ethnicity can sometimes play a part in a patient’s preferences regarding where a transplanted hairline should be placed and what level of hair loss is acceptable.
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Ethnicity, Gender, And Hair Restoration


Gender also has major implications for patterns of hair loss and preferences for hair restoration:

  1. Hair loss patterns—Hair loss due to androgenic alopecia is more diffuse in female hair loss, whereas in men it has a more well-defined and obvious shape.
  2. Cultural influence—In our society, it is more socially unacceptable to have hair loss when you are a woman. Men can get away with being bald in some instances. This means that the strategy for hair restoration needs to be different for men and women.
  3. Shock loss—A temporary loss of some hair post-operatively can occur in both men and women, but is most common in women. This type of hair loss is called telogen effluvium, and when it occurs post-operatively, it is sometimes described as “shock loss”.

Gender and ethnic considerations need to be considered in any effective hair restoration plan. Having a hair restoration specialist like Dr. Torgerson means that you will be getting an experienced assessment that includes what will be best for your gender and ethnicity.

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