Asian men hair loss and Asian women hair loss can affect up to 73% of the population. Known as Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA), Asian hair loss for men tends to occur first in the vertex region (crown area) leading then to the temple areas. For Asian women, hair loss tends to manifest in a diffuse way initially (Tellogen Effluvium), starting with thinning hair all over. This may then progress to balding areas on the crown of the head. Asian men and Asian women hair loss does occur in youth however it is more likely to occur during and after middle age (40-50+ years). Studies are showing now that Asian women hair loss is on the increase with female pattern balding now affecting 15% of the population.
Hair loss is a distressing development in the life of a person, perhaps more so for women where social stigma highlights the importance of appearance and of hair and dress styling. In today’s blog we’re going to look at Asian men and women hair loss and also discuss what the options are for hair restoration should pattern balding occur.
Why do Asian men and women suffer hair loss?
Asian hair loss is usually much more noticeable as it is straighter and thicker than Caucasian hair. The scalp also contains less hair because of the extra thickness. Hair loss is largely due to genetic factors with sufferers following reluctantly in the footsteps of their ancestors. Queries continue to be raised as to geographic factors in hair loss however no hard evidence has yet surfaced that Asian men hair loss and Asian women hair loss is due to a specific location or diet.
Up in smoke: smoking can cause hair loss
While experts say that general life-style is not usually a prevailing factor of hair loss, studies have shown however that smoking, particularly in the Asian population, is definitely a contributing factor to hair loss. Men who smoke are about twice as likely to lose their hair as nonsmokers, after taking into account factors that increase the risk of baldness, such as ageing and genetics, according to a 2007 study in Taiwan.
How does Asian men hair loss occur?
Asian men hair loss tends to start with a thinning of the hair around the crown of the head and may develop to show complete baldness on the crown. From there they may also suffer hair loss around the temples and at the frontal hair line.
How does Asian women hair loss occur?
For Asian women, hair loss is not so common as it is in Caucasian or Afro-American women, but it is definitely on the increase. Some experts believe it may be caused by the change in lifestyles and by leading a more Westernised lifestyle that their particular hair-type may not genetically be used to.
Hair restoration for Asian hair loss
FUE hair transplant
FUE hair transplant or Follicular Unit Excision is where individual hair grafts are harvested directly from the donor area. A circular incision is made in the skin around the upper part of the follicle from a broad area of the back of the scalp. The location of the donor area is chosen to have long-term stability. It is then extracted (pulled) directly from the scalp leaving a small open hole. The hair tissue is then grafted finely and placed into the destination area, which is the final step in the hair transplant process. A high skill-level in this step is crucial as poor placing can lead to cell trauma and poor graft survival.
FUT hair transplant
Hair grows in natural groupings called follicular units. During the Follicular Unit Transplant procedure, a small amount of hair is removed from a donor area (usually at the back of the head) and under microscopic magnification, grafts are created that keep these natural groupings intact. The grafts are then placed into tiny micro-incisions created in the hair loss area in a distribution that mimics the individual’s natural hair growth. The procedure is divided into four main stages: donor harvesting, graft preparation, recipient site creation and graft placement.
Depending on the extent of the hair loss, there are also non-invasive hair restoration measures which can be used to combat Asian men hair loss and Asian women hair loss, including products.
If you are suffering hair loss, we can help. The Wimpole Clinic offers a free, no obligation consultation for Asian hair loss at our West London clinic. In the consultation we will assess the hair loss and give you definitive options for hair restoration, both surgical and non-invasive. We will also take you through what to expect from hair restoration procedure and all the details you need to know before making a decision. Get in touch with our hair loss specialists at The Wimpole Clinic to find out more.