WHAT IS INDIAN HAIR LOSS?
Most experts separate hair types into three distinct categories: Asian hair, African hair, and Caucasian hair. Among these different kinds, Asian hair is thought to be the most resilient and produces straight, strong hair follicles, which is why many people of Asian heritage often have a plentiful amount of thick hair. When compared to people with African and Caucasian hair types, Asians tend to experience a lower frequency of balding and thinning, but this statistic can vary greatly among individual communities. In fact, hair loss has shown to be quite prevalent among those of Indian descent, especially in contrast to those of other Asian cultures. The reasons for a higher instance of hair loss among Indian patients could be attributed to hereditary factors, lifestyle habits, diet, environment, and more.
To better understand the root cause of your hair loss, our board-certified doctors at Aesthetic Scalp will assess the condition of your scalp and create a customized treatment plan to address your unique situation. Contact our Chicago practice to schedule your appointment with Dr. Anil Shah or Dr. Sameea Chughtai.
SIGNS OF INDIAN HAIR LOSS
Hair loss shows itself differently among men and women, and it can develop for any number of reasons. Hereditary hair loss in men often begins with balding or thinning at the hairline and the crown and progresses throughout the scalp until only the lower portion of the hair remains. Women with hereditary hair loss, however, will notice thinning patches at various areas throughout the scalp. Indian men may begin to notice signs of hair loss as young as in their 20s, with their condition progressing as they age. If you're suffering from a form of alopecia, be it hereditary or caused by other factors, you may notice:
- A receding hairline
- Thinning of the hair near or at the temples
- Bald spots or areas of thinning throughout the scalp
- Loose hair
- Losing large amounts of hair while showering or brushing
DIAGNOSIS OF INDIAN HAIR LOSS
Any hair loss diagnosis will require a private consultation with one of our board-certified doctors. During this session, Dr. Shah or Dr. Chughtai will ask about your medical history, family history, lifestyle, and more. Identifying the cause of hair loss in Indian women differs from that of their male counterparts — most often, men experience hair loss due to hereditary factors, such as DHT (dihydrotestosterone), while women's hair loss can be hereditary, hormonal, induced by stress, or other environmental factors. Once we have determined the cause of your hair loss, we'll work with you to craft a personalized treatment plan that expertly addresses the unique qualities of Indian hair follicles and your needs.
WHAT ARE MY TREATMENT OPTIONS?
People of Indian descent have a unique hair profile that is desired by many, and our doctors take special care when treating balding and thinning in our diverse patients. To receive your personalized treatment plan, Drs. Shah and Chughtai will assess the state of your scalp and ask about your medical and family histories. Once they have identified the cause of your hair loss and have evaluated the severity of your condition, we'll work with you one-on-one to restore the fullness of your hair.
Men and women with mild to moderate hair loss could receive exceptional results from a nonsurgical treatment, such as low-level light therapy, PRP therapy, or exosomes therapy. Meanwhile, patients with more noticeable or dramatic cases of hair loss, such as a receding hairline or bald patches throughout the scalp, may require more advanced care. At Aesthetic Scalp, our team performs FUE (follicular unit extraction) with the highly intuitive ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant system, which we pair with a regenerative technique (such as PRP therapy) to encourage a thriving environment for the newly placed hairs.
Hair loss doesn't have to be permanent
Seeing thinning or bald patches where you once had thick, healthy hair can feel isolating, disheartening, and frustrating, but you're not alone. Hair loss is especially common in those of Indian heritage. Our board-certified doctors have a thorough understanding of the nature of Indian hair follicles and offer a range of solutions for patients experiencing hair loss, whatever the cause may be. Contact a member of our team at Aesthetic Scalp in Chicago and schedule a confidential consultation to learn more about balding among Indians and the ways we can address it.