Is Hair Loss Hereditary? Preventing and Treating Hereditary Hair Loss

Hair Loss

Hair lossWhen trying to find the right hair loss treatment for your balding or thinning hair, it’s crucial to understand what type of hair loss you have. There are many different types of hair loss, and they respond to different treatments. Hereditary hair loss is one common type of balding that can affect both men and women.


What is Hereditary Patterned Baldness?

Hereditary patterned baldness is also sometimes referred to as age-related hair loss, although it can occur in people as young as 20. It is actually the most common form of hair loss. By the time someone is in their senior years, they will likely have experienced this hair loss already. As we grow older, our hair usually begins to thin and our hairlines may recede. However, while some people may experience mild thinning, others will experience complete baldness. In men, hereditary hair loss is usually called male pattern baldness.

Hereditary hair loss is caused by a variety of factors. Your genes are the main cause of this type of hair loss, but hormone levels and regular ageing also play a part. There is some combination of genetics and hormone levels responsible for this hair loss, although hereditary hair loss in women is often strongly linked to menopause and changing hormone levels.

Symptoms of Hereditary Hair Loss

Hereditary hair loss always begins with thinning of the hair. However, the pattern usually differs between men and women.

Men typically experience what is called male pattern baldness, which is balding that begins at the crown and hairline. Usually, their hairline will begin to recede, while a bald spot will appear on their crown. Eventually, this can lead to near-total baldness, except for a ring of hair around the sides of the scalp.

Women, on the other hand, usually experience a more general thinning of their hair throughout their scalp. Often, most of their hair loss will occur along the middle of their scalp, where a middle part would be. This type of hair loss can be less noticeable at first and easily hidden, but as it progresses, it can become more apparent.

Hereditary Hair Loss Prevention

Unfortunately, there is very little that can be done to prevent this type of hair loss. There’s no way to predict when hereditary hair loss may occur, and it can happen to anyone, from people in their late teens to those in their senior years. Hereditary hair loss is permanent.

However, it’s important to have a hair loss specialist look at your scalp to rule out other types of hair loss that may be more easily treated. As well, for hereditary hair loss prevention, there are some techniques you can use to help slow or even halt the progress of the condition. Specialized shampoos, conditioners, and oils are available that can help slow hereditary hair loss.

Hereditary Hair Loss Treatment

While hereditary hair loss is very difficult to prevent, once it has occurred, there are a number of treatments that can effectively deal with the condition. For minimal hair loss, minoxidil is a topical treatment that can help prevent further balding or thinning. Unfortunately, this treatment is usually only effective in the early stages of hair loss. While minoxidil can help slow hair loss, it often doesn’t result in regrowth.

Finasteride is a drug that can be prescribed by a specialist to treat hair loss. While this medication can be effective, it can have severe side effects, including sexual dysfunction. It also does not typically work for women.

One of the best hereditary hair loss treatments is a hair transplant, although this treatment is only for people who already have noticeable balding. Hair transplants are the only treatment that can result in a full head of permanent, growing hair. This treatment for hereditary hair loss is now advanced enough that it can completely eliminate any signs of balding. With hair transplants, a hair specialist takes hair follicles from the back of your scalp and transplants them on your balding spots, resulting in regrowth of hair.

If you believe that you are suffering from hereditary hair loss, it is important to see a specialist so that you can explore your treatment options.

Does hair loss run in your family? The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists is an experienced hair transplant organization located in the heart of Mississauga. We have 20 years of experience in hair transplants and replacements and hair loss treatment procedures. Feel free to contact us for more information about hair transplants or any other hair or scalp concern at 905-272-0190.

by Ken Robson

In business since August 1, 1986, I am the president and also a client at The Canadian Institute of Hair & Scalp Specialists. Having worked with a team of Doctors and Chemists over the years I have compiled a great deal of knowledge in this area, originally involved with a Pharmaceutical company manufacturing vitamins for the hair loss industry. Years ago I was fascinated by the new developments in this area as my own hair was beginning to thin. Studying Trichology at the Toronto clinic I then opened my own office and have enjoyed it ever since.