How to treat hereditary hair loss
Hereditary hair loss – also known as androgenetic alopecia – affects both men and women. Androgenic alopecia is one of the most common causes of hair loss and can cause significant distress. Although hereditary hair loss is irreversible, there are numerous methods to restore your healthy locks to their former glory.
- The symptoms of hereditary hair loss
- What causes female hereditary hair loss?
- Treating hereditary hair loss – how do I get rid of DHT?
- Hair transplants for permanent solutions
The symptoms of hereditary hair loss
Androgenic alopecia is typically present in those with a family history of hair loss. If you have family members suffering from androgenetic alopecia, there is a strong possibility that you may experience it too.
Female pattern hair loss typically occurs in bursts and progresses at a moderate pace, with the amount of hair loss increasing with age.
In some cases, hair loss only occurs during or after menopause when testosterone levels naturally increase. This is not to say, however, that young people do not experience androgenic alopecia. In fact, up to 50% of those affected develop visible hair loss between the ages of 20 and 30.
What causes female hereditary hair loss?
There are numerous causes for hair loss, including hormonal changes, medical conditions, lifestyle factors, ageing and genetics.
Inherited hypersensitivity to the male sex hormone, testosterone, and its by-product, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is primarily responsible for hereditary hair loss.
Stimulated by 5-alpha-reductase, DHT is responsible for shortening the growth phase of the hair cycle. This one minor alteration affects the entire hair growth cycle by accelerating the speed and regularity of hair loss.
Why is hereditary hair loss different in men and women?
Increased DHT levels are directly responsible for genetic hair loss in men and women. Androgenetic alopecia, however, causes a different pattern of hair loss in both men and women.
While male pattern baldness can cause men to go completely bald, female pattern hair loss causes localised hair loss. Female pattern baldness causes women to lose hair at the top of the head. Thus leaving a stripe or causing smaller bald patches across the scalp.
Does hair grow back?
DHT damages the hair follicle by miniaturising it. The hair then becomes shorter, thinner and no longer able to grow in the damaged hair follicle.
This makes hereditary hair loss difficult to reverse. Unlike other types of hair loss, hereditary hair loss cannot be reversed by implementing lifestyle changes alone.
Treating hereditary hair loss – how do I get rid of DHT?
Though it can feel impossible to regrow hair after years of trying, hereditary hair loss is treatable with the right advice and support from hair care professionals.
With the right treatment, it is possible to stimulate hair follicles and reduce DHT production so that hair can regrow. Short-term treatments for hereditary hair loss include both prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Over-the-counter topical treatments contain minoxidil whereas prescription medications contain finasteride. Though minoxidil has no impact on DHT, it effectively stimulates hair growth and gives hair extra strength by increasing blood flow to the follicle.
Finasteride, on the other hand, actively decreases DHT levels by approximately 65% to restore the hormonal balance. But note that finasteride isn’t suitable for women.
While many patients have seen success with either minoxidil or finasteride, there are inevitable downsides to medicated treatments.
Medications are only effective during treatment and, in some cases, cause unpleasant side effects such as rashes, swelling, depression and pain. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult a medical professional without delay.
Hair transplants for permanent solutions
The best permanent remedy for hair loss is hair transplant surgery. Elithair’s hair transplant surgery involves inserting individual hairs into your scalp, each placed in the natural direction of hair growth to replicate the natural appearance of your hair.
Implanting up to 3000 hairs during one hair transplant session, FUE transplantation is a convenient and permanent method that helps women regain their confidence.
What’s more, hair transplantations require very minimal downtime or scarring, meaning most clients can return to work within one week of surgery.
When should I worry about hereditary hair loss?
It can be difficult not to worry about something that so drastically changes our appearance. There are several solutions to explore, however, to restore your healthy head of locks.
With Elithair’s free hair analysis form, you will receive personalised guidance and expert support in finding the best routine and solutions to remedy your hair loss concerns.
There are numerous types of hair loss, each caused by varying factors including hormonal changes, lifestyle factors, ageing, menopause and many more.
Although affecting both men and women, hereditary hair loss is the most common type of hair loss for men. While hair loss can cause severe distress for all who experience it, there are both short-term and long-term solutions to explore.
Over the counter and prescription medications can temporarily halt hereditary hair loss for a short-term solution. For long-term solutions, Elithair’s expertise provide permanent remedies for all hair loss concerns.