Men: Is Genetic Hair Loss in Your Near Future
If you’re an adult with male-pattern baldness in your close family members, you’re probably quietly asking yourself: Am I going to lose my hair also? If so, when will my hair loss begin? What pattern of hair loss can I expect?
You are certainly justified in asking yourself these questions because male-pattern baldness or hair loss in men is the form of androgenetic alopecia hair loss that occurs in genetically predisposed people. You can thank your parents for this one! The genetic predisposition is hereditary and unfortunately, runs in families.
The fact that androgenetic alopecia is hereditary does not mean:
- Every family member will be affected by pattern hair loss
- Male-pattern baldness will follow the same pattern in all male relatives
- Male-pattern hair loss will occur roughly the same time in all family members it affects
Predictability of hair loss may come in future years once research can identify the specific gene or genes associated with androgenetic alopecia. Although the timing and pattern of this form of hair loss cannot be predicted with utmost accuracy, there are well-documented probabilities to consider. Southern California and Las Vegas Hair Restoration specialist, Dr. Yazdan would examine a patient’s male-pattern hair loss and includes the probabilities in his assessment.
Have you ever heard of conditions “skipping” generations? That goes for genetic hair loss as well. A classic study of pattern hair loss in adult men is called the Norwood-Hamilton classification which presents hair loss in seven categories, with additional sub-categories. This classic study showed 1,000 adult men with male-pattern hair loss. Some of their findings included:
- All patterns of male-pattern baldness tend to increase with age
- In types I and II, the patterns have the least cosmetic significance and had highest affects on men aged 18 to 40 years.
As you can see in the photo below, Type I is a minimal recession of hair from the frontal hairline near the temples with Type II essentially being a continuation of Type I.
- “The Monk’s tonsure” Norwood Hamilton Type III pattern of hair loss becomes more common with age. Type III male pattern hair loss plus recession of hair from the forehead (Type IV and V) also becomes more common as men age.
- Type VII, also known as the most severe pattern of hair loss, did not show incidence in men under the age of 30 in the Norwood study, and becoming more prevalent in men over the age of 60.
With this in mind, your hair restoration surgeon will need to find out if your hair loss is at the beginning or end of your hair loss, whether or not it is progressive hair loss and if so, how rapidly the progression will take place and the extent. Your family’s history of male-pattern balding may assist in estimating the probabilities for your future hair loss. Dependent upon the stage of hair loss and other deciding factors, you may be an excellent candidate for an FUE or FUT/Strip hair transplant procedure as well as many non-surgical treatments that are also available to you. Finding a skilled and reputable hair transplant physician is paramount when considering any hair restoration procedures.
At Modena Hair Restoration, Dr. Yazdan personally performs each hair transplant in Beverly Hills, Orange County and Las Vegas surgical clinics at his surgical center, utilizing a dedicated team throughout the entire process. He is involved in every aspect of the procedure in order to ensure the best possible ethnic hair restoration outcome and is committed to performing only one surgery per day in order to provide patients with the undivided attention they deserve.
For questions or to schedule a consultation, call one of our offices conveniently located in Irvine, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas at 888-717-5273 or contact via our website at contact Modena Hair Link