What causes inherited balding / androgenetic hair loss / genetic hair loss?
Among a number of hair loss reasons like balding caused by disease, nutritional deficits or external influences genetic hair loss (inherited balding – alopecia androgenetica) represents the most common cause for permanent balding with men and women.
Genetic (androgenetic) hair loss is typically characterized by its personal predisposition to the male hormone DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). As this condition affects both men and women the symptoms may vary with the individual patterns starting from the receeding hairline (temples) over the mid area to the crown (men). Furthermore the pattern may be characterized by a wider range of thinning hair affecting the entire scalp (women).
Every genetic predispostion for hair loss including an individual sensitvity towards DHT may influence the hair growth circle leading to miniaturization of grafts. Along with accelerated shedding DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) finally causes the growth of follicles to cease.
During hair loss patients often suffer from an increased sebrum production affecting the personal haircut and appearance. Genetic predisposition for DHT with men may often end in complete balding. As for personal types and different ages inherited balding may occur in varying outcomes as being typified by the Norwood’s Classification Scale.
Medications / Hair Loss Drugs (androgenetic alopecia)
As of now androgenetic hair loss (Inherited balding) can successfully be treated by the use of modern medication (medical drugs). Varying in their therapeutic approaches two hair loss drugs have been proven effective against hair loss:
– Finasteride (pills) for men (1 mg) – Minoxidil (solution, applied topically, foam) for men and women.
As hair loss medication frequently seems to procastinate or even halt inherited balding Dr. Krem emphatically encourages his patients to use hair loss drugs. This is particularly important for younger ages or patients with initial hair loss problems. As of now even effective medication will not finally stop the progress of hair loss. This is why only surgical hair transplant / hair restoration will achieve a satisfying result. When patients stop taking medication the previous status will be expected within a maximum of 6 months.
Since Finasterid, taken in pills of 1 mg daily, will successfully help to stabilize or halt hair loss with male patients any hair transplant will need a further treatment with hair loss medication covering a longer period to sustain pre-existing hair as long as possible.
Dr. Krem and our medical team kindly adivise you on the reasons and effects of genetic hair loss and will provide further information about effective medication.