Can Hereditary Hair Loss Be Cured?

Sure, bald is beautiful. Even more beautiful? Having a choice in the matter. When you don’t have a choice about losing your hair, it can be harder to let go of those luscious locks. Bald happens. Luckily, you do have choices. Hereditary hair loss can be treated.

Though there is no cure…yet…for baldness. There are plenty of options available to get back the hair you lost. Strand MD offers follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant procedure by NeoGraft, the most trusted and reliable FUE treatment available. FUE treats both male and female genetic pattern baldness. This in-office surgical procedure restores hair along. Even more importantly to the patient, it restores confidence and a more youthful appearance.

Love Your Genes!

 Myth – the bald gene always comes from your mother’s side of the family.

The essential element of hair restoration is awareness and proactivity. To date, the bald gene has not been identified. We do know it can come from both sides of the family. With advanced genetic testing, science is getting closer to finding where familial baldness originates. In the meantime, pull out the family album.

Family history is the key to diagnosing genetic pattern baldness. Early prevention is crucial because the sooner you begin to treat balding, the more options to have for hair restoration. Prescription medications like Propecia help to prevent further hair loss. Minoxidil, like Rogain, helps to grow hair, but it’s not a permanent solution.

It is best to seek medical attention when you first begin to notice signs of a receding hairline or thinning hair. Generally, we will lose our hair at about the same rate as those in our family.

Women Suffer Hereditary Hair Loss in Silence

Seventy-five percent of men experience significant hair loss by age 40.  However, for most men with hereditary hair loss, this process begins in their mid 20’s. Signs manifest as early as the teen years. How quickly a man loses hair depends on a few different things: family history, lifestyle choices, and diet can factor into the process. Stress, smoking, and excessive drinking can also expedite the balding process.

For a long time hereditary hair loss was considered male specific. Not true. Hereditary hair loss effects men and women. Forty-five percent of women experience significant hair loss by age 40. The difference between men and women? Women suffer in silence. So why is such a large percentage of women avoiding the topic of female-pattern baldness? Balding is often associated with aging, another topic that women avoid discussing, as it can be a source of insecurity.

For men, it’s socially acceptable to talk about hair loss. Men are also more likely to seek and obtain help for hair loss. For women, the topic of hair loss is embarrassing, taboo. Sometimes only their hairdressers know and that’s because a woman will choose different hairstyles to try and disguise hair loss.

There are other differences too between male and female genetic balding. In men, hair loss typically begins in the temples then gradually progresses towards the hairline. As the hairline begins to recede backwards, the hair shapes into the letter “M”. In severe cases, the hairline meets the bald crown forming what is affectionately called the “horseshoe” balding pattern.

Women, on the contrary, lose hair from the entire scalp rather than bald patches. Their hair loss pattern resembles something like a Christmas tree with a slight recession in the hairline and significant thinning at the crown area. Hair thinning usually begins at the center of the scalp and extends to temporal region.

FUE – Hereditary Hair Loss Solution

FUE treats hereditary hair loss in men and women

Male FUE NeoGraft patient before and after at 6 months.

At Strand MD we treat both female and male hair loss. Diagnosis and treatment are different for men and women. In the past, women had fewer choices because fewer women are candidates for hair transplant surgery. Today, however, with PRP and Stem Cell therapies, women don’t have to accept thinning, aging hair. Some women are also candidates for FUE NeoGraft hair transplant procedure.

For men and women who are FUE hair transplant candidates, the procedure is life changing.

Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon Mark Anton of Strand MD explains, “Patients who have hair transplants report the same feeling of youth rejuvenation as facelift patients.” Strand MD looks to restore its patients’ confidence by using the highest quality services and procedures for the best possible results.

Our practice offers FUE using NeoGraft, the most trusted name in hair transplant procedures. This advanced technology obtains follicles from another area of the head and implants into areas where hair loss has occurred. FUE leaves a minimal scar and minimal downtime.  Patients can return to their regular social activities within 7-10 days after the procedure. FUE, unlike the Strip hair replacement technology can be repeated multiple times to achieve maximum hair replacement density.

In addition to NeoGraft FUE, Strand MD’s qualified certified platelets utilizes platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to encourage hair retention. PRP is taken from the patients’ blood supply and injected into the scalp at the time of the transplant. These platelets minimize shedding and encourage overall retention of hair. PRP is also a treatment for patients with hormonal or other types of hair loss.

 Noticeable “hair plugs” and “doll hair” are a thing of the past, and both men and women can rest assured that Strand MD will provide a restored sense of confidence and feeling of youth.