What is Androgenetic Alopecia?
Androgenetic alopecia, also called pattern baldness, is an inherited, genetic hair loss condition. It is thought to be caused by hormonal changes, specifically in the levels of androgens (male sex hormones). These changes affect hair growth and cause specific patterns of hair loss. In men, the loss is usually noticeable around the frontal area and hairline, as well as on the top of the head. Women who have androgenetic alopecia tend to see diffuse thinning across the whole scalp.
Are You Likely to Develop Androgenetic Alopecia?
Around 50% of men develop androgenetic alopecia by the age of 50 and some 40% of women start to experience the condition by the time they reach the menopause. However, the condition is not restricted to older people and some young men start showing signs of hair loss as early as their 20s. Since a predisposition to this type of hair loss is passed on through genes, family members can provide clues as to whether one will experience it or not. If they have developed androgenetic alopecia, it is more likely that you will too.
Is There A Cure for Androgenetic Alopecia?
Unfortunately, there is no magic potion or pill that you can use to cure androgenetic alopecia. However, the experts at Vinci Hair Clinics say that there are many solutions to halt hair loss and restore growth. Many of their clients find that a good starting point for treating androgenetic alopecia is using minoxidil or finasteride. These two FDA-approved medicines can provide great results in stopping hair loss from progressing and stimulating hair growth. The medicines can be used by themselves or with other therapies such as PRP and LLLT. Another approach which is increasingly popular is hair transplant surgery. To rebuild density in the balding areas, surgeons harvest grafts from the back of the client’s head. These grafts are genetically strong and will not be affected by androgenetic alopecia, to create a result that not only looks natural but is permanent.