We’ve all heard that male pattern baldness skips generations but is that real or just an old-wives’ tale? Men – and women – want to know their risk and how likely they’ll experience this is something they will experience.
Huffington Post recently interviewed board-certified hair restoration physician, Dr. Alan J. Bauman to get the scoop.
Genetics & Male Pattern Baldness
According to Dr. Bauman, male pattern baldness can skip generations. “There are over 200 genes that we’re aware of now that regulate hair and hair growth. Color quality, texture, length of growth cycles, balding patterns, the speed of balding – all of those put together will determine how quickly you see loss occur, how quickly it progresses, and how long it will occur later in life.”
The X-linked chromosome from mom and the Y-chromosome carrying the baldness gene that comes from dad determine the outcome.
“It could skip generations, skip siblings. That’s how a recessive gene typically works,” Bauman explained. If you see hair loss amongst any of your siblings, parents, grandparents or aunts and uncles, it’s a good idea to consider early intervention options.
Hair loss isn’t solely due to genetics but may be triggered by certain medications, diet or sleep-wake cycles. Stress is a huge trigger and something difficult to avoid.
What To Do
It’s important to look for symptoms of hair loss early on as you can lose a decent amount of hair before really noticing a difference. Look in the shower drain, around the house and on your pillows.
If you begin to see signs of significant hair loss, it’s important to consult with an experienced hair restoration specialist to discuss options as soon as possible. Whether it’s oral medication, topical medication, low-laser light therapy, or hair transplant surgery, there’s a lot of things that can be done.
Dr. Scott Thompson of Utah Hair MD offers complimentary consultations in both is Layton and Draper locations or via Skype by calling (801)776-2220.