May 14th 2024

Is baldness hereditary?

Baldness, also known as alopecia, is a condition characterized by excessive and usually irreversible hair loss. It is a problem that affects millions of people around the world, and can have a significant impact on self-esteem and personal confidence.

One of the most common questions people who suffer from baldness ask is whether it is hereditary. The short answer is yes, although it should be noted that baldness is not inherited, the predisposition to suffer androgenic alopecia is inherited, In most cases. However, there are other factors that can also contribute to hair loss, such as stress, poor diet, and some diseases.

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What are the genes responsible for baldness?

Baldness is caused by a combination of genetic and hormonal factors. The genes responsible for baldness are found on the X chromosome, inherited from the mother.   

These genes make the Hair follicles are more sensitive to the effects of male hormones, such as testosterone. Testosterone is converted into a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on the scalp. DHT can shorten the hair growth phase and stimulate the hair loss phase, producing a process of follicle miniaturization until his disappearance.

What types of baldness are hereditary? 

Most types of baldness are hereditary. The most common type of hereditary baldness is androgenetic alopecia, also known as common baldness. Androgenetic alopecia affects approximately 50% of men and 25% of women.

What are the symptoms of hereditary baldness? 

The symptoms of hereditary baldness vary depending on the type of baldness.

In men, the most common symptoms are:

  • Hair loss at the hairline, leading to the famous receding hairlines 
  • Hair loss on the crown
  • Hair loss on the top of the head

In female androgenic alopecia, the hair becomes thinner and sparser, but does not usually disappear completely. Generally, there is a loss of density that begins at the hair part and extends across the top of the head.

What is the treatment for hereditary baldness? 

There is no cure for hereditary baldness. However, there are Treatments which can help slow hair loss and promote new hair growth. There are also other options to recover hair already lost due to alopecia.

Treatments for hereditary baldness include:

Is hair transplant a good option for hereditary baldness? 

Hair grafting is a good option for people who suffer from hereditary baldness and who want to recover their hair. It is the only effective method currently to recover hair lost due to alopecia.. Hair transplant is a safe and effective procedure that provides natural and long-lasting results.

Man before and after hair transplant

Get a solution to alopecia from the hands of experts

En Hospital Capilar We are specialists in hair grafts and treatments. We have a team of highly qualified professionals who can help you recover your hair and stop hair loss. If you suffer from alopecia problems, contact us and we will advise you on the best options for you.

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