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Hair Loss Runs in My Family: What Should I Do?

Hair Loss Runs in My Family: What Should I Do?

Whether you strive to make every day a “good hair day” or pay little attention to styling, your hair affects your appearance, and a “bad hair day” can affect your mood and self-confidence.

Considering hair’s impact, it’s natural to worry about your future if you have a family history of thinning or balding. But instead of wondering how long it will take you to follow your family’s lead, why not take proactive steps to slow or stop hair loss?

Theresa Durchhalter, DO, FAAD, at Allure Dermatology, has helped many women and men restore healthy hair by identifying the source of their hair loss and offering natural therapy that regenerates healthy hair.

What to do next? Here are four steps to support and guide your journey.

Step 1: Try not to worry

We understand that it’s not easy to stop wondering and worrying about hair loss, especially when others in your family struggle with thinning hair and balding. However, there are three reasons to let go of anxiety.

Genetics don’t always dictate fate

Even if hair loss strikes others in your family, it doesn’t mean you will face the same fate. A family history certainly raises your risk, but not everyone with genetic tendencies will develop inherited hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).

Genes can skip a generation, and your chances of inherited hair loss depend on several variables. 

For example, your odds depend on whether your father, mother, grandparents, or more than one of them have androgenetic alopecia. Though studies are ongoing, some report that certain nutrients may lower your risk.

Treatment makes a difference

We have advanced treatments that can slow, stop, and reverse hair loss, even in those with androgenetic alopecia.

Stress causes hair loss

Long-lasting or excessive anxiety raises levels of cortisol, better known as the stress hormone.

Step 2: Pay attention to hair loss

Identifying hair loss as early as possible allows you to start treatments that slow or stop progressive thinning and balding.

Don’t assess hair loss based on how much hair you see in your brush or the floor. Everyone loses 50-100 hairs daily as part of the natural hair growth cycle.

Instead, pay attention to your scalp. Androgenetic alopecia causes the classic signs of male- and female-pattern hair loss.

Men will notice a receding hairline and hair loss on the top of their heads. Women typically have thinning over their entire scalp, but hair parts may also show noticeably more scalp.

Step 3: Seek professional advice

The best way to fight inherited hair loss is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced dermatologist. We can determine the extent of your hair loss and its cause.

Though androgenetic alopecia is the top cause of hair loss in women and men and the most common reason for male balding, there are other possible reasons for thinning and balding.

Physical and emotional stress, illnesses, and infections can trigger extreme but temporary hair loss in both genders. 

Women face many potential causes, including hormonal imbalances, autoimmune disease (alopecia areata), and hairstyles that pull on hair follicles, like tight braids and ponytails.

After identifying the cause, we recommend the best treatment for slowing hair loss and restoring new hair growth. While several topical and oral medications are available, we often recommend starting with natural, regenerative treatment.

Step 4: Consider natural hair restoration

Whether your hair loss has just begun or you already have extensive changes, we specialize in platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a regenerative treatment that naturally improves hair growth and thickness.

PRP contains platelets mixed with plasma, which come from your blood. Platelets are packed with growth factors, remarkable proteins that activate healing.

We may inject PRP in balding areas or apply it over your scalp, using tiny punctures created by microneedling to let the platelets migrate into hair follicles and release growth factors.

The growth factors trigger the development of new blood vessels and tissues and stimulate healing in the hair follicle. Over time, the follicles grow new, thick, healthy hair.

Don’t wait and worry about inherited hair loss. Call Allure Dermatology or book online for information, answers, and preventive or restorative care.

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