Question: My son is 15 and concerned. His father and (paternal) grandfather both lost their hair in late teens/early 20s. His father has no hair (aged 43) and his grandfather just has it around the sides and back. My father still has a good head of hair at the age of 76. Is it inevitable that my son will follow the male bald pattern on his Dad’s side?
Answer: Your son could inherit the gene for male pattern baldness from his father but whether he eventually goes bald remains to be seen. The father is not always a blueprint for the son’s hair mapping and baldness in not inevitable. Sometimes a person may carry the gene but not necessarily express the trait. The best thing to do is to relax and not anticipate such an event.
Keep in mind though, that unlike the olden days when a person would have to accept their fate, there are treatments available that are very effective in stabilising hair loss. Get in touch with us again if it proves to be a problem for your son, as beginning a course of treatment for hair loss early will help prevent him from heading down the same path as his father and paternal grandfather. At this stage, there is no need for action or to stress about it.
I hope this information makes your son less worried. If you’d like any further information, please call us on 020 7730 6666.