Scott Caan’s Genetic Hair Loss

Like father…. Like son…. Scott Caan not only inherited his dad’s, James Caan, acting talent, he also inherited his receding hairline. Scott needs to act fast if he wants to save his hairline.

If you’re over the age of 20 and your hair is starting to thin, the culprit is probably hidden in your family tree. Approximately 95% of men and 70% of women with thinning hair is caused by a hereditary condition called androgenetic alopecia, AGA for short. AGA hair loss affects all ethnicities and is inherited from either the mother or father’s side of the family. Since AGA is determined by a number of genetic factors, it may or may not skip generations. In the case of siblings, one brother could experience significant AGA hair loss in his late 20’s and the other brother could keep his hair for most of his adult life.

AGA is a progressive miniaturization of hair follicles caused by a shortening of the hair’s growth cycle. As the growth phase shortens, the hair becomes thinner and shorter until, eventually, there is no growth at all.

Both male and female AGA is very common and easily treated medically and surgically. For medical treatment, minoxidil is recommended for both men and women to apply topically twice a day. For men, taking the oral medication finasteride, DHT blocker, is strongly recommended. Male and female AGA responds well to low-level laser therapy, and platelet rich plasma therapy is a therapy with a potential future as well. For surgical treatment there is the older and more invasive linear strip method, or the latest FDA approved hair surgery called Automated FUE.

Since hereditary hair loss is gradual, the sooner treatment is started, the better the chances of results. Checking your family tree to see if you have a possible genetic predisposition to hair loss might help you recognize the symptoms early enough to slow the progression.

Ask the professional:

What would be your surgical recommendation for Scott Caan?

“From these pictures it’s clear that Scott is experiencing significant frontal temporal recession with diffuse thinning in the forelock region” Irvine hair restoration surgeon, Dr. Ken Williams of OC Hair Restoration Center, “Scott could decide to enhance or increase the density for this region for an age appropriate appearance.” Dr. Williams also reminds patients “Daily treatment is key. The use of a DHT blocker, like Propecia, and topical application of minoxidil will stop further loss and maintain the current hair density.”

What is your personal daily treatment program?

“I personally have an aggressive approach to a daily treatment program. I had hair restoration surgery, and I don’t want to be bald ever again,” says Williams. He adds, “I use Rogaine 5% foam in the morning when I am in a hurry to get to work because it acts like a muse and holds the hair in place in the morning. For the evening dose, I use the liquid Minoxidil from Costco because it is four ($4) dollars a bottle. I take propecia once a day, and I use the Laser Cap (low-level laser therapy) every other day.“

For years, hair restoration surgeon, Dr. Ken Williams, has helped men and women suffering from hair thinning and hair loss with both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Please call our office at (949) 333-2999. Or Visit