Other names: Senescent alopecia

What is age related thinning? 

  • Age-related thinning refers to hair thinning that affects both men and women in their later decades, usually starting around age 50.
  • The cause of age related thinning is not known.
  • The condition is sometimes referred to as senescent alopecia

What are the signs and symptoms of age-related thinning?

  • Patients with age-related thinning typically notice significant changes in their hair around age 60 (some sooner and some later).
  • The thinning occurs all over the scalp and may be most marked over the top.
  • The affected individual may have developed genetic hair loss in his or her 20s, 30s or 40s. However, age related thinning is a different process.

 How rapidly do patients lose hair?

  • Hair loss in age-related thinning is a slow process

 Are blood tests needed for age related thinning?

  • There are no specific blood tests for this condition. 
  • As part of general evaluation for hair loss, a physician may order a variety of tests such as iron studies, thyroid studies, and vitamin D. 

 Is a biopsy needed for age-related thinning?

  • A biopsy is not usually necessary.
  • If a biopsy was performed, the findings would appear very similar to genetic hair loss. The two conditions can not be easily distinguished under the microscope.

 What treatments are available for age-related thinning?

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