AGE-RELATED HAIR LOSS
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?