Aging can have a significant impact on hair loss, although the degree and pattern of hair loss can vary from person to person. In our most recent blog articles, we discussed common causes of hair loss, and how hormones can affect hair loss. While these topics overlap, some are more closely associated with aging. Read on to learn about ways in which aging can contribute to hair loss:
Androgenetic Alopecia (Pattern Baldness)
Androgenetic alopecia tends to occur with aging and is characterized by a progressive thinning of the hair, primarily in specific patterns. In men, it typically leads to a receding hairline and baldness on the crown, while in women, it often causes overall thinning of the hair.
As we age, hormonal changes occur in both men and women, which can contribute to hair loss. In men, the level of testosterone, specifically dihydrotestosterone (DHT), can increase with age. DHT can shrink hair follicles over time, leading to thinner and shorter hair strands. In women, the decline in estrogen levels during menopause can also contribute to hair loss, as discussed in previous blog posts.
Decreased Hair Growth Cycle
The hair growth cycle can gradually slow down as the aging process continues. The anagen phase, which is the active growth phase of the hair follicles, becomes shorter, leading to shorter hair strands. The telogen phase, the resting phase when hair naturally falls out, can become longer. This can result in a decreased overall hair density over time.
Reduced Hair Follicle Function
With age, the hair follicles may start to lose their efficiency in producing new hair strands. The follicles may become smaller or miniaturized, leading to finer, weaker hair. This process, known as follicular miniaturization, can eventually result in hair thinning or hair loss.
Health Conditions and Medications
Aging is often associated with an increased risk of developing certain health conditions or taking medications that can contribute to hair loss. Conditions that cause nutritional deficiencies can affect hair health. Hair loss may also be a side effect of certain medications.
The signs and symptoms of aging can be alleviated with some of the treatments offered at Regenerative Medical Institute. We offer a number of hair restoration and age management services at our office for men and women. To schedule a free consultation and find out which treatment option is best for you, please visit our website or call us at 877-573-3737.