Is Balding a Normal Part of Aging?

Is Balding a Normal Part of Aging?

05 Oct, 2020
A man with hair loss holding a small wad of hair

As we navigate the reality of aging, one common experience is hair loss, a phenomenon that transcends gender and cultural boundaries. Balding, or the gradual loss of hair, is a topic that can intrigue and worry many of us. The question that looms large for many witnessing receding hairlines or thinning crowns is whether balding is a normal part of aging. Aging, hair loss, and the other changes it can bring can be alarming, but there are options. Keep reading to understand what causes thinning hair and hair loss, along with what you can do to maintain your hair. 

Hair loss can look different for different people. You may notice your part is gradually getting wider. Or, maybe you’ve spotted that tell-tale bald spot on the crown of your head. Regardless of how hair loss presents itself, you might wonder if age is the culprit and what you can do about it.

We know thinning hair and balding can occur to anyone while aging. Some will never be ready to say goodbye to their locks. Here at Rénove Medical Spa, Dr. Afia Naqvi and our skilled team of providers are ready to restore your hair — and confidence — with PRP therapy.

Does hair loss slow down after 30? Why does aging cause hair loss? Why does aging cause thinning hair? Keep reading to explore the answers to the most common questions we hear about balding.

Shedding or balding? What’s normal?

It’s normal to lose hair every day. In fact, losing up to 50 strands of hair a day is normal. Hair shedding is okay because your hair grows in cycles. New hair replaces the ones that are shed during the telogen phase. However, if you lose hair quicker than the new hair grows, you might spot signs of baldness: thinning hair, receding hairlines, and even bald patches.

You may also notice other signs of aging besides hair thinning, which can include wrinkles, fine lines, and slowing metabolism. These signs can be reversed through treatments like Botox, Photofacials, CoolSculpting, and other services

Can aging cause hair loss?

Yes, the natural aging process can contribute to hair loss. The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) explains that age-related hair loss occurs because the hair follicle eventually slows down — and when shedding occurs quicker than new hair can grow, you’ll start to notice the first signs of hair loss.

While aging can contribute to hair loss, it’s far from the only cause. Other common causes include:

  • Hereditary
  • Medication
  • Cancer treatments
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Immune disorders
  • Stress (this is called telogen effluvium)
  • Skin disorders like Tinea capitis (ringworm)
  • Vitamin deficiency

Depending on what is causing your hair loss, you’ll see different patterns and speeds of hair loss. For example, if you take a medication that causes hair loss, you might quickly lose your hair. On the other hand, you might notice a much slower balding progression if you have male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness.

What can you do about hair loss?

The first step in restoring your hair is determining the cause of the loss. For example, hair loss caused by an underlying medical condition (like thyroid dysfunction or tinea capitis) usually resolves when the initial condition resolves.

Androgenetic alopecia — the official term for female pattern baldness or male pattern baldness — can be treated with PRP hair restoration. This is one of the most common causes of hair loss. What age does balding start? The age of male-pattern baldness can vary, depending on genetics. It can start as early as your teens, or as late as your 50s. Female-pattern baldness age can happen at any time during a woman’s life.

PRP hair restoration

Recall that androgenetic alopecia is characterized by hair follicles that slow down, leading to thinning hair (women) and receding hairlines (men). PRP hair restoration targets those follicles, reversing signs of aging, hair loss, and more. You may also be dealing with age-related alopecia, in which case, getting tested can be the best course of action. 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a serum made from your own blood that is rich in growth factors, and it stimulates your hair follicles to stay active. The procedure doesn’t involve any plugs surgical procedures or transplants. Instead, the PRP is administered to your scalp. Research shows this is an effective treatment for androgenetic alopecia. If you are dealing with the side effects of aging, hair loss, or otherwise, it can be best to get a consultation to understand what you can do about it. 

Restore your confidence with PRP hair restoration

Aging and hair loss can be difficult concepts to tackle, but it’s time to regain your confidence. Say goodbye to thinning hair. PRP therapy is all-natural and non-surgical, which means you can get back to your normal routine fast. 

To learn more about PRP hair restoration or find out if it’s right for you, give our Kingwood, Texas spa a call at 832-644-8338. Find out more about aging, hair loss, and our services and treatments that can help you feel rejuvenated by giving us a call!

Don’t forget – you can also contact us online to request an appointment.

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