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When Does Hair Loss Typically Occur?

By Dr. Raymond Konior on March 21, 2015

A man checks his hairlinePeople in the Chicago area who have experienced hair loss can rely on Dr. Raymond Konior. He works closely with his patients to assess the nature of the hair loss and determine the best treatment option based on the patient's needs.

Hair thinning and baldness are often linked to age, which is why we want to take this opportunity to consider when hair loss typically begins in men and when hair thinning typically begins in women.

Common Hair Loss Trends in Men with Pattern Baldness

If a man has a genetic predisposition for male pattern baldness, he will usually start to experience some degree of hair thinning or hair loss starting in the mid-20s, sometimes sooner. There is also a common threshold for male hair loss around age 30. A number of medical studies have suggested that two-thirds of men will experience hair loss in some degree by the time they turn 35 years old.

The degree of the hair loss can differ from person to person based on a number of factors that go beyond genetics. Poor diet, poor health, and systemic conditions may contribute or exacerbate the hair loss that a man naturally experiences.

Levels and Degrees of Male Hair Loss After Middle Age

Even if you do not have a genetic predisposition for significant hair loss or male pattern baldness, the chances are that you will experience some level of hair loss by late middle-age. Studies show that by the age of 50, around 85% of men will have noticeably thinner hair than they did in their youth.

These changes in hair density and loss over time are why a number of surgical hair restoration treatments may be avoided or delayed until a man is older. This helps ensure the best results from the hair restoration procedure.

Common Hair Thinning and Loss Trends in Women

Women will also experience hair loss or hair thinning to some degree, but female hair loss is much different from male hair loss. For one, a woman will not experience as much hair loss as a man does. This is natural simply given the gender differences with regard to hair thinning and hair loss. The hair thinning tends to be general for women as well rather than starting at the crown of the head and in the front of the hairline as men experience.

Most women (an estimated two-thirds) will experience some degree of hair loss during middle age, often as a side effect of menopause. Changes in hormone levels will lead to hair thinning as your body responds to these chemical differences.

Treatment Options for Age-Related Hair Loss

Treatment options for age-related hair loss vary based on a number of factors, including the extent of the hair loss, the nature of the hair loss, and the gender of the patient.

For male pattern baldness, hair restoration surgery or the use of hair loss medications (e.g., Rogaine, Propecia) may be considered.

For women who experience hair thinning, non-surgical treatments tend to be best. This is because of how the hair thinning is distributed on a woman's scalp rather than centralized.

During the consultation process, we can go over the ideal option for you and your needs.

Contact Dr. Raymond Konior

For more information about your treatment options following hair loss, be sure to contact our hair loss and restoration surgery center today. Dr. Konior and the entire team at his practice looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve a full head of hair.

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