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Hair Loss and the Elderly


Hair transplant surgery is one of many cosmetic procedures that can be performed at just about any age. As long as the patient is in good health and has sufficient donor hair follicles, it’s usually a go.

However, this is not to say that the condition of the scalp of an 80-year-old man is the same as that of a 30-year-old. While a man can experience noticeable hair thinning as early as the teen years, time and normal aging bring about certain physiological changes in senior candidates.

For one, hair growth and quality decrease with age. What’s more, age-related health problems like diminished thyroid, kidney or liver function can interfere with normal hair growth and re-growth. Many senior patients are on multiple medications, sometimes for serious ailments – diabetes and heart disease, to name a few. Furthermore, some seniors may not maintain a proper diet which is essential for healthy hair replenishment. A diet that is poor in vitamins, minerals and proteins can actually make male or female pattern hair thinning worse. Diets that are rich in copper, iron, zinc, and other minerals, as well as vitamins A, B6 and B12, on the other hand, help support normal function of the hair follicles – at any age.

The important point is that age in and of itself should not be a negative factor when making the decision to undergo hair transplant surgery or not. It basically comes down to the health of the patient when pre-determining results.

For those seniors who have a family history of hair thinning or pattern baldness, hair transplant surgery may be your best option for having a full, healthy head of hair. Talk to a qualified hair transplant surgeon to learn more about surgical and non-surgical treatments before you decide which one is right for you.

Dr. Kyle S. Choe is a board certified facial plastic surgeon and hair restoration specialist in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Contact The Choe Center for Hair Restoration at (757) 389-5850 for a personal consultation.

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