Male pattern hair loss is the most common type of hair loss experienced by the men around the globe. It starts with thinning hair at the temples and crown of the head. Eventually, the hair fall exceeds making the two areas meet, forming alphabet ‘M’.
Male pattern hair loss can begin at an early age after puberty, in early 20’s or in 50’s. Mostly men panic and the first thing they do is make a rational assessment of the extent of hair loss. Compare their hairline with that of a previous hairline through a photograph of themselves. The best way to check the hair loss at the back is to ask a friend or a hairdresser to take a picture of the back of the head.
But the million dollar question is, do they really give a fair idea of How Bald are you? Not exactly! If you are wondering how bald are you, then stop guessing. Norwood Scale is there t help you. Now, what is Norwood Scale? It is the set of images that depict the different stages of male pattern hair loss.
Norwood Scale and Stages of hair loss
Norwood scale is considered the standard scale for the measurement of hair loss progression, especially when planning to undergo a Hair Transplant Surgery. Understanding the Norwood scale is important as it can help you determine the right course of treatment for you. In case of surgical hair restoration, a Norwood Scale explains how many grafts you need for surgical hair restoration.
This is the stage when there are no notable signs of hair loss. The crown and temples are well in contact. However, if you do have a family history of hair loss then it’s better to keep a check at your head hairs density. It’s better to maintain the hair than to recover from hair loss. If you notice any hair loss, it’s important to take action to cure it in its initial stage.
In this stage, you may notice receding hairline but that’s something natural from the age of 17 and 29. If the thinning continues then it means that you might lose further hair. For some, it may also affect the central part of the scalp known as Norwood 2V.
As hair loss progresses, hairline continues to recede further back of the scalp.
- For some, it may lead to thinning of hair on the temples creating a look of islands temple called Norwood 3.
- Some may encounter uniform hairline recession known as Norwood 3A and eventually thinning of hair at crown area may be seen.
It is thus at this stage where hairline becomes severely thin and is notable to everyone. It is this stage where it gets difficult to grow hair with traditional non-surgical techniques. Hair Transplantation is the only option at this stage which could help you regain hair.
By this stage, the crown area is left with little or no hair.
- Norwood 5A the case where the receding hairline my meet the crown area.
- Else a few hairs might separate the hairline and the crown area.
During this stage, the top of the scalp gets completely bald and the scalp forms a horseshoe shape. The only cure that could be done to treat the bald area is the hair transplant surgery.
The most devastating stage of androgenic alopecia, or male pattern baldness is Norwood 7. Hair loss progresses from the top of the scalp to the sides too. Any hairs that are left are the only DHT resistant hair. But they are so small in number that they cannot be used as sufficient donor hair supply for surgical hair restoration. A Body Hair Transplant may be an option for Norwood 7 patients.
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