Uncertainty in Hair Loss Pattern

pattern hair loss

Hair loss is a progressing problem, which at times continues to progress until you have reached 50-60 years of age. While in others it stops by the time they reach 30 to 35. This leaves hair loss patients wondering why there is uncertainty in hair loss pattern. If you also have confusion regarding hair loss pattern, then stop wondering and continue reading, as here we will try to address people’s concerns regarding hair loss pattern.

Pattern hair loss refers to a special type of hair loss known as Androgenic Alopecia or Male Pattern Baldness. While all other types of Alopecia mostly cause temporary hair thinning and do not signal imminent baldness, Androgenic Alopecia results in a distinct pattern of permanent baldness. There are many variants when it comes to pattern baldness. It generally starts at temples and progresses inwards, resulting in a receded hairline. However, in some patients the hairline remains intact and does not give even a glimpse of hair loss, but their crown areas go completely bald. In severe form of androgenic alopecia, the hairs loss begins at the frontal part and progresses backwards to meet the balding crown area. In this case, only a ring of hairs remains at the sides and rear of the head, while the rest of the head becomes completely bald.

Hair Transplant Surgeons around the globe use Norwood scale to measure the degree of baldness. It is a set of images that cites different stages of male pattern baldness. The scale reads from 1 to 7.

  • Norwood Scale I – Minimal hair loss in the frontal region
  • Norwood Scale 2 – Trivial hair loss at the temples
  • Norwood Scale 3 – Receded hairline
  • Norwood Scale 3 vertex – Receded hairline and hair thinning on vertex
  • Norwood Scale 4 – Significant recession in hairline and bigger patch on the vertex
  • Norwood Scale 5 – Hairline and vertex have notably bigger patterns, but a thin bridge is present
  • Norwood Scale 6 – The division line also fades away but fine hairs are still present on the top
  • Norwood Scale 7 – The most severe pattern with little or no hair on the front or top of the head

It is pertinent to mention here that Norwood Scale is not a chart for progression of hair loss pattern. It simply describes different types of androgenic alopecia in men. It is not necessary that every androgenic alopecia patients starts hair loss from Norwood Scale 1 and reaches Norwood Scale 7. Hair loss extent is already written on your genes; nevertheless you can control it through proper care and treatment.

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Written By: Dr. Cagatay Sezgin

Dr. Cagatay Sezgin is a celebrity hair transplant surgeon with over 20 years of experience in hair transplantation and restoration. He is the First Turkish Board Surgeon to become a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and the Asian Association of Hair Transplant Surgeons (AAHRS). Moreover, he has the honor of becoming the first hair transplant surgeon in the world to perform hair, eyebrow, and beard transplantation all in one case and that too in a single session.

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