Male Pattern Hair Loss
Male pattern hair loss or Androgenetic hair loss is the most frequently encountered form of hair loss among men. It may begin at the front hairline creating a “U” shape with thinning and recession on either side of the tip of the “U” shape. Your hair may also appear finer and seem brittle on the top and crown. The hair loss can form a variety of shapes and sizes. This type of hair loss may appear on men as early as their mid-twenties and frequently begins in the mid-thirties.
The chart below – The Norwood Chart – may help to define the type of hair loss you are experiencing. As a part of our information, it is meant to offer a very general guide to describe some of the most common forms of male pattern hair loss. It may be used as a reference when answering questions about your hair loss condition.
Minimal recession. This type of hair loss may be a concern as a possible indication of future hair loss. However, this hair loss condition does not always move to other extensive types of hair loss. A change of hairstyle that might allow more coverage in front can often be a satisfying choice. Should the hair loss continue, a consultation with a certified hair replacement specialist or dermatologist may be helpful.
This illustrates a “U” shape front hairline with slight recession. Suggestion would be the same as Type I.
The recession is more pronounced and may be more difficult to cover. A visit to a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis is recommended, this should include a complete examination of the entire head. A topical treatment may be the recommendation or micro-graft transplant surgery for a more permanent solution without the ongoing expense of the topical solution.
The recession in front is the same as Type III with thinning also occurring in the crown. Recommendation is the same as Type III. Due to the additional thinning in the crown, a cosmetic hair replacement would be an additional choice to those affected with Type III. Locating a hair replacement specialist for a consultation would be appropriate at this point.
More extensive hair loss in front and crown. Topical Treatments may be less effective at this point and a cosmetic hair system or micro-graft transplant surgery may be the best choice.
The recession appears more extreme and fully connects with the hair loss in the crown. Topical treatments may be less effective at this point and a cosmetic hair system or micro-graft transplant surgery may be the best choice.
Severe hair loss on the entire head. Due to the extent of hair loss at this stage, topical treatments may not be a good choice. Micro-graft surgical implants could be an appropriate choice providing there is sufficient hair growth in the “donor area” located at the back of the head approximately three inches up from the back hair line. An appointment with a reputable transplant clinic for a total evaluation is recommended. For those not wanting to bare the expense of surgery or just prefer not to have surgery, a cosmetic hair system would be an appropriate consideration.
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