Staging of hair loss

Male Pattern Hair Loss in Gurgaon

It doesn't seem like a major concern when we first start losing our hair. We consider it to be ‘normal’ hair loss and often fail to identify the ‘patterned’ hair loss at the early stages, which forms a major chunk of all cases with the complaint of hair loss. Staging of hair loss helps in identifying pattern hair loss early on starting necessary counter-measures and planning for future treatments based on the progression of the condition. 

Male Pattern Hair Loss

Pattern hair loss is more common in males and is also known as androgenic alopecia. It primarily affects the hairline and the top of the head. In cases of male-pattern hair loss, the hair loss frequently manifests as a receding front hairline, hair loss on the scalp's vertex, or a mix of the two. Male pattern baldness is classified on a scale by staging the hair loss. The scale also aids in determining how these hair loss patterns progress. Male pattern baldness patients often lose hair in one of a few distinct ways. Understanding this can aid the surgeon in providing the most appropriate diagnosis and course of action for each patient rather than following a cookie-cutter approach. A tool that you used commonly to stage the male pattern hair loss is the Norwood Scale. According to the Norwood scale, male pattern baldness progresses through phases 1 through 7.

This system of categorizing male pattern baldness was developed in the 1970s by Dr. O’Tar Norwood and is now used to aid in the planning and management of hair loss all around the world. In stages 1 to 7, there are distinct models for each kind. There are normal and class-A patterns for every stage. To provide an advanced treatment for Male Pattern Hair Loss in Gurgaon our clinic first determines the stage of hair loss. The male pattern of hair loss can be characterized by different stages, which are measured by the Norwood Scale. In the typical pattern, the top of the head typically develops a bald spot first. Class A balding progresses differently, with the hairline regressing from the front to the rear. To provide an advanced treatment for Male Pattern Hair Loss in Gurgaon our clinic first determines the stage of hair loss. The male pattern of hair loss can be characterized by different stages, which are measured by the Norwood Scale. In the typical pattern, the top of the head typically develops a bald spot first. Class A balding progresses differently, with the hairline regressing from the front to the rear.

Norwood scale

Stage 1
The control stage is stage 1 of the Norwood scale. Male pattern baldness patients in stage 1 still have a full head of hair and show little to no balding or receding hairlines.

Stage 2
Only very small evidence of a receding hair line, typically around the temples, is present in stage 2.

Stage 3
In general, stage 3 is when hair loss becomes apparent. When viewed from above, the hairline often has the appearance of a curved ‘M’ because it pulls backwards from the temples. The hairline dips may be a little less distinct in the stage 3A or class A version of the scale.

3rd stage vertex
Stage 3 vertex balding is a milder variation of stage 3 in terms of the receding hairline. But those who are going through stage 3 vertex balding also start losing their crown hair which frequently begins as a single tiny bald spot.

Stage 4
By stage 4, there is a noticeable loss of hair. When viewed from above, the hairline may begin to resemble a ‘U’ form as it recedes farther. There is still a hairline between the bald spot and the receding hairline between the larger bald area on the crown and the retreating hairline.

A person in stage 4A will not have a bald spot on the back of their head; instead, they will lose their hairline dips and have a deeper "U" shape from above.

Stage 5
Stage 5 progresses similarly to stage 4, but is more serious. Between the thinning hairline and the balding crown, there is still a thin patch of hair. However, compared to the earlier stage, this hair strip is much thinner. The hairline keeps moving toward the rear of the head in stage 5A.

Stage 6
A person with stage 6 baldness has predominantly bald patches on the top and front of their head. There is no longer a strip or hair patch separating the two bald patches as they come together, however, there may still be hair on the sides.

Stage 7
By stage 7, the sides of the head also start to be affected by baldness, and eventually, there is only a thin ring of hair left around the outside of the skull that appears to be probably fragile and extremely thin. Even the newly grown hair lacks structural and tensile strength. 

One can receive the best treatment for Male Pattern Hair Loss in Gurgaon at our clinics by expert hair specialists who have ample years of experience in providing the best and most natural results.

Female Pattern Hair Loss in Gurgaon

On the sides and at the top of the head, the hair becomes thinner. The patient may become aware of this occurrence in a number of ways. The separating line (line sign) is more visible when the hair is parted down the centre, and when the hair is pulled back into a ponytail, the ponytail holder becomes flimsy or requires more frequent pulling through of the rubber band. The scalp gets more apparent as the clinical picture develops and may even be completely exposed in more severe cases.

Different staging classifications have been provided to stage female pattern hair loss

Ludwig Scale divides it into three degrees, from a modest thinning to a complete lack of hair in the affected area in the first degree to the third degree. Although popular, this scale has drawbacks because it cannot more precisely distinguish intermediate stages. Additionally, it is a poor instrument for therapeutic evaluation as even follicular transplantation is a form of treatment.

Sinclair Scale divides the illness into four levels of intensity based on a normal scalp, making it more adaptable to the circumstances of each patient. 

Olsen Scale characterized upper bitemporal area and vertex thinning with frontal emphasis (Christmas tree pattern) in addition to the diffuse thinning process. It has an accentuation in the central line that expands into a triangle with its base at the anterior hair implantation line. 

In order to effectively treat female pattern hair loss in Gurgaon, our hair experts at the clinic do a thorough examination to find out the hair loss pattern. The uses of knowing the stage of hair loss are as follows:

  • Assessment of the severity of the problem
  • Prediction of future progression 
  • Formulation of a treatment plan
  • Choosing between surgical and non-surgical options or a combination

There are a lot of classification schemes out there right now, but they all have some drawbacks because they either don't cover all the stages of hair loss progression or are too intricate for everyday use. Therefore, the surgeon should evaluate each one and select the classification scheme following his or her own preferences and needs to give a fully customized solution to each patient individually. 

To know more about the most effective treatment for male or female pattern hair loss in Gurgaon, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shilpi Bhadani, SB Trichology unit of SB Aesthetics, Gurugram, call us on +918130134693 or Contact Us online.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the pattern of male hair loss?

A typical male pattern of baldness or androgenetic alopecia starts at the hairline. After receding of the hairline, gradual hair loss occurs on top of the head and an “M” shape is formed. Over time, a circular area on the vertex portion of the scalp becomes thin and expands to cover most of the back of the head. The hair becomes shorter, finer, and thinner, and ultimately a horseshoe or U-shaped pattern around the sides of the head and a bald patch on the backside of the head is created. If one is suffering from this male pattern baldness and is looking for an effective treatment for Male Pattern Hair Loss in Gurgaon, one can consult the expert hair loss doctor at SB Trichology.

Can female pattern hair loss be fixed?

Female pattern baldness that usually starts at menopause is treatable. It is possible to stop further hair loss and regrow hair in areas of hair thinning or baldness with a variety of treatment options. This includes over-the-counter topical medication like minoxidil, prescription oral medication like fina-steride, plat-elet-rich pl-asma therapy, low-wavelength red light therapy, laser therapy, styling techniques to conceal baldness, or a hair transplant surgery that provides permanent results. Every female with pattern hair loss won’t be effectively treated in the same manner. Seeing a hair expert can help determine the best-suited treatment option.

For those experiencing female pattern hair loss and seeking an effective treatment for Female Pattern Hair Loss in Gurgaon, consulting the expert hair loss doctor at SB Trichology is recommended.

What is the pattern of female hair loss?

Female pattern hair loss occurs in five stages as per the Sinclair Scale. First is little or no hair loss. Second is a slight gap created in the central hair part. Third is a widening of the central hair part and hair loss on either side of the part line. Fourth is the balding towards the front of the hairline. Fifth is advanced hair loss. The first effect of female pattern baldness is the gradual shrinking of hair follicles. It is followed by the shortening and thinning of individual hair and eventually the complete stoppage of hair growth.

Get in touch with a hair loss specialist at SB Trichology for more details on effective treatment for Female Pattern Hair Loss in Gurgaon.

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