Male Pattern Baldness
This type of hair loss typically begins with receding at the temples, producing an “M” shaped hairline. This condition generally progresses to balding at the crown, then hair on top of the head is lost so the receding hairline and balding crown meet. Eventually, the only hair left is on the sides and back of the head, forming a horseshoe-shaped pattern.
To help men understand their level of hair loss, many experts rely on the Norwood Scale. It’s the most widely used classification system for men’s hair loss, with seven levels that describe the extent of male pattern baldness.
The seven levels start with Type I, which is minimal, and progress through Type VII, the most severe form of hair loss.
Type I: -The hairline shows minimal or no recession. Men at this stage should monitor their hair regularly for any signs of thinning.
Type II: -The frontal and temporal regions start to show recession, typically in symmetrical triangular shapes. The initial signs of hair loss are becoming more visible.
Type III: -This level of hair loss is considered “cosmetically significant”. The symmetrical hair loss at the temples is more pronounced and these areas may be bare or sparsely covered with hair. At this stage, the hair also begins to thin at the crown.
Type IV: -Hair loss in the frontal and temporal regions is more severe than in Type III. Additional thinning is visible in the front central region and thinning at the crown becomes more pronounced. A moderately thin band of hair usually separates the two areas of hair loss.
Type V: -At this stage, there is still a separation between hair loss at the crown and hair loss in the front and temporal regions. However, the dividing area is becoming narrower. A “horseshoe” shape pattern of remaining hair is beginning to form.
Type VI: -More severe hair loss is clearly visible as the hair separating the crown and hairline areas is nearly gone, with only sparse hair remaining.
Type VII: -This is the most severe form of hair loss. There is a complete loss of hair in the front, temporal, and crown regions. The horseshoe pattern of hair at the back and sides of the head is all that remains, and it may be thinner or less dense than it was previously.
Male pattern baldness is generally characterized with the onset of a receding hairline and thinning crown. Hair in these areas including the temples and mid-anterior scalp appear to be the most sensitive to DHT. This pattern eventually progresses into more apparent baldness throughout the entire top of the scalp, leaving only a rim or “horseshoe” pattern of hair remaining in the more advanced stages of MPB. For some men even this remaining rim of hair can be affected by DHT.
- By the age of thirty-five (35) about 67% or two-thirds of people will experience some degree of appreciable hair loss.
- By the age of fifty approximately 85% have significantly thinning hair.
- Approximately 25% who suffer with male pattern baldness begin the painful process before they reach the age of twenty-one.
- WHAT IS DHT: –Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a derivative or by-product of testosterone normally present in both males and females. Testosterone converts to DHT with the aid of the enzyme Type II 5-alpha-reductace, which is held in the hair follicle’s oil glands. DHT causes damage to Hair follicles start shrinking, shortening the life span of each hair follicle and ultimately these stops producing hair.
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