What is the Norwood scale

What is Norwood Scale

What is the Norwood Scale? Is a familiar topic which should be discussed. It is the curiosity for every person to get knowledge about it. It is the leading classification system that is used to measure the extent of male pattern baldness. Men usually lose their hair in one of few common patterns over the course of many years. It provides easily related images that indicate different stages of hair loss. There are few other classification scales used by doctors, specialists, researchers, and hair transplant surgeons. Some classification scales consist of both sexes or it has a great focus on female pattern baldness. However, it is one of the measurements that is specially used by clinicians when discussing male pattern baldness. It gives a reference point to diagnose the extent of baldness. What is Norwood scale? discusses treatment or surgical options, and measures the effectiveness of treatment.

Norwood scale baldness

What is the Norwood Scale? The Norwood scale has typically seven stages. Each stage defines the severity and pattern of hair loss. Stage 1 of this system discusses that no significant hair loss or recession of the hairline is necessary. Then, comes the stage 2. 

Stage 2 discusses that there is a slight recession of the hairline around the temples. It is also known as an adult or mature hairline. Then, comes the stage 3. 

Stage 3 defines when the first signs of clinically significant balding appear. The hairline then becomes deeply settled at both temples, resembling an M, U, or V shape. The recessed spots are totally bare or sparsely covered in hair. Now, the stage 3 comes. Stage 3 defines that the hairline stays at stage 2, but there is significant hair loss on the top of the scalp (the vertex). After stage 3, stage 4 appears. What is the Norwood Scale? The stages are really very important for the identification of the extent of baldness. 

Stage 4 discusses the hairline recession. It is simpler than in stage 2, and there are sparse follicles or no hair on the vertex. These Both areas of baldness are separated by a band of hair that connects to the hair remaining on the sides of the scalp. 

After that Stage 5 appears. Here, the two areas of hair loss are larger than in stage 4. They are now separated but the band of hair between them is narrower and sparser. 

Now stage 6 is discussed here. The balding areas at the temples connect with the balding area at the vertex. The band of hair across the peak of the head is gone or sparse. 

Stage 7 is really important and the last one of this particular system. It is the most severe stage of hair loss, only a band of hair going around the sides of the head remains. The hair is mostly not dense and may be fine.

What is the Norwood Scale? It has some classes also. The class A variation of the system is a slightly different and usually less common progression of hair loss. The Very few differences are that the hairline retreats back uniformly, without leaving an island of hair in the center. There would be no bald area at the vertex.  However, the hairline progresses directly from front to back. After all these measurements, the question arises: how can hair loss be treated? Best hair transplant technique like FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is a modern technique, which for the first time took place in the 1990s. Australian doctors discovered this new method to extract hair follicles after observing that patients feel unnecessary pain due to the cutting of large bands of scalp. This transplant method started gaining much importance since early 2000s and now it becomes preferable over other. In this method which is highly proven and least invasive outpatient procedure, follicular unit grafts containing small number of follicles are individually removed from the donor’s stronger areas of scalp and very professionally restored to the recipient’s thinning and bald areas. It is a very relaxed way for the patients as the donor areas heal in just a couple of days due to the fact behind it, there are no scars and stitches. The physicians all over the world use this process for the recreation of permanent and natural looking outcomes.    

Who is the best doctor/ surgeon for grade 2 to 7 baldness scales treatment in Lahore Pakistan?

Most surgeons can treat grade 2 to 4 hair loss patterns easily. However to treat grade 5 to 7 needs special skills and expertise as the hair loss area is quite large and the scalp donor area limited. However Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry can restore level 5 to 7 by extracting grafts from beard, chest, abdomen, legs and back of the body. The procedure may take 2 to 5 days and each day five to six hours duration.