Understanding Hair Restoration with the Stages of Pattern Balding
Choosing the right treatment depends on understanding how each treatment works and knowing in which cases they will be effective. Different treatments are designed for different stages of hair loss, and there's no single solution that fits every scenario. Sometime there are even different treatments that can be used simultaneously, and this guide will help you to understand some of the most common scenarios.
Initial Stage Hair Loss, Including Norwood Stages 2 and 3 – Norwood 2 - 3
The first stage, also known as early hair loss, will usually occur before 35 years of age, beginning in adolescence or in the early 20s. Options like hair transplantation are not generally recommended or needed at this stage, because the progression of hair loss is not yet advanced. Medication during the earliest stages of balding can be used to slow hair loss or a receding hairline, and can even prevent progression altogether. Medication treatment at this stage can include drugs like Propecia (finasteride) and Regaine (minoxidil). An early initial consultation will help you to discover the best path forward in terms of treatment.
Intermediate Stage Hair Loss, Including Norwood Stages 3 to 5 – Norwood 3 - 5
If hair loss has been ignored or if it has progressed quickly, then you may be in the stages of three to five according to the Norwood chart. Hair loss in this stage will be more obvious, and areas of the crown, temples, and top of the head, may be significantly balding. At this stage, medication is not likely to have a positive impact on regrowing hair. Transplant is the most effective treatment method at these stages. While many want to recreate their youthful hairline at this stage, it is often not practical nor appropriate. Surgical transplant can make hair fuller in balding patches, while also creating a hairline that is appropriate to your age. Medication can still be used at this stage, to stop any further progression and to improve overall hair health.
End Stage or Advanced Hair Loss, Including Norwood Stages 6 and 7 – Norwood 6 - 7
The final stage of hair loss means that medication alone will not have any meaningful difference. Hair transplantation is the best and most effective treatment at this stage, and is what we recommend. It’s possible to create a strong hairline through surgical hair transplantation, and depending on the circumstances, a full head of hair can be restored. Coverage depends on quality of the donor hair, and can be explained in detail with a one on one consultation.