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When it comes to image and body confidence, for many men, a receding hairline is one of their biggest issues and something a lot of us tend to be insecure about. There is no need to feel embarrassed about hair loss at any age – it’s a 100% natural consequence of genetics and ageing, and usually doesn’t indicate any underlying health issues.

However, some men may find they wish to restore their hair, particularly if they’ve experienced premature hair loss, or have lost hair due to a medical condition.

Whatever your reason for wanting to restore hair, whether it’s to give you more confidence or during recovery from an illness, the Norwood Scale is a helpful tool for determining levels of baldness, which then allows you to make a decision regarding the severity of the issue. Read on to find out just how common hair loss is in men, as well as a closer look at the Norwood Scale.

Causes of Hair Loss in Men?

The primary cause of hair loss in men is male pattern baldness, which occurs in most men at some point in their lives, generally when they’re over the age of 50. There are several other reasons why hair loss may occur, though, including:

  • Having an illness
  • Stress-related reasons
  • Chemotherapy and general cancer treatment
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Being deficient in iron
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Whatever the reason, experiencing hair loss can be a difficult period in a man’s life. If hair restoration is of interest to you, read on!

What is the Norwood Scale?

The Norwood Scale, or the Hamilton-Norwood Scale to give its full name, was devised by Dr. James Hamilton in the middle of the 20th century as a way to categorise levels of baldness. Medical professionals continue to use the scale today to determine what stage their male pattern baldness patients are in, and from here better suggest hair restoration options if that’s what they’re looking for.

The Norwood Scale covers seven main stages of baldness, with a handful of sub-categories in between. The seven classes of baldness are as followed:

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Stage 1

A full head of hair with no hair loss at all, typical of men in their 20s-30s
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Stage 2

A slight hairline recession usually observed in more mature men around the age of 40. This is also when the ‘M’ shape begins to appear as hair initially recedes from the temples.

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Stage 3

Men in their 50s will experience the ‘M’ shape on the forehead becoming stronger, and thinning on the crown of the head tends to start happening.
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Stage 4

Hair recedes further from the temples, creating an even stronger M-shape, with the remaining middle section of hair often thinning at this time too.
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Stage 6

Hair continues to recede backwards, and the strip or patch of hair at the front of the head has disappeared completely.
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Stage 5

Hair has receded further back away from the temples, and the strip of hair in the middle of the ‘M’ may have become an isolated patch.

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Stage 7

The most severe category of pattern hair loss, this is when there is no hair left on the top of the scalp, and only strips left at the sides of the head.

If you’re unhappy with hair loss and thinning, there are treatments available to help, including hair loss medication and hair transplants. To find out more and to have a confidential chat with one of our friendly team members, get in touch with Surgery Group by click the button below.

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The Bottom Line

However you experience hair loss, it’s important to remember that every person deals with it in their own way, and is affected in a different way. Some can accept it and feel perfectly comfortable with going bald while others may feel insecure and self-conscious as a result.

Male pattern baldness is completely normal  and is simply a natural result of growing older. However, if you feel unable to deal with it, you have a medical condition which has caused the baldness to worsen, or you’re experiencing premature balding, two popular solutions you may want to consider are hair loss medication or a hair transplant.

If you’re interested in these options, remember to always visit a reputable medical professional and ensure you’re fully informed on your options before committing to any hair restoration program.

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