How do hair transplant clinics judge hair loss in men and women?

A hair clinic is a great place to get advice and information if you are experiencing such problems as thinning hair, lost hair, and bald spots. Both men and women experience many problems with their hair, including loss of hair. Of course, generally far more men than women have a problem with hair loss and balding because of hormonal differences.

Men are more likely to have the classic pattern of hair loss associated with androgenetic alopecia caused by the androgen hormone dihydrotestosterone. Some women do also have this problem or may suffer from other forms of alopecia such as alopecia areata or traction alopecia.

Regardless of the cause of hair loss, you are probably very anxious to know what can be done for you. This is where consulting with a specialist at a clinic, such as the Vera Clinic, is very useful. Hair transplant clinics offer transplant surgery such as the FUE method, and they also often offer non-invasive treatments to help hair to grow.

Male pattern baldness and the Norwood scale

Men typically lose their hair in a specific way and from particular parts of the head. Men can start balding as early as their 20s and by age 80 most men show some degree of hair loss. The Norwood scale is used by hair specialists to indicate the level of hair loss that a man is displaying. 

The scale has 7 stages with each stage representing a progressive worsening of the condition. Norwood scale 2 is the mildest form where hair loss starts to show by a receding at the sides of the head. By the time a man reaches stage 7 on the Norwood scale there is only a small region of hair around the sides of the head. It is best to get a consultation and seek treatment before hair loss has reached such a stage because there may not be enough donor hair available for transplanting by the time you reach this stage. 

Female hair loss and the scale for female pattern baldness

Although hair loss is less common in women than men, it does sometimes happen, but women are not likely to reach the level of baldness that men often do. Hair often thins and it is more common for women to start losing hair after age 50. 

Women, who have the condition polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), may show similar hair loss to men because they have a hormonal imbalance. Most women show a different pattern of hair loss when compared with men. In a woman, hair starts to thin from the middle of the head where the hair is parted. 

Type I hair loss in women is where there is a small amount of thinning present at the place where the hair parts, type II is when there is more noticeable thinning and type III is much more pronounced thinning with some areas of scalp being visible through the hair.

Regardless of if you are a man or woman suffering from hair loss, there are treatment options available to help with your problem.

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