Stages Of Hair Loss
The following are generally agreed upon stages of hair loss as outlined by the Norwood Scale and commonly used as a guide by New Jersey hair transplant surgeons.
Type I – Type I is also referred to as a juvenile hairline and few men will reach old age with this intact. It describes a youthful hairline that has not receded noticeably.
Type II – Type 2 men include most men between age 17 and 30 who experience a mild degree of hairline recession. Also referred to as a mature hairline, if one is lucky enough to maintain this into old age, it rarely prompts one to seek a hair transplant as the look is mature but not balding. Jon Hamm is a famous example of a man who has the look of a mature hairline.
Type III – Type III also represents the lowest degree on the male pattern hair loss scale. Characterized by recession at the forehead corners, the remaining hair in the front center will stay and thinning may begin at the top/back of the head simultaneously.
Subtypes IIIa & type III vertex – Represent good candidates for New Jersey hair transplant procedures. They will either have receding temples and hairline or a bald spot at the crown, but plenty of dense hair at the sides and back of the head from which to harvest donor grafts. As well, thinning but full coverage remains at the top/front of the head.
Type IV & IVa – Subtypes which denote the same degree of moderate balding but describe variance in the pattern because not all men lose hair in exactly the same pattern. These stages also typically represent good hair transplant candidates
Type V – The crown and hairline show notable hair loss and these candidates have less hair transplant options because a large number of grafts are required to fill large areas. A famous example of a man at this stage of the Norwood scale would be James Gandolfini when filming the TV show, The Sopranos.
Type V, Type VI, & VII – These types are becoming more severe to the point that hair transplant is not always a realistic option anymore. This is because sufficient dense donor hair is necessary to take grafts from and these candidates have large areas of baldness with smaller areas of resilient hair growth left