Baldness is the partial or complete lack of hair growth and part of the wider topic of “hair thinning”. The term bald means Celtic ball, or white patch, such as on a horse’s head.
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Types of Baldness
Androgenetic alopecia (AGA), also known as male pattern baldness, is one of the most common conditions affecting men. The Norwood Classification Chart will gives an idea about what stage of hair loss. The chart is the standard classification for the most common types of male pattern baldness.
NORWOOD CLASSIFICATION CHART FOR MALE PATTERN BALDNESS
Type I: Represents an adolescent or juvenile hairline and is not actually balding. The adolescent hairline generally rests on the upper brow crease.
Type II: Indicates a progression to the adult or mature hairline that sits a finger’s breath (1.5cm) above the upper brow crease, with some temporal recession. This also does not represent balding.
TYPE III: Represents the minimal extent of hair loss considered sufficient to represent baldness. Scalps have deep frontal temporal recessions, which are usually symmetrical and are either bare or sparsely covered.
TYPE III: (VERTEX): Hair loss is chiefly in the vertex. There may be some frontal recession, but does not exceed that seen in Type III. This type of baldness is most common with advancing age, but, in some patients, may occur early and occasionally precede significant front loss.
TYPE IV: The frontal and temporal recession is more severe. There is a sparseness or absence of hair on the vertex area. These areas are extensive, but are separated from each other by a bridge of moderately dense hair. Should not be confused with Type III Vertex in which the loss is primarily on the vertex.
TYPE V: The vertex region of alopecia remains separated from the frontal temporal region of alopecia. The separation is now not as distinct because the band of hair across the mid scalp has become narrower and sparser.
TYPE VI: The bridge of the hair that crossed the mid scalp in the previous type is now gone. The frontal temporal and vertex regions of alopecia have become confluent; in addition, the entire area of alopecia has increased laterally and posteriorly.
TYPE VII: This is the most severe form of male pattern baldness. All that remains is a narrow horseshoe shaped band of hair that begins laterally just anterior to the ear and extends posterior on the sides. This hair is usually not dense and is frequently fine.
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MALE PATTERN BALDNESS