More than 80% of all men will experience some degree of hair loss in their lifetime. How far has your hair loss progressed?
Hair loss generally progresses in stages as we age. The Hamilton Scale of Male Pattern Hair Loss depicts these various stages and illustrates the corresponding degree of hair loss. Who will go bald and who will not is determined before we are even born. Hair loss, in almost all cases, is a genetic, hormonal condition. You may have been born with a predisposition to hair loss, but thanks to Dr. Pistone’s advanced techniques, you don’t have to look like it.
Class 2 & 2A
The first “Classes” of hair loss are represented on the left. Most men will become affected by either stage in their lifetime. In the top image, the hair line starts to recede and a “widow’s peak” above the temples is evident. In the second image, the hairline starts to recede farther back from the front and begins to “catch up” with the widow’s peak. Not evident in this picture, but to some of our patients, is that the hair on the back of the head is becoming thinner as the hair follicles become weaker and fall out.ss is severe and a suitable donor area is almost absent.
Class 3, 3A, 3V
In Class 3 (includes 3 Anterior, 3 Vertex) on this chart, men notice a more significant decline in hair above the temples as well as receding from the forehead. Hair loss is also starting to become signicant on the crown or vertex (bottom image).
Class 4 & 4A
In class 4 and 4A (anterior), hair loss may become more noticeable on the crown, or patients may have only significant loss from above the temples and and frontal anterior area (bottom photo).
Class 5, 5A, 5V
By Class 5, 5A (anterior, middle) and 5V (vertex, bottom), hair loss is approaching significant levels, with most of it disappearing on the top of the vertex and crown. By these stages, more hair grafts will be needed to provide both coverage and density.
Class 6 & 7
Class 6, top, hair loss is extensive but there still is donor area available to use for hair transplants.
By the final and worst stage of hair loss, (and not all men reach this stage), hair loss is severe and a suitable donor area is almost absent.