Male pattern baldness
Will I go bald? How to tell your follicular future.
Maybe you remember the day you realized you might be losing your hair. It may have been while brushing your teeth that you noticed a loss of hair around your temples. Or it may have been that an acquaintance or friend gave him a clue about the appearance of a bald head in his crown. Either way, for most men, this provides a feeling of sinking. Now you may be wondering, “Am I going to go bald?” And “How can I know?”
Male pattern baldness
Male pattern baldness (MPB) is a genetically inherited condition that is transmitted from your mother or from the father’s family side. As MPB can skip generations and can also skip brothers within the same generation, there are no easy answers to the above questions.
When trying to answer “I’m going to be bald?” It is very useful to see where you are on the Norwood scale, which is a classification system that illustrates progressive patterns of hair loss in men.
I’m going to break things by looking at a couple of different scenarios.
Let’s say you’re 55 and a Norwood 2. Your father and both uncles on your mother’s side are all around a Norwood 5A. Your chances of progressing to a Norwood 5 are extremely low. In fact, your natural trajectory from the age of 55 probably will lead you to Norwood 2 or 3 at age 70. It is also possible that you remain on Norwood 2 using Rogaine® or finasteride.
Now let’s say you’re 23 and a Norwood 2A. Turning back in the temples is already evident, and his thin line is also experiencing the first signs of recession. Your father and your uncles have full hair. However, you run the risk of continuing with hair loss and you risk becoming a Norwood 6 or 7. Medical therapies such as minoxidil and finasteride are your best bets in reducing progression. Seeing hair loss at such a young age is an indication to use as many treatment modalities as possible and you may consider the “Hair Survival Program”.
Take the heart! With modern hair transplant techniques such as the ARTAS robot for FUE, it is possible to restore Norwood 6 hair to Norwood 3, while it looks completely natural and undetectable as a hair transplant.
It is likely that if you are visiting websites dedicated to hair restoration, be concerned about your hair loss or the potential for loss. The earlier you approach your unique situation, the greater the chances of keeping the hair you have or even turning back the clock with a hair transplant.
Contact my clinic for an appointment or ask a question about your specific situation and how we can treat it.