Hair Loss Types and Classes – Available Solutions

Hair Loss Types and Classes – Available Solutions

Bosley Counselors are thoroughly trained to help you understand your hair loss.  Hair loss is very common but can appear differently for everyone.

Male-pattern baldness is primarily due to the hormone dihydrotestosterone or DHT.  DHT causes hair to thin slowly over time, eventually to the point of falling out and causing baldness.  This pattern is illustrated by the Norwood Scale with Classes 2-7.

The Norwood Scale

Class 1 is considered a normal head of hair with no visible hair loss while Class 2 shows the beginnings of a receding hair line on the forehead.  This is also known as a “widow’s peak”.

Classes progress to Class 7, which is seen in patients with the most significant hair loss.  It’s possible for Class 7 patients to still have sufficient donor hair for a hair transplant procedure but results could be limited.

“Donor Hair” comes from the sides and back of the head.  It is these areas in men where the hair and follicles are resistant to the effects of DHT.  When transplanted, these DHT resistant hair and follicles will essentially continue to grow forever where genetically sensitive hair failed.

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The classes of female-pattern hair loss have a similar scale called the Ludwig Scale.  The Ludwig Scale illustrates hair loss with Classes 1-3.

The Ludwig Scale

Class 1 shows thinning on top of the head but is the least severe while Class 3 requires the greatest amount of donor hair to cover areas on top of the head where hair could have been completely lost.

Though hair loss is a common occurrence for both men and women, there are solutions.

The only permanent solution to hair loss is hair transplant surgery.  Bosley hair transplantation is a relatively simple outpatient procedure that is typically complete within 3/4 to one full day.  Local anesthesia is used, allowing Bosley patients to watch movies, listen to music, eat and even sleep during the procedure.

Other FDA approved hair loss treatments could become part of your complete treatment plan as decided by you and your Bosley physician.  These treatments include Propecia®, Minoxidil (part of Bosley Professional Strength for Men and Professional Strength for Women) and the Bosley LaserComb.  For more information on these solutions, visit the Bosley Store.

To learn more about hair loss and available treatments, schedule a free, private consultation.