Many Norwood patients question whether they can have a successful hair transplant while suffering from Norwood stage 6-7.
But before knowing the answer, it is critical to understand what the Hamilton-Norwood scale is? And what are its stages?
What is the Hamilton-Norwood Scale?
Hamilton-Norward scale is the classification of male-pattern baldness. There are 7 stages in this scale. Let’s have a look at these seven stages of pattern baldness in males.
- Stage 1: There is no noticeable hair loss or receding hairline. Most men cannot be diagnosed with hair loss at this stage.
- Stage 2: An adult or mature hairline appears due to the recession of hair at the temples and the front. It is the early stage of M, U, or V hairline formation.
- Stage 3: At this stage, the M, U, or V shape due to hair loss becomes visible. If not these shapes, then hair loss at the temples or the front of the scalp is evident. The recessed spots are covered with sparse hair.
However, some people also suffer from hair loss at the vertex or crown. This condition is known as Norwood Type 3 Vertex hair loss.
- Stage 4: The band between the scalp forms, separating the two places. The recession proceeds at hair temples and vertices. The recessed spots become utterly bare and barren.
- Stage 5: The band between the hair becomes more visible and expands. The hairline around the band becomes sparse and rough. At this stage, one can know that this hair loss is not normal and needs proper medication.
- Stage 6: The hair loss becomes more noticeable than ever. The band now forms a border of sparse hair around it.
- Stage 7: It is the most severe stage of hair loss. Hair on the scalps, temples, and vertex is barely visible. The hairline forms a horseshoe pattern at this stage.
Hair Loss Treatment at Norwood Stage 6-7
Now, we are familiar with all the stages of the Hamilton-Norwood scale. Thus, now it is the question to ponder whether the hair loss treatment is possible for Norwood stage 6-7 patients.
Stage 6-7 means the transitioning between 6 and 7 stages. It refers to late stage 6 and early stage 7.
Norwood stage 6 and 7 refers to the highest stage of hair loss. Usually, a hair transplant is very difficult at this stage since a hair transplant may require 5000 plus grafts to give optimal coverage, but at stages 6-7, hairs are barely enough to cover the large area of hair loss.
However, a hair transplant is not utterly impossible in this stage. It depends upon the quality of the hair and the Practitioner. Yet getting a successful hair transplant at this stage is rather difficult. If a patient is suitable then combination of hair from scalp and body can be used to get enough hair grafts to cover the large area of hair loss.
But it is not a matter to be disappointed about. There are other methods that you can opt for getting successful hair loss treatments with Norwood stage 6-7.
Hair Additions and Replacements
A small number of people with hair loss are not candidates for surgical or medical hair restoration. For these persons, hair additions and total hair replacement may be considered: • A person with temporary total hair loss due to radiation or chemotherapy may be a candidate for temporary total hair replacement (a wig). • A person who is congenitally unable to grow hair may be a candidate for permanent total hair replacement (a wig, or several wigs for different occasions) • Hair additions may be a temporary measure for the person who wants hair loss corrected but is not yet ready to undergo hair transplantation. • Hair additions or replacements may be considered by the person who has too little donor dominant hair for use in hair transplantation. The physician hair restoration specialist can recommend hair additions and replacements for those persons who are not candidates for surgical or medical hair restoration. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, © 2004
FUE treatment for Hair Loss
Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) is a hair transplant procedure in which hair follicles from one part of the body are transferred to the area.
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