The most prominent source of hair loss observed after adolescence in both sexes is patterned hair loss. Genetics, or possessing a family history of baldness, is the main source of male pattern baldness. It also can be affected by other genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors too. Many studies have shown that baldness in male trends is correlated with male sex hormones called androgens. Androgens have multiple roles, including influencing the development of hair. Typically, there is a development period for each hair on the head. This growth period continues to weaken with male pattern baldness by time and aging, and the hair follicle shrinks, creating shorter and finer hair strands. The growing period for each hair inevitably stops and no new hair develops in its spot. Unfortunately, the initial symptoms of hair loss fail to be noticed by many men afflicted by male pattern baldness. As a consequence of this, many men lose much more hair than they require before receiving care.
For ranking purposes, several classification schemes have been proposed by many researchers around the world. These schemes range from simplistic hairline recession systems to more complex multifactorial systems focused on the morphological and dynamic parameters influencing both the scalp and the hair. To date, the Norwood classification scheme for males is most widely used by doctors and clinicians to identify patterns of hair loss (or alopecia). The Norwood scale has seven diagnostic categories (stages). Each category represents hair loss severity and its pattern.
Many researchers consider the 6th stage of Norwood scale as an advanced stage of going bald and male pattern hair loss. On this stage the remaining hair on the back and sides of the head makes a horseshoe pattern. The bridge of hair that once crossed the crown area is now gone with only sparse hair left. The frontal areas and the vertex area have been combined into one area and the lack of hair on the sides has grown further. The vertex and hairline are mostly joined at this point, with only fine sprigs of hair remaining in small patches on top of the head. Men can also benefit from hair transplant at this point. However, expectations ought to remain practical and realistic.
It will definitely mean you are on the way for a higher stage and going bald. At this stage of hair loss, the person is considered at a very advanced point of going bald. Nevertheless, with the advanced medical technologies and hair transplant advanced techniques, male balding can be reduced and treated. But it must be understood that seeking for a treatment at earlier stages is always better than later.
At this point it is hard to say if balding will stop at this stage or develop into a higher form of hair loss or even baldness. Men at this advanced point of hair loss must consult with doctors and ask for both medical and surgical treatments to recover as much as possible and stop the balding.
At this stage, the hair loss might stop for a while or not. It might last for a few months or a few years according to the nature of the hair type and the environmental, physical and physiological factors. But it will certainly continue to lose hair and go to a higher form of hair loss stage if no medical action was made to stop hair loss.
As Norwood 6 is considered a very advanced stage it certainly needs more grafts to be transplanted to cover the bald areas when it compares with the early stages. The numbers of the grafts depend on many factors such as thickness of the hair, size of the hair loss area, total Donor Capacity, the technique that is used during the extraction, opening incisions and placing the grafts. In general, the number can variate between 5000-5500 grafts for an acceptable coverage. It is important to understand that the exact number of grafts needed to transplant can be determined only by seeing and consulting with a specialist doctor.
Hair transplant surgeries can be performed on all types and stages of hair loss. Nevertheless, the earlier and faster you seek for treatment the better you have higher success chances. To date, science society considers hair transplant as the most effective method to treat balding and stop hair loss in all its forms. And there are many examples of successful hair transplant surgeries at this advanced point of hair loss. As it is also considered that FUE hair transplant technique is the most effective technique to treat hair loss and recover hair in bald areas. Its importance comes from many advantageous points such as follicular units are removed one by one with Manual FUE Technique. Also, it is minimally invasive and scars that remain when healed invisible to the eye and the healing period is not long.
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