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Identifying the Different Stages of Male Baldness

By March 4, 2019May 11th, 2023Hair Loss

Balding is a natural and extremely common part of the aging process. Statistics from the American Hair Loss Association show that roughly two-thirds of men will experience some hair loss by the time they turn 35, while a full 85 percent will see significant thinning by their 50th birthday. Balding does not happen all at once but occurs in a number of stages. Our patients who notice hair loss early on and take proactive measures to combat it have a better chance of stopping its progression.

Stage 1 and 2

In these early stages, hair loss is barely visible and often goes unnoticed. It starts with some thinning around the temples that moves to the hairline above the upper brow, producing the “M” shaped hairline common in men.

Stage 3

This is the stage when many men begin to take notice of and become concerned about, their hair loss. This is the stage where the hair on the crown starts to noticeably thin, and a small bald spot starts to develop.

Stage 4 and 5

At these stages, the receding hairline and bald spot become more noticeable and pronounced. The hair loss at the crown and the hair loss around the temple and brow start to merge into each other. This generally marks the beginning of severe hair loss.

Stage 6

In the sixth stage, the hair remaining between the crown and the brow line has disappeared, and only a few strands of hair remain on top of the head. At this point, there is very little that can be done to stall or prevent hair loss.

Stage 7

The final stage of male baldness is where the top of the hair and hairline are completely bald and only a “horseshoe” or “cul-de-sac” of hair remains on the back and side of the scalp where hair is generally naturally thicker.

If you have started to notice hair loss, especially in the early stages, it’s time to take action. The worst effects of late-stage hair loss can often be avoided through hair loss treatment like platelet-rich plasma therapy. Our talented team of dermatologists and experienced aestheticians will work with you to craft a treatment strategy that produces results. Schedule your appointment today.