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What is the Norwood Scale for hair loss?

The Norwood Scale for hair loss is a tool that can be used to measure male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia in men. The Norwood Scale for hair loss was previously known as the Hamilton-Norwood Scale, however in 2018 it is more commonly known as the Norwood Scale.

Who invented the Norwood Scale for hair loss?

The primary creator of the Norwood Scale is Dr. James Hamilton around the 1950s and was revised by Dr. O’Tar Norwood by the 1970s who updated the tool as a way of measuring Male Pattern Baldness.

How is the Norwood Scale for hair loss used?

The Norwood Scale for hair loss is best used when you want to measure the extent of your hair loss. This is used for male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia in men. When you feel that you are losing hair, this tool can guide you in making your judgment whether you are indeed losing some hair or is having alopecia.
You can use the Norwood Scale by understanding the various stages of hair loss in the diagram or guide. It is categorized from Stage 1-7. You need a mirror to see how your hair compares to the scale. First you need to understand that you can look at the scale in two ways. The anterior (front) male pattern baldness means that hairline is starting to move backwards from the front of your scalp or your hairline. The other view is the vertex male pattern baldness which starts from the top of your head. Both patterns end up with stage 6 and 7 of the Norwood Scale. Stage 1 means you have no hair loss thus, the scale starts with stage 2. Stage 1 or Class 1 represents a juvenile hairline which is not actually balding.

Why is the Norwood Scale for hair loss useful?

The Norwood Scale is useful because it can be an instrument to check how severe your hair loss is. This is an important tool that will guide the health provider’s judgment on what therapy to use and also to make sense of whether your hair loss can be associated with other medical problems. The Norwood Scale is useful it will serve as a guide to determine the stage of your hair loss and to what extent some treatments can be effective for you.

It is important that you are careful not to misdiagnose yourself for having hair loss. You might think of getting treatment but it is important to understand first how your hair loss is progressing. Please feel free to contact Dr. Özlem Biçer and her medical team to help you describe your hair loss.

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