It can take years for a man suffering from male pattern baldness, the most common type of male hair loss, to show noticeable symptoms. Because hair loss is a gradual rather than sporadic process, you stand a better chance of identifying the problem, and acting upon it while you still have a chance. If male pattern baldness is prevalent in any male members of your family, it's likely to that the condition may be passed on through to you too. You can use the chart below to pinpoint exactly at which stage of male pattern baldness you are, and what action you can take to improve your condition.
In stage one there is minimal, if any, receding hair on the front of the scalp and front sides. Although there is no clear indication of male pattern baldness here, treatment can be used particularly if you have a history of baldness on the male side of your family. Alternatively, you can make an appointment with a consultant if you are worried and want to get more information about your situation.
At the second stage of male pattern baldness the front hairline, temples and sides begin to thin and as a result, reveal a minor receding hairline. Additionally, hair on the front of the head thins at the lower temples. It's important to remember that these initial balding symptoms are a long way from complete baldness. But if you are worried about your condition, hair loss treatment is a viable option.
In stage three the hairline above the temples moves approximately one inch behind the ear line. At the front of the head hairs will continue to thin as a result of the hair cycle slowing down. The rate at which these symptoms strike may vary from one person to another.
Now over halfway through the male pattern baldness process, a sufferer can expect to see part of the scalp beneath hair, on the front and top of the head. Although the sides and back of the head may still remain unaffected, hair will further thin and shed in weakened areas. Treatment options should be explored if you wish to reinvigorate areas of the scalp affected by hair loss.
At stage five, a bald patch at the top of the back of the head will expand, as will areas affected by hair loss at the front and top sides. It is likely that that hair will recede connecting the bald patch of scalp at the back of the head to the now much broader forehead. Hair loss treatment can still be used at this stage.
Stage six is the penultimate phase of male pattern baldness, with hair at the top of the scalp disappearing completely. The loss of hair may also show at the sides as well as the back. Because the majority of damage to hair has already been done at this point, conventional hair loss treatment may prove to be ineffective making surgery a more conceivable solution.
Men who are in this last stage of male pattern baldness often have no hair on the top of their head left at all. Hair at the back and sides of the head is prone to thinning, and sometimes eventual loosening and shedding too.
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Male pattern baldness can occur in men as young as 19 or 20.