July 12 2012, 2:45 pm PT | Posted in: Hair Loss Causes
Is staying at a norwood 3 rare?
Dear Dr Rassman,
My father (70) and brother (48) are both pretty advanced norwood 3’s, yet they have no hair loss on top or at the crown at all. I am 28 and it looks like I am starting to head the same way. Is it rare for men to reach norwood 3 and have no further hair loss on other parts of the scalp? I ask as I rarely see other men with this same hair loss pattern in everyday life. Just about always there is some crown thinning too it seems. If you are a norwood 3 does that make you a good transplant candidate as the hair loss is limited to a smaller area?
I think the answer to your question is all around you — they’re shopping at the mall, walking out on the street, sitting at a restaurant… or as you note, take a look at your family! Many men are Norwood class 3 and that is their final hair loss pattern. These men make great hair transplant candidates. Of note, only about 7 to 8% of men in the world are Norwood 6 or 7.
It’s very important to note that the Norwood classification chart is not meant to be used as way to chart the progression of hair loss. It is meant to be a description of all types of hair loss patterned men. I would think more men are Norwood 3 than Norwood 7 by a long shot.
So no, I wouldn’t say a Norwood class 3 is rare at all. It’s possible you don’t see men with similar patterns because they’re treating this loss.