For men and women, there are different stages of genetic hair loss that are experienced by the sufferer, both the Norwood Scale men and the Ludwig Scale for women. At our Beverly Hills clinic, a Los Angeles Hair Restoration center, patients experiencing hair loss can sometimes be as young as in their early 20's. When determining if hair restoration is a feasible treatment for hair loss, it's important first to determine where the patient falls on these scales as part of finding out if they are the right candidate for the procedure.
When experiencing hair loss, you want to be able to understand how far your hair loss has progressed. Typically, someone who is experiencing the beginning stages of hair loss may not be the best candidate for hair restoration at that time for several reasons. Firstly, if it is in fact genetic hair loss, the chance of losing more hair over time is very likely. So doing a hair restoration procedure at such a young age is usually performed as often since those transplanted hairs may not grow in the thinning or balding areas. This is because DHT is most likely still present in the body and will continue to attack and shrink the hair follicles and cause more hair loss over time. For those in the beginning stages, most doctors and clinics will recommend starting some sort of hair loss prevention treatment before considering something like surgery. A natural hair loss product like Revivogen, or medical therapy for men such as Propecia - if a treatment like this is started early enough and in the beginning stages of the condition, it can offset future hair loss for the patient. For women, the hair loss stages are different compared to the Norwood Scale for men.
For women, the Ludwig Scale is a good one to see how your hair loss has progressed to determine if a hair transplant in Los Angeles is a good option. For female hair loss, a typical pattern is loss of hair all over the scalp, and sometimes even the front hairline is not affected as it usually is for male pattern baldness. Pictured below is the Ludwig Scale for female hair loss. Notice how the stages range from little hair loss to very severe hair loss.