Dear Dr Rassman,
I was reading your blog the other day and was interested to see you comment that a person may have a norwood six balding pattern but still look like they have a full head of hair and also that a person who shows a Norwood 3 balding pattern would almost never advance to a norwood 6.
I am confused because in another post of yours you stated that thinning can begin in different areas at different ages. Can you clarify? I really would like to get an idea of what my final norwood pattern would be if bulk analysis can do that but now I’m not sure it can (?) what do you mean when you say that someone with NW3 thinning will rarely ever progress to a NW6?
If someone had slightly thinning temples and a thinner patch at the crown does this mean they are likely to be a higher NW pattern?
Men in the process of losing their hair in a Norwood class 6 pattern may not be thinning uniformly. They may be losing more of the frontal hair faster, yet have the overall pattern of a class 6 that may or may not become complete. Some men who take finasteride will arrest much of the class 6 pattern thinning, especially in the top and crown of the head, but their frontal balding could actually be advanced.
I like to tell patients where they are going with their balding pattern, and where they are now during the evaluation.