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Ok, i was wondering if you can explain (in a nutshell) how the balding progression works. Specifically of interest to me is how I, currently diagnosed as a 3V pattern can seem to be moving towards a 4 pattern, while. I know it sounds kind of silly, but i don’t understand how i can go from thinning in the crown to stabilization and now thinning on top. What do i have to look forward to? 5 pattern? 6? Please help me understand
I really cannot answer your specific problem, because I have not examined you or diagnosed you. In general, if you have the genes for balding, you will bald in a certain pattern as depicted in the Norwood chart (as follows):
You may look like a class 3V, but depending on your age, miniaturization pattern of the hairs on your scalp, and even family history, you may eventually progress to a class 4 or a 5, etc. Some men will stop with a 3V pattern while others progress to a 4 or 5 pattern. There is really no way to generalize and doctors are not fortune tellers to give you a prediction of what you will look like in many years to come. Drugs like Propecia (finasteride 1mg) can and usually will slow down this progression. Nevertheless, with a good examination and follow up you can generally get an idea of what your hair loss pattern resembles and by mapping out your hair for miniaturization you can follow the progression before it become apparent with the naked eye.