Good afternoon Doctor! I just want to thank you for this site.
Im an 18 year old boy, and since i was around 17 my hairline changed into what it now is today. However I’m not sure where to class ito n the norwood scale. The frontal hairline is, like you say in the normal place, exactly half an inch above the furrowed brow, however my concern is asscociated with the corners of the hairline. From the highest wrinkle, if i place a tape measure to the furthest point of the corner of the hairline it measures around 2 inches.
My question is with a corner reccession like this, could i still be placed in the Norwood 2 section? Because if you look at the stage 2 of the Norwood scale, the measurements found on this site for the mature hairline don’t appear to fit with it. The front of the hairline and the corners appear to have a far greater gap than the ‘norm’ of 1 – 1.5 inches…..
And just as a last question, if i start on Propecia at this age, is there a chance i could keep this hairline for the rest of my life? I hope i’ve been clear in what i’m saying. THanks alot and i look forward to your reply.
I’d stop trying to categorize yourself into a particular Norwood class. Perhaps you are a class 2 or class 3, but I really do not know (photos might help). Are you measuring at an angle? Assuming you’re seeing 2 inches when measuring perfectly vertical from the brow to the corner, it sounds like it’s past the Norwood class 2 level. But it seems more like things are changing and evolving as you are maturing. You’re 18 years old, and a maturing hairline is definitely not uncommon at that age. The real issue is finding out if you are actually balding or not.
Before thinking about Propecia or putting yourself into a category, go see a doctor and get your scalp mapped out for miniaturization. If you are indeed thinning, Propecia may be an option to halt further loss.