Classify Hair Loss

More than 80% of men experience some degree of male pattern baldness or alopecia. A system has been developed for classifying the pattern of hair loss called the Norwood Scale. The hair restoration specialists in Rochester at the Quatela Center can establish a treatment plan based on your age and pattern of hair loss. During your consultation, we review your family history and classification to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for follicular unit grafting (micro hair restoration). We see many patients with advanced alopecia hair loss from cities like Buffalo and Syracuse, NY, who are surprised to learn they may benefit from follicular unit grafting hair transplant surgery in combination with other treatments.

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Vito C. Quatela, M.D., FACS

Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

Compassionate and dedicated to personalized patient care, Dr. Quatela is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon recognized worldwide for his expertise in facial rejuvenation. He established the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery in Rochester, New York to provide excellence in aesthetic surgery.

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Heather Lee, M.D.

Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

A board-certified facial plastic surgeon and a board-certified otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon, Dr. Lee is dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children by using her surgical talents. She specializes in procedures of the face and head including facelift, functional and cosmetic nose surgery, blepharoplasty, and injectable treatments.

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Dr. Alex Montague Dr. Alex Montague

Dr. Alex Montague, M.D.

Board-Certified Otolaryngologist—Head And Neck Surgeon

Known for his exemplary skills in both technique and patient care, Dr. Montague is a highly-trained facial plastic surgeon and board-certified otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon. He specializes in cosmetic and functional facial surgery and injectable treatments.

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Norwood Scale Hair Loss Classifications

Most patients have a pattern of hair loss resembling one of the seven groups described by the Norwood Scale. Although helpful, it is by no means comprehensive. An examination of the scalp is a necessary part of the hair restoration process. During this consultation, we determine classification, density and possible number of follicular units available for your hair restoration session.

class2Early recession in both temporal regions may be seen. Hair loss remains minimal along the central anterior hairline. This type may look “normal” on a 42-year-old, but greatly distresses a 22-year-old.


class3The temporal recessions extend more deeply. Some recession is also seen in the front hairline. Patients in Class 3 are typically in their 20s, 30s, or 40s and find dramatic improvement with as few as 1000 grafts.


class4The temporal recession extends very deeply and the frontal hairline is thinning and not nearly as wide. The frontal hairline begins to recede also from the crown of the head moving forward. This shows three zones of alopecia moving towards each other.


class5The three zones of alopecia have almost joined resulting in a deep temporal recession, an enlarging bald crown, and a small “island” or tuft on the front of the crown.


class6This classification is represented by complete or nearly complete zones of alopecia in the front, central and back area of the crown. A horseshoe-shaped zone of hair persists in the back of the head (occipital) and sides (parietal) of the head. The front hairline has receded toward the back of the head.


class7A thin rim of hair encircles the scalp. Many of these patients mistakenly believe that they are not candidates for treatment. In fact, follicular unit grafting (micro hair restoration) is an option.


Learn why men and women seeking hair transplant surgery travel from Buffalo and Syracuse, New York, to the Quatela Center for Hair Restoration to have Dr. Quatela, Dr. Lee, Dr. Montague, and their restoration team perform the procedure. Request a consultation using our online form to meet with one of them personally, or call our office at (585) 244-0323 to schedule an appointment.

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The Quatela Center for Hair Restoration is a leading name in hair restoration across upstate New York. Men and women frequently travel from outside the area—even internationally—to enjoy our refined expertise in creating natural-looking hair transplant results.

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