PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF HAIR LOSS: PART 1

Hair loss has many possible causes. One of these includes genetics. Other are an underactive thyroid and certain medications. As a result of hair loss (alopecia), many men and women suffer from a loss of self-esteem and can even cause depression, anxiety, and other emotional issues. Hair loss psychology is an important aspect to consider in today’s busy lifestyle.

Why is hair loss so devastating to men and women?

It’s mostly cultural, some physicians say. In hair loss psychology studies it was found to cut across many typical social areas. Almost every society in the world associates luxurious hair with youth, beauty, and good health.

For many people their hair is what makes them feel beautiful. When you lose your hair, for whatever reason, it can be devastating. As a result, Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) has often been called the cancer of the spirit. At the Hair Dr we believe it is important to consider hair loss psychology when treating the problem.

Some men can make the transition from a full head of hair to balding look easy. There is undoubtedly a sense of dread that comes with the first signs of their hairline receding. The receding hairline is the most common symptom of androgenic alopecia. More commonly known as male pattern baldness. Resulting in the person often looking older than their years. These seemingly small changes can cause a dramatic loss in confidence. Hair loss psychology reflects this in younger men. This issue is amplified when the hair loss occurs at an early age. As it´s common for most men to still have a full head of hair when younger.

For help and advice you may contact the Hair Dr on 01134688530 for a free consultation. Discuss your concerns with our resident surgeon to discuss any aspect of hair loss.

Loss of hair, confidence and youth

The issue of confidence comes to a head especially for those who have to speak publicly at conferences. In these types of situations appearance is just as important as the substance. Thinning hair can be seen as a weakness or induce some lack of confidence. That lack of confidence can equal lost opportunity, innovation, and collaboration.

Hair loss, more than most other physical change, dramatically signals the end of youth, vitality and some say, desirability. Consciously as well as subconsciously we make associations that equate hair loss with the end of youth.Suffering from hair loss can also cause issues in the workplace. With men or women with thinning hair often perceived as being older. This obviously false assumption can give the impression of the individual having less cutting-edge skills.

While some men are able to easily accept the loss of their hair. Many others fall into the category of not dealing well with hair loss. Causing depression, insecurity, and poor self-image due to their changed appearance. Men, more so than women, feel that hair loss signals a loss of control in their lives. They often have increased anxiety and despair. As a result of the inability to stop their changing appearance. This is especially damaging in cultures where male stoicism is a badge of honour.

Some research has shown that hair loss can lead to a general feeling of being unattractive. Even, in some extreme cases, it can lead to a body dysmorphic disorder. As a result, a person has overwhelming anxiety about their looks.

Celebrity Hair

Let’s face it, with the exception of a few bad to the bone bald guys like Vin Diesel, The Rock, and Bruce Willis; most celebrity sex symbols have full heads of luxurious hair. The likes of Brad Pitt, Idris Elba, George Clooney, and Denzel Washington all have full heads of hair. We can pretend to not be influenced by society’s beauty standards. But, it’s clear that these figures drive how our culture perceives handsomeness. Along with sexuality, success, and overall physical health. For example male body standards have changed over the years, and this is reflected in the types of movie stars and celebrities we see. Hair is no different.

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Hair loss can have an effect on relationships also. As men often feel that the loss of their hair signals the end of their youth, and attractiveness to others. Hair loss can also lead to instances of social avoidance. Where the person avoids attending social gatherings and other events to avoid being seen with a balding appearance by others.

What to do about hair loss?

The biggest issue surrounding male pattern baldness isn’t balding itself but rather how it begins to erode the confidence at the core of manhood. Without confidence, most men devolve into anxious, depressed, self-loathing, perpetually angry shells of their former selves. So the first step is to tackle the issue of male pattern baldness head on, and eliminate the negative feelings that will eventually bubble to the surface. That’s why at the Hair Dr clinic we use every consultation as an opportunity to counsel and educate each individual with out making any rushed decisions in to best choice of treatment.

There are many solutions to this. The first is to take a proactive role in treating and loving your hair. This will prevent long-term hair damage that may lead to balding down the road. Supplements, medication such as DHT blockers, platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP), laser therapy, scalp micropigmentation and hair transplants are all ways of reversing or concealing the effects of hair loss. All the above solutions are available at The Hair Dr clinic; we pride ourselves on offering all surgical and non-surgical options.

Hair transplants have become increasingly popular as this surgical procedure restores the areas of hair loss thus increasing ones confidence by reversing the physical and psychological effects of balding. If you’re already seeing signs of balding or receding hairline then you’re essentially playing catch-up, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Typically about 10-20% of hair loss will occur before anyone will notice a difference. The good thing is that hair loss is easily reversible with the treatments and procedures available today; helping you to restore confidence in your physical appearance and be the best man you can be when it counts the most. Please contact the Hair Dr to discuss in your individual requirements.

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