How baldness affects men emotionally and mentally

Dr Viral Desai, a celebrity cosmetic surgeon, DHI India, and CPLSS, shares how baldness affects men emotionally as well as mentally

Scientists come close to finding a cure for baldness

A statement by Hillary Clinton, “Hair is important for everyone, whether rich or poor…”

Not everyone, given a choice, would want to lose hair. The emotional aspects of living with hair loss can be challenging.

Certainly, hair loss affects people’s look. A receding hairline results in the person looking older than they really are. It dramatically affects the way they see themselves with potential result of a loss in self-confidence and ending up in depression.

The end of youth: Concerns about getting older

For many, the advent of hair loss, (more than any other physical aspect), dramatically signals the end of youth, vitality, and desirability.

Loss of hair = Loss of youth = Inevitable aging

Inability to style the hair

Many people start getting frustrated at times and take the necessary trouble to camouflage the thinning hair, and the inability to style their hair as they could not do that.

Low self-esteem

Physical beauty is one of the cornerstones of self-esteem and it is one of the most vulnerable. The self-esteem levels and other measures of self-worth drop significantly when hair loss occurs.

Loss of personal attractiveness and fear of not looking attractive

Hair is an important determinant of physical attractiveness and a means of expressing individuality. Hair loss affects the individual’s feelings of attractiveness. Hair loss may affect people professionally especially, those in media, public life, actors, politicians, and others.

Negative effects on social life

Hair plays an important role in our social lives. Upon meeting someone, one of the things you notice is their hair. Before any social engagement, it is important for us to look good, and good hair is what completes our appearance.

Those affected by hair loss become aware of how important hair is in our social lives quickly. Hair loss may cause the person to limit social activities. Some people avoid seeing friends and stop going out except to work.

Embarrassment, loss of confidence, shyness

Although the full-grown hair cannot guarantee instant confidence, studies have shown that in men who suffer from hair loss, nearly 75% of them, feel less confident since the onset of the hair loss, especially, in dealing with the opposite sex.

Social teasing and humiliation

When hair loss reaches a stage of visible condition, it can make the person the object of teasing or scorn.

Feeling depressed and introvert

In extreme circumstances, some people take hair loss badly, and get highly distressed about it, up to the point of getting into depression.

The reason what treatment can they do how this will help emotionally and mentally

Hair loss treatment includes:  Oral medicines and applications, laser therapy, mesotherapy, stem cells therapy, PRP and hair transplant.

Hair loss treatment is not a one size fits all approach. Doctor customises a treatment plan based on specific aspects of your hair loss, including the age of onset, the rate of progression, the degree of hair loss, response to previous therapies as well as information derived from physical examination.

When the treatment is started on time or at an early stage, it enables the person to control hair loss and equally. After the results are visible, it restores the person’s self-esteem and confidence.