Forget gaining weight or getting wrinkled skin, the idea of hair loss in men is devastating and can have deep psychological effects. In a recent study of American men, over 50,000 respondents say hair loss is one of the most feared aspects of aging. Whether it be complete baldness or a young man experiencing thinning hair or a receding hairline, the mere possibility of being without a full head of hair is debilitating for some.
Even though genetics play a large role in hair loss, there are societal considerations of being youthful and virile, and it comes as no surprise that men would perceive hair loss as a shameful event. In the past, the only options were to wear toupees and wigs but fortunately there are better options these days. In fact, hair transplant surgery has advanced to a point where it can actually be affordable to most and the surgery is fairly easy. The procedure can be done in just a few hours, there is minimal time lost from work and the results can be seen very quickly after the surgery.
There are several psychological benefits of this surgery and they are mainly positive and have an impact of overall mental health in men or women who opt for this surgery.
Since a long time ago, lustrous, full hair is thought to be associated with the capability to reproduce, manliness and confidence. Having a nice full head of hair is perceived to be a powerful statement to women and men that you have power and it can be envious. Especially considering the fact that male pattern baldness affects roughly 1 in 3 men.
Nowadays the psychology is still there. Even in today’s modern times and focus on images, selfies, and more a visually-oriented culture. It has been proven that men with less hair than others have higher rates of depression. When men are confronted with hair loss, their egos and perceptions of social standing are impacted negatively.
But most people assume that the psychology is limited to the loss itself. But there are other considerations such as the social impact of having the surgery itself done.
“Will my hair look fake? Will others notice and perceive me as vain?” These are questions often asked by people considering the procedure.
Fortunately, this type of surgery is really the only procedure that will grow and maintain natural hair, not fake hair and will appear seamless over time.
Everyone has seen “that” guy who looks like he is wearing a dead animal or rug on his head. But patients can forego the cryptic laughs and odd looks that some men receive when it appears as though they have taken some action to repair their baldness or at least conceal it. In nearly all hair transplant cases, the results cannot be detected with the exception of more density in their hair which is what we are aiming for. We don’t want to give the impression that any surgery was done whatsoever and that your own natural body has created the new density and hairline.
When considering the long-term psychological benefits, these can be simply awesome. Men who have this procedure report a noticeable difference before and after the surgery. Confidence is the first significant sign but more interestingly, there is a change in attitude, less anxiety and best of all, a new zest for life.
So whatever one’s motivation might be for addressing their hair loss problem such as finding the right mate or getting ahead in the workplace, the psychological benefits of hair transplant surgery have been proven to have positive affects and increase the overall quality of life of patients who decided to go through with it.
For more information on hair loss and associated treatments options and how it can help you with your cosmetic appearance, please visit Colorado Surgical & Hair Institute. The office of Colorado Surgical & Hair Institute is well equipped and ready to answer all your questions.