Psychological Impact Of Hair Loss On Men and Women
There are plenty of visual signs of hair loss: a receding hairline, hair left in a brush, in the drain, on your pillow, a growing bald spot on the crown of your head. But not all of the impact of hair loss can be seen in the mirror. Losing your hair can have devastating emotional and psychological side effects.
While a full head of hair may no longer be necessary for our physical health and survival as it was for our ancient ancestors, it retains a symbolic power in our society and in cultures around the world. Hair conveys strength and well-being, while the lack of it is often perceived, unfairly, as a sign of early aging and less desirable qualities.
People experiencing hair loss often internalize these inaccurate and unjust perceptions, with a corresponding reduction in self-esteem and heightened anxiety over their “declining” appearance. In more extreme cases, people who are losing their hair can develop body dysmorphic disorder, suffer from ongoing depression, and endure a diminished quality of life. Some folks may be so embarrassed by their hair loss that they isolate themselves and avoid social situations, further accelerating an unnecessary spiral of loneliness and shame.
Hair Loss Is Especially Hard On Women
The psychological costs of hair loss take a toll on men and women alike. Unquestionably, however, hair loss can be even more devastating for females. While a bald man or one with a receding hairline may not raise an eyebrow, the same can’t be said for women even though they account for about 40 percent of all hair loss cases. Society’s expectations about female appearance and attractiveness have made hair loss a particularly traumatic condition for women, leading to a host of emotional issues.
These issues manifest themselves in relationships, careers, and physical health. Hair loss can take its toll through:
- Increased stress, grief, or unease during routine activities
- Avoidance of new romantic relationships or withdrawal in existing ones
- Overwhelming feelings of humiliation and embarrassment or humiliation
- Jealousy or envy about those who don’t experience hair loss
- Career-related obstacles, particularly for individuals in broadcasting or other appearance-focused positions
- Shutting off from friends or family and missing out on important life events for fear of highlighting hair loss symptoms
Given the foregoing, vanity is not the reason that so many people seek help with their hair loss issues. Rather, individuals with hair loss who pursue hair restoration treatments are making a bold and courageous step to improve their quality of life and care for their own emotional and mental health.
Improving The Lives Of Men And Women Who Experience Hair Loss
At the Miami Hair Institute, we consider it a privilege to help our patients in their hair restoration journey. Led by world-renowned hair transplant surgeons who have changed the lives of thousands of men and women, we evaluate each hair loss patient with a comprehensive and proven methodology to determine the cause of hair loss and choose the most effective treatment option.
To schedule your personalized hair loss evaluation, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.