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The Psychological Impact of Hair Loss

psychological impact of hair lossIf you’re one of the 55 million people in the United States who suffer from hair loss, you understand first-hand that thinning, shedding and balding have devastating emotional side effects. Hair is both natural and symbolic – it’s interwoven in the figurative fabric of nearly every culture across the globe. And while it’s not as central to human survival as it was prior to clothing and indoor heating, hair is a biological feature that has since adapted into a believed notion of superior health and well-being.

Given its societal importance, the psychological impact of hair loss is often emotionally scarring. Most frequently, men and women with hair loss suffer severe declines in self-confidence and heightened anxiety over their changing appearance. In more severe cases, people with hair loss can develop body dysmorphic disorder, ongoing depression and endure a diminished quality of life. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the psychological impact of hair loss can be traumatic, leading patients to go as far as isolating themselves from embarrassment or shame. This can be even worse for women, who account for approximately 40 percent of hair loss cases, feeling increased communal pressure to conform to a specific and standard ideal of attractiveness.

Such emotional ordeals have negative consequences on healthy interpersonal and social interactions, but also career development and drive. Consider the following examples of how hair loss takes a toll on everyday life:

  • Increased stress, grief or unease during basic routine activities
  • Decreased desire to engage in new or existing romantic relationships
  • Overwhelming feelings of embarrassment or humiliation that interfere with personal goals or tasks
  • Jealous or envious thoughts about those who don’t suffer from hair loss; feeling the need to constantly compare to others
  • Work-related obstacles, particularly for individuals in broadcasting or other publicized positions
  • Shutting off from friends or family and missing out on important life events for fear of highlighting hair loss symptoms

Although millions of people suffer from hair loss, the emotional consequences are no less scarring. Hair loss treatment should not be regarded as a course of action driven by vanity, but rather a courageous step toward reclaimed emotional health.

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we identify hair loss causes and provide treatment plans that best suit your specific condition and preferred lifestyle. Through comprehensive approaches, state-of-the-art techniques and a general sense of empathy and understanding, our team is ready to guide you through your hair restoration journey. To get started, call our hair loss specialists at 305-925-0222.

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4 Sophisticated Haircuts for Balding Men to Consider

Hair Replacement Surgery Listed as Top Treatment for Hair LossHaircuts are a routine aspect of personal grooming that individuals of all ages undergo. But when you’re balding, trims are more than troublesome. After working so hard to find a style that makes you feel comfortable despite a receding hairline or thinning crown, stepping into the salon or barbershop provokes immense apprehension and worry. What if an unfamiliar stylist fails to listen to your specific needs properly, or worse, exacerbates the appearance of balding? Luckily, with some foresight and communication, you can avoid a regrettable haircut and move forward with newfound confidence.

There’s no reason to fear a qualified barber – and it might be time to part with your trusty comb-over. Ask for these six sophisticated yet practical haircuts for balding and thinning scalps:

Buzz Cut

Perhaps the quickest and most straightforward haircut is the simple buzz cut. Longer hair tends to display thinning more prominently while an ultra-short cut disguises prominent balding. Because buzzcuts are universal, rest assured that there’s a slim chance of your final cut ending up drastically different than you imagined due to miscommunication or an overzealous stylist. If you trust yourself and have a steady hand, purchase some clippers and trim at home to save a few dollars each month.

Pushed Back

If you suffer from thinning around the hair line, try a pushed back look. Many men assume slicking hair back intensifies a withdrawn hairline, but this look makes the gap between your brow and hairline appear intentional. Keep hairs medium length around the front to brush them back with styling cream while trimming the temples to create a volumized shape. Don’t forget to purchase a high-quality pomade or hairspray to maintain that desired shape all day (or night) long.

The Caesar Cut

Made famous by George Clooney, the Caesar cut helps conceal recession by pulling short hairs forward to mimic the appearance of a youthful hair line. Make this hairdo slightly softer by angling the front instead of cutting straight across in a horizontal line. Use a styling cream to keep hairs in place throughout the day, but avoid hard gels which can lead to clumping or spiking.

Shaven

Embracing your balding while you wait for a hair restoration treatment to take effect can eliminate some of the embarrassment behind androgenic alopecia. Numerous men – even those without hair loss – choose to shave their head hair for a cleaner and sometimes more masculine look. To offset a clean-shaven scalp, and to avoid channeling Mr. Clean, let your facial hair grow out slightly for a scruffy style. Or, go with a tailored beard to channel the hipster within.

Male-Pattern Baldness Treatment in Miami

Fortunately, disguising hair loss and balding with practical cuts and styles does not have to become a lifelong endeavor. Miami’s top hair restoration surgeons, Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose, pride themselves on delivering natural-looking hair transplant results with minimal scarring involved. The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is the top clinic for ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplants, a highly advanced hair restoration system that eliminates linear scarring with minimally invasive techniques, in both Florida and the entire Southeast region. No matter the procedure or treatment path, we prioritize patient comfort, open communication and idyllic results to help men regain lost confidence and restore emotional wellbeing. 

Coping with hair loss does not have to be a lifetime journey. To free yourself from the confines of male-pattern baldness, reach out to us at 305-925-0222 or schedule an appointment online.

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Coping with Female Hair Loss During the Holidays

Short-term hair loss solutionsThe holidays are the most joyous time of year – right? Unfortunately for those suffering from female hair loss, December’s festivities are flooded with feelings of discomfort and anxiety. When you’re a woman suffering from female hair loss, your initial reaction is to hide. And during one of the most social seasons of the year, coping with female hair loss is anything but easy.

Roughly 20 million women in the United States suffer some sort of hair loss condition, whether it be androgenic alopecia, telogen effluvium, anagen effluvium due to chemotherapy, traction alopecia or alopecia areata. While the statistics are staggering, knowing you aren’t alone in this journey can help ease your woes. In addition to finding outside support via other hair loss patients or a highly-experienced hair loss specialist, consider the following four tips to cope with female hair loss this holiday season:

Don’t Go into Hiding

Female hair loss is not your fault; nor should you be forced to suffer any more than necessary. Isolating yourself to hide the symptoms of hair loss is only going to make you feel worse in the long run. Memories created around the holidays are not something you want to miss out on, if possible. While it’s not easy to hide your self-consciousness in a social situation, letting go and having fun are the best distractions during an emotionally dim period. Spending time around others who love you for you helps boost lost self-confidence. Plus, cancelling left and right is bound to bring on inevitable guilt. Imagine coming up with several bogus excuses each time you feel forced to decline a holiday invitation. The stress of getting caught in a lie or suffering a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out) is far worse than your changed appearance.

Spend Time on Yourself

The stress of getting ready in a rush is far worse for women who have thinning hair or balding to conceal. Adopting a new hair-do is exciting assuming you have the time to practice and style your locks to your liking. Make time for grooming and styling before a big event and remember – practice is key! For women with androgenic alopecia, or diffuse thinning, a deep-swept side part can do wonders to conceal a widening middle part. Visit your hair stylist for a bang trim to capture a chicer look. Framing your face with beachy waves helps hair look fuller, so make sure you have a working curling iron or wand by your side.

For a thicker up-do, consider a high boosted bun with assistance from your wardrobe. First, cut the foot off a high sock (preferably washed or unused) and roll it into a doughnut shape. With your hair in a high pony, place the sock at the end of your strands and slowly roll down so strands completely cover the sock. If you are concerned about thinning around the scalp on display, complete the look with an embellished hair band or festive holiday ribbon.

If you’re hair loss is more obvious to the point of balding or patchy loss, invest in a well-made wig. Wigs are popular among celebrities like Kylie Jenner who don’t suffer from hair loss, so the shopping process is nothing to be ashamed of. Buying a wig online is an option, but the fitting and style is more difficult to determine without trying it on first. If you do decide to shop online for a wig, leave yourself ample time for returns. In addition, hair wraps and hats are both stylish and holiday appropriate. Wear a beautiful, elegant silk scarf in a traditional holiday color or don a cute Santa hat as a nod to the big jolly man himself.  

Consider a Long-Term Solution

Some hair loss cases, including telogen effluvium, are temporary due to a traumatic event or sudden lifestyle change. However, many hair loss cases are genetic or prolonged. While tips and tricks for disguising hair loss work in the short-term, you can’t fake it forever. Considering hair loss restoration may be critical. Visit a qualified hair loss physician or specialist who can diagnose your hair loss condition and rule out any other medical concerns. From there, you’ll receive treatment recommendations based on your lifestyle and objectives. Many female hair loss patients opt for a non-invasive treatment therapy, such as a laser cap for hair loss, natural-looking hair loss surgery or a combination of the two. Whichever treatment(s) you decide to undergo, give yourself the gift of self-confidence for the holidays.

 

Female Hair Loss Treatment in Miami

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, our primary goal is to bring relief and comfort to hair loss patients. We offer consultations to diagnose cases and rule out underlying conditions before prescribing personalized treatment programs, all with compassion and honesty at the forefront of our practice. Miami’s top hair loss physicians, Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose, each offer decades of experience coupled with extensive research, cutting-edge technologies and highly satisfied patients. The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is no. 1 in total Artas® Robotic Hair Transplant procedures in both Miami and the Southeast region, and among the top five nationwide. To get started on your hair restoration journey at our leading Miami hair clinic, contact us directly at 305-925-0222.

 

Happy Holidays!

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