Dr. Maneesh Sonthalia (Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon) (MBBS) (M.S) (M.Ch)

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Does the Loss of Hair Takes a Toll on your Psychology?

Are you noticing Hair Loss-

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Hair is considered as a symbol of beauty in almost every society of the world. Luxurious hair is always associated with beauty and youth and a symptom of good health. For many their beauty lies only on the growth of their hair. Loss of hair can have quite devastating effects on human nature. Some of the psychological effects on patients would be:

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  • Detrimental impact on their sex life
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  • Affected career choices
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  • Inability to stay competitive in the work place
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  • Increased anxiety levels among younger people
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  • A higher rate of depression.
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While there have many reports published on the effects of hair loss, there was no remedy on the corrective effect of hair restoration until last few years. Hence, a study was conducted for the changes in patient’s behaviour as well as their satisfaction on overall after their hair transplant.

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Female psychology on hair loss

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The negative psychological impact of hair loss on women is a bit tragic as because she tends to lose all the confidence on her beauty that she prevailed. Every woman adorns to have an attractive look and having a voluminous hair is a want on top of that. So, regular thinning of hair makes a woman weakens her emotionally. But that is the time to hold up oneself and deal with it positively. As Friedman advises, “Tell yourself you’re not the hair. You’re more than that”. This very sentence boosts the beauty of a feminine.

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Hair is connected with power and strength since the times of Greek and Roman literature. In the biblical myth, Samson, a Herculean figure, says to Delilah, that if he loses his hair then he will lose his strength. Since then it has been the root cause of a women’s pride and beauty.

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Male psychology on hair loss

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As per Hong Kong SAR Department of Health hair loss is described as Men’s Most Painful. The Public Opinion Programme (POP) carried out 3 studies in Hong Kong about the psychological and social impacts of Men Hair Loss. One of which was the study of psychological effects of hair of hair loss in men. The study dated in June 1999 where 4420 men were recruited with hair loss, aged between 25 to 54.

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77.4% of them believed they looked older than their actual age because of loss of hair.

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48.6% thought of themselves to be less attractive to the opposite sex.

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25.2% of them were emotionally disturbed by their loss. 25.0% lost the self confidence that they had on themselves.

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13.1% believed that hair loss had affect their employment opportunity.

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Positive ways of dealing with the emotional side of hair loss include:

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  • Reminding yourself that hair loss itself is not life-threatening- it might seem you have no life left in you because of the immense loss of hair but it is not so. Tremendous loss of hair can be unfortunate but you can deal with it.
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  • Putting that bald spot in perspective- the family members have seen you in the worst of conditions so loss of hair does not snatch away their showering of love on you. As far your friends and partner is concerned, they will love you for the person you are and not on the quantity of hair you have.
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  • Working with beauty professionals to find a hairstyle that suits you.- there are several ways to hide the baldness like by covering it with a wig or a scarf or a hat. You might try different hairstyle to pump the hair and not look flat. It is advisable to keep your hair short so that it looks less bald.
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  • Considering talk therapy- if still it is creating a mental pressure then get an appointment with a therapy to talk it out and find solution. “Psychologists and psychiatrists make a living trying to get people to talk through and understand their problems and then devise ways to cope,” Brodell says.
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  • Realizing that your hair may grow back- “If your hair loss is related to chemotherapy, it will most likely grow back,” Friedman says. People suffering from cancer or who has survived cancer need not to worry then.
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  • Looking to the future- Pharmaceutical’s company is dealing with medicines to cure the basic reasons of hair loss.
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Loosing of hair might seem devastating but it is nothing you can’t deal with. So it is all the more dependent on the positive attitude of yours.

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A Case Study of the Psychological Effects of Hair Loss

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A group of people who have done hair transplantation in the past have suffered few changes. They were asked about those through a questionnaire.  The questionnaires featured queries about these eight criteria:

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  • Level of happiness
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  • Energy level
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  • Youthful feeling
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  • Feelings of anxiety
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  • Self-Confidence
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  • Feelings about the future
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  • Impact of the procedure on their career
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  • Impact of the procedure on their sex life.
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The patients chosen had done their transplantation 1-3 years prior to the study. The participation was voluntary and responses were anonymous.

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The outcome of the Study

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It was discovered that patients had an immense change in their livelihood. Their improvements were regardless of the age or their stage of baldness. It is also marked that 18% of the group has showed great improvements in their work field and career, in energy level and sex life and as well as in their youthfulness. Their improvement was also seen in the outer counterpart of their being in greater anxiety levels, self confidence and outlook on their future. This result confirmed the importance of hair transplantation to people’s self esteem.

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Hair Transplantation as a blessing

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After the negative impact of hair loss results they have found hair transplant to be their only blessing to make them not only survive but also live happily in the world. Hair restoration has been commended as one of the best procedures to save people from the psychological trauma. It is all the more praised because of its natural outcome. The patient’s own hair is been transplanted from one region to the balder region so that it does not give the doll-like look. Instead it makes the patient feel better as they get flaunt their own natural hair. The natural look of the restoration from today’s advanced technical procedures has in some cases reversed many problems that were related to the emotional quotient of the patient. Hence, it is observed that the more the patient suffers from negativity due to the loss of hair, the greater is the positive effect of the transplantation on their psychology.

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Final view on the Psychology of Hair Restoration

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People experiencing hair loss but not feeling the negative impact of it on their persona is less likely to have the hair transplantation procedure. However, most people suffer from the psychological trauma when they lose their hair on an alarming rate. Hair transplantation is the most effective method of restoring the aspects. The reason can be anything starting from looking forward to change their appearance into a more youthful one, or trying to improve their position in the job market or simply just boosting up one’s self-worth; hair restoration is a remedy to that helps both the personal and professional lives.

About Dr. Maneesh

Dr. Maneesh Sonthalia, one of the renowned cosmetic surgeons in Kolkata has performed several hair transplant with successful results that has left the patients with natural looking hair without any scars. He holds his graduation degree from Kolkata Medical College and is a Master of General Surgery from PG Hospital. Later on he achieved his M.Ch in Plastic Surgery also from PG Hospital.

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