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How Hair Loss Can Affect Men’s Appearance and Confidence

Hair Loss in Men

Most men lose hair when they age and it is not often something that anyone looks forward to. The truth is that while it may not be talked about often, hair loss can affect men in many ways, not only physically but also mentally and emotionally, as it can decrease self-esteem and confidence leading to fewer social interactions, social events, gatherings, or outings. 4 in 10 Canadians report feeling low self-esteem or confidence when meeting people because of their appearance, and 40% avoid social situations as a result. 

Negative Impacts of Hair Loss in Men

Appearance 

Whether we like it or not, people often judge others based on their initial appearance, it is the first thing about a person we see when we meet them. The thing is it is often hard to hide or change things about physical appearance. When it comes to first impressions, hair loss is often seen as a sign of aging, despite the fact that up to 20% of men face hair loss by their 20s and 30% by their 30s. It is not uncommon for men to feel self-conscious about hair loss and hair thinning at any age, but there are solutions out there. For example, PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) therapy has been proven to help men of any age with early hair thinning and hair loss regrow their hair by up to 80%. To learn more about the benefits of PRP for hair loss click HERE. 

 Self-esteem 

Who hasn’t had a day when they didn’t feel so good about themself? It is extremely common to suffer from low self-esteem issues:

  • A 2016 study indicated that at least 40% of men felt low self-esteem because of their image. It is known that men who experience hair loss generally feel less confident about themselves, especially when meeting new people or going to social outings.
  • A 2019 study from the International Journal of Trichology found that hair loss lowered the quality of life for many men, with particular effects in the areas of self-perception and interpersonal relations.

It can be hard to find the confidence to go out and meet new people when you are feeling self-conscious about your appearance, but there are ways to help that can give you a new lease on life, click HERE to learn more. 

A white man brushing his bald head

Early balding can have a negative effect on self-esteem

Job Insecurity 

Youth is often something that is idolized in society, the eternal quest for youth, or living forever is a common theme in many tropes across media. It spills over into everyday life as some occupations are more age-sensitive than others, with employers looking to hire younger workers, and passing over people who seem to be of an older generation. At CADMEN Clinic we have serviced patients who felt that their hair loss put them at a disadvantage in their industry and they wanted to pursue hair loss treatments to regrow their hair for better employment prospects. You can read more about some of our client’s stories here. 

 Relationships 

Relationships can suffer as a side effect of hair loss as men tend to have lower levels of confidence when they have a bad image of themselves in their heads. This can lead to avoiding socializing as much as possible, including skipping out on parties, gatherings, work events or hanging out with friends. Meeting new people can already be scary as it is, and when dealing with self-image issues it can be even more difficult, 40% of men admit to avoiding a situation that involves meeting new people due to feelings of self-consciousness. A negative self-image has been proven to negatively impact interpersonal relationships and can make it hard to attend social outings. When it comes to hair loss, there is nothing to be ashamed of, and there is no reason to avoid things you usually enjoy or form strong relationships because of it. 

a man before and after hair transplant

Credit: Iviarmani Centre

The Good News

At the end of the day, hair loss does not mean anything about who you are as a person, and appearances are only skin deep, they do not reflect what is inside, nor do they define a person. Nonetheless, people want to feel good about themselves, and for some that can include getting cosmetic procedures such as PRP, which is one the most widely-used treatments for regrowing hair from early hair loss and hair thinning. With today’s technology hair loss can be alleviated and delayed effectively, especially when it is caught sooner than later when there are still hair follicles present. PRP is a popular, affordable, simple, and non-surgical option for men seeking treatment for early-stage hair loss and hair thinning. 

 

In Summary

Hair loss affects men in many ways, both physically and mentally. It is common for men to lose hair when they age, and most of them hate it.

 

  • Appearance: Hair loss is a sign of aging. Most men start losing hair in their late 20s – early 30s, some even earlier. A regained full head of hair can make a big difference in how men look, even taking off the appearance of decades of age.
  • Self-esteem: Men who experience hair loss generally feel less confident about themselves. A 2019 study from the International Journal of Trichology found that hair loss lowered the quality of life for many men, with particular effects in the areas of self-perception and interpersonal relations.
  • Job insecurity: Some occupations, such as hospitality and IT, are more age-sensitive than others – as employers prefer hiring younger people. This unconsciously puts pressure on older employees who may show visible signs of aging such as hair loss.
  • Good news: With today’s technology, hair loss can be alleviated and delayed effectively, especially when you notice early hair loss signs. So far with the use of today’s technology PRP is one of the most effective treatments for early hair loss. PRP is affordable, quick, non-invasive, and non-surgical.

If you would like to learn more about PRP and other hair solutions available at CADMEN Clinic, click HERE. 

 

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