hair lossIt’s all too easy to poke fun at men as they start to lose their hair.  After all it comes to at least 50% of us by the time we’re 50 but that doesn’t diminish the damaging psychological effects on some of us.  It’s not always middle age where the problem occurs either.  Male pattern baldness can strike in the late teens and the younger the age the more pronounced the problem.  If you’re the only one in your peer group with a receding hair line then it can be quite isolating, particularly if that group are constantly ribbing you.

Can cause chronic depression

Some men can just deal with it but for others hair loss can cause a chronic depression.  It’s not unusual to feel like you’re losing control of your life as you lose your hair.  Because our sense of identity is so firmly tied to our hair when we start to lose it then it’s not unusual to feel stressed or suffer from anxiety.  Do I look older?  Will I still be attractive?  etc.  The problem is that excess stress can actually exacerbate the hair loss.

There is good news

The good news is that there are treatments to help.  One of the latest techniques being adopted by younger men is Scalp Micropigmentation or SMP.  Basically, a skilled artist/technician builds a 3d layered crew cut look over 2 to 3 sessions using organic inks and fine microneedles.  The results are indistinguishable from the real thing with most recipients reporting boosts in confidence as a result. OK it’s not exactly going to replace a shoulder length mane but the buzz cut is always fashionable and can be worn in the boardroom as well as the sportsfield. The key thing with hair loss is not to suffer in silence.  If you feel that it’s affecting your quality of life then speak to your GP or talk to a specialist hair loss clinic.

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By Ian Watson

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