Negative Consequences of Hair loss
Today, hair restoration doctors have more insight as to the negative consequences of hair loss. We recognize the importance of detrimental emotional impact on individuals. Many experience severe adverse effects to their self esteem and self image. We know for certain that these two factors directly impact an individual’s quality of life professionally and personally. We have seen patients who have been under psychiatric care for years from associated depression from hair loss. Addressing hair loss is a serious medical condition for many individuals.
In our “Psychology of hair transplant” study (Parsa Mohebi, MD, William Rassman, MD Los Angeles, USA) we sent questionnaires to 200 men who had hair transplant in past and we asked them about the psycho-social aspects of their lives changed following their procedures. We have compared the responses from the patients with higher classes of hair loss with early stages.
We also compared the changes that younger patients experienced in comparison to the older ones. We have found a significant improvement in future outlook in younger patients who received a hair restoration as opposed to the older ones. The graph from our study back in 2007 compares the impacts of hair restoration on younger patients vs. older ones.
Advances in performing a miniaturization study with microscopic evaluation on hair loss patients allows the best hair transplant surgeons to better predict the future pattern of baldness. This more reliable way to predict the activity of hair loss directly effects how early an age a person can benefit from hair restoration through elective hair transplant surgery. Utilizing the patient’s miniaturization study and a thorough evaluation of his family hair loss history even patients in late adolescent can benefit if the hair loss is having a detrimental impact on their psychological well being.