Hair loss surgery is often wrongly linked with vanity, when in actual fact it’s much more serious than that. Doctors have found that there is an enormous emotional burden with hair loss, which can lead to cases of low self-confidence, mental disorders and impaired quality of life.
Given the choice, no one would choose to lose his or her hair. The emotional aspects of living with it can be very challenging and many women (in particular) have psychological reasons why they undergo hair loss surgery.
Many women that suffer from hair loss also experience anxiety about their looks. Hair is often seen as a symbol of youth, beauty and good health, so when women start to lose it, they can feel unattractive and unworthy.
In some extreme cases, women experience what’s known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder. This is an anxiety disorder that causes a person to have a distorted view of how they look and spend a lot of time worrying about their appearance. It can cause poor self-esteem, social avoidance and depression.
Hair loss can really knock women’s confidence, making them embarrassed and fearful of social situations, where they worry they’ll be teased and humiliated. This can have a negative impact on both their personal and work lives.
Until you lose your hair, you wouldn’t really think of it as being part of your social life but it is. It’s something that is seen as completing one’s appearance and therefore losing it can make you feel shy, anxious and uncomfortable in certain situations.
Studies have found that hair loss can cause people to limit their social activities. Some people avoid seeing their friends and stop going out altogether, except for work.
A recent survey actually found that 40% of women with alopecia experience marital problems and around 63% claimed it had caused career problems for them too.
Hair loss surgery is not to be confused with vanity, rather a way of supporting and treating those that have experienced psychological trauma as a result of it.
In extreme circumstances, some women take their hair loss so badly that it makes them high distressed and leads them to feeling depressed. It can feel like a loss of control, which can have a number of psychological implications.
Most of the research done on hair loss and conditions like alopecia show that those that experience it have higher levels of anxiety and depression than those that don’t.
Poor quality of life
All of the psychological conditions mentioned above, along with anxiety and other related feelings can result in women experiencing poor quality of life. Feeling unhappy about how they look, not wanting to see friends and being unable to go to work has serious health implications.
People mistakenly think others only undergo hair loss surgery because they’re getting old and can’t bear the thought of not looking youthful and attractive anymore but this really isn’t the case. For some, hair loss is caused by stress and other conditions and can happen in their twenties or thirties, not as a result of old age.
The psychological impact of hair loss is real and something that needs to be taken seriously. If you’re going through it yourself, we welcome you to get in touch with us here at Wimpole Clinic. If you know someone experiencing the psychological effects of hair loss, we encourage you to lend your support and pass on our information. We’re not just here to provide hair loss surgery but the support needed too.