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According to the research carried out by Alfonso et al (2005), hair loss can cause low self esteem and other associated problems such as depression and lack of self confidence. It is a big problem for both sexes but particularly in men as they age. According to Grevelink (1997), approximately 200,000 men in the US have hair transplants each year. Having written about self esteem for many years and having suffered myself, I know how important appearance can be and hair has long been a sign of health and vitality.
A hair transplant can improve self-esteem in men and women suffering from hair loss. A study by Alfonso et al. (2005), showed a majority of men who got treatment for hair loss said their self esteem improved. Longer, healthy hair is associated with vitality, youth and positive self-image.
Whether you have been dealing with hair loss for a significant amount of time or you are just experiencing the early signs of thinning, there is evidence that a hair transplant can help to rebuild self-confidence that has been torn down over time and help to develop a more positive mindset. In this article, I will be explaining in a few simple steps how a hair transplant can benefit you in the long term.
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The Effects of a Hair Transplant on Your Self Esteem and Confidence
There are many positive benefits of having a hair transplant, most of which will help to improve your self esteem and overall confidence. Let’s take a look at some of the most important.
It Makes You Feel Less Insecure about Your Appearance
One of the biggest benefits to a hair transplant is the fact that it can help ease your insecurity and embarassment. A hair transplant can take hair from the donor area and implant it into the area experiencing hair loss to provide a long-term solution that looks as natural as possible. Though the healing process may take up to 3 months to begin showing results, this will help to benefit your confidence as it lessens feelings of insecurity about appearance. This discussion by several hair surgeons supports the fact that hair transplantation can aid confidence and reduce the insecurity of patients.
As this article by Paul Rose, published in 2015 says, hair loss can cause low self esteem and insecurity because appearance is important both in career and social interaction. In both these areas we rely on confidence, and hair loss can impact that negatively. One reason why hair loss can affect self esteem and confidence is probably due to its association with getting older and because it can be a sign of poor health.
Hair Transplants Can Maintain The Natural Appearance Of Hair
Keeping your hair looking as natural as possible is crucial when undergoing a hair transplant, as this ensures that you will feel confident and at ease. By using an FUE or FUT hair transplant, you can then take a number of grafts and implant them at one time, providing a healthy level of growth with a number of grafts that benefit the hair in the long term. Though it will be down to how you style it when it begins to grow, the affected area will fully heal with full growth over time.
Grevelink (1997) talked about the introduction of new laser technology and how its use was helping provide better results for hair transplant patients. As well as quicker surgery times, Grevelink also says that one result is more natural looking hair which will help to increase self esteem in patients.
It Helps To Boost Compliments Received By Others
Despite what we tell ourselves, compliments that we receive from others are often responsible for our mood. With positive comments having a profound impact on your feelings towards an outfit or an overall look, this can lead to a negative mental attitude if you are insecure about something. Therefore, undergoing a hair transplant can help to make way for positive comments on your appearance. This will then boost confidence over a prolonged period and allow the newfound confidence to grow and begin to positively affect both work and home life as a result.
Of course, it is one thing to receive compliments, but do you accept them? Or, as I did when I had very low self esteem, do you dismiss these comments and disbelieve them? Learning to receive comments and thankfully acknowledge them can build you self confidence, so its vital to change your attitude and become open to such compliments from others.
A Hair Transplant Can Alleviate The Feelings Of Anxiety And Depression
Anxiety and depression are other issues that are commonly associated with hair loss and can become more of an issue over time, but how can a hair transplant help this? A number of benefits can come from once again having a full head of hair following the healing process including increased self-esteem, and reduced anxiety and depression (Ceylan et al. 2017). Though this may only be temporary for some, this will help to boost overall mood and maintain a healthy lifestyle that will aid in the growth of healthy hair that will last a lifetime.
Whether you have been dealing with hair loss for a while or you are just noticing the early signs of thinning, a hair transplant will then help to boost confidence over time. Though this can differ from person to person, these results can then help to benefit other parts of your life in the long term, making this a worthwhile investment for all.
Will a Hair Transplant Work For You?
A Few Things to Think About Before You Go Ahead
Hair transplants used to be quite invasive surgeries but in recent years technology and new procedures have made the surgery less invasive and more effective. This article by Bicknell et al. (2014) mentions FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) as one of these techniques. Basically it is a restoration technique involving transplanting of hair into areas of hair loss. There is no visible scar in this surgery. FUE means that patients must spend more time in the various surgeries as it is not a one time transplant. However, as outlined in this article by Martins and Fachini (2018), a new faster version of the FUE surgery minimizes surgery time.
Another option is Follicular Unit Hair transplantation which involves transplanting single follicular units one at a time. This creates a more natural looking hair line. These newer methods have reduced patients recovery period and they are quicker. According to Bicknell et al (2014), the cost of such surgery could be as much as $10,000 in 2014. In the future both manual and robotic systems may improve this process. According to Healthline.com, the average price now ranges between 4-15,000 dollars each session. They also claim that hair growth occurs in 3-4 months after surgery.
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- Martins, G., & Fachini, G. Hair transplant: Fast FUE technique-Implantation throughout the harvesting period. http://www.surgicalcosmetic.org.br/detalhe-artigo/655/Hair-transplant–Fast-FUE-technique—Implantation-throughout-the-harvesting-period
- Rose, P. T. (2015). Hair restoration surgery: challenges and solutions. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 8, 361.
Website Author and Your Guide
Karl Perera is a fully qualified Life Coach (DipLC), Teacher (MA), and author of the book Self Esteem Secrets. He has taught at various universities including Durham, Leicester and Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge. He has run More-SelfEsteem.com since 1997 since suffering from low self esteem for more than 25 years overcoming it in his thirties.