New research by private healthcare search engine WhatClinic.com has revealed that men in the UK are more likely to seek help for hair loss than ever before.
Enquiry rate soaring
WhatClinic’s latest survey found that UK enquiries into hair loss treatment are up 165 per cent on last year, whilst enquiries into hair transplants have gone up by 230 per cent in the past 12 months.
According to the report, more than 1 in 10 searches for UK hair loss clinics in the last year have come from men aged between 18 and 24.
Given around one in five men will start to notice signs of hair loss by the time they reach 20 and double this amount will be affected between the ages of 21 and 35, this statistic is not too surprising as it is natural they would look for information on ways to deal with it.
Celebrity hair loss effect
Thanks to more men, particularly celebrities and sportsmen, speaking out about the fact they are actively fighting male pattern baldness – whether by admitting to using treatments such as minoxidil, or by openly admitting to having a hair transplant – the old-fashioned stigma that used to be attached to this type of personal care has rapidly fallen away.
Although hair loss remains a sensitive subject for many, stars such as Wayne Rooney and James Nesbitt have paved the way to normality for hair transplant operations by speaking frankly about their choices.
Similarly, the likes of Tom Cruise and Declan Donnelly – as well as Arsene Wenger who outed many of his Arsenal players, although he didn’t go as far as naming names – have helped other men to understand that clinically-proven hair loss treatments are a viable, modern choice for those who want to proactively prevent further thinning and regrow their hair.
Going abroad for transplants
The survey discovered another trend regarding the number of UK men looking in to hair transplant clinics abroad, which has increased by 167 per cent in the past year.
Findings also revealed that nearly twice as many UK men have looked into having hair transplants in Turkey – which is gaining a reputation as a hair transplant hotspot for medical tourists – as have explored procedures locally.
Enquiries into hair restoration surgery in India, where the report states that the price of a procedure can be as little as 10 per cent of the cost in the UK, were also said to be booming. India currently offers the cheapest hair transplants and has consequently seen enquiries rise by 594 per cent in the last year.
Whilst the cost of the procedure obviously features in deciding where to have a hair transplant, other expenditure, such as flights and accommodation, are also factors.
This, and the distance from home, could be why Turkey and Poland, whose average transplant prices are more than twice the cost of the average procedure in India, rank higher up the WhatClinic table, pictured, which shows the Top Ten Hair Transplant Hot Spots for UK visitors, based on their survey results.
Considerations, home or away
Though the price difference of having a hair transplant abroad may appeal, there are various risks associated with having any type of surgery in another country and these should not be underestimated. In addition to the obvious language barrier concerns, proper preparation and, particularly, aftercare are crucial to ensuring the success of your procedure. This can be difficult to arrange if you are in another country to your surgeon, as can addressing any issues which arise following a transplant.
For those who want to go the surgical route, regardless of where you have your procedure, men are generally advised to follow a comprehensive hair loss treatment programme for at least six months prior to the operation in order to stabilise shedding. This makes the hair easier for the surgeon to work with and can provide such significant regrowth results that surgery is no longer necessary. A hair loss specialist can arrange a bespoke course of treatments and hair growth boosters, personalised for each individual’s regrowth needs and lifestyle requirements.
This treatment regime should be continued on an on-going basis after a hair transplant in order to preserve the hair surrounding the newly restored area. Failing to do so can lead to thinning hair – where the DHT that causes Male Pattern Baldness in those who are genetically predisposed, continues to attack the hair follicles unhindered – encompassing an unnatural-looking ‘island’ of restored hair.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.