One of the reasons some men give for wanting help with their hair loss is that they fear they don’t have the ‘right head shape’ to carry off the bald look.
“I’ve not got a good shaped head for a bald man,” Chris told Elton who agreed, responding, “No, I haven’t either – I look like Shrek.”
Now it’s not just exposing their head shape that those affected by male pattern baldness are concerned by. According to a surgeon interviewed by the Hull Daily Mail, hair loss is one of the reasons given by people seeking Otoplasty – surgery to pin back prominent ears. Continues below
Hair loss can draw attention to ears
Along with nose reshaping, facelifts and tummy tucks, this surgery to make ‘sticky out’ ears appear less so is one of the cosmetic procedures that continue to be popular, despite the trend towards an overall drop in invasive cosmetic procedures.
For those who feel uncomfortable about their ears – whether due to their size or angle – this can be frustrating and troublesome, particularly as the hair loss can also make it harder to conceal their ears through hairstyling.
Although an otoplasty operation can be done on a day patient basis under local anaesthetic, it is important for anyone planning to undergo this procedure to be truly confident in both their decision to proceed and their surgeon, says Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon Mr Alastair Platt, who practices at Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital in Anlaby, Yorkshire.
“Sometimes, people need to discuss their options several times in order for both the patient and the surgeon to be confident that they have each understood what is wanted and how achievable the planned change is,” he told the local newspaper.
Alternative to cosmetic surgery
It is entirely normal to have insecurities and there is nothing new about hair being used as a ‘security blanket’ – it’s been noted throughout history, as far back as Samson. So, for those who are happy using their hair to conceal any perceived imperfections, an alternative to seeking plastic surgery may be to deal with signs of hair loss at the earliest opportunity.
Finasteride 1mg, a daily oral tablet, helps to inhibit the formation of DHT – the hormone byproduct which causes genetic hair loss by attacking the follicles around the top of the head. This can be combined with minoxidil – which may also be used separately although we have found a combined approach to be the most effective. Minoxidil is applied directly to the scalp wherever it is needed and works by accelerating localised blood flow in order to promote regrowth.
A hair loss specialist can tailor a personalised treatment course based upon your pattern and level of shedding, which can hopefully allow you to maintain your hair in your preferred style.
The Belgravia Centre
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