Hair loss is a major worry for men, ranking amongst their top three concerns about ageing and even more concerning than memory loss.
Despite this, only a minority of those suffering from hair loss seek help for their problem even though effective treatments are available.
More worried about hair loss
Hair loss is closely identified with ageing and according to the 2009 survey conducted by Nelson Sofres (TNS) Direct Services, more men are worried about hair loss than losing memory, impotence or wrinkles. Of those surveyed who are not currently affected by hair loss, almost half are worried about the prospect of looking older with any future hair loss.
Up to 80 percent of men will experience male pattern baldness and whilst some will feel empowered by their distinguished finish, others can feel less attractive, as well as older and are more likely to be the butt of jokes from other people.
Almost a third of hair loss sufferers surveyed have to put up with jokes about their hair loss, while 20 percent find that other people often overestimate how old they are and 11 percent believe that others see them as less attractive.
“These findings do not surprise me,” Leonora Doclis, senior hair loss specialist at the Belgravia Centre said.
“Male pattern hair loss can significantly affect the way men view themselves, however, it is a treatable condition that can be halted and even reversed.
“Most people notice if their hair is thinning or receding but sometimes it’s not until someone takes the mickey out of them that they actually seek advice or treatment.”
Clearly, the effects of hairloss are not just skin deep and a significant proportion of men are negatively affected psychologically as well as physically. However, only four per cent of those men with pattern baldness who took part in the TNS research have sought medical advice from a GP, pharmacist, trichologist (hair specialist) or dermatologist; furthermore, of these, 29 per cent feel their concerns have not been taken seriously.
Just over half have been offered treatment, even though there are three effective treatments currently available, two MHRA licensed and FDA approved medications and one FDA-cleared device. Despite these clinically-proven hair loss treatments being well established, the research reports that 36 per cent were offered herbal remedies.
An estimated 6.5 million men are affected by male pattern baldness in the UK; it is an incredibly common genetic condition but there are genuine hair loss solutions available. So, with professional advice, treatment and monitoring from a specialist, there are proven options that can help men wanting to keep their hair and prevent baldness.
The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.