The number of men opting for the knife as a way of tackling hair loss has significantly increased over recent years. According to the latest figures released by The Hospital Group, a cosmetic surgery group and the UK’s largest hair transplant provider, the number of men having hair surgery increased 444% between 2004 and 2009.
From January of this year until September, a total of 1,166 hair restoration operations were carried out by The Hospital Group.
“There seem to be more younger people losing their hair these days. It has also become more of an issue when men and women suffer from hair loss,” Dr Peter Williams of The Hospital Group told The Telegraph, “Both men and women can be left feeling frustrated about losing their hair. For women, it can be very embarrassing, with stress causing patches to fall out. For men, it is more likely to be hereditary and something they feel they can’t change. The effects of hair loss can cause irritation, anxiety of even suicidal depression.”
“Hair transplants have become more acceptable because celebrities have no problem with talking about it. The technology has gradually improved and the results are a lot more natural. Both men and women have come around to thinking about the alternatives to hair loss and they are now willing to do something about it,” adds Dr Williams.
So hair transplants are becoming more popular, but are they always the best option? Leonora Doclis, senior hair loss specialist at the Belgravia Centre in London, says that while she agrees that cosmetic surgery is very much acceptable in this day and age, and those who can afford it often have it done, she advises younger men to avoid the procedure. “There are non-surgical treatments that are highly effective in controlling hair loss,” says Doclis, “Re-growth is often very successful in younger men since their hair loss is often in the early stage.”
Doclis points out that a man who has a transplant in his 20s needs to have a top-up procedure in his 30s or use a course of hair loss treatments; otherwise there will be hair loss around the transplanted area, creating an uneven look. However, if the man did not opt for a transplant and just used hair loss treatments, he has the option of simply stopping and letting nature takes its course.
“Many men prefer to have a transplant because it is a one-off procedure,” says Doclis, “A lot of clients I meet would like to opt for a transplant because it seems simpler and they would prefer not to take ongoing medications however many are not aware that they need to use medications to prevent further deterioration around the hair transplant.”
But what about those who are happy to have top-up transplants? Doclis says, “This is fine if the hair loss progresses gradually but sometimes lifestyle factors can cause it to accelerate, and this is another reason I highly recommend considering a maintenance hair loss treatment programme.”
Individualised hair loss treatment programmes have helped thousands of male and female clients at Belgravia. To see the kind of re-growth achieved, take a look around the large collection of hair loss success stories.
If you would like to find out more about a tailored course of treatment, contact Belgravia for a consultation with a specialist. Appointments are available 7 days a week and are free of charge. To book, call the reception team on 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, if you are unable to visit the clinic, complete the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch shortly.