More women would rather have hair restoration than Botox, according to a recent survey by Harris Interactive, and it is the second most in-demand treatment for men in 2010.
Coming second only to teeth whitening, it would appear that people’s attitude to hair restoration reflects the intensity and wide-scale reach of hair loss.
Hair restoration for men and women
Hair restoration is one of the top cosmetic treatments most desired by both men and women, according to the online survey that asked 2,227 adults what they would do to improve their appearance in 2010, if cost wasn’t an issue.
Affecting 1 in 3 men and approximately 4 in 10 women, hair loss is a non-discriminatory condition and one that is not always purely cosmetic. It can be instigated or aggravated by emotional and physical trauma, or the side effect of poor health, nutrition or medication. Additionally, scientists have discovered a link between hair loss, high blood pressure and heart disease.
The most widely accepted methods of hair restoration vary from and clinically proven medical treatments for hair loss, to hair transplant surgery, and non-surgical hair replacement (hair systems such as weaves, hair pieces and wigs).
Not everyone will be suitable for each method of treatment so it is important to consult a professional before one sets their mind on one in particular. Depending on a person’s specific condition, stage of hair loss, and attitude to treatment, a specialist will be able to recommend the most appropriate method of hair restoration for each individual, following a simple, non-invasive diagnosis and hair analysis.
Figures could be higher
Although the survey found that about one-third of all men between the ages of 45 and 54 want hair transplantation and 20 per cent of men of all ages also desire one, it did not offer alternative methods of hair restoration such as the medical treatments. Hair restoration surgeon, Dr Alan Baurman, believes the figures would be higher if the clinically proven, non-invasive treatments were given as an option in the survey.
“I’m not surprised that [the] new survey on cosmetic treatment preferences clearly showed there is a strong desire among both men and women for better hair through hair transplants,” Dr Bauman said. “However, had the survey offered other widely available and non-invasive hair loss treatment options like Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), [Propecia and] minoxidil…the percentages of interested men and women would have been even higher.”
While an earlier study found that the number of men having transplant surgery increased 444 per cent between 2004 and 2009, there is evidence that clinically proven medical treatments for hair loss are gaining popularity.
Senior hair loss specialist at The Belgravia Centre, Leonora Doclis, said medical hair loss treatments are effective for those men and women who want to stabilise or prevent hair loss and regrow what they have lost.
“The treatment is very successful, more so at the early stage of hair loss,” Doclis said. “For those who think that they may have left it too late, the treatment will still help to keep whatever amount of hair left if they are keen to hold on to their remaining hair growth.”
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.