Estimates suggest that approximately 40% of women will experience hair loss at some point in their lives, making it a relatively common occurrence. However, similar surveys indicate that one in five of these women feel neglected by their GPs. This amounts to millions of women who need to cope not only with the psychological and emotional effects of unexpected hair loss, but also the sense of neglect from their GP.
A study published in the Journal of Applied Cosmetology considered how important the receiving of treatment for hair loss really was to women, on a psychological level. Researchers followed women with genetic hair loss conditions, such as Alopecia, for two years, whilst regularly assessing their psychological wellbeing.
Hair loss treatment is important for more than hair regrowth
The study looked at women who had severe or moderate hair loss at the beginning of the investigation, and noted their state of mind throughout a two year period. The participants were also given a variety of hair loss treatments including laser therapy, medication and dietary supplements; all designed to improve the appearance of existing hair and encourage regrowth in previously bald patches.
The results of the report suggested that women whose hair loss is left untreated are likely to suffer long term psychological problems. All of the women who received treatments, regardless of which was actually used, showed psychological improvements, including reduced levels of anxiety and depression mirrored by a rise in self-esteem and social interaction.
Serious psychological concerns
A second study by Nourkin asked women their feelings about hair loss. 45% of respondents claimed that losing their hair was their worst fear, rating the condition as more worrying than sagging skin or putting on weight. Commenting on the results, psychologist Corinne Sweet said, “Many women believe that an unidentified health issue is causing hair loss. This can then become a vicious cycle where stress exacerbates the hair loss, making the woman more concerned…and thus more hair loss occurs.’
Cutting out the middle man
Often the GP functions as a middle man, assessing a patient’s initial condition and then passing the case onto a consultant – a process which can take many months, assuming it even begins. Now that the effects of delayed treatment have been documented, women experiencing hair loss would be well advised to seek professional advice as soon as possible, and often a hair loss specialist like The Belgravia Centre may be a better course of action.
The Belgravia Centre has experience in diagnosing and treating all forms of women’s hair loss. Drawing upon vast experience, our hair loss specialists can create a customised treatment plan designed to stabilise loss and promote regrowth immediately, helping to minimise the psychological impact of these conditions.
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