Many men and women suffering from premature hair loss might think to themselves, “Should I really consider investing in hair loss treatment?” It’s a fair question. After all, no matter how much your alopecia or premature balding might bother you, many people are uncomfortable spending money on themselves for something they may see as a selfish buy or purely cosmetic.
The truth is, the negative effects of hair loss aren’t just in your head. If you feel like your job, your interpersonal relationships and even your mental and physical health are being negatively impacted by your hair loss, choosing to undergo hair loss treatment is anything but “purely cosmetic.” In fact, many patients find that getting a treatment like NeoGraft improves their quality of life!
Does Hair Loss Really Affect Quality of Life?
The short answer is: Yes!
Premature balding has a real and measurable effect on the lives of those who suffer from it. Men and women with severe hair loss are more likely to experience psychological distress from hair loss, such as anxiety and depression. They also have lower confidence, which can negatively affect their performance in work and in social situations like dating.
Because of the (false) stigma that hair loss isn’t supposed to affect women, those suffering from female pattern baldness and female premature hair loss can be especially vulnerable to these effects. Women also tend to think there are fewer hair loss treatments or support groups for balding women, and may seek less support and feel more alone.
For both men and women, it can be difficult to take these effects seriously. Despite the very real consequences that hair loss can have — decreased self-esteem, lack of confidence at home and at work, feeling uncomfortable or self-conscious in social situations — our culture sometimes tells us that we’re being vain or frivolous. But your feelings are valid!
How Does Hair Loss Treatment Improve Quality of Life?
So if hair loss does have a measurable effect on your quality of life, can hair restoration really improve it? Again: Yes!
Hair loss treatment can improve the quality of your life by giving back what nature has taken and removing the cause of mental and social stress in your life. A natural solution like NeoGraft also removes the stress of continual upkeep. Hair loss treatment can improve your quality of life through:
1. Improved Appearance
A full, natural-looking head of hair can make you look younger, healthier, more vibrant and more energetic. It can also help you make a better first impression on others!
Many balding men and women are acutely aware of how much first impressions matter, and often find it stressful to be in situations where they may be judged on their appearance. An improved appeared through carefully and thoughtfully placed hair transplants can help boost your performance at home, at work and in social situations.
2. Improved Self-Confidence
Losing hair doesn’t just shake your self-confidence about your appearance. It can also dredge up fears and anxieties having to do with aging, illness or infirmity, causing you to second-guess yourself and question your own abilities.
Regaining your hair through hair loss treatment can help remind yourself of your physical and mental competence, dispelling doubts that might drag down your performance at work, school or elsewhere. They say to “fake it ‘til you make it,” and it’s undeniable that a new suit, new beauty treatment or improved hairstyle can work wonders for your self-esteem and self-confidence.
3. Reduced Anxiety
Anxiety is one of life’s most insidious and subtle underminers. Not only is stress proven to have an adverse affect on one’s health (including leading to potential further hair loss), anxiety also causes avoidant behavior.
Men and women who are concerned about their hair loss may find themselves spending huge amounts of time and energy focused on their hair, trying to hide or cover up their hair loss, or constantly seeking a new treatment in hopes that the next one will be the solution. You may have even found yourself avoiding social situations because of anxiety about your balding. This kind of behavior is bad for both your mental and physical health — and it’s no fun, either!
4. Increased Social Life
When you look better and feel better, it makes it easier to socialize! No longer hiding from social engagements out of apprehension over your appearance, many of our clients tell us that they now feel feel more free to date, spend time with friends and family and network for career opportunities.
More positive social experience is proven to help reduce anxiety, stress and depression as well, so that’s further good news for your physical and mental health!
When hair loss is causing you distress, hair loss treatment is a way to begin enjoying your life again. We can give you back your hair and free you from a slew of psychological stressors surrounding hair loss. Investing in hair loss treatment is investing in improving your quality of life—and there’s nothing vain, superfluous or “purely cosmetic” about that!
If you’re ready to find out how NeoGraft Dallas’ talented team of hair restoration professionals can help you get your self-confidence and peace of mind back, reach out to us. We’re happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have about our process, your hair, and how to improve your quality of life.