With more than half the population dissatisfied with their appearance, there are a number of cosmetic treatments that one might presume could be a popular first choice for some. But according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive, hair restoration
is the most in-demand treatment for men this year and more women would prefer it to Botox.
affects a large chunk of the population – 1 in 3 men and 4 in 10 women, in fact. It contributes to a lack of confidence and has a negative impact on social or job situations, say 40% of the respondents in an FL. Lexington International poll. But it is not always purely cosmetic.
Hair loss is a non-discriminatory condition that can affect both men, women and children. It can be instigated or aggravated by emotional and physical stress, or the side effect of poor health, nutrition or medication, even the result of poor hairstyling habits or burns. Additionally, scientists have discovered a link between hair loss, high blood pressure and heart disease, although some experts say the relationship between these conditions are only correlations.
Methods of hair restoration
vary from and clinically proven medical treatments for hair loss, to hair transplant surgery
, and non-surgical hair replacement
. It is important to consult a specialist before one sets their mind on one method in particular, because not everyone will be suitable for each.
Sometimes traditional methods of hair restoration are not necessary; rather an improved lifestyle and stress reduction, medication adjustment or proper hair care tips can be enough to reverse the damage. If this is not the case, a hair loss 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. They will take into account things like the person’s specific condition, stage of hair loss, medical background and attitude to each treatment.
Hair transplants have had a resurgence of late, with the number of men undergoing the procedure up 444% between 2004 and 2009. The Harris Interactive survey, which asked 2,227 adults what they would do to improve their appearance if cost wasn’t an issue, found that about one-third of men between the ages of 45 and 54, and 20% of men of all ages, desire a hair transplant. However the survey did not allow for other methods of hair restoration.
According to statistics from the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, the number of non-surgical hair loss treatment patients was more than double that of surgical patients in 2008. And in the FL. Lexington International survey, which included 4,500 people and aimed to reveal peoples’ attitude to hair loss and what factors influenced the action they chose to take, minoxidil – one of the medical treatments for hair loss – was the product of choice for more than half of respondents.
Propecia is another licensed medical treatment that is often regarded as the best individual product for male hair loss. It is sometimes prescribed in conjunction with minoxidil and other hair growth supplements to achieve the best possible result for an individual.
Non-surgical hair replacement is generally not recommended for men or women who are in the early to mid stages of hair loss and are likely to benefit from medical hair loss treatments. They are however a viable option for those who are completely bald, or who have a form of scarring alopecia and are not suitable for a hair transplant.
Just like combating wrinkles, there are a number of options when it comes to hair restoration. However, it is recommended that you consult a specialist, particularly because hair loss is not always simply a cosmetic problem. With personalised advice from medically-trained hair loss specialists, you will receive the treatment that will be most effective and suitable to your individual condition, ensuring the best possible outcome.
Profile of the author
Kate Moody is one of the Belgravia Hair Loss Blog's expert authors. With extensive knowledge about male and female hair loss, available treatments, products and procedures and access to information and advice from medical professionals, Kate has written hundreds of articles for the benefit of those concerned about hair loss.
Last Updated: 28/1/2009
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Disclaimer