The Psychological Impact of Hair Loss

psychological impact of hair lossIf you’re one of the 55 million people in the United States who suffer from hair loss, you understand first-hand that thinning, shedding and balding have devastating emotional side effects. Hair is both natural and symbolic – it’s interwoven in the figurative fabric of nearly every culture across the globe. And while it’s not as central to human survival as it was prior to clothing and indoor heating, hair is a biological feature that has since adapted into a believed notion of superior health and well-being.

Given its societal importance, the psychological impact of hair loss is often emotionally scarring. Most frequently, men and women with hair loss suffer severe declines in self-confidence and heightened anxiety over their changing appearance. In more severe cases, people with hair loss can develop body dysmorphic disorder, ongoing depression and endure a diminished quality of life. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the psychological impact of hair loss can be traumatic, leading patients to go as far as isolating themselves from embarrassment or shame. This can be even worse for women, who account for approximately 40 percent of hair loss cases, feeling increased communal pressure to conform to a specific and standard ideal of attractiveness.

Such emotional ordeals have negative consequences on healthy interpersonal and social interactions, but also career development and drive. Consider the following examples of how hair loss takes a toll on everyday life:

  • Increased stress, grief or unease during basic routine activities
  • Decreased desire to engage in new or existing romantic relationships
  • Overwhelming feelings of embarrassment or humiliation that interfere with personal goals or tasks
  • Jealous or envious thoughts about those who don’t suffer from hair loss; feeling the need to constantly compare to others
  • Work-related obstacles, particularly for individuals in broadcasting or other publicized positions
  • Shutting off from friends or family and missing out on important life events for fear of highlighting hair loss symptoms

Although millions of people suffer from hair loss, the emotional consequences are no less scarring. Hair loss treatment should not be regarded as a course of action driven by vanity, but rather a courageous step toward reclaimed emotional health.

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we identify hair loss causes and provide treatment plans that best suit your specific condition and preferred lifestyle. Through comprehensive approaches, state-of-the-art techniques and a general sense of empathy and understanding, our team is ready to guide you through your hair restoration journey. To get started, call our hair loss specialists at 305-925-0222.