One in five young men under the age of 24 resort to hair transplants at the first sign of Hair loss.
More than half (58%) of this age group have faced some form of negative prejudice in the romantic realm as a result of hair loss, according to a new report. Similarly, one in five have met someone who uses what seems like an excuse not to go on a second date.
The same amount also reports that someone canceled an appointment with them after discovering that they had no hair, the UK Male Hair Loss Report of 1,503 Britons using dating apps found.
Eager to receive such a trial, one in six hair losers have canceled an appointment themselves, and 28% choose to wear a hat when attending one.
“Normally when you think of male hair loss, we tend to think of older generations, but hair loss can start as early as 16 for some,” said Dr. Sameer Sanghvi, GP and leading of clinical technology in LloydsPharmacy Online Doctorwho conducted the survey, he says.
“Nearly nine in 10 of those surveyed said they believe there is a stigma attached to hair loss, which correlates with feelings of self-consciousness and perhaps causes men to look for ways to disguise their hair loss rather than embrace it.” .
Only one in four (24%) of young men are comfortable enough to show their lack of hair in their first dating profile photo, and they are more likely to reveal it in their third photo.
The attitudes they face within the dating scene regarding baldness are contributing to almost three in four (72%) feeling unattractive and self-conscious, ultimately looking for ways to distract or disguise their lack of hair.
The findings also reveal that men ages 16 to 24 are the most likely to seek medical treatment for hair loss, with more than two-fifths worrying about it.
Aside from those who opted for a procedure (19%), 13% said they had tried over-the-counter treatments at the first signs of symptoms, and more than a fifth (21%) tried a prescription like minoxidil.
And in addition to trying medical solutions, young men are taking other steps to try to help what they feel is a problem.
Nearly a third (35%) of 16-24 year olds use exercise to distract from hair loss as the most common way to do so, followed by wearing a hat (33%).
And nearly one in four (23%) change their diet at the first sign of baldness, making them the age group most likely to adopt a new lifestyle at this stage.
However, just under a third of men under the age of 24 who experience the condition opt to make more permanent changes in the form of body modifications, with 16% going as far as getting tattoos and 12% getting pierced as a form of body modification. of distraction.
Sharing his words of wisdom for younger men, Dr. Sanghvi says, “While it’s great to see 16-24 year olds choosing to adopt a healthier diet and start exercising, lifestyle changes They just won’t slow down or stop the hair loss process, so it’s important to accept it as a natural part of human life.”
To learn more about the condition officially called androgenetic alopecia, or more commonly male pattern baldness, see our helpful guide on hair loss in men: signs, symptoms, causes and treatments.
You can also find a support group at Alopecia UK websiteor contact the charity with any questions by email at email@example.com or by phone on 08001017025.
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