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Psychological aspects of baldness

On a psychological level, all types of alopecia, whether pathological or not, affect the person who suffers from it to a greater or lesser degree, as society places a value on aesthetics and hair care. Here, we at Clínica de Freitas explain the relationship between psychology and hair loss.

Psychological aspects you should know about alopecia

Alopecia on a psychological level can affect you aesthetically or physically. People have the ability to find defects in themselves that others do not even notice. 

When we look in the mirror, the first thing we do is look for that little imperfection that we don't like.

Baldness makes us look older than we are, and it is a slow and progressive process that changes our image little by little. 

For many people, the simple fact of getting older due to the appearance caused by alopecia is unacceptable and they feel unhappy with their new appearance. 

In more severe cases, they even change their lifestyle because of this problem. 

Psychological problems that can be caused by alopecia

If you are a man or a woman and you recognise that alopecia is affecting your life, you should definitely consult a hair professional (trichologist), or go to a specialised hair loss clinic can help you to improve the situation.  

Men can give in and accept early baldness, but for women, this problem can take on the connotation of a real tragedy.

Psychology of alopecia in women

For women, it is a real cause of depression, as it is not socially accepted that a woman can go completely bald. Therefore, sometimes when a woman goes bald, it is temporarily solved with a wig or hair prosthesis, sometimes with a headscarf. 

Both sexes are affected, but the deterioration of psychosocial well-being is greater and more severe in women.

Psychology of alopecia in men

Adolescents may suffer from a lack of self-esteem or self-confidence, for example, when they are still at university, they may feel diminished in front of the opposite sex, or uncomfortable when they are the only males in the group suffering from advanced alopecia. 

The situation of the onset of baldness or going bald can lead to stress, anxiety and depression.

Alopecia in today's society

In alopecia there are no social classes that suffer less than others. Celebrities who have to pose in front of a camera are not only affected psychologically but also professionally and it can change their lives.

Nevertheless, it is socially "accepted" for men to go bald. There are hundreds of examples, especially celebrities, where a shaved head due to a lack of hair is even attractive.

As we can see, many men downplay the issue and go on with their lives without being affected in any way. And the best thing about it is that it doesn't really affect them. 

Believe it or not, when a man starts to go bald and copes with it, it is more a matter of attitude than aesthetics.

Hair treatments and drugs can help to reverse alopecia and contain it. On other occasions, if the alopecia is very advanced, there is always the option of a hair graft if the patient has a donor area in good condition. 

If you want to renew your image and recover your hair, you can contact us using the form on the website.