Men Perceived as More Attractive After Hair Transplantation

Hair transplants can make men look more attractive

Does a full head of healthy hair make a man look more attractive?  The answer is yes, according to a new article published online by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

A survey by Lisa E. Ishii, M.D., M.H.S., of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and co-authors suggests men with androgenetic alopecia (pattern baldness) who underwent hair transplant were rated by observers as more youthful, attractive, successful and approachable.  All those factors can play a role in workplace and social success.

What makes hair so attractive? 

Going through hair loss can be a very demoralising process for most men.  Having a good head of hair plays a significant role in the day-to-day living and happiness of a man.  With fuller hair comes confidence and happiness, thus improving many aspects of life on the whole.

Many women are drawn to men with hair due to the strong genetic pool. A common view held is that hair represents strength, and so being bald can make a man look weak.  A man with less hair is also likely to be less confident, which is another potential turn off for women.

Why Hair Surgery? 

An increasing amount of men are turning to hair transplant surgery as a way of regaining their lost hair. The majority of men who opt for this procedure are able to afford it comfortably.  Hair transplants can vary in price from £10,000 - £30,000, depending on the individual. So, as you can imagine, hair surgery is not for everyone.

Despite the efforts to bring the costs of hair surgery down, the majority of men still cannot afford the procedure, therefore many opt for affordable, alternative treatments like topical applications or oral supplements.  There are even some men who would go into debt for a hair transplant, such is their desperation to avoid baldness.

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What exactly is a hair transplant?

Hair transplantation is a surgical technique that moves hair follicles from a part of the body called the 'donor site' to a bald or balding part of the body known as the 'recipient site'.  It is primarily used to treat male pattern baldness. In this procedure, grafts containing hair follicles that are genetically resistant to balding, are transplanted to the bald scalp.

Since hair naturally grows in groupings of 1 to 4 hairs, current techniques harvest and transplant hair "follicular units" in their natural groupings. Thus modern hair transplantation can achieve a natural appearance by mimicking original hair orientation. This hair transplant procedure is called follicular unit transplantation (FUT). Donor hair can be harvested in two different ways: strip harvesting, and follicular unit extraction (FUE).

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