SOCIAL IMPACT OF HAIR LOSS
Although, there are those who accept hair loss gracefully, for the many it is the causes of significant social and psychological stress. Concern over hair loss has been documented throughout history.
Recently, a 5000-year old body from the Neolithic Age was found frozen outside of Austria. The frozen body had a neatly trimmed beard and closely cropped hair- so obviously the appearance of hair was important as far back as 5000 years ago. One of the oldest known medical texts is an ancient Egyptian papyrus scroll. Among its remedies is an ointment for restoring hair loss consisting of equal parts crocodile and hippopotamus fat. The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates interest in hair loss was stimulated by his own baldness- and indeed the name for the permanent fringe of hair that encircles the back and sides of the head has sometimes been referred to as the “Hippocratic Wreath”. We are all familiar with the story of Samson and Delilah, perhaps the most famous “hair equals virility” story of all time. During the time of Louis the XV wigs became a fashionable and a number of the signers of the Declaration of Independence wore wigs when they wrote their name. In movies villains are often depicted as bald while heroes have a full head of hair
SOCIAL IMPACT OF HAIR LOSS
In modern times over 80% of men and 35% of women will suffer from some degree of hair loss. Over 2 Billion dollars a year are spent on various treatments for hair loss. No other facial feature changes ones appearance as much as the presence of a normal hairline. It is only recently that the shaved head has become an acceptable look and most likely it is a trend that will come and go like other fashion statements.
The bad news is that there are a number of scam treatments that prey on people who are desperate, gullible and willing to try anything retain there hair. . The good news is that a number of clinically proven medical and surgical techniques that work have been developed over the years that work. Among these are Rogaine, Propecia, and well performed Follicular Unit Transplantation.
Dermatologists and other physicians are often asked to evaluate patients for hair loss. Apart from establishing the etiology of hair loss, patients want to know how the hair can be restored. Hair transplantation has become a significant treatment tool in the armamentarium for hair loss. A survey by the International Society of Hair Restoration (ISHRS), estimated that over 80,000 hair transplant procedures are performed yearly in the United States alone. It is ranked as the second highest cosmetic procedures done on men.