Dermatologists explain the reasons behind hair fall and how you can deal with it
When Anand Sharma (name changed) started noticing his hair thinning in his late teens, he didn’t pay much attention to it.
Dr Sydheendra Udbalker, dermatologist, says lifestyle and nutrition issues are making the gene that is responsible for male pattern baldness.
By Express News Service
BENGALURU: When Anand Sharma (name changed) started noticing his hair thinning in his late teens, he didn’t pay much attention to it. By 24, he noticed he was losing hair on his crown, and by 27, most of the hair on top of his head had fallen off.
The media professional at first wore a cap most places he went, as his self-confidence had dropped significantly. On dating apps, he found he it harder to get ‘matches’, and this only made him feel depressed. “A friend suggested I see a dermatologist figure out what I could do to slow down this hair fall. There is a balding tendency among the men in my family, but it only started much later for my dad and older cousins. I started treatment, mainly serums and creams that I used for months, but eventually, the hair just kept falling anyway,” he says. Earning a decent salary, frustrated with not being able to get a date and feeling increasingly uneasy with his appearance, Sharma decided to see a cosmetologist regarding a transplant.
Experts from the city say that they are seeing younger men come into their clinics for hair-related issues. Dr Rajendra Suresh Gujjalanavar, senior consultant, plastic surgery, Sakra World Hospital, says that he sees an average of 5-6 men come in every week. They first visit a dermatologist and then approach cosmetologists. “Increasingly, younger patients have started coming in. Some are less than 25 years old, who say that their confidence and self-esteem has been affected due to hair loss. While in most cases, the cause is hereditary, stress is starting to become one of the major reasons for the onset of early hair loss.” A hair transplant, generally, can cost between Rs 70,000 and a lakh when done at a proper facility.
Dr Mukta Sachdev, HOD, Dermatology Department, Manipal Hospitals, says an increased concern over appearance and larger disposable income are actually why we are seeing younger men go in for hair-related treatments and procedures. “At least 30 per cent of the clients we see come in are men with hair-related issues — which is a large number. While hair loss is being experienced by men in their 20s now, increased awareness and disposable incomes are also prompting them to come in for treatments,” she says, adding that while spending might not be a problem, transplants can’t be done on just anyone, as they need to have a good crop of hair at the back which can be transplanted to the front and centre.