Do you sometimes make a joke about your progressing baldness, trying to make it sound as though it doesn’t bother you? Have you made wearing a hat an art form? As a man, finding a way to talk to your wife or partner about how you really feel about losing your hair can be extremely difficult. How do you bring up the subject? How do you explain the impact it’s having on you? What if you’re not taken seriously? Sometimes you may feel like it’s just easier to “grin and bear it”. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Many Gro patients find that once they discuss the impact of hair loss with their partner, they feel less anxious and more positive. We give you a few helpful tips to make broaching the subject with your loved one easier.
How To Discuss Your Hair Loss - Top Tips
Timing is important, both in terms of distractions and having enough time. Don’t try to raise the subject when the kids are demanding something, when dinner is being cooked or when the favourite TV program is on, for example. Raise the subject when you both have the time to sit down and chat, without distractions.
Explain the impact
If you’ve got a good poker face, chances are that your partner has no idea that your hair loss is having an impact. Hiding how you feel can put you under even more stress. If you’ve often made flippant remarks or jokes about going bald, then your partner may assume you are ok with it, but that may be far from the case. Talking about how and why going bald affects you will help your partner understand and give you support.
Some of the most common factors that impact men with hair loss include:
- Feeling like you’re ageing faster than your friends
- Tired of always wearing a hat
- Avoid going swimming as it accentuates the hair loss
- Feeling that you’ve got no options
- Feeling a loss of control
- Feeling self-conscious
Include your partner, ask for their support
Putting your hand up for help is not the stereotypical man thing to do but don’t let that stop you. Avoid asking your partner for their opinion on your appearance, instead, start the conversation with a statement like, “I’ve been researching treatment options for hair loss and I’d like to discuss them with you” or, “I know I make jokes about going bald, but I’m actually worried about it.”
Consider the options together
Discuss with your wife or partner the various options, which include:
Embrace the fact that one day you will go bald, and you are ok with that. Some of the most attractive men on the planet are bald. If doing nothing is not an option for you, then the following can be considered.
Platelet Rich Plasma treatment can endorse follicle growth and encourage new growth. The treatment involves injecting growth factor rich serum into your scalp.
Wearing a wig is an option, however the drawbacks need careful consideration – sweating under the wig, the impact of swimming with a wig and day to day maintenance and comfort.
A hair transplant is considered a permanent solution to hair loss, however the different types and techniques must be researched and understood as results can vary dramatically. Hair transplant can be used to add density to a thinning crown, restore bald areas, or correct a receding hair line.
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Benefits of Microsurgery hair transplant
Gro are the only clinic in Australia to guarantee natural looking results. A Gro microsurgery hair transplant uses 100% your own hair and is considered the most advanced and most delicate hair transplant technique.
You can see the impressive and completely natural results achieved by Gro microsurgery in the before and after pictures below.
* Please note that each procedure is customised to the individual and results vary from patient to patient.
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