The limitations hair loss sufferers impose on themselves are based on an extremely poor self image, says Nigel who lost his hair in his early thirties.
Nigel says it wasn’t until after having a transplant that he became aware of just how limiting his “obsession with his hair loss” had been.
Nigel, a fitness trainer and part-time actor says many of his friends and clients now comment that up until recently, they have never seen him without a hat.
“Once my hair started to grow again I became free of this all consuming bloody-mindedness about concealing my hair loss,” Nigel says.
“I had spent a good ten years of my life wearing a hat everywhere and I hadn’t noticed how much of an obsession it had become.
“It’s been well worth the investment in a hair transplant to start living life more freely again.”
Shaun, a university student, says the onset of androgenetic alopecia at just 16 sparked the beginning of a downward spiral of depression, drug taking and excessive alcohol consumption.
Shaun, who appealed to Dr Jennifer Martinick to perform a hair transplant two years ago, now shows no former signs of hair loss.
He says regaining his hair gave him the confidence to give up a labouring job, apply to university and meet his life partner.
He learned about Dr Jennifer Martinick’s work from a psychologist who was treating him for depression.
“She also advised me to make lifestyle changes regarding an improved diet and exercise as well as drinking the occasional glass of red wine.
“I saw Dr Jennifer Martinick on a regular basis for almost two years before she agreed to perform a hair transplant.”
Dr Jennifer Martinick says she eventually agreed to proceed with Shaun’s transplant even though he was only 23 at the time.
“I have generally waited until a patient is at least 26,” Dr Martinick says.
“But it isn’t always that black and white particularly when you have a young patient and there is a large psychological component to their hair loss.
“This young man was deeply depressed and his hair loss was having an enormous impact on his quality of life.
“He has since moved on with his life and many positive things have happened for him.”