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The psychological impact of androgenetic alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia goes well beyond the physical aspects of hair loss.1

Similar to other appearance-altering conditions, research has found that patients' psychological reactions to hair loss are related to their own perception of the extent of their alopecia.1

Even in patients with slight hair loss, this can involve considerable emotional consequences.1

Addressing hair loss may be valuable in the management of some patients' body-image difficulties. The gains to be had not only include hair regrowth but also, patient quality of life.1

The ultimate relief that alopecia patients seek is an alleviation of upsetting thoughts and feelings about their appearance.2

For most, the reversing or stabilising hair loss can act like a catalyst for effecting positive psychological change.2

  • Cash TF, Price VH, Savin RC. J Am Acad Dermatol 1993; 29: 568-75.
  • Cash TF. Brit J Dermatol 1999; 141: 398–405