Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Hair Loss
Body dysmorphia is a mental condition in which you focus heavily on a perceived physical flaw that appears very minor or even nonexistent to everyone else. Body dysmorphia, also called body dysmorphic disorder or BDD, can sometimes cause someone so much anxiety about their physical appearance that they begin avoiding social interactions and outings. They may constantly check their appearance in the mirror or seek validation from others, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Hair Loss and Body Dysmorphia
Those who experience hair loss might be more likely to suffer from body dysmorphia than other people. According to a study from 2015, dermatologists observed body dysmorphia in almost 30% of patients who experienced hair loss. This is compared to only 2% of the other patients who suffered from BDD but did not suffer from hair loss. The study also found that men were more likely to suffer from BDD than women, at 52% of men compared to 26% of women.
Some of the most common warning signs of body dysmorphic disorder are:
- Believing that you have a major physical flaw that needs to be fixed in order to be accepted by others
- Constantly checking your appearance in a mirror, picking at your skin, fixing your hair
- Seeking validation from others about your physical appearance
- Avoiding social situations because of your perceived flaw and low self-esteem
One of the most commonly reported physical features that people struggle with is hair loss, thinning, or baldness. Losing hair can be a major hit to people’s confidence, but it should not get in the way of daily activities and social gatherings. If you have been regularly feeling shame about your appearance or hair loss, it might be time to make a change. Call your primary care physician to discuss mental health treatments, then make a call to Hairline Ink to learn more about how we can help you regain your confidence.
At Hairline Ink, we want everyone to feel confident in their appearance, even if they have experienced hair loss, shedding, baldness, or failed hair transplants. We offer a variety of services to help you feel your best, including scalp micropigmentation, scar camouflage, adding density to your natural hair, and repairing hair transplants. Call our office at (646)-586-2063 or reach out online to schedule your consultation today.