Men ranging from movie stars to politicians to royalty to family members with plugs will be glad to hear the hair-raising good news: balding men are perceived as older-looking and less attractive.
A new survey conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine confirm what many have already known. Men with hair transplants were thought by observers to be younger and better-looking, CBS News reports. They were also rated as “more successful and approachable” compared to when they were bald.
The study was led by Dr. Lisa Ishii, a specialist in the division of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins.
The researchers took side-by-side photos of 13 men. Seven of them had hair loss due to aging but got hair transplants. Six of them did not undergo the procedure. 122 adults between the ages of 18 to 52 were asked to take a look at the photos, and rate the men based on estimated age, attractiveness, approachability and presumed level of success.
The photos of the men who had undergone hair transplants scored much higher in all areas compared to their pre-transplant pictures.
Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, a hair restoration specialist in Miami, wrote in an accompanying article to the study that in his 23 years of doing the procedures, he has seen how transplants can indeed “reverse baldness and improve the attractiveness” of men.
Over 11,000 hair transplants were completed on men in 2014, according to the study. It is one of the most common cosmetic services people subscribe to.
Epstein does believe that despite studies showing low self-esteem in balding men, it is very much possible to overcome the stigma and do well in life with no hair.
He quotes the comedian Larry David, who said, “Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man — there’s your diamond in the rough.”
Several notable actors, television personalities, athletes and musicians have openly admitted to having had hair transplants, including actor John Cleese, football player Wayne Rooney, Backstreet Boy AJ McLean, TV host Jason Gardiner, and singer Robbie Williams. Rooney even took to Twitter to say that he had been losing hair at the age of 25, and was “delighted” with the results of his hair restoration.
The study was published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.