How a hair transplant can change your life – BBC

How a hair transplant can change your life – BBC


So, Ben… Yes. ..what made you decide to get
a hair transplant? Well, what it was was I was
receding, and then, gradually, as I got older, it really affected my confidence, and mental health, it started
to depress me. What age did you start
receding from? I could tell probably from 19
that I was starting to go thin at the sides. Well, we have a picture
here of how you used to look. Yeah. So, that must have been quite hard
at a young age to have receded like that? Was that just, like…? Really just knocked your confidence?
Yeah, it did. I wasn’t happy within myself. It was a miserable time. How did that affect relationships
you had? I was actually… ..on online dating websites, and someone actually turned around
and said, “Oh, you’re nice-looking, “but I thought you had hair.” So, that was like the iceberg
for me. Um… That’s when, like, five weeks later
I said to me parents, “I’m booking a hair transplant.” Then five weeks later, I flew
to Turkey. What did you pay for it in Turkey?
About 1,900 to 2,000. And how many follicles did
you have taken from the back into the front? I had… I think it was three
and a half I was meant to have, but I think he ended up
giving me 4,000. OK, so we have a photo,
post-surgery. Obviously, you’ve less hair there. Yeah. And was it painful, cos your
head looks a little bit scabby? It was more painful, the ache, lying
in the chair, like on the table. That was… But it hurt a bit that evening. I remember feeling
a bit throbby, but once the painkillers kicked in,
it was absolutely fine. I mean, your hair looks amazing now. Yeah, I’m a bit jealous.
THEY LAUGH Pretty brave to talk about the fact
that it did have an impact on your mental health. I think you
used the word depressed, didn’t you? Yeah. You said you were quite
depressed. Has it affected any of your mental health? I wouldn’t say it’s affected my
mental health, but it definitely affected my confidence. So, what about what Ben said about,
you know, people online on dating websites, perhaps saying,
“Yeah, yeah, great, “but I need someone with hair”? Have any of you ever felt kind of
knocked back, or maybe you haven’t even approached someone, because
you’re not feeling confident about
your hair? I feel more comfortable approaching a girl if I’ve got a hat on. She can’t see my hairline. But I wear hats all year round,
like, not just
the summer, wintertime. Even if it’s cold outside
and it’s raining or it’s snowing, I’ll put a hat on, and I’ll put my
hood up. Like, I will just always wear a hat. So, if I was to get this procedure,
and it was to go well, definitely wouldn’t wear a hat
as much. That hat, at some point, is going to
come off, isn’t it? It does, but then I just rely on…
I’m just… My mind-set there is…I’ll just charm her, and then when I take the hat off,
it’s not too bad. How did it affect your confidence? Like, obviously it affected it
badly, but after you had
the transplant? Oh, it was like a new lease on life,
especially when I started to get thicker. The confidence grew with
the months as the hair grew longer and thicker. Dating-wise, it completely
changed the other way. Has it been an issue with you,
approaching people? Yeah, but I think it comes down to,
like, confidence sometimes, doesn’t it? Has Bradley got kind of good
game or…? Have you noticed his confidence? Apart from his rubbish
dancing, yeah. I would say… I would say, yeah, he’s confident. Like, if we’re going to, you know, out shopping then I’ll just stick a cap on. It’s much easier than messing
about with my hair. And especially when you’ve not
got much of it, but no. Ben, do you have any advice
for our surgery-seekers? Um, just if you want to do it,
just go for it. It’s like a life-changing
decision for me. I don’t ever think about it now. I worry about what hairstyle to
have, more than anything else. So..

Author: Matthew Machuca

49 thoughts on “How a hair transplant can change your life – BBC

  1. Wow! Next level insecurity in this lot. If I am on a dating app and a person is so shallow they can’t imagine dating a person with hair loss why would you want to date them anyway? Clearly a show for vapid people!

  2. I kinda think some bald guys are hot, sometimes it suits guys. That, and internet dating is just vile. Its made us all far more shallow, capricious, cruel and impossible to please. It makes it far too easy to be far too petty.

  3. This is pretty ridiculous, some of these men are not balding and will have hair for life, they are just going slightly thinner on top and no longer have a straight hair line… which is normal. Out of 10 friends I can think of only one of them has a straight hair line, none of them have the same hair quality as when we were teenagers but it doesn't mean they are balding.

    Love Island and all these dipshit programmes for sheep have brainwashed people into thinking any age related hair changes mean balding.

  4. I've been receeding since I was 17, I'm 28 now. It's ok of you can afford it, the peasants just get on with it.
    Ah well.

  5. That guy has a great head shape! He couldn’t gone bald and been quite sexy! My husband starting going bald at 16 and when he finally shaved his head his confidence went thru the roof. People stop him all the time to tell him he has a sexy head:) xo

  6. Interesting. I think we should be trying to get to the root of the problem though. What is causing this early hair loss? That’s not normal. Was it genetic or acquired? Some things we rub into our head and hair including the hairline are bad for us, but they don’t appear to be bad immediately. Like a degenerative disease they can slowly harm us.

  7. Man get on with your life already. Can't you understand that is not about the hair anymore? It's not the 90's anymore, it's the 2020's we people just don't care any more if you have hair or not…. Just shave it off and that's all to it! The thing is that if you're continously conscious about it, the more power you give it to and more energy you invent into whereas instead you can use that energy to improve other parts of your life like working out, dressing nice. I say don't give into it to much and you'll be OK

  8. How can they say "it helped my confidence", when they change what they dislike about themselves?
    They would have much more confidence if they accept that it's more about actual body and not hair. Go to the gym and stop wasting that much money, or just walk actually.

  9. Shame it Didn't cover your Whole face! Then you could have been a Second in a Star Wars movie as a Wookie¥ Get a Grip boys and use what you've got to your best advantage. But If You've the Money and it makes you Feel better – Fair Play. Some are Not so endowed in the £ dept. All the Best Xxx

  10. I started to receed at a young age as well, but I shave it now, its not worth making a fuss of. I do regret not dying it, when I had it to dye, but its no hardship.

  11. Second chance at hair and that's the style he chose, jesus just shave it, it's all confidence, either pay 20grand or man up for free.

  12. this is a completely personal issue. You can't tell someone they're wrong for wanting to do this, nor for not wanting to. Whatever makes the person happy, that's the main thing. I get annoyed with comments like "oh just shave your head" or "what a waste of money" – If it makes him happy that's all that matters

  13. Hair transplants are not something we should be encouraging, they're extremely expensive, they often look terrible and fake, the men have to take a cocktail of experimental medication like finasteride and minoxidil their entire lives to keep the hair and they will need to go back continuously their entire lives to have any further balding thatched up and if one day you decide to finally just shave it all off your scalp is covered in transplant scars. I understand if you have a bad head shape baldness can be devastating but most people look perfectly fine bald, it's balding hair that looks bad it makes you look like a sick bird that's losing feathers.

  14. I sold everything i had bought for the last 10 yrs to afford ht. Its been a month now since the surgery.. hope i dont regret my decision

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