It’s all downhill from here…how men start worry about losing their looks at 35

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Crown Clinic were in the media again last week after putting out a new survey which looked at the ages men and women start worrying about their looks.

The story was picked up by the Sun, Mirror Online and lots of other news organisations. You can see some of the coverage here:

Here are the full results of the full survey. 

It’s all downhill from here…how women start worrying about losing their looks at 29 – the same age as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, according to a new survey
* Men wait until 35 before they starting fretting about the ageing process – the same age as Tom Hiddleston, tipped to be the next James Bond;
* Women’s biggest concerns were grey hair, wrinkles and crows feet around the eyes;
* Men’s biggest worries were man boobs and thinning hair;

The average age when women believe that time has begun to catch up with them is 29, according to a new survey.
Almost two-thirds of women (64%) are agonising about their fading youth as they approach their 30th birthday.
The three biggest worries are grey hair, followed by wrinkles and crows feet.
Fears over the ageing process don’t hit most men till six years later – at the age of 35.
Their three biggest concerns are man boobs, thinning hair and a double chin.
The results are revealed in a new survey of 1,000 people by Crown Clinic in Manchester, Britain’s top hair transplant centre.
It found that one in six women (16%) were already fretting about being over the hill by the time they are 21.
A further one in seven (17%) become preoccupied with losing their looks when they turn 25.
But the key age when the fear is most intense is 29 – the same age as supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and singer Ellie Goulding.
The survey found that 42% of women felt more insecure about their looks when they turned 30.
The average age of new mothers in Britain is 30 (up from 29.8 years in 2012) and it is also the most popular age for new brides.
Only 5% of men worry about their looks by the time they are 25.
This figures goes up to 22% by the age of 30.
By 35, 62% of men fear they are over the hill. Male celebrities who are 35 include The Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston – hot favourite to be the next James Bond –  and singer Justin Timberlake.
The survey found that 47% of women would go under the knife to improve their looks – with a boob job the most popular option.
A third of men (34%) would also consider surgery with a hair transplant the number one option.
More young men are now seeking surgery to improve their looks with the average age for hair transplants down to 42 from 47 five years ago.
There has been a 25% increase in under-30s seeking help – down to the ‘Wayne Rooney effect’ with young men copying the England football captain by bolstering their hair with a transplant.
Hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak from Crown Clinic said: “The ageing process catches up with us all, but Britons are increasingly prepared to turn to cosmetic surgery to improve their looks – mimicking a trend which first started in Hollywood.
“Studies show that people who look after their bodies are more successful in their careers and earn more.
“Techniques have improved so much, particularly regarding hair transplantation, and men can look 10 years younger through a simple operation.
“The Wayne Rooney effect has sparked a boom in hair transplants. Wayne will be seen by millions at the European football championships this summer – he is a great advert for the procedure.”
Dr Shahmalak is the stars’ favourite hair transplant surgeon, having performed procedures on the model Calum Best, TV doctor Christian Jessen and the footballer Didi Hamann.

Calum and Didi both had FUE (follicular unit extraction) procedures while Christian favoured the more traditional FUT (follicular unit transplantation) technique.

Women’s top five ageing fears

1 Grey hair
2 Wrinkles
3 Crows feet
4 Double chin
5 Bingo wings

Men’s top five ageing fears

1Man boobs
2 Thinning hair
3 Double chin
4 Beer belly
5 Grey hair

Our Surgeon

Dr. Asim Shahmalak

Dr Asim Shahmalak is a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon who performed the UK’s first eyelash transplant in 2009. He runs Crown Clinic – one of Britain’s most successful and best known hair transplant clinics. He has treated a number of high-profile industry leaders and celebrities including the medical broadcaster Dr Christian Jessen, best known for Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies.

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When the sun comes out, we know that we need to apply sunscreen to protect our skin, but many people forget to pay the same care to protecting their hair. Between the sun, sea and swimming pools, many of our favourite summer activities can significantly damage our hair – so the next time you go out to enjoy the sunshine, find out what you can do to protect it.


Why does sun damage the hair?


Sun damage to the hair is caused by the harmful UVA and UVB rays, which damage the outermost layer of the layer – the cuticle – and weaken the protein structure of the hair, making it dry, brittle and more prone to breaking. Some people find that their hair lightens in the sun, as the rays act in a similar fashion to bleach, stripping the melanin from the hair.


Protecting your hair from the sun


Wearing a hat is an easy way to protect your hair and scalp from the sun, especially if you’re outside when the sun is at its strongest. Hair SPF is also an option, which can usually be bought as a spray to be misted over the hair. Pay extra attention to the scalp – many people forget that the scalp can burn just as easily as the rest of the skin, ending up with an itchy, flaky, burnt scalp. If you do burn your scalp, rinse your hair in cool water and apply aloe vera to the affected areas, and make sure to keep your head covered when going outdoors.

If your hair is looking dry, try a deep conditioning treatment to restore some of the lost moisture to the hair, and avoid wearing your hair in any tight styles that may pull on the scalp. Summer is also a good time to temporarily stop using hairdryers, straighteners and any other hot tools to avoid adding to the sun damage.


Protecting your hair from the sea


Salt water is notorious for drying out the hair. It leaches moisture out of it, making it incredibly brittle and tangled, which can cause significant breakage. Before you go swimming, saturate your hair with clean water to prevent it from absorbing as much salt water, and don’t let it sit in your hair – rinse it thoroughly as soon as you get out of the sea. Deep conditioners and hair masks will also help replenish the moisture.


Protecting your hair in a swimming pool


Just like salt water, chlorinated water is very harsh and drying on the hair, so you can take similar precautions to swim in the sea. You could also try a swimming cap, as this not only prevents the chlorine from damaging your hair, but it will also protect your scalp from sunburn. If you have highlighted or blonde hair, be especially careful when in a swimming pool, as the copper and chlorine in the water have been known to form a film that sticks to the proteins in hair, turning it a green shade. Thankfully, this isn’t permanent, but make sure to enter the pool with wet hair and rinse it as soon as you get out.

However you are spending your summer, if you have any questions or queries about your hair, take a look at our hair advice or give our team a call.

Over the past few months, there have been a significant number of reports in the news of people experiencing hair loss after being diagnosed with COVID-19. As a result, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has listed hair loss as a possible long-term effect of the illness, along with symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness and joint pain. 

A study published by the medical journal The Lancet reported that 22% of the patients it had observed suffered from some degree of hair loss six months after falling ill, with women being more affected than men. 


Why does COVID-19 cause hair loss? 


Although there are several studies linking coronavirus and hair loss, many of the reports we hear about are anecdotal – at the moment, it’s too soon for scientists to officially establish a link between the two. 

However, the type of hair loss that COVID-19 sufferers are reporting seems to be consistent with telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium occurs when more hairs than usual suddenly enter the shedding phase of the hair growth cycle at once, causing a more noticeable amount of hair to shed at once. It’s normal to lose up to 150 hairs per day, but if you spot that you’re losing much more than that – such as clumps coming out when you’re brushing or washing your hair – it could be telogen effluvium. 

Due to the length of the hair cycle, telogen effluvium typically occurs two or three months after a period of significant stress, which can include illnesses such as COVID-19. When undergoing stressful situations, the body puts all its resources into maintaining essential functions only – which, unsurprisingly, does not include hair growth. As a result, you end up with hair loss. 

However, several other conditions can cause hair loss – such as thyroid issues or nutritional deficiencies – so if you are concerned, visit your GP, who can rule out other underlying causes with a simple blood test. 


Will my hair grow back after having COVID? 


If the hair loss is the result of telogen effluvium, most people will find that the hair will eventually grow back without the need for treatment. Typically, once the trigger or stressor is removed, the hair will grow back on its own. 

If you notice that the hair loss is persisting, there are a number of medical, cosmetic and hair transplant treatments available to help – Crown Clinic offers a range of options to support those struggling with hair loss, so don’t hesitate to get in touch

When performed by a qualified, experienced hair transplant surgeon, hair transplants are a very safe procedure. Hair restoration is a minimally invasive treatment that allows patients to return home the same day, with the procedure only requiring local anaesthetic. 

However, if you undergo a hair transplant abroad – such as in Turkey – the risk attached is much higher. 


Risks of hair transplants in Turkey 


It’s no secret that undergoing hair transplant surgery in countries such as Turkey is a gamble. Every year, countless patients are reeled in by the low prices and package deals offered by overseas clinics. Many of the clinics boast ‘five-star’ ratings and an active social media presence, duping unsuspecting patients into thinking they are visiting a reputable clinic. Although, when you dig a little deeper, you may discover the reviews are faked and the ‘after’ pictures are heavily edited or taken from other clinics. 

Another trick that patients fall for is believing that a surgeon will be carrying out the procedure, as many of the clinics advertise that a surgeon leads them to convince patients that they are legitimate. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean a surgeon will be carrying out the hair transplant itself. In fact, many clinics hire under-qualified technicians with little training to keep the costs down, only seeking the supervision of a surgeon if the procedure goes wrong. 

Over the years, Crown Clinic has fixed countless botched hair transplants, mainly from overseas clinics. The most common problems that we see are unnatural-looking hairlines and unsightly scarring as the result of the surgery being carried out by unlicensed practitioners. Other risks are infections, as sanitation is often extremely poor at the clinics and damage to the scalp due to the result of the incorrect tools being used to carry out the surgery. 


Are there any side effects to having a hair transplant? 


If you choose to have a hair transplant in the UK with a reputable surgeon, side effects will be minimal. The hygiene standards will be incredibly high, meaning the risk of infection is negligible, and you will be given clear instructions on how to take care of your scalp after the procedure. Crown Clinic has an excellent aftercare service, offering a day-by-day guide to ensure optimum healing and results.  

Unlike at overseas clinics, where it can be impossible to follow up after the procedure to discuss any concerns related to your hair transplant, Crown Clinic is more than happy to answer any questions you may have during this phase.