Balding men who have hair transplants may be easy to mock but they are likely to have the last laugh, according to new research.
Scientists found that follically challenged men were rated as more youthful, attractive, successful, and approachable after a transplant by a panel of unbiased volunteers.
A group of 122 participants, about half of whom were also men, were asked to rate 13 pairs of images including “before and after” pictures of seven individuals who had undergone hair transplants.
Six other pairs of images showed balding men whose appearance did not change significantly between each shot.
The volunteers awarded marks out of 100 for a range of perceived traits, including youthfulness, attractiveness, successfulness and approachability.
On average, balding men were seen as 3.6 years younger after having a hair transplant.
They were also judged to be 1.1 years younger than men in the “control” group who did not have hair restored.
Hair transplants significantly boosted ratings scores for attractiveness, successfulness and approachability.
The scientists, led by Lisa Ishii, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the US, wrote in the journal Jama Facial Plastic Surgery: “Men were perceived as being younger and more attractive by casual observers after undergoing a hair transplant.
“Participants also rated post-transplant faces as appearing more successful and approachable relative to their pre-transplant counterparts.”
Hair transplants may improve the social and working lives of balding men, the researchers found.
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