My husband is considering a transplant operation as one way to address his waning male libido – and yes, he has thinned quite a bit since he turned 50. A friend told him that since he (the friend) had hair transplants he was feeling more confident in ALL areas of his life, including his sex drive. Is this true? Better than Viagra?
Libido is a complex characteristic of the human male or female and is not related to just one factor. Clearly, what men think of their manhood, their attractiveness, their self-esteem, the influence of the woman in their life, directly impacts their libido. One of the important determining elements for libido has to do with a man’s emotional state and sense of well being. The second, is a man’s reaction to his hormonal influences and brain regulators that drive libido. We know that Testosterone is the most potent hormone that in determining the sex drive in men (and in women). Third, is the physical ability of a man’s penis to react to his sexual wants and needs. Penile function is another complex process and the failure of a penis to become erect, even in the motivated sexually driven male, will perpetuate (or make worse) sexual dysfunction.
With regard to your comment on the increased confidence of men who have had a hair transplant, well, this is a very common message my patients pass on to me. For example: One well known, rich, successful and happily married businessman came to me with a Class 6 (fairly bald) pattern. He had two transplant sessions totaling about 5000 grafts. He was dynamic and was known for his charismatic style in public – but there was a piece of the inner, sexual man what was influenced by his hair loss. His wife came to me a couple of years after I had finished his hair restoration process. When he told her of his decision to have a hair transplant, she was outwardly supportive, but secretly did not feel it was necessary. She told me that after her husband had his hair back, the man she married came back and her confession brought tears to my eyes. She told me that her love had never diminished as he was balding, because he was still the same man she fell in love with and married. Now she wanted me to share her joy in the decision and to thank me for my role in his restoration two years earlier.
This story should shed light on the secret inner man which is in every man. The inner man does not like aging, Balding is a reminder of the aging process that men hate. The problem for most men, however, is that the transplant route is imbued with negative connotations and men tend to be averse to the idea that their vanity is a problem for them. Facing their vanity without the support of a loving and understanding wife, can be a difficult decision for a married man. For the recently divorced man, on the other hand, hair transplantation is a common process during the post divorce period and with the change in their image (even the possibilities of a potentially painful surgery), a hair transplant is often moved to the forefront. With a change in the physical appearance that comes with a normal looking head of hair, comes a confidence and a libido to match provided the plumbing is in good condition.