What did catch him unawares was how extremely self-conscious his baldness made him feel and how it knocked his confidence.
To compensate he grew his hair long and used hats and dry shampoo in an attempt to disguise his bald patches.
But despite trying ‘every product under the sun’ by the time he approached his 30th he feared their was no-way back.
That’s when his dad stepped in and instead of the traditional watch or cufflinks treated him to a hair transplant procedure for his 30th birthday.
Tom said: “My dad and uncles are all bald and I think that my dad could see that it was only a matter of time before I too lost my hair completely.
“He knew how self-conscious it made me and kindly paid for the treatment for my 30th birthday.”
Some eight months after the gift Tom has a full head of hair and with it came a renewed level of self-confidence.
He said: “The results have been more than I could ever have hoped for.”
“The transformation has been amazing and my confidence has grown tenfold.”
Tom, a teacher from Dorking in Surrey, said: “My hair started to thin at a very young age, which made me feel extremely self-conscious and it knocked my confidence.”
“If I wasn’t wearing a hat, I would use clever styling and dry shampoo in an attempt to thicken my hair and disguise my bald patches.
“I must have tried every product under the sun to try and stimulate hair growth, but none of them worked for me which was very disheartening”.
Tom, like many men, puts his hair loss down to genetics – something which is known to be one of the biggest causes of baldness.
He said: “I come from a family of bald men.”
On his 30th birthday, Tom’s dad surprised him with the best possible birthday present – a hair transplant procedure, to help him to re-gain the confidence he had lost as a result of his balding head.
Tom’s dad took him along to meet Dr Thomy Kouremada-Zioga, a Hair Transplant Surgeon, at The Private Clinic of Harley Street.
She discussed with Tom just how big a part genetics can play in hair loss, she said: “There are many reasons for hair loss but it is certainly true to say that genetics can be a key contributor in some cases.
“Men and women can inherit genes from both the maternal or paternal side, which can leave them predisposed to hair loss. A huge number of patients that I see come to me and explain that their parents and grandparents also suffered with hair loss”.
After a thorough consultation process, Dr Kouremada-Zioga recommended Tom underwent a hair transplant procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
She said: “The FUE procedure is delivered under local anaesthetic, while the patient is awake.” she said. “It is a very precise, advanced technique, which involves removing tiny, individual hairs from the patient’s head and implanting these into the areas where the hair is thinning or receding.
“The skillset and expertise of the doctor performing this procedure can be pivotal to the overall outcome for the patient. To achieve optimum results, the surgeon needs to ensure that the hair not only regrows but that it regrows in a very natural way.
“The technique is the most advanced form of hair transplant, enabling the patient to leave the clinic on the same day as their treatment. This makes it the preferred option for busy working men and women who perhaps cannot afford to spend weeks away from their jobs while they recover from surgery.”