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Annual survey finds growing demand for proven hair loss treatments

Number of hair restoration surgeries increased 76% worldwide

International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons

International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons
August 5, 2015

Results released today of a new member survey conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) show more men and women are turning to hair restoration surgery as a permanent, natural-looking solution to combat hair loss.

The worldwide volume of surgical hair restoration procedures performed from 2006 to 2014 jumped 76%, with 397,048 procedures performed in 2014.

"The reason hair restoration surgery has surged in popularity over the years is simple — it's a proven therapy to correct hair loss that has been continually refined with enhanced techniques and instrumentation that can create virtually undetectable results," said Sharon Keene, M.D., president of the ISHRS.

Since 2006, the worldwide number of hair restoration patients, both surgical and non-surgical, increased 64%. While in the past men dominated the hair restoration patient base, more women continue to seek help for hair loss. In 2014, 84.7% of all hair restoration surgical patients worldwide were male and 15.3% were female. The number of female surgical hair restoration patients worldwide has increased 11% since 2006.

Overall, 1,055,480 hair restoration patients sought treatment for hair loss in 2014, a 9% increase since 2012.

Other notable trends and facts from the ISHRS Practice Census survey include:

  • In 2014, more than half of both male and female surgical patients worldwide fell between the ages of 30 to 49.
  • In 2014, ISHRS members treated a higher percentage of men with surgical hair restoration procedures (84.7%) compared to non-surgical procedures (59.9%).
  • In 2014, ISHRS members treated a higher percentage of women with non-surgical hair restoration procedures (40.1%) compared to surgical procedures (15.3%).
  • Aside from "wanting more hair,"" ISHRS members reported the main reason women were seeking hair restoration in 2014 was that they "felt self-conscious about lack of or thinning hair in this area" (65%).

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