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ISHRS Survey Sees Rise in Hair Restoration Surgeries

On Aug. 1, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) released its 2011 ISHRS Practice Census results. The objective of the census is “to gather reliable statistics with regard to the volume of hair restoration procedures performed, patient demographics, surgical techniques, treatments used, and other practice dynamics,” according to ISHRS.

The ISHRS is one of the Hair Foundation’s Allied Organizations Council (AOC) members.

From the survey of 176 responses from ISHRS member doctors, results disclosed that the demand for procedures to correct hair loss proved to be stronger than ever, with the market size for hair restoration surgery increasing 47.9 percent from 2008 to 2010. In addition, the worldwide number of surgical hair restoration procedures performed in 2010 was approximately 279,381, an 11 percent increase from 2008.

The ISHRS further explained that since it began compiling membership data in 2004, the number of procedures performed around the world increased 66 percent with the largest growth seen in the Middle East (454 percent increase) and Asia (345 percent increase).

In a press release distributed by ISHRS, president Jerry Cooley said the following:

“People with hair loss often report that it puts them at a disadvantage in their personal and professional lives,” said Jerry E. Cooley, MD, president of the ISHRS. “Patients appreciate the natural-looking, permanent results of hair restoration surgery, which is why we are seeing a growing trend of more men, and women, around the world turning to hair restoration surgery to look younger and feel more self-confident.”

Additional findings included:

        • In 2010, ISHRS members treated more men than women, an average of 85.9 percent of procedures performed on men, versus 14.1 percent performed on women.
        • Over half of both male (56.7%) and female patients (54.3%) fell between the ages of 30 to 49 years old. On average, males tended to be slightly younger than females.
        • The majority of hair restoration surgical procedures were performed using the hair transplant strip/linear harvesting technique (77.5%) and less than half (49.1%) used trichophytic closure in addition to hair transplant with strip/linear harvesting.
        • In 2010, 92.8 percent of hair transplant procedures targeted the scalp area and 7.2 percent of procedures targeted non-scalp areas of the body including eyebrow (4.4%), face/moustache/beard (1.5%) and eyelash (0.6%) areas. The most common “other” target recipient areas (0.5% or less) mentioned were sideburns and/or scar areas.

To read about more findings, please review the census.

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