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Hair Transplants Become a ‘Thing’: Worldwide Increase in Hair Restoration Surgery Reported

Trends have a way of catching on even quicker today thanks to the good old Internet. When something is good - or bad - it only takes a short time before people across the world know about it. If you consider to boundless reach of social media and information available online, it's not hard to believe this fact.

It was only a matter of time then that hair transplant surgery and all of the great strides it's been making went viral and got attention across the world. Now, new survey results are in and they show that the number of hair transplant procedures happening across the world has gone up eighty-five percent in almost a decade.

A member survey conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) since 2004 looked at trends in hair restoration from around the globe. It has noticed that while both men (86.3% in 2012) and women (13.7% in 2012) were now getting hair transplants, the biggest jump in overall procedures performed was happening in Asia and the Middle East. In Asia, 102,702 hair restoration procedures were done in 2012. This number represented at 10% increase from 2010.

The ISHRS 2013 Practice Census survey also showed that even with a weaker economy during those years, people we’re still opting to improve their appearances and get hair restoration surgery. From 2010 to 2012 there was an overall 10 percent increase in the number of people across the globe having the hair transplant procedure done - totaling  310,624 procedures.

As far as market value goes, the survey also calculated and estimated procedure price times the market size and found some grand numbers for the market in various countries. The U.S. market size was estimated to be $ 1,931,599,813 (USD) in 2012 while Europe reached € 1,493,706,135 (EUR) in 2012.   Other notable regions in the study included Japan with ¥ 14,995,975,147 (JPY) and the Middle East with ? 107,343,869,229 (INR).

“Hair is universally viewed as a sign of youth and vitality, which is why hair loss at any age can have a significant impact on a person’s overall quality of life,” said Vincenzo Gambino, MD (Milan, Italy), president of the ISHRS. “To combat hair loss, more men and women are turning to hair restoration surgery – especially those in their 30s and 40s – because the results are permanent, natural-looking and virtually undetectable.”

Speaking of age, the study found that over half of the people opting for hair transplants in 2012 were between the ages of 30-49. Perhaps signaling an innate desire to gain back youth or keep the fountain refreshed, rather than aging or changing our looks with less - or no hair.

Not just the scalp has gotten all of the attention either. While facial hair transplants have really exploded lately with the hipster trend, and the look of full eyebrows has become so hot- even back in 2012 there were already people opting for these kinds of hair transplant procedures. From 2010-1202 13.1% of surgeries were done on the eyebrow and face.

Perhaps what are really catapulted hair transplants into the limelight is not only the more natural results and lower price point, but also the celebrities who continue to influence style and trends in society. For a fun spin on things, ISHRS members who were surveyed also said Prince William was a celebrity they most would like to have a hair transplant and they chose John Mayer as the male celebrity with the best hair while Sofia Vergara was chosen as the female celebrity with the best hair.

 Click here for a full reprint of the ISHRS 2013 Practice Census Report

Hairfear - 06-18-2015

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