The 2015 hair restoration practice census by International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), show that hair transplantation is an increasingly popular treatment for hair loss and 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 percent, with 397,048 procedures performed in 2014. The largest gains were reported in the Middle East, Mexico/Central and South America, and Asia.
Overall, 1,055,480 hair restoration patients sought treatment for hair loss in 2014, representing a 9 percent increase since 2012.
The total market size for hair restoration surgery has increased 28% since 2012, or from $1.9 billion USD in 2012 to $2.5 billion USD in 2014.
Over half of all men and women treated were younger than 50. Men aged 30-39 made up the biggest percentile at 31.7%, followed by those aged 40-49 (26.9%). It was the inverse for women.
While Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) procedures accounted for over half of all hair transplants, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is gaining rapidly, with a 51% increase over the 2012 results (from 32.2% in 2012 to 48.5% in 2014).
In 2014, 84.7% of surgical patients were men and the rest (15.3%) were women. The number of women receiving a hair transplant increased by 12% since 2012. There was also a 21% increase in non-surgical female patients.
Trends in Hair Loss Treatment
Value of the hair loss treatment market worldwide in 2010 and 2017 (in billion U.S. dollars).
In 2014, 89.1 percent of hair transplant procedures targeted the scalp area and 10.9 percent of procedures targeted non-scalp areas of the body – including eyebrow (5.5%), face/moustache/beard (3.7%) and eyelash (0.6%) areas. The most common “other” target recipient areas (0.9% or less) mentioned were sideburns, scar areas or facelift scar areas.
The largest number of hair restoration procedures for the scalp, eyelash, eyebrow, facial, and pubic regions was handled within Asia. The US conducted the largest amount of other area hair restoration procedures.
ISHRS members used perioperatively or post hair transplantation, the most common response was ‘minoxidil’ (69.2%), followed by ‘platelet rich plasma (PRP)’ (43.7%), and ‘low-level laser therapy (home device)’ (24.6%), or ‘low-level laser therapy (clinical unit)’ (24.5%). Among the ‘Other specify’ responses, the most common responses provided were ‘ATP,’ ’mesotherapy’ and ‘vitamins.’
Next Technological Leap in Hair Restoration
52% of ISHRS members think the next technological "leap" in hair restoration will be cloning/stem cells/cell therapy/cell growth/tissue engineering.
Other Interesting Information
Notable trends and facts from the ISHRS Practice Census survey:
- In 2014, more than half of both male and female surgical patients worldwide fell between the ages of 30 to 49 years old, 58.6% and 54.7%, respectively
- 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%)
Last update 2nd of February 2018