Major Increase in Less Invasive Hair Transplants - FUE Doubles Since 2008

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International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery Census finds dramatic growth in worldwide demand for hair restoration surgery which Dr. Alan Bauman attributes to the increased use of FUE hair transplants. Bauman expects the number of FUE hair transplants will surpass the traditional strip-harvest method in as little as three to five years.

FUE has proven to be a major advancement for the field of hair loss

In spite of the sluggish global economy, demand for hair restoration surgery is on the rise - increasing 15 percent in the US and 66 percent worldwide between 2004 and 2010, according to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery’s 2011 Practice Census. The key reason for this spike in procedures, according to ISHRS member Alan J. Bauman, M.D., is the demand for a less-invasive hair transplant procedure known as Follicular-Unit Extraction, or FUE.

“I remember vividly back in 2003 at the ISHRS Orlando Live Surgery Workshop where I demonstrated the first live FUE procedure performed at that conference, that many doctors were reluctant to adopt the challenging technique, preferring instead to persist with the traditional strip-harvest method,” said Dr. Bauman, a board-certified hair restoration surgeon and member of the ISHRS Media Relations Committee. “Only recently have more doctors rushed to offer FUE, and it’s plain to see how well patients are responding to it.”

FUE has proven to be a major advancement for the field of hair loss as it allows the surgeon to restore living and growing hair to balding patients without the traditional removal of a large strip of ‘donor’ skin from the back of the head. This traditional strip-harvest method requires the use of scalpel and stitches – and results in a tell-tale linear scar at the donor site. It’s easy to see why patients would prefer the less-invasive no-scalpel/no-stitch FUE over the traditional strip-harvest method. Now that FUE is gaining increased acceptance in the hair transplant community, and there is a growing track record of results worldwide, patient demand is soaring – even in spite of the sluggish economy.

Key findings of the 2011 ISHRS Practice Census:

  •     The total number of hair transplants performed worldwide in 2010 rose to 279,381 - an increase of 66 percent since 2004 and an 11 percent gain since 2008.
  •     Less-invasive FUE no-scalpel/no-stitch harvesting techniques have increased exponentially in popularity while the total numbers of traditional “linear” or strip-harvest surgery have continued to drop.
  •     In 2008, FUE procedures comprised just 11 percent of all hair transplants compared to the 22 percent share of the market they hold today—more than doubling the total amount of FUE procedures performed over the same time and tripling since 2004.
  •     Strip-harvest surgeries dropped from 92 percent of all hair transplant procedures performed in 2004 to 77.5 percent of these procedures today.

Surgeons disagree whether strip-harvesting will ever be completely abandoned; but few will argue that the procedure is in decline. In fact, as mentioned in his recent lecture at the ISHRS Annual Scientific Meeting held in Anchorage Alaska September 14-18, Bauman presented statistical data that suggests that strip-harvest surgeries could be surpassed by minimally-invasive FUE procedures in as little as three to five years. New technology like NeoGraft, as well as futuristic technology like robotic transplants, could further accelerate this trend.

“At Bauman Medical Group, we’ve seen FUE cases jump from 10 percent in 2004/2006 to 50 percent in 2008 and now 90 percent in 2010 – literally ahead of the worldwide curve,” Bauman said.

For more information about FUE and NeoGraft FUE, visit Bauman Medical Group online.

ABOUT DR. ALAN BAUMAN:

Alan J. Bauman, M.D., founder of Bauman Medical Group in Boca Raton, Florida, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon who has been featured extensively in the national and international print and television media, such as Newsweek, The New York Times, Cosmo, Vogue, Allure, Men's Health, Today Show, The Early Show, Good Morning America, Extra, Access Hollywood and Dateline NBC.

Dr. Bauman is recognized within the medical profession as a top U.S. medical expert on the treatment of hair loss in men and women. A board-certified hair restoration surgeon, Dr. Bauman was the first to demonstrate ‘live’ the FUE method of hair transplantation at the 2003 International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery Orlando Live Surgery Workshop and the first to demonstrate the NeoGraft FUE device at the ISHRS Orlando Live Surgery Workshop in 2010. His practice is divided equally between male and female patients, and Dr. Bauman provides state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures and a multi-therapy approach to the medically treatable condition of hair loss. Dr. Bauman is a member and often a featured speaker at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery annual scientific meetings.

Editors Note: Dr. Bauman is available for expert medical media commentary. To arrange for an interview at his 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art medical clinic, or plan a phone or live in-studio interview, call media relations contact: Janet Shoup at 828-707-8971; janet(at)firm19(dot)com.

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