Los Angeles Hair Transplant Surgeon Reviews an 85 Percent Worldwide Increase for Hair Transplant

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Los Angeles hair restoration expert, Dr. Parsa Mohebi, founder of US Hair Restoration, cites the increased demand fueled by younger patients looking for a permanent solution to hair loss.

Hair restoration surgery is on the rise with no signs of slowing down – echoing a global trend of more people seeking cosmetic surgery to improve their appearance.

Statistics released from a recent member survey conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) – the world’s leading medical authority on hair loss and hair restoration – have shown a marked rise in the number of surgical hair restoration procedures being performed around the world over the past decade.

Since the ISHRS began tracking trends in hair restoration, with its first Practice Census member survey in 2005, the extrapolated worldwide volume of surgical hair restoration procedures performed from 2004 to 2012 has jumped 85 percent, with a total of 310,624 procedures being performed worldwide in 2012.

“Until recently, people undergoing hair transplants preferred to keep their surgery a secret, especially celebrities and other prominent public figures,” said Dr. Parsa Mohebi. “But now the tide has shifted, and people from all walks of life are no longer shying away from publicly talking about their hair transplant procedure – similar to how they would discuss any other popular cosmetic surgical procedure that can shave years off a person’s appearance.”

While traditionally men have dominated the hair restoration patient base, the survey showed that women increasingly are turning to hair restoration surgery to address hair loss as well– with the number of women undergoing hair restoration surgery worldwide increasing 20 percent from 2004 to 2012. Dr. Mohebi noted that men and women face many of the same concerns regarding hair loss and often express how it makes them more self-conscious and negatively impacts their work and personal lives.

The most recent ISHRS Practice Census also found that men and women with hair loss are seeking treatment at an earlier age in life – with more than half of both male and female patients falling between the ages of 30 to 49 years old, 59.6 percent and 55.0 percent respectively. ISHRS members also reported that on average, first time hair restoration patients were 38 years old, and 81 percent of first time hair restoration patients were between 30 and 49 years old.

“Over the years, we have seen a trend in our practice of younger patients seeking consultations and treatments for hair loss,” added Dr. Mohebi. “Early detection and intervention are essential to treating and also preventing future hair loss, so it’s a good idea for patients to seek help for hair loss as soon as they notice a problem. Hair restoration surgery has really evolved over the years, creating natural-looking, permanent results that are virtually undetectable – which explains why the procedure is in such high demand around the world today.”

Other notable trends and facts from the ISHRS 2013 Practice Census survey include:

  •     Of the estimated 310,624 hair restoration procedures performed worldwide in 2012, Europe experienced the biggest increase in the number of procedures with 54,343 procedures performed in 2012 (a 39% increase from 2010)
  •     From 2010 to 2012, hair restoration procedures performed on the eyebrow and face (moustache/beard) increased 13.1%
  •     Asia conducted the largest amount of eyelash (601), eyebrow (5,160) and facial hair restorations (1,904)
  •     Just over half (54.7%) of members said their patients would be ‘more likely’ to discuss their hair restoration as they were in 2010
  •     ISHRS members chose John Mayer as the male celebrity with the best hair and Sofia Vergara as the female celebrity with the best hair
  •     Prince William was voted the celebrity for whom ISHRS members would most like to perform a hair transplant


About the ISHRS
Founded in 1993, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) is a non-profit medical association with a membership of over 1,200 physicians worldwide dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of hair restoration. The mission of the ISHRS is to achieve excellence in patient outcomes by promoting member education, international collegiality, research, ethics, and public awareness. For more information and to locate a physician, visit http://www.ishrs.org.

About Dr. Parsa Mohebi
As medical director of US Hair Restoration, chairman of FUE Research Committee of ISHRS and the inventor of several methods and techniques in modern hair restoration, Dr. Mohebi and his staff provide the most advanced techniques in hair restoration. Dr. Mohebi prides himself in advancing research and developing the latest technology to improve the quality of hair restoration. The overall goal at his US Hair Restoration office is to restore patient’s self-esteem through the use of quality hair restoration techniques.

About the Survey
Conducted by Relevant Research, Inc. of Chicago, IL, USA, the ISHRS 2013 Practice Census survey is a compilation of information provided solely by participating physicians. The information published in this survey was developed from actual historical information and does not include any projected information. The margin of error for the sample is plus or minus 6.5 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. For a full reprint of the ISHRS 2013 Practice Census Report, visit http://www.ishrs.org/statistics-research.htm.

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