Dr. Arthur Gray Comments on Recent Research Showing Advancements in Hair Restoration Options is Opening New Doors for More Patients

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According to Dr. Arthur Gray of Hair Transplant & Restoration Center, twenty years ago, "hair transplant" likely brought to mind the typical candidate—an older man with sparse hair or an obvious bald spot. But with continued treatment developments, new research from the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery shows candidates come in all shapes, genders, and ages enabling many to seek treatment for the first time.

In my practice, I've noticed a trend of more men and women coming in for a consultation at the first signs of thinning hair, which is the best time to intervene and slow the progression of future hair loss.

According to 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—hair restoration surgery has surged in popularity over the past decade. The volume of procedures performed increased 76 percent worldwide from 2006 to 2014, with 397,048 procedures performed in 2014.

“While beauty trends come and go, good hair never goes out of style—and that's true for both men and women," said Dr. Arthur Gray of Macon’s Hair Transplant & Restoration Center. In the past, hair transplantation was a primarily male-dominated surgical procedure, but from 2006 to 2014, the number of women undergoing hair restoration surgery worldwide increased 11 percent. More women are seeking help for hair loss and turning to hair restoration surgery for natural-looking, permanent results.

"As we're seeing by the new survey data, hair restoration surgery is having its moment. The procedure has evolved tremendously over the years, and it's no longer a surgery that patients feel the need to hide or shy away from talking about. The fact is more and more people turn to corrective treatments every year to improve virtually any aspect of their appearance, and now hair restoration is no exception for those who want better hair."

Those wanting better hair are not entirely interested in restoring hair solely on the scalp, either. The survey found more people are undergoing body hair transplantation— also known as non-scalp hair transplants—to supplement hair loss or thinning hair in areas such as the face or chest. From 2012 to 2014, the ISHRS survey found that the total number of hair restoration procedures targeting non-scalp areas including eyebrow, face/mustache/beard, and eyelash increased 95 percent.

Also contributing to rising numbers is the shift in the age range of interested hair restoration candidates. "In my practice, I've noticed a trend of more men and women coming in for a consultation at the first signs of thinning hair, which is the best time to intervene and slow the progression of future hair loss," said Dr. Gray. In 2014, more than half of both male and female surgical patients worldwide were between the ages of 30 to 49 years old, 58.6% and 54.7%, respectively. "We now have more proven medical and surgical and non-surgical treatment options to correct hair loss, with new research continuing to investigative potential new therapies."

About Dr. Arthur Gray
HT&RC is a medical resource for patients who truly want to resolve hair loss. Founded by ISHRS member Dr. Arthur Gray, the mission of HT&RC is to provide an ethical, hands-on, relational approach to hair restoration, where the absolute top priority is doing what's right for every patient. HT&RC brings together all the FDA-approved and clinically proven treatments for hair loss and combines them with expert FUE and FUT surgical restoration procedures. For more information call 478-787-0435 or visit http://www.htandrc.com.

About the ISHRS
Founded in 1993, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) is a global non-profit medical association and the leading authority on hair loss treatment and restoration with more than 1,200 members 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 the Survey
Conducted by Relevant Research, Inc., of Chicago, IL, USA, the ISHRS 2015 Practice Census 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 within plus or minus 4.9 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. For a full reprint of the ISHRS 2015 Practice Census Report, visit Hair Restoration Statistics.

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