New Survey Finds Number Of Hair Restoration Surgeries Increased 60 Percent Worldwide

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Miami hair restoration expert cites patients aged 30 to 49 sought treatment for hair loss more than any other age group

The best time to come in for a consultation is at the first signs of thinning hair, when we can intervene most effectively and slow the progression of 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—younger adults accounted for the majority of patients undergoing hair restoration in 2016.

The worldwide volume of surgical hair restoration procedures performed from 2014 to 2016 rose 60 percent, with 635,189 procedures performed. Of those 635,189 surgical procedures, more than half of both male and female surgical patients worldwide fell between the ages of 30 to 49 years old, 59.7 percent and 59.0 percent, respectively.

"It is no surprise that hair restoration surgery has surged in popularity over the past decade, as this permanent solution for hair loss has evolved immensely in recent years," said Dr. Jeffrey S. Epstein, M.D., FACS of Miami, Florida. "Today, hair restoration surgery safely and effectively creates natural-looking results that are virtually undetectable, which is why this option is so appealing to both men and women looking to enhance their hair in the prime of their lives."

While men continue to dominate the patient base for hair restoration surgery, women are also now turning to this option for the treatment of hair loss. Specifically, in 2016, 85.7 percent of surgical patients were men and 14.3 percent were women. Men also accounted for 61.8 percent of nonsurgical patients in 2016, with women accounting for 38.2 percent of nonsurgical patients.

In addition, the survey found body hair transplantation—also known as non-scalp hair transplants—continues to provide a viable option for people seeking to supplement hair loss or thinning in areas such as the face or chest. In 2016, approximately 11 percent of male surgical procedures targeted non-scalp areas of the body, of which facial (moustache/beard) accounted for 4 percent of procedures and eyebrows accounted for 3 percent of procedures. Approximately 21 percent of female procedures targeted non-scalp areas of the body in 2016, of which eyebrows accounted for 15 percent of procedures and scar repair accounted for 3 percent of procedures.

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

  • The estimated worldwide market for surgical hair restoration increased 64 percent—from $2.5 billion USD in 2014 to $4.1 billion USD in 2016
  • Roughly 60 percent of patients traveled more than 20 miles/32 km for a hair restoration procedure, including traveling to a different country
  • 56.8 percent of ISHRS members think the next technological "leap" in hair restoration will be stem cell therapies
  • One-quarter (27.3%) of ISHRS members reported an increase in transgender hair transplants in 2016

"In our practice, we're noticing how patients are much more open to discussing their procedure and report how restoring their hair has significantly boosted their self-confidence and self-image," said Dr. Epstein. "The best time to come in for a consultation is at the first signs of thinning hair, when we can intervene most effectively and slow the progression of hair loss."

About Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, M.D., FACS – With over 24 years of hair restoration experience, Dr. Epstein is the director and founder of the Foundation for Hair Restoration and Plastic Surgery, with locations in Miami (305) 912-4764 and New York (347) 682-5489. You can visit his site for more information:

About the ISHRS

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 throughout 70 countries worldwide. Above all, the ISHRS is dedicated to achieving excellence in patient outcomes by promoting the highest standards of medical practice, medical ethics, and research in the medical hair restoration industry. The ISHRS also provides continuing medical education to physicians specializing in hair transplant surgery and is committed to delivering the latest information on medical and surgical treatments to consumers suffering from hair loss, and most commonly from androgenetic alopecia—male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss. It was founded in 1993 as the first international society to promote continuing quality improvement and education for professionals in the field of hair restoration surgery. For more information and to locate a physician, visit

About the Survey

Conducted by Relevant Research, Inc., of Chicago, IL, USA, the ISHRS 2017 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 2017 Practice Census Report, visit Hair Restoration Statistics.

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