August 09, 2011 08:45 ET

Hair Restoration Goes Mainstream: New Survey Finds People With Hair Loss Are Not Afraid to Admit Getting Help

GENEVA, IL--(Marketwire - Aug 9, 2011) - For many people, cosmetic surgery is no longer taboo to discuss and, in fact, procedures often are shared openly in social circles and in the workplace. The reason? More options than ever before to nip, tuck, restore, enhance and rejuvenate nearly every aspect of one's appearance.

Now, new findings released today 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 -- finds that people undergoing hair restoration surgery also are more willing to own up to having a little work done on their locks.

Specifically, when ISHRS members were asked if their patients were more likely, just as likely or less likely to discuss their hair restoration procedures with their family and friends in 2010 compared to 2008, just over half (56.4 percent) of members said their patients would be 'more likely' to discuss their hair restoration as they were in 2008. In addition, more than one-third (36.2 percent) of members said their patients would be 'just as likely' to discuss and only 7.4 percent responded that they would be 'less likely' to discuss their hair restoration procedures as they were in 2008.

"Hair loss is a very common medical condition, affecting 50 percent of all men and over 25 percent of women worldwide," said Jerry E. Cooley, MD, president of the ISHRS. "So, it's no surprise that more people are talking about their hair loss and not feeling embarrassed anymore to admit that they've turned to hair restoration surgery to correct it."

Other notable findings from this year's survey include:

  • An estimated 279,381 surgical hair restoration procedures were performed worldwide in 2010 (an 11% increase from 2008).
  • In the United States, 101,252 hair restoration procedures were performed.
  • The extrapolated worldwide number of hair restoration patients treated in 2010 was approximately 923,599 (251,208 surgical patients and 672,391 non-surgical patients) -- a 14% increase from 2008.
  • In the United States, 266,566 hair restoration patients were treated.
  • In 2010, 85.9% of all hair restoration surgical patients worldwide were male.
  • In 2010, 14.1% of all hair restoration surgical patients worldwide were female.
  • Since 2004, the number of female surgical hair restoration patients worldwide increased 24%.
  • From 2008 to 2010, hair restoration procedures performed on the eyelash, eyebrow and face increased 14.2%.
  • The largest number of hair restoration procedures for the scalp, facial (moustache/beard) and chest hair restorations was handled within the United States.
  • In the United States, the number of facial (moustache/beard) hair restoration procedures nearly doubled from 2008 to 2010 (1,369 vs. 2,382 respectively).

"The continual refinements in hair restoration surgery and proven medical therapies together are offering people with hair loss natural-looking results that are virtually undetectable," said Dr. Cooley. "I expect that we'll continue to see the market for hair restoration grow in the future, as more technological advances come to fruition to further perfect the science and art of hair restoration surgery."

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 850 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

About the Survey
Conducted by Relevant Research, Inc. of Chicago, IL, the ISHRS 2011 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 6.4 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. For a full reprint of the ISHRS 2011 Practice Census Report, visit

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