Demand for Hair Restoration Surgeries Increased in 2016

The number of surgical hair restoration procedures performed worldwide increased by 60% from 2014 to 2016 with 635,189 procedures performed last year, according to the results of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) Practice Census Survey.

Of the 635,189 procedures performed, Asia led the way with 195,284 procedures, followed by the Middle East with 149,400 and the U.S. with 133,136 procedures. The number of nonsurgical hair restoration patients also increased considerably with 1,241,764 nonsurgical patients treated in 2016 (a 78% increase from 2014).

Other notable figures from the 2016 ISHRS Practice Census survey include:

    More than half of both male and female surgical patients worldwide fell between the ages of 30 to 49 years old, 59.7% and 59.0% respectively
  • ISHRS members treated a higher percentage of men with surgical hair restoration procedures (85.7%) than women (14.3%)
  • The Middle East experienced the greatest increase in the number of hair restoration procedures in 2016 with a 163% increase from 2014
  • From 2014 to 2016, hair restoration procedures performed on the face (moustache/beard) increased 101% worldwide. The Middle East reported the largest number of facial hair transplants (8,537 procedures) in 2016, with Asia a close second (8,376 procedures)

The survey was conducted by Relevant Research in Chicago, and includes a compilation of information provided by participating ISHRS physicians. The society notes that information published in the survey was developed from actual historical information and does not include any projected information.