Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Number of procedures performed increased 85 percent


GENEVA, IL. – January 7, 2014. Good hair never goes out of style in any corner of the world, and results released today of a new member survey conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) shows men and women are going to great lengths on a global scale to restore hair loss.


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 jumped 85 percent. The largest gains were reported in Asia and the Middle East.


“Hair is universally viewed as a sign of youth and vitality, which is why hair loss at any age can have a significant impact on a person’s overall quality of life,” said Vincenzo Gambino, MD (Milan, Italy), president of the ISHRS. “To combat hair loss, more men and women are turning to hair restoration surgery – especially those in their 30s and 40s – because the results are permanent, natural-looking and virtually undetectable.”


Despite weak economic growth in many areas of the world in 2012, the demand for hair restoration increased slightly overall from 2010 to 2012 with a few exceptions. The extrapolated worldwide number of surgical hair restoration procedures performed in 2012 was approximately 310,624, up 10 percent from 2010. For the first time since the Practice Census was administered, Asia topped the list as the region with the most procedures performed – 102,702 hair restoration procedures in 2012, representing a 10 percent increase from 2010.


Based on the estimated number of 310,624 hair restoration procedures performed in 2012, multiplied by the average fee* charged to patients for a procedure, the estimated worldwide market for hair restoration was calculated as shown below (with worldwide market size shown in various currencies).


Hair Restoration Estimated Worldwide Market Size



2012 Market Size  

U.S. Dollar


$ 1,931,599,813 (USD)

European Euro


€ 1,493,706,135 (EUR)

Canadian Dollar   


$ 1,997,428,734 (CAD)

Australian Dollar


$ 2,005,638,034 (AUD)

Korean Won


₩ 236,827,271,928 (KRW)

Hong Kong Dollars


$ 86,574,303,610 (HKD)

Japanese Yen


¥ 14,995,975,147 (JPY)

Indian Rupees


107,343,869,229 (INR)

Saudi Riyal


SR 7,243,827,670 (SAR)

Mexican Peso


$ 24,063,928,416 (MXN)

Brazil Real


 R$ 3,970,229,571  (BRL)


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

  • In 2012, 86.3% of all hair restoration surgical patients worldwide were male and 13.7% were female
  • In 2012, more than half of both male and female surgical patients worldwide fell between the ages of 30 to 49 years old, 59.6% and 55.9%, respectively
  • 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)
  • 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 www.ishrs.org.


About the Survey

Conducted by Relevant Research, Inc. of Chicago, IL, 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.


*The “average fee” charged for a procedure reported by survey participants and used in this calculation represents the overall average fee charged to all patients treated. Since the cost of procedures performed on individual patients may vary depending on the number of grafts and several other factors, the “average fee” as it related to this survey did not represent what all patients would expect to pay for a procedure, and should not be construed as a typical price for a hair restoration procedure.


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