The International Society Of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) has just released figures from its 2015 Practice Census showing that more than a million people worldwide were treated for hair loss last year.
Non-surgical treatment favoured
The data, which can be downloaded as a PDF document, relates to information provided by participating physicians, and showed that the lion’s share of these people – more than 65 per cent – used non-surgical remedies.
Although their methods are not specified, it is most likely that at least the majority of these men and women followed hair loss treatment courses based around the only clinically-proven components for androgenic alopecia: minoxidil and finasteride 1mg (men only).
The remainder – 358,000 people in total – underwent hair transplants.
Surgical restoration client numbers rose most steeply in Mexico/Central and South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, though there was a sharp rise in Europe, too.
Increase in women’s hair loss treatment
Though sometimes seen as a dramatic “last resort” for people with hair loss, hair transplants are nevertheless showing increasing popularity thanks in no small part to improved techniques, including the introduction of robotic harvesting for donor hair.
Celebrity endorsements from the likes of Wayne Rooney have also helped to raise the profile of hair restoration procedures, breaking down old-fashioned stigmas surrounding this type of surgery and leading to increased interest.
Between 2006 and 2014, in fact, the annual number of hair transplant procedures around the world rocketed by 76 per cent.
The hair transplant domain remains very much that of men, however, with only 15.3 per cent of those seen in 2014 being female (in 2006 it was 13.8 per cent). The figures for non-surgical treatments among women paint a different story: in 2006, women’s hair loss treatment represented 28.2 per cent, while last year the number had risen to 40.1 per cent.
This is likely due to an increased awareness of female hair loss conditions: thanks to the internet and specialist hair loss websites, conditions such as Genetic Hair Loss, Telogen Effluvium and Diffuse Thinning – are more widely known than ever before.
The study, which was conducted by Relevant Research on behalf of the ISHRS, points to various other key findings. These include:
– More than half of all those seeking hair loss treatment – whether surgical or pharmaceutical – were aged between 30 and 49.
– Aside from “wanting more hair”, ISHRS members reported that the main reason women were seeking hair restoration in 2014 was that they “felt self-conscious about lack of or thinning hair.”
– More than half of ISHRS members think that the next major technological leap in hair loss treatment will come from the field of stem cell research.
– Asia is now the hair loss capital of the world, with more than 400,000 people seeking help per year. The USA is second with 244,000.
The recommended course of action for anyone who suddenly notices that they are experiencing signs of thinning is to visit a dedicated hair loss clinic as soon as possible. As a general rule, the earlier a condition can be diagnosed the more likely it is that the treatment will be successful.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.