2017 Hair Transplant Statistics

hair_statsHair Transplant Statistics - Recently, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) released its 2017 practice census results. About 300 physician members of the ISHRS participated in the census. 87% of ISHRS members that responded to the survey are male while 13% are female. The data showed that about 635,189 hair restoration procedures were performed in 2016. This is a 60% increase from the last survey that was held in 2014. The results also indicate that the market size for hair transplants has increased by 64% from $2.5 billion in 2014 to $4.1 billion in 2016. Number of patients Approximately 597,181 patients were surgical patients while there were 1,241,764 nonsurgical patients. This gives a total of 1,838,946 patients approximately. The number of patients increased by 74%. The members had an average number of 177 surgical patients and 385 nonsurgical patients. This gives an average of 476 surgical and nonsurgical patients per member. Number of hair restoration surgeries An average of 188 hair restoration surgeries was performed per member in the last year. The average number of hair restoration surgeries per member per month was 16. Gender In 2016, more men opted for surgical procedures than women. 85.7% of hair restoration surgical patients were male which is a 1% increase from the previous year. 14.3% of hair restoration surgical patients were female which is a 7% decrease from the previous year. The percentage of hair restoration non-surgical patients was 61.8 which is an increase of 3% from the previous year. The percentage of hair restoration non-surgical patients was 38.2%. This is a 5% reduction from the previous year. Age Half of patients were from 30 to 49 years old. 1.3% of males and 1.0% of females were under 20 years old. 17.4% of males and 15.6% of females were between the ages of 20-29. 32.0% of males and 31.5% of females were between the ages of 30-39. 27.7% of males and 27.5% of females were between the ages of 40-49. 15.3% of males and 18.0% of females were between the ages of 50-59. 6.4% of males and 6.4% of females were above the age of 60.   4.3% of patients undergoing hair transplant procedures for the first time were between the ages of 20 to 25. 47.5% of first-time patients were between the ages of 26 to 35 years old. 44.7% of new patients were between the ages of 36 to 45%. 3% were between the ages of 46-60 years old. 0.4% of new patients were older than 75 years old. Type of hair restoration procedure The most common hair restoration procedure used was Hair Transplant with Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) accounting for 52.6% of surgeries. The second most common procedure is Hair Transplant with strip/linear harvesting accounting for 44% of surgeries. Combination strip and FUE came in third at 3.2%. Scalp reduction with no extensions came in at 0.2%. Scalp flaps came in at 0.1%. There was no surgery recorded for Scalp reduction with extensions. Most members (92.5%) performed FUE on patients. Motorized FUE technique without suction (hand-held) was the most popular technique with 78.5% of FUE procedures done with this method. This was followed by manual FUE technique at 19.4% and robotic-assisted FUE technique at 12.5%. Motorized FUE technique with a suction (hand-held) came in at 11.2%. Cancellation of Cases On the average, the medical practitioners canceled 3.4% of cases. High transection rate came in at 24.3%. Inability to remove grafts from the donor area accounted for 14.5% of cancellations while Poor graft quality accounted for 20.6% of cancellations. 40.7% of cancellations were for other reasons not specified. Target areas for hair restoration surgeries For men, 89% of hair transplant procedures targeted the scalp area, followed by the mustache/beard which accounted for 4% of surgeries. The eyebrows came in at 3% and scar repair came in at 2%. For women, 79% of procedures targeted the scalp area. 15% of procedures targeted the eyebrow and 3% was for scar repair. Number of procedures per patient 58.2% of the patients needed 1 procedure to get the hair restoration results desired. 31.3% of patients needed 2 procedures while 10.3% needed 3 or more procedures. Reason for surgery 84.6% of patients sought hair transplants because of genetic hair loss. This was followed by reconstructive needs coming in at 8% and post-cosmetic needs coming in at 4%. 1.9% of surgeries were due to transgender needs. The remaining 1.5% of surgeries were for other reasons, which includes burn or post-scar treatments, chemotherapy induced hair loss and diseases like vitiligo and alopecia. The future of hair transplant The members of the ISHRS were asked for what they thought would be the next technological leap in hair restoration. Stem cell therapy was the most popular response coming in at 56.8%. This was followed by breakthrough medical therapy at 15.4%. 12.6% of responses chose improved medical device for FUE. 7.8% selected other advanced. 7.4% selected more or improved robotics.