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Demand for Hair Loss Treatments Continues Growth

Male and female hair restoration patients

Worldwide hair restoration surgeries increase 76% since 2006, survey finds

The annual member survey by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) shows that more men and women are turning to hair restoration surgery as a permanent, natural-looking solution for hair loss.

Surgical hair restoration procedures performed worldwide jumped by 76% from 2006 to 2014, the survey reported, with more than 397,000 procedures performed in 2014.

Since 2006, the worldwide number of hair restoration patients, both surgical and non-surgical, has increased by 64%. More than 1,055,000 patients sought treatment for hair loss in 2014, a 9% increase over the past year.

More women seeking help for hair loss

While men have historically dominated the hair restoration patient base, more women continue to seek help for hair loss. In 2014, 84.7% of all surgical hair restoration patients worldwide were male and 15.3% were female. The number of female surgical hair restoration patients has increased 11% since 2006.

Aside from “wanting more hair,” the main reason women sought hair restoration in 2014 was that they “felt self-conscious about lack of or thinning hair in this area.”

Hair loss warning signs for younger women

A full head of shiny hair can be a woman’s best feature, but hair loss experts warn that subtle changes in the hair can signal early signs of hair loss in younger women. These signs include:

  • Increase in overall scalp hair shedding — Normal growing scalp hair sheds at a rate up to 100 to 150 hairs per day. When the body is under stress, physiologically or psychologically, hair shedding can increase from 200 to 225 hairs per day.
  • Decrease in overall hair volume — Women who are losing their hair or experiencing rapid shedding may notice that their ponytail is getting thinner, with less hair to tie back and more see-through to the scalp.
  • Change in hair texture — When early hair loss occurs, the hair may start to become finer, not grow as fast and/or break more easily.

According to Toronto hair restoration surgeon and ISHRS past-president Paul C. Cotterill, M.D., factors that can contribute to hair loss or hair damage in women include:

  • Extreme dieting and exercise.
  • Chronic stress.
  • Iron deficiency.
  • Elevated male hormones.
  • Thyroid condition.
  • Family history of scalp hair loss.
  • Harsh styling products.
  • Chlorine left on hair after swimming.

Source: International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS)

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