Worldwide Popularity of Hair Transplants on the Rise
Hair transplants are becoming increasingly popular around the world, especially in Asia and the Middle East, according to statistics compiled by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS).
In its 2009 Practice Census Results, the society published figures based on data collected from its practitioner members for 2004, 2006, and 2008. The results were mixed for North and South America, showed a gradual increase in Europe and Australia, and documented a more dramatic upswing for Asia and the Middle East.
U.S. Rate Slows Slightly, but Totals Still Highest
In the United States, 98,727 hair transplant procedures were performed in 2008, down two percent from 2006 (100,445). The 2006 number was up 14 percent from 2004 (87,987). Although the 2008 figure was down a bit from 2006, it still accounted for nearly 40 percent of procedures worldwide. Latin American hair transplant figures showed a drop of 31 percent from 2004 (15,541) to 2006 (10,668), but an upswing of 23 percent from 2006 to 2008 (13,102). In Europe, there were increases of six percent from 2004 (28,042) to 2006 (29,818) and eight percent from 2006 to 2008 (32,320).
Asia, Middle East Slower to Start, Show Rapid Increases
In Asia, hair transplant procedures more than doubled from 2004 (20,673) to 2006 (57,542). A more modest, but still impressive, 37 percent rise occurred from 2006 to 2008 (78,822). Asia accounted for nearly a quarter of all hair transplant procedures reported in the survey.
The Middle East reported only six percent of all hair transplants documented in the survey, but saw the biggest percentage increases in popularity. Procedures nearly tripled from 2004 (4,176) to 2006 (12,287). The increase from 2006 to 2008 (20,647) was 68 percent.
If you're considering a hair transplant procedure, don't be shy. You're certainly not alone. The whole world is doing it; some regions are just newer at it than others. Call an experienced hair transplant surgeon today and join the crowd.
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