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Survey shows hair restoration treatment on the rise

A recent international survey, conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) reports that an estimated 168,155 hair transplant procedures were performed worldwide last year – 87,987 in the U.S.

“This survey has resulted in a better understanding of this relatively new medical discipline of Hair Restoration Surgery,” said E. Antonio Mangubat, MD, the immediate past-president of the ISHRS.

The ISHRS is a non-profit voluntary medical association of hair restoration physicians and surgical assistants. Founded in 1993, it is the first and largest international society to promote continuing quality improvement and medical education for physicians in the field of hair restoration surgery and hair loss treatment.

In analyzing this data, some of the findings of the ISHRS 2005 Practice Census, member physicians identify an increase in the sophistication and expectations of patients with hair loss.

“Patients and physicians realize that effective hair restoration is a process that may combine a variety of treatments and surgical procedures,” said Paul T. Rose, MD, JD and current president of the ISHRS. “The ISHRS is committed to educating patients and bringing the highest levels of medical standards to this discipline.”

Growing public acceptance of hair restoration surgery as a medical discipline is also evident in the increasing media coverage. Alan J. Bauman, MD in Boca Raton, FL was recently profiled on NBC’s Dateline, which compared and documented the effectiveness of several modern physician-directed hair restoration treatments. Other ISHRS members, Craig L. Ziering, DO of Beverly Hills, CA and William R. Rassman, MD of Los Angeles, CA were recently featured as surgeons on ABC’s Extreme Makeover.

Other points of interest from the survey include: significant interest exists in eyebrow and eyelash transplants; the average age for men and women seeking hair restoration treatments is forty; and 97% of ISHRS member-physicians prescribe Propecia (finasteride), which indicates broad acceptance of a multi-disciplinary approach to hair restoration that can include both invasive and non-invasive hair loss treatments.

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