Medical Treatments, Transplant and Cosmetic Solutions for Hair Loss
Hair transplantation is the most common cosmetic procedure for men, worth $76 million in Canada. New figures released by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) show this procedure has grown by 42 per cent in Canada over the past two years alone.
Technical and artistic advances have dramatically changed hair transplants over the past decade, making them virtually undetectable today and that’s what is driving the immense growth in this profession.
The popularity of hair transplants today is not surprising considering how many people are affected by hair loss. Statistics show that 40 to 50 per cent of men and women will suffer from hair loss by age 50. About 45% of patients from the survey would likely not discuss their hair transplants with family and friends, while the other 45% would freely share their experiences. Only 10% were undecided.
Today’s hair transplants are so natural looking that even your hair stylist cannot tell that you’ve had one. Toronto-Canada, has become an epicenter for hair transplant procedures for both men and women and the expertise here actually attracts global patients. These days, even female patients are seeking for hair loss solutions including hair transplantation. Men and women are receiving treatments at younger ages than before.
SHRS members provided percentages of male and female surgical patients treated by age category, and more than half (57.9 per cent) of patients fell between the ages of 30 to 49 years old.
According to the ISHRS, the world’s leading medical authority on hair loss and hair restoration, procedures performed worldwide were up 34 per cent from 2004 to 2006 (versus 42% in Canada specifically).
These statistics released from a recent member survey conducted by ISHRS indicate there were approximately 645,281 hair
restoration patients worldwide in 2006.
On a global scale, the estimated worldwide hair restoration market size is $1,376,043,747 in Canadian funds. Surgical patients in their 30s represented the age group with the largest number of patients undergoing hair restoration surgery (31.4 per cent males and 26.4 per cent females) – a shift from 2004 in which patients in their 40s comprised the largest number of surgical patients.
This survey confirms that men and women want to treat their hair loss as soon as the problem becomes noticeable with medication prior to surgery, which is a smart decision since early detection and intervention are essential to treating and preventing future hair loss.
Hair transplantation is actually a minor skin surgery performed under local anesthesia that moves donor hair (that are genetically programmed to last) to thinning or bald areas. Donor hair comes from you. Hair begins to grow in three months and it lasts a life time!
Those seeking a solution for their Hair Loss are advised to consult with an experienced and knowledgeable physician.