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More demand for hair-restoration procedures in women, younger people

Article-More demand for hair-restoration procedures in women, younger people

Geneva, Ill. — The number of hair-restoration procedures increased 34 percent in 2006 over the number performed in 2004, reports a PRNewswire-USNewswire story on a new survey released by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.

The Geneva-based ISHRS’s survey, reporting that approximately 225,800 such procedures were performed worldwide in 2006, attributes the increase to refinements in hair-transplant procedures and other medical therapies, and to increased public awareness about these procedures.

In addition, the survey shows that more women are undergoing surgical hair restoration. Since 2004, the percent of female surgical hair restoration patients has risen from 11.4 percent of total procedures in 2004 to 13.8 percent in 2006.

Also, says the survey, younger people are seeking hair-restoration therapy. According to ISHR statistics, people in their 30s represented the age group with the largest number of hair-restoration procedures in 2006, whereas in 2004 that group was made up of people in their 40s.

Other key findings include statistics showing that in 2006, 92.9 percent of hair-transplant procedures targeted the scalp area, while 7.1 percent targeted nonscalp areas of the body, such as eyebrows (3.4 percent in 2006 vs. 3 percent in 2004), face/moustache/beard (1.5 percent in 2006 vs. 1 percent in 2004) and eyelashes (1.4 percent in 2006 vs. 0.35 percent in 2004).

The full survey results can be found at www.ishrs.org/mediacenter/media-statistics.htm.

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