Hair Loss: Interesting Statistics on Incidence, Causes, and Treatments

By WD Staff February 10, 2016 One Comment

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A 2015 census published by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) showcased the increasing demand for hair transplant surgery, with over 397,000 transplant procedures performed in the U.S. in 2014. That’s an increase of 28% over procedures done in 2012. The demand for hair restoration is so great that the industry is now valued at approximately $2.5 billion annually.

Every year millions of Americans are affected by some form of hair loss or hair thinning. Here is a look at some interesting facts and statistics relating to hair loss.

Male Hair Loss

  • An estimated 35 million men in the U.S. suffer from some form of hair loss
  • 65% of these men will have visible hair loss by age 60

Female Hair Loss

  • An estimated 21 million women in the U.S. have issues of hair thinning or hair loss
  • 40% of women suffer visible hair loss by age 40

Scalp Stats

  • The average adult head has around 110,000 individual hair follicles
  • On average, hair loss sufferers will lose 100 hairs daily

Average Age of Hair Restoration Treatment Seekers

  • Under 20: 4%
  • Ages 20-29: 3%
  • Ages 30-39: 4%
  • Ages 40-49: 3%
  • Ages 50-59: 4%
  • Ages 60 and up: 1%

Number of Grafts Required To Achieve Desired Results for Hair Restoration Patients

  • 1-999 grafts: 4%
  • 1,000 – 1,999 grafts: 50%
  • 2,000 – 2,999 grafts: 41%
  • 3,000+ grafts: 5%

Non-Surgical Hair Restoration Prescription Usage

  • Propecia: 5 %
  • Rogain Foam: 8 %
  • Minoxidil: 13.4 %
  • Proscar or gerneric finasteride: 3 %
  • Nizoral Shampoo: 1 %
  • Other herbs / vitamins: 2 %
  • Home Low level laser therapy: 7 %
  • Other special shampoos: 5 %
  • Head and Shoulders: 7 %
  • Biotin: 9 %
  • Compounded minoxidil w/ additives: 8 %
  • Clinical low level laser therapy: 4 %
  • Avodart: 1 %
  • Nioxin Shampoo: 1 %

 

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WD Staff

A united group of skin care specialists from Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, Austin's leader in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery. Articles posted under WD staff are authored through combined contributions from our entire team, including Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, Aestheticians, Physician Assistants, Aesthetic Nurses, and Patient Coordinators.


One Response to “Hair Loss: Interesting Statistics on Incidence, Causes, and Treatments”

  1. Nelly says:

    Some interesting facts here, will share on FB

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