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Hair Facts: 70 Hair Transplant Facts and Myths

All the facts about hair you were looking for.

Are you curious about hair transplant facts and myths, well, we found them and rounded them up for you. You’ll be surprised to know how many people seek to do this procedure in the United States. The following statistics are very impressive related to balding and hair transplants.

1. Hair restoration is restoring hair to a thinning or balding area.

2. Hair restoration may involve hair follicle transplants to fill in a thinning or balding area, a receding hairline, or an area of the scalp that has gone completely bald.

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3. Hair restoration may also refer to restoring natural hair growth through regenerative techniques.

4. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a hair restoration technique.

5. For hair restoration, prescribed hair growth medications might also be necessary in some cases.

6. A hair transplant It’s a surgery that moves hair you already have to fill a patch with thin or no hair.

7. Surgeons have been doing these transplants in the U.S. since the 1950s.

8. The best hair transplant candidates are people in good health who still have areas of thick hair and know what to expect about hair replacement results.

9. Different types of hair transplant procedures include grafting, scalp reduction, flap surgery, and tissue expansion.

10. In the United States, all hair transplant doctors are medical school graduates who have passed national board exams and received a license to practice medicine and surgery in their particular state.

11. A doctor can legally perform a hair transplant procedure only with a license in the United States.

12. Hair transplant techniques have advanced a great deal in recent years. The procedure is performed in a doctor’s office.

13. The surgeon first cleans your scalp and injects anesthesia to numb the back of your head.

14. There are 2 methods for hair transplants: Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).

15. The FUSS procedure refers to removing a 6- to 10-inch strip of skin from the back of the scalp.

16. The strip is set aside and sewed the scalp closed. The hair around it immediately hides the area.

17. With the FUSS procedure, the surgeon divides the strip of removed scalp skin into 500 to 2,000 tiny grafts, each individual or a few hairs.

18. In the FUSS procedure, the number and type of graft you get depend on your hair type, quality, color, and the size of the area where you’re getting the transplant.

19. With the FUE procedure, the surgeon will shave the back of your scalp.

20. In the FUE procedure, the doctor will remove hair follicles one by one from the back of the scalp.

21. In the FUE procedure, the area heals with small dots, which your existing hair will cover.

22. Depending on the side of the hair transplant, the procedure will take between 4 to 8 hours.

23. The most common myth about hair loss and transplants is that it’s only for males. Females also require the procedure.

24. The second myth is that hair loss and transplants are only for elderly men and women.

25. Benefits of a hair restoration procedure include a fuller head of hair with fewer bald areas, improved self-esteem, and a permanent hair loss solution.

26. Areas of hair restoration include head, eyebrows, beard, and sideburns.

27. Hair restoration is the process of stimulating new hair growth with regenerative treatments.

28. Hair growth medications and hair transplants are procedures for hair restoration.

29. The hair transplant process involves transplanting healthy hair follicles to thinning or balding areas.

30. 12 months is the time it takes on average to see results from a hair transplant procedure.

31. More than 2.2 million hair restorations were performed in 2021.

32. 7% was the increase in hair in 2021 from 2019.

33. Over 703,000 hair restoration procedures were done worldwide in 2021.

34. The total hair restoration market value in the United States in 2021 was valued at $4.5 Billion USD.

35. 37% were the reported hair restoration procedures reported in 2021 by the transgender community.

36. 81% had hair restoration treatments in 2021 due to genetic hair loss.

37. 68% of hair transplant cases in the United States reported in 2021 performed at least one hair transplant procedure.

38. Males in the United States reported 87% of surgical hair transplant cases in 2021.

39. Females reported 13% of surgical hair transplant cases in the United States in 2021.

40. 62% of non-surgical hair transplant cases were reported by males in the United States in 2021.

41. Females reported 38% of non-surgical hair transplant cases in the United States in 2021.

42. 11%  of females reported having eyebrow hair transplants in 2021.

43. 4%  of females reported having mustache/beard hair transplants in 2021.

44. 25% of hair transplant surgeons reported increased procedures due to being on camera at Zoom meetings.

45. 54% of hair transplant professionals witnessed an increase in hair transplant procedures in 2021.

46. 5.4% of hair restoration patients sought treatment to repair previous hair restoration procedures on the black market.

47. 4.2% was the increase in repairing hair restoration procedures performed in the black market before 2021.

48. 51% of patients reported there are black market hair restoration clinics operating in the United States.

49. 16% of accredited hair transplant professionals reported adjusting their prices due to black market clinics’ competition.

50. The top 3 most commonly prescribed non-surgical treatments in 2021 included oral finasteride, topical minoxidil, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

51. 26% of hair transplant patients were prescribed oral minoxidil in 2021, a 10% increase from 2019.

52. 12% of hair transplant patients were prescribed dutasteride in 2021, a 6% increase from 2019.

53. 17% of hair transplant patients were prescribed topical finasteride in 2021, a 14% increase from 2019.

54. Risks associated with hair transplant procedures include allergic reaction to anesthesia., excessive blood loss, failed grafts or flaps, Infection, loss of feeling on your scalp, and scarring.

55. Side effects of hair transplant surgery include crust or scabs, itching, loss of feeling, pain or throbbing, swelling, and tightness.

56. On average, a person might need “touch-up” hair transplant procedures to achieve a natural-looking result.

57. 66.2% of hair transplants are FUE, 31.5% are FUT, and 2.35% use both procedures.

58. 87.3% of patients who get hair transplants are men, according to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (2022).

59. Every 13th man has a hair transplant.

60. Men are 5.3 times more likely to seek treatment.

61. Only you can be your hair donor.

62. The average cost of a UK hair transplant is £4,820.

63. The market for hair restoration surgery has increased by 10% since 2016.

64. 34.7% of people worldwide have a hair transplant. 

65. 37% of people worldwide choose surgical hair restoration to better their appearance. 

66. £4,820 on average is the cost of a hair transplant procedure in the United Kingdom. 

67. 6% are hair repair procedures due to botching black market hair transplant surgeries in the United Kingdom. 

68. 97% or higher is the success rate of a hair transplant procedure reported in the United Kingdom. 

69. 87% of hair transplant clinics offer free consultations in the United Kingdom. 

70. 42.7% of patients will require more than 1 hair transplant procedure before age 80. 


Sources: WebMD, Cleveland Clinic, Hair Transplant, ISHRS, Hair Loss Doctors, Wolfeld, AAD, Wimpole.

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