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21 Hair Transplant Statistics That Define the Industry in 2023

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Hair loss, in most cases, is a serious concern that negatively affects the patient’s mental health and self-image, and by the age of 50, 50% of men will experience balding.

That’s why hair restoration as an industry was worth more than $4.5 billion USD in 2022 with thousands of clinics across the world using a number of different hair transplant technologies.

You see thousands of patients who’ve had amazing results; on the other hand, a considerable number of patients who didn’t get the desired results.

So understanding if the industry is going somewhere good or what your chances of success are can be overwhelming due to a huge number of resources lurking on the internet.

Most of the data are fresh and are according to reports released by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), including the latest developments and technologies in hair transplants.

Let’s start by looking at the popularity of the field:

The Popularity of Hair Transplants

The actual number of patients who underwent hair transplant surgeries is possibly much higher than this number since these were all the cases reported by the members of the organization.

To calculate the actual number, you need the numbers from non-ISHRS member clinics and also black-market clinics, which are on the rise.

Does this mean fewer people got hair transplants?

It might.

Or it might suggest that black-market hair transplant clinics and other clinics that aren’t registered with regulating organizations are rising and getting more share than in 2019.

My personal opinion, based on my experience in Istanbul -one of the busiest hair transplant destinations in the world- goes to the latter possibility.

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There are two important variables for this statistic.

The first is that male pattern baldness affects the overall appearance of hair much more than female pattern baldness due to the differences in hair loss patterns.

And since the frontal hairline is not affected in female pattern baldness, hair transplantation which is advantageous for restoring the hairline, becomes a last resort option.

I joined ISHRS last year, and I believe every hair transplant surgeon should join since being in a regulating organization means you have much more accountability to your patients and peers; and accountability brings better results with it.

If you’re thinking of getting a hair transplant, make sure your surgeon is an ISHRS member.

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Androgenetic alopecia usually affects your scalp when you become a young adult. But it takes time to produce visible hair loss since you need to lose a great amount of hair before you can visibly see your hair thinning.

Between the ages of 25 and 30, most of my patients noticed their hair loss and started looking for a way to treat it. And for most patients, the issue’s significance is observed after the age of 30.

That’s why most patients are aged 30-49.

Just remember that the earlier you start an effective treatment (through medications or surgical operations), the better results you’re going to get unless you have aggressive alopecia, which might make it hard to predict how your hair loss is going to proceed.

Pattern baldness is responsible for more than 95% of hair loss in men, so this statistic is not really a surprise.

Here’s a more detailed list of the medical reasons for hair transplant surgeries:

  • Genetic hair loss – 81.1%
  • Dermatologic, metabolic/hormonal, nutritional or medication-induced hair loss – 6.3%
  • Repair of previous surgery from another physician / black market hair transplant – 5.4%
  • Reconstructive needs – 3.3%
  • Post-cosmetic surgery needs 1.8%

A receding hairline’s appearance may play a lesser role in your social and professional life than the psychological issues that might occur due to it.

According to research, those with hair loss may be at higher risk for developing a serious depressive episode, anxiety disorder, social phobia, or paranoid disorders. There are numerous studies showing higher stress and anxiety levels in people with hair loss.

So, it makes sense to assume that after a successful hair transplant and your natural hairline restored, you will have fewer obstacles standing between you and success in your professional and social life.

Methods and Procedures

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Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) is where the donor’s hairs are harvested from a strip of tissue cut from the donor area. Naturally, this “cutting” can leave a scar area that can be visible if you wear your hair short.

That is why patients are leaning more towards Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), where the individual hair follicles are harvested directly from the scalp with a special pen tool, often leaving very few scars that quickly heal.

FUT patients can often undergo FUE surgery for a second time just to cover the scar on the donor area to get their natural look back. This is another reason patients undergo multiple surgeries to get their desired look.

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while 16.5% was motorized FUE with suction, 5.7% was FUE surgeries that were completely manual, and 6.4% were robotic-assisted FUE.

More and more clinics adopted robotic-assisted hair transplant surgeries in 2021, like the ARTAS Robot or Ke-Bot which we use at UnitedCare.

These new technologies allow us to see target results in 3D and even operate during the extraction phase of the surgeries.

The smaller the punch you use, the less damage you do to the donor and recipient area, so the less time it’ll take to heal.

However, there’s a limit to how small we can go in terms of punches since if you can’t operate with precision, you will damage the extracted hair follicle.

.81mm to 1mm is where most surgeons find success.

In a hair transplant surgery, the donor hair is usually harvested from the back of your scalp.

This is because the back and the sides of your scalp are mostly unaffected by hormones that cause androgenetic alopecia, which makes them grow forever, even when it is implanted into the bald areas.

Even for facial hair transplants or eyebrow transplants, surgeons will prefer to harvest hair from the scalp.

But, in rare cases, beard and chest hair can also be used as donor areas.

When you look up costs of hair transplant surgeries, clinics usually provide “2000 Graft Cost” along with the “price per graft cost.” 

This is mainly because 2000 grafts are ideal for most patients that undergo hair restoration surgeries. In fact, 58.1% of all hair transplant surgeries used between 2000-2999 grafts during the surgery.

The percentage of smaller surgeries that required less than 2000 grafts was 26.7%, while 12.7% used 3000 to 3999 grafts.

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As I’ve mentioned, pattern baldness is the number one reason for hair loss and transplants. So, it makes sense for the crushing majority of hair transplants to be done on the scalp hair.

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Black-market Hair Transplants – unfortunately, real

Black-market never means something good, and the case continues for this instance.

In the last few years, more and more clinics without permits or any real doctors present have been operating worldwide.

Offering lower prices than the average clinic in their city/country, these clinics built some appeal, exploiting patients’ frustrations and the mental challenges they go through because of hair loss.

ISHRS and all its members stand against these clinics that endanger patients’ lives and assure you that the promises these clinics give are unreal and it’s not worth risking your life.

Make sure you have your hair transplant done by an ISHRS member or through the suggestion of a real dermatologist doctor.

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ISHRS has over 1000 members, which suggests that more than 500 hair transplant surgeons have encountered black-market hair transplant clinics.

This shows how common and visible these illegal and unsafe operations are.

Unfortunately, hair transplant failures caused by black-market clinics are getting increasingly common.

And last year’s statistics showed an increase in the number of patients who had a black-market hair transplant surgery and needed to recover from it.

It’s an upsetting fact that some clinics had to acknowledge black-market clinics as competition and adjust their pricing to keep their clinics running.

Although I agree that a lot of clinics can and should reduce their prices to make hair transplantation with decent techniques and technologies more available and accessible, which I am sure would help keep patients away from black-market clinics.


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In rare cases (at least that I encountered), there would be a need for second or more hair transplant surgeries to get to the patient’s desired results.

But that’s not the case for the majority of people.

Since there are newer technologies being used to ensure graft survival, like DHI and bio enhancements, the first surgery is enough to help patients get to their desired look

The average number of surgeries for patients to get their desired results was 3.4 in 2019.

It was an intimidating statistic that made patients question the success rate of these surgeries.

So, it is a huge development to see that number drop to 1.4 in 2021 and decrease by 59%.

This improvement suggests that hair transplant surgeries are becoming more successful, possibly due to people having more access to information and clinics applying state-of-the-art technologies and methods to ensure success.

A hair transplant does not increase the number of hair follicles on your scalp.

We extract donor hair from the donor area and implant it into the bald areas to restore your hairline and natural-looking hair. 

But, with the right aftercare and a change of some habits, you can promote hair growth on your scalp and even increase the thickness of your hair, giving it a dense look.

A recent study revealed that hair transplant on scar tissue is good for covering up the scar and can be highly effective in promoting healing over time.

The research on three patients who had scar-related hair transplants showed that scar tissue improved in healing and promoted growth following the implantation of hair follicles.

This is not only a positive development for the field of hair restoration but for dermatology too since the effects can be used to heal scars faster and help patients get to their desired looks.

Last year, we had dozens of patients from around the world who underwent hair transplant surgeries at UnitedCare.

I, as a dermatologist surgeon, personally attended each patient’s surgery, which is something that doesn’t apply to most clinics (especially the black-market).

It is a joyful experience for all of us at UnitedCare to help patients become a better version of themselves by achieving the look that they want.

Here’s Matt’s, a Canadian arm wrestler, experience with us:

This can be your experience, too 👇🏻

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the success rate of hair transplants?

The percentage of people who succeed with their first hair transplant is over 68%, and if you count it as the first 2 hair transplant surgeries, the success rate of hair transplants go up to 97%.

How many people get a hair transplant each year?

In 2021, 703,183 people had hair transplant surgeries, while in 2019, the number was 735,312.

Why do people get hair transplant surgeries?

Most patients get a scalp hair transplant (81%) to improve their social and dating lives (37%) or professional life/career (34.7%.)

Dr. Utkan Kiziltac

Utkan Kızıltaç, MD, WFUE, ISHRS Assc

Chief Physician and Dermatologist Hair Transplant Surgeon of UnitedCare, a dermatology clinic helping patients become the best version of themselves.

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