World Hair Transplant Surgery
There was a time when men chose to be ridiculed for their baldness and just waited until kingdom come. But vanity has now become the norm in an age when the technology is able to provide for it.
As a result, cosmetic surgery has become an option for men who once did not have the option to cure their hair condition with hair transplant surgery. This partly explains the skyrocketing figures of men who want to have their hair back and there is definitely no stopping them. Let’s analyze the figures some more and learn the global scope of this surgical phenomenon.
From a global perspective, the market for hair restoration has greatly increased, posting a 28% jump from 2012. If we go further back 2006, that would be a 76% increase. In dollars, the jump from 2012-2014 would translate from $1.9 billion to 2.5 billion, further establishing the increasing popularity of hair transplants all over the world. Below are the statistics for the top countries with the highest number of transplants. (Source: ISHRS Statistics & Research)
Data Source: ISHRS
As of last year, Australia was able to serve 15,867 surgical and non-surgical worldwide patients. Most of the men from this country start becoming aware of hair loss as they get older, starting with one in five men in their 20’s, accounting for 20% of their population, one in 3 men in their 30’s or 30% and almost half of the men in their 40’s or 40%.
Hair transplant clinics in Australia are found in different cities that include Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast. Though not as many compared to other countries, these clinics are proud to provide the least invasive hair transplant treatment available in the market. This basically means that the patient would hardly experience any form of pain, have visible stitches or scars, and most importantly, the most natural looking results.
The cost for hair transplants are a bit expensive compared to their U.S. counterparts costing an average of $5,000 to $10,000 which still depends on the number of grafts needed for the procedure. Costs include the first consultation fee, the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique at $8 to $12 per graft, scalp hair restoration at $2,000 – $30,000, eyebrow transplant at $4,000 – $6,000, and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy at $800 per session. For price concerns, it would be good to note that Medicare does not cover medical services that are purely for cosmetic reasons. This makes it a bit more difficult for the average citizens to get such treatments.
On a global scale, Australia is quite far compared to the other countries that offer hair transplants and there are a lot of countries that offer cheaper options. This might account for the lack of growth of the hair transplant industry in Australia.
Coming in as one of the top countries for hair transplants with a total of 244,207 surgical and non-surgical world-wide patients, it was not a surprise considering the fact that at the age of 35, a good two-thirds will begin to experience hair loss at different degrees. Having built a good reputation within its states and the other countries outside the globe, the U.S. continues to be one of the leaders in the market today.
As of the moment, there are 21 hair transplant clinics all over the country with 21,028 patients in 2014. Records show that there was a sharp decline in the number of cases from 2012 to 2014 with a 49% decrease within the period, resulting to only 5.488 patients. A big drop from the 2012 figure of 10,758. This can be attributed to the fact that only 1-2 percent of the population has been affected by alopecia areata, even if this disease is believed to by highly unpredictable and comes in cycles.
Mexico/ Central and South America
Last 2014, there have been 120,767 surgical and non-surgical patients reported in Mexico and countries in Central and South America. Cost plays a big role in the boom of the industry in these countries. Because the west has increased the prices for hair transplants, a lot of patients from other parts of the globe seek the treatment in these countries. Three of the top ten countries for cheaper hair transplants are Mexico at 79%, the Dominican Republic with an average savings of 69%, and Costa Rica at 62%. It might also help that these countries have invested in the technology and have so far given satisfactory results, making it worth the trip to get a hair transplant.
The European region has generated 100,530 surgical and non-surgical hair transplant patients world-wide. Among the notable countries that offer hair-transplant in the region, there are five that standout. Greece leads the pack because it continues to have one of the best health-care systems in the world, with the WHO ranking them at number 14. They also have a wide variety of services to offer to their clients. Sweden is also a notable location, except that few people visit the country. Slovenia is catching up with more than 30 thousand people visiting the country each year. Belgium is known for its experts and the luxurious treatment it gives its patients. Hungary, on the other hand, gives their services 60% cheaper and you get to enjoy the beauty of their country.
Hair Loss Asia
With a whopping 472,709 surgical and non-surgical patients, this region has had an impressive growth rate of 39%. One of the countries that led to its leadership status is India whose great population has become more aware of their appearance and wants that youthful look with hair on their heads. This has translated into a projected 25% growth in selected cities like Mumbai, Delhi, NCR, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore.
Thailand, on the other hand, is the leader in Asia’s medical tourism industry and is steadily climbing to the top because of the low cost of the procedures and equally skilled specialists that provide the procedures. Another Asian country on the rise is the Philippines, which has become one of the most affordable destinations for hair transplant surgery and is known to provide quality care to its patients.
Hair Transplant Turkey
Among the countries in the Middle East, Turkey leads the pack with 125, 372 surgical and non-surgical patients world-wide. Fast emerging is Turkey with already a $1 billion worth of business in 2014 alone. A big reason for this is the price drop. Average prices in Turkey are from $1,700 – $2,000.
At the rate their clinics are going, they receive around 5,000 patients per month with 3,500 from the Arab countries like the Gulf nations and Saudi Arabia. This is caused by the hot and dry climate of the region and the covering of their heads. Sea water is also used for personal hygiene and this makes the hair weaker. This is something that Arab men do not want because it is desirable for men to have strong hair in their culture.
In this region, the FUE (follicular unit extraction) is mostly used and that translates into harvesting an estimate of 4,000 individual follicular units from the posterior scalp and transplanting them to where they are needed.
Hair transplant has indeed grown exponentially worldwide over the years. If you are one of those Australian men who have long suffered from the stigma of hair loss, you do not need to travel across the globe to get the best hair restoration treatment.
Dr. Andrew Kim of Australian Institute of Hair Restoration is the one to approach. Dr. Kim is known for his extensive skills in performing both FEU and FUT hair transplant techniques. He also provides the best patient care and personalized hair restoration treatments. He has clinics in Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.
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