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New Survey Finds Number of Hair Restoration Procedures Performed Worldwide Increased by 11%

CRANSTON, Rhode Island – Dr. Robert Leonard, chief surgeon and founder of Leonard Hair Transplant Associates, says new statistics released today as part of a recent member survey conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) show lackluster worldwide economic growth in 2010 did not limit the number of people investing in hair restoration surgery to treat hair loss.

“Hair is an integral part of a person’s identity,” said Dr. Leonard, a founding member and former President of ISHRS, the world’s leading medical authority on hair loss and hair restoration. “Whether you are looking for an edge in the increasingly competitive workplace, or simply satisfaction in your personal life, hair restoration surgery offers the confidence many people are seeking.”

Approximately 279,381 hair restoration procedures were performed worldwide in 2010, an 11 percent increase over 2008. This increase coincides with a significant jump in the total number of hair restoration patients worldwide – from 811,363 patients in 2008 to 923,599 patients in 2010.

According to the survey, the vast majority (83 percent) of first time hair restoration patients in 2010 were between 30 and 49 years old, running contrary to the belief that hair restoration surgery is only for older men.

In addition, an increasing number of women are also seeking help for hair loss. In 2010, 14.1 percent of hair restoration surgical patients worldwide were female, marking a 24 percent increase since 2004.

“As the discussion about hair loss goes mainstream, more women are discovering the advantages of hair restoration,” said Dr. Leonard. “The key to preventing future hair loss is early intervention. This survey shows more people – both men and women – are heeding this advice, treating their hair loss before it becomes noticeable.”

With 25 years of experience, Dr. Robert Leonard is New England’s foremost authority on hair restoration. For more information on his practice, please visit HairDR.com

About Leonard Hair Transplant Associates:

Leonard Hair Transplant Associates offers the latest technology in hair restoration surgery and medical treatments, customized to meet individual patient hair restoration needs, including Hair Transplantation Surgery, NeoGraftTM Automated Follicular Unit Extraction Hair Transplantation, Low-Level Laser Therapy, PROPECIA® and ROGAINE® FOAM. With offices in Cranston, Rhode Island; Boston, Worcester, Hyannis, Braintree, and Newton Centre, Massachusetts; and Nashua, New Hampshire, Leonard Hair Transplant Associates is dedicated to maintaining an honest, realistic medical evaluation of each individual’s hair loss problem.

About the ISHRS:

Founded in 1993, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) is a non-profit medical association with a membership of over 900 physicians worldwide dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of hair restoration. The mission of the ISHRS is to achieve excellence in patient outcomes by promoting member education, international collegiality, research, ethics, and public awareness. For more information and to locate a physician, visit www.ishrs.org.

About the Survey:

Conducted by Relevant Research, Inc. of Chicago, IL, the ISHRS 2011 Practice Census survey is a compilation of information provided solely by participating physicians. The information published in this survey was developed from actual historical information and does not include any projected information. The margin of error for the sample is plus or minus 6.4 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. For a full reprint of the ISHRS 2011 Practice Census Report, visit www.ishrs.org/mediacenter/media-statistics.htm.