When you are suffering from hair loss, it can be easy to feel like you‘re all alone. Everywhere you look, you see people with full, healthy hair and you think: “what’s wrong with me?” However, hair loss is actually both more common and more treatable than most people think. Since being founded by Dr. Edmond Griffin in 1976, The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research has helped thousands of men and women find effective solutions to their hair loss, whether through hair transplantation surgery or various non-surgical hair loss treatments. Here are some interesting statistics that can help you to understand just how widespread the issue of hair loss can be.
- According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), an estimated 35 million men and 21 million women in the U.S. are currently suffering from some degree of hair loss.
- Approximately 40% of all men will experience noticeable hair loss by the age of 35, and that number increases to 65% by the age of 60 and 70% by the age of 80.
- Although there are many potential causes for hair loss, more than 90% of all cases can be attributed to common genetic pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, which can affect both men and women.
- Hair loss does NOT exclusively affect older men. About 25% of the men who are affected begin to see the first signs of hair loss before age 21.
- Contrary to popular belief, women do experience hair loss. An estimated 40% of hair loss sufferers are female and by the time they reach age 50 roughly half of all women will be suffering from hair loss.
- Hair growth rate can vary with ethnicity. A study by researchers at the University of Michigan found that among women, those of Asian descent saw their hair grow the fastest while women with African heritage experienced the slowest growth.
- One of the two FDA-approved medications for the treatment of hair loss is finasteride (sold commercially under the names Propecia® and Proscar®). In clinical trials, finasteride stopped the progression of hair loss in 86% of men, and 65% had a “substantial” increase in hair growth.
- Hair Transplantation Surgery is growing more popular. A 2015 census found that 397,048 surgical hair transplantation procedures were performed in 2014, an estimated increase of 28% over the previous survey, published in 2012.
Knowing the facts can make a world of difference, and after more than forty years of treating hair loss, no one has more facts than Dr. Edmond and Dr. Ashley Curtis. If you have any additional questions about your own hair loss or want to learn more about the hair restoration procedures that we perform every day and the different options we offer, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration to schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.