Hair transplants up by 42 per cent over two years in Canada

    The Country's Top Cosmetic Procedure for Men is now a $76 Million

    TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Hair transplantation is the top cosmetic
procedure for men, worth $76 million in Canada. New figures released today by
the Canadian Hair Transplant Centre and the International Society of Hair
Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) show this procedure has grown by 42 per cent in
Canada over the past two years alone.
    "Technical and artistic advances have dramatically changed hair
transplants over the past decade, making them virtually undetectable today -
and that's what is driving the immense growth in this profession," said
Dr. Cam Simmons, Medical Director of the Canadian Hair Transplant Centre.
    The popularity of hair transplants today is not surprising considering
how many people are affected by hair loss. Statistics show that 40 to
50 per cent of men and women will suffer from hair loss by age 50. What is
interesting however is the fact that about 45% of patients from the survey
would likely not discuss their hair transplants with family and friends, while
the other 45% would freely share their experiences. Only 10% were undecided.
    Dr. Simmons said these findings are reflective of his experience in the
profession. "The days of the unsightly plugs are over. Today's hair
transplants are so natural looking, people just can't tell that you've had
one. So for some time now, it's been a nicely kept secret for many patients.
But the cat has been let out of bag so to speak, and the word is now out."
    According to Dr. Simmons, Canada and more specifically Toronto, has
become an epicenter for hair transplant procedures for both men and women and
the expertise here actually attracts many international patients.
    Canada is in alignment with international hair transplantation trends
with a growth in female surgical patients and a shift to more patients seeking
hair transplants at a younger age. Its overall market growth over-indexes
against worldwide statistics. According to the ISHRS, the world's leading
medical authority on hair loss and hair restoration, procedures performed
worldwide were up 34 per cent from 2004 to 2006 (versus 42% in Canada
specifically). These statistics released from a recent member survey conducted
by ISHRS indicate there were approximately 645,281 hair restoration patients
worldwide in 2006. On a global scale, the estimated worldwide hair restoration
market size is $1,376,043,747 in Canadian funds.
    Looking at the global statistics more closely, the survey confirms that
patients are seeking treatment for hair loss at a younger age. ISHRS members
provided percentages of male and female surgical patients treated by age
category, and more than half (57.9 per cent) of patients fell between the ages
of 30 to 49 years old. Surgical patients in their 30s represented the age
group with the largest number of patients undergoing hair restoration surgery
(31.4 per cent males and 26.4 per cent females) - a shift from 2004 in which
patients in their 40s comprised the largest number of surgical patients.
    "This survey confirms that men and women want to treat their hair loss as
soon as the problem becomes noticeable, which is a smart decision since early
detection and intervention are essential to treating and preventing future
hair loss," adds Dr. Simmons.
    Hair transplantation today is actually a minor skin surgery that moves
donor hair from the backs and sides of a patient's head (that are genetically
programmed to last) to the area with hair loss. It's usually a one-day
procedure performed under local anesthesia. It takes approximately 10 months
for the transplanted hair to grow fully and the results last a lifetime.
    Conducted by RH Research of Chicago, IL, the ISHRS 2007 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 6.5% at the 95% confidence
level. For a full reprint of the ISHRS 2007 Practice Census Report, visit

    About Dr. Cam Simmons and the Canadian Hair Transplant Centre

    Dr. Cam Simmons, founder and medical director of the Canadian Hair
Transplant Centre is a leading certified hair transplant specialist who has
performed over 3,500 hair transplants since 1999. He has over 20 years of
medical experience working in family practice and emergency room medicine and
he brings a patient-centered approach to hair transplantation. The Canadian
Hair Transplant Centre is committed to providing its patients with accurate
diagnosis and treatment, skilled artistic design, and advanced surgical
techniques in order to deliver truly exceptional results. For more
information, please visit: or call 416-924-CHTC.

    About ISHRS

    Founded in 1993, the ISHRS is a non-profit medical association dedicated
to the advancement of the art and science of hair restoration. With a
membership of over 650 physicians worldwide, the ISHRS provides continuing
medical education to physicians specializing in hair loss and restoration
surgery and serves as a resource for the public on the latest medical and
surgical hair restoration treatments for hair loss. For more information and
to locate a physician, visit

               Medical Director: Dr. Cam Simmons MD Dip. ABHRS

    Did you know?

    - 50 per cent of men and 40 per cent of women will lose or have thinning
      hair as they age - a huge part of the population is affected by hair

    - According to an international online survey, the majority of men with
      male pattern baldness (57 per cent) would give up a prized personal
      possession (such as their stereo, cell phone, expensive car, laptop
      computer or even plasma TV) just to have more hair

    - Over 95 per cent of hair loss sufferers have genetic hair loss which
      can actually be inherited from either or both sides of the family

    - Over 90 per cent of hair restoration procedures are performed on the
      scalp, however hair restoration in other areas of the body are gaining
      in popularity. In 2006, of all hair restoration procedures performed,
      3.4 per cent were on the eyebrows, 1.5 per cent were on facial areas,
      1.4 per cent were on eyelashes, 0.4 per cent was on the pubic area, and
      0.2 per cent focused on the chest

    - While most women's hairlines remain unchanged throughout their
      lifetime, men's hairlines change or "mature" by receding as they age.
      As such, a 20-year-old man's hairline would look inappropriate and
      unnatural on a-50-year-old man for example

    - Contrary to popular myths, hair loss has nothing to do with wearing
      hats, or how often hair is washed, permed, or coloured.  Similarly,
      shaving one's head won't strengthen hair either

    - More women are now getting hair transplants. The ratio of men to women
      getting hair transplants has gone from approximately 8:1 two years ago
      to a little more than 6:1 today

    - Toronto is an international centre for hair transplants - many of the
      profession's pioneers and leaders have been based in Toronto and
      patients have traveled to Toronto from all parts of the globe for hair

    (1) Online survey commissioned by the International Society of Hair
        Restoration Surgery, October 2006
    (2) 2007 International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery Practice
        Census Facts & Figures

    Dr. Cam Simmons MD Dip. ABHRS


    Dr. Cam Simmons, founder and medical director of the Canadian Hair
Transplant Centre is a leading hair transplant specialist who has performed
over 3,500 hair transplants since 1999. He draws upon his more than 20 years
of experience in family practice and emergency medicine to bring a
patient-centered approach to hair transplantation. Dr. Simmons is committed to
accurately diagnosing hair loss, discussing all options, and using good
judgment to offer hair transplantation only to those who will truly benefit
from it.
    Dr. Simmons holds the highest level of certification in his field as one
of only 128 Diplomats of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery
(ABHRS). He is a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration
Surgery (ISHRS), and he is a regular presenter at ISHRS meetings. Dr. Simmons
has also contributed articles to hair transplantation journals and textbooks.
    At the Canadian Hair Transplant Centre, Dr. Simmons has assembled some of
the profession's most dedicated and experienced staff for his transplant team.
The centre is committed to offering patients accurate diagnosis and treatment,
skilled artistic design and advanced surgical techniques to deliver truly
exceptional results. The centre's patients receive unique and personalized
treatment plans with attentive service in a professional, caring and safe
    Dr. Simmons obtained his medical degree from Queen's University in
Kingston, Ontario in 1985 and became a certificant of the College of Family
Physicians of Canada in 1987. Today, Dr. Simmons is a member in good standing
of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) and the Ontario
and Canadian Medical Associations (OMA, CMA).

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