Thanks for getting back to me so promptly.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) has been
conducting a comprehensive survey each year since 1997 of the types of
comestic surgeries performed in the U.S. The surveys include a lot of
detail, along with some economic and demographic statistics on these
You can visit the ASAPS homepage at:
and can find the statistical survey reports page at:
I extracted from the surveys the numbers of hair transplant surgeries
for each year from 1997-2003:
2003 -- 16,683
2002 -- 18,120
2001 -- 22,041
2000 -- 38,978
1999 -- 33,665
1998 -- 109,544
1997 -- 61,023
As you can see, there was a sharp drop in the numbers since the late
1990's. From what I could see in the reports, however, there was no
discussion from the ASAPS as to the reasons for the sharp change.
Perhaps it had something to do with the over-the-counter availability
of hair restoration drugs, but that's just a guess on my part.
The ASAPS surveys include a number of breakouts of the data. For
2003, the additional information on hair transplants looks like this:
"The top five surgical procedures for men were: liposuction,
rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, breast reduction to treat enlarged male
breasts, and hair transplantation."
--1,748 (10.5%) of the hair transplant surgeries were for women
--63.2% of the surgeries were for the 33-50 year old age group; with
51-60 year olds in second place with 18.1% of the total.
--Average cost of a hair transplant was $3,084.
--Total national expenditure for hair transplants was $51,306,382.
You can search earlier statistical reports for comparative data from
other years. In addition, some of the earlier reports include
geographic breakouts as well.
The full set of ASAPS statistical reports can be found at these links:
I hope this answer provides you with the market information you need,
and then some.
But if anything here is not clear -- or if you need additional
information -- please let me know before rating this answer. Just
post a Request for Clarification to let me know how I can assist you
Best of luck.
search strategy: Google searches on: [ hair surgery statistics ] and
related word combinations were not very fruitful, but a follow-up
search on [ cosmetic surgery statistics ] led me to the ASAPS site.
Clarification of Answer by
22 Mar 2004 14:53 PST
I have a very different impression of the ASPS numbers -- they appear
to represent national totals of ALL hair transplants.
On the ASAPS statistics page:
"The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery's cosmetic surgery
statistics are the most comprehensive collection of data available on
the number of cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures performed
in the United States. ASAPS membership in the U.S. is restricted to
American Board of Plastic Surgery certified physicians, but our
statistics represent data from multiple specialties: plastic surgery,
otolaryngology and dermatology. Currently, more than 14,000 surveys
are distributed to board-certified physicians in these specialties,
and survey results are used to project national totals."
Please note from this statement that they survey dermatologists and
ENT's in addition to plastic surgeons.
Further down on their site, they also say:
"The 2100-member American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
(ASAPS) is the only plastic surgery organization devoted entirely to
the advancement of cosmetic surgery."
Note the numbers here -- ASAPS has a membership of 2,100 surgeons, but
their survey is sent out to over 14,000 doctors, and is then scaled up
to represent national totals.
I am more than willing to do additional work on this question so that
it fully meets your needs. But first, I wanted to point out the
specifics of the ASAPS survey -- it appears to me to offer exactly the
information you're looking for.
Let me know if you feel otherwise.