The Truth About How Many People Are Getting Hair Transplants

More people are doing it now than ever before.

07/04/2016 7:03 AM AEST | Updated 07/04/2016 8:19 AM AEST

First of all, you don't need hair to be attractive.

Just look at Jason Statham who, during his competitive-diving days, looked sort of like a 1980s Wall Street cliche, but has only grown better with age (and without hair).

At HuffPost we've always said that real beauty comes out of confidence and self-possession.

So all is not lost if you find yourself as Prince William does: he's one of about 35 million men in the world who experience male pattern baldness -- and women, according to the American Hair Loss Association, make up 40 percent of patients who experience hair loss in the U.S.

Consequently, men and women are getting hair transplants more than ever before: According to the 2015 data practice results released by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, hair restoration procedures worldwide (both surgical and nonsurgical) increased 76 percent between 2006 and 2014, with men making up 85 percent of the patient share.

The study, which surveyed the responses from 274 of its practicing hair restoration members, found that the main reason for members' female patients to seek hair restoration was because they "felt self conscious about lack of or thinning hair." And though scalp procedures are by far the most popular, female patients' next-most popular procedure is on their eyebrows, while men's second option is beard and mustache procedures.

Check out the infographic below, designed using the data from the 2015 ISHRS survey, or see an enlarged version here.

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