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New Survey Finds Growing Demand for Proven Hair Loss Treatments

New Survey Conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery Finds Growing Demand for Proven Hair Loss Treatments

Results released today of a new member survey conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) show more men — and women — are turning to hair restoration surgery as a permanent, natural-looking solution to combat hair loss.

The worldwide volume of surgical hair restoration procedures performed from 2006 to 2014 jumped 76 percent, with 397,048 procedures performed in 2014. The largest gains were reported in the Middle East, Mexico/Central and South America, and Asia.

“The reason hair restoration surgery has surged in popularity over the years is simple — it’s a proven therapy to correct hair loss that has been continually refined with enhanced techniques and instrumentation that can create virtually undetectable results,” said Sharon Keene, MD, president of the ISHRS. “With any type of cosmetic surgery, a doctor’s training and experience matter.

Patients often wish to restore the appearance of hair they once had. Hair restoration surgery is limited by the amount of available donor hair, but remarkable cosmetic restoration can be achieved.

Sometimes this is accomplished by replenishing hair to a receding hairline or filling in a bald spot in men and adding fullness to a widening part in women. Often it involves creating the illusion of density with far fewer hairs than what nature once provided — but results can be life changing for many.”

Since 2006, the worldwide number of hair restoration patients — both surgical and non-surgical patients — increased 64 percent.

While in the past men dominated the hair restoration patient base, more women continue to seek help for hair loss. In 2014, 84.7 percent of all hair restoration surgical patients worldwide were male and 15.3 percent were female.

The number of female surgical hair restoration patients worldwide increased 11 percent since 2006.

Despite a less-than-robust worldwide economy and nearly flat growth in real wages last year, the estimated worldwide market for surgical hair restoration in 2014 was nearly $2.5 billion USD. This is a 28 percent increase in market size since 2012 (see the full report for details).

Overall, 1,055,480 hair restoration patients sought treatment for hair loss in 2014, representing a 9 percent increase since 2012.

Other notable trends and facts from the ISHRS Practice Census survey include:

  • In 2014, more than half of both male and female surgical patients worldwide fell between the ages of 30 to 49 years old, 58.6% and 54.7%, respectively
  • In 2014, ISHRS members treated a higher percentage of men with surgical hair restoration procedures (84.7%) compared to non-surgical procedures (59.9%)
  • In 2014, ISHRS members treated a higher percentage of women with non-surgical hair restoration procedures (40.1%) compared to surgical procedures (15.3%)
  • Aside from “wanting more hair”, ISHRS members reported the main reason women were seeking hair restoration in 2014 was that they “felt self-conscious about lack of or thinning hair in this area” (65%)
  • 52% of ISHRS members think the next technological “leap” in hair restoration will be cloning/stem cells/cell therapy/cell growth/tissue engineering

To help patients understand the causes and available treatments for hair loss, the ISHRS has produced a series of videos available on its website entitled “Why Do Women Lose Their Hair?”and “Why Do Guys Lose Their Hair?”

About the ISHRS

The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) is a global non-profit medical association and the leading authority on hair loss treatment and restoration with more than 1,200 members throughout 70 countries worldwide.

Above all, the ISHRS is dedicated to achieving excellence in patient outcomes by promoting the highest standards of medical practice, medical ethics, and research in the medical hair restoration industry. The ISHRS also provides continuing medical education to physicians specializing in hair transplant surgery and is committed to delivering the latest information on medical and surgical treatments to consumers suffering from hair loss, and most commonly from androgenetic alopecia –male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss.

It was founded in 1993 as the first international society to promote continuing quality improvement and education for professionals in the field of hair restoration surgery. For more information and to locate a physician, visit

About the Survey

Conducted by Relevant Research, Inc., of Chicago, IL, USA, the ISHRS 2015 Practice Census 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 within plus or minus 4.9 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. For a full reprint of the ISHRS 2015 Practice Census Report, visit Hair Restoration Statistics.


Hair Loss Awareness Month

Hair Club Spreads Awareness During National Hair Loss Awareness Month

Hair Club, North America’s largest provider of all proven hair restoration solutions, wants to inform and educate men and women suffering from hair loss about the solutions available to them.

With August being National Hair Loss Awareness Month, there is no better time to understand the effects of hair loss and how to treat it. Hair Club encourages anyone with hair loss to come to their local Hair Club center for a Free Hair Analysis.

There are over 80 million men in women in the United States affected by hair loss. 100% of those people can get their hair back with Hair Club.

Unlike one-size-fits all drug store products, Hair Club’s hair loss solutions are designed especially for people experiencing hair loss and thinning at all different stages, with all different hair types. That means Hair Club can help anyone get their hair back. And Hair Club has thousands of satisfied clients to prove it.

It’s important to understand, especially during Hair Loss Awareness Month, that hair loss is progressive. That means it won’t get better on its own, it will only get worse without treatment.

It’s no wonder American consumers spend over $3.5 billion per year on hair loss treatments.

However, as many have come to realize, most just don’t work. Hair Club offers several different proven hair loss solutions for all hair types and levels of hair loss including Non-Surgical, Surgical and Product options.

All of Hair Club’s hair loss treatments are proven effective and backed with extensive scientific research and cutting-edge technology.

For more information on Hair Club’s solutions or to schedule a Free Hair Analysis, visit or call 888-632-8334.

About Hair Club:

Founded in 1976 by Sy Sperling, Hair Club is the leading provider of all proven hair restoration solutions FDA-approved or cleared to work for hair loss.

Hair Club has granted more than 500,000 men, women, and children an experience that truly changed their lives.

Today, Hair Club has over 100 locations throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Aderans Co. Ltd, the world’s leading provider of total hair loss solutions. Aderans brands in the U.S. include Bosley.


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LaserCap Company Receives FDA Clearance for LCPRO Women’s Hair Loss Treatment Device

LaserCap® Company is pleased to announce that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its’ pioneering device, the LCPRO, as an effective women’s hair loss treatment and to promote hair growth.

With a powerful 224 laser diodes, it has the optimal power level for hair growth, while offering complete scalp coverage.

The LaserCap LCPRO is not only safe and effective, but completely portable, hands free, simple to use and can be worn discreetly under any hat. It is the perfect solution to restore your hair and promote hair growth without surgery or drugs.

“The dream of the LCPRO and of our entire product line, is to bring an affordable and effective solution to a large number of people who are frustrated with the limited options available now that are truly effective, safe and portable”, says Michael Rabin, M.D, LaserCap Company co-founder and inventor of LCPRO. “Receiving FDA clearance substantiates what we have seen in clinical studies.” The LCPRO™ device is available by physician only and is now being sold by over 250 doctors in more than 60 countries.

LaserCap Company, the country’s leading developer of advanced low-level laser wearable devices, is a pioneer in the low level laser therapy (LLLT) industry.

Since 2006, the vision has been to empower women and men through innovations in hair regrowth; contributing to better hair and stronger confidence. Its mission is to be the global leader in the light-based therapeutic device industry, by providing safe, effective and affordable hair loss treatment solutions.

The LaserCap LCPRO has a number of distinct features compared to similar devices on the market today:

  • The most technically advanced, portable hair treatment device.
  • 224 laser diodes are embedded into the device’s soft, flexible dome-shaped membrane.
  • 100% coverage of the scalp in each and every treatment, so optimal dosage of pulsating low level laser energy is provided to all essential hair follicles.
  • Built-for-comfort. As comfortable as wearing a regular hat.
  • Device is portable, ultra-light, built for comfort and hands-free, and comes with a rechargeable power-pack.
  • Improves the overall quality of hair – makes it thicker, fuller, stronger and shiner.
  • Proudly made in Cleveland, Ohio.

“There’s clearly been a strong shift in momentum towards alternative therapies for hair loss, like low-level laser therapy,” said Dr. Rabin “For the last two decades, the hair loss industry has been dominated by a few FDA-approved medications and surgery, but we’re now seeing a growing awareness within both the public and medical community about the efficacy of treatments like low-level laser therapy, and the relative advantages of utilizing a treatment that carries no risk of side effects or other complications.

Only a few years ago, laser therapy was not well understand by the public, but it’s since cleared a number of important hurdles in terms of scientific validity and proven treatment effectiveness.

Additionally, as most women are not candidates for hair transplant surgery, LLLT provides a safe, nonsurgical solution to hair loss.” In the age of cosmetic and plastic surgery, women are searching for non-surgical, non-invasive alternatives.

Having truly effective, non-surgical treatments for female hair loss is now at the forefront of personal improvements women are seeking out.

“It’s so incredibly easy to use and so convenient, instead of having to put on messy creams or other products that only camouflage my hair thinning.” Says Starr, an LCPRO patient. “Everyone can find 30 minutes every other day to use the LCPRO cap while at home or on the go.”

LaserCap® Company was co-founded in 2006 by Cleveland doctor and inventor Michael Rabin, M.D and internationally-acclaimed Cleveland hair restoration physician Robert Haber, M.D., along with M.I.T.-trained optical physicist David Smith, PhD and in collaboration with Harvard-based photomedicine expert Michael Hamblin PhD.


Godiva's Secret Wigs Creates Commercial Featuring Clients

Godivas Secret Wigs Creates Commercial Featuring Clients

Godiva’s Secret Wigs is a company that creates realistic wigs and hairpieces for women with hair loss issues. Now, the company has completed a professional commercial featuring some of its actual clients taking off their wigs and showing how realistic these hair replacement pieces appear.

The commercial also highlights how clients are able to style their hair in many different ways.

Created by BGS Productions, the commercial was designed to have major visual impact. “Our goal was to shock people and help them to realize how realistic our wigs are; nobody can tell unless you take it off,” says Danielle Starkman, Vice President of the company. “All of the women taking off their wigs in the commercial are our real clients, with real hair issues.”

Godiva’s works with first-time wig wearers as well as women who are experiencing hair loss and other issues. The company’s consultants, in stores, online and across the country share tips and tricks about wigs that women will not find anywhere else.

Whether women are interested in wigs for convenience or as a result of medical challenges, stylists and consultants create a modern and upbeat approach to hair enhancement that focuses on individual requirements and preferences.

“At Godiva’s Secret Wigs, our mission statement is summarized by the acronym C.R.E.A.T.E.S., which stands for Community Feeling, Relationship Building, Educate the Public, Anticipate Clients Needs, Trusted By Clients, Entertain the Public, Service Second To None,” says Starkman. “We believe our new commercial highlights every aspect of this statement and shows what we stand for.”

About Godiva’s Secret Wigs:

Godiva’s Secret Wigs was founded in 1997 to provide excellent customer service to women who were facing hair loss.

With boutiques located throughout California and consultants available to help women around the world, the entire staff is dedicated to creating a positive, empowering experience for women with hair loss issues of all types and provide them with high-quality synthetic wigs, education and service.

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Long-Term Extensive Ectopic Hair Growth on the Spinal Cord of Mice

Long-Term Extensive Ectopic Hair Growth on the Spinal Cord of Mice from Transplanted Whisker Follicles

Hair follicle stem cells from ND-GFP mice were transplanted into the gap region of severed sciatic nerves of nude mice.

The transplanted stem cells enhanced the rate of nerve regeneration and the restoration of nerve function. The ND-GFP cells differentiated mostly into Schwann (glial) cells, which supported neuron regrowth.

Nestin-expressing hair follicle stem cells were subsequently transplanted to the injured spinal cord of nude mice.

Most of the transplanted cells also differentiated into Schwann cells which facilitated repair of the severed spinal cord.

The rejoined spinal cord resulted in extensive hind-limb locomotor performance recovery.


We have previously demonstrated that hair follicles contain nestin-expressing pluripotent stem cells that can effect nerve and spinal cord repair upon transplantation.

In the present study, isolated whisker follicles from nestin-driven green fluorescent protein (ND-GFP) mice were histocultured on Gelfoam for 3 weeks for the purpose of transplantation to the spinal cord to heal an induced injury.

The hair shaft was cut off from Gelfoam-histocultured whisker follicles, and the remaining part of the whisker follicles containing GFP-nestin expressing pluripotent stem cells were transplanted into the injured spinal cord of nude mice, along with the Gelfoam.

After 90 days, the mice were sacrificed and the spinal cord lesion was observed to have healed. ND-GFP expression was intense at the healed area of the spinal cord, as observed by fluorescence microscopy, demonstrating that the hair follicle stem cells were involved in healing the spinal cord.

Unexpectedly, the transplanted whisker follicles sprouted out remarkably long hair shafts in the spinal cord during the 90 days after transplantation of Gelfoam whisker histocultures to the injured spine.

The pigmented hair fibers, grown from the transplanted whisker histocultures, curved and enclosed the spinal cord.

The unanticipated results demonstrate the great potential of hair growth after transplantation of Gelfoam hair follicle histocultures, even at an ectopic site.


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India stops UK company from patenting hair loss formula

India stops UK company from patenting hair loss formula

India has succeeded in stalling UK-based company Pangaea Laboratories Limited’s petition to patent a treatment for hair loss, a leading news daily reports.

The treatment consisted of a particular combination of turmeric, pine bark and green tea.

The petition by the company had been filed in February 2011.

According to the report, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library told the European Patent Office that the particular treatment for hair loss had been used in India’s traditional medical practices like Ayurveda and Unani .

After the application was put up on the patent office’s website on January 13, 2014, the council presented evidence supporting its claim. Following this, the application was reportedly withdrawn by Pangaea Laboratories.

Traditional Knowledge Digital Library has been instituted to preserve and protect knowledge of India’s traditional medicinal practices.

It is also working to preventing patenting of this traditional knowledge by multi-nationals.

Just a few days ago, Colgate-Palmolive’s move to patent a herbal mouthwash formula had also been stalled by the library.

Pangaea Laboratories Ltd specializes in professional hair care.

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Platelet Rich Plasma to Treat Hair Loss

Pistone Hair Restoration Offers PRP Therapy for Male and Female Pattern Baldness

Dr. Gregory Pistone, and the rest of his team at Pistone Hair Restoration, offer a multi-modal range of surgical and non-surgical solutions (such as Neograft hair transplant in the Philadelphia area) for patients who are experiencing varying degrees of hair loss.

Men and women who are not yet entirely bald, but are experiencing androgenic alopecia (thinning hair) and want to treat their condition without surgery, can come to Pistone Hair Restoration for standalone treatment with platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

PRP is a blood serum comprised of plasma enriched with platelets, which results in a high concentration of healing and growth factors that stimulate tissue repair and regeneration.

The technology originated in sports medicine to facilitate the healing of injured tissue, and has been used in other fields like neurosurgery, cosmetic surgery and orthopedics.

Recently, studies have suggested that PRP can be used to stimulate hair growth in patients with thinning hair.

During PRP treatment at Pistone Hair Restoration, the patient’s own blood is drawn and centrifuged using the AutoloGel system.

Then, after topically numbing the scalp to make sure that the patient is comfortable, Dr. Pistone will use a microneedling device to make small incisions in the scalp. PRP is then sprayed over the scalp in order to stimulate hair growth. Research suggests that returning for PRP treatment every three to four months yields the most effective results.

PRP is a safe, non-surgical method of hair loss treatment, with no extensive downtime, stitches or scarring. Since the procedure uses the patient’s own PRP, there is no risk of rejection.

Dr. Pistone attends to every patient personally, and will consult with them first in order to determine that PRP is the correct treatment and answer any questions that the patient may have.

About Pistone Hair Restoration

Pistone Hair Restoration, based in Marlton, NJ, has changed the lives of thousands of patients by performing hair transplantation and other cosmetic procedures with consistent care and professionalism. Dr. Gregory Pistone, a double-board certified surgeon specializing in hair restoration and dermatology, is a widely-recognized industry leader in embracing technological innovation.

Using only cutting-edge techniques, Dr. Pistone restores his patients’ confidence, youthfulness and vitality by paying careful attention to each patients’ individual needs and balancing medical expertise with careful aesthetic assessment. For hair restoration results that are natural and beautiful, Pistone Hair Restoration has no equal.

For more information, visit


August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month

More Men Seek Out Hair Transplant Procedures

August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month

You’d never guess which men walking down the street were once losing their hair. Those guys are now sporting a great head of hair-and it’s all thanks to hair transplants, a procedure that’s gaining in traction for men.

In fact, it was the 5th most popular procedure for men, according to a survey of facial plastic surgeons by The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month, so now’s the time for men to start thinking about what they want to do about it. And lucky for them, plugs are out and natural hair is in.

Thanks to improved outcomes, 14% of facial plastic surgeons believe they see more patients seeking hair transplants, including for eyebrows and eyelashes.

The rise in hair restoration is because hair transplants have gotten better in recent years. Advanced technologies that incorporate robots and computer-mediated technologies make the procedure faster and more comfortable.

Men can return to work with a fuller head of hair without downtime or linear scars.

“Hair loss can be a product of aging or a family history. No matter what the cause, it can weigh on a man’s self-esteem. Regardless, men don’t want hair at any cost.

They are seeking an outcome that looks natural,” says Dr. Stephen S. Park, AAFPRS President. “The development of more accurate and less invasive technologies gives men the hair they want without being painful or risky. They not only leave with more youthful looking hair, but a renewed sense of confidence,” he says.



Kerastem Alopecia

Kerastem Receives Conditional Approval from FDA for Alopecia Trial

Kerastem Technologies announce that the Company has received notice of conditional approval from the U.S. FDA Center For Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) Office of Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies to conduct a clinical trial investigating the safety and feasibility of the Company’s technology for the treatment of female and early male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia).

The phase II study, known as the STYLE trial, follows initial clinical work in Europe and Japan. This clinical experience served as a basis for the FDA IDE submission.

The data will be presented in September at the 2015 International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery meeting in Chicago.

STYLE is a 70 patient controlled trial that is expected to begin enrollment in late 2015 at up to eight (8) centers within the United States.

The primary endpoint is safety and tolerability of the treatment and secondary endpoints include change in hair growth and density.

According to Principal Investigator Ken Washenik, MD, PhD, Medical Director–Bosley Medical Group, and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, “I have been heavily involved in the care and research of alopecia patients and treatments for over 20 years, including the use of cellular based approaches.

As principal investigator of the STYLE trial, I look forward to evaluating this exciting new approach to the treatment of hair loss.”

The global hair loss market is a $7B cash pay business growing annually at 4.8%. “The hair market has few acceptable solutions for early hair loss, particularly in women,” according to Bradford Conlan, CEO of Kerastem. “STYLE represents a defined clinical pathway in the United States and complements our commercial efforts in Europe and Asia,” added Mr. Conlan.

The Company’s platform technology is CE Mark approved and available for patients with alopecia in Europe. Kerastem is currently engaged in market development with select commercial partners.

For more information on STYLE, visit

About Kerastem

Kerastem Technologies is a private company owned by Bimini Technologies, and holds global and exclusive rights to commercialize Cytori Therapeutics, Inc.’s Celution® Technology for alopecia and hair related indications.

The Bimini portfolio of products also includes Puregraft (, the world’s leading fat grafting technology.


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DesignX Hair Creations Captain Takes to the Airwaves to Combat Hair Loss

According to the American Association of Dermatology, hereditary hair loss affects approximately 80 million men and women in the U.S.

In light of August being National Hair Loss Awareness Month, Ark Sardarov, founder of DesignX Hair Creations, which specializes in hair loss solutions for men and women, is hitting the airwaves to educate those suffering from hair loss on measures to take to rectify the issue.

The various topics one may hear KABC 790 include putting off doing something about hair loss, taking care of the problem immediately and the social stigma for women concerning hair loss.

“I myself put off doing something about hair loss for thirteen long years,” said Ark, who is not only the president of DesignX, but a client. “Taking that first step in life is always the hardest. But once you do it, you kick yourself for not having done it sooner. ‘Why didn’t I do this before?’ That’s what I always hear from my clients.”

Ark stresses not putting it if off any longer, and once you make the decision, the rest is easy and quick, as there are many options available. “Time is not your friend if you’re losing your hair,” he said. “You don’t have to be one of the millions of people affected by permanent hair loss.”

There is a social stigma for women suffering with hair loss. Ark says that for most women, thinning or shaving their heads is not realistic, and they absolutely have to do something about it.

“That is where DesignX sets itself apart, as we have more than 30 years’ experience in women’s hair loss,” said Ark. “We offer many viable solutions for women experiencing hair loss, whereas most hair-loss companies either focus on men or don’t have the special expertise to understand the finer nuances of women’s hair loss.”

About DesignX Hair Creations, Inc.

DesignX was founded by Ark Sardarov, a former corporate banker, and Ruth Ramirez, a licensed cosmetologist. As a DesignX client himself, Ark is empathetic and compassionate to his clients, with whom he sets out to build long-term relationships.

Together, the DesignX team has abundant experience in hair loss, of both men and women, providing hair loss solutions, hair products and salon services.

For more information or a consultation, please call (818) 351-7799, or visit the salon at 1011 W. Olive Ave., suite B, Burbank, CA 91506.

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