Hi Dr. Rassman:
Do you have any statistics on the number of hair transplant surgeries that are done each year in the US, and what percentage of men with male pattern baldness that represents?
From just casual observations, it seems the vast majority of men with MPB never treat it and have no interest in treating it. As you know, many either shave their heads, wear their hair short, or just ignore it.
I’ve been told not to bother treating my hair loss, that it looks fine as is, and that if you have a nice face you don’t need hair restoration anyway. Any thoughts?
Thanks for the great site!
The ISHRS released their census with extrapolated figures, showing over 100,000 hair transplant surgeries in the US were performed last year. You can find all their released stats here (PDF file).
Hair restoration is a personal choice. If you don’t want to have surgery and don’t mind your hair loss, then by all means don’t have the procedure. It’s a lifelong commitment, and it certainly isn’t for everyone. It can also be cost prohibitive for many people.