New Survey Finds Majority of People Can’t Detect a Hair Transplant

Wethersfield, CT hair restoration surgeon credits latest technological advances for today’s virtually undetectable results.

Wethersfield, CT, December 15, 2010 --( Think you could tell if someone has had a hair transplant? According to a new online survey conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), the majority of people could not identify a hair transplant in a series of photos between real patients and men and women who have not had hair restoration surgery.

Specifically, when asked to identify a female or male hair transplant recipient from a series of four photographs with only one actual patient, 76.9 percent of respondents were not able to correctly identify the hair transplant recipient.

“This survey shows that it is nearly impossible to detect a hair transplant thanks to today’s refinements in surgical techniques, which are far superior to hair transplants of the past,” said Dr. Scott Boden, a hair transplant surgeon with Hair Restoration and Aesthetic Medicine Center of Connecticut. “In my practice, patients often comment that people are surprised to learn that they have undergone hair restoration surgery because their new hair growth looks so natural. That’s why we’re seeing more and more men and women of all ages opting for hair restoration surgery as a permanent solution for hair loss.”

Other key findings of the survey include:

Nearly all respondents (91 percent) felt that hair restoration was more accepted now than it was 10 years ago.
When asked to view photos of four popular male celebrities and select which one had the best hair, more than half of respondents (54.1 percent) thought Patrick Dempsey had the best hair, followed by Hugh Jackman (24.1 percent), Tom Cruise (11.5 percent) and Johnny Depp (10.3 percent).
When asked to view photos of four popular female celebrities and select which one had the best hair, Penelope Cruz edged out Jennifer Aniston (39.6 percent vs. 33.6 percent, respectively) as the female celebrity with the most coveted hair, followed by Kim Kardashian (17.5 percent) and Beyonce Knowles (9.3 percent).
More than three in five respondents (61.9 percent) felt having more hair would help them be more successful in getting a job or advancing in their career.
As many as seven in 10 respondents (73.1 percent) would trade a “treasured personal possession” for more hair.

Hair loss affects 50 percent of all men and over 25 percent of women worldwide and has been shown to have a significant impact on a person’s self-esteem and overall quality of life.

Fortunately, recent scientific breakthroughs have made hair restoration an option for almost everyone. Hair restoration surgery and proven medical treatments are an effective combination in treating people with thinning hair and limiting future hair loss.

About the 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 1,000 worldwide, the ISHRS provides continuing medical education to physicians specializing in hair loss and hair 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

About Hair Restoration and Aesthetic Medicine Center of Connecticut
Hair Restoration and Aesthetic Medicine Center of Connecticut, located at 350 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 101 in Wethersfield, uses advanced hair transplantation techniques that provide fuller hair and a natural hair line that is indistinguishable from your natural, youthful hairline. In addition to hair transplant procedures, Dr. Boden also offers non-surgical hair loss therapies that may be more appropriate for certain types of hair loss. For more information, contact (860) 563-1400 or visit

About the Survey
The purpose of the ISHRS 2010 Hair Transplant Challenge Survey was to gather information on attitudes towards hair loss and hair restoration and to test respondents’ ability to identify hair transplant patients. Conducted by RH Research of Chicago, IL, USA, the survey was made available on the ISHRS website to visitors interested in participating in the Hair Transplant Challenge Survey. Data collection began in late March and continued through August of 2010. As of August, 595 respondents participated in the survey and provided valid responses. A sample size of 595 has a margin of error of about +/- 4.0% at the 95% confidence level. For a full reprint of the Hair Transplant Challenge Survey report, visit

Hair Restoration Center of Connecticut
Scott Boden, M.D.
(860) 563-1400