How to get hair that will last for 10 years or more
NEW YORK — For the first time in history, hair will likely be harvested by people outside of the industrialized world, according to a new report.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that by the end of the century, 80 percent of the world’s population will be alive and well without a single hair transplant.
It’s the first report to forecast the global transplanting population and also the first to quantify the cost of transplanting hair, the WHO says.
WHO’s Director-General Margaret Chan said the world can expect an average of about 2 million transplants per year by 2050.
But the cost could be even higher, since transplantation costs vary by country, region and country of origin.
“By 2050, we could be looking at $10 billion or more for the procedure, according a report published by the U.K.-based think tank IHS Jane’s Global Health Insights (IGHI) and the UBS-affiliated think tank Ghent University,” IHS says.
“It’s possible that by 2050, the total cost could approach $20 billion, the majority of which could be spent on treatments for hair loss.”
By 2060, about 85 percent of global transplants will be performed in the United States, with the rest coming from Europe and Asia,” the report says.
Chan said she hopes the report “helps inspire global policy makers to move to a more cost-effective approach to addressing the global health challenges facing us.”