Should I Get a Hair Transplant I’ve been facing the issue of hair loss since 18 years old. I’m now 21 and was just wondering if I should get a hair transplant. I will provide the pictures of my hair loss progression over one year. I’m guessing I’m somewhere between norwood 44.5. Thank you for your question! You asked if you should get hair transplant and you’ve submitted some very good pictures from age 18 and now age 21 about your progress with your hair loss. So I’m going to talk to you about a few basic considerations when someone comes to me about.
Hair loss. First understanding what is causing your hair loss. Well it is called male pattern hair loss or male pattern baldness or MBP and when people suffer from this there is a strong genetic pattern that can be seen in very variable instances in families history so myths suggest that maternal uncle being responsible for hair loss but its just myths it can happen in families but age of onset can be fairly consistent so your fortune suffer from a very aggressive form of hair loss. You know there is something called rule of.
Decades that’s known in our industry and that is when you’re in your 20’s 20 of your contemporary males will have your hair loss and when you hit your 40’s and 50’s it’s more like 50 of your contemporaries. So what’s the underlying cause Well it’s the a genetic cause where something called Dihydrotestosterone or DHT starts attacking the hair follicles now the Dihydrotestosterone was always there but there is something that changes in the hair follicles that results in a sudden weakness to the effect of Dihydrotestosterone and what Dihydrotestosterone or DHT does is.
How to Stop Hair Loss and Thicken Existing Hair in Young Men, Considerations for a Hair Transplant
Literally chokes the hair follicles until it gets smaller and smaller we refer to that as miniaturization. So a significant progress in the field of hair loss occurred about 1997 with the introduction of the drug called Finasteride. Now Finasteride is an oral medication that blocks Dihydrotestosterone or DHT and it reduces considerably and when people most men statistically will respond to taking Finasteride. Unfortunately there has been a lot of concern about long term sexual side effects and that is still being figured out. However there is some real concerns.
Such that a lot of people who come to me all over the world are looking Finasteride on the internet and deciding they don’t wanna take it anymore they don’t even wanna try it and they rather not do it and then so it gives us limited options in terms of medical choices. There is Minoxidil which has been around probably since the 80’s and it is a topical treatment and unfortunately for a lot of men who start having this pattern hair loss at a younger age, it tends to be not that effective. And so you are in situation.
Where you wanna naturally have hair and you’re asking should you have a transplant. Well many years ago it was standard in our industry not treat people with transplantation who are very young because of a couple of reasons. One was the being realistic about what the appearance would be after the transplant. Unfortunately when you have 80 of your contemporaries have full thick hair even with the transplant you can’t get the same level of result. Second is the ongoing progression. You can transplant one hair but if you are losing two to three.
Hairs, then it’s like taking two steps forward and two steps back. So it is better if you take medical therapy and then come back to us where you are in a more mature state to be able to make a decision to what is more appropriate or ageappropriate. You know, when you hit your 40’s 50’s or later, it’s okay for a lot of men to have hair just right in the middle and it breaks off in the bald scalp and they look fine. But when you’re young, that’s not acceptable.
Well, I’m going to educate you about something that I’ve been doing in the past couple of years using a material called Extracellular Matrix. Now in recent history, back in 2011, there was a study published that demonstrated that men who had baldness or loss of hair have a certain stem cell that does not appear to continue to work. It’s a type of cell called a progenitor cell and it’s a very important part in the protection of the hair follicle. So you can think about DHT as an army storming the castle and you can think of progenitor.
Cells as a wall around the castle. So if the wall is broken down, even with low level of DHT, you can still loose hair because the same effect happens, the hair gets chocked. So a few years ago, the concept of using extracellular matrix was first introduced as a byproduct of using it for wound healing. And that’s what extracellular matrix is really used for. So what I did for the past 2 years is I worked out and developed a combination of extracellular matrix, plateletrich plasma and vitamin D that when placed in a very specific way under.
The skin at the level of skin called the dermis and also do other treatments in combination. And one time, I’ve been able to successfully reverse that thinning process of hairs. Now it doesn’t mean that I can bring back hairs that have been completely lost. I can’t do that. Those are areas that have to be transplanted if you want to see hairs grow in that area. But the injection has been a huge game changer in helping people particularly young people who are suffering from male pattern hair loss.
So, this is something that most people have not heard of. Patients come to me from all over the world and the same time many people in just in our local area in Long Island and Manhattan have not heard about his treatment. So, this is something that I would consider. If you were to come to my office, this is something that I would first recommend is treat the hair loss at the cellular lever using something that activates your adult stem cells using this FDAcleared device called Extracellular Matrix combined with Plateletrich.
Plasma which drawn from your own blood which has some of your growth factors. If you’ve done your research, you’ve learned that people use PRP for hair loss on its own. In my experienced, PRP is not enough but in combination with extracellular matrix, I have been able to develop a very consistent result both for men and women in our practice. Without even doing a hair transplant, let’s say your hair, and let’s do that kind of treatment. Now in deciding whether or not to do a hair transplant, I wait about a year after I do.
The injections. After that’s done, we sit down and we discuss what you want and we make a decision about hair transplant based on a couple of factors. One is your donor hair density, how much hair you have in the back and per square centimeter. The more hairs per centimeter, the more we can transplant. It’s like having more money in the bank. Looking at hair thickness and quality, it takes more fine hairs to cover areas that can be covered by one thick hair. And of course, looking at area of coverage desired. You see, unfortunately,.
When people start noticing hair loss, already they’ve lost 50 of their hair. So you can’t restore everything from a limited area. So you have to spend the money in the bank very carefully and strategically. A lot of actors know this very well. They know that their face is in camera, so they build up their frontal hairline and add some volume in the center and it looks very nice and natural. When you think about it, life is right here in front of you. So you can consider doing.
Things where instead of focusing in the back, you focus on the front. But we’re getting right ahead of ourselves. Right now, I want to introduce to you about this regenerative medicine and what we’re called Hair Regeneration using Extracellular Matrix and Plateletrich plasma as a way to halt and reverse a lot of your thinning hair. In fact, many of our patients, they have responded so well it’s as if we’ve done two hair transplants and we haven’t done a single surgical procedure. And what I also point out that the hairs come.