Thank you for your question. you are 20yearsold and you state in your question with the photos you submitted that you have been losing hair since you were 17 and now you are clearly noticing significant hair loss and you want to find a solution that is of course safe. Well, the photos you submitted are very helpful and just to give you a little bit of my background. Im a board certified cosmetic surgeon and fellowship trained oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon practicing in Manhattan and Long Island for over 20 years and hair.
Loss treatment has been a very big part of my practice. and in fact, i am the founder of TrichoStem Hair Regeneration centers which is a nonsurgical alternative to hair transplant that we developed in our practice, a method called Hair Regeneration that has been a very successful in helping people with minimal invasive approach so I can certainly speak to you from a perspective of treating a lot of patients like yourself. So to understand, basically you are dealing with is most likely a genetic pattern hair.
Loss or something called androgenetic alopecia. and the early onset is not unusual and there is a general rule of decades where in your 20s, 20% of men have hair loss, 30% at 30s and etc. Understanding that you have a relatively aggressive genetic pattern where you have an early onset and it seems to be a relative rapid progression. In terms of medical therapy, you probably are already familiar with finasteride which is a pill that you take daily and Rogaine which is a topical solution or foam. I think that when.
You ask the question safety, i think you probably learn the concern about long term sexual side effects from finasteride and any of the other relatively minor side effects associated with Rogaine. However, I think that from our experience, we have developed in our practice an alternative called Hair Regeneration as I mentioned earlier. This is a method which was derived from the application of a wound healing material called Acellular matrix which is combined with plateletrich.
Plasma (prp). briefly, plateletrich plasma (prp) is derived from your blood and is a concentration of the wound healing and growth factors necessary when you, for example, cut yourself. These cells and factors actually help with wound healing and initially this technology was being employed in our practice for the improvement of outcomes on hair transplant. What we wanted was improvement in the grafts survival. We wanted the donor areas to heal better. What ultimately developed of course was this observation that thinning hairs actually.
Became thicker. what was even further important for me was that when i looked at people who have just thinning hair and I tried just the treatment alone, it actually, in some cases, was superior in the results compared to hair transplant. The unfortunate reality with hair transplant is that if you have existing hair, when openings are made or the graft sites are made, you can get a fair amount of loss of native hairs and it is referred to us as collateral damage. Now that putting aside, in our practice, for.
Patients as young as 18, weve had more than 99% success for men and women of all ages in seeing improvements with Hair Regeneration. This is a treatment thats an injection that is through the scalp and it actually will stop the progression, will allow for regrowth of hairs that are not growing actively and cause thinning hairs to become thicker. With more than 5 years of data and very good follow up, we are able to, we actually follow our patients every 3 months and take digital photos and microscopic photos and document.
Their improvement. weve been very pleased with this success rate in comparison to drugs and surgeries for people who have hair this has been a great option. I think that is important for you since time is critical to learn more about this option and look for someone who offers procedure like this. I think that this is an opportunity where you wont and without saying discounting the option of medical therapies such as finasteride or Rogaine, but I think that Hair Regeneration is really intrusive with hair loss in a way.
Post Hair Transplant Grafts are Too Strong to Fall Out but Shedding Does Happen
Thank you for your question. you have submitted photos after undergoing hair transplant. And you state in your question that after a regimen that involved minoxidil and then proper washing of your scalp, that on day by day 12, that you had lost about 50 percent of your graphs. Well, I can certainly give you some guidance in the absence of an actual physical examination. My background is, Im a board certified Cosmetic Surgeon. Ive been performing hair transplant for over 20 years. Im very active.
In hair loss so ive developed a system. and im the founder of trichostem hair regeneration Center, a nonsurgical alternative to hair transplant using regenerative medicine technology. In fact, people who have had hair transplants actually come to see us for this technology to help them with the healing of their transplants. But I think that your question, you really should be clear with your have your guide you as to understanding what is going on. But Ill tell you when we explain to our patients after this type of surgery.
First of all, when a graph is placed into the scalp, it heals remarkably fast. so what you what Ive always told patients is that even after a few days, in order for that graph to fall out, you actually have to cut it out. So what you may be interpreting as graphs falling out, maybe very much of a shedding process. Now typically it seems a little bit early for this much shedding to go on. But shock loss of hair happens not only to the graphs, but also to the native hairs because of the trauma of surgery.
In fact, the development of our hair regeneration system was in fact originally intended to improve the healing of graphs at the time of surgery so that they would more likely survive as well as to help to heal the donor area. What weve noticed is that we found that we also got less shock loss of the graphs. And in addition, we were able to get thickening of existing hairs. Long story short, just to give you a little background of what my approach is for people like yourself is that we actually saw that.
When we used a nonsurgical approach for people with thinning hair not bald people but thinning hair, the natural volume and density of the existing hair has actually increased significantly such that it actually exceeded the results of a hair transplant. Now for people like yourself, we have patients who come from around the world who have had a hair transplant and very often what we have found is when they come in about a month or so after the transplant and they have a hair regeneration treatment, it actually accelerates.
The healing process so that the graphs appear to grow a little bit faster. again, this is all al observation but thats been our observation. I would suggest that you meet with your and have them look at your scalp. I think its not likely that you loss graphs; that more likely you lost scabs, you lost some of the top of the dry skin that goes with the graphs. But the actual follicle is most likely still intact. Now when thatll grow, you have about a year to wait to see that.
Happened. so again, understanding the physiology and the natural wound healing process should give you some comfort. But I know this first year after transplant can be very, very tricky and a lot of times people can look like they have less hair at a certain point from the combination of shedding of graphs and the shedding of existing hairs. And it can take up to 18 months to see the results and the final results. So again, I hope that was helpful. I wish you the best of luck. Thank you for your question.