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.
How to Stop Male Pattern Hair Loss at an Early Age without Surgery
I am 21 years old can i go for hair transplant? I am 21 years old with almost rim of hair left, so what are options for me? Can I go for a hair transplant? Thank you for your question! At 21 years old you have experienced a significant amount of hair loss and you’re asking if you should go for a hair transplant.
Well there is a long history of the hair transplant specialty were it was actually discouraged for many people who are in their 20’s who are losing hair aggressively to have a hair transplant. And the thinking was that if you are losing hair so fast that even a transplanted result may not be satisfactory when you look at your contemporaries who have a lot of hairs. Basically it is almost called rule of decades in your 20’s and men 20% of your contemporaries have hair loss while 80% have a lot of hair when you hit your 40’s and 50’s. It changes.
Closer to 50% of your contemporaries have hair loss and the kind of result or type of appearance becomes a bit more acceptable to have some degree of hair loss as a society norm. Now if you were to come to my practice, I’m going to actually introduce to you a concept that I have been very successful with that is very different and this concept is called hair regeneration. When you look in the market in the United States particularly there are.
Two fda approved drugs for hair loss one is finasteride which is a pill and two is minoxidil which a solution or a foam. Now, what you are suffering from is called male pattern hair loss and its also referred to as male pattern baldness and it is a progressive loss of hair due to the hair follicle becoming less able to generate a thick hair. So it’s called hair thinning so hair follicle goes from thicker to thinner progressively and is been focused first in the 90’s and which is the basis of the invention or the introduction.
Of finasteride is that there is a chemical called dht or dihydrotestosterone. Now Dihydrotestosterone can affect genetically susceptible hair follicles to the point where every growth cycle hair grows to anagen, catagen, telogen. Anagen is the growth phase, telogen is the sleeping phase when that hair comes out, telogen and then goes back to anagen. The hair comes out is smaller and thinner and has to do with the part called the dermal papilla. Now our first focus was on DHT that’s why finasteride which reduces DHT can affectively.
Slowdown progression of male pattern hair loss also called androgenetic alopecia. but what we have found using another level of treatment which is based on wound injury and stem cells regeneration is a an injection which combines with a material called extracellular matrix and your own blood or part of the blood called Plateletrich plasma. Now this happened based on a serendipitous discovery that when the donor area of the hair transplant was closed and this material called extracellular matrix that was applied.
That hair in adjacent areas that were thinning got thicker. so interestingly, it was kind of doing a transplant that this was noticed that this happened. So over the past 2 and half years, I have been working and successfully developing a combination of the what I feel so far the optimal amount of this material called extracellular matrix mixing it with your own Plateletrich plasma and doing an injection. Now this injection appears at the cellular level to protect the hair follicles. In 2011, a group from University.
Of pennsylvania was able to show a particular cell called progenitor cell which actually originates in the middle part of the hair follicle as being responsible for the regrowth of new hair. However they found that in men who are balding that the progenitor cells were not producing a specific protein. They were actually diminished. So there are actually a couple types of progenitor cells that I think about when I do this treatment and the other part of this equation that I believe that helping people with is actually.