Why Hair Loss Treatments Aren’t Appropriate to Thicken Hair if There’s No Hair Thinning

Thank you for your question. You submitted a question with two photos and you’re asking at the age of 20.


Thank you for your question. You submitted a question with two photos and
you’re asking at the age of 20 about your concern about your frontal hair and temporal
hairlines. And you describe in your situation where there are a lot of fine hairs that just
don’t get thicker. And you state that you’re not experiencing hair loss but you’d like
to see if you can get them thicker and you want to know can you use PRP and is this permanent. Well, I can certainly share with you guidance
that I would offer to a person like yourself if they were to come to our office. A little
bit of background, I’m a Board-certified cosmetic surgeon and Fellowship-trained oculofacial
plastic and reconstructive surgeon. I have been in practice in Manhattan and Long Island
for over 20 years. I’m also the founder to TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration Centers.
This is a system that we developed to treat male and female pattern hair loss using a
non-surgical approach and applying PRP and Acellular matrix which I’ll describe in
more detail. Basically, you’re describing what is essentially
a natural genetic pattern that is your anatomy. And as far as what our knowledge is to this
time, it’s limited because we don’t generally treat an individual who has no evidence of
hair loss but is looking to try to make existing hairs somewhat thicker. To answer your question about PRP, PRP is
not permanent. PRP does require regular treatment in order to stimulate hair growth. And so,
that itself would probably, I would say to you that it’s not worth doing. But just
for your own education so you understand the differentiation of where the state of knowledge
is, what we do in our practice for both men and women and we’ve noticed, especially
has been very successful for women who have temporal hair loss that our treatment of Hair
Regeneration which we combine a material called extracellular matrix with PRP. And this evolved
out of our treatment of hair transplant to actually help the grafts to grow as well as
the donor area to heal that thinning hair became thicker. Well, to make the long story
short, starting 7 years ago, we developed a system so that both men and women who are
suffering from progressive miniaturization and progressive hair loss, we’re able to
reactivate hair that is not growing as well as strengthen and stimulate the growth of
existing hair and induce the shed of thinning hair so that thicker hairs can grow in. So
in the temporal area, both men and women, we’ve seen very nice results. But the difference
here is that those patients were losing hair. Now we do have young people. In fact, our
youngest female pattern hair loss patient is 16-years-old and our youngest male pattern
hair loss patient is 17. But I think that in your situation, if you were to even consider
doing something, you would be essentially going through areas that we don’t have good
data for. And I think that I would probably dissuade you because I would suggest that
it’s not cosmetically negatively impactful as you currently appear. And in terms of the
expense and the sustainability of whatever treatment is necessary, if you could avoid
doing this, then you should probably hold off. I think that when people come to see
us and we treat patients from all over the world for both male and female pattern hair
loss and we’re dealing with a wide range of people, essentially we’re dealing with
people who are really losing hair and have this type of progression and the technology
does have an effect on hair that’s thinning. However, when patients come and say, “I
have thin hair and I want to make my hair thicker.” But they’re not thinning, I
tell them that this is not the right treatment. We can’t change genetics. I think, in a
way, it’s kind of like an academic question and it might actually very well be that you
would get some thickening of hairs that are kind of in the intermediate level of caliper
but I just don’t think that would be worthwhile pursuing at this young age. As long as there’s
no evidence of hair loss in the future, I think that you should probably hold off in
any intervention. So I hope that was helpful, I wish you the
best of luck and thank you for your question.

3 thoughts on “Why Hair Loss Treatments Aren’t Appropriate to Thicken Hair if There’s No Hair Thinning”

  1. Dr. Prasad, do you know anything about formula 82M? if so, do you have to continue using it like Rogaine if you want to keep the hair you have gain? Thank you.

  2. Hi Dr. Prasad,
    I'm under a treatment where my doctor gives an injection called Dermaheal HL on my scalp every 15 days, today I took my 5th out of 6 recommended injections. He told me today to take 2 more injections i.e total 8. I also take dutasteride tables, an hair supplement tablet and apply minoxidil on the scalp everyday. Whenever I stop taking Dutasteride tablet my hair fall starts again. The injections has shown some improvements on my scalp I can feel some hair growing out. But I'm worried about the long term gains of this treatment. Should I opt for PRP treatment or should I continue with my doctor's treatment. I'm 26, Male. Please help.

    Thanks
    Srinivas

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