What Makes TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration Different from Other Hair Loss Procedures
Most Important Limitation about Hair Transplants
Hair transplants do not stop hair loss. While transplanted hair taken from the permanent zone are genetically resistant to hair thinning, native hair on the scalp is still prone to hair thinning, and eventual loss, if untreated.
How TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration Stops Hair Loss
TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration stops hair loss by stopping and reversing hair thinning that leads to hair loss. Hair loss doesn’t happen when hair falls out, as hair normally does shed, then grows back. Hair loss happens when hair sheds, then grows back thinner with every cycle. The TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration treatment induces thinning hair to shed, which then grows back thicker, effectively stopping and reversing the process of pattern hair loss long-term.
Hair Transplants in Numbers:
Peak hair count before hair loss: Approximately 100,000 hairs
Amount of hair lost in early stages of hair loss: 50%, or about 50,000 hairs
Safe number of hair grafts taken from permanent donor area in transplant: 1500-3000
Hair Transplant Density:
Natural hair density before hair loss: 50-100 hairs per square centimeter
Hair density in a single hair transplant session – 20 hairs per square centimeter. Technically, this number can be exceeded, but blood supply cannot support more than 20 transplanted hairs per square centimeter, so hair grafts can die, and are lost forever if transplant density is exceeded.
65% of hair transplant patients list limited density as their top concern, and biggest disappointment
Cost of Hair Transplant
A hair transplant takes a doctor and a team of nurses and technicians an entire day to perform. Expensive robots may help in harvesting hair grafts, but placement still needs to be done by human hand. No matter which country a hair transplant is done in, at least one doctor and an entire medical staff are dedicated to a single patient for an entire day will be costly.
Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) requires less man hours as technicians can harvest grafts without the patient present the entire time.
A follicular unit extraction transplant (FUE), even though it yields less grafts, is more labor-intensive as the patient is present with each graft harvested, so it is a more expensive hair transplant method.
Cost of TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration
While the cost varies with extent of the treatment, at its full extent, TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration costs about a third of a single follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant session.
For the less labor and time intensive follicular unit transplant (FUT), TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration costs about half of a single transplant session.
Value of TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration
Most patients get incredible results with just one treatment, which lasts at least 5 years. Original patients treated over 5 years have sustained thicker hair growth, and we have not seen a trend of regression of hair thinning in any patient.
Some patients with moderate to advanced hair loss may get a second treatment at 15 months, referred to as the booster injection, which is done at no extra cost. The deciding factor for a second treatment is if the first treatment saved dormant hair follicles, which resulted in fine hair growth – these fine hairs from new growth are thickened by the second treatment.
Patients’ progress is monitored at the 1st month, 3rd month, then every 3 months until the 15 month point. After that, results are monitored periodically for 5 years. While it is a one-time treatment, our commitment to the treatment working for you is long-term.
TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration Versus Minoxidil and Finasteride
The two most commonly prescribed medications to treat hair loss are minoxidil (brand names Rogaine, Regaine, etc) and finasteride (brand name Propecia).
Effectiveness of Treatments
Minoxidil does not stop hair loss, nor does it thicken thinning hair. While the exact mechanism is not clearly known, minoxidil extends the active hair growth cycle, and delays the hair shedding cycle, so more hair is present on your head. If not used twice daily, these effects stop. Minoxidil is not effective on everyone, and does have mixed results.
Finasteride is a 1mg pill taken daily. It blocks the enzyme 5-alpha reductase from converting the male hormone testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). People who have DHT-sensitive hair follicles are susceptible to hair thinning and hair loss. Finasteride slows down hair thinning and hair loss, but does not outright stop it. If finasteride is discontinued, the effects wear off after a few months, and hair returns to the actively thinning state as prior to treatment. Minoxidil works in about 60% of men, and cannot be taken by women.
Long-Term Results with Minimal Maintenance Drugs and Repeat Sessions
TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration is done once to stop hair loss and reverse hair thinning. It is effective in over 99% of male and female hair loss patients. Effects have so far lasted over 5 years in the first patients who received only one treatment, and no trends of regression have emerged. None of the original patients over 5 years ago have needed another treatment since they have sustained thicker hair growth over 5 years after a single Hair Regeneration treatment.
Unlike other PRP and extracellular matrix by ACell treatments, TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration does not require repeat treatments, or does it need maintenance drugs like finasteride and minoxidil in most patients. Very few select patients require a second treatment at 15 months, and some patients are prescribed finasteride for best results.Other medical practices administering their PRP and extracellular matrix by ACell treatments require several sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart, and regularly prescribe minoxidil and/or finasteride as maintenance medications.
TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration patients using minoxidil and/or finasteride prior to the injection treatment can stop using these medications, usually a month after their injection treatment. They do not need finasteride or minoxidil to sustain results of the TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration treatment.
Patients who found finasteride or minoxidil completely ineffective for them have gained dramatically thicker hair growth with TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration. With over 99% of male and female pattern hair loss patients stopping their hair loss and achieving visibly thicker hair, TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration has a much higher success rate than other pattern hair loss therapies, and requires no maintenance procedures or drugs.
TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration Versus PRP Injections
PRP Alone Does Not Thicken Hair or Stop Hair Loss
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections for hair loss are becoming more common throughout the world. While PRP is proven to stimulate hair growth, this hair growth is usually short-term, and does fade after the injections stop. PRP alone does not thicken thinning hair, nor does it stop hair from thinning.
TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration does stop hair loss, and does thicken thinning hair. Our patients are proof.
Frequent, Ongoing Injections of PRP Alone
PRP hair loss injection sessions are usually spaced 4-8 weeks apart for a varying number of sessions. Often, other practices only state treatment packages for several months, and within a one year timeframe. This leads to many people believing the treatment is only needed for a set number of sessions, and for a limited time. However, it is not clearly stated that PRP hair loss injections are actually an ongoing, indefinite treatment. This is not necessarily the fault of doctors as many are offering PRP injections to help their patients, but don’t actually know how long the treatment is needed because they haven’t performed it long enough to know.
TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration is a Single Injection Treatment that Lasts Years
As the pioneer of the using PRP and extracellular matrix by ACell, TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration has been proven, with real patients and real results, that hair loss can be stopped, and hair thinning can be reversed so hair grows back thicker. The first patients of TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration in 2011 have maintained thicker hair growth with just one treatment session. Founder of TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration, Dr. Amiya Prasad, frequently states the treatment lasts at least 5 years, but the truth is, his patients have reached well over 5 years since their one treatment, and have sustained thicker hair growth. Only time can tell how long the treatment really lasts.
TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration Versus other PRP+ACell Treatments
Early Proponent of Extracellular Matrix by ACell and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
As a cosmetic surgeon and early proponent of regenerative medicine, Dr. Amiya Prasad has long been using extracellular matrix for incision healing in cosmetic surgery such as facelifts. He has used PRP as a standalone injection treatment for healing and skin quality improvement for issues like dark circles under the eyes. He was also using PRP in combination with hyaluronic acid filler as a longtime member of the Vampire Facelift Network of doctors.
Inventor and Pioneer of Combining PRP and Extracellular Matrix by ACell for Hair Loss
When performing hair transplants, Dr. Prasad applied his experience with extracellular matrix by ACell and platelet-rich plasma to help the incision of the donor area of follicular unit transplantation (FUT), and to heal transplanted hair grafts for a higher survival rate.
In follow up appointments with hair transplant patients, Dr. Prasad noticed in some patients that native hair close to the hair grafts he was trying to heal with the formulation became thicker. It was then that Dr. Prasad decided to develop a standalone treatment to thicken thinning hair so hair restoration patients could avoid transplants altogether.
Dr. Prasad refined the formulation, and created an algorithm and protocol that included factors like age, rate of hair loss progression, and gender so the treatment can be customized to the needs of individual hair loss sufferers. In 2011, Hair Regeneration became the very first PRP+ extracellular matrix by ACell standalone hair loss treatment, with his first patients treated in his Manhattan and Garden City, Long Island locations.
Getting PRP + ACell to Work is Not a Matter of Combining Ingredients
Extracellular matrix by ACell is not an easy material to use. It is not a matter of just mixing PRP and extracellular matrix, and you instantly have a solution to stop hair loss and reverse hair thinning. Many medical practices around the US have assumed this is the case, resulting in many disappointed patients that show minimal to no change in their hair thickness months after the procedure. Other hair restoration practices have claimed PRP+ extracellular matrix by ACell doesn’t work because they themselves couldn’t get their own formulation to work. The key is not just combining the ingredients, but getting the two separate ingredients to work together to thicken thinning hair and stop pattern hair loss.
Effectiveness of TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration Compared to other PRP and ACell Treatments
When you look up PRP+ACell treatments that are not TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration and Hair Regeneration by Dr. Amiya Prasad, you will notice that other medical practices have very few before and after examples. Dr. Prasad has practiced using PRP and extracellular matrix by ACell longer than anyone else, and is the only practitioner who claims an over 99% success rate in male and female pattern hair loss patients. As you can see on this website, as well as Dr. Prasad’s other sites here and here, he does have numerous patients, both men and women, showing thicker hair growth. TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration patients have also maintained thicker hair growth more than 5 years after their only treatment session.
In over 5 years of performing the Hair Regeneration treatment, with thousands of patients treated, only a literal handful of pattern hair loss patients didn’t respond to treatment – this is why TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration can easily claim over 99%, or close to 100% of patients get visible results from the treatment.
Years of Effectiveness of TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration Versus Other PRP+ACell Treatments
No patient has yet needed re-treatment because of regression back to progressive hair thinning – thicker hair growth has been maintained over 5 years later. Dr. Prasad backs up his statement that TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration lasts at least 5 years, and commits to it by monitoring patients’ renewed hair growth for a 5 year period. No other PRP+ACell treatment claims they are effective for this long.
Other PRP+ACell treatments can claim effectiveness for 2-3 years at the most. While these treatments may cost less in the short-term, in the long-term Hair Regeneration is a better value because there is no need for re-treatment, thicker hair growth lasts longer, and hair loss is stopped for the foreseeable future. Only time will tell how long the Hair Regeneration treatment lasts.
Frequency of Treatment of TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration Versus Other PRP+ACell Treatments
The Hair Regeneration treatment is a one-time treatment for the vast majority of patients, but the service doesn’t end there. As part of the commitment to solve hair loss, patients are monitored 1 month after treatment, then at 3 months, then every 3 months after that until the 15 month point. At 15 months, patients who have new, finer hair growth are given a second treatment at no extra cost. Most patients don’t need a second treatment because their new, thicker hair growth is present all over the scalp.
No other PRP+ACell treatment is a one-time treatment like TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration. Most practices do the treatment at least twice, with almost all doing the treatment multiple times within the first year. Some PRP+ACell treatments recommend 3 sessions within the first 3 months. Even after multiple treatments, others do not last nearly as long as 5 years and beyond. Other PRP+ACell treatments say even after booster injections, their treatments will last up to 2-3 years.
Maintenance Drugs with PRP+ACell Treatments
MostTrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration patients can stop using hair loss drugs such as minoxidil about a month after their treatment when the effects begin to show. Dr. Prasad does prescribe finasteride in a few male patients to maintain best results of the Hair Regeneration treatment.
Other PRP+ACell treatments regularly prescribe finasteride and recommend minoxidil to their patients after their injection treatments to maintain results. Dr. Prasad believes that one of the major reasons to get the Hair Regeneration treatment is patient convenience – the majority of his patients no longer need to comply with a daily pill, or apply a topical to their scalp twice daily.
Other Doctors and TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration
Doctors from the US and around the world regularly ask Dr. Prasad to teach them the Hair Regeneration method, or to disclose how it works. Some of them are already practicing PRP alone as a hair loss treatment, or are having frustration getting their PRP+ACell treatment to work. No other doctor has replicated the results in terms of thickness, density, or the longevity of TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration. In fact, on several occasions, other doctors have been caught using TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration before and after pictures of Dr. Prasad’s patients, and claiming them as their own work!
Patients Come from All Over the World, Everyday for TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration
Everyday, Dr. Prasad performs the Hair Regeneration treatment for patients who live outside the US. Patients from every continent have come to Manhattan, Long Island, and Virginia just for the Hair Regeneration treatment. No other medical practice that offers PRP+ACell for hair loss can claim they have international patients flying in every day to have their hair loss treatment.
Save Your Hair Before It’s Too Late
Dr. Prasad doe say that the earlier you have the Hair Regeneration treatment, the better it works because you have more viable hair follicles to save, and more thinning hair to thicken. Call us today at Manhattan, New York City at (212) 265-8877, Garden City, Long Island at (516) 742-4636, or Vienna, Virginia at (703) 356-1446. You can also fill out the contact form below, and we will get back to you. If you would like us to review pictures of your hair loss situation, you can send them here for a free preliminary review.