1. Does TrichoStem® Hair Regeneration cure hair loss permanently?
Since the term “permanently” can be interpreted as “lifetime” it’s more accurate to state the range of the years we have employed TrichoStem® Hair Regeneration. We have been treating patients for 3 to 5 years, and we haven’t seen a trend of regression or need for follow up treatment, even 5 years later. However, we do tell our patients to expect the treatment to last at least 3-5 years as only time determine its effective life. Even if the treatment needs to be performed again after several years, it is still much more convenient than the daily use of medications like finasteride and minoxidil, or returning for long, expensive hair transplants every few years until donor hair runs out. Unlike medications which need to be taken daily, this procedure is performed once and appears to restore the hair growth cycle in a way which results in thicker hair.
2. How is the TrichoStem® Hair Regeneration treatment performed?
TrichoStem® Hair Regeneration is a convenient, non-surgical procedure wherein a customized solution consisting of: ACell’s extracellular matrix, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), vitamin D, and other customized ingredients such as anti-inflammatory medication, is injected into fatty layer of the scalp. Before the Trichostem® injections take place, platelet-rich plasma is prepared from the patient’s own blood, and topical anesthetic is placed on the scalp. After the injections, depending on the patient, micro-needling and a scalp massage are performed. The entire preparation and procedure takes about 2 hours. However, the actual Trichostem® injections only takes a few minutes.
3. Does the TrichoStem® Hair Regeneration treatment regrow hair naturally?
Yes, TrichoStem® allows the natural regrowth of hair. When injected, the TrichoStem® Hair Regeneration appears to trigger a natural wound-healing response which re-activates dormant or hardly active hair follicles. Hair follicles that are producing thinner hairs prior to treatment, restart the healthy hair growth process to grow thicker hair. The Trichostem® Hair Regeneration treatment wound healing response triggers your body to produce its own adult stem cells to revitalize hair follicles and healthy hair growth. Trichostem® Hair Regeneration does not use drugs to stimulate hair growth.
4. What are the benefits of TrichoStem® Hair Regeneration over other hair loss treatments?
TrichoStem® is a quick, non-surgical treatment that reverses the hair thinning-to-hair loss process by making thinning hair grow progressively thicker. The vast majority of patients who have undergone the treatment have required only one treatment session. Most patients who have chosen TrichoStem® Hair Regeneration have been able to avoid having hair transplant altogether. Some people with more advanced hair loss have combined the treatment with their hair transplant. This combination approach has resulted in faster healing for transplanted hair, an increase in hair graft survival, stopping future loss of native hairs, as well as thickening of thinning hairs. For many patients who have had previous hair transplants and continued to lose hair, TrichoStem® Hair Regeneration helped them thicken the hair they were losing so they were able to avoid a second hair transplant.
5. How effective is TrichoStem®?
TrichoStem® Hair Regeneration has shown close to 100% success rate in male , and over 80% success rate in female patients suffering from pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia). Literally a handful of male patients did not respond to treatment. As the causes of female pattern hair loss is less definitive than that of males, the success rate in female patients is lower, but still vastly better than any other hair loss treatment.
TrichoStem® is not advisable for those with a scarring type of alopecia such lichen planopilaris.
6. Who can use TrichoStem®? Is there a minimum age requirement?
Any individual who is dealing with heavy hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia (pattern hair loss caused by hormones), severe stress, hormonal changes, strong medication, infection, or diseases may seek out TrichoStem® as a treatment. Trichostem® is ideally applied to individuals in the early stages of pattern hair loss, which is first noticeable as early as the 20s. Treatment is generally not performed on anyone under the age of 18.
Male pattern hair loss follows a general Rule of Decades: for males in their 30s, 30% experience hair loss; in their 40s, 40%, and so on. Trichostem® Hair Regeneration can be applied at any age above 18, and works best when thinning hair is still present.
Hair Loss in women follows a different pattern: 30% of women under the age of 50 experience hair thinning, while 50% over the age 50 are affected. The hair thinning pattern in women manifests through the whole head, so scalp hair transplants generally can’t be performed on women unless the area is completely devoid of hair, or if they are lowering their hairline. Trying to transplant hair in between existing hair can cause loss of adjacent hair, making a transplant cause more hair loss.
7. I recently underwent hair transplant surgery. Do I need TrichoStem® Hair Regeneration now?
Hair transplants do not prevent further hair loss of native hair, so Trichostem Hair Regeneration can be used following a hair transplant to prevent further hair loss and thicken existing thinning hair. TrichoStem® Hair Regeneration has also been shown to help speed up healing in post-operative hair transplant scars as well as improve graft viability and is therefore can be advantageous after hair transplant procedures. The ideal window for TrichoStem® Hair Regeneration treatment is at the same time as a hair transplant, or within 1-2 of the hair transplant.
8. Can TrichoStem® grow back hair that has been lost years ago? Can it reactivate dead hair follicles?
With regard to hair that was lost years ago, it is highly likely that the hair follicle can no longer be reactivated. TrichoStem® Hair Regeneration work most effectively on hair follicles that are still active and present in the scalp. Some dormant hair follicles may also be reactivated as well. That said, we have been gotten better than expected results of TrichoStem® Hair Regeneration, especially in younger people with severe pattern hair loss.
9. Can I regrow hair that has already fallen out?
This depends on whether provided that the hair follicle is either active or dormant and still present in the scalp. Some hair follicles are still active, but are very thin making them almost invisible – these can be treated with Trichostem® Hair Regeneration to be made thicker and healthier. However, once a hair follicle is no longer present and the area of scalp is smooth, it is unlikely to respond to treatment. We have been surprised in cases of younger people where after treatment, hair does grow in an area that we thought was completely bald. This may be due to hair follicles being in a long dormant state rather than being completely dead.
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