Differences of Naturally Thin Hair and Thinning Hair, and Treatment to Reverse Hair Thinning

Thank you for your question!
You’re asking a question without a photo submitted where you describe having a lot
of fine white peach fuzz along your hairline and you’re asking specifically PRP + Acell
will thicken those hairs. Well I can certainly give you my opinion about
this topic. I’m a board certified cosmetic surgeon and fellowship trained oculofacial
plastic. And I’m a founder of Trichostem™ Hair Regeneration centers which are centers
we developed based on the use of Acell and PRP in a method and system that we developed
over several years treating hundreds and hundreds of patients from around the world in our offices
in Manhattan and Long Island. And I’ve been in practice for over 20 years. So I understand
this type of question because it really requires a true understanding of what Acell and platelet-rich
plasma (PRP) does for the people that we treat. So to begin with, the peach fuzz that you
described is referred to as vellus hair. Now understanding that this is not fuzz that’s
there after you hair thinned. We have to distinguish that. Any hair that is in front of thick terminal
hairs without hair thinning that you see that is very fine and describe as peach fuzz tends
to be short, that is vellus hair. That hair diameter is like 0.03 millimeters. That’s
compared to terminal hair which the diameter is 0.06 millimeters or greater. Now the point
of that statement is that if the vellus hair was not a hair that became that way after
the hair thinned, then it’s a native vellus hair that was never destined to be a thicker
terminal hair. In our experience, when we use Acell PRP or
what we refer to as Hair Regeneration or Trichostem™ Hair Regeneration, the majority of patients
we are treating are men and women with pattern hair loss also known as androgenetic alopecia.
This means that the hair starts thick and with each subsequent hair cycle, hair growth
cycle becomes thinner. With our treatment of Hair Regeneration, we’re stopping the
progression, we’re activating hairs that are not growing and then we stimulate thinning
hairs to become thicker. So in this scenario, if that called fuzz that
is in the frontal hairline is associated with other hairs that are thinning then the Hair
Regeneration treatment could thicken those hairs. If those hairs are vellus hairs native
to the skin and do not or never thick then Hair Regeneration should not have a difference.
If you think about what platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and Acellular matrix is intended for,
you think about wound healing and wound healing does not mean that you can take any hair or
any skin or anything like that and just make it thicker. You’re actually with pattern
hair loss, there is a concept there were maybe there is a perception of some type of damage
or degeneration which is perceived as an injury and maybe the basis on how part of the reason
why hair regeneration works so effectively. When we treat people with hair loss with Hair
Regeneration, we’re essentially correcting a growth cycle that is going in a downward
way where the hair is progressively thinning but it is still limited by the presence of
hair, the degree of hair loss and so which means we want to be able to treat people as
early as possible. The more hair there is, the better it is. So if you reach a point,
for example where your hair is thinned to a point where you’re practically bald and
you just have a little bit of fuzz even though you might get that hair thicker, it’s not
that dramatically improved. However, if you have decent amount of thin hair, that’s
a different story and that can be an improvement. So just to summarize, if it’s a native normal
vellus hair that was never thick, Hair Regeneration, Acell, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) will not
make a difference. If it’s a hair that is thinning and getting close to disappearing,
it can make a difference but it depends on the individual one on one basis. We do look
at the patient as a whole and evaluations have to be clear. When we finish our evaluation,
we have to be clear as to the potential benefit of a treatment like Hair Regeneration. So I hope that was helpful, I wish you the
best of luck and thank you for your question!

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