Can you grow back lost hair?
It’s a question that many people ask themselves, and the unfortunate answer is, No. In short, once hair is lost at its root, it won’t grow back on its own. However, with the three different hair restoration treatments offered by Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh—Neograft, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)—you can restore lost hair.
Read on to find out what each treatment entails.
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
How does hair die?
Hair is constantly growing and shedding. You lose about 100 hairs each day, but you'll never notice because new hair strands will grow back in their place. But what's happening to your lost hair? The answer: it has either been pulled out or cut off--either way, the dead follicle is typically exposed for up to three weeks before it's finally shed and replaced by a new strand.
What conditions lead to permanent hair loss?
The causes of permanent hair loss are varied. Some common conditions that lead to balding include:
- Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenic alopecia or male-patterned baldness (MPB) is an inherited condition in which the hormone dihydrotestosterone shrinks back a man's hairline and causes hair to grow in a "male" pattern.
- Telogen effluvium is the most common cause of temporary thinning or shedding that goes away on its own, usually within six months. It can be triggered by pregnancy, childbirth, severe emotional shocks such as death, thyroid disease, certain medications, or other illness.
- Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that causes hair to fall out in round patches.
Does Lost Hair Grow Back on Its Own?
It’s not likely that your lost hair will grow back on its own. There are three common treatments to restore hair: Neograft, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP).
Neograft is a treatment that uses follicular units from the back of your head to produce new hair. These are small, naturally occurring groups of one or more hairs in which each strand sprouts from its own papilla (root). The grafts will be removed with a robotic system, and then injected under the scalp with a needle to the area that needs hair.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Follicular unit extraction (or "FUE" for short) is an older method of harvesting grafts from your head, which are then transplanted into the areas that need it. The surgeon will cut away small slivers of skin from your scalp and extract the grafts, which are then transplanted to a balding area.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelets play many roles in healing including clotting blood vessels during injury or surgery; aiding tissue repair by releasing proteins such as growth factors that stimulate cell division, and stimulating other inflammatory cells to release chemicals that decrease swelling and promote cell growth. It is also possible to isolate platelets from the blood by a centrifuge, freeze them, then thaw them for later use in PRP hair restoration.
What are the benefits of hair restoration?
The best thing about restoring lost strands is that you can get back your natural-looking, youthful appearance. You'll also be less likely to experience baldness or hair thinning as you age, which will help improve self-esteem. For more information on any of these hair restoration methods, please contact our office.