So, I put in my details and uploaded some photos to some surgeon, and they suggested not doing surgery, but actually doing a combination of topical finasteride and minoxidil for 8 months first, and suggest that they've had patients do really well with this combo, plus PRP.
I am a bit skeptical. I did 14 months of minoxidil + microneedling before surgery, and while I did see some mild benefits, the key word there is mild. The Hair Transplant was a real game changer.
Does anyone have real success with adding in topical finasteride to a minoxidil + microneedling regime?
Thanks! Yeah, I was a bit skeptical at first even with still having some miniaturizing hairs but after they shed and when I began microneedling, for such a short time frame I think it’s filling in well so far.
I think anything that helps increase circulation to the scalp safely is worth a shot, haven’t tried PRP as I have yet to see any compelling results but in combination with microneedling it might help.
You should make a post of your PRP & microneedling progress, would be interesting to see.
I definitely think it’s worth a good consistent go if you feel you have some lacking areas, but I get that some probably don’t want another hair routine to add haha.
Will try and update as I see progress.
This patient underwent a follicular unit extraction (FUE) session with Dr. Carlos K. Wesley in which a total of 2429 grafts were placed
His hair follicles were incubated in autologous (his own) platelet rich plasma (PRP) throughout the duration of the procedure. This, combined with an ATP-containing storage solution has been shown to enhance survival of transplanted hairs.
Rather than a larger FUE punch used by a robotic approach, Dr. Wesley used a smaller caliber hand-held motorized punch to performed the donor harvest. This approach better enabled the capture of donor hair roots that are slightly curved beneath the skin surface. Upon completion of the harvest, the patient’s donor area was treated with PRP and ACell in order to not only minimize scar tissue formation, but also encourage partial regeneration of donor hair follicles.
The patient returned 2 years (please excuse the typo on one of the slides) after his procedure and images of the patient can be seen below. This link illustrates the timing of hair growth after surgery. Similar patient hair transformations with Dr. Wesley and his team may also be viewed.