Two-thirds of American men suffer hair loss by the age of 35, and 40% of women experience hair loss by the age of 40. At Northeastern Plastic Surgery in Florham Park, New Jersey, Joseph Fodero, MD, PA provides customized hair restoration procedures including exosomes, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments, and light therapy. If hair loss is affecting your confidence, call Northeastern Plastic Surgery or schedule a consultation online to learn how Dr. Fodero can restore your hair and confidence.
Many factors contribute to your risk of developing hair loss. Androgenic alopecia — or hereditary thinning or baldness — is the most common cause of hair loss. It affects men and women slightly differently. Men tend to develop receding hairlines or bald patches on the crowns of their head. Women usually experience their hair getting noticeably thinner.
Other causes of hair loss include autoimmune diseases like alopecia areata, thyroid disorders, and cicatricial alopecia. Some cancer treatments can cause hair loss. Also, dramatic hormonal shifts, like those experienced after giving birth, can trigger hair loss.
Dr. Fodero offers a variety of hair restoration treatments to stimulate new hair growth. He provides a thorough consultation and exam to determine the best procedure to meet your needs.
Dr. Fodero offers PRP injections to stimulate hair growth. PRP floods your scalp and hair follicles with the growth factors and proteins necessary to cell production and repair. The injections may stimulate your natural hair growth and increase the thickness of your hairs. Dr. Fodero makes PRP from a sample of your blood. He separates the plasma from the solid components of your blood in a centrifuge before combining your platelets and plasma and injecting the serum into your scalp.
Exosomes are another option for patients dealing with hair loss. Exosomes are derived from mesenchymal stem cells, but do not contain human cells or DNA. They are kept frozen until the day of treatment. Once thawed they are reconstituted with normal saline and must be used within a few hours. Dr. Fodero will perform a block to numb the area to be treated. He will then use a small gauge needle to inject the exosomes into your scalp. He then performs Microneedling to help stimulate the follicles. Most normal activities can be resumed the very next day, but we recommend waiting at least a week before going back to any strenuous activities. You should begin to see results within one month and may continue to get results for up to a year without a second injection.
You can also opt for low-level light therapy to reverse your hair loss. Low-level light energy stimulates inactive hair follicles and signals your epidermal stem cells to accelerate the production of hair. Light treatments are noninvasive, and you need a series of appointments to treat all of your hair follicles at the right point of their growth cycles.
Dr. Fodero may give you specific instructions on dietary changes and/or grooming habits to preserve your hair. He often suggests that you use Viviscal products to nourish your hair roots and follicles.
If you’re frustrated by hair loss, call Northeastern Plastic Surgery or make an appointment online to learn about your hair restoration options.