Many people who are experiencing hair loss will look for ways to reduce any future loss or eliminate that loss completely. While some men and women will find that difficult because of hereditary or medical issues, there are ways to deal with hair loss.
Stem cell hair transplant therapy is a relatively recent and innovative procedure that encourages your own natural hair growth using your own body’s stem cells.
Stem Cell Hair Transplant
A stem cell hair transplant is similar to a traditional hair transplant, but the difference is that instead of eliminating a large number of hairs for transplanting to the hair loss area, stem cell hair transplants eliminate a small sample of skin which the doctor then harvests. The follicles are first replicated in a lab and then the doctor will implant them back into the scalp. They are implanted in the area where the hair loss is occurring which allows hair to grow in the spots that they removed the follicles from. Traditional hair transplant procedures focus on hair follicle relocation, whereas the purpose of stem cell hair therapy is to restore natural hair follicle growth to achieve long-lasting results.
What Are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can turn into specific cells, as the body needs them. They are responsible for repairing and healing tissues and can turn themselves into any cell type. The fat layer below your skin is where many mesenchymal stem cells reside.
Mesenchymal cells are adult stem cells that are isolated from various sources that could differentiate into other cell types. Sources of these types of cells include umbilical cord tissue, bone marrow, amniotic fluid, and fat.
Stromal stem cells or mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can differentiate into various cell types within the body, which include muscle cells, bone cells, skin cells, cartilage, corneal cells, and neural cells. Every human has MSCs which are mainly found in a person’s bone marrow and remain dormant until the body needs them to promote healing.
Innovative technology has enabled mesenchymal stem cells to be harvested so that doctors can utilize their regenerative qualities. When your stem cells are introduced into thinning hair areas, they can help with hair follicle regeneration to restore adequate hair growth.
Exosomes work like paracrine effectors, where they signal or stimulate nearby cells. This stimulating effect on cells and tissues is a result of biochemical stimulating contents being transferred from one cell to another. These messengers are known as microvesicles and exosomes, which are collectively referred to as extracellular vesicles (EVs).
Exosomes do not contain any nucleus or DNA and are about 1000 times smaller than regular cells. They’re secreted by most body cell types and contain both microRNA (miRNA) and messenger RNA (mRNA).
There are two delivery methods when using exosomes for hair restoration:
- An injection after producing a serum. The serum is the same as many blood treatments but needs additional manufacturing and filtration to selectively isolate and net the exosomes. Beneficial growth factors will be in the serum but won’t be the focus.
- Also an injection, but it’s different from a traditional injection, in that it almost resembles micro-needling, which is scalp puncturing to enhance hair retention. The needles in this delivery method are much smaller.
Is Stem Cell Hair Transplant Right for You?
Both men and women can undergo stem cell hair therapy to improve hair thickness and density. Stem cell hair restoration is ideal for patients who have some hair present on the scalp. You could be an ideal candidate for stem a cell hair transplant if you have receding or thinning hair, you have female pattern baldness, you require additional treatment have a hair transplant or PRP, you have traction alopecia that’s due to thinning (not bald) scalp areas, or you’re a woman with generalized thinning.
If you are wondering if a stem cell hair transplant is the best option for you, reach out to a certified hair restoration specialist for more information.
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