Media attention in the arena of stem cell research has grown enormously in the last few years, due in large part to the development of innovative medical techniques and procedures in this field. Regenerative stem cell therapy offers the potential for a host of new treatment options that address a variety of neuro-degenerative diseases, cardiac diseases, autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal disorders like arthritis, metabolic diseases like diabetes, and more. However, promising research has suggested that regenerative stem cell therapy has applications in other fields as well, and patients have increasingly turned to this treatment for its applications in a number of health and cosmetic areas. In particular, hair loss treatment through stem cell therapy has gained attention as an effective alternative to the traditional hair regrowth medicines and procedures.
Human hair growth is a surprisingly complex process, and regular hair loss of a few dozen strands per day is a cyclical and expected part of the process. However, over time hair follicles may shrink in size, grow thinner strands, and eventually stop growing hair altogether. Gradual and lasting hair loss is influenced by a number of distinct factors, including environmental issues, personal health, nutrition, genetics, hormones and metabolic as well as autoimmune problems. Although hair loss occurs differently from person to person and can be the result of various combinations of these issues, the fact remains that millions across the United States experience hair loss each year. By the age of 35, two-thirds of men will experience some amount of hair loss, and by the age of 50, roughly 85% of men notice visibly thinning hair. Women suffer from embarrassing hair loss as well, and one in four will endure lost or thinning hair in her lifetime. Although a number of medications promise some degree of hair restoration, these products are often more successful at maintaining existing hair than encouraging additional growth, and a few cause unwanted side effects.
With the emergence of regenerative stem cell therapy as a viable alternative to these treatments, many who suffer from hair loss have opted for this modern approach. Although each patient’s situation is different, the treatment typically proceeds in a simply, on an outpatient basis. The therapy makes use of autologous stem cells, which are acquired by removing the 2 ounces of the patient’s fat tissue from the waistline. The autologous stem cells and natural growth factors are then separated from the fat cells. This combination of stem cells and natural growth factors, called Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF), is injected into the scalp. Because the regenerative stem cell therapy is often more effective when administered along with autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP), the patient’s own blood is drawn at the time of deployment that we include with the treatment.
Here at Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center, our specialists have observed significant results in patients who select this form of hair loss treatment. In contrast to options such as hair loss medications, which do not often foster new hair growth, and transplant procedures, which carry the risks of any surgery, regenerative stem cell therapy can increase hair counts and quality with minimal risk. To learn more about whether this modern procedure may work for you, consult our expert team of physicians for more information.
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