Hair Loss Therapy
Stem cell for hair loss treatment refers to the use of stem cells to treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions. In the past, stem cell therapy has been a highly controversial area of medicine, since many stem cells were embryonic, or derived from unborn babies. However, science has made huge strides forward in the field of stem cell research, discovering new sources of stem cells which are not controversial. This has led to increased research and, thankfully, increased understanding of just how stem cell therapy works and its potential applications.
Once of those applications is hair loss. Millions of men and women around the world suffer with hair loss. Currently, the only types of hair loss treatment via stem cells which are close to being available to the general public are for traditional female pattern hair loss and male pattern baldness. These types of hair loss are inherited and are not the result of a medical condition.
Stem cell therapy, in the simplest terms, involves taking stem cells and introducing them into the body. Stem cells have the potential to become any type of cell, making them enormously important in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions. For example, a patient undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia may receive stem cell treatment for bone marrow, which is destroyed in the chemotherapy process.
In the case of hair loss, the same principal applies. Stem cells are harvested from the patients’ own blood. This type of stem cell – derived from the patient themselves – is known as autologous.
These autologous stem cells are a wonderful advancement in the field of stem cell therapy. Even better than stem cells harvested from a donor, they have a much lower rate of rejection. The body will often reject cells (or organs) which it does not recognize as its own. This is why organ transplant patients need such a strict regimen of anti-rejection drugs. Autologous stem cells avoid this complication, since the body recognizes its own cells.
In stem cell treatment for hair loss, the patient gives a blood sample. That sample is separated and the PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma – is saved. This is the portion of the blood containing stem cells. This PRP is then injected back into the patient, at the scalp. Depending on the patient the scalp is then stimulated with a laser to optimize the stem cells’ movement into the targeted hair follicles.
Although this particular type of hair loss treatment is still in the experimental stages, scientists are very excited about its applications.
Is it Right for You?
Patients interested in stem cell treatment should be aware that there is a small degree of discomfort involved during the laser procedure. Despite these aspects, however, most scientists see a bright future for stem cell hair loss treatment, and expect it to be very popular among patients seeking permanent hair restoration.