Human hair emerges from follicles that exist on the scalp. Dead or damaged follicles prevent new hair from growing. Now it has been found that stem cells can be used to activate these cells. Stem cell therapy assists in growing new follicles (therefore, new hair), when these cells are transplanted onto the scalp.
Scaffolding, which is fortified with stem cells, also has a required growth factor, and it is injected into the scalp. This enables the hair follicles to orient themselves for growth. It helps encourage hair re-growth and combat baldness. For this reason, stem cell therapy not only fights hair loss but also enhances the texture and quality of hair.
Vinings Surgery Center, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove, provides safe and proven cosmetic treatments to patients in Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and surrounding locations.
What is Stem Cell Transplant for Hair Loss?
Stem cell transplant for hair is a process that is similar to the traditional methods of stem cell treatment. Rather than removing a number of hair strands to transplant to the sites of hair loss, a stem cell transplant for hair is undertaken. The procedure commences by removing a skin sample where the hair follicles are acquired.
After this, the same is reproduced and transplanted in the regions of hair loss. This enables the hair to grow and proliferate in the areas where the hair is absent or has thinned, and where the follicles were sourced from.
Whose Stem Cells are Used?
The patient’s own stem cells are used in the case of hair loss stem cell therapy. It is much safer to use one’s own tissue. In addition, there is no risk of graft vs. host disease. Therefore, harvesting the patient’s own cells is a safe and effective technique.
Advantages of Stem Cell Therapy for Hair Re-growth
- In comparison to other approaches, the safest way to regrow hair
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Few sessions necessary
- Minimal discomfort
- Positive outcomes within a month
The Hair Science Institute states that stem cell transplant is painless and efficient. The steps of this procedure include the following:
- Removing fat or blood
- Isolating stem cells from the sample
- Eliminating part of the hair follicle (and leaving a part place)
- Injecting existing donor follicles with stem cells to encourage regrowth
- Transplanting new follicles on bare areas of the scalp, in combination with stem cells to encourage their growth as well
The stem cell injections and hair implants are comparatively painless, and most likely, after the patient has undergone a series of treatments, they will not have to get them again.
Stem Cell Transplant for Hair Recovery and Side Effects
There is no recovery period necessary for stem cell transplant for hair loss. The patient may experience discomfort following the procedure, but this should reduce within a week after treatment. The patient may expect to scar on the sites where the tissue sample was excised. They will need to avoid excessive exercise in the week following the treatment.
Rate of Success and Cost of Stem Cell Transplant for Hair
The rate of success of stem cell transplants can differ by the procedure. However, in a well-known study published in June 2019, Italian researchers found that there was a 20 percent increase in hair density for 23 weeks following stem cell therapy.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove receives patients from Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and nearby areas for advanced cosmetic treatments.
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