Stem Cell Therapy for Hair Loss Needs to be Better Understood
We have been hearing quite a bit about stem cells in the past few years. Maybe it’s better to say we’ve heard the term “stem cell therapy” used to describe a variety of treatments. Because we offer stem cell therapy in our La Jolla practice and do so following the guidelines established by the FDA, we are particular about how this service is portrayed. Stem cell therapy is a meaningful aspect of regenerative medicine and we’d like our clients to know more about how this modality works.
There is more to stem cell therapy than stem cells themselves. For the body to regenerate properly, it requires a dynamic environment that includes these stimulating cells as well as chemokines, hyaluronic acid, cytokines, and growth factors. When the body is injured, these proteins and cells rally to reinstate healthy function. As an example, our use of stem cell therapy for hair loss boosts the body’s ability to continually produce hair in the treatment area.
How Stem Cell Therapy Works for Hair Restoration
La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic performs hair restoration using a substance called Wharton’s jelly. This substance is a natural component of the umbilical cord. Its purpose is to cushion the umbilical arteries and veins. Research has discovered that Wharton’s jelly is rich in growth factors, proteins, cytokines, and mesenchymal stem cells. Research has also discovered that these substances are integral to several physical processes, including hair growth.
Hair restoration treatment has become one of the primary concerns aided by regenerative medicine. Stem cell therapy alongside PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy has become recognized as one of the most advanced technologies available for hair restoration. Used in conjunction, stem cell and PRP therapy provide maximum support to failing hair follicles. Many patients who have undergone this treatment have experienced a resurgence of energy within dormant hair follicles that has resulted in hair thickening and improved growth.
The Treatment Process
One of the appealing aspects of stem cell and PRP therapy for hair restoration is that treatment is nonsurgical. Each treatment is performed in the office with a local anesthetic to numb the scalp before regenerative substances are injected. To obtain PRP, the clinician draws a small vial of the patient’s blood. A standard blood draw obtains white blood cells, red blood cells, and plasma. The only substance needed is the plasma, which contains regenerative blood platelets. This is separated by spinning the vial. After separation, platelet-rich plasma is combined with Wharton’s jelly and the mixture is injected into the scalp.
Are You a Candidate for Stem Cell Hair Replacement?
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