Before briefly examining stem cell therapy as a natural but effective option for the clinical restoration of hair loss, it is natural enough to want to revisit why hair loss occurs in the first place. But note too that stem cell therapy for hair loss will be directly addressing the production and loss of or deterioration, and subsequent restoration of blood, oil, protein cells and productive follicles. The substantial loss of any one or more of these natural ingredients could cause hair loss.
Of course, natural ageing and illness and disease remain the most salient causes of hair loss. Over years or because of disease, unproductive hair follicles will begin to close up. Negative symptoms of hair loss include itching as a result of the dry scalp. Stem cell therapy utilizes the human body’s own tissues to begin the natural process of restoring lost hair. This process, so unlike conventional hair transplants, is non-invasive and harmless in comparison.
The stem cell hair transplant procedure begins when a ‘punch biopsy’ is performed in order to extract stem cells from the body. The biopsy is performed using an instrument with a circular blade. This blade is rotated into the skin in order to remove a cylindrical sample of tissue. After cells have been separated, a cell suspension is injected to those areas experiencing the hair loss. While the stem cell therapy is proving to be effective, results will continue to vary from patient to patient.
It is usual for the patient to expect several treatments to be followed through before stem cell therapy is deemed to be fully complete. When hair growth eventually commences, and with correct hair treatment, the dry scalp becomes moist again. Apart from stem cell therapy, platelet rich plasma treatment, or PRP, is also being used. But in this case, blood will be drawn. After the blood is processed, it will be injected back into the scalp.
PRP is designed to trigger hair growth upon blood supply being increased. As with stem cell therapy, follicles start reproducing hair again. The hair shaft also thickens. While stem cell therapy requires several sessions, PRP includes only three. The entire PRP process takes anything from eight to twelve weeks to complete. During the stem cell therapy, stem cells are separated from its tissue. A centrifuge is used for this procedure.
It is designed to leave a cell suspension which is then injected back into the scalp areas that have experienced hair loss. It should be noted that hybrid stem cell therapies are available to patients at some clinics. But these alternatives have not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, or FDA. The FDA advises its consumers to only use stem cell therapies that it has approved.
If not that, the FDA approves the use of therapies that currently fall under what is known as the Investigational New Drug Application, or IND. These therapies include the removal of fat cells from the abdomen area through liposuction and under local anesthesia.